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Monday, January 25, 2016

Science Interactive Notebooks from Carson-Dellosa

Unless you've been hiding under a rock you know that
interactive notebooks are all the rage.  A fun way to teach and 
reinforce effective note taking skills, they also help students 
learn organization, color coding, summarizing, and other 
important skills while creating personalized portfolios of 
their learning.

I recently received Science Interactive Notebooks for Grade 2
from Carson-Dellosa.  As a Carson-Dellosa Brand Ambassador,
I get to choose great resources to review and try out in my classroom.

 Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa

These notebook pages for temperature and clouds are the perfect
supplement for our upcoming weather unit.  There is also a
water cycle activity.

Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa
I always appreciate a resource book that is geared specifically to
my grade level.  How many times have you purchased a book 
only to find that there are just a few activities that you can use?

Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa

This science resource includes 33 interactive notebooking 
activities for second grade life science, physical science, and 
earth & space science concepts, all of which I teach! 
Whether you have your students color their own pages,

 Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa

or you copy on colored paper,

 Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa

the simple format makes the pieces easy to cut. Students
 can organize information and show what they know 
through written responses.

Here's my favorite part...I was delighted to discover 
that the book also includes 20+ pages of a variety 
of templates and tabs in all shapes and sizes.  

Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa

Simply add your own content, like I did with this generic 
8-flap template, to customize and create 
your own notebook pages.

Interactive Science Notebook Grade 2 from Carson-Dellosa

The best part? You can use the blank templates 
for any subject! Although the templates include puzzles, 
pockets, shapes and shutter folds, and accordions 
and cards, I especially like your basic flap book for 
vocabulary, spelling, and phonics practice.

You can check out this versatile science (and more) 
resource by clicking on any of the images.

Happy notebooking, friends!

Review Disclaimer:  I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa 
and have received this product for free to review.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes!

Shapes and geometry... two of my favorite math units to teach.  
There are so many creative ways to teach these concepts,
and let's face it, it's a whole lot more FUN than teaching 
primary students to unbundle, decompose, regroup, and 
subtract across zeros!

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes! Around the Kampfire

These are a few of my favorite high engagement,
seriously FUN ways to teach about shapes!

Connect to Popular Culture
Students relate and respond when learning is connected 
to movies, books, and songs they love! They can't help 
but to get up and move to What Does the Fox Say? especially
when you change the words to What does the SHAPE say!

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes~Get your dance moves on!





Use the kid-friendly Just Dance version by Ylvis on YouTube
to introduce your unit.

Anchor the Learning
Create a What Does the SHAPE Say? chart that serves
as a lesson visual AND a game board. Use 2D or 3D shapes
to make your lesson come alive!

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes!  What Does the SHAPE Say? anchor chart/game board  Around the Kampfire
Find the "chart parts" and templates here

  Play a version of I Have, Who Has
for students to identify shapes and their attributes.

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes!  Group game Around the Kampfire

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes!  What Does the SHAPE Say? anchor chart/game board  Around the Kampfire

 Turn each piece into a removeable sticky note by 

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes!  What Does the SHAPE Say? anchor chart/game board  Around the Kampfire

Include Read Alouds
These are just a few of the read alouds I use and books 
I like to have available for students to read.

Favorite Books For Teaching About Shapes
The Perfect Square by Michael Hall is one of my very favorites.
All of his books are treasures!

Find the books on Amazon:

Make Assessing Fun!
Use these shape booklets for students to describe the
attributes of  2D or 3D shapes from the shape's point of view.

What Does the SHAPE Say? attribute booklets
What Does the SHAPE Say? attribute booklets

It's also a great opportunity for students to apply their
 math vocabulary as they "speak" for each shape.

What Does the SHAPE Say? attribute booklets

Seriously FUN Ways to Teach Shapes!  What does the SHAPE say? attribute booklets
Find the booklets here

Incorporate Writing!
Most teachers incorporate writing into every 
subject through journals, writing centers, and various 
response activities. Here's a high engagement, 
hands-on way to step outside the journal and 
have students show what they know while 
practicing the correct use of quotation marks.

 What does the SHAPE say? math craft
  
 What does the SHAPE say? math craft 

 What does the SHAPE say? math craft

 What does the SHAPE say? math craft
Find the shapes craft here
Animate Your Crafts!
Use the  ChatterPix app to give a voice to your learning! 
It's so simple to use and literally takes seconds to complete.  

How to animate your crafts with ChatterPix

Each child takes a picture of their work using the app on an 
iPad then follows these simple steps to record their voice.

How to animate your crafts with ChatterPix

Sometimes all it takes is a little talking mouth to
send the engagement factor SOARING!

