Monday, October 14, 2013

Focus Wall for Texas Treasures Unit 3





Thursday, October 10, 2013

Science with Kong...

We have a parent volunteer in second grade who is fabulous! He is getting is doctorate in biology and loves to teach our kiddos science! First he asked them what they knew about rocks. They said that rocks are made from heat and pressure. Then he asked them what pressure was. They couldn't give him a very good answer, so he demonstrated! He had 12 kids on the table when he did it in my class. This is a picture of him in my friend's class. He kept asking the kids, "Am I a rock yet?" Then he asked them if they could stand there for a couple of hundred years! They really got the concept of PRESSURE!
 The next thing he taught them was about erosion. He gave each table a mason jar with sandstone in it. We have plenty of that in Southern Utah!!! The kids shook the jar and it got really muddy. They wrote in science journals and we made a class book. They begged him to come back. He was great.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Math Word Wall

I have been working on this word wall for our new math program and finally finished it! It goes along with the McGraw-Hill My Math Program, but I added some slides of my own.



Monday, September 16, 2013

Homework for all six Texas Treasures Units

 This is what I worked on all summer vacation! So far it has really paid off. My kiddos are writing great with a little help from their parents! My principal wanted homework that went along with Texas Treasures reading program and I think it is going to be great!




Unit 2 Focus Wall on Teachers Pay Teachers

It took me hours last year to do these and now I am slowly putting them on TPT. I hope it helps someone as much as it has me!




Thursday, August 8, 2013

Jungle Letters

I just added this lettering on TPT for $2.00 for my friends with jungle themes.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Name Art

First you have the kids draw five wavy lines on their paper. Then have them write their name over and over again with capitol letters. Go over it with a black sharpie pen. After that erase any pencil lines. Color and shade edges. This is fun for the very end of the year.

Egyptian Art

The last day of school I turn our room into an Egyptian tomb by tipping over the tables and putting black paper over the top. It reminds me of making couch tents when I was little! I pin pictures of Egyptian treasures to the walls and put black paper over the windows so that it is dark. I take all of the rejected pots my boys have made over the years and set them on the floor by my smart board. I set out all kinds of treasure such as fake coins, necklaces from the dollar store. The finishing touch is to sprinkle gold glitter all over everything. (I vacuum when it is over so that the custodian will still like me!) Tomorrow morning the kids show up to school with flash lights. I put a paper plate Egyptian collar around their necks and let them crawl through the tomb one at a time. They end up by my smart board. I will post pictures tomorrow. Once they all go through the tomb, I teach them about how Howard Carter found King Tut's tomb. We have already done the art and learned Egyptian hieroglyphics. We wrote their names. I bring a treasure chest and the parents send treasure. Last year one little boy said it was the best day of his life! My friend Mikell does it with me and we were laughing about how it is all so thrown together, yet they LOVE it!







This is Olivia, isn't she a doll?
Truman loves art. They all do really.

Giraffes Can't Dance Art












We were studying the grasslands of Africa and decided to do giraffes. I got this idea from deepspacesparkle.com . First you wet white paper with a sponge until it soaks all the way through. Do it at the end of the day so that you can let it dry overnight. Have drop very wet watercolor drops of brown and yellow. The color will spread and make 'giraffe skin'.
Then on another piece of white art paper draw a circle with a cup for the moon. paint around it blue. paint the bottom of the page yellow. Then paint the bottom of the page green and scratch grass with the end of the brush. I went around with white paint and swooped the moons wherever they had drizzled blue into it. 
The last step is to make the giraffes. We read 'Giraffes Can't Dance' and drew practice giraffes on white paper connecting shapes. Then they drew on the back of their giraffe skin paper. Some outlined their giraffe with a black sharpie. We drew tales and the mane. The kids loved it.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

2013 Rain Forest Pictures

I showed my kids last years pictures and it really motivated them. First we drew a tree trunk with branches and roots. Then I handed out photos of animals and plants from the rain forest. They all wanted to do a snake and vines. It took us 20 minutes for about 5 days. We do it at the end of the day after recess. I am pretty proud of these budding artists! Every one turned out. I didn't put all 23 because some of the them looked so much alike.