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…

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

Overview of the Series: Written by a former science teacher πŸ™‚ 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…

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! πŸ™‚ Originally I bought this book for my kindergarten…

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…

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…

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. πŸ™‚ Now that I have my own classroom this year, running an inquiry lab, part-time, I…

“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…