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What it is: NASA has hundreds of excellent educational resources online.  NASA Space Place is another awesome site for elementary kids to explore science and space.  The Space Place has fun online games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology.  Space Place Live is an animated talk show where all the guests are real scientists and engineers who work on space and Earth missions.  Students can find out what it is like to work for NASA, how the scientist or engineer got started, and what they like to do for fun.  There are currently 7 episodes that students can enjoy topics include: solar wind, satellites, weather, space missions, telescopes, engineering, the birth of stars, Mars, robots, and black holes.  Even though the show is animated, the experts involved are the actual experts.  NASA Space Place has a variety of on and offline games with everything from scrambled pictures, to world puzzles, crazy quizzes and board games.  Students can learn more about weather, space, satellites, the environment, (and much more) through game play.  There are a variety of projects and experiments on the site with step by step directions for students.  These are great for the classroom, science fair, or at home on a rainy day.  Space Place makes finding games, animations, and projects related to your curriculum easy arranging the site by subjects.  Use Space Place when you are learning about planets and the solar system, stars, galaxies, and black holes, laws of the universe (light, motion, gravity), the Earth, and space technology.  Space Place has several storybooks that can be viewed on or offline. How to integrate NASA Space Place into the classroom: Because of the wealth of resources on this site, there are a variety of ways to use it in your classroom.  The animations are a neat way to bring expert scientists and engineers into your classroom.  Share an animated video a week as your students explore the solar system and universe.  The games reinforce learning, use them as a center activity on the classroom computers as they relate to your curriculum.  Many of the games encourage exploration and trial and error (these are my favorite kind of learning games for students).  Students can explore the Amazing Facts section of the site and then complete the trivia game to test out their understanding.  In the project section, you will find experiments and science crafts. Choose some of these to complete as a class or assign each student a different project to test and share with the class.  Projects would also make an excellent stop during science fair time.  Use the Space Place Storybooks as animated flipbooks online as a class with a projector/interactive whiteboard, or print them out for your classroom library.  The books could be used as an online reading center on your classroom computers as well.  These stories are sure to capture your students imagination! Tips: Be sure to check out the educator page on NASA Space Place, it is packed full of good ideas, newsletters, printable images of space for bulletin boards, space related articles, math related articles, printable posters, and podcasts to download.  With the renewed push for STEM education, there has never been a better time to include sites like NASA Space Place to excite and engage your students. Leave a comment and share how you are using Nasa Interactive Timeline in your classroom.

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Dr. Seuss Inspired Classroom Theme

Posted by admin | Posted in inspiration, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources | Posted on 20-08-2010

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Since I don’t have a classroom of my own to set up this year, I dropped into a friends classroom to offer my bulletin board expertise (I LOVE decorating for the year and begged for her to let me help).  She is teaching first grade for the first time this year and wanted a fun theme.  Dr. Seuss is perfect!  I hunted down some good Dr. Seuss quotes that would tie in with what she wanted to display on the bulletin boards and we set to work pulling it all together.  I think it looks great!

This is right next to the clock, it says "How did it get late so soon?"

Above the door to the classroom it says: Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

This is the classroom jobs board and morning message board.

Over the jobs board it says: This mess is too big and too deep and too tall. But, we can clean it up! We can clean it up all!

Kings Kid is like a Star Student or VIP, they make a poster all about them to hang up for the week. This quote says: Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.

This is the reading corner, it turned out so cozy!

Another angle of the reading center with the Cat in the Hat on the back of a bookshelf.

On the closet door is Thing 2.

Horton is on the girls bathroom door.

Two fish is on the boys bathroom door.

The backside of two bookcases in the reading center.

This is where student work will be displayed. The quote above says: Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the Thinks you can think up if only you try!

Front of the classroom with the Promethean board.

Back of the classroom.

Toward the reading center.

Teacher desk

The room turned out so cute!  Right now the calendar has purchased numbers on it, I suggested that she take pictures of all of the kids holding up their class number and using those as numbers on the calendar.  She only has 19 students this year so for the additional numbers she is going to have specialist teachers and admin hold up numbers.  To tie in with the Dr. Seuss theme, she is going to use Photo Booth’s green screen background to insert a Dr. Seuss background for the kids.  The kids will wear a Cat in the Hat hat for the pictures.  :)  It is going to be cute!

My favorite touches in the room are that each bulletin board is designed for student interaction or to display student work or accomplishments.  I can’t wait to see it when all of the student work is up!

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It looks awesome!

VERY cute pictures! LOVE the quotes used for the bulletin boards. The students will love them!~

So you’re going to come to Iowa and decorate my room next year, right?

This classroom looks awesome!

Thank you! This is perfect. I just bought some Cat in the Hat supplies today at Michaels Craft Store. I have a big welcome for outside the door, a simple rules poster which works great for the lab and borders. Now with your inspiration I’ll add some quotes. I hate to admit this but since I moved into the lab I don’t spend much time on decorating. The kids come in and out so quickly I don’t think they have much time to notice the details. However, I decided I needed to change things up a little bit this year.
You did a great job. How nice that she had a creative and willing helper.

This is a wonderful looking classroom! Nice job! The students will love walking into such a fun environment.

You should both be so proud of the room. It looks inviting, fun and like learning is about to happen there! Thanks for sharing it with us.

I love it! Dr. Seuss is a favorite of mine, and I think the room turned out great!

I want to be a student in this room!

The use of Dr. Seuss quotations throughout the room was a fantastic feature. I especially like the one over the VIP area: There is no one alive who is youer than you.

Thanks for sharing the fabulous ideas and especially the photos!

:-)

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Isn’t it fun? We kept saying the same thing, the kids are going to love it! I’m glad you like the pictures!

Thanks, we were really happy with the finished product too!

Thank you! The goal was to make it a fun and encouraging place to be.

Nedra, have you seen my Oh the Places You Will Go on the Internet Super Highway bulletin board from my computer lab? It was a fun one that listed a lot of the websites we visited regularly. Here is the link: http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=1126

Becky I would love to! Classroom decoration is one of my favorite parts of a new school year. I was glad that she was looking for help!

Thanks Melissa, I think they will too!

Awesome room decorations! Your kids should love it and other kids will want to be in your room. However, if that Promethean board is covered to hold student work instead of being in direct student use, you will certainly garner some negative criticism.

:) The Promethean board has to be covered because the room is shared space on the weekends. The goal is to keep it covered when school is out so that it doesn’t get marked up by others that use the room.

Thanks for the additional link.

I have these photos from the Dr. Seuss Memorial Garden in Springfield, MA- http://www.flickr.com/photos/nedrai/sets/72157608156407280/ I think I’ll use them along with some quotes for posters.

What an absolutely FABULOUS classroom! Thanks so much for sharing!

Great idea Nedra! You’ll have to post pictures of your classroom when you are finished!

You are so welcome!

What a fantastic room and what a dedicated teacher! Those students sure are lucky kids.

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This is superb and will look even better once the work is added. I wonder if you use flickr at all? It would be great to have these in the Classroom Displays flickr group

I do use flickr! I’ll see about adding them to the Classroom Displays group.

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When it comes to classroom decoration, there is nothing better than decorating with book characters. I also really like the book corner. Very cozy!

Thanks Cara!

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