Creating our Products- Cereal Creations

May 1st, 2012

Today my students worked in their groups to create their products. They were so excited for social studies today. They kept asking during math when social studies started. (Makes me feel good 🙂 ).  We talked about the process we were going through of creating a product. We discussed assembly lines and how they assist when creating something.

My students had a little difficulty getting started right away, but they ended up getting a lot of work done. I LOVED watching them work on their projects. They were completely entranced with working and it was rather difficult to pull them away at the end of the period. The only difficulties I had with this lesson were handling materials. There are a LOT of materials involved (paper, glue, scissors, tape, etc). So I would suggest planning ahead and having materials ready in buckets or bins. I am very happy I pushed my students to plan ahead during the past lesson because it showed when they were working today. They knew what to do when they began working today, so their planning helped them in the end. If I were to teach this lesson again I would like it to be during a period with a longer amount of time. I was only able to teach this lesson in a 35 minute period. Unfortunately I could not have a larger period, nor could I make it last over two days. I feel that my students’ work would be much more complete looking had I been able to give them more time.

Overall it was a great lesson! I enjoyed watching them be imaginative and creative! 🙂

Check out some of our creations!

We did a great job working in groups! 🙂


Our final products! From left to right: Crunchy Crab Cereal, Trix Rice Lucky Reese’s Cereal, Fruit Pops, Mint Poptarts, and Grape Grams. 🙂


Exercise & muscles

April 25th, 2012

Yesterday there was a chorus of coughs in the classroom. Today I woke up with a dry throat. Coincidence? I think not 😦 I really dislike being sick, but it is even worse when it is nice outside!

I taught a lesson today about how exercise affects our muscles. I had my students up and moving for this lesson. I had them doing exercises in the middle of giving information. It was a nice change of pace from the usual talking/short PowerPoint. The kids got a kick out of it and begged for more. Though they also begged to stop. I guess they couldn’t make up their minds! They did jumping jacks, toe ups, squats, and lunges.

I also used response cards that had pictures of muscles before exercise and after exercise on them. The before exercise pictures show the muscle tendons being closer together, whereas the after exercise pictures show the muscle tendons further apart (they expand). The response cards were helpful, although next time I should make them larger. I also did not have the amount I needed. (I thought I counted correctly!).

Fun filled day,

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Muscle Response Cards

This picture made me laugh a little. It made me think how much my students would complain if they had to lift weights. Haha! 🙂


April 20th, 2012

Today is a wonderful day because it is Friday! Our lesson on muscles went very well today. It was mostly a catch up day where students could finish work from previous science lessons. We worked on our flip books and added in a section about muscles. I also created a class set of mini arm dioramas that helps show that our muscles pull not push. It is a misconception that our muscles push and pull, but in fact they only pull. I had originally wanted my students to create these themselves, however after getting to know my class I realized that this would prove to be rather difficult. So I decided to make them myself, which took a rather long time for such a short demonstration.

Overall it has been a good day,

Ms. Schmidt 🙂


April 19th, 2012

I am feeling more rested today! Yipee! The bedtime worked! Today I was teaching my students about how we move our bodies- we use our joints! I demonstrated how we would move if we didn’t have joints (walking stiff & straight) which made them laugh. I gave my students examples of all 4 joints (gliding, hinge, ball and socket, and pivot). I then passed out response cards for each student. I would give students an example of a joint and they would raise their response card. This method worked very well.

Afterwards the students began working on a self-portrait. On their self-portrait they would circle joints on their body. I left the instructions a little open because some of my students have a lot of difficulty with writing. They will have to continue working on their portrait later today because we didn’t finish. I was amazed today when I took my students to art. They were WONDERFUL in the hallway! They are usually good but wow, this was another level of good. The kings and queens game has worked wonders! I will have to find other hallway games.

Happy Thursday!

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Joint Response Card Pictures

Archeological Dig! How do bones change over time?

April 16th, 2012

Today I taught a lesson about how bones change over time. At first I wanted to do a timeline with my students, however my teacher informed me that they had made timelines in the beginning of the school year. A timeline would have been an easy way to teach this concept. This forced me to put my thinking cap on and let my creative juices flow! Instead I chose to have my students do a pretend archeological dig.

I gave each group a bag of pictures of different hand bones (baby, child, and adult bones). Their job was to work as a group and identify the bones as baby, child, or adult. They then had to create a bar graph based on these findings. I feel that I could make this lesson a lot stronger the next time around. [Though it did work very well the first time! :-)] Next time I would like to use different bones along with the hand bones. This would make it more challenging for students. I would also like to present it in a different way. For example, I could put the pictures of bones in a small box/envelope. It could have a stamp that says “Confidential”. I could give the students a lot more background information as well. Example: Saying the countries in which the bones were found. Geography standards could be integrated then! Next time around I would really like to build up the anticipation before giving each group their set of bones.

So many ideas!

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

P.S We are reading “Where the Sidewalk Ends” at the end of the day. The students love it! 🙂

Here are the following resources I created to help teach this lesson:

Pictures of Hands for Dig | Graphing Bones Worksheet

Observations with Animal Bones

March 30th, 2012

Wow! I had so much fun teaching my lesson today! It was an introduction lesson to my science unit about the bones and muscular system. My science professor lent me a box full of animal bones to use with my students. They were so neat! Two of the skulls were rather large and looked like they could be cow skulls. Some other skulls looked like smaller rodents or even a deer.

I was very impressed with the way my students worked in their groups. They worked together as a team and completed their assigned roles.  The roles included a reporter, illustrator, measuring person, and recorder. The actual observations the students made were wonderful! The words ‘qualitative & quantitative’ were a challenge for students to comprehend, however the descriptions on the worksheet helped students. students wanted to get up and see other bones so they walked to other tables a few times. one way I could have fixed this was by having a time for my students to walk around and look at the other bones. I could allow them to do this at the end of the lesson. one student informed me that a tooth fell out by accident. She then asked me if the tooth fairy would still come because it was dead. I told her that I thought the tooth fairy liked her teeth so she would probably come.

I wish I had taken pictures during this lesson! I give my students exit tickets at the end of some lessons to see what they learned. Here are a few of them stating what they learned. I told them that it could be about bones, observations, or even group work.

My cooperating teacher observed me teaching during this lesson. I was a little nervous seeing as it was the first formal observation I have ever had, but it was a great lesson for her to observe me. She told me I did a great job 🙂

| Group Observations Sheet | Individual Observations Worksheet|