Guided Drawing: Underrated Art Lessons

When it comes to art I am a work in progress. There are certain art lessons that I love to work through with my students that can take days and days and are super fun, but sometimes you need a little lesson to get you through a 40 minute art period or you want to…

This Week in our Classroom: Biodiversity

Our school was lucky enough to receive free workshops for our grade 6 classes from Scientists in School (I think we did the "Classy Critters" workshop) and it was AMAZING! The workshops would cost about $200 per class - it seems well worth it. My students love science anyway, but they were very engaged, pushed out…

Lesson Plan: Intro to Integers

Teaching math can be hard! Especially when you have students who are more comfortable with concepts than you are! Here's a fun way to introduce integers to your students with some real life examples. Integers are really everywhere and it's much easier to convince your students to learn something when they know it will actually…

Tech Review: Classcraft

Classcraft is a web or app based system that allows your students to create a character for themselves (a warrior, a mage or a healer). They can use this character to gain special "powers" in the classroom, to earn XP (experience points) to level up and GP (gold pieces) to buy new accessories or even…

Lesson Plan: Intro to Triangles

Geometry is my favourite math unit - it relates to the real world, there are all kinds of manipulatives and students tend to enjoy it as well. This is how I like to introduce/review triangles with my grade 8 math students (this could suit any grade, the expectations would just differ): Lesson One: Grade 8:…