Advantages Of The Flipped Classroom: The Latest Technology For Teachers

 

What is a Flipped Classroom?

All across the nation and beyond, teachers are experimenting with flipping the classroom. No, not literally like this silly photo. They are flipping instruction. The basic concept is quite simple. Homework gets done in the classwork while class instruction occurs at home.

With the flipped classroom concept, the teacher becomes less of a “sage on the stage” and more of a “guide on the side.” This is done by having students watch pre-recorded lessons on screen or podcasts online at home. The next day, class lecture time is freed up to have the students put their newly acquired knowledge into practice.

Technology in the Classroom

Technology has changed the way we do everything, and education is no exception. Flipping the classroom can be as simple or as elaborate as the teacher wants to make it.

Low-tech teachers can flip classroom instruction with a simple-made video he or she makes, or choose one from shared files. High-tech teachers will explore software and technologies to enhance the flipped classroom learning experience.

This enhancement can be in the way of shareware such as Edmodo or learnspace. These sites are like having facebook accounts private to you and your students. Teachers can post quizzes, due dates, etc. on line. Students can post and form groups for working on projects together. Files too large to share by email can be sent.

Videos can be viewed on computers, laptops, iPads Smartphones, etc. Students with no computer access (rare these days) can be given a spot in the classroom, computer lab or media center. This is also a good place for students who may need to review the material while in school.

 

Advantages of Flipped Instruction

Flipped instruction can be used in almost any classroom to a degree. Just remember the basic concept. Classroom instruction becomes homework and homework becomes classroom work. This frees up much time for active learning in the classroom. Teachers can plan hands-on activities for students that will allow them to develop higher-order thinking skills. Some of the ways to actively engage students in the classroom after viewing lectures on a video are as follows.

  • class discussions
  • debates
  • think-pair-share
  • cooperative learning
  • surveys and polls
  • graphing and displaying data
  • visual arts projects
  • low or high tech presentations
  • experiments
  • research projects

Unlike classroom lectures, online lessons can be reviewed from as far back as the beginning of the lesson if necessary. They can even be reviewed before major exams. Parents will love having the change in homework. Struggling through trying to work problems or answer questions about forgotten classroom lectures are eliminated. They can even view the videos themselves in order to be better able to help children understand the lesson content.

Although the flipped classroom is relatively new, results of studies are showing improvements across the board from better test scores to lowered drop-out rates in schools that have implemented flipped instruction.

 

Who Gets Credit for Flipped Instruction?

Two chemistry teachers from Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado, Johnathon Bergmann, and Aaron Sams are credited with the seed that planted the idea of the flipped classroom.

The two teaching buddies collaborated often on ways to deliver instruction. In 2007, they discovered software that allowed them to share Powerpoint presentations for students who had missed instruction.

This grew into the idea of presenting lecture online and follow-up work in the classroom.

Setting the ground work, Eric Mazur developed peer instruction back in the 1990s. He used computer-aided instruction to coach instead of lecture,

In 2000, Lage, Platt and Treglia published “Inverting the Classroom: A Gateway to Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment”.

Beginning in the fall of 2000, the University of Wisconsin used tutoring videos as part of their instruction in a computer sciences course. In 2011, two centers were built at the Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning to study and promote flipped classrooms.

Tips for Flipping the Classroom

  1. Provide opportunities for students to gain exposure before the lecture video. This can be as simple as textbook reading or Youtube video or as technical as a Powerpoint presentation or podcast. This serves as an anticipatory set for the lesson.
  2. Provide incentives that will motivate students to prepare for class. Give points or privileges for completing the pre-class activity.
  3. Include informative assessment to evaluate student understanding throughout the lesson. This can be done with online quizzes, paper/pencil quizzes, written responses to essay-type questions and other informal assessments.
  4. Use informal assessments for forming groups and peer tutoring teams.
  5. Use activities following the videos that include higher-level critical thinking skills. Find activities that cause them to evaluate, summarize and synthesize newly learned information,
  6. Use strategies that incorporate student-to-student learning such as peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and think-pair-share.

