Thursday, January 7, 2016

Celebrate today: National Programmers' Day

Have you tried out STEM in your classroom? What about Hour of Code? These are both great ways to be able to celebrate today! Below are some great ideas and resources to make today extra fun and engaging for your students!

Flashback to last year! Remember my post about the Oreo Towers? Yes, I did this with 5th grader. But Kindergarteners could still have fun with it. That's the great thing about differentiation and rigor... you challenge them where they are at!

This is one of my newest and most favorite picture books! There is a whole series coming out focusing on STEM important people- men AND women!

Rosie Revere, Engineer

The Hour of Code website is fantastic for students to practice and learn how to code... even when they don't realize that they are doing it! I love that they have some that strike the interest of boys and for girls. Of course my little girl might just pick Minecraft over Frozen.

So, the question is, how do you STEM? I'd love to hear about your ideas or activities-- especially to celebrate today!!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What I'm Loving Wednesday: Classroom Collection

I am LOVING several changes that I have made in my room for this new year. Check these quick and easy ideas out!

My most favorite idea is Morning Tubs. These are all over Pinterest right now. This is how I am managing mine:

I have a tub on each table. My students can pick from 6 activities that are in the tub for the week. I promise this isn't as messy as it looks! I have 2 rhyming games, cvc word mats, and math activities. The pipe cleaners have a number on them and comes with a bag of beads. The kids count out the right number of beads.

Each of my 4 tables has a tub. That means these tubs will last for.. yep.. 4 WEEKS! That is a month of morning activity AND NO WORKSHEETS! Y'all, it can't get ANY better than that!!

We had a teacher work day on Monday and I got to have a lot of time to prep. I started off with these games. You can grab it for free by clicking HERE. I copied it onto colored card stock, laminated, and then started the process of cutting and bagging. 

Quick Tip: Number the baggies and EVERY piece of the game. Makes the finding the home of 'that piece' later on so, so much easier!!

I also got to prep for Mary Amoson of Sharing Kindergarten's Space unit. Y'all. Seriously! Y'all. GO BUY IT NOW! It is the absolutely best unit I have ever bought. Insanely comprehensive and I love it!

The unit even has crafts. Oh. My. Goodness. Gravy!

So, what are you loving right now?!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Drum roll....(with a freebie)

Congratulations to the winner of all these Valentine's day goodies...

I will be contacting you asap to get your goodies in the mail to you! 

For everyone though, I have uploaded a brand new forever freebie! It's perfect for next week to have your students graphing and share how late they stayed up for New Year's Eve! All the pieces are already made for you, you just have to print and cut :)

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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