This summer I am getting ready to get back into the swing of things and have dedicated more time to sharing my products and tips and tricks with other teachers that like me want to use an inquiry approach in their classroom in both social studies, science and even language. I have had a great response to my WonderWall video that I posted last summer on how I get started with inquiry and am looking to put out more videos this summer on my inquiry journey and how you to can teach with better inquiry approach to teaching and learning in your classrooms.
It is my hope to get a new video out to you each week which will be cross-posted to both facebook, here on my blog and on my youtube channel for people to watch and learn from.
But before I got started I needed to move my office space out of my spare room upstairs and into my basement to make room for my son who will be born in November. So I couldn’t just use my old tired stuff. No I decided that I needed a whole new work space so using some of what I had already and a quick trip to the local IKEA I was able to put together my new office space. Check it out I am so excited to get to work here each day this summer as I share with all of you.
For a sneak peak on what is happening at Madly Learning over the summer check out my sneak peak video below.
Stay tuned and I hope to see you later this summer for my free inquiry in the classroom series.
My complete 4/5 Unit is finished and ready to be downloaded on my TPT store.
The Canadian Physical Regions and Government Unit
To celebrate the completion of my Canadian Physical Regions and Government unit I am giving away a copy of it to one lucky winner. Enter below to get if for free!! Contest is on for this weekend only!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
his is a unit that is designed for a split grade classroom for Grade 4 and 5 students.
These activities align with the new revised curriculum. Much of the focus in the new curriculum is inquiry based teaching and learning. This unit will give students both the basic understanding and background needed for further inquiry as well as scaffolded inquiry activites.
There are two components
Teacher Directed Lessons
Although the focus in the new curriculum is on inquiry there is still a place for direct instruction. This unit is balanced between direct instruction and inquiry learning. Using a variety of lesson formats, teaching styles, and student activities the direct instruction component of this unit will help to give students the basis for understanding the complexities of their inquiry project. Lessons include shared/independent reading, student case study, discussions, task cards, game boards, video links, online links for flipped classrooms, and student reflections.
Students are more engaged in learning if they buy into what they are learning about. Through an inquiry booklet that has components geared specifically for this unit but can also be used for other inquiry studies. Students begin to explore environmental issues in Canada. Students are guided to discover a topic of interest through an interest inventory. Then are given some suggestions that relate to their various interests. With the other corresponding pages the inquiry process is scaffolded to help you guide students through their inquiry.
This unit also works well with these resources in my TPT store.
Use the vocabulary from this unit with my Character Traits Literacy Series of Lessons. Or with my upcoming Character Traits Unit: Respect.
Check out how to piece all components together on my Long Range plans
All of this and more can be found on my TPT store.
Its done!!! My 4/5 Long range plans are finally completed. Having such detailed plans this past fall was a life saver. Being very pregnant with a toddler at home I didn’t have lots of time to plan these long range plans were a great tool that sat on my desk as a reference. It helped to stay focused and on task and make sure that I had taught what I needed to before I left for my leave. Even my LTO appreciated knowing what I had already covered and what she needed to still teach. As I watched my colleagues without plans struggle to stay on task I was relieved that I spent the time last summer to have these complete and ready to go.
As you can see from my Term #1 plans I include details about literacy planning, Read Alouds, big ideas, Writing Forms, and Comprehension Strategies. As well as the math units for both grades that can easily be taught together. New I have included more detail for the social studies and science curriculum including Inquiry Questions, Big Ideas, and Culminating Tasks for both of the grades. However I have removed Physical Education as I will no longer be teaching this subject. OPHEA is a great resource and made up the bulk of my physical education program