Sample Plan for Flipped Instruction

The objective is to understand and apply the scientific method. Students will identify dependent variable, independent variable, control group, hypothesis,

 

  1. Build motivation and create a “hook” for anticipating learning with a Powerpoint presentation or textbook reading. Include a short quiz either online or with pencil/paper. Whatever your level of technology is at this point. Don’t worry, there is no need to be a techie to do this. Give points for completing the presentation.
  2. Create or import a lesson/lecture on the basics of the scientific method. It’s a good beginning.It is best if you make these videos yourself, but it’s OK to use other videos Check for understanding with a quiz, online or paper/pencil.
  3. Review with questioning at the beginning or class
  4. Assign directions for a project:
  5. Purpose: Create a lab to demonstrate the scientific method using a simple paper airplane.
  6. Make a hypothesis: Decide on a plan and make a prediction based on the procedure you have developed to use the paper airplane.
  7. Develop a plan that demonstrates the scientific method. Try to create a table and a graph to record collected data. Have students do 10 trials.
  8. Have students write two paragraphs analyzing collected data.

Final Thoughts on Flipping the Classroom

Have fun with this cool new idea. Start off slowly if you are “tech shy.” Just remember the basic idea of the flipped classroom, and it will make sense. It could turn your teaching right side up and make more sense to you and your students.

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Winter Art Projects For Toddlers And Preschoolers With Special Needs

Winter Crafts for Toddlers

Arts, crafts, and many other learning activities for toddlers are also developmentally appropriate for preschool students with special needs, or even beyond. The two groups share the same basic stages of development.
The curriculum focuses on basics like color, number and letter recognition, shapes and other concepts. Large and fine muscle skills, visual and auditory discrimination are also important skills to develop at this stage. 
These winter craft ideas will help you, the toddler of special needs preschool teacher have craft ideas for the month of January. 

Winter Landscape

Materials: blue construction paper for background, white tempera, cookie cutters, green triangles and brown squares cut from construction paper, and glue.

Concepts/skills:   learn to identify shapes, triangle and square, colors, spatial relations, fine motor.

Directions:  teacher precuts shapes. Students arrange them in a tree shape. Students dip cookie cutters in shallow dishes of paint and stamp them on.

Three-circle Snowman

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Materials: Blue and white paper, crayons, glue

Concept/Skills: size graduation, color recognition, shapes(circle)

Directions: Teacher precuts shapes. Student’s name the shapes and order them in size. Teacher helps child glue on background. Child embellishes with crayons

Shape Snowman

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 Materials: construction paper in the colors shown, wallpaper scraps.

Concept/skills: Shapes, colors, size, spatial relations. Body part awareness.

Directions: Teacher pre-cuts shapes. Students put them together correctly. Teacher helps glue as needed. Scarves can be cut from old wallpaper sames.

 

Tissue Paper Snowman

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Materials: white, orange or red, black or brown tissue. Glue wash (one-third water, two-thirds glue) and a paint brush.

Concept/Skills: fine motor skills, visual-spatial.

Directions: Teacher draws snowman shape on white paper. Pre-cut tissue “squares.” Brush on glue-wash.Child balls up the tissue squares and places correctly to form snowman with a face and buttons.

 

Torn Paper Collage

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Materials: blue and white paper, glue

Concept/skill: Color recognition, fine motor skills( tearing)

Directions: Teacher pre-cuts strips of white paper. Show child how to tear and glue the pieces on the blue paper.

Wintery Patterning

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Material: Snowman and snowflake shapes cut with Ellison press.

Concept/skill: simple patterning

Directions: Teacher pre-cuts shapes and starts the pattern for the child to finish.

Winter Animals

It’s fun learning about Artic animals. You can find lots of cute books and finger plays featuring winter animals. Books like Polar Bear, Polar Bear (Brown Bear, Brown Bear) are simple and hold a toddler’s attention. After sharing the books and rhymes, the little ones can relate to the animals with  these simple, crafty projects. 
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Polar Bear

Paper plate, cotton balls, pre-cut ears.Pom pom nose, chenile stem mouth.

Child arranges face, ears, eyes nose in proper position. Teacher glues them to plate. (use hot glue if needed).

Child tears, pulls, manipulates cotton balls to glue on.

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Walrus 

Large, medium, and small circles. Color, brown. Teacher traces students hands for flippers.

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10 Back To School Doors To Last All Year

Back to School Doors

Just as your front door greets guests to your home, so does your classroom door great students, parents, other  teachers and school personnel. Create a good first impression with an attractive and creative classroom door. 

Children feel especially welcomed when they see their name on a whimsical or themed door. Back-to-school door decor can last all year long. Here are 10 cute ideas to help in planning your back to school door to last all year!

