The elementary school years in the US cover a range of grade levels, typically from kindergarten through fifth grade, but often ranging from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade or higher, depending on the individual school system. The lesson plans, worksheets, and teaching tips covered in this section of Bright Hub Education focus on teaching younger students, from Pre-K through Grade 5, though some lesson plans may be suitable for slightly higher grade levels as well. While lesson plans are divided by the appropriate level as much as possible, you will also find a section entitled Grade School Activities, where we cover a broad range of activities and crafts that cross many grades, depending on the unit you are teaching and the individual abilities of your students. The vast majority of lesson plans and activities have been written and vetted by teachers and education professionals, and have been tried and tested in classrooms throughout the United States.
Young children are amazed with outer space and astronauts. Ken Wilson-Max wrote a book about a little girl having a major discussion about being an astronaut with her father. Candlewick Press published Astro Girl in 2019. This book has a cute story and brightly colored illustrations. The last couple of pages gives educational information about space travel and astronauts. Young Astrid was having fun acting out the things an astronaut does while she waited for her mother to come home.
Losing baby teeth is a milestone of growing up, but to make this event fun for children, the tooth fairy is involved. This fantasy figure visits a sleeping child and removes the tucked tooth (under a pillow or on the bedside table) and leaves a reward in its place. I had the opportunity to review fiction storybooks about tooth fairies. These books are entertaining and provide interesting facts that can be used in school or home.
I had the opportunity to review two recently published bear theme books. Both are fiction, but have information that educate as well. I thought the stories were entertaining and easy to add activities that will send each story across the curriculum. The Best Kind of Bear by Greg Gormley A young bear named Bear met a little girl named Nellie. She asked Bear what kind of bear he was – and he just didn’t know.
I recently had the opportunity to review a new book, Playing with Collage by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick Studio, October 2019). This book is the perfect resource to collage making and teaches the various techniques and the variety of materials you can use for this art. The word “collage” originates from the French word “colle” that means glue or paste. Paper and other small materials are pasted onto another surface. The art is colorful and some have texture.
As we near Halloween, playing games in the classroom is not only fun but also helps to foster important skills, both educational and social. Here are a few activities to engage your students during this fun holiday. Halloween Team Spirit This Halloween game is perfect as an icebreaker and a way for the children to work together. Begin by cutting out five orange witch hats, five white ghosts, and five black cats.
“No peace in the world without peace in the nation, No peace in the nation without peace in the town, No peace in the town without peace in the home/school, No peace in the home without peace in the heart.” Quote by – Tao Te Ching The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed nationwide on September 21st. Students can use this day as an opportunity to express their visions of peace in the world and among their peers in the classroom.
Appreciate literature in your classroom. It is one of the best ways to motivate your students to take an interest in written as well as a spoken language. Why not integrate learning across the curriculum with good books? Don’t fall short on ideas for the upcoming school year. Turn to your children’s literature library and engage in hands-on learning with books. Read stories on these topics and then follow through with fun and informative activities.
Whether you are a parent who is homeschooling or a teacher needing a lesson plan for the classroom — family is a good theme. Celebrate this very special relationship by using a variety of activities that focus on “my family”. Take this theme into reading, writing, speaking, music, and art. My Family Quilt There is nothing cozier than a quilt. They feel like home. Begin this lesson by reading The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and discuss the importance of family and what family means to each child.
We are lucky to live in a nation where freedom and justice for all prevails. We as parents/teachers are the ones to teach our children the importance of patriotism. How much does your child know about the United States? When we understand our country’s history and events, we respect each other more and feel like we all belong to America. So put on your patriotic hat and present fun ways to teach children the love of the red, white and blue.
Magnets are magnificent. Their force is invisible, but its effects are found all around us. Magnets are used to hold schoolwork on refrigerators, they can help us find our way on a walk, and we even use them in televisions, computers, and MRI scanning machines where doctors can see inside the human body. How amazing is that? Magnetic Attraction Let’s “attract” excitement with this hands-on, all about magnets theme unit for your class.