Did you know plants make their own food through a process called photosynthesis? Did you know deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and evergreen trees keep their leaves all year long?
We are learning about the parts of a plant and their function. Roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil. The water and nutrients travel up the stem to the leaves. The leaves collect sunlight which it uses to make its own food. Chlorophyll in the leavestraps light energy from the sun combines it with carbon dioxide and water to make a sugar called glucose. Chlorophyll also gives the plant its green color. Plants are so interesting.
Can you believe I'm a Melonhead? It's the cutest thing, and I absolutely love it! Here's a shout out to Nikki at Melonheadz Illustrating for doing an amazing job. I know you have to want one too. Nikki will be happy to draw one especially for you. For just $20.00, she will draw you in both color and black-and-white versions along with the attire of your choice, and up to three props. Send her an email by clicking the link above to place an order.
Does your school use Accelerated Reader? My school does, and our students read very well.
At my school, each student is assigned an AR goal based on his or her reading ability. We focus on the percentage of a student's goal rather than on the point value. We don't want the focus to be on the student with the most points but rather on all the students that reached their goal. In a spirit of celebration, each student that reached 100% of their goal is invited to an AR party at the end of each 9 weeks.
I created this AR Reading Goal Tracking Clip Chart and Bookmark resource to perfectly match my western themed classroom. Do you have a classroom theme that you would like for me to create? Leave your suggestion as a comment along with your email address. You might be a winner of a FREE product of choice from my store.
In the book Sort it Out! by Barabara Mariconda we meet Packy the Packrat. He has quite a collection and his mother has had enough of his packrat ways! She gives Packy an assignment to sort the items and put them away. Throughout the story Packy sorts his items in familiar and not so familiar ways. Written in rhyme with colorful, detailed illustrations, this book makes for a great introduction into process skills.
A little LAGNIAPPE: There are additional sorting activities in the back of the book.
Here's another great buy at Dollar Tree. I'll be using these in science to teach process skills. These gators once placed in water will begin to grow at least 600% their original size. Through the years, this has been a class favorite.
Basic Scientific Process Skills include:
*Observing: Qualitative observations are observations made by using the five senses.
*Measuring: Quantitative observations are observations made by using tools to measure, weigh, etc.
*Inferring: Formulating an assumption or explanation about what was observed.
*Classifying: Grouping items by their similarities or differences.
*Predicting: Making a guess based about what will happen based on observations.
*Communicating: Describing what actually happened using words, symbols, or graphics.
School ended here in Louisiana before Memorial Day, and so far it has been a great summer off. I have had opportunity to get some much needed sleep so I am now feeling more refreshed for the coming school year!
Today, is July 1st and that means we start school NEXT month. I hope July does not fly by as I still need more time for resting, refreshing, and recreating. Summer is such a great time to not be clock driven. Oh, the lazzzzzy days of summer....how I love thee!
This year at my school third grade will be departmentalized, and I will be teaching science and math. I am very excited about the change! Today, while at Dollar Tree, I made some great buys for my classroom. I was able to find small baskets, sets of three funnels, sets of two ice trays, sets of two water bottles, measuring cups, and chopsticks in four colors. The color variety will help me easily divide my students into four groups.
The ice trays will be used during my Plant Unit for planting seeds. Students will plant seeds in them then place one tray in the sunlight and the other in a dark place. The chopsticks, which are attached like a clip, will be used during my Animal Adaptations Unit. Students will use a variety of utensils to determine the best beak for a variety of birds. The other items will be used for many different labs.
Teacher Appreciation Week is generally recognized as the first week of May. This is a wonderful time when schools, PTOs, parents, and students recognize my professional for the hard work and dedication shown throughout the year. I love Teacher Appreciation Week! I love it for many reasons but not necessarily for the reasons many outside my profession may think.
When it comes to teacher appreciation gift giving, I have had years of abundance and years of famine. I have had years of feeling like a superhero and years of feeling like a ragamuffin.
I have come to learn that teaching is a cycle. A cycle of ups-and-downs. A cycle of oh-my :) and oh-me:(. A cycle of "I love my job!" to "Education degree...what was I thinking?"
As much as I love and appreciate the "things", NOTHING takes the place of authentic expressions of gratitude from my students. These are the gifts that keep my fire burning. For me, Teacher Appreciation can happen at anytime, anywhere, any day.
Here is a sampling of the appreciation shown to me throughout this school year.