#1 Add a techie touch to your door with this Facebook and Twitter look door. Kid’s names are on the “Twitter birds.”

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#2. Cute as a button and super easy. Minimal cut-out work is required. The buttons are small paper plates in different colors and the “button holes” are black construction paper circles. Put student’s names on white strips.

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#3. Hoot, hoot hooray for any grade level with wise owls that bear the names of your students. Create owls from construction paper and then give them some of those big Googly eyes!

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#4. A favorite story welcomes students to the early childhood room. Let Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault be the first story you read. Then do an art project to display around your door. 

 

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#5. Real ribbons and rick-rack give these gingerbread men a two-dimensional look.  

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# 6. Is your classroom part of a pod? Here’s a way to help any aged students to feel like they belong. 

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# 7. Tell your visitors how hard your students work. They don’t monkey around!

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# 8.These cute owls have a picture of each student on them. Kids will feel excited to be a part of this class.

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# 9. Students will “hop on in” happily inside this attractive, cheerful pod’s welcoming bulletin board. 

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# 10. A sweet idea for your Kindergarten or Pre-K door. The big cupcake is made of soft cloth stuffed inside netting. The cupcake holder is paper folded accordion style. 

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Organizing The Classroom: 10 Little Tips To Make A Big Difference

Little Tips to Make a Big Difference

Sometimes the simplest ideas can make a huge impact on the classroom. Here are 10 easy-to-do ideas to make organizing the classroom easier. An organized classroom makes life a lot better for the teacher, and the kids will likely learn more. Those are two big payoffs!

Little Tip # 1. Word of the Day

Here’s a unique way to reinforce sight word vocabulary. Make and laminate a hand print to hang by the door. Make and laminate word cards. Each day put a new word up to be “Word of the Day.” When the kids line up to go anywhere, (lunch, PE, etc) they “high five” the word as they say it aloud on the way out the door. This technique reinforces learning the words in a multi-sensory fashion. The best way to learn!

Little Tip # 2. Sight Words Graphic Organizer

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Sight words everywhere! Kids can really benefit with graphic organizers. This one helps them to review the words they have mastered each quarter. Type the words out on a cut-and-paste worksheet. Each student will have their own  sight words graphic organizer.

Little Tip # 3. Early Finishers

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Idle hands are a little devil’s workshop. Keep your little angels busy every minute with a hanging clear pocket chart full of ideas for what to do when they are finished early. Store materials needed for the activities behind the idea cards.

Little Tip # 4. Where are the Kids?

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See at a glance who is where. Hang a magnetic board with names on magnetic strips above some clever looking hall passes. The kids will love using it, and you will know just who went to the nurse, library, etc. at all times.

Little Tip # 5. School-to-Home Binder

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End the confusion for little ones and their parents as well about what stays at home at what comes back with this really simple home-to-school binder.016

Little Tip # 6. Easy Classroom Jobs Chart

End the arguing over who’s day it is to do what job with this idea. Using crayon shapes (or any shape), put names on each one. Laminate for durability. A larger crayon lists each job. Have one set of names for each job. Use metal book rings to hold the names. These are attached to the white board with clipboard clips. Simply flip to the next name each day for each job.

Little Tip # 7. File Folders in a Hanging Pocket Chart

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Teachers instinctively use lots and lots of those manila file folders. Eliminate looking through stacks and stacks of them on your desk with a large hanging pocket chart. Saves time AND frees up desk space.

 

Little Tip # 8. Extra Worksheets, too!

760Nothing looks worse than piles and piles of extra worksheets stacked everywhere. Keep them neat, organized and easier for the kids to access with a hanging pocket chart.

 Little Tip # 9. Clear Plastic Storage Bags

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Invest your classroom supplies money wisely by purchasing some plastic book pouches. They have lots of uses from storing little paperback readers to game materials and more.

Little Tip # 10. Stress-Buster Private Corner

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Researchers claim that looking at a photo of our loved ones can lower stress. Have yourself a little bit of home in a private corner of the classroom to display photos and mementos. A corner of a bookcase and the side of a file cabinet is all you need to help melt stress away.


Thematic Unit Ideas For Earth Day

Children are always appreciative and attentive when learning about being earth friendly or “green.”  It’s a good time to implement science and social studies into reading and writing.

After reading and learning about Earth Day, Have students list some ideas on how to save Earth’s resources. List them on a chart.

