Friday, September 27, 2013

ISM Spotlight – Getting to Know You Bulletin Board


This year I am the luckiest teacher in the world. I get to teach at the best school ever – International School of Morocco, with some of the best, most creative, teachers ever. Each time I walk into someone else’s classroom, I get inspired and we just seem to spiral great teaching ideas off of each other. It’s a wonderful place to teach, and since we are all collaborating, it’s a wonderful place for our kids to learn – a teacher’s dream, right? I have tried and tried to convince the other teachers to create blogs of their own to spotlight and share some of their amazing ideas, but everyone is super busy. Instead, they have each agreed to let me spotlight some of their ideas right here on Raki’s Rad Resources. So, each Friday night, I will be posting an ISM Spotlight.

Ixchell This year, there are three new teachers at ISM.  I’m taking some time to introduce you to them.  Last week, we met Courtney Nassar, our Year 1/ Year 2 teacher.  This week, we will meet Ixchell Tolentino, our Reception teacher (4 Year old Pre-K).  Ixchell does some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  I am trying to convince her that she really needs a blog of her own! She is so good at taking a lesson and working on 2 or 3 different concepts all at once!

Ms. Tolentino’s Getting to Know You bulletin board is a great example of this. 

 Getting to know you board - reception, preschool

Here are three of the activities that Ms. Toleninto did with her class while they were preparing this board.

Getting to know you board - reception, preschool - name charts from ChrysanthemumGetting to know you board - reception, preschool - name charts from Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum Names:  After reading the book Chrysanthemum, the students  created their own Chrysanthemum flowers with the letters in their first name.  While doing this, the students worked on letters, counting, coloring, cutting, gluing etc.






Getting to know you board - reception, preschool - eye color chartEye Color Chart:  The students were looking at what made them the same and different as their friends, so they compared eye colors, and colored in their eyes.  The students then created their eye color chart.  While doing this, the students worked on coloring, comparing and contrasting and charting.






Getting to know you board - reception, preschool - hair color bar graphHair Color Bar Graph:  In addition to eyes, the students also compared and contrasted their hair color.  Instead of drawing hair, the students created hand prints of the right color.  (I am still amazed that anyone is able to hand print with 4 year olds!)  Then, the students used the hand prints to create a bar graph, and answered questions using their bar graph.  While doing this, the students worked on colors, painting, graphing, comparing and contrasting.



Come back next week for more of the awesome stuff that is happening at the International School of Morocco.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources