Thursday, April 24, 2014

Science Vocab

I'm always looking for interesting and different ways to help my students remember the vocabulary in our science units. I'm pretty sure I do something different for each unit. That can be good and bad. On one hand  it is good for them to learn different strategies. But on the other hand, consistency is helpful. 
For this unit I broke them up into pairs and had them define and draw a picture of each vocabulary word. I definitely saw some good group work and some not so good group work. But that is part of life and they really do need to learn how to work through that. 
I love some of the pictures that showed up on these posters!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


We had fun learning about electricity a couple of months back. (Ha! Now that I look at this picture I see that he spelled "electric" wrong! Oops!) The students had to color and label the open and closed circuits. Then they had to explain them on the inside of the paper. We even labeled the light switch in the classroom with "open circuit" and "closed circuit." My students loved it when I asked one of them to open the circuit.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mad Libs

I love love love using Mad Libs in my classroom. They are such a great way to practice grammar. 
And the students think they are hilarious! 
Often I'll have a list of types of words on the board in the morning. As the students wait for class to start they write a list of those words and we put together the silly paragraph as a group. You never know what is going to happen. That is the fun of it. 

Here is the Mad Lib we did this morning:  

Bagel (noun): a glazed kid-shaped roll with a fuzzy texture, made from ducks that are dropped into happily boiling me and then baked.
Balloon (noun):  a wonderful bag that rises in the bacon when it is filled with hot chicken.
Baseball (noun): a game ran with a bat and a rainbow loom by two teams of nine birds each. These two teams play  under in the trees and at bat.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Winter Olympics

I dedicated the month of February to the Olympics on my classroom. 
We had a blast. I found some great activities on Pinterest and TPT. 
Here are a few of the things we did. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Poetry Unit Coming Soon!

My poetry unit is coming up soon! I'm excited!
This year I'm teaching a combo class of 2nd and 3rd grade. When I previously co-taught a combo class we did the poetry unit all together, but because of scheduling I've decided to keep in a 3rd grade thing this year. I have a gut feeling that next year it won't be a combined class so I figure the 2nd grade will get to do it next year when I have them all on their own.

I can't wait to share some of the poems my students write this year!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Columbus Unit

We made these back in the fall. Not sure where I found the ship to cut out, but they turned out really cute. Under the water they students wrote 4 facts of what they learned about Columbus. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snowflake Angles

Another great Pinterest idea for my Geometry Unit! 
After learning about right, acute, and obtuse angles they students used popsicle sticks to create snowflakes. Each snowflake had to have each kind of angle. 

They were SO excited to take them home. 
Also fun decorations for Christmas/Winter!