The Tuesday 12: 12 Fun and Festive Christmas Crafts!

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In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’ll be looking at 12 Fun and Festive Christmas Crafts!  As usual, click on the image to be brought to the image source and instructions!

1. I love the yarn wreaths for front doors, so now there’s a mini version for the Christmas tree!

2. A quick and simple Christmas craft for any age group!

Christmas Crew

3. This would be great with a clear plastic plate glued to the front for a 3-dimensional effect!

4. Such a great idea! I love the different paper designs used!

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5. We usually paint Christmas scenes on glass ornaments using acrylic paint, but this is a neat idea—swirling paint around on the inside of the ornament!

6. Simple and pretty!

7. Trim a tree with some popsicle sticks, paint, and stickers!

Trim a Tree

8. So many uses for toilet paper rolls!

toilet roll reindeer

9. So pretty!

10. A great gift for parents!

11. And my two favourite ones: the Rudolph wreath…

12. …and the Santa Claus wreath!

Check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Awesome Digital Resources for Your Classroom (Word clouds, comics, infographics, math, classroom management, and so much more!)

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In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’re looking at some excellent digital resources for your classroom! There are so many great sites out there that would be beneficial to both teachers and students, but here are 12 that we can’t live without! Just click on each name to be brought to its website!

1. ClassDojo

This is a classroom behaviour management tool that allows you to track each student in your class.  You can either use the predefined behaviour categories or create your own.  I have created the behaviour categories to match the learning skills we use on the Ontario Report Cards.  I think it will be great to keep students on track (you can even set it so that it tracks group behaviour) and to help teachers with anecdotal comments. I’ve just begun using this app and so far, so good! I’ve downloaded the app for my iPhone, so it’s really convenient and easy to use!

2. Glogster

So what is a “glog”? Well, according to Glogster, a glog is an interactive poster loaded with text, graphics, music, videos and more, while being a space to express emotions, ideas, and knowledge online.  What I like about glogster is that it is great to watch…students will be captivated by the interactive, multi-media lessons making them much more engaged in learning.

3. Wordle

I’ve already told you how much I love Wordle! Create word clouds about any topic.  So easy to use!

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4. Tagxedo

Similar to Wordle, but you are able to make your word clouds look like various images and create various shapes. Check out the ones that Lisa has created!

5. storybird.com

According to their website, “Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.” Students can create a free account, choose the images that they would like, and then start writing a story, poem, comic, or anything else they’d like.  Just like the photo and image prompts that are often used in creative writing, the digital images found here are a great springboard to help students get writing!

6. Gizmos

As Elita previously explained in a post, Gizmos are interactive online simulations for math and science topics.  There are a variety of fun, engaging, and interactive activities on many different science and math topics, such as dividing fractions, predator-prey relationships, and genetics.  The activities are scaffolded, so students work on increasingly difficult tasks to fully comprehend the concepts.  Although it is not free, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, but you can always see if your school or school board is interested in obtaining a subscription for their teachers.  Our school board has a subscription, so teachers and students are able to enjoy this great resource!

7. Bitstrips

As Lisa has previously mentioned, Bitstrips is a great site to help your students create their own comics. So cool and the kids love it!

8. Pinterest

Oh, Pinterest, how I love you! We just love spending hours on Pinterest finding great ideas and resources for our classrooms! If you haven’t already, follow our boards!

9. LiveBinders

This site allows you to create a digital binder of the your favourite web resources! Instead of adding them all to your Favourites, you can create various binders to keep track of sites and resources you love! You simply add the “LiveBinder It” tool to your browser toolbar and then surf the web like you normally do…when you come across a great resource, you can quickly and easily add it to one of your binders.

10. Edmodo

I’m going to start using Edmodo with my class very, very soon. It seems like a combination of Twitter and Facebook to me, since you can post pics, chat, vote, and send messages that are 140 characters or less. What I really like about it is the privacy…teachers sign up for a free account, students sign up for a free account, and then teachers provide their students with a code to join the group.  This way, the classroom information and messages are kept private.

11. Prezi

A great way to create cool, multi-media presentations! Simply sign up, login and begin adding in your information.  You can add video or audio clips, images, websites, and other resources to your presentations.  Why can’t I just use PowerPoint, you might be asking…well, Prezi makes the presentation so much nicer and more fluid as the ideas flow from one section to the next.

12. Easel.ly

Love infographics? This site allows users to create their own infographics by choosing, selecting, dragging, dropping, and editing vhemes directly onto your canvas. This would be a great way for student to consolidate learning, create mind or concept maps, visual key concepts, and share their learning with their peers.

