Learn About Simple Machines by Racing Race Cars!

My students LOVE, LOVE, LOVE STEAM projects! This week we learned about the Wheel and Axle Simple Machine. A wheel and axle is a simple machine that has a “wheel” and a smaller axle that uses the two parts to rotate together to transfer force from one part to the other. I introduced the wheel and axle simple machine by teaching my students ho... Read more

My New Favorite Classroom Resources from Donors Choose

This week my classroom received more art supplies than I could ever imagine! I created a Donor’s Choose project and received donations by complete strangers who believed in my classroom! I am so thankful to these wonderful people who make my student’s art dreams come true! Donor’s Choose is a place for teachers to submit requests for resources t... Read more

Reflection Prompts to Guide Classroom Discussions in March

After the shooting that happened at a Florida high school this month, I realized just how important it is to hold daily classroom discussions that encourage reflection in my classroom. My students NEED TO KNOW they are safe, loved and valued. They need to know that they are important. As I created my March set of reflection prompt cards, I incl... Read more

Fun Ways to Teach Letter Names and Sounds

My son, Conner, turned two this month. I can’t believe how fast he is growing up. He is a sponge who soaks up all the learning he can each and every day. He has so much fun learning the names of letters and loves to point out letters everywhere we go. Although he loves letters, his attention span is not very long. I mean he is only two! I have b... Read more

How I Told My Students I Am Having a Baby

Over the past few months, I have thought about all the ways I could tell my first grade class that I am pregnant. That’s right! I am having baby #2! When I saw Miss Decarbo post this fantastic word search, I knew it was exactly what I needed to tell my class about the baby. Although I have had several teachers and parents already catch on that I... Read more