All About: Science!

Happy Saturday!

Today I’m going to take a bit of time to discuss science teaching that I have been doing. I am now entering my third month of full time student teaching. I am finishing out my time in the science/math fourth grade class before transitioning back to ELA.

For our teacher prep program we are expected to create and teach a unit–no big deal right? Well most of my cohort is teaching social studies. In our placement district, social studies can only be taught at the end of the third marking period and fourth marking period, so they have a bit more time to plan and carry out their units. I however, am in the midst of finishing up my science unit! I spent a good portion of my winter break planning and prepping this unit and boy, is it a relief to be almost finished.

My unit is on weather and climate and my students are rocking this unit! I started out the unit with a pre-test to gain some baseline data about what they did or did not know about weather. I will give the same test–with a few added questions–at the end of the unit (aka THIS FIRDAY!).

Topics we have covered include:

  • What is the difference between weather and climate?
  • What do climatologists and meteorologists do?
  • Where are different storms (tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, and blizzards) found, what are the dangers, and how are they formed?
  • Land vs Sea Breezes
  • Fronts
  • Convection Tube Investigations
  • Water Cycle
  • Clouds
  • Hurricane Katrina

All we have left is a guest visit from a local meteorologist, our mini lesson on Hurricane Katrina, a review day, and the final assessment!

*PAUSE for a hot second*

My students were not alive for Hurricane Katrina. This is insane to me. The were all born a year later.

*UNPAUSE*

I am so impressed with my students. This unit had a great deal of group work with our investigations and my students were able to work well with their assigned science groups and with randomized groups. I think that they enjoyed some of the things we worked on, especially the punk stick inquiries where we were able to view the convection process happening, playing catch with the world to show the ratio of water to land that covers Earth, creating a weather forecast and presenting to the class, and finally making clouds out of cotton balls. When we finished our cotton ball cloud activity I had two students who normally don’t participate in class or stay engaged for even half a lesson come up to me and say thank you for planning such a fun activity. I took a look at their clouds after school, and it was some of their best work!

I really hope that when I gain a permanent teaching position I am able to teach a weather unit!

Do you have a favorite unit to teach? It doesn’t have to be science related. Comment below! Sorry this post was basically me rambling…but I hope you enjoyed!

-O

 

 

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Feb Wrap Up/March 2017 TBR

Greetings! It’s the end of another month. I am regretful in saying that I did not finish all the books I set out to read this month for my #52Books2017 challenge. I do not doubt that I’ll finish this challenge as I’ll blow through books this summer, but this semester it’s slow going.

I finished one book and I’m half-way through a second, with hopes of finishing that in the early days of March.

  1. I finished Me Before You by JoJo Moyes earlier this month. I had started and restarted this book many times and finally got through it. I enjoyed it a lot. I understand what all the fuss is about. I’m not sure I’ll reread it, but I do want to see the movie now and cry my heart out. I also would like to read After You as well.
  2. I started and am exactly halfway through The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor this is a re-read for me, but I am loving it even more than the first time I read it. Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of the film coming out (and that’s my favorite movie) I decided to re-read it!

Now for the March TBR:

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I’ve decided to read four books this month instead of three. Maybe this will be a more manageable goal.

  1. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor–my transition novel.
  2. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult–my favorite author’s newest book. It came out in the fall and my mom bought it for her book club’s read that month. Thank you for letting me borrow it!
  3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick–this as been on my to read list since Christmas. Maybe I’ll finally be ready to read it this month!

What’s on your “To Read” list this month?

Happy Reading!

-O

Conversation St(hearts)ers

Happy Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day or Single Awareness Day whichever you are celebrating this year! Today while scrolling through Facebook I saw a blog post written by my friend Kelly (check out her blog here). Kelly came up with a list of 14 questions and she and her husband, Nathan, each answered them about each other. I asked her if it would be okay if I took her idea and used it on my blog with J…so here goes!!

What is the first memory you have of me, or anything to do with us

O-I remember meeting you at district band. I was nervous…but I think that was mainly because I was at district band and one of the youngest from Township that year. 