Don’t forget to check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Fantastic Books to Discuss Bullying with your Students

With Bully Awareness Week on hand, todays Tuesday 12 is a list of books that can be used in the classroom to open discussions and develop conversations as a community. Through discussions students can develop an understanding of what bullying is and what it looks like.  Through their discussions, students will develop an understanding for methods of preventions.  Remember, students can be great agents of change.

1) Don’t Laugh at Giraffe, Rebecca Bender

 

A lovely story from the perspective of a giraffe and a bird who like to rile each other up.  But one day it goes a little too far and bird needs to rectify the situation.  

 

2) Have you filled a Bucket Today, Carol Macloud

 

This lovely book focusses on the effects of our actions and words on others.  Through positive behaviours, daily acts of kindness students understand how they can be agents of change.

 

3) How full is your bucket today? For Kids, Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

This story geared towards a younger audience helps children understand that acts of kindness are for the good of others and for themselves too.  The metaphor of a bucket is a great way for young people to visualize the meaning.

 

4) Confessions of a Former Bully, Trudy Ludwig   

A great story written in a very matter of fact way!  The perspective of a former bully is a different view that most students have never experienced.  With this perspective, students can identify and relate to relationships that are hurtful and how to change that behaviour.

 

5) The Bully Blockers Club, Teresa Bateman

How about eliciting the help of your students?  Here is a great book to discuss how students can help rid bullying in the school yard!  Students are our greatest asset and challenging them to be the leaders will help the whole school.

 

6) Say Something, Peggy Moss

Another great book that takes a different perspective!  Not the bully, not the victim but the bystander.  This story helps students understand that just watching also helps the bullying.  There are some suggested activities at the back of the book in order to help your classroom discussions.

       

7) Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson

A great young child book where learning about making others feel welcome is the central message.  The development of the story is based on the belief that each kindness makes the world a little better.

 

 

8)Teammates, Peter Golenbock

 

A fantastic story about Jackie Robinson becoming the first coloured man to play baseball and the strength of friendship superseding fear and ridicule.

 

9)The Bully Goat Grim, A Maynard Moose Tale, Willy Claflin

The story of a Bully Goat and a Baby Troll.  It is a high flying story with lots of characters and a funny story.  At the heart of the story is the essence of being strong willed and loving yourself enough to stand up for yourself.

 

10) Way to Be!  How to be Brave, Responsible, Honest and an                   All Around Great Kid, Mary Small

A wonderful book showing how one’s character counts.  There are many examples on choosing right from wrong with a text that is easy to understand.

 

 

11) Colours of Me,  Brynne Barnes

A child’s interest in the colors of the world around her, help her develop an understanding that it is great to be anyone of them.  An inspiring perspective in acceptance of differences.

 

 

12) Don’t Laugh at Me, Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin

                          

A sweet book for young children helping them understand diversity is acceptable.    Furthermore, it builds on language skills for students to use in order to stop teasing.

 

We hope you find our list useful in your classroom.

The Tuesday 12: 12 Wonderful Resources for Teaching Students about the World’s Water Systems

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’ll be looking at resources focusing on the world’s water systems.  I love to teach this unit to my grade 8 students because there are so many interesting and vital aspects to consider; for example, students learn about personal water conservation, the global water crisis, weather and extreme weather events, climate change, pollution, the chemistry of water, and the role water plays in economic, societal, political, and health issues. Just click on the title to be brought to each resource!

1. Operation WellFound. “Water: A Precious Resource.”

The activities in this lesson plan help students to understand how much water they use on a regular basis and how that compares to other people in the world.  I’ve done this activity with my students and it is an eye-opening experience for them.  It really helps to put into perspective how lucky we are.

2. The United Nations. The Global Water Crisis.

This site has excellent resources both for teachers and students.  In addition to the teacher lessons plans, there are many interesting links for students; for instance, there is a water alert game, a quiz, various people tell their stories of water related issues (e.g. there’s a video clip of Jay-Z exploring the water crisis in Africa), and ways to help people around the world gain access to clean and safe drinking water.

3. Strauss, Rochelle. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Toronto: Kids Can Press Ltd, 2007.

This is an absolutely gorgeous book and the content is just as good.  One Well: The Story of Water on Earth incorporates information of water statistics, conservation, our reliance on water, and the vital role water plays in our lives; however, the information is conveyed in a captivating manner.  Throughout the book, the theme of how all the water on Earth is connected and how we are all connected to that same water is emphasized.  Excellently written and beautifully illustrated!

4. The Story of Stuff. “The Story of Bottled Water.”

Bottled water is all around us.  Unfortunately, not many people know the implications of drinking bottled water.  After watching this movie, challenge your students to ban the bottle!

