Saturday, November 9, 2013
This week I was teaching a lesson on weathering and erosion in my sixth grade science class. I decided to incorporate our classroom set of iPads. We use the iPads daily for math and I'm trying to find more ways to use them in science. I found a good kid friendly site (www.geography4kids.com)that we read from on the iPads rather than using the textbook. We discussed the different types of weathering and I let the kids "google" images of each type. They then took screenshots and imported them into the PicCollage app. From that app (which is cute and free) the students typed a definition for each type and labeled each picture. I have had students make PowerPoints in the past, but this was a quicker way for them to display what they know while utilizing our iPads. I let the kids choose their own background and text font. They had a great time and learned something. I uploaded their picture collages to our school website and printed them out to send home with the kids. I love how the kids got to use their creativity and technology to learn our objective in science.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I've decided to work on my national boards this year. So...I may not be posting as much as I would like to. If there are any of my readers out there working on National Board Certification, leave a comment of what area. I would love to collaborate with you! :) Or any teachers who recently passed their boards, advice or encouragement would be fabulous!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I discussed the ruler and equivalent fractions with my fifth grade class today. I did this lesson a year ago as a small group activity. I thought it was a good introduction to the ruler. You can read the original post with directions here. This worksheet came from Laura Candler's website. I LOVE her resources!
Love Laura Candler! Also this week we have worked on function tables, rules, and equations with my sixth grade. I found these function tables for the kids to work with their cooperative learning group. Then we made these awesome windsocks with a function table on each face and the rule dangling from the windsock. I made a trifold out of construction paper and we discussed that it was in the shape of a triangular prism with the exception of the invisible bases.
I found this fabulous resource on TPT at Richelle Votow's store. (pssst...it's FREE!) The kids loved scanning the QR codes to "partner check" each other's tower. When they finished, they followed the directions to cut, paste, and construct the towers. I hole punched them and hung them on a string to display in the hall.
This awesome freebie came from Flapjack Educational Resources. The kids could practice basic math facts and GCF/LCM. They read the directions that came with the resource and had a BLAST playing!!
One of my students using the iPad to practice Math Facts in a Flash from Renaissance Learning. If you are not familiar with this company, they also have the Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math programs, STAR reading and STAR Math testing programs, and more!
We used the Geoboard app I downloaded from the App store to build patterns as a preface to my function tables lesson.
I am LOVING all the technology I have been blessed with in my classroom!!! What technology do you use in your room?
Monday, September 2, 2013
I have been revamping one of my favorite teaching tools today. I have made a bundle of four different versions of my 3 Minute Math PowerPoint. I have used this several different ways in my class. When you click begin slide show, it automatically changes to the next slide. It is timed to last only 3 minutes, because time is precious. Sometimes I start the slide show and let the students call out the answers. I confirm their answers or we discuss why their guess is incorrect. Other times, the students write their answers on an index card or post-it note. Then we trade and grade. This is a fabulous way to get their blood flowing and get their mind on math. I have placed this bundle in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I would love to know how you use this product in your class if you have previously bought this in my store.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tomorrow I will be another year older... Sigh. When you get out of the twenties, it's just not as much fun counting. :) But, I am blessed to have been on God's beautiful creation another year to love and take care of my family, enjoy spending time with my friends, and teaching my sweet students at school.
Most remembered birthday...
I am thankful that I am not getting a hurricane for my birthday! August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the coast. I was at home with a five month old and my hubby was helping law enforcement in New Orleans. Such a devastating thing to remember. I guess that would be my most memorable birthday. Or a day that is hard to forget...
Looking forward to spending the evening tomorrow with my hubby and son. Hubby is cooking supper! Yum! :)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
We had so much fun at science grade level meeting today! I absolutely love getting to attend fun and informative lessons. I'm blessed that our district brings in consultants for Language, Math, and Science. I always learn so much and am rejuvenated to go back to the classroom with hands-on activities I know the kids will enjoy and learn from.
This 9 weeks our focus in science is on the inquiry strand and life science strand of the curriculum.
We started out the morning with our NASA teacher who did a lesson with us on how to calculate the number of calories we should take in per day. Great use of multiplying and dividing decimals!
Next we made a word wall using science prefixes and suffixes. I'm hoping that the prefixes and suffixes will help the children break down unknown science terms. I can't wait to make this word wall in my room. ( I knew I left a blank bulletin board for a reason! ) Vocabulary is always a struggle for children to learn and I hope this will help.
Moving on... CANDY!!!!
We were given four different types of candy to crush and dissolve in water. Then we added a spoonful of baking soda to see which candy had the most acidity. We hypothesized that the lemon drops would have the most since lemons are acidic. Surprise! They all bubbled!
We sorted animals into bags with biome names on them.
I found an app on the iPad called Biobots Sea Rescue. It is a neat game to incorporate with adaptations. The students build a fish and make choices as to body type, what it eats, it's locomotion type, circulatory method, and defense method. The students then go on a mission using what fish they created.
And last but not least, we created the body systems with cardstock people cutouts.
I am guiltily of putting science on the back burner because I also teach math. But this year I'm challenging myself to make better use of my time. I set the timer on my classroom iPad for everything! I know then it's time to transition from Renaissance hour to math and then move on to science, switch classes and start over with my schedule again. Otherwise, I get too involved in one thing and leave out others. How do you manage your class time to fit everything in?
Please share any other ideas you have for math or science! I love learning new things from other teachers.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
I'm jumping on the bandwagon for Wishlist Fun!
The Teachers Pay Teachers much awaited sale is this weekend! 13 products from
my store will be 20% off. These are my newest creations and some of my best sellers. Enter code BTS13 for an additional 8% off Sunday and Monday.
I'm joining Jivey's linky to share the TOP 2 products in my store that are wishlisted by prospective customers and 1 of my personal wishlist items.
My number 1 most wishlisted item in my store:
I use this at least once a week in my 5th and 6th grade classes as a bellringer. It covers all operations with decimals, place value, and rounding.
My number 2 most wishlisted item in my store:
I use this as quick bellringer, time-filler, or as a competition with my students. It is a 26 slide PowerPoint presentation that is timed exactly to 3 minutes, so all you have to do is hit start! The kids can quickly write down the answers, or call them out as a competition. there are so many ways to use this! This uses mental math for computations with basic operations, incorporates algebra, measurement, fractions, and decimals.
1 of my personal wishlisted wants:
Standards Based Assessment Bundle for 5th grade math from Miss Nannini
Hope you all have a fabulous year!!!