Sunday, March 31, 2019

Elementary Health Resources

It's funny to see in the shop what sells better than other things.  Health resources, that's what my teacher peeps are needing right now.  I'm guessing they're in the same boat I'm in these days- non-existent or extremely outdated provided health curriculum.   That's why I created these resources for my 3rd graders.  I'llbe adding some more resources this summer to finish up a 9 week health curriculum.   Here are my current most popular health-related items for the 2nd-4th grade crowd. 

Food Plate Informational Article, Meal Planning, Food Tracking Health Activity

Before, during, or after health lessons on keeping your body physically healthy, read about the benefits of eating healthy food and using the US Department of Agriculture's MyPlate.  Use the provided note taking paper to organize information from the included article. There are two choices of articles, depending on the level of your readers. Students can use the information from the text to plan a healthy meal as well. Cumulate the activity with tracking your eating for a day or more. Two different tracking pages are included for your selection as well.
Page 2  Teachers’ Notes
Page 3  Shorter, easier to read article
Page 4-5  Longer, more detailed passage (best for note taking page)
Page 6  Note taking Graphic Organizer
Page 7  Plan a Healthy Meal Activity
Page 8  Meal Tracking Sheet- option 1
Page 9  Meal Tracking Sheet- more detailed option

Cereal Nutrition to Compare the Nutritional Facts of Cereals

Students will read the nutritional labels on boxes of cereal and record and compare the nutritional value of various types of cereals.   This activity leads to interesting discoveries about nutritional facts, added vitamins, and if what appears to be healthy actually more healthy.
Page 2  Teachers’ Notes/Directions
Page 3  Recording Sheet with 2 columns
Page 4  Recording Sheet with 3 columns

Compare Nutrition and Sugar Content of Popular Drinks

Before, during, or after health lessons on nutrition, visually compare the amount of sugar in some types of drinks.  Students can record their findings and answer questions about the sugar content and health aspects of popular drinks.  It’s especially interesting to compare the ‘healthy’ looking drinks with what might look ‘unhealthy.’

Page 1-3  Teaching notes and conversion information
Page 4  Single sided follow-along activity page
Page 5  Double-sided activity page- allows for more drink choices and more written responses.

Fire Safety Informational Article and Fire Safety Plan Activity

After studying fire safety from either reading the included text piece (choice of two reading levels) or using your school provided curriculum, students can create their own fire safety plan for their own home.  If using the included text, the ‘taking notes’ foldable can be assembled and used to sort information from the article.
Page 2  Teachers’ Notes
Page 3  Fire Safety Article -lower reading level option
Page 4-5 Fire Safety Article- longer, higher level option
Page 6-7  Note Taking Foldable and Directions
Page 8  Fire Safety Plan Project and Rubric

The Benefits of Sleep For Health Informational Text and Activity

Read about the health benefits of sleep with the included informational text, use the graphic organizer to sort the information from the text in web form, or use the main idea and detail organizer. Students can then track their sleep and energy level for several days.   

Page 2  Teacher’s Notes and Directions
Page 3 Article about Benefits of Sleep
Page 4  Note Taking Page
Page 5  Main Idea Graphic Organizer
Page 6  Sleep Tracking Sheet

Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases Informational Text and Activity

After reading about communicable and non-communicable diseases in, either in your health curriculum and/or using the provided informational text, students visit patient charts as ‘doctors’ making diagnosis. Students refer to their reading and record their findings on their doctor notes page. I say this several times during the year, but this is one of my favorite activities we do!

Page 1-2 Teacher Notes, Answer Key
Page 3 Informational Text For Students
Page 4 Doctor Name Badges
Page 5 Recording Sheet
Page 7-9 Patient Charts

Or get it all in a bundle and save some money.  This is the bundle I'll continue to update.  When you buy now, you'll get free updates as I add resources this summer.  The price will increase as items are added, but by buying in now, you pay once and get all the updates as I add them for no charge.  

Health Bundle Reading & Activities -Food Plate, Nutrition, Fire Safety, Sleep, Disease

Sunday, March 10, 2019

THE chocolate cake

My last post was our favorite chocolate chip cookies, today is our favorite chocolate cake.  There's a theme running here.  

So, I did a round of 21-day eating- which is through Beach Body and is basically low carb, low dairy, sugar-free.  So it's over and all I could think about was chocolate cake.  And it was delicious. 

