Valentines STEAM Centers

Hey, y'all! We survived the fall semester and holiday season! Give yourself a "Woop Woop!" 

Before you know it, it will be Valentines Day. Time to start planning! These Valentines STEAM Centers are perfect for keeping your littles engaged and learning during that crazy week.

On Monday, the whole class explores chemistry by blowing up balloons with Pop Rocks and soda.

Tuesday through Thursday, students go to different stations and explore science on their own.

They'll make a love bug with toilet paper rolls, a spinner, and a heart out of pattern blocks.

They'll graph conversation hearts.

They can also practice their fine motor skills by weaving a paper heart. 

Make airplanes in the classroom useful by sending airmail to the landing pad.

On Friday, complete the Ghost hearts experiment from earlier in the week and make a heart mobile.

This unit can also be broken up into individual activities if you'd rather do them whole group. This unit also pairs well with the Growing Ornaments (FREE) activity. Just shape your ornaments into hearts!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more amazing STEAM centers coming soon.

Stay sweet,

Book Studies Made Simple

Hey y'all. As we start closing out one semester and start planning the next one, it's time to evaluate how things are working in our classrooms.

The longer I teach, the more simple I want to make things. I've been using this Any (Chapter) Book Book Study for my 2nd and 3rd graders for the last year and the simplicity of it is perfect for little readers.

This interactive notebook unit is packed full of resources for students to organize their thoughts and explain their thinking. There are pages to keep track of the book title, chapters assigned, and date the reading is due. 

There are also several options for sequencing events and/or completing chapter summaries. 

Several options for explaining story elements are included as well. Students can explain cause and effect, character traits, vocabulary words, problem and solution, and more. 

There are also pages for making connections to the text (think and connect).

This unit includes options for use in composition books or in spiral notebooks. For more information you can check out the whole unit here.

Stay tuned for more great resources and have a wonderful week!

Classroom Management for After The Break

Hey y'all. The countdown to vacation is on! As we're getting ready to head out for winter break, it's time to start prepping things for when we get back.

Each January, we review our classroom behavior expectations so we can start off the second semester right, and with the whole class on the same page.

We use this little book to write out and illustrate what the proper behavior looks like, feels like, and sounds like in our classroom. 

We can review these expectations at any time and each students' book stays in the classroom…just in case we need reminders.

We go over expectations for each of the situations we find ourselves in during the school day. There's even a blank page at the end of the book for any special situations specific to a particular school.

I've used this little booklet with kids from kindergarten to third grade and they've all enjoyed showing what they know by filling in the expectations in their own words. The kids are amazingly thorough, too! You can pick up your own copy of this little tool here.

How do you review behavior expectations in your classroom? If you have any exciting rituals, let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully smooth start to the spring semester.

Stay sweet,

Science Notebook FREEBIE!

Hey y'all! I know you are just as excited about STEAM centers as I am! The kids are learning, they are gaining independence, they are following directions, and you are able to scaffold all of your little learners.

What would make it any better? TABS!

Teach organization skills and refer back to different units with ease by using these FREE tab dividers for each unit.

Make it even easier to locate units by printing each one on different colored card stock. Telling them to turn to "the green plants tab" is much easier than having them find the unit on their own.

You can grab this freebie by clicking here. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more science resources coming soon!

Stay sweet,