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ERIC Number: EJ757101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Classroom Idea-Sparkers
Kieff, Judith
Childhood Education, v83 n3 p162-I Spr 2007
This article presents four Idea-Sparkers that were submitted by Jason McKinney, a graduate student at Southern Mississippi University and a 1st-grade teacher at Pisgah Elementary in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. First is entitled, "Raceway in the Classroom." This activity can help increase children's fluency and ability to identify numerous sight words. Second is, "5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blastoff!", which is designed for K-2 students but easily adapted to higher grade levels. In this activity, students create solar systems in the classroom using one of the entire walls and ceiling. Students will enjoy these solar system lessons integrating math, language arts, science, social studies, technology, and the arts. Third is, "Send a Letter Airmail." This activity is designed for K-2 students but can be easily adapted for higher grade levels. It involves the use of helium balloons with attached student letters. Integrated subjects include language arts, math, social studies, science, and the arts. Last is, "Take the Class for a Swim in the Creek," which is designed for K-2, but easily adapted for higher grade levels. Students will become rock hounds--exploring creek beds and locating rocks of their choice for further investigation back in class. This lesson integrates math, science, social studies, language arts, and the arts.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi