Hello and welcome back!! All is well here in Little Smarticle Particle land. I started back to work this past week with two days of new teacher orientation.... so far, so good! Today, I'm going to share with you some ideas about the second element of the 5E Instructional Model...Explore. Before I go too far,… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Explore
Hello again teacher friends! Can you believe it is almost time to go back to school?!?! I report August 10 for new teacher orientation then on to my campus August 14th. This year I have changed districts, and I'm excited to be moving back to fifth grade after a long and exhausting stretch in second.… Continue reading The 5E Instructional Model: Engage
When I first started teaching science to second graders about six years ago, I discovered that science and children are a natural fit... kinda like peanut butter and jelly. Why? Because kids are full of questions, and science is man's attempt to answer those questions. I'll let you in on a secret. I hated science… Continue reading Fear Not the 5E Instructional Model!
Hey y'all... I'm going to keep this short and sweet. If you are like me, you saw the word giveaway in the title and that's what you are here for (just sayin'). It's almost time for back to school, and that means it's also time for the TpT Back to School Sale.... To celebrate,… Continue reading It’s time for a Back to School Giveaway!!
One of the most important things that I have learned as an educator is that I can never assume that my students know something. Just because I have an inherent understanding of something, or think that some little nugget of knowledge is (or should be) painfully obvious, does not mean that my kiddos do. Do you see… Continue reading How to Help Your Students Build Relevant Background Knowledge.
Several years back, I was moved from fifth grade math to second grade self-contained. I had never taught self-contained classroom and I had never taught science. I had no idea what to do with my kiddos concerning science activities, so we did lots of nature walks, weather observations, etc... Seeing that they really liked… Continue reading One simple activity that will help your students reflect on their learning.
Do you hear the word "data" and cringe? Curse? Wish you had a hot poker so that you could stick it in your eye? Okay, maybe that is a bit extreme, but I am definitely guilty of the first two. What I don't like about data is that it often takes real life out of… Continue reading How to Track Data…LIKE A BOSS!