Here are some good books for learning about Earth Day.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

I Can Save the Earth: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Alison Inches and Viviana Garofoli

Earth Day, Robin Hill School by Margaret McNamara and Mike Gordon

Earth Day Writing Station

In a separate time and place, have students put their hand print in green on a blue circle made to resemble the planet. Place the chart you created together in the whole group activity in the writing center along with cards that are labeled My Earth Day Promise. Students use these to compose their Earth Day promise. 

Earth Day Science Station

Take some time to make a landfill model with students during whole group instruction. Use the following materials:

  1. an old fish tank
  2. soil
  3. bits of  newspaper
  4. bits of banana peel.
  5. bits of plastic
  6. bits of cloth
  7. aluminum can tab
  8. Styrofoam packing “peanut”

Bury the 6 items in the soil close to the tank where they can be seen. Place this is the science center .Students can use a journal to observe, draw and make predictions about what will happen.

Earth Day Computer Station

During whole group instruction, take some time to talk about some statistics about the earth. Include its size in relationship to the sun and other planets and distance from the sun. Have models or a poster of the solar system. Show the students a tennis ball and a grain of sand and explain that this is how the sun and earth compare in size with the earth represented by the grain of sand. Use the following website for students to explore in the computer station.

http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0001-hello-earth.php

Earth Day Creation Station Ideas

Have students drop earth colors of food dye diluted in water with a medicine dropper. The effect is very pretty. They may need to do this in a supervised station. They can trace hands and cut them out to attach to the earth. Have them write a story in the Writing Station to go with this on the topic of Giving Earth a Helping Hand. 

spring 10Sometimes it is hard for us to think about the earth on a level other than the things we see each day. Have materials at the creation station to make a torn paper collage of earth that shows land and water. They should try to show land masses and realize that the blue represents oceans. Have them draw landscape picture to go with them.

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Earth Day Math Station

During discussions about the earth and other heavenly bodies, make sure students understand that these objects are known as spheres. Have students draw or cut from magazines other objects that are spheres. Glue and label.

Spring Thematic Unit Homepage

Books For Learning About Earth Day

Saint Patrick’s Day Unit Ideas

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Shamrock paper weaving in the creation station.

Saint Patrick’ s Day is celebrated all over the world by many different religious and ethnic groups. They even have a huge parade in Tokyo. Because it comes in March and is so associated with the color green, most consider it to be the first spring holiday, although it is technically late, late winter.

Kids can learn a lot of interesting information about Saint Patrick and the history of this holiday with the following books read to them.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola

The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day by Patrica A. Pingry

Saint Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons

 

Writing Learning Station

After making a list of words associated with Saint Patrick’s Day, place the chart in the writing center for students to make sentences with. Older or more advanced students could use them to write a story. List words such as shamrock, leprechaun, rainbow, Irish, etc.

Rainbow Math Station

Use fruit loops with the colors of the rainbow as math manipulatives.  They can be counters, used for sorting, patterning and much more!

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 Literacy Station

For the youngest students, put the list of words associated with Saint Patrick’s Day in the literacy station on word cards. Students can trace or copy them, or use magnetic letters and board to make the words.

Creation Station

Kids like to do paper weaving. Have directions and materials to make a woven shamrock. This may need to be at a teacher or assistant’s supervised station for younger students. 

Have materials and a sample for making a torn paper rainbow collage. Glue on white or blue paper and add cotton balls for clouds. Students can use them in the Writing Station to write stories about leprechauns and rainbows.

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Spring Unit Homepage

Books For Learning About Saint Patrick’s Day

Thematic Unit Ideas For Spring: Plants And Animals

Even very young children are aware that spring is “wake up time” for plants and animals in most places. It is a good time to learn about the life cycles and habits of various animals. There are lots of great arts and crafts projects that can be done around a spring theme.

Here are some good books on plant and animal love for sharing aloud.

Spring Song by Barbara Seuling

My Spring Robin by Anne and Harlow Rockwell

Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert

Spring Thematic Unit Writing Station Ideas

1. After sharing a couple of books and having a discussion, have the students name some springtime words and phrases. Write these on chart paper and place in the writing center. Students can make sentences or write stories using the words.

2. Choose an animal that you read about and write an expository paragraph about it.

Spring Thematic Unit Literacy Station

1. For the youngest students, put the words from your spring list on word cards. Students can trace or copy them. They can make the words using magnetic letters. They could also write them on small white or chalkboards. They might could illustrate some of the words.

