Sunday, March 23, 2014

Landform Flipbook

Oh, did we have fun with this one!  Even this year's class, who are not know for their love of coloring, enjoyed this activity!  I sent them home with all the pieces and they had "tv homework" which is where they GET to do their homework while watching tv!  They love those assignments!  I can't really justify taking the time to color in class at this age, so I sent it home, and then they brought it back and we put it together as an end of unit activity.  It then went in their science notebook.  They came out so great...the pictures do NOT do them justice!  I found this activity through Pinterest.  You can find it at Ginger Snaps Treats for Teachers' blog.

The Lorax Bulletin Board

Words cannot express how much I love walking out my classroom door and seeing all of the truffula trees hanging from the ceiling!  This is what I see when I walk out the door!

This is the view looking toward my classroom .

Looking at the board straight on...

Here's the sign that's on the top left of the board...
I had intended to make more of the big truffula trees with the grey/yellow stems, but...1-I didn't love the way they turned out, 2-I made them and not the kids, and 3-the kids' Loraxes took up more of the board than I had originally visualized.  All that said....I love it!  It just shouts spring, which I think most of us can agree we all need right about now!
So, my students made all of the truffula trees (flowers) themselves and they came out looking amazing!  Then we incorporated Read Across America with science with the tiny Loraxes.  Students wrote something they thought the Lorax would tell us about conserving our natural resources on the Lorax's belly and they wrote something THEY could do to help conserve our natural resources. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

New Blog Button

I'm going through Teaching Blog Traffic School and today's homework was to create a blog button.  I previously had one, but it was one I've seen used a it was time to create a new one!  I created both a square one and a round one....yay me!  What do you think?  The only thing I wish was different is that the neck was closer to the center of the head.  But since I didn't make the clipart, I can't really change that!