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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Who Was Albert Einstein?

My kids are participating in an Einstein Unit that involves chemistry experiments, Hands on Equations, and reading Who was Albert Einstein? I admit I'm pushing it a bit since Einstein was not a chemist, but we've had too much fun mixing vinegar and baking soda and watching bubbles or using pH paper to decide what chemical spilled from a toy truck. Next up is a mock digestion lesson from ECHEM (Environment, Chemicals, and Me).

As for the math, Hands on Equations teaches elementary school kids how to solve algebra problems by moving cubes and pawns. With one month left of school, I'm trying to squeeze in as much as I can.

Our book study, Who Was Albert Einstein?, is a fascinating book. It's from that popular biography series that all the kids are reading these days. I don't know about the kids, but I've learned a lot. For example, I had no clue that Einstein was expelled in high school. He was quite a strong willed person who followed his beliefs no matter the consequences. Pretty cool guy. 

If you want to read this book with your kids, you don't have to go it alone. I've done the work by making a Promethean Board flipchart and Power Point to accompany Who was Albert Einstein? When reading a novel, I like to have a plan about how to teach it. It's good to know what to ask the kids and when. I also like having an occasional project or activity, too. Inside this home made Einstein bundle, one will find the following:

     ➢Introduction to Novel with Visible Thinking Routines
     ➢Information about the Author and other Who Was . . . Books
     ➢Discussion of Quotes from Einstein
     ➢Text dependent questions
     ➢Venn Diagrams to Compare and Contrast
     ➢Questions to Relate Book to Student
     ➢Writing Prompts
     ➢What if Questions
     ➢Opinion Questions
     ➢Interview Einstein Challenge
     ➢Teacher Notes

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teaching Einstein

Monday, April 24, 2017

Traveling Music

I bet you thought I was done blogging. Well, I'm not. I've just been preoccupied with other things. I'm glad to be hopping on the Monday Music Moves Me train with TRAVELING songs.

This is the first one that comes to mind. I love The Allman Brothers and Ramblin' Man is a great song!

Next up is Arlo Gurthrie singing The City of New Orleans.

And finally, here are my favorite excellent travelers of all times, Bill and Ted.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Truth About Bats Literary Unit

I posted a new product that will make a teacher's life easier when reading The Magic School Bus book, The Truth About Bats. In this complete literature unit, I've included a skill lesson or practice in every chapter.

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Are you interested?