May 16, 2009 | Posted At: 12:50 PM | Author: Angela Bunyi | Category: Lesson Plans
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Next week is our last full week at school, and I am really looking forward to it. Why? The last week is going to be devoted to going in depth with each core subject. Have I gone mad? You be the judge based on our upcoming plans I am about to share. But as one student dubbed it, we are going to have a "funcational week." If you are interested in some MacGyver-like activities or an excuse to fling workbooks around with a catapult, or even a reason to go build and fly a tetrahedron kite, look no further...
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February 13, 2009 | Posted At: 12:30 PM | Author: Angela Bunyi | Category: Lesson Plans
I guess science has been on my mind lately. I believe it's called Science Olympiad, and I'm in charge of it. Anyway, I promise to return to my usual literacy state of mind with the next post, but before I do, let's take a moment to look at some incredible resources for teaching moon phases. From a great music resource I dub my new favorite, instructions on making a Moon Phase Transporter, fun with Strep cookies, and (I'm not humble) an Oscar worthy performance in our latest class video, I've got your back on lesson plans.
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February 9, 2009 | Posted At: 09:47 PM | Author: Angela Bunyi | Category: Lesson Plans
I love Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones and think this book is a fun way to talk about real-life cause and effect scenarios. From post-it notes to Velcro, this is a highly entertaining book!
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January 10, 2009 | Posted At: 07:35 PM | Author: Angela Bunyi | Category: Current Affairs
, Lesson Plans
, Social Studies
By chance, my government unit blends right into the real-world political scene as we welcome our 44th President, Barack Obama, through the Inauguration Ceremony on January 20th. Can you think of a better time to stop and talk about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Amendments, and the 3 Branches of Government? I can't, and I am happy these concepts fall under our fourth grade teaching standards. I'd like to share my lesson plans and direct resources being used to teach this unit.
*Pictured: A Christmas tree branch, a hook that screws into the branch, fishing line, index cards, and some leaves= "Branches" of Government project.
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November 1, 2008 | Posted At: 01:09 PM | Author: Angela Bunyi | Category: Books
, Language Arts
, Lesson Ideas
, Lesson Plans
I am always looking for new ideas to teach and support reading strategies to my class. I usually have a pile of four professional books that get browsed while making my lesson plans during the weekend. Sometimes I wish these resources were all combined into one book, as I use them all frequently. Here are some of the charts and bulletin boards I have used from Debbie Miller, Tanny McGregor, and Stephanie Harvey to teach inferring, questioning, metacognition, and nonfiction text features.
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