Month: August 2018

Scientific Names, Pet Names, Your Name…Books that Spark this Discussion

Cute K-2 story, but what I liked best was the additional information after the story, where a scientist explains how adorabilis got its name. After reading this, I would re-read the story and discuss the names of the other ocean animals, taking a closer… Continue Reading “Scientific Names, Pet Names, Your Name…Books that Spark this Discussion”

Zoey and Sassafras: Science Process in an Early Chapter Book = Love!

Overview of the Series: Written by a former science teacher 🙂 the Zoey and Sassafras series takes you through the scientific process with your very capable guide, Zoey and her sidekick Sassafras. Zoey is a fan of nature, wonder, questions, and has a strong… Continue Reading “Zoey and Sassafras: Science Process in an Early Chapter Book = Love!”

Learning About Shapes? Then you will want to read this (K-3+) book…

So clever! I loved all the shape based mathematical language being use to tell this tale of friendship drama and reunion! For example: “Circle admired Square for all his good points”. Ha! Ha! Love it! 🙂 Originally I bought this book for my kindergarten… Continue Reading “Learning About Shapes? Then you will want to read this (K-3+) book…”

Learning About the Colors? Then You Will Want to Read…

If you are learning the colors, then you will want to read this book! I loved the clever way that the colors were introduced, with words, curiosity, and with a tactile component. This book put a smile on my face–the prediction that will take… Continue Reading “Learning About the Colors? Then You Will Want to Read…”

Libby and Wimbley: An Early Reader Science Series

Libby Wimbley: Birdhouse Builder by Amy Cobb, Illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis Libby loves to explore, observe, and is a problem solver. When she and her best friend, Becca, find out that there is a snow day–they are off for an adventure. Following a series… Continue Reading “Libby and Wimbley: An Early Reader Science Series”

Kickoff the Year with an Interactive Bulletin Board!

Last year I started pursuing interactive bulletin boards–A space where students, teachers, and parents, could add their own thought, response, opinion, or idea. It was a huge success. 🙂 Now that I have my own classroom this year, running an inquiry lab, part-time, I… Continue Reading “Kickoff the Year with an Interactive Bulletin Board!”

“Too Many Carrots” a STEM Launch

Recently, my amazing co-teaching partner in 2nd grade, Quincey Williamson, and I presented “The Big Picture and Small Details of Incorporating STEM Ideas in Your Elementary Classroom”. The main take away from our presentation was simply this: Story is a great way toward incorporating… Continue Reading ““Too Many Carrots” a STEM Launch”

What do you plan on reading the first day of school?

The first day of school is just around the corner for us, and it is always a big summer debate in my mind about which book I am going to read to introduce myself and to use as a springboard to learning about them.… Continue Reading “What do you plan on reading the first day of school?”

“Baby Loves” SCIENCE! Board Books by Ruth Spiro

“Baby Loves” SCIENCE! Board Books by Ruth Spiro (Illustrator Irene Chan) I came across this “Baby Loves” series from a Pinterest feed one day and was eager to check them out. I love seeing science concepts in board books, because it is never too… Continue Reading ““Baby Loves” SCIENCE! Board Books by Ruth Spiro”

Thinking of Flexible Seating? Read: “If I Built a Car”

Point of view, imagination, design, poetry…which one do I pick? This book has so many different objective connections, on top of being so colorfully illustrated. Why did I select it from the library? Well, its the start of the year and I am thinking… Continue Reading “Thinking of Flexible Seating? Read: “If I Built a Car””