My next post will focus on 6 steps for learning a second language.
If you are interested in finding out more about French materials for language and numbers, check here.
Have you ever noticed that kids seem to learn languages more easily than adults? Children seem to be able to pick up the inflections and sounds more readily and they often mimic accents and dialects when they are around them for extended periods of time. This is not to say that adults cannot learn to be just as fluent as children, but sometimes it takes more effort to master it.
When our children were young, we decided to put them in French Immersion. I live in Canada, and French is one of our official languages. We thought it would be good to have them learn a second language while they were young. Both my husband and I took French in school, and we managed to do quite well, but it was sometimes difficult to get the correct pronunciation for some words. The programs then were more focused on writing rather than on speaking. They were just beginning to use oral language for teaching. I continued to study oral French in university and then went on to teach in a French Immersion school. My husband studied other languages as well and he finds language acquisition easy.
Many people opt to put their children into a language immersion program rather than have them study it as a course. Being immersed in a language, they tend to become familiar with the inflections, syntax, and basic grammar through hearing it being used on a continuous basis. When they are introduced to it in written form, it makes more sense. Of course, immersion is not for everyone and many people are able to learn well through classes also. (I found learning French fairly easy even though I didn't have the immersion setting.)
Oral language acquisition is best done in a conversational setting. This allows for practicing phrases that are useful and practical with others rather than doing worksheets full of conjugating verbs, and learning lists of vocabulary words. Of course, in order to do written work and read passages or books in another language, some of these exercises are useful as well. It is important to find a balance that works.
My next post will focus on 6 steps for learning a second language.
If you are interested in finding out more about French materials for language and numbers, check here.
It is time for the big TPT storewide sale so it is time to let people know. Some other teachers and I are sharing some of our top wish listed items. This is a great time to grab them as our stores are on sale and you get an added discount from TPT. Check below for my 4 top items. Don't forget to read until the end to get the links for other teacher authors so you can check out their products as well.
I love creating projects with my students. When I was teaching grade one and two, Creating a Community was one of my favorites. It was amazing to see the different communities develop as we moved throughout the unit. I especially enjoyed seeing how they made connections to the communities around them and how they had been developed. The pride that shone through as they shared with their family during our celebrations made if all very special. To learn more about this project, click on the picture.
Space is a popular subject for children. It is always fun to see them share as they begin to research and discover the wonders of the solar system. This project is a great way for them to share their understanding of what they have learned and it lends itself to many different styles of presentation so children can share in a way that works for them. It is always a highlight of the year when they look back.
No two projects are ever the same. Each one has it own uniqueness and value. Check it out here or click on the image.
Children are always surprised to learn about what life was like for their ancestors and they sometimes find it hard to imagine that their communities were ever undeveloped and different from what they see now. This is a great way to find out more about what life was like a long time ago. One of my favorite moments was taking my class to the local museum for a slideshow presentation of what our community used to look like when it was first settled. The children were so surprised to learn that much of downtown was under water and that children had to go to school by rowboat. They also got to visit the log cabin display and the float house display.
This is not the same scenario for every community, but each community does have it own special history that the children can learn about. Check it out here or click on the image.
This product is for Canadian teachers or those learning about Canada and its symbols. It is a great way for primary children to recognize symbols that are common to our country. Click here or on the image to check it out.
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Here are the links to some other teacher authors. Check out their most wishlisted products by clicking on the logos below.
You can also check out some of our Canadian authors who are on the Eh Team for great Canadian teaching resources. Happy shopping!
Children love to play with money and they get very excited when they have the opportunity to use it for activities. This makes it a great tool for teaching many different math skills as well as life lessons. Here are several money products that I have used with my students to help them better understand how money is used.
One of the first things we want them to be able to do is recognize currency and the value of each coin or bill. They need to be able to count money and figure out how much money is needed for various purchases. These products focus on counting coins and deciding what coins are needed to make different amounts.
Once children are able to count money, they need to be able to produce the correct amounts in order to make purchases. They also need to know how to count change when they overpay so they are able to manage their money as they use it in the real world.
Money is also a great tool for learning how to do regrouping. I often taught my students that they were going to the bank when they needed more ones or tens or when they had too many and had to trade them in for larger amounts. They would actually use the coins to do the math transactions and this helped them to better understand the concept of regrouping.
Word problems can be difficult for children because not only do they need to do the math, they need to understand what the words mean in order to do the math questions. Using money as manipulatives can sometimes help with making sense of the problems. These word problems are some examples of things that children could encounter in real life.
This is one of my favorite units. It was created with my students. It started out as a simple activity and grew to be one of our most memorable moments that year. We created a spring fundraiser to raise money for a special field trip. We made many different things to sell. It was a perfect way to put into practice the skills we had worked on during the unit. (It works well for both Canadian and American money.)
We recently stopped using the penny in Canada. This created some confusion for businesses, so it was necessary to begin rounding up or down when making change. I created this product to address this situation.
This is a set of task cards that helps children to identify and count coins and match them up with the written form of the money amounts.
