Monday, December 1, 2014

Turkey Baster Challenge and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Last week we only had two days of school and one of those days was our Thanksgiving feast/party.  We really didn't have curriculum in place for this week since it was so short.  I knew this was a great time to try out another STEM lesson.

I was checking out my favorite store (TPT) and I came across the perfect STEM lesson for this week.  

The Turkey Baster Launcher Challenge.


PERFECT for turkey week!!
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The question presented to the class was...
 How far can you move the ping pong ball using the turkey baster?  

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They were only allowed to use the items I gave them.  Nothing else.

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I saw great teamwork out of most of my groups.  They were coming up with different ideas on how to make the ball go farther.  They were using the tape measure to measure how far their ball went.

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My students enjoyed themselves SO much!  I will definitely do this lesson again.

If you want the lesson, check it out!  

Turkey Baster Launchers
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We also had our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Say what?!

Yep, that is correct!!  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  

I came across this idea on a blog last year and I knew I HAD to do it.  It fits me perfectly!

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So what is a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?  Well, you serve the items that Charlie Brown serves to his guests.
Toast (buttered)
Jelly Beans

My students LOVED this.  I couldn't believe how many of them said that they loved the bread!  I thought that was funny!  Bread?!!  Yummy!!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Calendar Thinker

Do you do calendar every single day?

Do you love calendar?

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Usually, I don't care for it.  It is SO repetitive that I even get a little bored.  I know if I am bored with it, then so are my kiddos.


I started incorporating things for the students to do while we were working on calendar together!  
I came up with my Calendar Thinker!

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Not only are we working on the calendar skills every day, but we are also working on tons of the standards daily.  

Plus, when I see the students are having trouble with a certain concept, we review it during calendar.

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Practice makes perfect, right?  The more the students practice the skills the better.  The more likely they will go into their long term memory.

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I absolutely love this packet!  My students use it daily.  When my students come through the door in the morning, they first do their morning work.  Once that is finished, they head to the 'cozy corner' (my carpet area) and start working on their calendar folder.  Once the announcements are over, everyone has to go to the calendar and we begin the calendar.  I go through the big calendar bulletin board on the wall and the kiddos do the corresponding pages in their folder.

It has SO many skills in it!

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I walk around while students are filling out the pages, making sure they understand the different concepts being covered.  It gives me a quick understanding of who comprehends the concept and who needs more work. 

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Do you want to know the concepts in the packet so far?

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My Stache (Money)
More, Less, 10 More, 10 Less
What Time Is It? (Big Clock)
What Time Is It? (Watch and Clock)
Part, Part, Whole
Part, Part, Whole and Fact Family
Hundreds Chart
Today's Number (Tens-frame= 10)
Tens- Frames
Today’s Number (Tens-frame= 20)
Today's Number (Tens-frame= 50)
Count Back
Count On
Count Back and Count On
Measuring (inch)

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Put the papers in a clear sleeve pouch and reuse each day.  Save paper!!
I put the papers in a plastic folder so they are ready for each student everyday with a dry erase marker and a sock for the eraser. 

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My plan is to add more pages throughout the year as I see fit!

Do you think your kiddos would benefit from this packet?  If so, check it out!

Check it out!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

STEM, Technology, and Calendar Thinker

Have you heard of STEM?
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

I have heard of STEM and always wondered what it really was.  I think incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into lessons would make learning more fun and the students would use lots of different skills.  After looking and researching more about STEM, I knew I had to try it with my class.  I found a lesson that I wanted to try and I just jumped right in.

I decided to try the Cup Challenge with my class. 

I gave them the challenge question and explained some rules to them.  Then I said, "Go!"  

I decided not to assign different kids in each group with a job because I was curious what they would all do by themselves.

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The students quickly and eagerly got started trying to complete the mission.  The groups of 4 or 5 were working together!  They were brainstorming.  At first they just stacked all the cups on one another.  Then, the coolest thing happened.  One table thought to stack them up differently.

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Once the other groups saw this kind of stacking, they joined in with their group.  They students were working together and measuring.  The excitement on their faces was unbelievable.

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I could tell they were really enjoying completing this activity, but they were also learning.  Coming up with more ways of how to get their stack taller and taller.

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I did have to step in a couple times and remind them not to be so loud, but the loudness was all about how excited they were to complete this assignment.

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After 20 minutes the students had to stop.  Then we filled out a paper about their experience documenting their learning.

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To some people this my seem like playing, but the learning experiences they were getting were awesome!

Cooperative learning



and more!

I am by no means a STEM expert, or even close.  This was my first STEM lesson. I thought it was a great experience!  I plan on doing more in my classroom.  The students were really engaged in their learning!!  Who doesn't want to see that?!

Have you done any STEM lessons?  I would love to hear about them.

Friday was a HAPPY day!!!  

I had a special delivery to my classroom.

20 ipads!!!  Oh my!!!

Oh happy day!!!  Oh happy day!!!

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I can't wait to incorporate the iPads in my teaching!  Wish me luck in setting them all up!

This week we worked on poems.  Poems are SO difficult for first graders!!    
Here is one that made me smile.  I love reading their writings!  It is so neat to see what they come up with.  We did some of the poem together.  They had to come up with the rhyming words. Here was their outline.
When I am late, I ____, ____, and _____.
I _____ and _____.
Then I ________.

The red line had to rhyme and then the green lines had to rhyme.
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Here is what this one says:
When I am late
I skip, walk, and I jump. I
huff and I puff.
Then I hump

I feel students should be using technology.  This is how they are going to grow up.  It is necessary for them to learn how to use it.  To help my students learn using technology I have signed my class up to use the mobile lab on Thursday's.  Or what I like to call it is Technology Thursday.  I have scheduled my class to use them until mid-December so far.  We have used Spelling City to help us with our spelling words and Connect Ed to help us with our reading.
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I have finally made a new product!  I am super excited about this product!  I printed it off and have it ready to go for Monday.  During calendar this year I have had the students write and do the calendar problems in their folder.  This is a great way for the students to stay engaged in their learning.  I decided to make my own version so I could put in it what my students needed work on. 

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Check out my new product!!  Calendar Thinker!

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