Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Teaching about Light

Today we learned about some properties of light, specifically the terms translucent, transparent, and opaque.
First, we watched this Brainpop video and used our science text.

Then we made these cards using index cards, tissue paper, transparencies, and construction paper.

I used this PPT slide as well.

Lastly, we did this sorting activity.  Students made predictions about whether objects were translucent, transparent or opaque.  Then, they examined the objects and used a flashlight to determine the results.

Here's a link to the document:

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wild about....bulletin boards!

Here's a fun year round bulletin board that can be used for anything!!
I have it as "Wild about good work", but I've also used it as "Wild about grandparents", "wild about my class", etc.  The possibilities are endless.  I've been using the same fabric and paper plates for at least 5 years-so it's worth the investment!

Blessings to you,

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hey Girl...

I don't know what it is about these that tickle me so...I hope they make you smile on this Friday afternoon!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Getting to Know You...

President's Day is around the corner {can you say 4 day weekend?!!}, so I wanted to share a series called "Getting to Know..." that I found on Youtube.

 Here's Abraham Lincoln:

George Washington

  John Adams:

They're only about 2 minute clips from a longer version, but they're informative and to the point.  They're visually appealing to the kids as well.

Blessings to you,

Friday, February 3, 2012

Interrogative sentences

Here's how I taught the concept of interrogative sentences to my 2nd graders this week.
I used this interactive anchor chart:

The students came up and place the sticky note question mark at the end of the sentences:

Then we played 20 Questions using Babbling Abby's Mystery Box.  

My students practiced writing interrogative questions as we played.

Of course, their interrogative sentences had to start with capital letters, make sense, and end in a question mark!
I made this printable for us to use as we played:

Click on it to get your free copy.

Blessings to you,