Here are my Canadian money products all in one place.
For three years before I retired, my class collected Pennies for Presents to help buy gifts for needy families at Christmas time. This was a wonderful way to give to others, but the added bonus was learning how to count money as we kept an on-going tally of what was collected each day. You can read about it here.
I hope that you find some of these ideas helpful for teaching about money in your classroom.
It is hard to believe that it has been almost 100 years since World War 1 ended and 71 years since World War 2 ended. That means that most of us who are alive now never knew what it was like to live during war time. Most of our veterans have left us now and we only have stories and their memories to remind us of all that was sacrificed in order for us to have our freedom today.
It is very important that we share those stories and memories with our students so that we never take for granted what we have been given. With all the glorified movies and video games presented to us, we don't really understand the pain and anguish that was caused for families and the nightmares that our veterans had to endure.
When we think of Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, we should think about what we have gained from their sacrifices. We need to teach our children about the meaning of Peace. Not only do we need to talk about it, we need to model it. Many children live in situations that are not necessarily peaceful. School should be a safe place for them where they can feel at peace.
Many families have relatives or friends who are in the service now, or who served in some of the more recent wars and battles around the world. We need to think about them too. They are fighting battles that aren't even their own to give others freedom and a safe place to live.
I am retired now, but while I was teaching, I spent a lot of time on this subject because I felt it was more that just a one day thing that we recognized every year. Here is a blog post from last year that shares some of the things we did in the past years. It also includes some special video clips that I would play for the kids.
I had the opportunity to work with another teacher 's class last year and share this special topic with them. Here is the recap of that time.
Thank you for taking the time to reflect on this important moment in time.
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Using projects evolved from a need to help students share their learning in a variety of different ways. I discovered early in my classroom teaching experience that some students had a wealth of knowledge, but that they were unable to truly share it in written activities. I decided to try using projects for representing their learning, and I have never looked back.
Here are some of my most popular social studies projects as well as a couple of other special projects.
This 3D community project started out as a class project where the class created the community from beginning to end based on what we learned during our study of what a community needs. Our celebration was our chance to share what was learned during this unit.
Check out one of our communities below.
I find that Social Studies lends itself well to projects. Most of my projects deal
with Canada and the provinces and territories, but I have also done some
projects that are more global.
Our Solar System was one of my first school/home projects that required the children to choose from a variety of activities to share their learning. It also contained a criteria marking sheet so that they knew what was expected and
how it would be graded from the beginning. It was amazing to see how they rose to the challenge. Including the families when it came time to create the projects was a great way of communicating what we were doing at school.
Check out some of the projects that my students created. The greatest part
was when they shared them with the families and other guests. Their pride
and the positive atmosphere made it all worthwhile.
Here is a summary of some of the lessons and a couple of pages to go with lesson 5. Click on the grid if you would like a copy.
I hope that you have found these ideas helpful. I would love to hear about how you use projects in your classroom to represent learning.
I am joining other teachers in sharing Canadian books/resources this week. I chose to focus on Phoebe Gilman and her books.
Phoebe Gilman was born in the USA, but she moved to Canada as an adult and she taught art at the Ontario College of Art. She created her stories based on events in her life. She continued writing and illustrating children's books until she died in 2002.
The picture above shows some of the books that she wrote and illustrated. These are my personal copies.
My students loved the stories about Jillian Jiggs and her imaginative actions and adventures. They also enjoyed the story Something From Nothing and how Gilman added the story of the mice to the main story through her illustrations. Another thing that she did was add illustrations from her previous books into each new book she wrote.
A few years ago, Scholastic put out a VHS called Meet Phoebe Gilman. I still have a copy of the tape. On the tape she reads the two books above and then she talks about how she came up with the ideas for her books. She also shows how she created her books. I wish it was still available for you to see.
You can find out more about her and her books if you visit her website. Phoebe Gilman's Place
I have chosen the book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs to focus on. It is a delightful story about a little girl who has a big imagination. She often gets so caught up in creating stories and adventures that she gets messy. Her mother says her room looks like it has been lived in by pigs.
In this story, Jillian finds a jar of buttons while cleaning up her room and the buttons remind her of pig noses. This gets her imagination going and she decides to make pigs. Check out the book to see some of the delightful pigs she makes and what happens when she decides to sell them.
I created this product to accompany the book The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs. Click on the image to get a copy.
I hope you get a chance to check out some of her books and her website. I think you will enjoy them.
Click the image below to see what resources other teachers are sharing.
Many Canadian TPT teacher authors are joining together on May 16th to help support those who were affected by the wildfire that destroyed many homes and businesses in Fort McMurray. Although it will not replace what they had, it will help to provide some relief while the rebuilding and restarting begins.
Our prayers go out to all those people who lost so much during this tragedy, be it those who were living in Fort McMurray, or those who had family and friends living there.
Although we can not take away the tragedy and the horror they faced, we can be there to help with the aftermath by supporting in whatever ways we are able.
