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Friday, November 07, 2014

Fabulous Ontario Resources!

I'm honoured to link up with fellow educators in Ontario in showcasing some of our resources that support the science and social studies curriculum in Ontario.

First I'd like to share my labour of love and best-selling unit...Materials, Objects, and Structures.
A lot of work went into this, but seeing that it is currently in over 200 classrooms across Canada makes it totally worth it!  I couldn't find very many engaging and appealing units out there so took the time to pull my own together.  

One of my favourite units is Daily and Seasonal Changes so I created a unit called, Four Seasons.  It explores weather, changes in plants and animals, activities that we can do and clothes we can wear.  I wrap up my unit with a Jeopardy-style game, Four Seasons - Trivia Games.

Some other science units that I have are Energy in Our Lives and Simple Machines.  Can you tell that I like science!!  I was a science major in university (I intended to go into medicine, but that's another story!)



In Social Studies, I created another trivia game as a review for my Community Helpers unit.  It covers job descriptions, vehicles, tools, uniforms, and buildings.

Another social studies unit that I have is Rules, Relationships, and Responsibilities.  It will be updated soon to include the changing roles and responsibilities aspect in the new curriculum.


I work in a school with a high ELL population so I always include many familiar images and some differentiated worksheets in my products.

Be sure to check out some of the other Ontario science and social studies resources.

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Giving Thanks!

So happy to have finally made it to the first holiday of the school year! Thanksgiving in Canada falls on October 13th. To celebrate the holiday and show our gratitude, a bunch of Canadian TPT sellers are holding a one-day sale this Sunday, October 12th!

I'm so very grateful for everyone that has supported my little store on TPT. Everything in my little store will be marked down by 20%.

I will be posting a simple post-Thanksgiving writing activity that I threw together for Tuesday morning!  It will be free so look out for it!

I have 2 products that have been very popular on TPT this fall - Healthy Eating and Four Seasons.

My grade one class is in the midst of our Healthy Eating unit. It's one of my favourite units to teach because we all have connections to food!  After Healthy Eating, we will focus on the Four Seasons and Seasonal Changes. This summer I created a Four Seasons game inspired by Jeopardy that I'm excited to try at the end of our unit as a review.

           




 
You can also visit the other stores that are participating in this sale. Have a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving weekend!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Field Trips

This past school year we had 5 field trips, which must be a record for little ones!  I thought I would review them for those in or near Brampton, Ontario.

 
The kids learned about pollination, planting, and harvesting.  They went on a wagon ride to the orchards to pick their apples.  We ate lunch on-site...that was pretty much it.

Pros - It was a good crop this year.  They have a playground and petting zoo which we made use of while we waited for our buses.
 
Cons - We usually get to pick a pumpkin for our class to carve but this year we did not.  There were many groups there so we had to wait awhile for the wagon to take us to the orchard and then had to walk back because I assume the wagon was unavailable.
The kids learned about the three emergency services - fire, police, and ambulatory - stranger awareness, and calling 911.  They were supposed to explore a police cruiser.

Pros - Free!  We just pay for bussing.  They arrange bussing and the school pays the invoice.  The officers were engaging and they used visuals and props (where else can you get to use asps (batons) and handcuffs!)  We got pencils and colouring sheets to take home.

Cons - Thanks to the polar vortex, we could not do the outside portion of the trip which was taking a closer look at a police cruiser.

 
Legoland
For the workshop component, the kids worked in groups to build structures out of Duplo.  First they had to build as high as they could and then they had to build for stability.  Structures were tested on an earthquake machine to see if they could withstand shaking and tremors.
 

Pros - Kids had fun, but who wouldn't?  They each got a piece of Lego as a take home gift as well as a worksheet reviewing the day's lesson.

Cons - Hard to justify this trip in terms of overall cost (although it's cheaper than regular admission) and educational value.  The workshop involved building and testing towers which could be done at school (in fact we did do that, just not with Lego).  The other portion involved playing with Lego, racing cars on ramps, going on rides, a play structure, karaoke, viewing Lego City, and 4D movies.  The first ride involved using guns to shoot "bad guys" so we didn't go on it.  We were first told that we couldn't bring outside food into the facility, because they sell lunch (it can be added to the cost per child).  So we brought snacks that the kids ate outside in the mall.  When we got there we were told that we could have brought lunch.  It seems enough groups complained about that policy.  It would be great for a child's birthday party - that's exactly what it felt like I was supervising.

 
Lester B. Pearson Theatre
A fun fractured retelling of Red Riding Hood.  Tons of jokes for both kids and adults.
 
Pro - Each class got a CD of the soundtrack after booking so you could familiarize your kids with the songs.  I didn't, but they enjoyed listening to it after.  Catchy songs, fun characters, and interaction with the audience.
 
Cons - I would have preferred first come, first served seating.  We arrived first, but were seated on the sides while later groups got centre seating.


 
Brampton Fire/Life Safety Education Centre
The kids watched a video about fire safety and got to explore a model home filled with safety hazards that were identified and discussed. 
 
Pros - Free!  The department paid for bussing as well!  Firefighters were patient and engaging.  Kids got helmets and an activity book to take home.  A short, but sweet trip.
 
Cons - None!


This school year we are going back to the Brampton Life/Fire Safety Education Centre and the Peel Children Safety Village.  We are also going to Meadowvale Theatre for a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk, Beanstock.  

Can you recommend any good field trips for grade one students in the Greater Toronto Area? 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Let's Celebrate Canada!

I have joined up with a number of fellow Canadian bloggers to celebrate Canada Day!


For the past month I have been on hiatus as a teacher author on TPT. I really wanted to create a new Canadian freebie but I've been swamped at school. Preaching to the choir, right?!

Click on the covers to see the items in my TPT store. 

My freebie is my Canadian Money Worksheets Sampler Pack.
        
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Canadian-Money-Worksheets-Freebie-1247532       http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Canadian-Money-Worksheets-1247509

Here are money craftivities with Canadian coins included.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Buying-Sweet-Treats-A-Money-Craftivity-1260194        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Buying-Balloons-A-Money-Craftivity-1261186

Here are some Number Matching Cards.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Matching-Cards-Canadian-Version-904285 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Matching-Cards-in-French-Canadian-Version-1195336 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Matching-Cards-11-20-Canadian-Version-1041913



A few more products with Canadian content.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Materials-Objects-and-Structures-A-Science-Unit-1115994        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Healthy-Eating-Learning-About-the-Food-Groups-Canadas-Food-Guide-1030650

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blue-Spruce-Memory-Book-1121908        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-Me-Book-Canadian-Spelling-904439

Everything in my store is on sale until July 1, 2014!

I have decided to test the waters and hold my first giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive my Canadian Money Worksheets.

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Be sure to hop on over to the other blogs to grab their freebies and see what they have on sale!

Happy Canada Day!