With the month of December comes lots of excitement and traditions that students are eager to share. At morning meeting on Monday I kicked off talking about holiday traditions by sharing one from my family in Finland. Last week our family received a package from our family for Christmas. It was filled with a few little goodies from some of our favorite Finnish shops and an advent calendar for both my sister and I. Right away I knew it would be perfect to share with my students at school to kick off our study of holiday traditions around the world. […]
What’s In A Map?
One of the social studies topics we cover in second grade are types of maps and how we use them. Obviously this is a perfect opportunity to share with students maps I have picked up over the years during my travels. I have to admit that everywhere I have been I have collected maps, brochures and other literature just waiting for the right opportunity to use them one day. That day has finally arrived! By using real maps of places around the world, it will be an authentic way of showing students different styles of maps to students. I […]
States of Matter Around the World
Science is universal. Take the states of matter for example. No matter where you go in the world matter will still be matter. We are currently studying states of matter and of course I have been thinking, “How can I take this study international?” Well I think I have found a way. Students are gearing up to start a big science project that integrates science and technology. Using information they have learned so far about the three states of matter we focus on, solid, liquid and gas; students will go on a scavenger hunt outside around the school to take pictures […]
Making History Come to Life
There is nothing better in school than a field trip. It is a chance to get out of the classroom for authentic hands on learning. This spring students in the third grade took a trip to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth and another field trip to local Governor Winslow House and Daniel Webster Estate in Marshfield. Both trips were a huge hit with students. Visiting these places made textbook readings jump off the page. Things that students had only read about became crystal clear as they roamed these historic sites. Students were also able to make connections they may not have been […]