September 28, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

This week I have gotten things together enough to have a full unit on apples. We did everything from studying the life cycle of an apple, celebrating Johnny Appleseed's birthday, to making applesauce!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Student Behavior - This remains an ongoing issue this year. I had one boy punch two students in the back, got complaints from all the specials teachers, etc. Every time I think I am making progress with my students, I feel like we end up two steps backwards. This year, I feel it could be easy to dwell on the negative, but I need to move on...

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Applesauce - This is one of my favorite activities to complete with my students. We go through the steps of making the applesauce. We also review hygiene, kitchen tools, etc. It's amazing how many lessons can go along with making food in the classroom. Click HERE to get the recipe and activities.

Apple Task Cards - I love using task cards in my classroom (Click HERE to see my favorite ways of using them!). For our apple week, we had to incorporate them.

Scared Into Clean Hands - Another favorite apple activity promotes cleanliness. Last Friday, I took one apple and cut it in half. We placed one side untouched in a bag. The other side was passed around the room right after recess. This was placed in another bag. Today we compared the two apples. While the control apple had browned, it was nothing like the one below. This one had grown mold. It was disgusting! The picture does not do it justice. I love the students' reactions to this experiment (and hope the resulting hand-washing continues all year long).

How was your week?
What was good and bad for you?

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