Thank You and a FREEBIE!

We feel so lucky to have received an award.  Not once but TWICE!
Thank you to Barbara at Grade ONEderful! and Mrs. Krull at Of Primary Importance
We love the blogging world and the inspiration that seems to come from all of YOU!

So here is a short list of a few blogs you might be interested in checking out!  They are all ART and have provided tons of inspiration!
1. What's Happening in the Art Room??
2. We Heart Art
3. The Elementary Art Room
4. Art is Basic

I have been doing Math Workstations in my room since December. My kids love them!
Although many of my stations are from other blogs, every once in awhile, I find the time to make my own.  The one I am going to share with you today is called 'Monster Math Take Away'.  This game was designed to help students use mental mathematics strategies such as counting back.
Although the game instructions suggest counters (which, I did supply to each student) they ended up not needing them.  Once my students become familiar with counting back from 12, I will move up to 18.  Hope you like,  If you decide to download - we love to hear feedback!

Monster Math Take Away

APPsolutely Exciting!

I am addicted to my iPad!  That is how I read amazing posts in blogland and try to keep up in the blogging world. 
Last night, I came across some really great APPs.

Miss Spider's  Tea Party  and Miss Spider's Bedtime Story
both FREE (for a limited time)!!!

My Story App - Very cool APP-  Only FREE for the weekend!  Check it out!

And of course!  The Lorax is 80% off right now.  Only $0.99.  Plus all other Dr. Seuss books are reduced. 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Building Things

We have finally started our Building Things unit.  I love this unit and the opportunity for students to construct objects, challenge themselves and to be actively involved!

We always start this unit discussing the different materials for building and the ways to join or fasten building materials. 

A few great websites to try are:

BBC- Has many great resources to help introduce at the beginning of the unit for sorting, grouping and the characteristics of materials. 

Grouping Materials

Characteristics of Materials

All I can say is that my students love these activities!

Material Labels and Sorting

Naming Materials

After we have spent time discussing the  materials used for building.  It is actually time to get down to work and BUILD!  Spending time discussing the different materials, makes it easier for the students to compare and contrast two objects that have been constructed (SLE 3).

So here ares some examples!

I call the classroom a workshop during science.  

Task One:  Build an animal with moveable parts. 

Task Two: Build a Monster or Robot with Folded Arms and Legs.
The students are taught two different ways to fold paper.