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Teaching students how to write in 3rd and 4th grade is so important. Teaching students how to enjoy writing is even more important.
Today my students answered a writing prompt called "If I lived in a snow globe...". They were so excited! Before they started writing we talked about important writing details that would be necessary. Such as...
Then came the fun part making their snow globes :)
The students had to cut out their snow globe and then add a scene from their story to their globes. We then took their pictures, put them inside the globes, added some glitter, and laminated them all together.
The project turned out great, but most importantly the students had FUN writing! I'm a happy te
I firmly believe that learning can, and should be fun. There is something everyday that can happen that give kids that glow in their eye and that need and want to learn more. It may be something small like letting them take their shoes off in class, or making homework on colored paper. Whatever it is though, a good teacher decided every day to make school fun.
Today we made Oobleck. What is Oobleck you ask? It's simply corn starch and water, but the result is awesome. In my reading class we have been learning about matter and the different states of matter. Our next story is going to teach us about molecules. So to teach both of those we made Oobleck :) When Oobleck is made, it's matter is a mystery. Move your hand fast and apply force it's a solid. Move slowly or be still it run through your fingers like a liquid.
My students loved it and it really reinforced their learning on matter.
School is cool. Learning is fun.
Kids love new and exciting things! Which is why in the new year I have introduced a new and exciting recognition system for my classroom. My students will still earn tickets, but instead of turning them in for a piece of candy or prize, they will turn them in for a scratch ticket! It's their luck of the draw for which scratch ticket they will earn. Some are worth prizes of 5 tickets and some are worth prizes of 30 tickets. I could not believe how excited they were when I announced they were getting them. You would have thought I just told them they were having a full day of recess. Their were high fives and hugs all around the classroom.
The scratch tickets were so easy to make. I made them in a table on Microsoft Word, printed them on colored paper and then laminated them. (You can use contact paper to put over them, but I found laminating easier). To make the scratch tickets just mix metallic paint and dish soap together and you're done! I found I had to put about 3 coats on each in order to cover them completely.
My scratch tickets range from piece of candy, no shoes for the day, write in marker all day, I-pad time, drawing time, first in line for the microwave, etc...The students are also having fun coming up with some that I didn't think of.
It was a project that took me several hours to complete, but if my students will work harder in school because of it, it's all worth it :)