Teaching Force and Motion

Teaching Force and Motion

Hey y'all! Teaching force and motion is one of my favorite kindergarten and first grade units. It's so easy to incorporate movement into these lessons and students usually catch on pretty quickly.

On Monday, we read a book about force and motion and how things move. Then, we fill in this little foldable illustrating different ways to move.

Tuesday through Thursday, students visit a series of stations investigating how things move. 

They experiment with gravity, sort pushes and pulls, read a book about force, and more. These stations are always favorites in my classroom. 

On Friday, for a simple assessment, my students brainstorm things they can push, pull, or both. It's a quick and easy way to check students' understanding.

This unit is super easy to prep but makes a huge impact. You can check it out more in my TpT store by clicking here.

I hope you found some new ideas for your next force and motion unit. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more great resources coming soon.

Stay sweet,

Books About Summer for the End of the School Year

Books About Summer for the End of the School Year

Hey y'all. Summer is coming soon and this is the perfect time to teach our students about enjoying the little things and looking up around them. Many times, students are in front of a screen for much of the summer. If we can match them with the right books about enjoying the things around them, maybe, just maybe, we can make a child's summer a little less about a screen and a little more about everything else.

These books all highlight the things that make summer special, and, surprise, there are no screens in any of these!
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1. And Then Comes Summer
This charming book highlights all the things that make summer the sweet time that it is. Your students will love this simple and fun ode to summer.

2. Summer Days and Nights
This sweet little rhyming book will have your students excited about summer days and enjoying the little things. Every season has things to celebrate and this story illustrates all the wonderful things about summer.

3. Fireflies
Fireflies is about a little boy who catches fireflies on a summer evening. He learns the importance of taking care of the insects and cherishing the little things.

4. S is for S'mores
Nothing says summer like a family camping trip and s'mores around the fire. This alphabet book is the perfect addition to your summer book collection.

5. Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Judy and Stink are on a family vacation and spend the week on an island. Your students will love trying to figure out what each clue means as Judy and Stink work to find pirate treasure.

6. Jabari Jumps
A little boy works himself up to jump off the diving board at the pool. Will he have the courage? Your students will love rooting him on as steps up to the edge.

7. Explorers of the Wild
This super cute book illustrates the wonderful things you can find if just get up and look around. And finding a friend to explore with you is even better.

8. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
This book makes a great read aloud for the end of 2nd grade. My students always love reading this one and making their own list of points to earn.

9. Ice Cream Summer
Who doesn't love ice cream? This sweet story will encourage your students read and write all summer long, while still enjoying all summer has to offer.

10. Pie is for Sharing
Some things are better shared with others, like pie, a ball, time. This simple summer book brings to light how the little things often become some of the biggest things.

I hope you found some new favorite titles to bring your students into summer. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more ideas and resources coming soon. Have a great week!

Stay sweet,

Teaching About Continents and Oceans

Teaching About Continents and Oceans

Hey y'all! Today, I'm excited to share with you my new unit on continents and oceans. I've been thinking about this unit for awhile and I love how it finally turned out.

On Monday, we start the unit by reading a book or watching a video about continents. Then, we label them all on our personal maps.

Tuesday through Thursday, students go to three stations to practice identifying continents and three stations to identify the oceans. 

Student books about the continents and oceans are included, as well direction cards and recording sheets. 

On Friday, students cut out the pieces of the world map and put the puzzle together. Then, they label the continents and oceans on their map. This makes a great assessment for the end of the week.

I found these two books to help introduce the topic of continent and oceans as well. Swift Walker has a whole series of books about geography, and the two about continents and oceans are just right for this week. I can't wait to read these to my class.

I hope you got some new ideas for your classroom and your students enjoy these as much as my students do. You can get your own copy of this unit by clicking the pictures above or here

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more great resources coming soon. Have a great week!

Stay sweet, 

Teaching About Plants

Teaching about Plants in Primary Grades

Hey y'all! Our plant unit is in full swing and we are loving it! We're using these two little flip books to help organize our thinking and the kids are flipping out over them. 
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First, we pulled apart a plant. I grabbed some weeds from my yard or you can get some cheep annuals.

The kids analyze the plants with their magnifying glasses and drew each part in their flip books.

Then, I brought in different vegetables and we taste-tested the different parts of plants we eat. This is ALWAYS a favorite activity.

I usually use sunflower seeds for the first page, but there are other seeds you could use. For flower, I use broccoli or cauliflower. For leaves, I usually get spinach, but lettuce or kale works, too. Celery is an easy stem, and carrots are good for roots. Of course, you can always choose to introduce your students to other plants as well.

After we taste each one, we draw it in our book and color in if we like it or not. I always have one student who is super dramatic when they don't like something so I leave the trashcan in the middle of the room in case anyone just HAS to spit out one of the tasters. ;)

You can grab your own copy of these books here.

I also like to read a few books to go along with these activities. Tops and Bottoms is a great book to talk about where plants grow and which ones grow above the ground and which grow below--a great intro into root vegetables.
I also like to read Joanna Gaines's new book We Are the Gardeners. It's a great introduction to our plant unit and how gardens grow.

My students loved both of these books and I know yours will, too! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you gained some new ideas for your next plant unit. Stay tuned for more great resources coming soon and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Stay sweet,