Saturday, September 26, 2015

Science Experiments and Math combined!

Hi all,

Experiment Friday
Today we had so much fun for our Fun Experiment Friday! I felt like I didn't really hit the science experiments too hard last year except for certain units so I really wanted to bring them alive this year!

 I was thinking of switching off between a foodie Friday and an experiment Friday. We also always read a fun book that goes with our unit (today was a Lego's book on how to build a city) since we are in our Community Helpers unit right now and then they have to write about their favorite part without any help from me (prepping them for those On Demand Prompts). 

Now for the fun experiment!!!

I got it from this book:

The experiment is called Perfect Pennies which goes really well with our math centers this week since one of the centers was all about exploring the penny. They had to make penny rubbings and then find and circle the pennies.

What you need:
-lemon juice
-plastic cups or bowls
-paper towels
-toothbrush or cotton balls to scrub pennies with

Scientific Method
I started out by telling them how they were going to be scientists and scientists have to think about their experiment first and what they think would work. So, my question was: We have these pennies but they are really dirty. What do you think we could use to clean them?

I wrote down their answers on the board and most said water and soap. One little girl, to try and change it up, said, first you need paper then water and soap. They sure crack me up!

Then, one boy raised his hand and said my mom uses lemon sometimes to clean. I got so excited and pulled out the bottle of lemon juice I had hidden in a bag. I asked if there were any other ideas and since there weren't any we jumped right in. 

Penny scrubbing time!
I picked a special helper to go to the sink and pull our paper dispenser 2 times (that's the max they are allowed to pull it or we will run out of paper the next day).  She came back and I sent her off to her table with the lemon juice. Then I called on another quiet helper to do the same thing, get the paper towel and then take a little of the vinegar. The next person took the ketchup and finally our our last table had to mix up some vinegar and salt. I then sent them off 2 at a time to get their paper towel and get to scrubbing!

They were so excited when they saw their pennies getting cleaned up. They were so engaged and having fun while cleaning!

After the experiment we talked about why these substances were able to get their pennies clean and learned a little bit about acids! They were amazed and I even let them take their shiny new penny home!

A great Friday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Student engagement WBT Whole Brain teaching style!!!

Hi all,
I am so excited to link up with you all! It's my FIRST linky party!!!

So, since I am in a bilingual classroom I had to change some things around! We speak Spanish 80% of the day so for Class Yes, we say:

Clase - Dime

I was reading on some blog or on the WBT website the best ways to make it more fun and engaging is to change our voice. I will do a witch voice or a deep voice or a high-pitched voice or an animal voice where we say clase wow wow (What a dog says in Spanish) and they say: Dime wow wow. 

I also really like saying:

Clase Brrrrrrrrr (rolling the r) -- dime brrrrrrrrrrrrr (rolling the r). 
It's kinder and they definitely need practice on rolling their r's!

More favorites:
Clase Bazinga - Dime bazinga

Clase oo chaca laca - Dime oo Chaca loca

Clase bzzzzz - dime bzzzzz

Another change for Bilingual was Hands and Eyes. We say:
Manos y Ojos

When the kids do it WRONG!!!
I was lucky enough to be able to co-teach with 2 amazing teachers at my school this summer for our SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language Model [amazing by the way]) and I learned this from one of the teachers.

SEAL Model

Whenever the students do not do something the way I want I say: LO BORRAMOS (Let's erase it). And I show them how it should be done and we do it again the RIGHT way!!!

At the beginning of the year it was so much fun and my first time doing this because I didn't have to get mad or yell or scream and we were able to have FUN practicing the RIGHT way to do things in our classroom. 

One of my students favorite things we practiced was the right way and wrong way of sitting in our chairs. We practiced the wrong way (or the Pre-school way). I had students lying over their chairs, under their chairs, leaning back, etc. I told them a story about how I had a student who was leaning back and then fell and had to go to the hospital and that is why we NEVER lean back in our chairs. 
I always modeled the wrong way and then the CORRECT way.

Those rascals!!!
If I had 1 or 2 students doing it the wrong when we were practicing the right way, I would just say anyone who isn't following directions will have to practice at recess or miss choice time. That corrected that real fast!

I hope you have a great rest of the week and Keep pushing the Whole Brain Teaching. 

As Coach B says: Power to the Teachers!!!

WBT free conference from Gilroy
If you would like to watch Coach B in action please check out my Youtube channel. I video taped the whole day and is available here:
New Diamond Rule in Spanish

Check out the linky party going on here and don't miss the weekly chat on on Wednesdays!!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

How I use beach balls for letters, sight words, syllables and number recognition practice!

Hi everyone,
I am going to jump right in! It's been way to long!

I wanted to share what I've been working on! I might be slightly obsessed with the Dollar Tree and their beach balls! I started last year and made a ball full of our sight words.

Since it's the beginning of the year, I thought why not do it with letters and syllables (since we are a full day Spanish program.)
Here's a pic of the lowercase letter ball and uppercase letter ball I made. I like to leave a little bit of air out of the ball so it's easier for the kids to catch. Whatever letter their thumb lands on when they catch the ball is the letter or syllable or sight word etc. they need to read.

I love using this as students come in from recess. I can pass the ball to someone who came in quietly and sat down professionally on the carpet or walked to the carpet after getting some water.