Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fun Science Experiment - Yummy too!

I have created a fun and tasty science experiment for students.  Kids of all ages can do this experiment, although little ones will need help.  This would be a great small group activity with older students acting as the helpers and mentors.  Of course, they also will need a little guidance as well.

The Incredible Gummi Worm

If you don't have a budget to spend on lesson plans, just let me know and I will be happy to send it to you.  I understand how that works! 
At any rate it is only $1 on



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Making the Best of Recess #4 in a Series

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  • Some kids don’t play at recess, and that is okay, if it is truly their choice.  The best way to get kids to hate exercise is to force them to do it.  For many kids, they don’t think of recess as exercise, but as fun.  If they are having fun, they can play and get the break and exercise that they need.  Once it becomes a forced activity, all the fun goes out of it.
    • If they aren’t playing, but don’t seem happy about it, it is your responsibility to try to find out why and help solve the problem if you can.
      • Is the child being bullied or otherwise excluded by the other children?
      • Is the child having vision or mobility problems that are preventing them for entering a game?
        • Try to encourage adaptations to a game to include students who have disabilities.
      • Is a child feeling that the games or certain players aren’t fair?
        • Review the rules of the game, or make sure that everyone knows the rules of a game that the kids have made up on their own.
        • You may have to help with team choices to make sure that the teams are somewhat equal. 
          • If the kids have organized their own game, it’s best to not intervene.  Let them set the rules and make the teams.  However, there are times when you will have to jump in and make a few changes or help facilitate teams, rules and fairness if arguments begin
  • Sometimes kids just don’t know what to do at recess.  Give some ideas to the group about playing games they know well and can organize and play on their own.  If they have a problem playing on their own, be a coach and slowly work away after a few recesses, or assign a different sideline coach each day.  This would be a great way for some kids to build leadership skills.

Valentine's Day Clipart Border Set FREEBIE - TPT

Teachers Pay Teachers Valentine's Day Clipart Border Set FREEBIE

I have been having fun creating some stuff on Inkscape and I thought I would share a freebie with you.


Freebie Fridays

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Making the Best of Recess #3 in a Series

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Join in the Fun
  • Joining in a game can up your cool factor with the kids.  However it can have some major pitfalls.   
    • Don’t get so involved that you can’t see and pay attention to the other students.  Never assume that your colleagues can see everything and are paying attention.
    • Make sure there is someone on the sidelines to take care of minor injuries, bathroom and drink requests and any other issues. 
    • Don’t get competitive!!!!
      • Remember that these are children and they don’t have the skills you have.  It’s okay to play and even win, but if you start feeling like you want to win, it’s time to step out. 
      • You are their example for sportsmanship.  This can be a great learning tool, because as we know, you will teach more by your actions than your words.  Get out there and be a great teammate, encourage your team and even the other team.  “Good Teamwork”, “Nice Shot”, and “I can’t believe I missed it!  I’ll get it next time.”  Are all good examples of things to shout out during the game.
    • NEVER CHEAT! This should go without saying, but I have seen it many times.
      • If you cheat you are sending some pretty strong messages that you may not intend to be sending.
        • “Don’t Trust Me!”  If you teach the kids that cheating is wrong, and then you cheat, you lose their trust.  This can be a very BIG deal to kids.  You could damage their trust in all adults by cheating.
        • “You don’t have to follow the rules either.”  If the teacher doesn’t have to follow the rules, the students won’t either.  They will remember and throw it back at you at every opportunity.
        • “I’m a Liar.” Similar to don’t trust me, but you are no longer to be believed and some students will begin to argue with you because they no longer believe in you or your honesty, fairness, or sincerity.
        • “This game isn’t fun anymore.”  You could be ruining their favorite game for them.  A big blow like losing trust in a teacher can surely put a bad taste in their mouth for that game or activity.
        • “Don’t Trust Adults” The simple act of a little cheating in a game can ruin a child’s faith in you and other adults.  Authority figures are to be trusted and some will break a child’s trust over their lives, just don’t let it be you.