I have to be honest…I have not taught ALL of my SCIENCE standards.
Somewhere, I have a new Science series, but my new ELA series takes up most ALL of our day…& Math… so, as any good teacher ( who LOVES science & writing) would do INTEGRATE!
We wrote about ANIMALS!
Living things…yaadaa. yaadaa. yaadaa…NO!
WE WROTE ABOUT REAL ANIMALS!
My EL’s had a hard time with the new vocabulary, (Thank You Project GLAD), we did new academic language, made charts, filled out graphic organizers, did shared writing, sloppy copies, and a final draft!
Why? Why you ask… I love the small group engagement that comes from grouping students into “teams”. I can reach them at their level. I can group them with others who have “like” needs. THEY feel so empowered. They feel so GOOD! BUT..another small group. MANAGEMENT can be “terrifying”!
I have found the “TRICK” that makes MY life SO MUCH EASIER!!!
Yes…it came from AMAZON…But I have NO AFFILIATION..just like their stuff! HOW DO I USE IT? I made a MATH FOCAL WALL (Thank You Keri Brown & Brenda Frady)
and printed them on MAGNETIC PAPER.. yes, in my REGULAR Printer (toner not ink). NOW…YOU CANNOT use a whiteboard marker on magnetic paper. YOU MUST COVER IT. So HOW DO I “COVER” IT??? REPORT SLEEVES…to the rescue! Cut them apart into rectangles. Tape on top! VOILA! Eraseable …MAGNETIC..FOCUS WALL I put it on my side whiteboard. I LOVE IT! Here’s the final result(s)… SO HAPPY! This helps me get the CALENDAR PORTION of my Guided Math started. Then..my kiddos begin MATH MUST DO’s. Then, I can pull small groups of kids for MATH!
I just found out that ORIENTAL TRADING has a WEB SITE JUST FOR TEACHERS! OMG! LIFE CHANGING! The “go to” website for class sets of
ANYTHING… pencils, erasers, crafts, party supplies, etc NOW…has TEACHER SUPPLIES! Bulletin board materials, pencils, book marks,STEM activities, etc..etc..etc…
Learn365 is AMAZING! The WONDERFUL people at ORIENTAL TRADING sent my students SOME GOODIES! *disclaimer…I was compensated in classroom materials for this blogpost. BUT…In my opinion, I believe this is a wonderful site for teachers when purchasing classroom materials. My students have 3 new STEM tubs for Problem Solving!
Jumbo Lacing Beads
WHO doesn’t LOVE to make PATTERNS,
practice stringing beads,
and work on fine motor skills
of putting a bead in a string?
My kiddos LOVE this!
Yes…primary kids still need patterning! 🙂
Foam SHOES for practice TYING SHOE LACES! WHAT A HIT!
It’s a LIFESKILL..not all students have.
These are sturdy & REAL!
And their ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!
Learning Resources® Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys™ Building Set