Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monsters in the Classroom

I love the Monster books by Ed Emberly. They are so much fun to read in the classroom. I use these books during October in teaching shapes and drawing on the computer. I begin the activity by reading Go Away Big Green Monster. I created a PowerPoint that goes through the book, too. Students learn all of the different tools in the toolbar as they draw their monsters. 

After reading Glad Monster, Sad Monster students draw monsters and explain their feelings. They monster may feel happy, sad, hungry, embarrassed, etc. We also discuss feelings as part of the lesson. 

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

I love the new book by Rebecca Emberly, If You're a Monster and You Know It. It's written like the song If You're Happy and You Know It. It is so cute. There are so many lessons you can create with this book.

Take a look at my activities about monsters. I've included math, literacy and writing activities.

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

And, if you're really into monsters, join other schools in the Monster Exchange Project. This is a great writing (procedural text) and drawing project that students love.

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites

Welcome to Sweet Integrations and the Fall Favorites Blog Hop. Even though the foliage hasn't begun to change around here, I love this time of year. I just decorated outside my front door with a variety of pumpkins.

Around this time last year, my husband and I visited Asheville, North Carolina and loved the brisk fall weather and the beautiful colors.

I want to share a favorite fall activity with you. It's called Stack it and Graph It with Oreo cookies. I purchase the Oreos with the orange filling. I usually do this at the time Jen hosts her O.R.E.O. Project so my students can participate with other schools. Even though the project is over, you can still do the activity with your students. It's a fun graphing unit for any age. For older students, you can find the mean, mode and median. This is a fun activity to do in small groups and compare the results. Since I taught technology, we put our results in a spreadsheet.

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(Another Fall Favorite! My granddaughter at Halloween)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


How many of you have used Video tutorials on YouTube and have to rewind the video over and over again? You just don't understand the first time around. I just ran across a fabulous application that goes with Google apps called VideoNot.es.

VideoNot.es gives you an opportunity to take notes while your are viewing a video. It's in Beta version so you can expect updates as you use it. I love how you can take notes right beside the video and the notes are stamped with the time frame of the video. So, you can go back and edit your notes and review them with the video.

This is great for me as I struggle sometimes to learn how to use an application. And, it's wonderful for your students when they are viewing a video in your classroom and required to take notes. The notes are automatically saved on Google Drive.

This video tells you exactly how to install the application within your Google Drive. Enjoy!
Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Time - Fun Activities With Pumpkins

There's so many fun activities you can do with pumpkins in your classroom. Just purchase four or five small pumpkins for your classroom and try some of the following activities.

Use the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins to use as counters for math problems. I created a Pumpkin Math Mat where students can count the pumpkin seeds as they create their addition and subtraction problems. The students love working with the pumpkin seeds. You can even used baked pumpkin seeds and the students can eat them after the activity.

Allow the students to spend time making observations about the pumpkin. Using their senses, they can write a few sentences about their observations. Have a bowl of water available so students can see if their pumpkin will sink or float.

Another fun activity is making predictions with pumpkins. Students can make predictions about the pumpkin's weight, circumference, height and number of ribs. This activity can be done as a whole group with the the teacher demonstrating with one large pumpkin or divide students into groups using smaller pumpkins.

The last activity is writing directions for actually carving the pumpkin. I would recommend that students write out their directions and the teacher can choose one student's directions demonstrate. Then, do the activity as a whole group. The students can rewrite their directions on a new sheet and compare their writings. I have two sheets in writing the directions. One of them has a visual with it.
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With today being Thematic Thursday, I've shared some books, my activities and fun links. These links are online pumpkin carving activities. I've even created a link for the iPad.



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day. I hope everyone is enjoying the day off.

Columbus Day is a way of honoring the achievements of Christopher Columbus and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Columbus actually landed on the Bahamas in 1492. Even though we celebrate Columbus for discovering American, it's believed that Europeans and Chinese landed on American shores before Columbus.

Visit the site History.comhttp://www.history.com/topics/exploration/columbus-day to learn more about Columbus. You'll find some excellent videos.

Visit my store to purchase my Christopher Columbus unit. It includes a PowerPoint about Columbus, graphic organizers, timeline, mini-book, vocabulary and more.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Going Batty in Austin

Hundreds of people line up along Congress Street Bridge overlooking Ladybird Lake to see the bats of Austin fly out for the evening. Every evening around dusk, between the months of late March to early October, spectators can see thousands of mostly female bats fly out from under the bridge. From 750,000 up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats consume from 10,000 to 30,000 pounds of insects a night. Austin is home of the largest urban bat colony in North America and the Conservation International.

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