I had planned to make a 2 layer round cake, but my springform cake pan was leaking.  I ended up with something not as pretty, but just as yummy. 

This cake is not hard to make and totally worth the effort.  

Favorite chocolate cake recipe
Add dry ingredient to your mixer. 
1 3/4 c flour
2 c sugar
1 t salt
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 baking powder
3/4 c cocoa powder
Mix wet ingredients separately and add to dry mix.   
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk (or add 1 T vinegar to 1 c regular milk)
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 t vanilla (I use Mexican vanilla)
Once well mixed, add boiling water and mix briefly again until smooth.  
1 c boiling water
Mix until well blended, about 2 minutes. 
Pour into well-greased pans and bake 350 degrees for @35 minutes.  

Cool.  Or better yet- toss in the freezer for a bit.  I like to ice the cakes when they're really cold.  
1/3 c milk
1/2 c butter (melter)
3 c powdered sugar
2/3 c cocoa powder
1 t vanilla

This recipe will make 2 round cakes to layer, or a 9x13.  This time I split it between two 9x13 pans and then cut in half to get 4 layers. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

summer bucket list cookies

This is so not school related, which really has been the focus of the blog lately.  But this is yummy, and that generally takes precedent.  A friend of mine said finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe was on their family's summer bucket list.  They'd tried 7 different recipes but still felt like there was something else out there.

Then I stumbled on a recipe that might just be it.  I was really trying to eat healthy this week.  Instead, I've consumed a lot of cookies. 

Get your butter (so much butter) and your chocolate chips- we're making summer bucket chocolate chip cookies!  This is adapted from a recipe in a new book called So Much to Celebrate by Katie Jacobs.

Summer Bucket Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 C (2 1/2 sticks) butter- softened (Unsalted? Salted? Whatever... I always err towards salted!)
1 c white sugar
1 1/4 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla (Mexican if you can)
1 1/2 t salt
1 1/4 t baking soda
1 1/2 baking powder
3 1/2 C flour
3/4 bag or about 8 oz chocolate chips- semi-sweet, please

Get out that electric mixer and using the paddle, cream butter and both sugars.  Mix on a middle setting for about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, then mix them up too.  In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients.  Add those to the wet mix all at once.  Mix up until it's looking like cookie dough.  Add the chips and mix just until they're incorporated.  Cover up the bowl (after you have a good taste- let's assume we all used quality eggs) and stick it in the fridge until the next day.  Then scoop out round balls of dough and bake @12-14 minutes at 350.  I am a baking stone girl, but you do as you please.  Don't over bake.  They will still look soft.  Let them cool a bit, like 10 minutes still on the tray and then move to a wire cooling rack or right to your plate. Whatever floats your boat.  It's nice having the dough in the fridge because you can make up a few at a time (like when the kids go to bed and you need to sit in quiet and eat fresh cookies without sharing- I mean for portion control). This makes up about 4 dozen cookies (but really, it's hard to keep track since they don't still on the cooling rack for long at my house).

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Assembly Line Project -ready to share

I've written about this favorite hands-on social studies project before, but I've finally sat down and put something together so others can easily put this project together too.  It's on my TPT store From The Hive.  I did this project with my second and third graders my first year teaching in 2002 and have done it most years since.   

After reading about production, Henry Ford, and assembly lines, students will participate in their own hands-on assembly line, and- get to enjoy a yummy treat! Then, they will reflect on the project with a differentiated written reflection.

*Prior to your assembly line, send home a note to parents (a sample letter is included). You don’t need everything I've listed, but several ingredients are best.

*In the days before the assembly line, read the informational text about production, assembly lines, and Henry Ford.  Use your social studies curriculum and/or the included informational text as needed.

*The day of:   line up several desks of same height or tables of the same height.  Make a bulletin board paper belt around the desks. Then, set up the fruit and supplies needed. I typically do this prep work while the kids are out of the room for a special.  I promise the prep work is going to be worth it!

When the students come back, I welcomed them to their first day on the job at the fruit salad factory.  I explain how the assembly line works and what the jobs are. I make sure each person gets a job. There is detailed information about the job types and roles included.

The following day students work through a written reflection activity.  There are two differentiated reflection sheets to choose from for your learners.

You can certainly put this activity together on your own.  But, if you're interested in my ready to go product, you can find it here.  It's engaging and memorable and your students are going to love it!  

