Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Exploring the Solar System

The Solar System - interactive review

After reading up on each planet, looking at pictures on the computer and in books, and exploring some sites NASA has available, students create a plethora of activities to culminate our unit.

The first was a solar system flip book.  Here they drew a picture for each planet AND included some important facts.  Most of them turned out AMAZING!  They honestly LOVED creating this and definitely enjoy anything involving art/coloring/drawing.

Below you can see the inside of some of the flip books so you can see how the pages were done...

Here's an aerial shot of most of the flip books.  They were all so amazing I couldn't focus on just a few to show!

Next, in order to make our bulletin board a bit more interactive, I had the students create a "challenge" question.  This question could be geared to any age group since Pre-K students all the way up to 5th graders and adults walk by our classroom/bulletin board on a daily basis.

The students worked completely on their own to complete this assignment in class, but were able to use their solar system packets that we've been working on (it includes readings and comprehension questions on each planet) and they could use the variety of solar system books I put out for them.

Here are some examples (I apologize, I didn't know how to rotate them...proof I'm still a blogger baby)

Lastly, if students finished their seat work, they were able to complete a little solar system hat/headband on a sentence strip.  This is a very basic assignment, but it was only for early finishers who opted out of using the computer to discover more about the solar system. 

Check them out...

Saturday, January 5, 2013

We Wont Back Down

Completely inspired by the movie, We Wont Back Down! Click the link to watch the trailer.  I want to be the best teacher I possibly can and make every student feel respected, motivated, and determined to succeed.  

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Friday, January 4, 2013

November Showcase - Turkeys

Check out some of the wonderful turkeys my class made for the showcase in November! There were SO MANY creative ones, I just photographed a few.  Great Job!! 

Typing Games for Computer Centers

Computers are a huge part of our lives.  In MOST jobs you need basic computer skills and to keep up this the changing times, it is EXTREMELY important that students know how to type and use computers with ease.  It actually surprises me that we don't have a computer class here at Hollywood considering I remember taking computers in 5th and 6th grade.  Regardless, students can easily practice typing at home if a computer is available.  Students know how to play Angry Birds and games using the arrows up, down, left, and right, but most still search for each letter at an extremely slow pace when typing.  In middle school, high school, college, and throughout adult life, typing is important.  The faster/better you are at typing and navigating a computer, the better.  Soooo.... here are some typing websites to practice at home.  They are fun and engaging, but useful too.  You all know I can type quickly so I challenge you!  Practice throughout the year and come June I will have a "TYPE-OFF" with someone.  If you win, we will discuss your prize.  Good Luck!!!

Typing Game for Centers

More Typing Games 

These are some websites/webquests for 4th graders!  They are great for additional support...not typing related, but reading/math related.
4th grade websites and web quests for extra practice

Free Digital Books Online!

Today I shared a wonderful resource with the students.  Mrs. Krussman, our reading specialist informed all teachers about "MyOn Reader... my choice, my books, my growth."  It is a wonderful database full of FREE digital books!

Prince George's County Public Schools set this up for students.  It is a digital library with HUNDREDS of digital books from Capstone Digital.  You can use any computer (with internet) to access the site!  Students and parents can access these digital books for individual reading, homework, research, and FUN!

Families are encouraged to spend time together reading and learning.  All of the digital books have reading supports (highlighting and audio so you can listen to the story as well).  There are various genres, titles, and topics.

Please check it out! It is for YOU! 

School Name: Hollywood Elementary School


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