Saturday, September 27, 2014

Our Children of the World

As a technology instructor, I begin the year working with the teachers and students on a family heritage unit.  This is always a good lead in for Thanksgiving. The students love this unit as they learn about their own family history. It involves so many skills that lay the foundation for future learning. And, students learn an appreciation for other cultures of the world and diversity within their own classroom.

I provide students with great websites for research. They are now beginning see how the computer is used as a tool for gathering information. Scholastic has to be my favorite website. It's so comprehensive for all levels. I recommend that teachers use Scholastic as a guide as students learn about their cultural heritage. I also recommend Fact Monster and Time for Kids. These websites are perfect for elementary students.

There are many children's books that can be read during the unit. If you haven't heard of The Arrival by Shaun Tan, GET IT! This book has no words. It is a wonderful book for discussion about the thoughts and feelings of people immigrating to a new country. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco emphasises the importance of family traditions and heirlooms.

My husband's grandfather came to the United States from Sicily when he was nine years old. He had to travel alone on the boat because his family didn't have enough money for all of them to make the journey. We loved listening to his story about making the trip to New Orleans and the hardships they encountered. I hope my children pass on the traditions and heirlooms on to their children. 

My product "Children of the World" includes research booklets about each country and activities about family heritage. Teachers can choose activities they would use during the unit. I've also included a Country Research Scrapbook for additional activities. There's lots of opportunities for differentiation. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mexican Independence Day

Living in Texas, we have many families from Mexico who still celebrate this holiday. Enjoy Mexico Independence Day with your students. This is a great way to learn about different cultures around the world. I've provided a simple PowerPoint to explain how Mexico gained their independence along with some fun activities and websites. 

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Cinnamon Tortilla Treat

Small tortilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. Melt butter and brush one side of the tortilla. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on the buttered side. Roll up the tortilla. Brush butter on the other side as you roll. Sprinkle more sugar mixture on the rolled up tortilla. Place on cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes. The tortilla should be crispy brown. If not, cook for a minute or so longer. 

This is delicious served with Mexican hot chocolate!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Print, Cut, Go FREEBIE

Begin the year with this FREEBIE from my Math Games Print, Cut, Go product.
Students love to play games. And, these two math games are perfect in setting up your math activity centers. The games require very little instruction so you can teach other small groups while students are playing the games.

In appreciation to all my blogger friends, click on these images below to grab your free product. You need to go over the instructions with the students to introduce the games. That's it! So easy for students to play! All you need is dice. I always recommend laminating the games so you can use them over again. And, use an erasable marker so students can write their numbers on the cards. Bushel of Apples gives practice with addition and subtraction. They are also using doubles in this activity.

Students use strategy in Fill Your Basket along with addition. It's fun for any grade level. Notice that I've included a variation for this game.

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