Monday, May 30, 2016

Student Passports Provide Opportunity to Access the Global Community

I work in a small community in the foothills of California. My students are often quite insulated from the world around them, so I look for opportunities to for my students to connect to the world through literature and research. I use the "Classroom Passport" and the "Around the World" theme that is so popular today.

This is the passport that I use.

I use a variety of TpT products when teaching about the different countries, as well as some that I have created. I have spent a lot of time developing my website so students can easily access information on all countries around the world. Here are a few links:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Integrating FREE Technology into Student Learning

One of our goals as teachers, is to prepare students for jobs that don't even exist yet. In order to facilitate this daunting task, we need to share "the latest and greatest ideas" we come across.

Helen Gross, from NCSEE ~ It's Elementary has shared several FREE "top-notch" online resources for the classroom. These resources range from practice games, online reading and writing, ....

.... to formative assessment programs or apps. Tips are given on how to encourporate each of them into the classroom in a meaningful way. 

Just click on Helen's Banner here to find out more!

You may also be interested in how Helen uses Twitter in  her classroom.

I am always on the lookout for a great resource ~ especially when it is free. Please share your favorites by posting a comment below and adding a link for all of us to check out.

I personally continue to post my favorite sites for my students on my webpage. It is a work in progress and gets updated at least once a week. Check it out by clicking here or on the picture below.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

STEM Students Use Math to Create

I have to say, that this Mother's Day STEM project was a huge success!

Did you notice the "MOM" on the left bouquet? 

The project began with a shopping list and a budget of $10 per team of four students. The students had to decide how much of each item they were going to buy as a team. After the budgets were designed, students loaded up trays of fruit for their teams and they began to construct their bouquet. Everyone loved the outcome.

This project was designed especially for Moms and can be purchased from my TpT store. 
Mother's Day Fruit Bouquet STEM Project
To find out more about this project, view an earlier post.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Passing It On: How to Handle Kids Who Push Your Buttons

This has been such a big topic of conversation lately that I just have to share an article I read.

The article, by Literacy and Math Ideas lists four things teachers can do right away. Just click on the link to find out more!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers

I always look forward to the times Teachers Pay Teachers have sales. This is the time of year that I stock up on those items that I just can't live without. Most teachers have most, or all their products, in their stores at 20% off. To make the savings even better, TpT is providing an additional 10% savings. Make sure to use the code: CELEBRATE for the extra discount. 

The sale is today and tomorrow ~ May 3rd-4th.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Ideas: A Fresh Perspective

Once again, this year, I am planning on having my students design their own Fruit Bouquets. I was going to post a link to last year's information, when I realized that my fruit bouquet project needed a facelift. Well, the facelift turned into a STEM project that I am so excited about.

Students collaborate as a team with a $10.00 budget for this project. I will use the play money from our math materials. 

Students must decide as a team which fruits and how many will be used. They will need the foundation items, but will have plenty of money as a team for the fruit.

 Wait a minute! I am getting ahead of myself. I begin with a mini lesson on the health benefits of the different fruits, then I jump into the math part of the project.

Students decide as a team what they want to spend their $10.00 on. They use this sheet to work the problem for their team, and then for themselves.

We do the math before lunch and then write out the card.

After lunch we construct the bouquets. If you set up right before lunch, then you will actually get to eat lunch. I like to put either plastic throw-away plastic cloths or large butcher paper down for the mess. I also have a class set of cutting boards. You can also use paper plates. After lunch, students wash their hands and then get started. Each year I am amazed at the creativity and the care that students put into this STEM project.
I have step my step directions that I give out once, and then keep up for students.

I have also included another page with links to quality kid-sites for nutrition.

You can check out this product at my TpT store.

You Know How I Love to Share...

I just got a freebie from Jenny K, an adorable Mother's Day card.
Get your free sample by clicking on the picture. To see the full product click on Jenny K.