I have always taken great pride in the fact that I have planned and shared interesting, relevant, creative and motivational learning experiences with my students. This section highlights some of the projects and activities that have been successful during my teaching career. I hope that my passion for great learning opportunities is evident.
Many of my classroom activities have been shared on my classroom blog, mrstcrawford.edublogs.org and may be shared on our class Twitter account @mrsc209.
Geodesic Domes: As part of a geometry unit, this cooperative learning project was done with 2 Grade Five classes to create the geodesic domes shown. This was an exploration of geometry’s use in real-life structures:
Bird Watching/Counting: As part of an ELA unit about birds, and as part of a SEEDS Foundation Bird Identification Tally, we went on an exploration by a creek and gathered data and information.
This was recognized by the SEEDS Foundation.
Canolab: This was a project working with the Canadian Space Agency and Agri-Foods Canada where our class grew seeds that had been in the Space Station and ones that had not and collected, compared, and submitted the data that we had found. It was recognized with this certificate:
We were recognized in the local paper, The Kindersley Clarion as well as in the STF Bulletin:
Science Challenge: After learning about heat conduction and conservation, the students were challenged to create a ‘container’ that would insulate an ice cube for as long as possible. These are the students and their creations:
I use as many hands-on activities as possible.
“Is Air Matter?” Exploration:
Simulated Mining Experience analyzing industry cost and profit realization:
Arts Education: The students were challenged to create machines using their bodies and voices!
Fantasyland Trip: My Grade Five class planned for an imaginary trip to a Fairy Tale world for their Grade Two Buddies. The trip involved an imaginary plane flight, centre activities and a castle party all led by the Grade Five students.
Grade Five Winter Festival: I planned an afternoon outdoor winter carnival for 3 classes of Grade Five students.
We get messy, a lot. Paper mache, clay, painting and experiementation with other mediums is common. These projects are very successful for students with special needs.
Legacy Greenwing: We were recognized as a Legacy Greenwing class by Ducks Unlimited Canada for our projects.