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Classroom Terrarium

Classroom Design, Science

Establishing a terrarium in our classroom wasn’t a planned event.  It happened because one of my kids brought in a cocoon and we needed a place to put it. I thought it might be nice to put it behind glass so that they could observe, ask questions, and make predictions.  We had hoped that whatever it was would emerge before school let out for the summer– but it didn’t, so I took the terrarium home and emailed updates to my students’…

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Talking Animal Reports

Apps, Daily 5, iPad, Science, Technology, Writing

My students absolutely love the app Chatterpix.  They create hilarious projects with it, from talking classroom stuffed animals to singing classmates. Recently we used the app to create Talking Animal Reports, during their Daily 5 sessions.  Download the SMARTboard File Students self-selected a book to read.  They wrote five or more facts about the animal they read about.  Then they used the iPad app Hello Crayons to illustrate their animal.  After saving their illustration to the iPad’s photo gallery, they…

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Parade of Penguins

Penguins, Science, Theme

  When we come back from Winter Break we dive right into our largest unit of study:  PENGUINS!  It is by far my favorite unit of study.  As usual, our unit studies center on rich informational texts with a sprinkling of fiction texts as well.  Check out the pictures below, as well as the downloads available that help support us during this unit study. It’s the perfect time to focus on Nonfiction Text Features!  We scour the books and create…

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States of Matter and Water

Science, States of Matter, Theme, Water Cycle

Before starting our unit on Plant Growth, we spend a few days discovering the states of matter as well as learning about the water cycle.  Students have come to love the water cycle song that we learn!  As usual, our unit studies center on rich informational texts with a sprinkling of fiction texts as well.  Check out the pictures below, as well as the downloads available that help support us during this unit study. We draw the water cycle and…

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