Love Your Planet

Every day the inspiration for my posts comes from a unique place. Today’s post comes from a student’s t-shirt. As a society we have become more aware of the impact we have on the earth. As a student in elementary school, I never remember talking about caring for the earth. The only thing I ever remember learning about is animals becoming extinct and that was because of various poaching or chemicals. I never learned that I was having an impact on the environment. 

Now as an educator, I have a responsibility to teach children how to properly care the planet. I have to teach them to get into the ‘Green Groove’

Rethink Habits
Reduce Waste
Recycle Daily
Replenish Nature

Ask yourself these questions…
Do you love your planet?
Do you love yourself?
Do you love our children?

If YES!! Then Care for the Earth!!!!

A Native American Proverb says, “ We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children.” Let’s care for the earth so our children will have a better future and teach the children of the future how to get into the ‘Green Groove’. Remember “Every day is Earth Day.”

Marvelous Math

I love teaching MATH!  It is so much fun!
We have been working on creating addition stories, different addition number combinations and talking about mental math strategies.

Here are a few photos from my room!
This flip book seems to be all over Pinterest! 
I just added the dominos for students to see
doubles as two equal parts.

The students had to make two flip books to include the doubles all the way to 10+10

Our different combinations posters as we learn about all the ways to make a number.
And of course, learning about doubles would not be complete without a few songs from Harry Kindergarten!

Writing Mini-Lesson

As I return back to work on Monday, we will be continuing with our Writer's Workshop. 

I just love Lucy Calkins!   I will be reminding the students about the difference between A Watermelon Idea and a Seed Idea!  I want the students to share one small moment during their Winter Break.  I have made this small poster as a reminder.               

Watermelon Topics/ Seed Ideas Poster

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Book Organization

A new year meant to finally organize my books.  As I have been blog hoppin' there seems to be many of us willing and wanting to do some 52 week organization.

As my classroom is super small, I need to store most of my books at home that I use for read alouds, science, social, math, character education, art, reading and writing mini lessons.  Pretty much EVERYTHING!

The only books that I store at school are my levelled readers and the books the students use during Daily 5. 

I knew I needed to get started NOW, or I might lose momentum.
2) Piles starting to form with some sort of organization

1) So this is how I started- bins and boxes with no organization!

3) Books finally organized into bins- just awaiting labels
4) All bins labelled and stacked!!

Sorry, for the bad pics, they were taken on my iPhone
 and of course in the basement!
As I was organizing, I was wondering what others do when a book might fit into two different categories. 
For Example,
Ten Little Fish could go with my theme bin for Sand and Sea
or I could put it into my Math Concepts bin.
PIGS by Robert Munsch could go with my bin for Munsch books or in my Character Education bin for Responsibility.

Would love to hear about how you organize your books?