Thursday, 16 July 2015

Classroom Labels

Classroom Labels in different styles. I made these lovely sets of classroom labels for teachers to have stylish and organised storage of the following types of classroom supplies: general classroom supplies, craft supplies, math resources, science tools, social studies and drama supplies, listening center supplies, and technology supplies. The last set (pink) are blank editable classroom labels.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Air Has Mass - Science Lab

Air Has Mass and takes up space

Hi! I'm just sharing about our latest science lab. To show that air has mass, we filled a bucket with water (half full), stuffed some tissue into the bases of  plastic cups, then held each cup by their bases and slowly immersed them (upside-down) into the water. We made sure not to lean the cups as they we being immersed. For the final step, we slowly pulled out the cups while keeping them in the upside-down position. With our other hands (which were dry) we reach into the cups to test the condition of the tissue. Can you guess if the tissue was wet or dry?

Air Has Mass

There are other experiments that you can do to show that air has mass. A simple one that I did with some younger students was to fill a balloon with water and fill another with air. I would ask the students to describe what is in each balloon. They would usually say that the second is empty. So I would challenge them to gently squeeze down the second balloon because since it is 'empty' then the balloon doesn't have to be so big. Then they realize that it has air and that they cannot make the air disappear. So then we talk about mass.

What kind of experiments do you do with your students to prove that air has mass or takes up space?

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Classroom Grocery Math


Hi check out our grocery corner! We have very limited classroom space so it had to be mounted on the back wall. I used my daughter's old Monopoly dollars and placed them into separately labelled Zip-lock bags at the base of the station. Real coins are on the right. 

First, I set up the store are area on the wall, if you have more classroom space and funding you can use actual goods like popular snacks or classroom stationery as the goods that will be for sale that is laid out on shelves. I appointed myself as the cashier and did a role play of a purchase with one of my students. After this I let other students come and 'buy' things from me (as the cashier) but I gave them enough dollars and cents to be able to pay with exact money. After some practice with this, we moved on to having them buy more than one items at a time. I gave them blank bill templates to list and add the price of their goods for themselves. The final stage was to let them buy things using a larger dollar value and letting them subtract their totals from the dollar amount that they were paying with to calculate the change. 

For each new concept, I did a role play, and had the templates ready and showed them how to write them up. Even though I did not use calculators (they are banned at my school) I would recommend using them because I think that the goal of the exercise it to understand the flow of the steps and not necessarily the skills that are taught for addition and subtraction (during that exercise). We had done a lot of addition and subtraction before moving on to this unit. We also studied dollars and cents and equivalences in money before to starting the store.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

My Easter Break Plans

No, I don't mean lesson plans. But I am just so tired that I plan to do nothing for a few days now that my Easter break will be starting from Monday. I was finished with the report books today. Yay! I'll be giving them out on Friday. I am not sure about getting everything on my Easter vacation list done but here it is:

1. Rest and rejuvenation. Going to the beach.

2. Finding a new hairstyle. Any ideas?

3. Remove a wisdom tooth (surgically, Ahh!). I know I'm an adult but I'm afraid to go to the dentist (don't tell my students). I keep putting this off. Let's hope I don't chicken out this time.

4. Listen to books 5 and 6 of the Outlander series. I think I can do that in two weeks... I have always been a book worm but now I only use Audible. What is Outlander? My #1 way to unwind. If you are curious about Audible, I highly recommend it. Check out this link: Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

5. Exercise! I badly need it. I like Zumba and aerobics. I just usually cannot find the time to fit them into my schedule. 

6. Re-organize my clutter spaces (which is... everywhere).

7. Get buzy (during the second week). I have lots to do. So I'm giving myself just the first week to relax and the second week to do stuff because there's always work to be done.

So there it is. It may not be spectacular but I sure can't wait for the break!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Free Pi Day Activity - Proving Circumference

Pi Day Activities

Happy Pi Day! I made this free set for you to try out as a Pi Day activity. You students will be comparing the length of a circle’s diameter to its circumference (which will lead to the discovery of Pi and the circumference formula). It might sound complex but this activity makes it easier to these concepts because it allows for a concrete understanding if diameter, Pi and circumference. It is created for two different sizes of circles; for the 7cm diameter circle and for the 14cm diameter circle. All dimensions are in cm (metric) units. It also contains posters which show the many different ways of representing Pi. It's a free download that you can access right here from my Teachers pay Teachers collection.

Proving Circumference


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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!