Tuesday, March 8, 2016

YouTube Videos as Mini Lessons

I absolutely love to use YouTube videos in my lessons each week.  I normally try and find a few each week to go with the lessons that I am working on and use them as a mini lesson.  My goal is to get a few more completed and posted to my TPT site, but finding the time these days seems HARD!  I'm at home now with my sick son, so I'm trying to get a few things done! Check out a few of my products below that I have put on TPT that have big hits in my classroom this year! As always, please follow me on my TPT store and on my FB page!  Thanks so much for reading!

Friday, March 4, 2016

ISTEP Treats

ISTEP (Indiana's state test for students) is here for my 4th graders this week.  Each day they have walked in to a special treat on their desk to eat before or after the test.  Thankfully I have some great parents that sent in some requested goodies for me to use this week.  My teacher partner and I used to have parents sign up to send in items for our class party!  It was WONDERFUL and was a quick and easy website to navigate!  Our list of needs was filled within a few hours of sending out the first email!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Kentucky Derby Fun!

I know it is only March, but blink and it will be MAY!  I'm trying to plan ahead because that is how I roll (NOT).  I like to think I plan ahead, but for some reason that never happens!  Below you will find a Kentucky Derby Unit that I created for my class last year and it was a hit!

The Kentucky Derby is a local event that is known world wide, so I thought I would plan some activities for my students to complete on Oaks Day (the day before the Derby).  Many of my students don't know much about the Derby and we are only 45 minutes away from Louisville, Kentucky where the Derby is held each May.  

I created these fun card to use on Oaks Day. You will find QR codes that have videos where students (or the class) can watch about the History of the Kentucky Derby, Listen to the Call to the Post, Listen to the song “My Old Kentucky Home,” and listen many horse related picture books read aloud on YouTube.  All QR codes will work on student devices since they are linked to Dropbox or Google Drive.

We also printed off a current list of horses running in the Kentucky Derby and students wrote narratives from the point of view of the horses, and told facts they had learned about throughout the day.  We then used the template from Eva Robinson at and made horses to hang in the hallway.  
Here are the horses we made with the template from Eva Robinson.