J-Meeting you at district band and thinking you were a nerd. 

What is your favorite physical attribute of mine?

O-Your hair…except not when it’s short lol. Your eyes…when you smile. 

J-Your eyes–because they’re pretty.
Is there any area in which you wish you could be more like me?

O-You are so much more musical than I am and you seem fearless sometimes and I wish I could be like that.

J-Your organizational skills are better than mine, but nothing else because you’re weird.
What is the funniest memory you have about me/us?

O-Oh gosh…there are a bunch. You trying to teach me to parallel park–that was a laugh. Forgetting the “pretzel” and that joke definitely lives on!

J-When you tried to spell Flyers with a ph and were confused why it didn’t match with the spelling of Philadelphia. 
What is your favorite thing to do with me?

O-Getting food (WEGMANS) and watch movies or TV. I like being able to do nothing but still have it be fun and a great time.

J-Cuddles and getting food and eating–it’s a hobby.
Do you have a favorite date that we’ve gone on?

O-Taylor Swift concert hands down, but recently, seeing Home Alone at the Kimmel Center 

J-Going to Philadelphia for the Flyers game. 
What three adjectives best describe me?

O-Kind, Nurturing, Dedicated/Stubborn  

J-Kind, Honest, Loving
What is the best way to cheer me up?

O-Giving you a food you like and doing or saying something stupid. 

J-By making a cute joke. 
Where would you most like to go/be with me?

O-Disney is on that list for sure, but Europe. I want you to show me your favorite places.

J-Austria 
What is my love language?

O-Physical Touch for sure but I think Quality Time is probably a close second. 

J-Quality Time 
What is your favorite quirk/annoying thing about me?

O-Your snoring…even though I complain about it sometimes lol

J-Your worrying 
What aspect of our relationship are you most proud of?

O-We’ve almost made it through the distance and I’m proud of us for being there for each other,  making this work, and sticking through it all. 

J-Our understanding of each other. 
Where do you see us 10 Valentine’s Days from now?

O-Reluctently celebrating it like we do now…maybe as a family? 

J-Having a family date. 
What celebrity would they want to spend Valentine’s Day with?

O-Taylor Swift, Mila Kunis, Anna Kendrick

J-Taylor Swift 

Thanks, Kelly for this awesome idea and letting me use it as well. I hope every one has a happy day regardless of how you’re celebrating! Let me know down below what your favorite tradition is or if you and you significant other participated in this as well!

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We’re both dorks, but I love you J. Thanks for being my Valentine always.

❤ -O

“No Candy” Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching this week! On Tuesday boys and girls everywhere will be handing out cards and sweets treats to their classmates. Couples everywhere will be celebrating their love.

This year at my student teaching placement, we are passing out Valentines on Tuesday on the “real” day, but having our Valentine’s Day party on the 16th as this is the last day before our long President’s Day weekend.

I spent part of last weekend and this weekend making Valentines for my students. I have 42 students, so this can be time consuming. This year I decided that there is enough candy being passed around, so I wanted to give my students a candy-less treat.

On Pinterest, I found a wonderful idea! See image below:

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I found packs of 16 bubble tubes with little hearts on the top at Target. They are the Spritz party brand. I then printed the tags, wrote my name, and used ribbon to tie the tag to the bubbles. I bought an extra pouch of the bubbles as well to add to my prize box!

I can’t wait to see my students’ reaction to their treats. What is a Valentine’s Day tradition you have or what is your favorite Valentine you’ve ever received–comment down below.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

-O

 

January Wrap Up/February 2017 TBR

February is upon us, which means it is time for my first monthly To Be Read (TBR) post!
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Last month I was very ambitious and made my TBR 6 books. Well…I only finished 3 of them in the month of January. So this month I’m planning on reading 4 books.

