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Fairy Tale Science Experiments. My 6 year old has been learning about Traditional Tales recently, so I’ve put together a collection of science experiments that would sit brilliantly alongside this topic.

Fairy Tale Science Experiments

Fairy Tale and Traditional Tale Science Experiments Three Billy Goats Gruff Make a raft for the Billy Goats Gruff so they don’t need to cross the bridge, we used lolly sticks to make a basic raft shape and added corks to the bottom of one, then tested to see if they could support the weight of PlayMobil goats without sinking. Can you build bridges using different materials and see which is the strongest? Jack and the Beanstalk Build a zip wire to help Jack down the beanstalk, what happens if you change the gradient?

Can you grow a bean in a jar? Can you plant your bean? Making The Most of Your Smart Board. I've been using the Notebook software for several years now, and have become somewhat of a go-to person on my staff for newer users.

Making The Most of Your Smart Board

There are so many ways to make your lessons engaging and interactive for your students! I recommend reading through this post with a blank SMART Notebook file open on your computer so you can try each of the tips as you read. The Notebook Gallery has many images and flash files to get you started with your lessons. Click the Gallery tab to explore what it contains. Right now I am looking at the menus for Gallery Essentials. You will even find coins and notes for several major worldwide currencies in the picture gallery.

Since my goal is to make my lessons interactive and engaging, I tend to use more of the Interactive and Multimedia items rather than simple images (or I make them interactive using this software - more on that to come!). The next thing you'll want to do is explore the toolbars. I'll share more about some of the pen options in another post! How to Teach Decoding Strategies to Struggling Readers - Learning at the Primary Pond. Some of our students are “naturally strategic” readers.

How to Teach Decoding Strategies to Struggling Readers - Learning at the Primary Pond

You know who I mean – those kids who figure out (seemingly on their own) that they should look at the picture, or start a sentence over when they come to a tricky word. But – as I’m sure you already know – this is definitely not true for all of our students. For some kids, using decoding strategies doesn’t come quite as naturally. Books with a Clear Problem and Solution. When teaching kids how to comprehend and/or write fiction text, often times it’s good to start with books and stories that have a clear problem and solution text structure.

Books with a Clear Problem and Solution

This means that the story line introduces characters and a problem at the beginning –> the character(s) try to solve the problem in the middle, which rises to a climax –> and at the end, the problem is solved, with the “good” guy winning. The determining importance post, from our Reading Comprehension Series, has a great visual to SHOW this progression in fiction text. We also have lots of free, graphic organizers for fiction text structure here. *This post contains affiliate links. 5 Activities for Teaching Angles. 5 Activities for Teaching Angles I love teaching angles - it's short and sweet, and the students always have a lot of success with it - which makes it all the better. :)1.

5 Activities for Teaching Angles

Interactive Math Journal Entry - this is one of my all-time favorite math journal entries. Undercover Classroom: Easy~Peasy Place Value. 10 Easy Busy Bags. Parent Involvement Matters. High parent engagement can be nothing but positive, and Henderson and Berla (1994) reviewed and analyzed eighty-five studies that documented the comprehensive benefits of parent involvement in children's education.

Parent Involvement Matters

Here are the benefits they listed for the children, parents, teachers, and the school. How Parental Involvement Helps Our kids There are many benefits to our kids when parents are involved. What are the gains? Well, for the kids we usually see achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents' education level. The Pros for Parents The children are not the only winners with parental involvement. Discussions help parents have a better understanding of the teacher's job and school curriculum too. What's in it for Teachers? Guess what? Remember that your community is listening, and consistent parent involvement leads to improved communication and relations between parents, teachers, and administrators. How Parental Involvement Helps Schools. Maths and English Practice. No-Mess Going on a Bear Hunt Sensory Bags. For the past several weeks, Little Sis has been requesting "Going on a Bear Hunt" as one of her bedtime stories.

No-Mess Going on a Bear Hunt Sensory Bags

Since it's been pretty chilly outside, I put together some non-messy sensory bags to bring the story to life. Sensory play doesn't always have to be messy! {post may contain affiliate links to Amazon}. 14 iPad Apps for Storytelling in the Classroom. Storytelling continues to gain popularity as an educational activity as it stimulates a deep thinking process, it provides opportunities for reflection and it enhances and enriches the learning experience for our students.

14 iPad Apps for Storytelling in the Classroom

Storytelling is a very powerful way of communicating with our peers and portrays to others who we are and what our own stories are. It also provides an opportunity to connect with a group by creating a shared experience. This is vital in any community but more so in an educational setting where we are nurturing and fostering creativity.