Monday, January 13, 2014

Bubble Bursting Project

Bubble Bursting Project- This week we are continuing our "Bubble Bursting Project"
We will be incorporating, Math, Social Studies, Science, Writing, and Technology during this project based learning!

Students will:
  1. Be in groups of 4.
  2. Create a KWL
  3. Investigate the history of bubble gum.
  4. Create a foldable of bubble gum facts.
  5. Participate in a bubble blowing contest.
  6. Measure bubbles.
  7. Graph results.
  8. Create a self portrait using pink balloons to demonstate their bubbles.
  9. Read related books on bubble gum.
  10. Write a discriptive essay on their findings about blowing bubbles. How was it? What happened? How did it feel?  What did you predict?  What was the outcome?  Was their a trick to blowing larger bubbles?


How to blow a bubble gum bubble:

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Books about bubble gum!

4th Grade TEKS:
(1) Reading/Fluency. Students read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension. Students are expected to read aloud grade-level stories with fluency (rate, accuracy, expression, appropriate phrasing) and comprehension.
(15) Writing/Writing Process. Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. Students are expected to:
(A) use and understand the function of the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking:

(i) verbs (irregular verbs);

(ii) nouns (singular/plural, common/proper);

(iii) adjectives (e.g., descriptive, including purpose: sleeping bag, frying pan) and their comparative and superlative forms (e.g., fast, faster, fastest);

(iv) adverbs (e.g., frequency: usually, sometimes; intensity: almost, a lot);

(4.11) Measurement. The student applies measurement concepts. The student is expected to estimate and measure to solve problems involving length (including perimeter) and area. The student uses measurement tools to measure capacity/volume and weight/mass. The student is expected to:

(A) estimate and use measurement tools to determine length (including perimeter), area, capacity and weight/mass using standard units SI (metric) and customary;

(B) perform simple conversions between different units of length, between different units of capacity, and between different units of weight within the customary measurement system;

(3) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to:

(A) in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student;

Social Studies
(21) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:

(A) differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States and Texas;

(B) analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;

(C) organize and interpret information in outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;

(D) identify different points of view about an issue, topic, historical event, or current event

Bubble Bursting Project1

Bubble Bursting Project 2

Friday, January 10, 2014

Snowball Math

YES! January is so much fun... we are finally warming up around here. 
Today was a great opportunity for Snowball Math!
We used rounding, estimation, number patterns, measurement, comparing, and graphing.
In science we were able to use the scientific method-Predictions, Hypothesis, we asked questions, researched, etc.

I started by laying a long strip of blue butcher paper on the floor.  A few desk had to be rearranged but it only took whole 30 seconds to get prepared.  Next we label inches on the butcher paper using a yard stick.  We labeled the inches by tens.

We had two items to compare and analyze.  A cotton ball and a regualar copy paper crumbled up.

There were some rules: 
1. Students can not jump forward as part of their throw.
2. Students can not step on the blue butcher paper.
3. The snowball must land on the blue butcher paper.

Snowball Math

We also read "There was a Cold Lady who swallowed some Snow" by Lucille Colandro

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Next week we are starting a PBL (Project based Learning) project on Bubble Bursting!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This and That

  WOW! I am really feeling emotional about this blog post.  I miss my blog so much but time has been so scarce for me in 2013!  Masters degree , teaching a new grade level, and having a new baby boy has kicked my butt to say the least.  In 2014 I will be running my first 10K, turning the big THREE ONE, and I plan to blog more often.

So here it goes!

January is always so much fun!  Students come back from their long holiday break eager to learn and not only that but they have the classroom routines aced.  Just before we left for the holiday break we created a winter bulletin board inspired by Pinterest.  The bulletin board reads: Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow!  I don't think we really meant it.   Today in South Texas it felt like the high twenties with the wind chill... That is way too cold for us.  It did snow one Christmas Eve about 9 or 10 years ago and it was beautiful.  So many of my fellow Blogger, Facebook, and Instagram friends are at home either snowed or iced in.  YIKES! Stay warm my friends! Especially all the Texas teachers because we are not use to this frigid weather.

We are welcoming students back from winter break tomorrow and I am eager to hear all about their adventures over the holiday. 
On another note fourth grade has definetly been a big adjustment for me.  So many of you have messaged me or commented on some of my posts asking me who, what, when, and where I moved.  I am teaching in the same district and the same school in South Texas. From kinder to fourth grade is a giant difference, which I knew it would be, but I yearned for the challenge and learning experience.  Some days I am so overwhelmed with testing and fourth grade TEKS and just doing every lesson for the first time.  What helps tremendously is that I have awesome collegues that don't let me slip through the cracks.  The whole grade level including some great 5th and 2nd grade teachers have really helped me and encouraged me.  The closer this state assessment gets the more motivated and excited I am to teach, motivate, and ignite the learning in my fourth graders.

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I hope I didn't get too personal on this blog post but it is everything I am feeling and excited about right now!  I have so much more to say but time is running out!  I hope to blog again tonight and tomorrow!! Watch out WORLD!!

Sunday, July 28, 2013


OH BABY! I can't believe it has been two months since I last blogged!  Life is definitely full of adventure these days between end of year activities, working hard on my masters, being in my third trimester of pregnancy and finally giving birth to a new baby boy this month.  Whoa baby, and did I mention that in my spare time I scrapbook, pinterest, collaborate with my kinderland buddies, and have accomplished over 15 DIY projects for my new grade level change to fourth grade!

Needless to say I have not only been super busy but enjoying life to the fullest!

I want to thank all of my followers on Facebook, Pinterest, and Blogger for being patient with me and continuing to follow my blog even though my traffic has been slow.
Here are a few pictures I wanted to share with you!

Monday, April 8, 2013

A BUGGY of a Time!

Hello Hello!  I am still here, man this year has been so hard for me to find time to blog.  I wish there was more energy in my body and more time in a day for me to just sit and blog.  I manage to pinterest and facebook but that is usually during my 40 minute lunch period and it is on my cell phone.

March and April were and have  been a blast!  We are having so much fun.  I love this time of year because for the most part everyone is 100% on the same page and completely understand my expectations.  I don't have to direct teach as much and I don't have to worry about students forgetting our routine and rules. :D

My main focus is on reading and getting every student ready for first grade.

We only have 7 more Mondays left of this school year. Amazing! And I am 6 months pregnant with a baby boy!!!!  Today one of my students told me Mrs. Ayala your tummy is finally getting bigger!!   We have a field trip coming up, end of year activities and of coarse graduation on May 24th!





Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from me and my little bunnies!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Happy March

Hi everyone! It is a beautiful Sunday!  We have done so much in kindergarten class and we are preparing for a fun filled TX Public SCHOOLs Week this coming week. Right after that we will be off for SPRING BREAK!!
Here is a little bit of what we have done in February and March so far!!
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 On February 4th we celebrated our 100th Day of school.  Each hat was made by the kids, there are ten strips with ten stamps or stickers on each strip to  represent 100.

 Fruit Loop Necklaces

 Happy Valentine's Day!
Patterns, How many Sweetheart candies can you stack?, Friendship Sundaes

 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Thing 1 Thing 2 Jello Treats, Fox in Socks Day, Dr. Seuss Hat Day, Wacky Wednesday (blue hair), and Green Day: Oobleck and Green Eggs and Ham

I hope you enjoyed these pictures, thanks to PINTEREST I have been inspired to do many activities in my classroom.  Look back next week for Tx Public Schools Week activities.