🌳Habitat🌳

This last week was a unit all about under water and jungle habitats and what kinds of beautiful ο»Ώanimals live within. For the final “wrap up” the students could create their own habitats choosing underwater or jungle theme. It had to consist of things you would find when discovering both in the real world… their…

βž•Additionβž•

When learning simple addition foundational skills this was created: numbers 0 through 9 were made and put on cards.  A card in the first square and a card in the second square then the students had to put that many goldfish or m&m’s in those squares (shown below). Then I had them move them down…

πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ«Main Idea❓

Taking a different pair of glasses into the world of “decomposing” a main idea. πŸ‘“  In small groups the kids were given five items (one per group– a shovel, a turtle, sunglasses, sand and a boat). They were asked to discuss what it was and what you would do with it. Then as a class…

πŸ—‚Research RigorπŸ—ƒ

πŸ–‡πŸ“…πŸ—ƒWe took a 3rd grade concept and I vamped it with rigor …for first grade!  I knew we could do it! The students chose an animal, researched it, found facts from habitat to classification, and even ended with a bibliography to show me where they found “accurate” resources! I couldn’t be more proud. Here is…

πŸ”¬CreativityπŸ”­

Creativity is vital to a classroom. I believe it has been pushed to wayside in some ways. I am here to bring it to light about its importance. Our children need structure , of course, but they also need the freedom to be themselves and have a moment of creative “free” time to design. Whether…

πŸš€Loooost in SPACEπŸš€Β 

We have had consistent two weeks of The study of Planets, Solar System Properties, the Sun, Stars, Galaxies, and gravitational pulls! It has been an exciting integration of personalities with the engagement of learning. Seeing the kids take it all in and watching their learning take place into the unknown world of SPACE was superb….

πŸ—‚Teacher Table TipsπŸ—‚

πŸ–ŒTeacher table tips:πŸ–Œ πŸ“•I have bags for each group that has mini notebooks, mini sticky notes and mechanical pencils, even bright markers inside of them (which seems way awesome for my class because we very rarely get to write with markers!!). It makes it that much more colorful and HANDY when showing me what they…

πŸ’ŽπŸ’œShapes Robotsβ­οΈπŸ›‘

We have been working on 2D shapes and for a fun informal assessment and activity we made shapes Robots! This was a quick review of the shapes we had been analyzing and an easy way to decorate our beautiful halls. I let the students choose three different colors and creating the shapes were solely on…

πŸ–ŒPainter’s PlotsπŸ”

Last week, our focus for reading was plot, theme, sequencing and main idea. This is where I wanted the kids creative minds to come out. Thus started a lesson with painter stir sticks! He he. Sounds funny but the kids loved it. The kids created their own stories using painters sticks, the beauty of markers…

πŸ”†βŒ›οΈMy “Caddy” CentersβŒ›οΈπŸ”†

I have been brainstorming to come up with a more creative and organized way to present my centers in the morning. My solution is “center caddy’s”. I tried it this morning with six preterminded centers and had them all by my teacher chair. I introduced each center by simply pulling out the caddy and showing…

New Years Resolutions!

Today is our first day back to school for the kiddos and I am trying to patiently await their arrival at school. I am getting ready for a day of new “you’s” and new ways to try and better ourselves. I will be starting the day with my resolutions to the kids as they have…