Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Science & Social Studies Ten Pin Linky

Being kept awake by heartburn has its upsides, like when you're able to get your latest 10 Pin Linky up on time.  This time we're looking at Science & Social Studies combined.

1. A paper bag version of a body system.  Instead of buying a t-shirt and having to have artistic abilities, you can use household items to show how a system of the body works.

2. Wildlife Webcams - shows kids the habits of animals when they're nesting and in a more natural habitat.

3. A health lesson about germs spreading and how they can make things nasty FAST.

4. A see-through birds nest for the window of the classroom - put up high enough so the kids can't bang on the glass, but still so they can see.

5. What's in a drop of blood?  Because I don't have a magic school bus to take us inside Ralphie.  Speaking of MSB, the entire series is available on Netflix instant watch, if you ever need a quick science video activity.

6. Worksheets on all the fifty states.  I think learning about the different states and their "state things" is neat.

7. A class timeline!

8. I have always wanted to do a unit on names, and Chrysanthemum is a great opening activity.

9. A winter holidays unit  - nearly every major religion celebrates some sort of holiday in the winter, and I did a text set unit on them in college.

10.  When I student taught in 1st grade, we did a rotations day to teach about Texas.  Each 1st grade teacher prepared a lesson, and then the classes all rotated around and each class got to see each teacher's presentation.  It was a really fun day!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Finally On Time


Ah, hubris.  Icarus flew too close to the sun.  I tried so hard to be on time this week, I even wrote (and titled) this post ahead of time, but it was not so.  Maybe next week?  In any case, I won't be so hasty to say I'm going to get it in on the right day.

1.  One of those "If I had a million classroom dollars this is what I'd buy" ideas - iPod shuffles with audiobooks loaded to circumvent the issues that arise with books on tape/CD.  They're color matched to the book buckets so you know what goes with where.

2. My Favorite Book wall - artwork and a summary with your picture to look like you're reading.

3. You will Love this Book for class reviews

4. Word of the Day.

5. Book Report Pumpkins

6. Environmental Print

7. Synonym Buns (you know how much I love anything from The Phantom Tollbooth)

8. Reading with Expression - try out different voices

9. Battle of the Kids Books - maybe with March Madness?

10. Let's Play Library - works on alphabetizing and helps my students keep classroom books neat and tidy.