Fraction Art

I love integrating arts into other curricular areas. I really believe that using art, music and movement increases student engagement and understanding. So I was excited to incorporate some art into our fractions study. It was really quite simple. I began with some packages of colored papers that had been pre-cut into shapes. You could […]

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The Big Talk and The Big Write

Several amazing teachers at my school have been attending a VCOP training this year.  VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, and Punctuation. I have NOT attended VCOP training, so I don’t presume to be an expert in it at all. However, through discussions and PD with our staff, I have learned a bit about some […]

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Ant Farms

The minibeast adventure continues! And I am now in the process of adopting (yes, that is the term) two ant colonies. I figure that the best way to study insects is to observe REAL insects, so that is what we are going to do. And, once again, I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolic’s […]

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Cricket Observation

Today was day two of our minibeasts study, and it was AMAZING! We began with an immersion in minibeast books last week. The kids explored all sorts of books, and we came up with a list of questions that we want to answer over the course of the term. We then had a blast searching […]

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Aurasma – I Made an Aura!

Once again I am excited to link up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. I attended a FANTASTIC professional development session last week by Andrew Douch about using technology to enhance student learning. Please visit his website, as he really is a wealth of knowledge. Douch introduced us to Aurasma, an app that uses […]

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Make Your Own Scratchboard Art!

I am so excited to be linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for her awesome Monday Made It series! I am sharing something that my students and I made together, as the Australian schools are still in session. We have pen pals from Argentina, and we wanted to send them something special. We […]

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What Do I Want Them To Walk Away With?

Standardized tests. They look at reading skills, comprehension, and the ability to put thoughts into words. They measure how well students’ take math equations and formulas and apply them to the world. They look at students’ abilities to fill in bubbles and read screens, as well as how well they can synthesize information and make […]

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