Friday, March 24, 2017

$200 TPT Giveaway!

Hey lovely followers :)

To celebrate SPRING - I have teamed up with other teacher authors to give away a $200 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

All About Polar Bears - Favorite Resources

In winter, I love teaching about arctic animals for science. It is really motivating for kids and helps them connect prior knowledge, which I always find increases confidence and buy-in. Here are a few of my favorite resources to teach about these cuties :)

I use these Mini-Flips from Learning in Wonderland for a lot of my units in science. Her bundle is one of my favorite resources I've ever purchased on TPT! I get so much use out of it and it really helps engage my kids. 

I also of course love using YouTube videos. This definitely increases buy-in - the kids LOVE watching the animals in action. I have pre-watched all of these videos and can give you the teacher thumbs up!

We also always complete a diagram of a polar bear where we label different parts of their body and discuss why they need these body parts to survive in the arctic. In my class, a meltdown will definitely ensue if I don't walk them through how to draw a polar bear. I use this directed drawing to help them draw their diagrams:

I haven't ever done a polar bear art project with my class before, but we may dive in this year and try! I am thinking of this one, it's really cute and pretty simple:

The directions to create it are here.

Do you teach about polar bears? What are some of your favorite lessons and ideas?