Saturday, February 29, 2020

Build a Leprechaun Game

By Kathy Babineau
Grades K-4

Easy activity that can be used with any small group as reinforcement or just for fun!
Fun to use as a game in small group speech/language therapy activities. After each student answers a question, or says their target sound correctly, he/she may roll the dice. The game can be used with any small group lesson. This set can also be used in independent center activities.
Super versatile and fun!

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Vincent Van Gogh, Constellations & Coordinate Graphs

Sometimes, our students give us the best ideas. We were mucking through our solar system unit in science, reading about how the night sky is charted, when Charlie said, "This kind of reminds me of how we graph points."

I love moments like this. It's like everything kind of slows down, and our brains begin to connect the dots (no pun intended). Charlie's response was the catalyst for this project. To this day, he likes to say that he added the spice to our fifth grade coordinate graphing unit. And he would be right. 

I went home that night and began to pull resources together for a multi-disciplinary project. There was one Common Core State Standard that had been causing grief...

5.G.A.2 Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems. 

It was the "real world" part that perplexed me. The next week, we got down to business. We began by reading about Vincent Van Gogh. I chose this artist because "Starry Night" is a painting that most students recognize, and I wanted to bring our study of constellations into the math class. I found two children's books that did a nice job.
In Katie and the Starry Night, a young girls visits famous paintings. When she view's Van Gogh's "Starry Night," the stars come tumbling out of the painting. She experiences the painting as she attempts to round up the rogue stars.

In Vincent Can't Sleep, readers experience the night sky through Vincent's sleepless eyes. This book explores how Vincent's lifelong insomnia provided inspiration for one of his greatest works. 

In addition, we read a straight biographical sketch that I wrote about Van Gogh. 
After reading the books, biography and a quotation biography that I created for my students, students responded to the readings by using the Step Inside thinking routine. You can read more about that here.

We also spent some time observing "Starry Night" up close and personal using our SMART board, so it would be projected big enough for us to notice small details. 

Later on in the week, we researched different constellations. We extended our science learning a bit and read about some of the myths associated with the constellations. I created constellation cards for my students to use. I also curated a list of websites about constellations and uploaded them in our Google Classroom site. 

Finally, we were ready to begin reviewing our coordinate graphing concepts. We practice graphing X and Y coordinate data and applying increase and decrease rules to that data. Students accepted a commission from a wealthy patron who wanted a night sky with one constellation picture created for her home. It must be inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night."  My kids chose a favorite constellation and graphed it on a small coordinate grid. They recorded the coordinates for their constellations. 

Then, real life came traipsing in all over their artistic dreams. The wealthy patron wrote them a letter explaining that she wanted the picture to be double the size. It had to be larger. At this point in the project, students demonstrated that they could write a mathematical rule for their X and Y coordinates, apply it, and graph them to create an art piece double the size of the original. 

After doing this, they used oil pastels to create their art piece inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Then, they cut out an horizon scape that I had printed on 11"X 17" paper. They traced these on black construction paper and glued them to the bottom part of their night skies. This made their art look similar to Van Gogh's. Instead of painting a village scape, they used black construction paper cities, forests, lighthouses, etc. for a silhouetted effect. 

The last step of this project was a student learning statement in which I required my students to reflect on what they learned about coordinate graphing, rules, constellations and Vincent Van Gogh.  

What I absolutely love about this project is that I could combine some really rigorous literacy goals with science concepts and equally challenging math goals. And my students were ON FIRE with enthusiasm and engagement. Charlie actually said, "This has something for everyone, Ms. Willis!" And again, he would be right. 

You can find the Starry Night project by clicking on the picture below!

And if you like multi-disciplinary projects like this one, you have to check out the ones below! They will rock your classroom world!

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Reading Street, Fox and a Kit, I Have Who Has? Game by Ms. Lendahand:)”

by Ms Lendahand of Lendahand's Printables
1st Grade

A FOX AND A KIT "I Have Who Has Game" from Ms. Lendahand's Teacher Pack...
Check out the Coordinating Teacher Pack for lots of supplementary resources to help making teaching this story tons of fun while learning basic reading skills:)

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Friday, February 28, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Multiplying Decimals Practice FREEBIE!”

by Love Learning
4th - 6th Grade

Multiplying Decimals Practice: Free!

This quick practice sheet allows students the opportunity to practice multiplying decimals using models, interpreting decimal models, placing the decimal point, and rounding to help solve decimal multiplication problems.

Other Decimal Resources:

• Decimals: Interactive Notebook
• Decimals: Study Guides
• Adding and Subtracting Decimals PowerPoint
• Dividing Decimals PowerPoint
• Multiplying Decimals PowerPoint
• Decimal Concepts PowerPoint
• Decimal Concepts Review Game
• Multiplying and Dividing by Powers of 10 PowerPoint
• Decimals: Complete BUNDLE

Take a look at my other fifth grade math lessons:

• Decimals Bundle (NBT Standards)
• Measurement (MD Standards)
• Whole Number Division (NBT Standards)
• Coordinate Planes and Numerical Patterns (OA Standards)
• Line Plots (MD Standards)
• Volume (MD Standards)
• Geometry (G Standards)
• Fractions Bundle (NF Standards)
• Fifth Grade Constructed Response Sheets

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• Math Interactive Notebook Bundle
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• 5th Grade Math Units for the YEAR


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Thursday, February 27, 2020

FREE MISC. LESSON - "Spring Flowers Following Directions Freebie"

By Kathy Babineau
Grades K-4

Spring Flowers Freebie!

This is a quick and easy multi-step directions activity. This cute set includes:

Concept words include: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Last, All, Below, Center.

And....if you like this, here are some more full year of following directions activities - theme based for every week of the school year!

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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Inspirational Planner”

by Common Core English With Ease
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Grade

Free inspirational daily planner!

Print this free inspirational planner to learn, create, give back and make memories every single day!

Use this daily inspirational planner to set daily intentions, practice daily gratitude and take action steps to meet long-term goals!

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