This Week In Our Classroom: Halloween

It doesn't seem to matter what grade I teach - Halloween takes over our lives. Between the candy, costumes, decorations and special school events - my students could not contain their excitement. Our school had our Fall Dance the week before Halloween - which meant that I was really struggling to find a way to…

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…

Book Review: Fall Mixed Up and The Ghost Eye Tree

Fall lends itself so well to all kinds of writing. We celebrate lots of fun, not religious holidays that the kids are VERY invested in so it's easy to convince them to write about some of their favorite things. Two books we've read this fall that inspired some super interesting writing are Fall Mixed Up…

Lesson Plan: Oh My Gourd! Science Investigation

This lesson was originally created as a quest on Classcraft for my students (see our review here!). That is why the instructions are worded so that they sound a bit like an adventure. I am using this as a Grade 6 Classification Project, in our Biodiversity unit. Curriculum Connections: Science 2. investigate the characteristics of…

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…