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Monday, January 30, 2012

They never taught me this in school...

I can clearly remember my elementary days; the lessons about Dinosaurs, the dreadful integers, the grammar lessons, but one thing I cannot seem to recall is learning much about geography.  I have posted below some cool materials for the classroom all about Land and Water Forms. 

I introduce this lesson by having the students take some brown clay and make different island shapes on blue (water) paper.  We talk about islands we know about and search for them in the Atlas.  I then let them know there are other land forms and show them pictures and we discuss the forms they make. 

We then talk about water forms such as any lakes they are familiar with, what you can do at lakes and point some out on our provincial map.   I then introduce some other water forms and locate them on an Atlas. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I'm Obseussed!!

I've been having so much fun in the classroom lately I havent had much time to blog at all!  My apologies!!  But I'm going to make it up to all of you loyal blog followers by posting some great ideas for everything and anything Dr. Seuss. 

Each month in our class we focus on a different author.  Dr. Suess is not only great for beginner readers but the theme can be integrated into all different areas of the curriculum.  This past Friday we even had a party and invited parents to come and play with Oobleck, read stories, play games and see the showcase of the students work, ohhh... and of course enjoy some delicious snacks. 

Easy Cat in the Hat Snacks- icing, oreo, and red candies

Beyond Zebra inspiration for making a sentence using the after Z alphabet

Our Green Eggs
Fox in Socks Game

Thing One and Two

Learning about Adjectives with the book My Many Coloured Days
Barthelemew and Oobleck inspired- corn starch, water and food colouring

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue fish with fish candies for graphing.