Tag Archives: elementary school

Share the Gouda

I don’t do a lot of decorating in my classroom, but this year I put up a cheese board for Share the Gouda. I did this because we have an initiative at my school to get kids thinking positive and sharing good … Continue reading

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Mission Migration Online Game

If you are teaching kids about migration and looking for a variety of tools to do so, I recommend adding Audubon’s free online game, Mission Migration,to your toolbox. The game isn’t too complicated and brings to light the dangers birds … Continue reading

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Kids Can Learn About Habitats with Free Online Games

My students are currently learning about habitat. In fact, they are mapping out the school for the citizen science project YardMap. I suspect that some of my students will finish earlier than others during different parts of this classwork, so … Continue reading

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Bird Quest: Learning adventure for budding citizen scientists

I was running out of teaching ideas last summer when I found a link in an email message from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for Bird Quest. It was exactly what I needed to finish the long school year with my students. … Continue reading

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Birds of Winter Break 2015/2016

I didn’t set out to find birds while visiting with relatives in Nebraska, but during our stop at the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, I was pulled away by a trail that led to a small pine forest. Beyond the pine forest, … Continue reading

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Running Lanes in School Hallways?

One of my least favorite duties as a teacher is making sure that kids are not running…even when they are outside. I understand. We are trying to keep kids safe. Less kids in the nurse’s office for skinned knees and collisions … Continue reading

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Beware the Sticker Machine Fundraiser

I’ve worked at a few schools that have sticker vending machines to increase funds. Usually, the kids have access to them at lunch time. Once they eat, they can go get a sticker. It’s fun because they never know exactly … Continue reading

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Notes on Beautifying a Portable Classroom with a Hummingbird Garden

Over the summer, I started doing projects with my students based around the Celebrate Urban Birds citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since then, we have unofficially developed birding stations around the school. The front parking lot … Continue reading

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Classroom Doorbell

I decided to try out a wireless doorbell on my portable classroom last year, and I really like it. There’s something about the sound of the bell over pounding on the door that I love. It’s not too expensive to get … Continue reading

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Overcrowded Schools: Some Thoughts On The Year-Round Schedule

Back in the day, I attended a year-round school due to overcrowding in the Clark County School District. Look at how many kids were in my 5th grade class. There were over 40 kids in my class, but never all … Continue reading

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