Friday, January 24, 2014

Science: Exploring Magnets

We have begun exploring magnets for our science unit.  This is always one of my favorite subjects to teach!  

This week we started with discussing what we know about magnets and what we want to learn about magnets.  We watched a short magnet video from Bill Nye and did our own magnet exploration!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jelly Bean Prayer

I always knew about the colors of jelly beans symbolizing the Easter story, but I never really did anything with it.  

Until now.

Teaching Heart has a great free printable.  There is a "Colors the Jelly Bean Prayer Book", a small worksheet, and a printable you can attach to a bag of jelly beans!  It's not too late to stop over and use the is wonderful resource!

Easter Wreath

This may be a little late this year, but check out the great printable and tuck it away in your files for next year. 

In addition to Resurrection Eggs I also used this Easter Wreath to help my students learn the story of Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension.

We've been adding a piece or two each day as we learned the parts of the story.  This wreath is nice because today we talked about the Ascension and Pentecost.  Will this be the only resource for the Ascension and Pentecost?  Absolutely not!  But it's a start.  When we return from our Easter break next week and start learning more about it, this will be a good reference for students.  It's like planting a little seed today that I can use and grow larger next week.

Interested in this craftivity?  I got it from Wee Little Miracles.  Don't worry about subscribing to Scrib'd to get the printables, scroll down further in the post and there are links to Google Docs for them (free!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I Found It!

All my searching has paid off...I found TWO live streaming videos of the Vatican and the chapel chimney.  

I'm going to project it today so we can keep an eye on events while we are working.

Want to watch at home?  There's a YouTube channel here or VaticanTV here (they seem to be broadcasting the same).  I'm sticking with the YouTube broadcast though, the VaticanTV site seems to have to do a lot of buffering!

Color a Smile

I'm always looking for a good service project.  It's often difficult to find things that are meaningful and do-able for my first grade students.  

In my  mind the ultimate service project would include learning about what we are doing, doing the project, and seeing the result of our service.  For example - if we were to collect toiletry items for the poor, I'd like to have my students learn about poverty, graph some results. Then together we work to collect items needed and deliver it to where it was needed most.  I think it's important for children to see this kind of feedback with their actions.

The project I found from via Primary Inspiration doesn't meet all the critera, but it's a great start and a simple way to help the students give back.

Color a Smile provides simple drawings and templates for students to color.  Print them, color them, and mail them in to be distributed to nursing home, Meals on Wheels programs, and individuals all across the country.  It's amazing to think that a simple act of coloring a picture can reach all over our nation.

Linda over at Primary Inspiration raved about the ease of use and enthusiasm her students have for this project.  Thanks Linda!  I'm so excited to start!

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A post from Swamp Frog First Graders led me to Educents.

Educents is in it's pre-launch phase.  It will be "a daily deals site featuring the latest educational products at 30-90% off!"  The site with launch on April 2nd.

The products include e-books, software, curriculum, online learning, and more.

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Pope Alarm

We are at such an exciting time in our church's history.  

I've been searching all over for a webcam that will watch the Sistine chapel's chimney, but I haven't found one (yet).  

I did, however, come across Pope Alarm.  It's a cool, free service that will send you an email or text alert as soon as there's white smoke.

Check it out and sign up to be one of the first to know when we have a new pope! 

While we wait, check out the conclave smoke craft over at Catholic Inspired!