June 25, 2014

Ag in the Classroom Conference~ Hershey

National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Hershey, PN

Wow! I have learned so much this week, not to mention ate a lot of chocolate.  I think I can safety say that my sweet tooth is cure!!! (Well at least for a while) At Hershey Lodge the soap, shampoo, butter, everything is chocolate or chocolate themed.  I’m staying in the Reese’s Wing of the Lodge.  It has been a fun conference!  I learned so much about teaching using higher levels of thinking skills as I meet Common Core Standards in the workshop Making Common Core, Common Place When Teaching Agricultural Concepts.  Bees 101 taught me more than I could have ever imagined about bees.   In Food Around the World I learned about how to integrate agriculture into geography lessons.  The Resources from Sue Knott from Minnesota were amazing.  I will be using the Minnesota Ag Website!! Food Around the World gave me a great way to teach important vocabulary words.  

Hershey Museum
Teachers are always learning! I love museums~ call me a nerd, but I would prefer History Buff! Learning about the entrepreneur Milton Hershey has been one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The tour of the museum showed how Mr. Hershey developed his product and how it has changed over time!  The Chocolate Lab gave me the opportunity to learn the process of making a chocolate bar, where the cocoa beans are imported from and the process of getting them to the Hershey Plant! Then we made our own!! Yes, I invented my own special chocolate bar!!

I will be sharing the video clip of I Love Lucy, Chocolate Factory with my students as an example of an assembly line! 

June 5, 2014

Summer Time

I hope you are having a great first day of summer vacation! Please keep me informed of your summer experiences.  I want to know what you are reading and doing.  If you go on any fun vacations add a comment about your experience!! Just put your first name and I will know who you are! Have a great summer!  I will add what I'm doing too.
Mrs. Taylor