Thursday, November 17, 2022

Then and Now!

Change! Some changes happen quickly, such as the new growth of leaves on trees.   Others happen very slowly, like the fruits ripening on a fruit tree. Exploring the changes that have occurred from the past to the present is an exciting theme that is perfect for November. 

Changes in a lot of different areas can be investigated such as transport, toys, cooking, education and technology. Young students do not always grasp the concept of everyday life changes and the idea that people and animals lived differently 100 years ago may be difficult to understand. 

You can start a project about Then and Now by asking your students if they have seen any changes in their community such as new stores, houses or schools. This may be a first step to comparing and contrasting life in the past with life in the present. Sending a Fact Booklet home with students to read is also a helpful way to engage family members to share their experiences with their kids.

By using a variety of materials and resources in the project you can demonstrate how education and technology have changed. The Fact Booklet Then and Now is perfect for using pencils while Digital Task Cards, Boom Cards, shows how technological developments have led to the use of tablets, desktops and mobile devices in the classroom. Your students can enhance their Then and Now vocabulary or practice their math skills by adding, subtracting, exploring concepts such as shortest, longest, or exploring picture graph information. The design of these digital task cards uses a mixture of graphics to further enhance their understanding of what things that were used in the past and what is used today.

This November make sure that every child is given the wish to learn. Happy November Teaching! 

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November 2022 Products

Your students may wonder why people should vote and this is the perfect question for introducing a project about Voting Time. In the US, Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  Use a Fact Booklet to support your students to find out more about this day. Making your own Voting Hat is an educational activity that your students will enjoy. Check out my resource Election Time Activities for more inspiration and educational eye-opening activities. Use Write the Room to enhance your students’ vocabulary and also to get them moving. Pictures of ballots, voting boxes and party mascots can be used as inspiration for writing a story about Election Day.

Thanksgiving is celebrated at the end of November so there is plenty of time during November to learn to draw  Thanksgiving Day. Students grow in confidence when you use Directed Drawing activities and the drawings are perfect for illustrating the findings when using a Fact Booklet about Thanksgiving or Pilgrims. Color by Code activities is educational and fun! Students love watching the images associated with Thanksgiving emerge while practicing sight words, numbers, addition, and subtraction. A brilliant way to work on fine motor skills!

You might also like to learn more about Indigenous Americans during this month. A project about Indigenous Americans is perfect during November which is called Indigenous Americans Month. A great opportunity to increase awareness of historical contributions and realities of Indigenous Americans. A chance to learn about the varying traditions and to enhance awareness to better understand the present experiences of Indigenous Americans. 

Use the Storybook Companion Cactus or Stone Soup to compare different versions of the same story and get a glimpse of Mexican culture, crafts, and foods. The book Cactus Soup is a version of the story Stone Soup. This book has a Mexican twist making it a perfect way to move over to December where your students can explore how holidays are celebrated in Mexico. But first, enjoy all the wonderful learning opportunities that November offers! 

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