Saturday, April 30, 2016

STAR WARS in the Classroom

I love Star Wars!  The old ones, the new ones, and even the old new ones (AKA Prequels.) BUT more importantly the kids in the classrooms love Star Wars! It is so hard to find a common ground that bridges the gap between generations but this Star Wars film franchise is the perfect way do that. The love of Star Wars spans from the 5-year olds in my classroom throughout elementary, middle, high school and on to adulthood. It's actually pretty amazing when you think about it.




Since I teach Kindergarten, I  have been trying to think of some thematic units to incorporate more science and social studies into our lessons because honestly, they take a back seat to math and literacy. The only way to really be able to include these topics in my classroom are to BUILD THEM IN to our math and literacy time. We are talking interdisciplinary studies here. TWO BIRDS with ONE STONE. BOOM SHAKA LAKA!



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I found some great books for early childhood online and will be ordering asap! I am especially excited about ABC-3PO because the preview looks awesome!


On the drive home from school the other day (it's about 28 minutes but MEH... who's counting) it hit me! We have a day/night sky unit and the idea was born! A few fun clip-art purchases later and... VIOLA!  My units always include math and literacy centers because these NEVER STOP in the classroom. If I know one thing for sure, it's that ENGAGING ACTIVITIES are the keys to the kingdom when it comes to education.


After a little research, I found out that TONS of teachers are taking advantage of this rejuvenated interest in the iconic Star Wars franchise so JUMP ON THE WAGON! If it means success in the classroom, then that's a bandwagon that I want to be a part of. Classroom decor, behavior management techniques, activities, etc. You name it! They've got it!
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Another thing that is great about Star Wars in the classroom is that it can be used year-round and since there are going to be tons of new movies(YAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSS) to come, I don't predict this stuff going out of style for a few decades at least.

I got my creative juices flowing and put together some sweet resources. Here's a simple Star Wars Themed Letter Recognition Activity and a Beginning Sound Activity that is sure to engage your early learners. Card matching activities are a favorite in my classroom so I figured I might as well share ;)







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It just so happens that our state standardized testing here in Texas is called the STAAR Test, so what better way to support our students this year than with these shirts! The whole school has adopted them!




It's never too early to share your love of the force with your kiddos!





Check out these other awesome Star Wars Posts!





Join us as we celebrate Star Wars Day - May 4th with some wonderful galactic inspired crafts, recipes and activity ideas!
Try this Star Wars Sensory Bin from Something 2Offer
The Jenny Evolution has some great Activity Books for All Ages
Yummy Rogue One Ice Cream recipe is a favourite from Nerdy Mamma
Share It! Science News has some fabulous Activities for Exploring Planets with 2 Suns!
Make some of these fabulous Droid Crafts from Play & Learn Everyday
These DIY Party Favours from Kidz Activities would be a hit at any party!
Mrs LeBlancs Learners are learning Star Wars in the Classroom
Defying Gravity! Sounds like great fun from Kid Minds
Make your own Airplane Fly Off like Royal Baloo!
Brush up on your galaxy sums with Daily Math from 3 Dinosaurs
KC Edventures is sharing a great Planets Math Activity
Erupting Death Star plus an I Spy Printable, some fun ideas from Little Bins
Peakle Pie shares some cute Paper Plate Ewoks

3 comments:

  1. Those letter match cards are so cool! My kids would love them too! Thank you for joining in with the Star Wars Day Quirky Blog Hop!

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  2. Great ideas! I love the idea of incorporating Star Wars into your regular activities. Why not give students topics they are interested in? Awesome!

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  3. So awesome! Love this for May the 4th!

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