Friday, June 27, 2014

Canadian Product Blog hop and Sale!

So here it is the first post in our Canada Day Blog Hop and TPT sale.
My entire store is on sale!

If you get lost, just leave a tab open to this blog to get re-oriented!

I'm in the midst of creating a bunch of products for my first grade classroom next year that I can use in the early fall, and I thought why not make them fall leaves, specifically Maple leaves? This way my Canadian colleagues can use them as a social studies connections, and my American followers can also use them as a fall/autumn theme. I think it's win'win!

My Freebie is a fun centre activity where my students use clothespins to mark how many maple leaves are on each card.

Maple Leaf Clip Center centre freebieMaple Leaf Clip Center centre freebie

If you like this, you may also like the other three finished maple Leaf products:

Maple Leaf Ten and Twenty frames center/centre activityMaple Leaf Fact Families Numbers to TenMaple Leaf Numbers Emergent Interactive Reader

Check out the rest of the hop here (expect links to start Saturday morning):

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bulletin boards around my school

Here is a series of bulletin boards I snapped around my school at the end of the year.

These first five are from our lovely third grade teacher. She and her EA are awfully talented!

Our LNC teacher (Literacy and Numeracy catalyst) put up this board just before she went on Maternity leave. I love the tissue flowers!

Our 2/3 grade teacher gets official credit for this, but it was actually one of our wonderful subs who did it for him when she was covering his class for a week. It's awesome!

Our Librarian put this up at Easter, so pretty!

By our Elementary office, put up by our lovely secretary.

Are you inspired for next year?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First grade supply list 2014

I had to edit the supply list for my incoming firsties so their parents know what to send the first day of school.

Here's what I came up with:

I wanted WAY more glue than they brought this year. We ran out so early in the year.
I also requested earphones so in the computer lab and for when we sign out the iPads we can have more quiet and less conversations while I do my running records.

Do you notice my last item?
At my school the students all bring their supplies to school on the first day of school in their book bags, and then the bags are never ever seen again. I felt that was a ridiculous expense, so I decided my kiddos would bring their supplies to school in the much less expensive canvas tote! I think it's genius. time will tell if parents agree. I really want to spare them an unnecessary expense.

Monday, June 23, 2014

5th Annual Elders Gathering 2014

This past week our community celebrated it's fifth annual elders gathering. Here are a few pictures of my students enjoying a few events from the week:

Pigging out on Yummy fried bannock.

Trying our hand at beading.

Watching the guy do some awesome wood carving/burning.

We checked out the hide the elders were scraping. All pretty cool, right?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

One week warning! (less actually, lol)

Mapping a community

For our mapping unit we finished up by building this town modeled after our own community, including all the major buildings we have as well as a Dairy Queen, lol.

We used our map to practice directionals and talk about the community helpers who work at various buildings.

How we made them stand up. Cool, right?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Super dad!

For our fathers day gifts my class made their dads these super cute Super dads. the letters on their chests are obviously the first letters of their dads names. 

I try not to use templates for our art too often, preferring more personal art choices.

I think they turned out pretty well, what do you think? (FYI, the first is my teacher sample)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Our Reserve/Village connections

We read as a class this non-fiction book from the Turtle Island Voices  collection. We read it and then discussed how even though our small northern community isn't a reserve, we have many similarities to the things the reserve in the book has. We then decided to make a list of things our community has and write a book of our own about our Village. This connects very closely to our Social Studies unit where we are learning about community workers and mapping. 

I LOVE making class books! And this is sadly our last of the year...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Living Things Unit: Super Plants! (Adaptations)

As part of our class discussions about plants and animals we returned to our discussion from early in the year about plant and animal adaptations to the seasons. This time we included geography in the discussion (arctic tundra and desserts especially). We then decided that plant adaptations are kind of like their Super powers, so we each designed a plant with a new Superpower.

My teacher sample featured a flower with a shield to protect it from unwelcome bugs.

This student gave their flower an invisibility shield so animals can't see it to eat it.

This Super Power has the flower flying so it can get away from being stepped on. 

And this student gave hers punching powers. See the bruises on the red flower?

How do you teach plant adaptations?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

plant experiments update: progress...

After almost two weeks most of our roots and shoots experiment beans are growing. My kiddos LOVE coming in EVERY DAY and bee-lining it for the window to see how their beans are doing.

Our race clearly has peas winning and both Zinnias and Marigolds falling far behind. I'm surprised by the slow growth here...

Finally our Missing parts experiment has very weird results. Probably my fault since I let them water their plants the first day, lol. the  CONTROL plants haven't grown at all! In fact, one is starting to smell like rotten eggs... All three in paper towel are of course growing well. TWO of the plants without water are growing, but are looking like they're going to finally die, lol. One of the airless plants is growing. I suspect there is a hole in that bag. As well, the sunless plants are growing the best, although their colour is horrible (which is perfect).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Life Cycles of a Butterfly

Here in Northern Saskatchewan, we are expected as part of our curriculum to include native studies throughout.

So when it came to designing a lesson about life cycles, it's a no brainer to put the four ages on a Medicine Wheel. In our community they refer to it as a Circle of Courage. 

Do you know there is no ONE way to put the four traditional colours on the wheel? The colours are in this order in our class because that is the accepted order in our school. I had my EA double check before we started colouring, lol.

We put the seed (popcorn kernel) on yellow because it represents generosity. Babies depend on the generosity of others.

We put our caterpillars (two pipe cleaners wrapped around a pencil and pulled off) on white because it represents Independence. Children are developing Independence.

Our Chrysalis (a dyed shell noodle) on black because it represents belonging. Adults have found their place in the world and belong.

Finally our Butterflies are on Red because it represents Mastery. Elders have mastered their lives and are experts passing their knowledge onto the next generation.

Please not: This is an outsiders view on how the four meanings connect to the the four stages of life.

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