2. Have strips of paper folded in four sections in the station. Students can draw the sequence of a butterfly’s life cycle. Older students can write out the steps.

Spring Thematic Unit Science Station Ideas

1. After learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, have the following materials for showing the four stages. Students will divide the paper plate into four sections. This may need to be a supervised station for younger students. The teacher can pre-cut leaves while older students can trace and cut out their own.

  • white paper plate
  • leaf patterns
  • green construction paper
  • navy beans or peas (egg)
  • penne or tubini pasta (larvae)
  • large shell pasta (pupa)
  • bow tie pasta (butterfly)
  • pieces of orange chenille stems

2. The science station is a good place to keep seeds the children have planted. Done soon enough, they could be ready for giving Mom for Mother’s Day. Flower seeds like zinnia and marigolds sprout easily. Students can observe, draw and record the seedlings each week as they grow.

3. Use the following materials to have students create a model for the parts of a plant.

  • cupcake wrappers
  • real beans or plastic beads (seeds)
  • construction paper
  • chenille stems
  • yarn or twine (roots)

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Spring Thematic Unit Math Station Ideas

1. Ladybugs are fun to find and learn about in the spring. Use the dots on ladybug shapes for counting, addition problems and more. Have students cut out the lady bugs from patterns and add dots to illustrate a problem. Get fancy if you want and add googly eyes and antenna.

spring 52. Flower cut-outs can be used in a number of ways for math activities. These fractions flowers were made by fourth graders. For young students, putting a number in the middle and having students figure out how to put dots on every petal in order to add up to the number is a good math logic activity.  This may need to be a supervised station for younger students. 

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Spring Thematic Unit Creation Station Ideas

Ask any artist. Spring is the prime season for art-inspired projects, and children are no exception.

1. This is messy but fun. Students drop diluted food colors with brushes or medicine droppers on white tissue to create the paper need for pretty butterfly wings. the body is a cloths pin that conveniently holds the wings together. Add a bent chenille stem for the antenna.

spring 8 2. A hand butterfly is cute to do for younger students.

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3. Plastic cups and paper plates are recycled into pretty daffodils. Use white or clear plastic dessert cups for the middle. Paint with yellow tempera. The petals are cut from yellow construction paper. The stem is a strip of green paper. Cut the leaves from paper plates and paint them green. Younger students will need assistance

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Spring Unit Home Page 

Books to Share for Learning About Plants and Animals in Spring

 

Thematic Lessons And Activities For Spring

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Thematic Units For Spring in Primary and Elementary Education

Thematic units are a creative and highly effective way to teach lessons across the curricula. Teachers use ideas in whole group activities and in learning stations set up throughout the room. The lessons and activities are centered around a central theme. These themes can be anything from the circus to sea life.

Holidays and seasons are good themes for implementing thematic units. Seasonal changes can bring about topics in science. Holidays and other observances lend themselves well to social science topics. Literacy and writing fits just about any theme, and math and art projects are plentiful with some creative planning.

Here are some ideas for helping to plan some great spring thematic units.  Most thematic units take from one to two weeks to finish. This well take you through March and beyond. These ideas do not include Easter thematic unit ideas since Easter is a major holiday. The kids will enjoy completing these activities and teachers will enjoy implementing them. Thematic units are a strong part of a well-rounded education. These activities can be adapted to fit the learning needs of different age levels throughout primary and elementary grades.

Saint Patrick’s Day Thematic Unit Ideas

Earth Day Thematic Unit Ideas

Plants and Animals in Spring Thematic Unit Ideas

Animal Cell Diagram Project: Make An Animal Cell T-shirt

Wear Your Animal Cell Diagram Project to School!

Do you need a really cool and original idea for your animal cell diagram project? Gather some buttons, baubles, and bows and create an animal cell project that you can wear to class! Or check out making a plant cell t-shirt here.

We used craft felt, yarn, pom poms, and other sewing craft items to create our animal cell t-shirt. Just use a plain white t-shirt, fabric glue, and fabric markers and let your imagination loose to create your very own animal cell t-shirt!

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Insert cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt first. That way the glue won’t stick the back to the front. 

 

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We cut and glued on the cytoplasm from a piece of yellow craft felt. The cell membrane is a strip of red yarn.

