For this science scavenger I saw something like this in one teacher’s room. These are science labels to allow students to know what will they learning in science that day. For instance, have all the labels up on the white board with the magnetic clips. The unit theme would have under it, “Insects.” The science weekly theme would have “butterflies” under the label. Today’s lesson would have, “life cycle” underneath it.
It’s just a good idea to have labels to keep students interested in reading, observation, and anticipating science’s lesson.
Counting up: 1st/2nd
For 1st grade count only to $1.00, and 2nd grade use up to $10.00. First, set up subtraction problem of how much change would a person get if gave “this” amount. (ex: something costs $ .46, one gives cashier $1 bill.) $1.00-.46= Next, start with $.46 and the goal is to get to a dollar by breaking it down to zeros in cents value.(ex: .46+.04= .50 & .50+.50= $1.00) Add up what you counted up with (ex: .04+.50=.54) The change given back is .54 cents
Any time you can catch students’ attention without raising your voice or clapping your hands or constantly waiting on the whole class getting quiet before you move on is always a good idea. Teacher/student responses are great for attention signals. For example, teacher says “ready to rock?” students say, “ready to roll!” Or teacher says, “Class, class!” and students say, “yes, yes!”
Classroom jobs need to be stated at the beginning of the year and kept up with weekly or monthly. One because students will never forget the jobs, and two it allows students to learn responsibility for their actions. Maybe not every student has one job for every day. But jobs can be rotated or students be rotated.
Types of classroom jobs:
Paper picker upper- Student picks up papers from students/passes out papers to students.
Restroom monitor- Student reports any incidents that happened in the bathroom. Students love to tattletale but this allows only one student to report back to the teacher and keep things in order at the bathroom. It prevents from stories being made up.
Lights- have students stand at the end of the line and turn off lights when everyone has left the room.
Station monitor- Have students monitor who goes to the station. Student can call out names from a chart on where each student goes. Student can make sure the list of the stations is updated and in order every day so students know what to do. Student can make sure before stations time is done that everything is picked up and in it’s place.
Substitute helper- This is the leader of the class that helps the substitute out when you are out. Lets the student be informative to the substitute about how things are run. It allows students to not lie about certain stuff. Also the substitute can know who to ask in the classroom with questions they might have about what and where to go.
There are plenty more jobs the teacher can come up with that might need help staying organized in the classroom. Jobs can be made up according to who the student is. For example, if there’s a student that always needs to be up make that student a job as the errand runner or the buddy to go with a student to the nurse or front office.
A way to distribute classroom jobs are classroom tags. It’s a necklace with a laminated card that says the classroom job. Sometime in the morning, teacher can place classroom job tag around the student the teacher has chosen to take that job for the day. The students do not have to wear the tag all day. But making time in the beginning of the day lets the whole class know who has what job. There’s no confusion on the teacher or students’ part. Once every classroom job tag is given the tag is placed on a board or chart. For example, there can be a chart with every child’s name on it and the job tag is placed under the child’s name. Or the jobs can be listed on a bulletin board and the tag is hung on a thumbtack to be in a place where it can be found for the next day.
Behavior Intervention Strategies
Still learning and needing growth on the behavior intervention strategies. But these are some strategies I have picked up on.
- Standing still counting down the time it takes for the whole class to be quiet. Once their full attention is on the teacher, count up the time it took and then take it away from recess time or lunch talk time.
- Address a student’s name when they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. It lets the student know you notice the behavior that isn’t acceptable.
- Praise for specific good behaviors. Like, state a student’s name and what the student is doing correctly. It allows other heads to turn and that student is the example of what every student should be doing.
- Constantly move around the classroom. Stand when students are being sneaky. It makes them stop because you are close in proximity.
- Monitor from your desk, keep an eye out for off task behavior and conversations.
First Day of School Plan
Math and Science
This kid kit was created with an old laptop box. Fabric and letters were hot glued to box. Inside: 10 activities(7 science & 3 math), all except two items are in box with sheet protectors, expo markers, and materials needed for students to accomplish activities.
All activities are plant themed with TEKS and incorporates different learning styles for students. Directions for each activity are attached to top of box with numbers so students know exactly what activity goes with what directions.
1. Ping-pong planting game.
2. Plant matching game
3. Gardening activity
4. Butterfly wheel life cycle and Flower Word Search
5. Garden fill in blank poem
6. Seed Identification game with QR code
7. Science Board game
8. Blooming fractions
9. Flower pot math
10. Planting skills
Multiples Tic-Tac-Toe game.
Have two students play against each other. This is played with dice, can be #’s 1-6 dice or #1-9, or #1-12 depending on the level of multiplication facts. Have the tic-tac-toe paper in a sheet protector and use expo markers. It’s the basic tic-tac-toe game except instead of X’s and O’s players will use the product of
- Have a student roll a die to determine what multiple they will be working with. Have student write the number they rolled in the corner.
- The game begins when the multiples of number is determined.
- Have each student take turns in rolling a die to multiply the number they rolled and the multiple numbers. For example, if the multiple’s number is 4 and the student rolls a 7, the student will multiply 4×7.
- The student writes the product in the desired space of the tic-tac-toe game.
- First player with their colored products in a row wins the game.
- Board is cleared and played again.
This activity is an experiment to demonstrate Newton’s First Law of Inertia. This activity can be used as young as 2nd grade to as old as 6th grade. It still gives a visual experiment of demonstrating what inertia means. To modify this activity, instead of using eggs and cups of water, this can be used with playing cards, quarters, and an empty glass. Bill Nye does an example of this in one of the episodes.
Science Concept: In this activity, it demonstrates the Newton’s first law in the most basic way. The first law is the law of inertia. Newton stated that an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon. When acted upon with an unbalanced force the object will continue in motion with the same speed and same direction. Example, if something is dropped in a straight line, it will drop in a straight line unless force acts upon it. Just like a baseball thrown by a pitcher, it won’t go in to left field unless the batter swings and hits into left field.