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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Sound of Science

I LOVE SCIENCE and I love teaching it as well. My students today were engaged in an activity that demonstrated their understanding of Sound Energy. After a short instructional video, some academic conversations, and a brainstorming activity, the students were able to produce pictures that portrayed sources of sound in our everyday lives.  

My only suggestion to the students was to think about the object they were drawing and how it produced a sound. For instance, just by looking at this alarm clock, I wouldn't be able to tell what it was doing to make sound. So my student drew the bells at the top and a "Ringgg!" to go along with his picture.

This picture is a perfect example of what I wanted my students to demonstrate. She drew a horse - but the horse just standing there doesn't make a noise. She drew the horse "neighing" which showed me the exact sound the child was thinking about. 

Ah, the sound of the noisy car horn. Again, a car parked and vacant wouldn't make noise, and not only that - but a car makes many noises. Here, the car is honking; one of the many noises this student could have demonstrated!

All I can say is HILARIOUS!  The wonderful thing about this student's work is that at the beginning of the year, he was a non-English speaking student - Chinese actually. He has picked up so much English and is now making complete sentences. Though he can't read or write many things yet, he was able to complete this activity without any assistance and it made me proud!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Springing into Learning!

Spring time is my favorite time of year to teach.  Our science lessons literally come alive and the students couldn't be more engaged! We observe several animals in their habitats - from the very beginning stages of life, until we set them free. The students remain on task during these lessons and since they are hands-on lessons, they leave each day a wealth of knowledge on how living things grown and change. Each year I have also found that my life cycle lessons create a buzz of meaningful conversation among my students and invoke many questions from their inquiring minds. Take a look at our projects for this spring....

We watch the butterfly change from cocoon to adult, keep them a few days, and then set them free!  

For the first time last year, we watched as the ladybugs hatched. The students enjoyed it so much, I wanted to bring it back this year!

A life cycle lesson wouldn't be complete without those hard working ants!  While, we do not actually see how they grown and change, we enjoy learning about their "jobs" in an anthill.

One very interesting life cycle we observe from beginning to end is that of an earthworm's life cycle. This one actually takes a while, but when the baby earthworms hatch from their pods, we get SO excited!

This year our class was very fortunate to have all of these materials and habitats donated to our classroom by some very generous people associated with the DonorsChoose website.  Our project was scheduled to end by June, so I was actually looking at starting this entire unit with next year's class, but this past weekend, we were completely funded and expect materials by the end of the week!  My goal is to post pictures as the students begin working with the materials.

To supplement learning for my students, I created QR codes to help them learn all about the development of each animals - and others as well.  Below, I have posted my latest product that you can find for FREE in my store!  Just click on the picture to be taken my store for your FREE download!  

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Thanks for checking my Spring ideas out!  Be sure to visit other bloggers who are participating in the Springing into Learning bloghop! I am sure you will be able to grab some ideas for all of us!  Go get your learn on!  :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

One of my favorite weeks during school is Read Across America week. There are so many fun activities to do to promote reading and of course the best day of all is Dr. Seuss's birthday! We celebrate by having guests come in and read to us, we do many craftivities,  and we love to decorate and dress up!  Check out some of this week's fun!  Oh, and......Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for your monthly FREEBIE!

The Lorax and The Cat in the Hat were among our students today, roaming the halls, looking for classes to read to and selfies to take.  The Lorax looks quite different when teaching Physical Education... and the Cat, well, let's just say she's the one you want to KEEP smiling!  :) 

These are a few writing samples of what we did to honor our favorite books and the pictures below are all part of our classroom wall decorations. The children did a great job writing and coloring the Happy Birthday cupcakes. They had a fun time transforming themselves into Cat in the Hats!

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 I always like to decorate my classroom door - and this year I decided to use a combination of Dr. Seuss book covers and characters that I purchased from a teacher supply store - as well as my own teacher-created Dr. Seuss quotes posters.

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