It is hard to believe that it is almost time for the winter games to begin again. Every time I think about them I remember the excitement we felt when they were held in Vancouver in 2010. It was such a special time for those of us who live in British Columbia.
My students were so engaged and felt connected to the athletes and their accomplishments. We would listen to the theme song I Believe and this became our song in class. As some of you may know, "believe" is my power word and it comes up often as I am constantly coming across things with the word on them.
It is times like this that I miss having my own class. There are so many things I would love to do with my students. During the last winter games, I created some activities that could be used to make writing and Math time winter game focused. I would certainly be doing some of them in the next few weeks if I had the opportunity.
Here are some task card templates that can be used to create your own questions, games, or activities. I hope you find them helpful as we watch the athletes compete to represent the various countries.
I know this will be an exciting time for people all around the world as they cheer on their athletes. It is a time when we focus on the good in the world. It is a time to unite instead of divide. I hope for more caring and kindness towards one another, not just during the games but everyday.
As we come to the end of October, it is time to think about the many things we can be thankful for. We are blessed to live in a country where freedom is available for everyone. This is huge and we need to always remember that there are many places where this is not true.
I have been retired for 2 years now, but I still volunteer at the school and I like to be able to participate in the Remembrance Day assembly and some of the activities leading up to it in the classrooms. It is so heartwarming to see that the teachers are still spending a significant amount of time sharing this important message with children.
In Canada, we celebrate Remembrance Day, and in the USA, they celebrate Veterans Day. Our celebrations may differ slightly, but they are similar in one respect. They are a day to give thanks and remember. We have freedom because of the actions taken by our veterans. We would not have that luxury if it wasn't for their sacrifices both many years ago and still today.
War is a reality in many countries and it is important that our students understand this. War is not a glamorized video game or action movie, it is a dangerous and painful situation that many children live with every day. They also need to see that they are able to do something to help make a difference even as children.
I love using videos to help kids to see what peace can be. Here is a link to a former post that I wrote that has several videos on it that we would watch the week before Remembrance Day. They led to many very important discussions.
Below is one of my favourites.
I hope that these thoughts will be helpful for you as you prepare to share this important time with you classes. If you would like some more materials to use in your classroom, check out the Remembrance Day/Veterans Day category in my TPT store for several free products.
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!
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.
Here are some other posts that might be of interest from some my teacher friends.
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.
As summer nears an end and school is starting up, a sale and extra money is always helpful.
I am excited to be able to give away a $10 TPT gift certificate and also a choice of a product (valued up to $5.00) from my TPT store. See details below.
Before you scroll down to the giveaway, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products. I have used them many times in my classroom and I have always been amazed at the results.
This project begins with learning about communities and then planning a community and creating a 3D model of it. I am always blown away with the engagement of my students and the final product they create.
Kids love to learn about the solar system so this project is always a big hit. I like to provide different ways for students to show their learning, so this format allows choices to do so. It is a great way to get families involved as well.
Assessment is an important component in education. I found that including the children in the assessment process and allowing them to lead the conference has been very successful. This product includes some different assessment tools and ideas to make the student-led conference less stressful for everyone.
TeachersPayTeachers is also having a bonus sale for one day. You can get up to 28% off at many stores. The code is OneDay.
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Being able to read maps and understand how to locate various places is a necessary life skill. This requires an understanding of legends, coordinates, and scale. There are several fun activities that can be used to help with practicing these skills. See below for some ideas. (Note: scale has not been specifically addressed in the grid activities.)
The game Battleship has been around for years. I still remember playing our own version of this as a kid. My dad would make grids for us and we would draw out the ships and play for hours. It is a great way to learn how to read coordinates and locate specific spots.
Designing classrooms, bedrooms, and treasure maps has always been fun to do. Reading coordinates and locating specific items or places is part of the fun of mystery maps. I have created a set of different mapping grids and activities that explore some of these ideas. The sampler has 2 different mapping activities and a battleship grid for playing the game. Click on the image above to get your free copy.
If you are interested in getting several more activities for mapping, check out the product below.
Reading maps is only one part of mapping skills. Creating maps is another. When designing a map, it is good to have an understanding of what a community has in it. Planning a community is another activity that helps with understanding what necessities and conveniences are needed to help a community function well.
Several years ago, I created a unit with my class that I have replicated a few times. It is interactive and gives the students a sense of ownership as they design their own properties, community buildings, parks, waterways, etc. If you are interested in trying this with your students, you can check out the unit by clicking here or by clicking the image below.
Well, there you have it. I hope you have found something useful here today. If you have any other ideas, please share them in the comments below.
It's that time of the year again! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on May 3rd and 4th to celebrate its 10th anniversary and Teachers Appreciation Week. That means you can get up to 28% savings in many stores.
