## Tuesday, June 7, 2011

### All For the Sake of Research

Two of my grade level friends and I did a little field trip research yesterday.  We took our own kids to Animal Safari outside of Atlanta, and we had the best time seeing all of the animals and just hanging out together.  It was amazing to be able to get so close to the animals, and the kids loved it!  More than likely, we won't be able to take our students there for quite awhile due to the distance (we couldn't take school buses and can't afford other means of transportation), but I would love to have seen some of my students' faces when a huge buffalo tried to lick them-yuck!  I'm also so thankful to teach with a group that works well together and truly enjoys each others company.  We missed the other two who couldn't make it.

I've also been working on my fractions unit, and I'm happy with the end result.  This is one of those units that I always feel rushed in, but I'm going to try to slow it down a little next year, because there are a lot of fun things students can do when studying fractions.  I may also make a small mixed numbers unit,  because I still need to create a few additional lessons on mixed numbers, because even though that's not in our standards, it really helps when I get to my measurement unit.

Here is a link to the fractions unit

You can download one of my favorite activities from the pack on the link below!  Enjoy!
Fractions Avenue

Fern Smith said...

Don't you love how teaching blends so well with being a mom?!?! Your pictures are great, I love your blog!
~Fern
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Dana said...

Love the fractions unit! Just downloaded it from TpT. Great ideas and activities!

Dana

Ashleigh said...

Fern, I do love how well it blends, and I was so worried that it wouldn't at first.

Dana, I hope you like the fractions! Isn't funny that we're already working on next year :)

YearntoLearn said...

Cute idea!

Denise
Yearn to Learn Blog

love2bMrsB said...

Thanks for the awesome download. I'm a new follower and new fan! Found you through the T2T mega contest!

Thank you for sharing some of your great ideas. I love the pictures. Looks like a great place.

PS Congratulations on hitting the triple digits. 100!

Ashleigh said...

Thanks everyone! I'm super excited about the big 100! When I first started I didn't really expect anyone to find me, so this is so exciting. I'm going to have to post something really cool to celebrate as soon as I get back from vacation and have my computer.

Alysia Battista said...

Hey Ashleigh, you can always use virtual field trips and zoo webcams for your kids to get to experience something similar to your trip! You can also see if you can Skype with someone from the zoo! Here is my **Animals website.** I've taught elementary science for 2 years but will be going back to a classroom next year and the website will be changing this summer to https://sites.google.com/site/missabsc/ but for now, check that out and my blog - Miss B, Busy Bee

Tami said...

Just downloaded your fractions unit and look forward to more creative things from you! I'm a first year 3rd grade teacher and just love your ideas!!

Kristine said...

I love the Fractions Avenue activity! My Cooperating Teacher used it during my Student Teaching. I'm so glad I found it for myself!! Thank you for sharing. :)

Kristine
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