I'm a 33 year old History major working towards an Elementary Education certificate. I am married and a father to a beautiful 7 year old girl. I spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a Records Keeper and Rescue Swimmer.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 6:22 PM in Museum Trips
There's not much the teacher can do in this situation (as far as the trip goes). Students who do not return their permission slips are legally not allowed to go on the trip. However, the teacher should have something planned for just such an occasion. Even though students could not go on the field trip does not mean that they should not have some sort of an educational experience that day in schoo...
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Sun, Nov 27, 2016 6:17 PM in Animal Habitats Activities
A fun idea for first graders who may not be able to go outside the classroom is to decorate various sections of the room as different habitats. Students could be in charge of designing and researching what animals live in their habitats. You may also be able to decorate different activity centers as habitats and then refer to those habitats for the remainder of the school year. This could prove to...
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 1:46 PM in Gardening in the Classroom
I really like this idea and I am currently in the process of designing a lesson plan where the students will be both building their garden boxes and planting various types of vegetables in those boxes. The goal of this project is to show how students who live in metropolitan areas can still grow their own gardens despite limited space. The boxes we will be designing will be able to be removed and ...
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If You Build It...
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 6:13 PM Building in the Classroom
I thought this was a really good article on how to design and implement a building activity in an elementary classroom. Even if you don't decide to build the exact same thing as the article outlines, the procedures outlined by the article may be of great assistance. It was also extremely helpful to me in introducing the idea of using trade books within the classroom.
Growing Gardens, Growing Minds
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 6:10 PM Gardening in Elementary
I thought this article was great at outlining just what was attempted and accomplished at the various grade ranges in elementary school. It's very helpful due to its explanations of the Next Generation Science Standards utilised at each level. The article also had some great ideas about using gardens in low income schools.
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