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A picture is worth 1,000 words!
"Ms. Frisina, can you help me add a graphic to my acrostic poem about Spring?"
 
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The students worked in cooperative groups to complete questions about the circulatory system. I designed these questions to serve as the assessment for this lesson. Some of the questions required critical thinking. This assured me that the students understood the main points in this lesson.

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"Which color does your mealworm move towards?"
After we concluded all of our mealworm experiments, I assessed the students understanding by having them create what they thought was the  ideal environment for a meal worm.

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"Ms. Frisina and I learned a lot about numbers and patterns by reading Spotted Yellow Frog, by Matthew Van Fleet. Then Ms. Frisina asked me to make my own pattern for a number over ten."

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Our shape of the week is a square. Can you use different material in the classroom to build a square? Is your creation two dimensional, or three dimensional?

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Can you figure out what part of the blood each type of candy represents?

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We are trying to add up all the different animals that the "Rollaway Pumpkin" rolled past.

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"Hmmm.... You think this toothpaste is the better one to use? Why?"
Working in an inclusion classroom has made me aware of how important it is to assess each student's needs in order to aid in their success. I often ask the student in this picture  to help me during lessons in order to keep him on task and involved in the lesson. This has been a successful strategy thus far.

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"We read Flat Stanley and then made our own paper Stanley's. Then we practiced writing friendly letters and addressing envelopes so we could send them to our friends and family. So far, Stanlye has been to 22 states, and 4 countries!"

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My third grade students have had many opportunities to work on the i-books this year. Here the students are working in pairs to complete a math webquest. The use of i-books has proved to be a valuable tool for my students.

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This was one of the stations in a circulation lesson that I created. The students were able to visually see the path that the blood takes when it pumps through the heart. I later assessed the students' understanding by having them draw the flow of blood in a diagram.

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I believe that journal writing is an important part of learning in first grade. However, some of the students get frusturated when they can not think of something to write. As a class, we have spent a lot of time discussing strategies that we can use to help us choose a topic. Now, I notice the students looking back at old journal entries, or looking at books to get an idea. Sometimes the students need to be reminded of the strategies, but they usually complete their journal entries on time. This has been a big leap of success for me as a teacher.

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"We exchanged penpal letters with a class from Baltimore, Maryland. We had a lot of fun telling  our penpals about ourselves, and asking them questions. This also helped us learn how to write a correct friendly letter. We had to write a rough draft, edit it, then type our letters. Sometimes we were able to add graphics or watermarks."

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"We made hypotheses about whether mealworms like light or dark. Now we are testing our hypotheses. Do you think they like light or dark?"

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Millies' Math House was my favorite computer game in kindergarten!
 

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"We were having trouble sharing in the block corner. Ms. Frisina is helping us figure out a way that we can share the blocks so we can build together."

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