Friday, February 6, 2015

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Can you believe it's February already?  The year is more than half over and it's time to celebrate Valentine's Day in your classrooms.

I'm linking up today with other fantastic bloggers for our Sweet Treats & More Valentine's Day Blog hop!  At the end of this post, you'll find the link for all the other publications, so don't forget to keep on hopping!

I remember when I was a student, we used to always share Valentine's day cards and I'd often receive little candies or chocolates on top of the multitude of cute little cards.  We'd make Valentine's Day cards for our parents out of red paper and lace doilies.  It was a lot of fun!

These days, in most schools, candy and chocolate distribution isn't allowed (and wasn't that most of the fun?) And teachers are needing to become even more creative with activities to do in their classrooms that are still educational and yet fun for the students.

One of the activities I love doing in my classroom involves reading.  Even though I teach older students (grades 5/6), they still love picture books!  This website provides you with a list of 100 picture books that are all about love.  

Let's Lasso The Moon

I found this really neat science experiment this year with candy hearts and I love it! What does happen to candy heart when you put them in different liquids?  This science experiment is perfect to get your students thinking critically while having fun! Click here to read more.

Fun A Day

I even found some wonderful experiment observation sheets available on Teachers pay Teachers from Curriculum Castle.

Curriculum Castle

Another great oral communication activity that I love doing with my students are these 'Would You Rather...' questions.  This set is from Rachel Lynette and promises a lot of fun.  

Minds In Bloom

And finally, since I love my math task cards, I've created 4 word problems related to Valentine's Day that I'm giving away for FREE!  You can download them here.

 I hope you have a very wonderful Valentine's Day week with your students!  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My favourite things : 3 read aloud books for every middle school

I am joining with Teaching Trio for my 3 favourite things this month and I've decided to bring you three of my favourite read aloud books that I believe should be read in every grade 5-6 class.

I have read all of these novels with my class at some point or another throughout the years, and the favourite, by far, is A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Seriously, students just gobble them up, and I love that they will often start reading the rest of the novels in the series on their own. We have always ended the book by watching the movie, which is always fun.

One day, as we're reading Holes together, I had a student come up to me and thank me for introducing him to this novel, as it was the first book that he wanted to read ahead of time and felt like he could because it wasn't too hard, but didn't make him feel stupid.  I will definitely keep on reading this one with my students!  And, because I love pre-reading activities as well as posters up on my wall, I'm sharing one of my freebies with you here!  My Holes Pre-Reading Activity Poster is a fun way to start off your read aloud!  Click here to download it now (I'd also love it if you left me feedback!)

I also believe that children should be exposed to classic novels, and Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful way to introduce a Canadian author.  Plus it's one of my favourite novels from my childhood, so I get pretty excited about it, which means the students get pretty excited about it! It's always on my list of novels to read to my students and should be on yours too!

Enjoyed my 3 favourite things for this month?  Head on over to Teaching Trio to read more!

Teaching Trio

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently February!

I can't believe it's February.  The months just seem to fly right by!  I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her monthly Currently linky.  A great way to get a small glimpse into my life (as well as other bloggers!)  Click on her button to read more Currently's.

As for me...

Have you ever watched the show 24 with Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer? 

My husband and I started watching it on Netflix and we are absolutely loving it!  We are definitely binge watching it in the evenings while our son is sleeping.  It's like one long movie that's keeps you on the edge of your seat.

And it's keeping us up later at night than we'd want to.  I am so very grateful that my son is now waking up at 6:30 in the morning instead of 5:30 (except for a few rare occasions) but my bedtime of 9pm is getting harder to stick to!

Seriously, look how cute this little guy is!  Even though he's not sleeping through the night yet, he's still my little boss man and he makes everything worth it!

Here's to a sleepy February everyone! :)