Thursday, May 31, 2012
Almost the last post of the Make-up Series! :) This year, our school won an award for being a healthy school. We had USDA representatives that came to our school to present the award and they also were going to tour our school. We all made a huge deal out of it and as a school organized their visit into the "Tasty Travel Tour". It was really something! My pod (the group of 4 classrooms that face each other) did "Harvesting Healthy Habits". It happened to be the week after our farm petting zoo field trip- so it made a great mini-unit!!!! We talked about different types of produce, what part of the plant they were, and different uses for them. Shari Sloane
Make up post #3 :)I have used Math Journals for 3 years now, but this is my first year with Science Journals. I know I posted about journals a while back, but before I sent them home for the summer, I took a few more photos of them. Journals are one of my favorite things to do!!! Here are some of our science journal entries. We have AMSTI science (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) and we get 4 kits a year- Balls and Ramps, Living Things, Trees, and Clouds. We do those quarterly and also add in some additional subjects. I did a 2-week bug unit this year that was VERY popular with the students. Here are some science journal entries...
Make-up post #2 :)I know that doing free-handed art with 5-year-olds is a bit time-consuming, but I just love it! They do such a good job with it! When we do art (like painting), I always do a step-by-step example for the group first. I then call them in groups of no more than 2 and let them paint at my table. The other students are given a different activity to work on. This way I can make sure they understand the process and I can monitor the use of supplies. This spring we painted these cute birdies. The boys did the teal with pink and girls did pink with teal. Like always, I was impressed with how well they listened and the effort they put into them.
This is my first make-up post. :) I love Christmas artwork! As a grade level, we try to do the same "parent gift" for each class. We usually do something different every year, but I really hope we repeat this one next year. We ordered small (4 x 6) flat canvas from here They were only $0.46 since we ordered more than 36! The kids just stamped their hands on them with regular acrylic and then I turned them into reindeer and hot glued ribbon on the back.
Now that school is out for the summer, I can catch my breath and add the pictures I have been meaning to add for the last 7 months. This past year, I have noticed a HORRIBLE decrease in my short term memory and I hope to find out the source before next year. It has caused me to feel so overwhelmed with even small things- so things like blogging, etc... have been pushed to the back burner. It's really sad when I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but I can still recite "Little Orphan Annie" from my fifth grade program. I wonder if I have just exceeded my capacity. Ha!!! I have done several new things in my classroom this year and I want to share some of them. Instead of one long random post, I want to just do individual posts- I am going to try to get some up today. :) I just HAVE to share this first though.... My daughter was browsing the "Barbie" aisle in Toys-R-Us and I saw this:
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