We will be donating the proceeds of all sales on May 16 to the Red Cross to help with the process. The more we donate, the more the federal government will donate. This would be a great time to fill up your wishlists and then make your purchases on May 16.
I am proud to be connected with many BC and other Canadian provinces teachers and to show support for our neighbours. Together we can make a difference. If you would prefer to just make a donation, you can text REDCROSS to 30333 and donate.
Click here or on the image below if you would like to check out my store for any products that might interest you.
If you wish to see who is participating in this relief support, visit here.
This is a continuation of my posts about some of the fabulous Canadian TPT sellers I have the pleasure to know through the power of the internet. Here are some more products I wish to share with you.
This set of products is for reading, writing and science. I have also included Brag Tags here.
Good Readers Comprehension Strategies Mini Books
This is a fabulous set of mini books that focus on comprehension strategies. They are suitable for young children and they help to explain what different strategies are and how to use them. It is part of a bigger series of mini books. Check it out to find out more.
Bold Beginnings, Mighty Middles and Excellent Endings INB
If you are interested in getting started with interactive notebooks, or if you already use them, this product is for you. It introduces students to tips for improving their writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings. It also includes teacher tips, mentor texts, and several activities to reinforce the ideas. Check it out for more details.
If you are looking for a unit that integrates science, reading, writing, and music, then this is the product for you. It is geared towards younger learners and it has a variety of activities to keep kids engaged in their learning. Check it out for more details.
Read and Spell
This is an engaging Powerpoint activity that is like a game. It has 10 reading and 10 spelling slides as well as a practice worksheet. It is for young children and it reinforces phonics skills. They are sure to enjoy the game aspect and the challenge to be able to read and spell words. Check it out for more details.
Brag Tag Bundle
Brag tags are a popular way of managing classrooms in a positive way. This bundle has a brag tag for just about anything. If you don't have what you need, you can make your own with the editable tags. If you are looking for a way to focus on the positive in the classroom, check these out.
I am fortunate to be connected to some fabulous Canadian sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers. These people have created some awesome products that need to be shared with you. I am going to share a few of them in two different posts so that I can give some highlights for each of them.
This first group of products is for Math. Most of the products are geared to primary, although a couple of them could be used in early intermediate or in small intervention groups.
This is a fun way for students to practice counting money. It is perfect for recognizing coins and their values and also helps with recognizing money amounts. It comes in 2 levels so that you can differentiate as needed for those who are needing more practice or for those who are ready for a challenge. Check it out to find out more.
Telling Time Matching Game - Broken Clocks
This is a great way for students to get used to using analog clocks. It is amazing how many older students and even adults have difficulty reading these clocks because we have become so used to using digital clocks. This product focuses on reading time at varying levels of difficulty so it is appropriate for younger and older students.
2D Geometry Centers
This product is full of great activities for small groups or even whole class instruction. It also includes worksheets for reinforcing the skills taught. It is perfect for kids who are just being introduced to 2D shapes or who need some extra practice. Kids will be engaged and not even realize they are learning about geometry. Check it out to see more.
2 Digit Addition and Subtraction
These activities focus on strategies that can be used for addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers. Included are several posters as well as practice worksheets. They are good for using with small groups as well as larger groups that have a basic understanding of addition and subtraction. There are a variety of different types of activities so that you can taylor them to the needs of your students as well.
Well, there you have it. Four math products that you might want to check out. Just click on the images or the titles to find out more.
In my next post, I will be featuring 5 more products that are suitable for language work, science, and classroom management.
On November 11th, Canadians took time out to remember our veterans. Here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial in our nation's capital. This was just one of the places where ceremonies took place. Ceremonies of remembrance also took place at towns and cities across the country.
This year I had the privilege of working in a classroom of a colleague prior to Remembrance Day. It was a special time to share ideas and discuss what Peace is all about. We began with a few videos and some discussion around them. If you would like to see them, click here to read about them in an earlier post.
The next day, we discussed what Remembrance Day was about and why we had it. Here are some of the ideas that we came up with.
After discussing war and who veterans were, we talked about Peace. We brainstormed what it is and then we shared examples of peace. We also talked about a kindness explosion. I showed them the following poster and we talked about how children can make a difference by spreading kindness and getting along with others. We tried to imagine what it would be like to have everyone in the gym create the model of paying it forward. This would be fun to do sometime.
After all of our brainstorming, the children wrote poems about peace. They were to come up with 4 things and then end it with "Let's all live in peace." Here is the template they used. If you right click on the image you can download a copy.
To encourage them to do their best writing and to help them with the concept of draft and good copy, they were given a colored copy after the draft was complete and edited. They then did the good copy on the colored template. This concept of having to rewrite the poem was difficult for some.
Here are the final copies of their poems. The colors pop and make for a great bulletin board display.
These pictures were hanging in the hotel that I stayed in on the weekend. I thought they were perfect for this time of the year, so I am sharing them with you.
Let's focus on what is right in the world and how we can work towards a world of peace, especially in light of what is happening around us right now.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother or 8, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.
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