Friday, June 15, 2018

Another novel study- The Hundred Dresses

I didn't know this until I started selling on TPT, but when you put a product out there that you've been working on... like really working on, it's a little like putting your kid on the school bus for the first time.  

I was that mom that followed the bus the first day- just in case there was an accident.  Just saying.   Bee went to the zoo, accident-free. 

I've got my next Novel Study ready to go!  It's another unit that I've used parts of in class with my third graders for a few years, but all cleaned up in a tidy package ready to go- and ready to share with others.  Putting my kid on the bus here.

The Hundred Dresses is a classic story- it's sweet and fun with a strong message about bullying and teasing.  Despite the title and the fact that the three leads are girls, it's not a girly story.  I've always found that boys really hang on the bullying and teasing theme in the story and are happy to read past the reason that the girls tease poor Wanda.  

So, this novel study, like my Charlotte's Web Novel Study, guides you and your students through the reading of the story.  It has lesson plans for two weeks, and guided pages to work through the story elements. 

  • Characters: Listing Character Traits, Mind Map, Prompted Journal Entries, Guided Reading Response
  • Plot: Storyboard Illustrations, Note Taking Sheets, Chapter Questions (2-3 questions per chapter), 
  • Condensed Chapter Questions (2-3 questions per 2 chapters)
  • Word Choice: Vocabulary, Word Maps
  • Setting: Setting Sketch, Setting Map 
  • Mentor Sentences: One per week
  • Weekly Assessments and Cumulative Activities: Weekly Vocabulary Assessments, Weekly Written Response Assessment, Differentiated Choice Project

                                           Find it here in my TPT store, From The Hive

I like to compile the pages I want to use (there's more in my units than I can use in the allotted time- but more is better right!) number them and assemble them in pronged folders.  That way nothing falls out and the kids can find the right page when needed.  I love working through a novel with my kiddos!

I also have a freebie sample piece, a Differentiated Cumulative Project.  There are six choices for the final project sure to engage even the most reluctant learner. 

Also exciting for my shop, it's on Instagram now! 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Charlotte's Web Novel Study

I say it like a dozen times during the year, but this is my favorite thing we do all year.  I love reading Charlotte's Web with my third graders.  I love it because even though they've seen the movie, most haven't read the book.  Even those that have still enjoy another read. There are some sweet and funny parts and I love Templeton's lines- he's the best.  For the past several years we've been using random pieces from various sources and piecemealed our study together.  I decided to create my own resource that contains everything I wanted to use for our novel study.  It's ready and I've been using it and I'm ready to share it in my shop. 

I sorted the items into Plot:



Word Choice:

Mentor Text:

 Assessment pieces:

and Cumulative Activites:

 I'm super excited that it's done, happy to have a complete (and tidy and rigorous) resource for my kiddos and for my team.  I'm also really excited because next year when it's time for this, I'll be giving this to my student teacher!  I can't say how excited I am to have a student teacher.  We met this week and she is fan-tas-tic! 

I'm breaking this big novel study up into chunks to also list small pieces.  Right now, I have listed the whole inclusive novel study.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

catching up- Winter

Yikes, here's some old photos I'm just catching up on. Winter.  Geesh. 

Daddy and Lou at basketball.  So much basketball. 

The kid's got rid of the pumpkins for us! 

Staff Christmas Party.  I gave the best white elephant gift this year.  I saved up all the gift cards I had gotten in the past year (some with a bit of money, most with none) and gave them away as a bunch.  The family that got them said they spent a happy afternoon calling the number on each card and found a total of $8.50 on the cards! 

Bee went to a Christmas Activity at school.  Take note it was NOT a dance, it was an activity.  

She said I could not go as a chaperone... but I had friends chaperoning and several sent me pictures.  (She absolutely has a tank top on under the dress, it's ivory.)

Turns out there was dancing. 

We decorated our doors for Christmas at school.  My goal was quick, easy, but cute.  I printed out a large picture of the Elf and invited people to take a selfie with an elf.  Even people in the building for tours stopped by to get their selfie taken. 

Our favorite December activity- the food drop at our church.  We take the Thanksgiving week's offering and use it all to buy wholesale food.  It arrives via semi trucks. 

Hundreds of volunteers offload the trucks. 

Then we fill orders from the local food pantries. 

Then we deliver the food to fill the empty shelves

Ok, let's move on to warmer weather. 
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