Make A Movie!
We took it a step further and made our very own movie!

What Does the Shape Say? movie~Using ChatterPix and iMovie to give a voice to your learning!


I saved each student's work in Dropbox then uploaded 
them into iMovie. You can then add a title and select from 
their music library or add your own song.  Of course we 
added the karaoke version of  What Does the Fox Say? 
that I purchased on iTunes.

Munch During Math Class!
Incorporate edible activities during your shapes unit.
Use crackers for plane shape sorting by number of sides 
and vertices then use this Free Munchie Math Printable
for students to identify the name and attributes of shapes.

Munchie Math Shapes free printable

Check the dollar store first when shopping for crackers.  
They almost always have all the shapes you'll need.

Munchie Math Shapes free printable
Download the free shapes printable here.
Incorporate A STEM Challenge
This STEM project from creeksidelearning.com
is a great addition to your shape activities. Challenge 
your students to experiment with shapes to determine
which is the strongest.

Shapes STEM Challenge by creeksidelearning.com
Photo credit: creeksidelearning.com
Find more information and a video of the
experiment on creeksidelearning.com.

I hope you've found some ideas you can use in your
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Fun New Year's Activities for the Classroom

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5 Fun New Year's Activities for the Classroom | Around the Kampfire

Happy New Year!  I don't know where the year has gone but
we're going to celebrate the new one! To help you celebrate
with your class and ease back into the routine, here is a list of
my favorite New Year's activities to do in the classroom!

1.   Learn About the History of New Years Celebrations 
  
The History of New Year's Celebrations for Kids | Around the Kampfire

There are a lot of great resources out there for teaching children 
about the history of New Year's Eve celebrations and New Years
traditions around the world.  Here are a few of my favorites:



Infographic from The DailyMail.com.  If you prefer to skip the
article here is the infographic on Pinterest.

The History of New Years Eve Celebrations for Kids | Around the Kampfire

from Video Life World, is a fun, fast-talking, and fact filled video 
on YouTube.  (Be sure to cue up all videos ahead of time to skip any advertisements. I always play it safe as you never know if the ad 
will be appropriate for school.)

The History of New Years Eve Celebrations for Kids | Around the Kampfire


The History of New Years Eve in Times Square
 5 Fun New Year's Activities for the Classroom | Around the KampfireThis video clip from timessquarenyc.org gives a historical look at how celebrations have evolved in Times Square. Did you know the first New Year's Eve bash was held in 1904 to commemorate the official opening of the new headquarters of The New York Times?

Singing Auld Lang Syne 
And Other New Year's Customs
This old Scottish song was first published
by the poet Robert Burns in 1796. Sung on
New Years Eve after the stoke of midnight, Auld Lang Syne is said to be the most popular song that nobody knows the words to!

2.   Write New Year's Resolutions

 5 Fun New Year's Activities for the Classroom: New Year's resolution writing craft
January is the perfect time to refresh and reteach routines and
procedures as well as to write resolutions and set new learning goals!
This resolution writing craft comes with minilessons on defining
a resolution and the history of the New Year's celebration, along
with printables, leveled reading passages, and a 5-day lesson plan.
The party horn craft makes a great January hallway display, too!
Click on the above link to see ours from last year!

3.   Record Resolutions From A Character's Point Of View
 If Book Characters Made New Year's Resolutions Jen Jones/Hello Literacy
       Photo: Jen Jones/Hello Literacy
If Book Characters Made New Year's Resolutions
Have your students think like their favorite book character
and make New Year's resolutions with the ChatterPix app!
It's super easy to use your iPad to animate a picture with a
little talking mouth! This higher order thinking activity
by Jen Jones from Hello Literacy is both fun and timely
for students to put themselves in a characters' shoes while
teaching point of view. This post includes a quick
tutorial and a list of several books with strong characters
to help you get started!

4.   Make A Happiness Jar

The Happiness Jar from Mommypotamus~ Such a great idea for the classroom!

These Happiness/Gratitude Jars from Mommypotamus are
ideal for the classroom! Use a large plastic jar, you know the
ones you find at Walmart filled with cheese puffs? That one,
and keep a supply of note paper nearby. Students can write down
moments that make them happy at home or at school and place
them in the jar.  Rather than wait a whole year, read a few each
day or at the end of the week before dismissal or save them up
to use for brain breaks!

4.   "Ring" in the New Year 

Free printable "Ring In the New Year" ring pops | Around the Kampfire

Help your students ring in the new year by surprising them
with these New Year's ring pops on their desks! I always like
to put a little something on each desk to welcome everybody
back after an extended break. They're a great lead in to any
New Year's activities you'll be doing and it helps break the
"Do I really have to be up this early after I've slept in
for two weeks?" cycle!
Download the Free New Year's Ring Pop printable.

