6 Top Reasons to Use STEM Challenges in Your Class -Today!

November 16, 2018

Have you been using STEM challenges in your kindergarten class? I have and wow it’s made a huge impact with my kids. I didn’t really know much about STEM so I did a little research first. I discovered the engineering design process – it sounds intimidating but it’s actually what we do in kindergarten every day. Who knew we are basically scientists! The engineering design process is identifying a problem, brainstorming solutions, designing your idea, trying it out, and redesigning, and of course sharing what you’ve learned. So once it didn’t sound so difficult, I decided to try it out. I had to make a couple of changes to make it work for my students, but we’re used to that. So I dug in and this is what I found #1 Kids love stem. I mean they really love stem. Talk about hands on! It get the kids out of their seats and moving you can almost see the wheels turning in their heads. #2 My behaviors decrease when I use challenges – read that one again. My challenging behaviors decrease. We all know that kids learn in different ways but this puts the money where our mouth is....

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Need new ideas about what to do with your I Pad?

August 15, 2016

So you just got some new I pads, now what? Are you looking for something new to do with your students?  What���s the best way to embrace new technology in the classroom? Have you heard about Boom Learning?  It. Is. So. Cool.  No more printing, cutting, or laminating. I love bright and shiny new laminated centers just as much as the next guy, but let���s face it, it can be a lot of work. Boom Learning is awesome. You can use it on your I pads, chrome books, laptops, pretty much anything that has a screen.  It is a new platform that uses teacher made resources for your students. The students access ���decks��� which are basically digital task cards. Boom will give you reports about how many the kids completed correctly and how fast they finished. Each child in your class can work on the same deck or on different decks. This is a perfect way to differentiate in the classroom. All the kids can be working on Boom and they can all be working on different levels. Because in 30 years of teaching I have never had a class where everyone is working on the same level. So...

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What’s a BEE BOT?

August 9, 2016

I love robots and so do my kids. Honestly, bring a robot out anywhere and everyone takes notice. If you don���t have a BEE BOT you should seriously consider buying one. They are sold on both Amazon and Lakeshore.  The sky���s the limit with BEEBOTs. I always say robotics is not something new to teach.  Bee Bots and robotics are simply a new way of teaching. Even your most reluctant student gets interested when you bring out the BEE BOT. My most challenging kids NEVER have behavioral issues during robotics. Hmm maybe we should spend some time thinking about that last sentence. No behavioral challenges when we use robots? Really? Really!                                            The kids are practicing complex thinking, and problem solving.  They are actively engaged, and did I mention no one has behavioral challenges. You had me at no behavioral challenges.                                      What is a BEE BOT? A BeeBot is a small robot that looks just like a little bee. It takes very simple...

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My top 4 reasons for using Google Drive in kindergarten

June 27, 2016

What’s the best way to integrate technology in a kindergarten class? Is kindergarten too young to start with Google Classroom?My top 4 reasons for Going Google.1. More and more districts are going 1:1. I see so many administrators purchasing chrome books, and I pads. I remember just a few years ago when no one in my school had an I Pad. Now they are in every classroom. We may not be 1:1 yet in my school but technology is becoming more and more abundant.                                             2. It’s paperless!!!! Yay, yippee, halleujah, no more long lines at the copy machine. I can’t tell you how many lunches, and planning periods that have been cut short because of that dreaded line at the copier. Not to mention everyone’s most feared phrase – paper jam!Just think you can send homework, notes to parents and worksheets all digitally. No more lost papers. No more mountains of papers.3. It’s so much easier to differentiate. Even the youngest learners can see their work just doesn’t measure up to the child next to them. As the...

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OWLS

February 14, 2016

For the last couple of weeks we have been learning all about OWLS. I am always amazed at how well even my youngest learners respond to non-fiction. The kids have been obsessed with sharp talons catching mice!First comes research! Owls in the Block area. The kids are filling in an outline of an owl, then counting the types and number of blocks used. I love the ear tuffs on top! Owl ten frames in the math center. Creating a “wood” to go owling.   Everyone’s favorite- Paper Mache! What a great unit! If you would like to see some of the products used, please visit my store  Next, we’re on to...

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What is 4 Square Writing?

December 26, 2015

Visit My TPT Store at Della Larsen’s Class Click here to see My Martin Luther 4 Square Writing Pack Visit me on FaceBook...

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November 11, 2015

Salmon!We are well into our study of animals and habitats. This week our Kindergarten Class started learning about the life cycle of a salmon.  We started out reading the book ______________. To be honest I had a lot  to learn about salmon as well.  Check out the great kindergarten salmon centers and activities. Please visit my store to download the unit. This unit aligns with the common core, NAEYC standards and Focus on K2 unit on Salmon. Della Larsen’s...

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