  1. fullsizerender Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- This is my transition book. I started it on January 29th and will continue reading it and finish in February. I’ve started this book about three times before but kept putting it down-this time I’ll finish it!
  2. fullsizerender-1The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor-This book is a reread, but I enjoyed it so much the first time around. Since this year is the 20th Anniversary of the Titanic movie I figured I’d reread this book.
  3. fullsizerender-2Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick-This is one of the books I got for Christmas! I am surprised I held off so long to read it, but since it’s my birthday month, I figure I might as well read bout one my my favorite people!
  4. fullsizerender-3The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer-My other Christmas book! Amy Schumer cracks me up! I know she’s not for everybody but I’m really excited to see what kind of gems pop up in this book. Hopefully I’ll end the month laughing.

That’s it for this month. Is there a book on this list you’d like a review of? Comment down below!

-O

 

#52Books2017

Hello pals!

It’s finally time for me to share some of my reading goals for this year. I am participating in the 52 Books in 2017 book challenge or #52Books2017. I first heard about this challenge on Twitter and then joined the group on Goodreads (Shameless plug here’s my profile). For this challenge I will read 52 books this year. This is also my Goodreads goal for the year. I’ve been documenting the books on my Bookstagram. I made a loose list of almost 50 books I own and haven’t read or have been meaning to read to complete this challenge!

So far I’ve completed 2 books and I’m working on my third. Each month I plan on making a TBR post as well as posting on my Bookstagram the books I plan to read. Some months I might give a shoutout to specific book or write a review.

For January, I was a little bit over-zealous with my TBR list…I said I was going to read 6 books…If I’m lucky I’ll read 3. But on the list for this month :

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*bolded means I’ve completed the book*

  • The Girls-Emma Cline
  • Finding Fraser-KC Dyer
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife-Diane Ackerman
  • The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo-Amy Schumer
  • Scrappy Little Nobody-Anna Kendrick
  • Me Before You-JoJo Moyes

Any of these reads that I don’t get to this month–like the last three–will be on next month’s TBR.

Please stay tuned for more updates on this challenge and feel free to comment below what you’re currently reading!

-O

Sit Down//Catch Up-Winter Break

Wowza! This winter break has been such a whirlwind. I went home on December 12, 2016 and returned to school for my LAST SEMESTER OF UNDERGRAD on January 8, 2016. That’s crazy.

The first week I was home I took & passed the last two tests in my certification series. This is such a huge weight off my shoulders! At the end of that first week I traveled to Philadelphia (Dec. 18th-21st) to visit J at his place for a few days. We wanted to spend a little pre-Christmas time together & I wanted to see his tree!

While I was there we went to Wegmans (of course) & we did a small gift exchange. J had the best idea to take $20 and go to the Dollar Store and get as many things, both useful and random, that we could for the other person. I got him these nerf gun tube things that were super intriguing to me! He got me some of my favorite candy and made a sort of “student teacher survival kit”, complete with purple pens. He also surprised me with tickets to see Home Alone at the Kimmel Center! It was a great few days.

Then I went home and soon it was time to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! My grammy came to visit for the season and I had some wonderful family time with both my family and J’s. 15873157_10207420199814355_6104656898482070088_n

Then J and I traveled to Washington, DC (Dec. 26th-28th) with my parents and grammy to meet up with more of my family. We were celebrating the holidays & my mom’s birthday! We did a lot: walked to the White House, we took my cousins to the International Spy Museum, visited Union Station, & went to dinner with everyone.

We came home on and I got ready to travel to the Rose Bowl with the Blue Band! I started back to campus on the 30th for a rehearsal and then we flew to California the 31st! The game was Jan. 2nd & we flew home the next day and I finally arrived back in Lancaster on Jan. 4th. The trip was an experience of a lifetime and I’m so thankful I got to enjoy it with so many of my friends. It also marked the end of my career with the Blue Band–how unreal is that!? What a way to go out huh?

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Now I’m finally back to school for this semester and so far it have been crazy busy, but good! I hope to keep this type of post going each month to bullet out what big things have happened during each month.

What adventures did you go on during the holiday season or your break?

Have a great day!

-O