Teaching with Google My Maps

Teaching with Google My Maps

Today I want to share a fun, free, and versatile resource for teaching: Google My Maps! There are SO many things you can do with maps to help connect kids to the world. One of my son’s favorite activities is dragging the little yellow person icon to a road to check...
Required Reading for Social Justice

Required Reading for Social Justice

It’s been a tough week. There’s been a range of emotions from anger to disbelief. But for anyone who’s been reading and listening, there’s no surprise about what happened on Tuesday night. Our country has an ugly past of white supremacy and...
South Africa Unit Study

South Africa Unit Study

Today I’m sharing a South African interdisciplinary unit study that we did a few months back. We had learned about India and I asked him to choose another country to learn more about. He chose South Africa no doubt because of the interesting wildlife that is...
Study the World: India Unit Study

Study the World: India Unit Study

We recently completed an India Unit Study to learn more about this amazing country. Like our other unit studies, the ones based on countries include integrated  literacy, math, science, art, and of course social studies disciplines. My favorite part of grade...
Ocean Unit Study

Ocean Unit Study

A few weeks ago we completed our Ocean Unit Study. I already shared a couple of posts about things we did, but this one is the whole interdisciplinary enchilada. This unit began like most all that we do. My son (4.5) told me he wanted to learn more about the oceans...
Learning about Geography through Mapmaking

Learning about Geography through Mapmaking

As part of our study about the world’s oceans and seas, we created this map and used it for a location challenge. Geography was always one of my favorite subjects (and my husband’s too) so of course I’ve been excited to teach my kids all about the...
Wild About Animals

Wild About Animals

My son loves animals. He super-loves them. They are the driving force behind most all of his play, reading and learning. It wasn’t something I really tried to get him interested in, not more than anything else. I just tried to expose him to as many things as...
Ferguson

Ferguson

The events that occurred over the summer and on Monday night in Ferguson have been on my mind. A police officer kills an unarmed teenager and the case doesn’t even go to trial. I still can’t formulate the words to describe how unjust the situation is. The...

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