Monday, October 27, 2014

This is one way to familiarize my students with musical symbols at an early age.  I had my 1st and 2nd graders create musical jack-o-lanterns with  musical symbols the last week of October.  I found this little song floating around on the Internet, combined the two and had a neat little project they could take home and share with their families.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bach Biography

I am trying my hand at creating a teaching video by creating it in Keynote and exporting it to an MPEG video.  I like how it turned out!

What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom

Imagine if we gave our students this time...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Preamble from one generation to another!

My daughter is now a 4th grade teacher and has taught her students to rap the Preamble of the U. S. Constitution just like I do every year.  I can not tell you how much this blesses me.   The gift goes on!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I will do just about anything to enhance my students' understanding. After purchasing this old school toothpaste (I remember it from my youth) on Amazon, I held up a tube in front of my young ones and asked them what it had to do with the Star-Spangled Banner. They blurted and questioned and were genuinely curious.  Although spelled differently, we finally came to the understanding that Gleem toothpaste was named thus because it would make your teeth SHINE! "At the twilight's last GLEAMING."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The largest human Star-Spangled Banner