Now, we’ve created a PowerPoint presentation for our science journals! Still the same great content, but in an easy to display presentation. Depending on your preference, you may either want to print out our original science journal prompts to create booklets for your students or you may want to display the PowerPoint presentation and have students write their journals in their notebooks or type them out. Either way it’s a great way to get your students writing, reflecting, researching, and communicating during your science classes!
Sometimes it feels that no matter how well I try to organize lessons, units, and long range plans, there never appears to be enough hours in the school day to cover all the curriculum expectations! One of the best strategies that I have learned as a teacher is to take a cross-curricular approach when planning activities, lessons, and units. A great way to cover many English Language Arts expectations is by integrating writing into the content areas; in this case, journal writing can be integrated into the science classroom.
We’ve created a student science journal with 52 prompts to help you integrate writing in your science classes. The journal prompts are organized by week, so the entire 2013-2014 academic year is already planned out for you! Each journal is labeled with the corresponding week of the year, provides a prompt and space for student responses. You can either photocopy the entire bundle for your students at the beginning of the year and work through it each week or photocopy individual weeks as you progress through the year!
The writing prompts alternate between historical events, creative responses, opinion pieces, persuasive arguments, national awareness themes, and science process skills. A blank journal page is included for you to add your own ideas as needed.
We have updated the dates on the journal pages to correspond with the 2013-2014 academic year. We also changed the order of a couple of journal topics to correspond with changes in dates (e.g. the full moon in October is earlier this year).
We have been hard at work once again. Today’s post provides our latest science unit for Gr. 4 Science. Our past units have had great success and have been inspired once more to keep creating complete units that address the Ontario Science Curriculum in a cross curricular approach.
Learning centres: students work in small groups or individually to rotate between three centres over the course of the activity (four types of centre activities: technology, reading/writing activity, creative response, and a fun or hands-on activity);
Whole class lesson/discussions followed by either small group activities or whole class activity
Cross-curricular integration with other subject areas, including Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Media Literacy), Drama, Physical Education, Art, and Health
A focus on Assessment For and As Learning through student self-assessments and group assessments, KWL charts, exit slips, anticipation guides, and project planning sheets;
Reading strategies addressed include making connections, determining important ideas, drawing conclusions, and cause-and-effect;
Differentiated Instructionis achieved through Learning Centres, group work and a variety of hands-on activities and labs
The entire unit, including lessons, assignments, assessments, printables, and centre activities comes to over 120 pages!
Over the next few weeks, The Tuesday 12 will be taking on an environmental twist as we look at various activities focused on the environment. Just click on each link below!
1. Earth Day Canada: A great website that has tons of resources to get you focused on celebrating Earth Day! There are activities for kids, classes, and families, so you can find everything you are looking for in one place.
2. Earth Day Network: An international environmental movement group that provides tons of articles, activities, resources, action plans, and initiatives for everyone worldwide.
3. Think Green: Tons of Earth Day resources for teachers organized by grade level and are cross-curricular.
4. Environmental Protection Agency—“Pick five for the environment”: The EPA has a section of their website devoted to taking environmental initiatives in your life when you “pick five” and become committed to protecting the environment. The resources are divided up into home, work, school, shopping, the community, and on the road. Each category then has tons of resources to help you become more green and committed to making a change.
5. Saskatoon Public Schools: A huge list of teacher resources for Earth Day, including literature, lesson plans, and printouts.
6. TeacherVision: A great collection of lessons, printables, and resources covering every curriculum area. You are able to view seven resources at no cost, but then you must subscribe for full access.
7. TeachersFirst: A very comprehensive collection of classroom resources from a variety of websites like The Nature Conservancy, Disney, WWF, National Film Board of Canada, etc.
8. EducationWorld: I love so many of the ideas on this list! So many resources that would be great in the classroom, like planting seeds/growing plants, various garden activities, math projects, upcycling art, and social justice projects!
9. Kaboose: This website can help you complement your classroom, home, and family initiatives with its range of resources.
10. DLTK’s Crafts for Kids: Not only does this site provide a great breakdown of the history and purpose of Earth Day, but it has links to tons of resources that would be great in the classroom.
11.TES (Climate Change Resources): If you are teaching high school students, tes connect has tons of primary and secondary resources that can be used to learn about climate change.
We all wonder what our students and children will face in the future. How will they be successful, what kind of work will there be for them, what skills are necessary to be able to be successful? These questions are at the heart of everything we do! We know that students need to be creative, able to problem solve and think critically. Also, we know that our curriculum and our classrooms should be inclusive of technology. But what about understanding where it all stems from? What are we doing about that? We need to realize that computer software coding is an essential skill that will be necessary for success. We need to be able to address this in our classrooms.
Here is a link to a wonderful video, where world class athletes, musicians and great business people, discuss the importance to this very skill.
Well, what does that mean for us? Visit the website www.code.org and find out how students can learn to code in elementary schools, how they can develop their critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. Share with us what you think and what you have tried. It is never too late for anyone to learn to code!
In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’ll be looking at resources to help teachers understand and incorporate descriptive feedback on a regular basis. Just click on the links below to be taken to the resource. 1. “Descriptive Feedback” … Continue reading →