23 September 2013

Spider Science & Math Fun!

Spidey Senses were tingling today as we embarked upon our Spider Science & Math Unit.

We kicked off our eight~legged arachnida bonanza with a class survey inquiring whether spiders can make you flinch or cease to phase you at all.

Tallies were taken and totaled. Even I admitted to being a bit scared at times 
(they really DO give me the 'hee~bee gee~bees' ha ha!).

 Click to Download Spider Science Math
Click to Download Spider Science Math

Our results were graphed and made note of within our Science Journals. 

My Spider Sleuths shared their Spidey Schema (fancy words for divulging what they already knew about spiders). As it turned out, they knew quite a bit to boot! We dispelled only a few misconceptions. 

Our anchor chart was filled to the "brim" (also our Word~of~the-Day today) with many creepy crawly facts about spiders. I have Deanna Jump to thank for her sensational spidey ideas on the anchor chart and camouflage including my culminating assessment at the end of our learning; Thanks Deanna!

We shared and discussed so many spider facts and stories such as "Creep and Flutter: The Secret World of Insects" by Jim Arnosky. It provided some awesome images and illustrations for our visual learners!

I used Deanna's assessment and added some additional spidey webs as the children reflected on the spider slurpee approach to capturing and devouring their prey ... oh my!

It was indeed a creepy crawly kind of day! Ha Ha!

05 September 2013

In The Mix One Step At a Time :)

Typically I'm the type that loves to have a running start. I do get a bit impatient while my initiative is "Gung Ho" and I Really wish to just get going, I still must remember to slow down, pace myself and be reminded that all things will happen in good time.

So going forward (at an even keel), we kicked off our literature reading Julie Danneberg's, "First Day Jitters". As we shared our jitters, worries and tell~tale excitement, we also toasted to the new school year with a complimentary drink called "Jitter Juice" to wet our whistles. Our version of a Shirley Temple broke the ice and became a most welcomed refreshment!

So I dawned my best Martha Stewart hat and the children made careful review of our recipe as we each made our own drink. Afterwards, the children recounted the ingredients and wrote each step in the process which culminated into a fun expository writing kit. It was indeed refreshing! The children were in tune to carefully mixing it up each step of the way. I was so proud of them!

Download Kit
Click Image to Download Kit

As Martha would say, "It's a Good Thing!"  (I think she would be quite proud of me:).
Cheers! :)

02 September 2013

Ready! Set! Go!

We're all set for the First Day of School! Even Pete The Cat is ready!

There's so much to anticipate! Overall, I'm tremendously excited! I'm SO looking forward to meeting my lil cuties! They are in for a great first day and at one of the best schools ever!

As Pete The Cat would say, "It's All Good!"

Cheers To The New School Year!!!

01 September 2013

Goodbye Old! Hello New!

A whole new look!  And here it is!  Welcome to my new page! 

Thanks to Beth and The Cutest Blog On The Block team http://thecutestblogontheblock.com/, my page has bloomed into quite a work of art! It's bright and beautiful and has much to offer. I am absolutely proud of this collaboration and its culminating product! Thank you Beth and the TCBOTB team!

Some finishing touches to come here and I'm learning so much about how to apply things like watermarks and navigation bar pages. It's certainly a work in progress and I'm so excited to be able to share it with the learning community!

Beth introduced me to http://www.picmonkey.com/ PicMonkey. OMG! I'm a huge fan now! It's a fantastic photo editor and has so, So, SO Many bells and whistles. Check it out!  You will love using it. And the best part is, it's FREE! Whoot Whoot!

So as I bid adieu to my original creation, I am grateful for change and all there is to come ahead. 

Cheers to the exciting adventure ahead!!