April 24, 2017

Lights...Camera...Action!!!

I don't know what it is about students and their love of acting...wait...yes I do! They LOVE to play dress up. Even older students, who hate to admit it, love to dress up and pretend to be other characters to make people laugh. This is one of the reasons that I love to incorporate drama and plays into the classroom. There are so many benefits to using a script. One of the main benefits, of course, is an increase in reading fluency. Having a student read the same text multiple times increases their use of vocabulary and phrasing. They also have to learn how to use the right tone to say what the character is saying, while conveying the meaning of the line. The format I follow for incorporating drama in the classroom is as follows:

  1. Assign students' roles and hand out scripts (I usually have 2 scrips for all of my students. The stories always have multiple characters, acts, and scenes to be divided).
  2. Give students at least 3-4 weeks to practice their lines (I even allow some class practice time on Fridays).
  3. Students present plays in classroom, or on stage using microphones. (Most students remember lines. Those that don'e are allowed to read scripts, but with expression and action. Many groups of students like to add in electronic sound effects and costumes to spice up their performance). 
  4. Sit back, watch...maybe record...the magic that takes place!
"A Wolf, Three Pigs, and a Mudpie"

Cinderella lost her glass slipper in this play!

Two Pigs and A. Wolf...😊


The students are always so awesome from the set designers to the extras needed in scenes. You should take a chance on incorporating live plays in your classroom! The actors/actresses and audience will truly enjoy!


FIN


February 28, 2017

Cup Flippin'

We've started a new unit in math. We will be recording and analyzing data this week. I thought it would be a good idea to get some of this bottle flippin' out of the way...and for a good cause. I give you...cup flippin'. After flipping our cups for several trials, we created a tally chart, bar graph, and a dot plot based on the data. More data analysis to come!



February 21, 2017

Welcome

Welcome, welcome, welcome to my new digital home! Isn't it nice?? For all things Ms. Strickland's class, you can come here and check out the prospective page. There is even a special place for my wonderful kiddos. I love having this open door into my classroom with these amazing kids that are being shared with me. As a first post, I have decided to take a look back at a couple of the awesome things that we did over the 1st semester. As I reflect, I think these kids did such a great job and I am looking forward to more fun this semester! Here's to my Superheroes!

    Paging All Doctors
                 




            

   













Wind Erosion/Sand Blasters
Making Sand Dunes


                                                                   
  














Nehemiah using weathering to build sand dunes.