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Time for Rockets to Take Off!

July 27, 2012
Time for Rockets to Take Off!

Rockets One of the activities that every kid loves it building with these large scale plastic rods with connectors.  Today’s challenge was to make a rocket as a team.  They understood the concept of making a rocket but working as a team…well, some did and some didn’t. If you don’t have the tubes a...
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Powerful Segregation Simulation

January 12, 2012
Powerful Segregation Simulation

I’ve done this activity to help my students get a better understanding to intolerance. It is a powerful activity that effects everyone involved. It is based on a similar activity done in 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. This is a video taken 2 years later of the teacher, called...
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Creating Weird Robots

October 31, 2011
Creating Weird Robots

Creating Weird Robots As a beginning writing project for all of our students, we had them design, build then write a manual for that robot.  As unique as all of students are, so were the robots.  The manuals had to include: a labeled diagram, a section to tell what the robot can do and...
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Colonial America – Create a Colonial Marketplace

August 20, 2011
Colonial America – Create a Colonial Marketplace

  Colonial American Marketplaces Creating a colonial marketplace is a fun activity for kids to participate in. Colonist usually exchanged things they made or crops they grew for things they needed.  This is called “bartering” or trading. Making a good trade was important for both parties – it needed to be fair for everyone!...
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Colonial America – Log Cabins

August 12, 2011
Colonial America – Log Cabins

The  Log Cabins My students played with Lincoln Logs to understand how log cabin buildings were created.  They created different designs and saw the reason for the notching the logs to fit them together. Log cabins were made using the available native woods.  They usually consisted of 1 large room with a fireplace for...
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The Importance of Playing!

July 20, 2011
The Importance of Playing!

  Children learn so much through play.  They learn: cooperation problem solving language mathematics They develop: curiosity self-esteem strength and coordination self-direction values While piano lessons, soccer games and helping around the house are important, unstructured play is so beneficial for children.  Play enables children to become inquisitive learners and well-rounded individuals.  Through play...
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Totem Pole Animals

July 7, 2011
Totem Pole Animals

Totem Poles Whether it is done simply for the fun of it or to learn more about history of other cultures making a totem pole is easy and fun to do.  Your child can pick animals they feel give them strength, courage, wisdom or just their favorites to make for their totem pole. Or...
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Sharing Their Studies with a Parade of States

June 24, 2011
Sharing Their Studies with a Parade of States

Learning About the United States We found a fun way to share all of the research the students had  done learning about the United States.  Instead of doing reports or a worksheet on each state, each student researched two states and then placed all of their information on a poster board they painted to...
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Have Suitcase, Will Travel

June 23, 2011
Have Suitcase, Will Travel

Travel Around the Country If you want your students or your child to become excited about learning, put a twist on it.  Learning about the history of individual states can be a bit dry but putting all their research in a suitcase was simple yet they had fun with it! Making them was easy,...
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Study of the United States

June 21, 2011
Study of the United States

Studying the United States of America To end the year we decided to “travel” around the country.  My students each selected 2 states to research by drawing the name of the state out of a hat.  We have found randomly drawing the names from the magic Popsicle sticks heads off lots of complaints. We...
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