Not too long ago, Kelly W. told me, "My students will be reading about Albert Einstein, and your pictures remind me of how he looked at the world. If our kids begin looking at the world with science eyes as students, then who knows what they can accomplish when they become adults?" That really got me thinking. She is right! Albert Einstein looked at the world very differently than others. He was considered puzzling in the way he looked at things, but he felt no different. In fact, Einstein ... Read More about Using Pictures to Create Scientists – With a Freebie!
I love to teach area and perimeter. It's so much fun to pull out all the manipulatives, and it's very easy for the students to see a real-life application of it. This time around, I thought I'd go a different route. I have always been very good at being resourceful, my mama says! Haha. So, I thought I'd pull together some great ideas for teaching area and perimeter. A collection of sorts for you! I always start in my classroom with perimeter, so that's how I'm going to start this collection! ... Read More about A Collection of Area and Perimeter Ideas
Each classroom is likely utilizing the art form of Madeline Hunter's ITIP in some way. If you're a new teacher, then you may not know what I'm talking about specifically - and maybe I'm showing my age. In the lesson plan format of an ITIP, teachers were required to have a modeling phase of their lesson plans, a guided practice phase, and an independent practice phase. This ensured that students were gradually being released into independent practice without reinforcing errors or misconceptions ... Read More about Teaching with “I Do, We Do, You Do”
Common Core has required that we implement more nonfiction into our classroom. It's so easy in elementary to focus on fiction texts, but sometimes it can be a challenge to find good quality nonfiction texts. Besides purchasing nonfiction books for your classroom library, I have 10 other ideas to help you bring more nonfiction into your classroom! 1.) Use mentor texts. I love mentor texts, so I try to find nonfiction texts that I can use for any subject - science, social studies, and ... Read More about 10 Ways to Integrate More Nonfiction into your Classroom
I like to teach my students to be aware of the events surrounding them in the world. To do this, I teach them how to summarize current events. To start, I provide my students with a new Time for Kids magazine. I pick an article ahead of time that is a current event and that students can understand well. Then, together in class, we read through the article and discuss it. That is also when I pull out this current events organizer and model for students how to complete it. I ... Read More about Current Events in the Classroom