Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4 Types of Sentences: Game & Tech

Learn about the 4 Types of Sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory with a kinesthetic game and tech project (selfie digital comic)! Visit We Are Teachers to see my post and to download free printables to go along with this lesson!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fossil Hunter

Fossil Hunters - Teachers Pay Teachers ($3)
Students become paleontologists, searching for fossils (cut out and placed) around the classroom. There are 20 fossils, including: true-form (body), trace, mold and cast. Children walk around with a clipboard and investigate each fossil (labeled A-T). They circle whether it is a body or trace, as well as if it is a mold or cast fossil. Then, they infer what the fossil is!

Fossils included in this pack are:
True-Form / Body - skull, claw, skin, femur, whole form (dinosaurs, trilobites, crinoids, ammonites, insects and ferns)
Trace - eggs, footprints, nest, feces, burrows
There are Mold and Cast examples and comparisons.
The name of each fossil is posted by each image.

After the students inspect each fossil and record their answers, they tally and graph their fossils because scientists collect data! The categories of the graph are not given to the students; there are only definitions! The students must think about what they learned about each fossil and write the name of the fossil type under each definition. Then, they can tally and fill in their graph!

Next, the students do fossil fractions! Using their tally marks and graph, they write the fraction for each type of fossil (true-form, trace, mold and cast). Then, they reduce each fraction (if necessary) and draw a picture representation of each fraction.

video introduction - Fossil Movie by Sheppard Software

11 Quotes to Kickstart Your Lessons

Visit We Are Teachers to view my post sponsored by Zaner Bloser: 11 Quotes About Writing to Kickstart Your Lessons!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week is October 5th-11th
How are you going to teach your students and spread the word about fire safety and prevention?! 

One way is to download the new (and free) app Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms by the National Fire Protection Association / (Sparky.org). Have your students help Sparky the Fire Dog and his friends solve the case of the missing smoke alarm, while they learn the importance of fire safety skills! The mystery begins when a strange thief is seen with a large bag! What happened to all of the smoke alarms?! Can your students figure out who did it and why?!

This app integrates content areas and provides you with free engaging interactive whiteboard lessons and printables that promote critical thinking skills!

English Language Arts
Reading comprehension is emphasized as students have to remember key details from the story to solve the mystery! Reading instruction is differentiated for strong and emergent readers. Students infer based on clues throughout the game! They ask the questions: who, what, when, where, why and how. As characters respond to major events and challenges, they recall key details to figure out the case! Strong and emergent readers benefit from the app. Struggling readers are guided through the text with highlighted words. This feature can be turned off for more advanced readers.

The app offers students a fun alternative to learning how to fluently add and subtract up to 20 using mental strategies. Word problems are included for children to learn key addition and subtraction signal words. As students collect batteries and smoke alarms throughout the game, have them compare what they have collected by creating a graph! This will teach students how to collect and represent data. 

Social Studies
Students learn what to do when the smoke alarm goes off and the importance of having a fire escape plan. Have students draw a fire escape plan (map). Then, have them practice using a compass rose. Would they know the best way to evacuate the building?! To teach students that they can make a difference in their community and beyond, have them spread the word of fire safety awareness! They can design posters and create a campaign to get the word out there! Students can collaborate and create a poster for each fire safety tip they learn throughout the game.

As students move through the game, throw in a science experiment so children understand Heat, Air and Fuel. Click here for directions!

Brain Breaks
The popular band Recess Monkey provides students with musical entertainment about Fire Safety for students to dance along to when they need a brain break!

Visit Sparky Schoolhouse to download the app and for more fun free stuff!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bubble Gum Exploration

Visit We Are Teachers to see my post on how to use bubble gum as a learning tool!

3D Solids

States of Matter

English Language Arts:
Figurative Language

Social Studies:

Logo & Packaging

Tuesday, August 19, 2014