My store will be on sale for those 2 days. I wanted to give you a heads up on some of the most wishlisted items in my store, so I am linking up with Jenn from Teaching in the Tongass. Check out my items below and then head on over to her blog to see the lists from other teachers.
Our Solar System
This has always been one of my favorite units to teach. Kids love learning about outer space and the planets. I created this project several years ago to provide students with multiple ways of sharing their learning. Every time that I have used it, the results have been amazing and the children have learned so much because they were able to take ownership of their project. The parents and other students in the school also were very impressed each time with the displays and presentations.
Creating a Community
If you are teaching about communities and you want to create your own community from the planning stage right to the 3D model, this product is for you. It is amazing how much the children learn about communities when they have a part in designing it. The celebration stations at the end are almost as much fun as the creating and the children love sharing what they have created.
Dolch Words Bingo
This is a set of bingo cards for the 220 Dolch sight words. There are 7 different levels and each level has 4 bingo cards. Each set is a different color so that it is easy to differentiate. A list of words is included for each set as well so that you know which words go with each colored set. I have several different sets of themed sight words cards that can be used as well to make the activity more fun and allow for a variety of ways to play and learn.
Well, there you have it. My top wishlisted items. If you are interested in some of my newest products for math and literacy, check out my TPT store as I have added several new products in the last few weeks.
Don't forget to hop on over to Teaching in the Tongass to see what other wishlisted items are waiting for you.
Everyone loves a sale, especially at this time of the year. Well, you are in luck.
it is time for the big Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale.
I am linking up with Jenn over at Teaching in the Tongass for a wishlist linky. Check out some of my most wishlisted items below and then head on over to see some of the other wishlists in the linky.
This is one of my favorite units to do because it involves planning the community and then creating a 3-D model in the classroom. It is the perfect mix of investigation, planning, and representing learning for young children. Parents always marvel at how much their child has learned through this experience.
I love teaching Social Studies in this manner. Most of my units involve different ways of representing learning so that all children have a chance to shine.
What child doesn't love learning about the solar system! My students were always so excited when I told them that we were going to learn about space and the planets. They loved having the opportunity to create different models, postcards, invitations, or essays to share their learning. This allowed everyone opportunities to share their learning in a way that worked best for them. They also enjoyed the chance to work with their families on the final projects.
Check out the scaled model of the solar system. This dad really got into the project with his son. He even wore his space shirt to the celebration.
Money is a tricky thing for some children to understand. Word problems can also be difficult for children. I created these task cards for my class to help them work on both skills. Using real life type situations made it easier for them to understand and with the help of manipulatives like play money, they were able to successfully grasp the concepts.
Everything in my store will be on sale for 20% off during the Cyber Sale. That means you can save 28% if you add the code SMILE at the checkout.
To find out about more wishlists from other stores, click on the image below to take you to the main link up page.
Wow! What a busy week! I am excited to share what has been happening this week with you. I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday so that I can keep everything organized. Here are some of the highlights of my week.
On the weekend we had our annual Vancouver Island Ukulele Workshop. It was very busy, but all went well. We had about 30 people attending that ranged from new players to advanced. Some were university students, and some were seniors. Several teachers also attended. The excitement was evident throughout the day and people had a great time singing and playing.
Heritage Project Celebration
Monday we shared our heritage projects with families and friends. This was a big project for my little grade 2 and 3 students, but they did an amazing job. Check out the photos below to see samples of what they created. More importantly, they were able to talk about their countries and how they were important in their lives. It was awesome to see their beaming faces as the parents talked to them.
In December we had a big challenge for reading. We had to create a chain that went from one end of the school to the other end in order to cheer up Grumpy Santa. Each link of the chain was 20-30 minutes of reading. As a celebration for completing the challenge, the whole school went skating today. Half of the school went in the morning, and the other half went in the afternoon.
I have been busy creating more Dolch word games using winter themes. Here is my latest one. I just finished it last night. My kids have fun using it to play WORDS today. Each set is a different sport theme so it is easy to identify when using only some sets. Click here to find out more about the product. The WORDS cards are part of my limited time free product for this weekend's Facebook Free-For-All hop.(See #5 for more details.)
Finally, I have been working with an amazing group of teachers for the past couple of weeks preparing for a Facebook Free-For-All blog hop that is beginning at midnight tonight. If you would like to get some quality paid products for free, hop on over this weekend and join in the hop. Don't forget to like the FB pages to download your copies. You can start at my Facebook page and continue from there. Each page will take you back to a list of blog buttons so you can choose the grade levels that are appropriate for you. There is also a music category. Hurry on over because it all ends on Monday.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 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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