Looking to inspire young minds when it comes to science?
I like to adopt the Ms. Frizzle frame of mind.
Learning about bacteria is fun, but has your family ever GROWN bacteria? Let the “professionals” show you how AMAZING it can be!
Have you ever sat through a meeting that could be described as… dysfunctional, boring, pointless, dominated by one individual, lecture like… the list could go on and on. We sometimes make excuses blaming one individual or a couple of people. It is much harder to believe that we have a part in being able to be a change maker and help the meeting become effective and/or ground breaking. It just takes being intentional about the way we communicate and the culture that is being set within the group.
Every year end my fourth grade classroom throws an End Of The Year Celebration! It is a great time of reflection, celebration, tears, and lots of laughs! Here are some thoughts, pictures, and printables from the celebration. I would love to hear what you do with your students too!!
Two products that we love using not only in the classroom but at home! Early elementary students need lots of practice distinguishing long and short vowels! The more hands on fun we can provide the better!
What is the difference between short and long vowels? Depending on their position in the word and the pronunciation of that word, the length of the vowel can change and have a different sound. Not all letters make the same sound in all words, and that’s what vowel length is about.
When syllables end in a vowel and then consonant (as in the examples above), the vowel is usually short. If there is more than one consonant, the vowel is almost always short.
The most common sound for each vowel is its “short” sound:
The alphabet sounds (when the vowel “says its name”) are called “long vowels.” We call them ‘long’ because we hold them longer than the short sounds, but they are completely different sounds– not a longer version of the same sound.
Do you ever feel that you do not have enough evidence when assessing an overall grade in your writers workshop? I have to admit, at times I have not felt confident explaining a grade to a parent or colleague when only having a students’ latest piece of work, conferring notes, and my gut to go from. With a majority of students I am very confident, I know where they are at and know where they need support. Other students I find it harder to put my finger on what they are struggling with, especially if it is not a direct goal of the unit. One of my solutions has been identifying my structure of assessments and checkpoints through out my writers workshop.
For each workshop unit my grade level team began creating lists of components that fully support our view of the students progress, strengths, and weaknesses. I know that my colleagues and I have found this component and assessment sheet helpful, so I thought I would share it with you!
I use this with the corresponding checklists, rubrics, and assessments for each unit. This makes my workshop flow so smoothly. It also helps me feel organized while gaining a clear picture of where each student is at in my workshop. This is also useful as a grade level to remain consistent with our grading and speaking to parents about the workshop.
PERSUASIVE LETTER WRITING UNIT FOR THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP
My newest unit is The Persuasive Letter Writing Unit. This is one of my favorite units! It has just taken me awhile to get it all out of my head and on paper for you! There are many different types of letter writing but persuasive writing lends itself so well to this letter unit!!
The Writer’s Workshop: Persuasive Letter Writing Unit is easily adaptable for grades 3-5. 20 Lessons with connection, teaching point, active engagement, and link. It includes anchor charts, minilessons, handouts and much more.
If you would like to see all of what comes in this 107page unit head over to my TeachersPayTeachers Shop to see the description!
Design a button for your blog using your favorite design program. (Powerpoint, Photoshop, ) It will need to be either 150×150 or 200×150 pixels (I prefer the bigger). Today I am going to show you my new favorite way… Canva.com It is FREE and easy to use. Here is a 3 minute video of how to use Canva if you are interested.
Copy the example below
<div align="center"><a href="http://YOURSITE.com" title="YOUR BLOG NAME"><img src="http://DIRECTLINKFORPHOTO" alt="YOUR BLOG NAME" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.teachingupstairs.com" title="Teaching Upstairs"><img src="http://i594.photobucket.com/albums/tt28/mackenziesheahan/Untitleddesign4copy.png" alt="Teaching Upstairs" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
Now you will insert the HTML Coding that you created into your Blogger Template.
To do this head to your Blogger Dashboard and click on the Layout Tab. See the green arrow below.
The product that is produced from the code should be similar to the one below. Sit back and enjoy your work!
Tomorrow is the day! We are back to school and it is the perfect time to capture a memory. This year I will have a Kindergartener and a Second Grader! In honor of the first day of school I am sending out a freebie for parents and teachers alike!
In this freebie you will find signs for grades Kindergarten through Sixth Grade in two different colors! Don’t see what you need let me know and I can whip it right up!
Are you already back in school…don’t worry you wont miss out because you can use these digitally. You will see in the example above that you are able to take this image and place it on a picture from the past year.
Here are the specifics:
You can use the signs two different ways…