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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lego Landmarks - A Summer School Unit



Lego Landmarks is one of my favorite classes I've ever taught. Last year when I decided to take on summer school I got the idea from another teacher blogger. Over the last two years I've worked to make the class my own. I'm excited to share these FREE resources with you, you ready?

Before we get started you're going to need some Legos...a lot of Legos! I got really lucky and got a bunch donated from a family friend. The rest I got from a DonorsChoose.org project. [If you're looking for more information on how to successfully fund a DonorsChoose.org project, click here.] After I got all of my Legos, I put my 2nd graders to work sorting the Legos by color. Yes...I am type A and yes, this actually helps when the kiddos start building. With sorted Legos they're able to find what they're looking for quickly! 

Alright, a little bit of background, I teach a 2 hour Lego Landmarks class over 3 weeks. Each day we start with some quick morning work, a video, a book and then build time! The work book is jammed packed with activities too! 



 Ready to download your own Lego Landmarks Work Book? Click here!

Teacher Tip: I require my kids to break down all creations each day. I work really hard at the beginning of this course to make sure students know that we do not save anything, it just gets too tricky. To make up for this, I take pictures & share their work on social media for their parents to see (with permission, of course). This has been a HUGE life saver, there are no objections when I tell them it's clean up time and it gets parents engaged in their students' learning too! Each day on my classroom Facebook page I also post a picture of which landmark we'll be studying. 

   


Below are the slides that I use with my kiddos. You can download and customize these slides to fit your own needs (but they are designed to follow the work book). ***You will also need a Discovery Education account to view most of the videos. Feel free to supplement with your own videos from a site your school subscribes to.



Finally! On the last day of our time together in Lego Landmarks I award each brick builder with this certificate. 



I am so excited to share this awesome class with you. I would love to hear how you plan to use these resources! Let me know how your Lego Landmark class goes in the comments. 


Happy Building!! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Best Day


I have to admit, I've been a little absent this year in blog land. I was busy planning and preparing for the best day of my life. Since I've left you with no educational posts lately I thought I'd make up for it with some fun wedding pictures!








 












Flowers: Florally
Makeup: Kellie at Living Waters Salon
Monogram Robes: STC Monograms


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