I am finally getting around to posting some of the things I’ve been working on! Life in the teacher lane is pretty fast – for those of you that don’t already know.
I am gearing up for my first full week of teaching at Helena and I am getting super excited about it. I am teaching a full week of science, social studies and math. For science, I’m going to teach a really fun lesson on clouds…and during that lesson, we’re going to mix up some shaving cream with glue and create some neat-looking cloud shapes. And thanks to Cara Carroll’s cutesy little blog, I know it works! I am 100% stealing her lesson ideas for that and using them for my little firsties. I have NO SHAME. I am obsessed with her blog and unfortunately I am hereby labeled a blog stalker. Another thing I have no problem admitting. I guess that’s why we teachers decide to use what precious “free time” we have sharing these fun ideas with cyberland – so someone will use them! …..Well that and we just want to show off how creative and cute some of the stuff we come up with is. =]
Speaking of cute, check out these cute little pockets that I made for my firsties! We played “Pocket Change” – a game that I reacently posted on TpT and Teacher’s Notebook. It’s only $2.50 – so, go on – getchu a copy!
My social studies unit has taken FOR.EVE.R. to create, but I am finally there. I have it all done and once I teach it, we’ll be putting together some scrapbooks of the past to show some of the things we will have learned about the past. Once I get some student samples, I’ll make sure to put them on here because they are CERTAIN to be cute.
Then for math, we’ll be doing some word problem solving and I’ll be showing the kiddos how to spot key clue words to look for when they’re reading word problems. I’ll also show them how to omit unnecessary information. I have some thinkin’ to do about how I am going to set this unit up… I definitely don’t want to recreate the horrendous word problems I remember enduring when I was in elementary school. Jack had 4 apples. Suzie had 6. How many more apples does Jack have than Suzie? Who gives a hoot about APPLES?!??? I’m sure I’ll find something better to use as an example – or even an entire new format altogether.
We just finished up our lesson on germination and what plants need in order to grow. And dag-nabbit, wouldn’t you know it. I tried to start of the semester with these kids by growing a sweet potato vine and the daggone thing absolutely REFUSED to grow. I even tried to do ANOTHER one at my house. E.P.I.C. F.A.I.L. T his after I had a tropical rain forest growing in my apartment when I had to do it for my own science class 2 years ago. I have no idea what went wrong, but nonetheless, we scrapped it and started over with lima bean seeds. We were able to successfully get our seeds to grow into at least something. Well, two of the seeds. I don’t know what I did wrong, but in the future, I might want to stick to things that have already sprouted.
The cool thing about this lesson was that we got to use an online journal to record our predictions, observations and conclusions. Here’s a little sample of our cute little online journal.
It worked out really well. So I’ll be keeping this website address handy. It’s free and super easy to navigate through. Click here to check it out.
Last thing – just wanted to send out a little taste of my M & M’s math packet I’m putting together for next week. We’re going to take advantage of some of that leftover Halloween candy and put it to good use. We’ll be working with sorting and graphing. I made a fun little sorting chart – that I am going to have to print in color because it’s too dang colorful and cute not to!