This week, my mentor text is a picture book from Karen Hesse called Come on, Rain! (This post contains affiliate links.) I have utilized many books by Karen Hesse, such as Out of the Dust and one of my favorite novels, Letters from Rifka. This story is about the experience of a much needed “quenching rainstorm on a sweltering summer day” that brings together family and friends. I can think of many summers as a kid where my sister and I were just ecstatic to be able to play in the rain ... Read More about MTM: Come On, Rain!
One of my favorite things about being a teacher is watching how excited kids get when something just “clicks” in their heads. I love that moment. While it happens often in the classroom from just everyday lessons, there is something even more exciting about it when it happens from a hands-on experiment. That is one reason I just love science. It’s an opportunity to play while you learn. We have been studying force and motion in my classroom recently and that means lots of experiments with ... Read More about Zoooooming with Force and Motion!
Our school district studies the regions of the United States as part of our social studies curriculum. It takes us all year to study the ins and outs of each of the six regions. Since this is obviously broken up into six different units, I try to get creative on how students can show me that they understand a particular region (in addition to a test). If you couldn't tell by the picture, I opted for the famous Jeopardy review! Using Jeopardy Review Posters in the Classroom In past units, ... Read More about Jeopardy Review Posters Using Bloom’s Taxonomy
This is my final week (unless someone requests something specifically about it) of my Guided Math Workshop Blog Series! In case you missed last week's post about Guided Math Instruction, you can click here to read it! So, now it’s time for some of the more tough questions… grades, assessments, and conferring! Oh, yeah! How to do Assessments & Conferring in Math Workshop Really, in math, it’s not as tough as it may seem. When I have my students meet with me during guided math/small ... Read More about Assessments and Conferring During Math Workshop
All right, so we have spent the last few blog posts talking about what math workshop is (see post here), using math warm ups in math workshop as an opener, and the math tools every math workshop needs. Today, we are going to talk about the nitty gritty! We are going to talk about math workshop in action. What You Need to Know About Math Workshop Here's a very quick overview of workshop: During my math period, I start off each math session with a ten minute warm-up. This ... Read More about Math Workshop in Action: Everything You Need to Know