Lindy over at The Happy Teacher gave me a fun idea for teaching parts of speech. She posted about an online version of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid that can be found HERE from Funbrain.com. Why not open to a random page in the book and display the page on your Smartboard? Students could take turns coming to the board and highlighting or circling the parts of speech they "spy" on each page. Any sort of word study, writing or reading skill could be a lesson: syllables, fact and opinion, types of sentences, main idea/details, inferring, vowel patterns……
I think this would be a sure fire way to keep my students engaged since they LOVE this series :) Check it out:
This past week we learned about liquid measurement and reading a graduated cylinder. As a whole class we walked through this FREE SMARTboard activity I found on SMART notebook. It is just one slide in which you can manipulate the meniscus so students can practice reading the water level at the correct point. We also used the pen to write in mL next to the numbers so we remembered graduated cylinders use milliliters as their measurement. Click the image below to take you to the download.
Then, students visited various science/graduated cylinder stations around the room.
Station 1: Computers. We visited and practiced reading digital graduated cylinders. Click the image below to take you to the website.
Station 2: Students filled graduated cylinders with different amounts of water and recorded their findings on this FREEBIE document that they glued into their math notebooks. Click the image below to take you to Google Docs so you can print.
Station 3: Students teamed up on the three iPads I have available and worked on the problem solving app: Liquid Measure. There is a lite version. The full version is $1.99:
Station 4: Smartboard: Students played the Lakeshore Learning Science Review Game Show game:
Station 5: Seat work: Students worked in their writing journal as they wrote about the importance of liquid measurement, how to use a graduated cylinder and then drew a picture.
Have you heard of Mr. Parr? If not, quickly pull up YouTube and type in his name. Tons of awesome science songs sung to the most popular hits pop up. My class is obsessed with his songs. They are catchy, educational and so FUN! Here are just a few…
I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties to share one of my favorite math mentor texts for when I teach the concept of doubling.
Two of Everything is the cutest story of a little old man and wife who have a magic pot that doubles everything that is put into the gigantic pot. My students' favorite part is when the little old lady falls into the pot by accident and TWO of her come out. Afterwards, my students and I create a doubles anchor chart for addition doubles 0-12. We wrap up our lesson by each child creating their own magic pot. If you are interested in his crafty, you can purchase it at my Teachers Pay Teacher store. Click HERE.
I just discovered that Lakeshore Learning offers this FREE download to help organize any and all of their software titles in one, easy to reach location! These games are my absolute FAVORITE (I blog about them all of the time) and now my desktop not longer has to have game icons all over the place! They are perfect for the SMART board or can easily be played on a computer or laptop. Check it out:
Also, be sure to sign up for their emails and promotions. I just received a FREE software download of my choice!