I know it has been a while since I have not written something new. I promise that this academic year I will be more proactive on my blog. Well I had one month of vacation and during this month off I was doing a lot of thinking as well as researching for new ideas on setting up my classroom. I think I have some ideas in mind which later this week I will be posting in my blog.
Also, during this month of relaxation I did some shopping!!! for the class. I went to Dollar Tree, 99, Walmart, Barnes and Noble and Target. I bought some bins, white board, map, learning flashcards, caddies and more. I will also be posting pictures of the items I bought later this week.
I also did some research and based on the group of students I will be getting this year they benefit from learning tasks. I was looking at some on line and they were either expensive for my budget or they did not aligned with my state standards, therefore, I did not had any other choice but to make my own. I made some but I am still working on crating the rest, which I think this will be an on going project for the rest of the school year.
I hope you are enjoying your vacation and see you later.
Please click on the video to practice your dance. Remember we are dancing for June 9 and June 18.
This year our school is implementing the Next Generation State Standards. We are teaching science across the curriculum.
3-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth,
growth, reproduction, and death.
The performance expectations above were developed using the following elements from the NRC document A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
building and revising simple models and using models to
represent events and design solutions.
Develop models to describe phenomena. (3-LS1-1)
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how
key events occur). (3-LS1-1)
SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or
enhance certain facts or details. (3-LS1-1)
Production and Distribution of Writing:
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories
Directions: Research two trees (answer and write all the questions in a sheet)
- Research one tree from California and another tree from another state.
- Research the trees and use the graphic organizer to write facts.
- What patterns did you see?
- Why do you think the Californian tree you chose is different from the tree you chose from another state.
- What does phenology mean?
- How does a tree change throughout the year?
- Why does the tree change through the year?
- How do you identify a tree species?
- How is this tree used (economically,
- How can you identify how old is the tree?
- How old is the tree?
- How tall is the tree?
- Vegetation – what types, quantity, invasive species, etc.
- Animals – species, status, diversity, etc.
- Water – sources, locations, currents, etc.
- Human impacts – settlements/activities
- Draw a map of the trees you chose
- Do a diorama of the trees you choose and label everything that is in your diorama.
- Do poem
- Do- the sketch and label your ecosystem.
Getting to Know My Scientist
(This sheet will be used when they present tomorrow.) Due- August 30, 2016
- The scientist I researched was__________________________.
- What did your scientist do to become famous:
- How did your scientist make an impact with his or her invention:
- What did you learn about your scientist?
This year our school is preparing children to set goals as well as to develop and action plan they are going to execute to achieve their specific goal to master their measured skilled. I currently teach third grade and yes sometimes my students get overwhelmed with all these new topics, skills, strategies, and changes because it is new to them and they have not being exposed to think. I always remind my students that we are not perfect and that we all learn from our mistakes. The important thing is to look back and reflect
- what did I do wrong?
- How can I do better?
- What can I do to do better?
As educators we need to guide our students on how to fix their misconceptions, so they can be the best they can. Also, we will be teaching them to set and achieve goals, which we need to develop that skill so we can be successful in live as well as to look back and think what I am doing wrong and how can I improve?
In all my lessons I introduce the standard, learning target, and through out the lesson I point out the strategies we are doing and I also asked them questions. I am teaching my students to take notes, to reflect, as well as to go back and use their notes as reference.
For the past two weeks I am teaching my students to set goals as well as to develop an action plan. We brainstorm as a class and they came up with a lot of great suggestions.
I am posting some great resources that I found on-line for the kids to use for their action plan to master their specific goal.