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Fire Safety for Primary Learners

Fire Safety Week is October 9th - 15th this year.  It is such an important week for students to learn important lessons to keep them safe. This is why I created this Fire Safety Lap Book for Primary learners.

Being married to a firefighter myself, I am very aware of how important teaching these lessons is to our students and our own children.  When children are aware of their surroundings and they are taught important safety lessons, it gives them confidence to know just what to do in the event of an emergency.

This lap book lesson starts with general safety tips on fire safety. It includes a mini poster to help you have a discussion with your students.

Students will use these images on the left with space for writing underneath to identify some fire safety tips as well as identify a possible meeting place or an actual meeting place if this has been discussed at home.  The other side of the lap book (shown here on the right) includes tools firefighters use and a picture of a firetruck that students can color.

Your students will learn to recognize places in their home. They will then develop a drawing of the inside of their home with 2 possible escape routes.

Students can color a firefighter (male or female) and glue it onto the back of the folder or it can be copied onto thicker paper and used as a "popup" on the top.  

These lap books not only make for a great and fun learning experience, they are also great for bulletin board displays, as a table display and/or for Meet the Teacher Night.

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Hooked on Writing Unit 3: Research Strategies, Organization and Word Choice.

Writing research has always been a struggle for my 2nd and 3rd graders.  There seems to be a variety of things that cause this struggle.  Gathering facts and writing them in your own words can often be a tough skill for students to learn.  Many times, students can't really see the whole picture before they start so they have a hard time putting it all together. This is why I designed special lessons in Unit 3 of Hooked on Writing to help you to teach research skills to students in a fun, interactive, yet effective way.

Not only does unit 3 cover research skills, it also has lessons on organization and word choice.  Through the use of the following mentor texts, students will do whole class, partner and independent writing activities to strengthen their understanding of organization in nonfiction and fiction writing.

You will be able to get an idea of where your students are at in terms of understanding what organization is by playing a game called Organization Station where students will identify things in their world that are organized or disorganized.  This concept will then be related to nonfiction and fiction writing.

There are 5 structured lessons for EACH book. 
Concepts and strategies included in this unit are: 

Organization structures in fiction and nonfiction books.
Pre-reading, during reading and post reading/writing lessons.
Whole class and partner lessons and strategies.
Ipad integration options.
Using a non-fiction book (Cats vs Dogs) to understand a fiction book (Dog vs Cat) more deeply.
Mini fire safety lesson from Roberto the Insect Architect.
Mini research on BATS as well as a topic of choice.

and much more!

Click here to see Unit 1 and here to see Unit 2.

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Classroom Management for Today's Learners: A Back to School Series

I read many years ago about famous inventors and how they came up with their ideas.  Time and time again, inventors of things such as the lightbulb, the paper clip and the sticky note would say something like:  "I would think about a problem that people were experiencing and then I would come up with something to solve that problem."  Nothing has changed since those days only now I suppose people and, in particular, companies like Apple are creating things or improving their products to help make people's lives easier.  Teaching is no different.  I used to ask myself "What is the problem in class and what can I do to solve it?   Now I ask, "Can I do something that will ultimately empower the student/s to either problem solve or not create the problem in the first place?"

More and more, teachers and educational researchers are showing that building those connections with students is very important.  Trust is probably key in developing a caring connection with a student.  If they trust in you and know you will keep their self esteem in tact when you interact with them, deliver lessons and feedback with kindness and constructive suggestions to help them grow, and generally like them, their learning has no boundaries.
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