Elementary science is often overlooked by the textbook companies and schools. The former writes shallow, boring curriculum, and the latter doesn’t provide teachers with adequate resources or funds to conduct experiments in the classroom. Hopefully your child has a wonderfully generous teacher who spends her own money for classroom activities, goes to a private school, is in a well funded district, or is homeschooled. For all wonderful room moms and involved parents, Teachers Pay Teachers had started ClassFund, which allows parents to contribute funds to the classroom so that teachers can purchase additional resources for the class. TpT Class Fund should be the Teacher Gift of the Year. To sign your child’s teacher up for TpT Class Fund click here.
“Amazing Grace“ by Mary Hoffman is a must read story of determination, encouragement, and perseverance. Kids and people of all ages can relate to being told that they can’t do something simply because of their gender, skin color, age, etc. Grace gracefully deals with stereotypes and serves as a role model to boys and girls everywhere by being the best choice. Mary Hoffman’s Grace series is a sure re-read year after year.
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.
The lesson plan pack includes: pre, during, and post reading comprehension questions, character analysis, story sequencing, story elements, cause and effect chart, & new vocabulary word search.
While travelling, we visited a zoo with these beautiful animal sculptures made out of plastic that immediately caught my eye. It was sad thinking how much plastic ends up in our ocean, and the sculptures surely make people pause to acknowledge the beauty and the problem that our world faces. I was sure that we didn’t even get to see all of them since the zoo was massive and we had just few ours to roam. A couple of days ago, I came across the article that had the pictures of these beautiful plastic sculptures from the zoo visit. They belong to a project called Washed Ashore – turning plastic ocean pollution into sea-saving art. It comes with an important lesson that the nature’s biggest predator is plastic/ trash. It’s a travelling exhibit that is worth visiting a zoo with your kids for. For the Washed Ashore exhibit locations click here.
“The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson is 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book. An amazing new upper elementary and middle school novel. Varian Johnson does a great job telling a story of inheritance of our history, beliefs, situations, possessions or the lack of. Without giving away the story, kids are going to learn an abundance about our nation’s history along the themes of family, acceptance, coming of age, racism/discrimination, perseverance, friendship, etc.
“The letter, with its small, black single-spaced words and sharp edges, spoke of a great injustice. It was written by a man who didn’t exist. And it promised an incredible fortune….”
This novel pack includes:
- chapter by chapter reading comprehension questions
- character(s) analysis
- main idea
- vocabulary words
- essay questions
- answers included
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.
Journaling for kids is an ideal outlet for self-expression. In my class, students journal throughout the year. Their journals are creative masterpieces. It’s a perfect writing exercise. The journal entries are not diaries. They are gently guided reflections on certain topics. At the end of the year, I custom make a class memory book / journal. The journals are then completed by students. Writing is not a favorite pastime for most elementary school kids, but when it comes to journals it is different. Students take pride in making the journals their own. I love seeing them record their school memories, jokes, stuff they liked and didn’t care for… There is no rules for journaling, except making them their own. “2019 Kids Memory Journal” is a year long journal for kids to reflect on their year, likes, dislikes, things they like(d), places they went and wanted to go to, sports they played, teams they were on, friends they made, and the list goes on. Perfect for kids ages 7-10. A keepsake and the funnest writing activity.
Summer in our house is all about baseball. Practice and games are a part of every single day. As a mom of two pitchers, I always have a pitch count in my mind and an icepack in my cooler :).
Pitchers experience arm pain and discomfort throughout the season, which effects how well they can throw and limits the number of innings they can play. As boys are very unlikely to complain, I am super excited to learn about new wearable technology, MotusThrow, which uses biometric sensors to analyze athlete’s pitch, reduce risk of injury, and provide personalized training.
The free app, Motus THROW works with a compression sleeve (purchased separately) is wearable technology for both pitchers and batters.
High Level Throwing offers $10 OFF your purchase on the Motus Throw (sleeve) device;
the promo code: highlevelthrowing
Programs that use biomechanics have a comprehensive process for pre-game both warm up and post game recovery. All of which is well researched and super important when it comes to reducing the risk of injury and increasing athlete’s importance. One of the easy tools for pre-game warm up are weighted pitching balls (PITCHING ONLY) available on Amazon.com.
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