Since we've been working with aphids and daphnia, we discussed the importance of camouflage. The kiddos created their own paper butterflies and found items in the classroom to make them disappear into. We taped them to the surfaces, then went on a butterfly hunt! The kids loved this, and it was so easy! There was basically no prep! I just grabbed a stack of white construction paper, and viola! A memorable lesson on camouflage! Check out their creations!
|The little specks are aphids!|
With the OAA approaching, I started thinking about pumping the kids up! It's also time to begin covering/removing all of the student work and anchor charts on my walls! It's great to have a print-rich classroom until testing rolls around. Ha-ha! I decided to use an idea from the Lesson Plan SOS ladies to cover two of my bulletin boards and ease some OAA worries. It's their Smart Little Cookies craft! I usually have the kids make posters to cheer each other on during the test and those usually grace my bulletin boards and walls. This year, I blended the two. After completing the craft and smart little cookie recipe, I had the kids write messages to each other to build morale! :)
Joshua Jay! This was the first magic show I have ever seen in my life, and I probably never would have gone to see someone do card tricks if it wasn't for the fact that my friend is dating the magician! I've only met him once before, but when my husband read that he was coming to our little bitty city, he snagged tickets. Joshua did a card trick at our wedding that was ridiculous. RIDICULOUS! He had me write my new initials, the date, and a symbol on a card. Then, I folded it up, and put it in between my teeth. He did the same, and put his card between his teeth. Then he grabbed my hands and had me look in his eyes. All of the sudden, Josh said, "Is this your card?" He pulled MY card out of his teeth, and I had his card between my teeth. WHAT?! We had probably ten to fifteen people around us and our photographer snapping away, and nobody caught how he did it. Last night was equally baffling. How did a torn and rolled up dollar bill end up inside of a lemon? And how did it match up exactly with the other torn corner?
You may be asking yourself what this has to do with teaching, and I assure you, there's a connection. Josh talked about how much practice goes into each move to give the illusion of magic-- how a really great magician makes a really difficult trick look easy. Isn't that what we do? Don't really masterful teachers transform difficult topics into something magical? Don't we entertain and instill wonder? I assert that we aren't so different after all.