Now, onto business :) If you know me, I am a huge proponent of content integration. There just isn't enough time in the day to separate every subject in isolation, and students learn better when they can see the relationship between the various concepts they are learning. I also love using authentic documents to teach social studies. Which is going to engage a child more? Reading an informational text about the Declaration of Independence, or reading from the actual Declaration of Independence? (Ok, so I know they may have a hard time with the cursive handwriting but that was just an "off the top of my head" example). Which brings me to the meat of my post: 2 amazing resources you can use to find some authentic documents that will keep your students engaged and help you integrate reading and social studies. DocTeach and Digital Archives. Head on over to my blog to read up on how I use these 2 resources, and how they can help you, too!
When I read Katie's post yesterday, I thought about the hustle and bustle of the holidays and how we, as teachers, can find ways to lessen the stress.
One thing I like to do is prep ahead.
Years ago, I learned I removed some unnecessary stress if I prepped weeks in advance.
Don't get me wrong, things always come up, but I want to be prepared if they do.
Being prepared includes making sure all my classroom resources are printed and ready to use before they are needed.
number cards, number grids...tons of number references, including number lines.
Well, I'm all about seasonal and holiday fun, and my kiddos enjoy using them, too.
If you like changing out references with the seasons, then here are a few freebies for you-
number lines 0-10.
Even though, we are adding through 20, the Singapore Math program we use is based on ten,
so we'll use these number lines all year.
And honestly, many of my sweet friends still need visuals to help with equations,
especially with those tricky MISSING ADDENDS! Grrr!
I feel like we are officially headed in the holiday season! I can feel the pressure pushing in and this year, like last year, I am making a conscious effort to push back. Here are some of the things pushing in on me
1. Black Friday sale on TpT and I want to finish all 100 units on my to do list. (Impossible, so I am letting go of it and finishing 3 units.)
2. Construction in my kitchen making me crazy (That’s life and a short season.)
3. My son’s birthday, Christmas and kid’s birthday party all at the same time. ( I can do hard things)
4. Lots to do, not enough time
5. Wanting to lose some of this weight.
So here is the thing about my list of pressures that mount during the holidays. Every.single.one. of those things are actually WONDERFUL!!!!! I mean even #4 with lots to do. The things on my to do list are wonderful too!!! The thing I am trying to express it that, taking a minute to clear some space in your head and really look around is the difference between a harried holiday and a joyous one. I am going to …
1. Take joy in preparing for the Black Friday sale so that I can bring my students and your students amazing resources!
2. Enjoy my repaired kitchen and new sky light!
3. Have the time of my life prepping for Jackson’s 8th birthday and Christmas all in the same month. It’s like can December hold anymore joy?
4. My to-do list is doable one step at a time!
5. All I can do is lace up my running shoes and enjoy the fresh air.
That is the same list 1-5 but seen with fresh eyes!
I wrote a post a few years ago when I used to be my own inner drill sergeant! It’s not about SHOULD it’s about what is possible. It’s about being the best version of yourself in this holiday season not a Martha Stewart copycat , gotta be just like Pinterest, perfect family.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *originally posted Nov. 23, 2012 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Click on the picture to take you to last year's post with step by step instructions and recipe page. This is one of my favorite recipes to make in class and your kiddos will love it!!