Sharing Things from a PD Day

Today we had a Professional Development and I left with some great ideas I wanted to share. They are a random assortment of ideas, so be prepared!

SCIENCE: The first idea came up in a Science class I attended but brings in Math. At Christmas, buy the Amaryllis bulbs and plant them with your students. Then, each day measure their growth (I've been told they grow quickly) and graph them.
One of our standards says that students must make observations, predictions, and inferences. One group of teachers shared that every day they pull up the National Geographic website and look at the photo of the day. Students must make 1 observation, 1 prediction, and 1 inference. What a cute idea! They also use on it lots of science tests. Another thing I learned was that in your Science notebooks, never let kids erase their thoughts. If they find out something is wrong, mark through it. This is how "real" scientists do and you can look back to see what works and what doesn't. Also, we talked about Mr. B's Farm, called BFARM (birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals)! CUTE!

SOCIAL STUDIES: We talked about brain connections! For example, when teaching sectionalism...relate it to pizza. You all have input when ordering your pizza but when it comes out, all you care about is YOUR slice of pizza. One teacher shared when teaching about Hernando de Soto, she limps and says "De Soto" got "da sore toe" when he walked all the way to Mississippi! I never would've thought of that. Anther thing we say is the 3 G's of exploration: gold, glory, God.

I have some more stuff to share related to Math so stay tuned!


  1. I love the amaryllis and National Geographic website ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    Pitner's Potpourri

  2. Love these! Thanks for coming by and thanks for sharing! We have professional development tomorrow. I signed up for 2 classes for incorporating picture books into every subject area and including art in reading. Can't wait:) Hope I have something to share too!

    4th Grade Frolics


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