5 Fun New Year's Activities for the Classroom | Around the Kampfire
Happy New Year friends!  I hope these
ideas help you ease back into the routine!

Follow my January in the Classroom
board on Pinterest for more ideas!

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Instagram to see what we're up to in
the classroom!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Easy Parent Christmas Gift and Classroom Traditions

Here's an easy parent Christmas gift using 
inexpensive dollar store finds.

Easy Parent Christmas Gift

We made these super simple parent gifts with candles from
Dollar Tree and used Mod Podge to glue on tissue paper squares.
Watered down school glue works great too.

Easy Parent Christmas Gift

We added the little pictures from the school 
photographer to the front then used glitter glue
pens to add a frame around the picture.

A yearly tradition in my classroom is our
 Catch Me If You Can gingerbread book study. Each
year we compare and analyze many different 
versions of The Gingerbread Man.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School reading activities

This week we read one of my very favorites,
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.  
You can see more of our gingerbread man activities here.

We even made a Loose In Our School class book to send to 
our gingerbread exchange buddies!

The Gingerbread Man Loose in our School class book and craft

It's an original poem I wrote with the same rhythm and cadence 
of T'was The Night Before Christmas that tells all about 
the adventures of our gingerbread men loose in our school!

If you'd like to make one with your class, 
I  just posted this Loose In Our School Class Book
in my TPT shop in a little bundle 
that includes the book template and gingerbread man craft
along with a missing poster, editable cover, and picture file. 

In other news....
I finally tackled the tree lights.

We got off to a rocky start but I finally got her (mostly) working.  
She's so lovely I wish I could leave her up all year!

I also recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by
Dr. Michael Methvin from ClassroomNinja about how 
TeachersPayTeachers is impacting classrooms
and helping teachers to save time and work smarter.
TeachersPayTeachers: Impacting classrooms and enabling teachers to save time and work smarter.
One of my favorite classroom traditions is to have my
class make Secret Santa of kind words cards for each other.

Secret Santa of Kind Words

Students choose names and then make cards with words
 of kindness for each other.  I'm always so proud of 
all of the sweetness they write to each other.

Secret Santa of Kind Words cards

Secret Santa of Kind Words cards

Before I go I have to show you the cutest thing! During our 
holidays around the world this week one of my students 
gave a presentation about Hanukkah and even brought 
in one of his family traditions.....are you ready?
It's a Mensch on a Bench!

Mensch On A Bench

Have fun with your class and I hope your last week 
is merry and bright!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Thanksgiving Writing With a Very Persuasive Pigeon!

Happy Saturday!  I thought I'd pop in to share some Thanksgiving 
writing we did this week with one very persuasive turkey pigeon!

Thanksgiving persuasive writing craft booklet

Poor Tom Turkey doesn't want to be eaten on Thanksgiving 
so he disguises himself as the Pigeon! 

Setting the purpose for our persuasive writing.



Tom Turkey asked my students help him by persuading their 
families to eat hot dogs instead of turkey for their holiday meal! 
And according to Tom, hot dogs really are better!

My class came up with lots of good reasons to eat 
hot dogs on Thanksgiving!

Brainstorming good reasons to eat hot dogs on Thanksgiving!

Students brainstormed all of their reasons on this variation 
of a bubble map,

Brainstorming good reasons to eat hot dogs on Thanksgiving!

then chose their best three to write inside their Pigeon booklets.

Thanksgiving persuasive writing~A twist on the Pigeon and disguise-a-turkey.

Those sunglasses do me in every time! Ha!

Thanksgiving persuasive writing booklets~A twist on the Pigeon and disguise-a-turkey.

We took it a step further this year after I added some 
fun publishing paper.
Thanksgiving persuasive writing~A twist on the Pigeon and disguise-a-turkey.

Students wrote these persuasive paragraphs with lots 
of reasons why they should have hot dogs for 
Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving persuasive writing~A twist on the Pigeon and disguise-a-turkey.

Our Kinders-across-the-hall love passing by our turkeys in 
disguise each day!

Thanksgiving persuasive writing~A twist on the Pigeon and disguise-a-turkey hallway display

Thanksgiving persuasive writing~A twist on the Pigeon and disguise-a-turkey hallway display

You can find this fun twist on disguise-a-turkey in my TPT shop!


Find more Thanksgiving classroom ideas 
on my November in the Classroom board on Pinterest!

Happy almost Thanksgiving, friends!