Friday, September 28, 2012

DIY classroom chalkboards and reusable worksheets

This evening when going through my neglected blog roll (I've been avoiding the computer: my husband just got home after a month away for work, yay!) I found a few awesome ideas.

You have GOT to check out this idea from Come Together Kids:

If you check her out, please tell her I sent you there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Your Weekly lol 8

Do your students think you live at school?

I've run into few while shopping, and they're always so shy when they spot me.

What about you?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Past Projects #2: Cardboard Challenge

Last time I had my own classroom I did a big project with my kids at the end of the year about recycling. I challenged each student to create something and present it to the class.

As you can see, I was presented with a Sponge-bob Toy, a desk Organizer, an Airplane, a bank, two robots, three cars, a bus, a train, and I'm sad to say I don't remember now what the last project was. oops!


The reason I'm showing you this now is because of  "Caine's Arcade". Did you watch the original video?

The Original:

Well now that it's five months later there is a challenge being made that I would love to do in my imaginary classroom. Since I can't actually do it :(, I want to pass the knowledge onto you in hopes that you will do it with yours!


If I were doing this challenge:
I'd maybe as a class or grade level design and create a maze for the fall/harvest festival
Have groups design flea circuses
Have them make a village
Do my original project, but start with showing them parts of the original video as inspiration
Have each student make an arcade game

To be honest, when my husband and I moved early this year to make room for baby, I really REALLY wanted to keep about 8 of the big moving boxes to bring to his sisters house when we went visiting so I could make a castle/fort for her two kids. I could see it perfectly in my head. But we had nowhere to store it, and with a newborn there is no way I would have had time to construct it.

What would you make? 
What would you hope they'd make?
Would you guide them towards projects?
Would you brainstorm as a class first and assign each idea to a student or group of students?
Or Would you have parents sign up for group leaders due to the potential size of these projects?
Would you leave it ALL to their imagination?
What books could we tie into this for Language Arts?

There is so much to consider!!

See more information and join the challenge here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Your Weekly lol 7

Most of you have probably seen these, but I kinda think it would be fun to mark student papers with this "Like" stamper. I imagine some of our older grade teacher friends would be tempted to use the "dislike" one as well.

Would you use one?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunday School Recap: Sept 9th

This is a picture of the left side of my Sunday School Classroom. I teach the 2/3 slpit in the kitchen, so it's a shared space. The two small bulletin boards were VERY messy when I came in on Sunday. I always clear them at the end of the last class in June, but since someone else was teaching the last few months, they left everything up, also, the VBS added their own posters. By the end of the class I had both boards cleared and one new display set up.
Here's the close ups of the two before pictures. Don't look below for the after, because since I didn't have enough time to finish, I didn't take them. Sorry for the pictures being on their sides, my computer is having a Moment... and won't let me flip them!

And here are two pictures of two other walls of the class, I forgot to take any from the last angle, but I will eventually.

As for how Sunday School went, it went really well! I used a few WBT tricks to help the day along.

My kids loved when I taught them how to do the mirror while I told this weeks Bible lesson using gestures.

I taught them class-yes, and by the end of the 45 minute morning, most got it, although a few kept repeating my class instead of saying yes. It's okay, we'll all know it by the end of the month.

When I was looking for responses to my comprehension questions, I taught the class how to do a ten finger woo when students gave awesome answers. they definitely gt a kick out of that.

Since I spoke too much before getting into the lesson, we didn't get into the rules yet. But that's on the books for next week.

The current season in the church calendar is the season of creation (It's a new season inserted into Pentecost), and because of that , the first few weeks in September are all about caring for God's World. This week was about the 6th day of creation, and how we are made in God's image and are expected to care for his world as he would.

With the gestures, I hope my kids were better able to tell their parents what they learned over supper that night. (Am I dreaming that they would do this? lol)

I gave my kids the choice of 3 activities to do to reinforce the story, an art activity, writing or making people out of playdough. I shouldn't have been surprised that they all chose playdough, so I'm going to have to rethink a few things, namely alternating the activities, and only offering playdough 1-2 times a month as a response.

Here are their people, they thought the long arms were hilarious!

How was your first Sunday back?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Your Weekly lol 6

Growing up I'm pretty sure all my teachers used masking tape to stick things to our white board, or used the clips directly above to hang them. But now that we all have whiteboards, we can use magnets.

How about a set that looks like you stuck pushpins through the paper?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sunday School Pre-prep 2012

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Dolch Slap Hands unit

Well tomorrow marks the start of another year of Sunday School classes at my church.

I'll be teaching the 2/3 class again this year, after teaching the first half of last year, and the last half of the year before.

Our church uses this curriculum for grades 2-10:
Seasons of the Spirit

When you open up to this weeks lesson you'll see all the changes I'm making. There's technically nothing wrong with the curriculum, but I always modify it to match my own teaching style, and to include the Lord's Prayer in every week.
Seasons of the Spirit

When I tell the story starting this year I'll be using gestures and asking the kids to copy me like in Whole Brain Teaching.
WBT gestures bible story

I've marked off the nine months of curriculum to make it easier to look ahead and to prepare my "Month of Sunday's" bulletin board.
post it note page dividers organization

Every teacher has to wear a nametag so we are easily recognized as belonging there.
name tag

I'm displaying on one small board my "Month of Sunday's" featuring this pennant made out of old gift bags.

Month of Sundays

Each of the four Sunday's gets a page with the focus scripture and the theme of the week's lesson.
Month of Sundays

I made these two posters for my class. The first I explained here and the second is the Lord's Prayer. I still need t make a matching one for the Apostles Creed.
We Pray poster Lord's Prayer

I grabbed these form various unnamed sites online, and edited them to fit the paper. The first is the books of the Bible, and the other two are different ways of looking at the Liturgical year.
books of bible liturgical year posters

These are my Whole Brain teaching rules posters from First Grade By the Sea. I've mentioned before how much I love these! There's none for either raise your hand that also had an appropriate bible verse, so I'm omitting it for now since I usually only have at most 5 students, and they are often too shy to raise their little hands. We'll see how the first few weeks go to see if I add it later.
Whole Brain teaching Christian quotes 5 rules

My curriculum comes with these lovely posters, which I really don't care for. Each season I usually like 1-2, but never all of them. Again this year that hold true.
Pentecost 2 posters Seasons of the Spirit

I want my kids and their families to feel welcome, so I made this long pennant for outside our door.
Wrapping Paper Welcome Sign

I'm still colouring these, but that's ok, because I'm not entirely sure how I'll display them. I got them from Ministry to Children.
Bible Alphabet

Stay Tuned for my update on Monday to see pictures of the classroom!

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