5. And of course, our resource to go along with “The Story of Bottled Water”!

A great way to integrate media literacy and science!

6. Water 1st International. Water 1st Curriculum.

During this lesson, students learn about the water cycle, their water usage, water facts, how lack of access to clean water affects people, and how they can make a difference.  It also includes writing assignments, art activities, and science activities to make this lesson cross-curricular.

7. The Water Project. The Water Crisis- Lesson Plans for All Grades.

A great way to bring social justice and activism into your classroom.  After learning about how the global water crisis has a severe impact on many people in the world, students can work together to raise funds and awareness for various water projects.

8. Water.org. Learn About the Water Crisis.

This website provides complete units on the water crisis and they are divided by grade levels: elementary, middle school, and high school level curriculum.  There is an extensive amount of resources on this site and the activities are great!

9. WWF. Grade 8 Water. Schools for a Living Planet.

You need to sign in to access the units on this site, but I suggest you do so, since signing up is free and the WWF has great science unit plans! This is an excellent unit plan that takes you through the chemical makeup of water, to the difference between salt water and fresh water, climate change, water conservation, and the need to protect water resources.

10. Water Systems Information.

I’ve used this site as an introduction to my water systems unit.  Not only does it provide a good review of concept students have already learned, but it also gives students a great repository of information about oceans, lakes, rivers, currents, the water cycle, climate, and the chemistry of water.

11. 22nd Annual International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment. This year’s theme is “Water: Where Does it Come From?”

The contest is open to students aged 6 – 14 years old from the United States and Canada.  Submissions are due March 1, 2013. I definitely want to do this with my students!

12. Alaska K-12 Science Curricular Initiative. “Hands-On Lessons”

This site has some great hands-on science lessons on a variety of water topics, including the water cycle, glaciers, water scarcity, streams, and evaporation!

Don’t forget to check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

 

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The Tuesday 12: 12 Remarkable Remembrance Day Resources (November 11)

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In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we are providing you with 12 resources (crafts, poems, displays, activities) that can be used to teach your students about the importance of Remembrance Day.  On November 11, we are provided with the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed everything in order for us to enjoy the freedom that we often take for granted.

1. “In Flanders Fields” on YouTube from AdPaylor (includes excerpt from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon)

2. Remembrance Day Toolkit from the Canadian War Museum

3. Remembrance Day Huichol Yarn Painting from www.thatartistwoman.org (click on image for instructions)

4. Special Education Language Program—Remembrance Day Unit (free download on TPT by Matthew Hackney)

5. Beautiful for the Canadian flag (I’ve linked this to the Pinterest source, but I can’t find the proper attribution…if you know where this is from, please leave the info in the comments section. Thanks! Thanks to Patrick who left us a comment informing us that this beautiful piece of work was created by Brian Espiritu)

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6. Remembrance Day Canada (“Soldiers Cry” by Roland Majeau) video on YouTube

7. Poppy Mixed Media from www.thatartistwoman.org (for instructions, click on the image)

8. Teachers’ Resources on Veterans Affairs Canada

9. A worksheet to accompany the story “What Does Peace Feel Like” by Vladimir Radunsky (free download on TPT by Vanessa Steunenberg)

10. Tons of Teacher Resources from Saskatoon Public Schools! Interactive sites, multimedia, poems, and links to tons of sites.

11. Beautiful Bulletin Boards


12. Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day (tons of resources from the Government of Alberta)

On November 11, please take a moment to show your gratitude for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and way of life.

Poppy - ''Lest we forget''

Click on poppy for information regarding Remembrance Day services in Toronto.

The Tuesday 12: 12 Frightfully Fantastic Halloween Poetry Clips from YouTube!

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Last week’s edition of The Tuesday 12 provided 12 terrifyingly terrific Halloween poems!  This week, I will be providing you with some excellent YouTube clips that will bring these poems alive in your class! Prepare to be spooked!

1. Johnny Cash reciting “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

2. 8 minute short 35 mm film of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

3. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe on The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Terror

4. Shakespeare’s Three Witches from Macbeth on Sesame Street (too cute and a great lesson on co-operation!)

5. Jack Prelutsky Presents It’s Halloween

6. Animation of “I’m not afraid of the dark” by Kenn Nesbitt

7. “The Scary Song” by The Learning Station

8. “Five Little Pumpkins” by kdpteacher

9. “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

10. “Halloween Song” by KIBOOMU

11. A-Z of Halloween by RandMPublishing

12. Ten Little Monsters by TheLearningStation

Have a safe and happy Halloween! Check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!