Category: Lesson Description

Happy International Women’s Day

Before I share all the amazing science themed picture books you could read this week to celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to start this post with a shoutout to my amazing mom! This is a picture of us February 2019, a night when… Continue Reading “Happy International Women’s Day”


Parents and students had a wonderful time problem solving and designing together at our NOV8…INNOVATE event! 😀 The use of the character cards, and open design challenge cards were perfect for our time frame and goal. If you want to read more about the… Continue Reading “NOV8…INNOVATE…Success!”

NOV8…INNOVATE: Character and Design Cards

Yesterday I shared my NOV8…INNOVATE family events ideas. Well, after some think time, and some discussion with my amazing colleagues, I have decided on using character and design cards (which is sort of a combination of my ideas): Please click HERE to access the… Continue Reading “NOV8…INNOVATE: Character and Design Cards”


How do you plan on celebrating NOV8/INNOVATE day, as part of National STEM/STEAM month? Me…I am still trying to figure out those last minute details, but here’s what I have figured out: At my middle school, we are going to try something new. We… Continue Reading “NOV8…INNOVATE!”

Cultural Fabric: Class Building Activity

Being of Hispanic Heritage, and being an ELL (English Language Learner) Specialist, I look forward to National Hispanic Heritage Month! This September 15th-October 15th time, is a time of honoring the influential Hispanics in our nation’s history, across the globe, and within our own… Continue Reading “Cultural Fabric: Class Building Activity”

“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”

Wordless Books and “Say Something”

I am here to report! 🙂 I tried the wordless book strategy called, “say something” that I featured on two different posts last week: Build, Assess, Build Vocabulary with a Wordless Book and More Wordless Books! with my 2nd grade co-teaching class, using the following… Continue Reading “Wordless Books and “Say Something””

More Wordless Books!

A few days ago I shared a possible wordless book strategy, Say Something, along with a link to other wordless book ideas, in my Build, Assess, Build Vocabulary with a Wordless Book post. I am going to be trying the Say Something strategy with… Continue Reading “More Wordless Books!”

Sentence Starter Class Book

My 3rd grade co-teaching writing class has been spending some time on academic vocabulary (more on that later), and recently our focus word was “CREATE”. To follow-up our learning of the word “create” I created a creative create activity. 🙂 A sentence starter class book.… Continue Reading “Sentence Starter Class Book”

Build, Assess, Build Vocabulary with a Wordless Book

A couple of months ago I attended the IABE (Idaho Association for Bilingual Education) Conference. One of the sessions (presented by one of my favorite professors, Dr. Stan Steiner…check out his site HERE) focused on the multiple uses of wordless books. I love a… Continue Reading “Build, Assess, Build Vocabulary with a Wordless Book”