For art, we channeled Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract, color-rich murals. His works were greatly influenced by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Here was our inspiration: For this project, I gave each of my students a white piece of card stock. With the paper vertically on their desks, they measured 2 3/4 inches across and…… Continue reading Kandinsky Murals
In my classroom, we’ve created a community of learners AND hard workers. Part of this includes my students each having a special job that they perform each day. We started out the year by applying for jobs. And yes, they actually filled out an application. Get it here! Classroom Job Application Here’s a list of…… Continue reading Classroom Jobs
I am not a feminist. Before you go thinking that I am against women’s rights and women in general, let me explain myself. In the past, feminism was a movement that fought for the rights we have today. If it weren’t for these powerful women leading and supporting the movement, we wouldn’t be able to…… Continue reading I Am Not a Feminist.
In my classroom, we had been reading and discussing poetry for a couple of days. I wanted my students to write their own poems, but wasn’t sure where to start. I had remembered from the school I was previously at a poetry assignment one of the teachers had done, and I loved it! I decided…… Continue reading “I Wish” Poems
Many of you are (most likely) familiar with the children and family game, Hedbanz. This game has a set of cards and plastic headbands, with a slot for the card. Players pick a card and insert it into the slot. They then have to guess what their card is through questioning the other players. You’re probably…… Continue reading Hedbanz Vocabulary
At my school, we do something called “Walk to Read.” This consists of students separating into groups for intensive reading instruction based on their own level. This system has proved to be extremely beneficial in reaching target struggle areas for students, and has helped every student gain reading progress. Within my classroom, I have a…… Continue reading Parts of Speech Fitness
My students really needed to kick it into gear on memorizing their multiplication facts. I came up with an incentive that helped them gain the motivation needed to start working on them. I made a deal with my students. Depending on how many facts they completed, that would be the determining factor of what…… Continue reading Here’s the SCOOP on our multiplication!