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How to Draw Spring

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I found this cute little drawing tutorial over at Art for Kids Hub.
Hop on over and check out his site - he has some great videos and tutorials.




So we did this as a class directed drawing activity.  First I traced a small plate to make the circle for the umbrella.  This gives the kids a better sense of scale in their drawing.
Then after they drew their picture I gave them a sharpie and they traced over it.  I asked them to colour in their hair with the sharpie.  I showed the boys how to turn their person into a boy by adding pants and giving it a short haircut.

 


 


 

I told this little boy that it looks like his person is jumping.  
When they were done with the sharpies they painted it with liquid watercolours.  If you haven't tried them yet, you need to get some - the colours are so vivid!!!!



Here's one of my bulletin boards full of these little kids - so cute!

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Favorite Easter Craft Ideas

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Easter is fast approaching.  I thought I'd let you in on some of my favorite ideas for Easter Crafts for Kids.  
Over 30 ideas.  Here's some fantastic free ideas for kids easter crafts from savvyteachingtips.com
Check out these great ideas I found on Pinterest. When I was searching through Pinterest, I was really trying to find original and interesting crafts. I've done some Easter Crafts so many times in my classroom that I'm getting bored of them, and I'm sure this comes across to the kids. So the pins below, represent some of the most visually interesting ones I could find. There are crafts in here that range from preschool to grade 4 or 5. I tried to get a wide variety.

The Benefits of STEM Activities

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 Have you tried STEM lessons yet?  Here are some great reasons to teach this way, and links to some great resources.

About a year ago, I discovered STEM.  It’s a fantastic way of integrating Science, Technology Engineering and Math.  In my school district, we have a new curriculum which has a component called Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies.  STEM fits right into this area.

There are many fantastic reasons to teach STEM lessons in your classroom and the most important one is STUDENT ENGAGEMENT.   Kids LOVE to create and STEM lessons give them hands-on activities which allow them to play.  Personally, I believe that play is a child’s job.  They are hard-wired to want to play with things.   Children NEED to play with things to learn how they work.  STEM lessons allow for the freedom to experiment and play which are an integral part of hands-on learning.  This is highly motivating for kids and keeps them focused.

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STEM lessons engage a child's imagination.  They need to think and be creative in order to find a solution to the problem.


STEM lessons allow for failure.  Things go wrong, and kids learn from their mistakes.  I know many people don’t like the negative connotations that surround “mistake” and “failure”.  But when things don’t work out according to plan (which is common in STEM lessons), kids LEARN.  It’s important, as a teacher, to redirect them to figuring out how they could change things to have success.  Whenever I have taught a STEM lesson and the kids’ creation (solution) didn’t work out, the look in their eyes tells me all I need to know.  The light bulb often goes on (so to speak).  (There’s a whole side lesson in the benefits of learning to adjust to failure and disappointment, but that’s a topic for another post one day).


STEM lessons can be set up as collaborative learning lessons where kids need to work in small cooperative groups.   Employers say that they look for people who work well with others, and teaching lessons that involve small group work is highly beneficial for kids.  By learning to work together in Elementary School, they are learning skills which will help them in later life.


Click on the photos below to find some of the STEM products available in my store.

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Never taught STEM before?  These step-by-step lessons are great for teaching Science, Engineering, Technology and Math     Never taught STEM before?  These step-by-step lessons are great for teaching Science, Engineering, Technology and Math
 



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Our Favorite Leprechaun Traps

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I've been searching around Pinterest and found some great ideas for Leprechaun traps.
It inspired me to create a planning sheet so that kids can make their own traps.
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to grab your own freebie.
Our favorite leprechaun trap ideas and a free printable STEM planning sheet for kids.
Our favorite leprechaun trap ideas and a free printable STEM planning sheet for kids.
But for now.  Let's take a look at some of the great ideas I found on Pinterest.
And click below to get your own planning freebie!
CLICK HERE
Our favorite leprechaun trap ideas and a free printable STEM planning sheet for kids.

Project Based Learning about Owls

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This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

Here's another Project Based Learning unit I developed about Owls.  This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

 This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

 This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

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Inquiry Based Learning

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I've got a few new products up in my store.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

I've been working hard on products about Inquiry Based Learning.  I have just released one about Christmas Around the World.  I will post in more detail about this over the holidays, but for now, my class and I are right in the middle of this unit, and we're having a lot of fun.  

Project Based Learning is the way the new curriculum in British Columbia is going.  I developed this unit as a kind of step-by-step introduction to inquiry.  So if you are completely new to this method of teaching, this unit is perfect for you.

Check out some of the images below for more detail.  

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

This unit of inquiry is great for giving kids freedom to learn about the owl of their choice.  It's perfect for teachers who are new to units of inquiry.  There are step-by-step instructions for how to develop inquiry questions and set up the plan for kids to do their own research and project.

 
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TPT SALE!

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It`s been far too long since I`ve posted.  I`ve been furiously creating some new products.  I`m really excited about my line of Inquiry Based Research projects coming your way.  Below you will find a sneak peek of what`s new in my store.  I hope you get a chance to check them out before the big Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale on Monday and Tuesday this week.



If you are new to Inquiry Based Learning or Project Based Learning, this unit is exactly what you need.  There are step-by-step instructions on how to teach a beginning Inquiry unit to primary aged students.          If you are new to Inquiry Based Learning or Project Based Learning, this unit is exactly what you need.  There are step-by-step instructions on how to teach a beginning Inquiry unit to primary aged students.