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Golgi apparatus is 5 pieces of yellow chenille (pipe cleaner) stems. Golgi vesicles are 5 tiny yellow pom poms. 
A large white pom pom encircled with a strip of green yarn is our lysosome. 

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Medium-size yellow pom poms are pinocytotic vacuoles. 
13 (2)The nucleus is made with a large orange pom pom and a brown medium-size pom pom glued to the center is the nucleolus. 

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Yellow yarn is the smooth endoplasmic reticulum.  Clear plastic beads are ribosomes and create the rough ER. 

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Pieces of white pipe stems are the microtubes. Two pink buttons are the Centrioles. Nine red dots around each button form the microtubules.

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Mitochondria is fashioned from 2 colors of felt, tan and brown. There are three layers all glued on the largest bottom piece.

 

Make your wearable animal cell project just like ours, or use different materials and colors to create your very own animal cell t-shirt!

 Animal Cell Diagram

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President’s Day Thematic Unit Ideas

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What are Thematic Units?

Thematic units are a group of lessons that incorporate most or all of the disciplines (language arts areas, math, science and social studies) into a unit of study that revolves around a single theme. They provide unity in learning as students are able to apply knowledge around a common theme into different cognitive skills.

Thematic Work Stations Using President’s Day Activities

President’s Day is a good opportunity for kids to begin building a background of knowledge in American history with fun and interesting activities. Setting up independent group activities after learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln In February will familiarize children with important figures in our history. They won’t soon forget our founding fathers with these fun work stations.

After reading about Presidents Washington and Lincoln (and others) and recalling and writing facts,  set up these work stations to reinforce what the students learned.

Great Books to Share for Learning about Presidents

 

Arts and Crafts

Place models and supplies for students to create portraits of the presidents.  Use a construction paper collage method. Provide sentences for younger students to match (literacy) and let older students create their own.

White cotton is used for Washington’s hair. Use a white napkin for his collar.

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Black shapes create Lincoln’s beard and hair.

Easier Versions

Use these models for younger or less able students.

White wig is mini marshmallows.
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Literacy

Writing Station:

Write sentences or a descriptive paragraph of the two famous February presidents. Use work from the creation station. Have a word bank available for younger or less able students. Include words like top hat, beard , three cornered hat,  president, or whatever words are appropriate for what has been learned and discussed.

 

Writing Around the Room:

Give the students a sheet on a clipboard for writing words they can find around the classroom that begin with letters in PRESIDENTS DAY.

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Sequencing:

Students read and follow directions step-by-step to create a Lincoln’s log cabin snack. Have supplies at the learning station along with directions. Picture clues will help kids read directions!

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 Washington-Lincoln Venn Diagram

Start a Venn diagram to compare the two presidents. Students can copy this in the writing center. Place blank Venn diagrams in center. Older and more capable students can research books or internet to add facts.

 

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 Math Learning Station:

Incorporate this center after introducing coins and money in whole group instruction. Students will learn the names of presidents (and forefather Thomas Jefferson) and value of the coins and dollars.

Students will love using real or play money coins, tracing paper and crayons to make crayon rubbings for coin impressions. There are lots of ways to use the coins in this center at all levels.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pre-schoolers and kindergartners can count and sort the coins.
  2. Use coins for patterning.
  3. Use pennies to show multiplication arrays
  4. Have cards with names of coins, value and president’s names for matching.
  5. Students can solve money problems. What presidents are used in coins that are the answer.
  6. Have different amounts of money on task cards.Use the smallest amount of coins possible for making that amount.  What presidents were used?  example:  35 cents is a quarter and a dime. Washington and Eisenhower.

Science

Read or tell the story (it’s actually a fable that was made up to make the First President seem more personable) about young Washington telling the truth about chopping down his father’s cherry tree before using these two learning stations. Pass out a fresh cherry for each child to eat and have them save the pits. Compare these with a few other fruit seeds like apple, pear, watermelon.

Discovery Center:

Have students observe different seeds and compare them to the cherry seeds. View seeds with a hand lens magnifier. Draw and describe 2 or 3 seeds. Draw the tree or plant that would result from the planted seeds.

 

Cooking Center: 

(you may wish to do this as a whole group for a culminating activity, and just for fun!)

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Kids will love this. Place 2 graham crackers in a baggie. They can bash and bang to make crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a plastic dessert cup. Add 2 tablespoons cherry pie filling. Top with Cool Whip.

Need more ideas? Make these cute President’s Day Cupcakes.

 

 

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