Saturday, November 9, 2013

Using iPads with a science lesson

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 ( 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. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Math: Technology and Manipulatives!!!!

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. ('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!!


This is a picture of my students doing their daily 3 Minute Math quiz. I use this to review basic facts, measurement conversions, percent/decimal/fractions, algebra properties, etc. The PowerPoint is timed and all I do is call out the number of the slide. The students quickly write down their answers, then when we have finished, we "trade and grade."

Working a lattice multiplication problem on the SMART board with a student.

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

3 Minute Math: Bundled up!

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

Happy Birthday to me!! ( and you!)

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! :)

Celebrate with me and enjoy one of my favorite products 3 Minute Math from my TpT store for FREE! Also my whole store is on sale for 20% off!!! Have a happy day!!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Science Meeting FUN Activities!!!

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!
The other group of teachers preformed a density these on chocolate. They found that the 3 Musketeers and Kit Kat floated in their cups of water. 
In discussing adaptations and habitats, we created our own species of bird and it's habitat based on the type of beak and feet we selected. Some were pretty funny looking!
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. 

In reviewing cells, we put together a puzzle by matching the name of the part/person with the definition. 
We sorted animals into bags with biome names on them. 
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

Wishlist Fun & Back to School Sale on TPT

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!!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Check out Jamie's Giveaway!!!

Ok friends, I want you to check out Jamie's blog Sixth Grade Tales! She is having a 200 follower giveaway and I'm donating a product from my Teachers Pay Teachers store-WINNER'S CHOICE. If you aren't following her blog, head on over and click her "Follow On Bloglovin" button and enter the giveaway. You have 25 chances to enter!!! There are some fabulous teachers who have donated to her giveaway and you don't want to miss it!!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Made It...Homework Club Clips

Things have been so busy since we started school, but I did have time this evening to make my version of a Homework Club Clip Chart for Monday Made It with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics. I opened up these cute file folders, laminated them, and cut the tab off the side. I wrote the students numbers on these clothes pins so I could reuse them from year to year for whatever reason. The kids will turn in their homework and move their clip from the side that says "Are You In?" to the side that says "I'm In!" It's an easy way to see who has their homework quickly. (These are tacked to the wall close to the homework turn in area.) Then I will grab the clips of the students who didn't turn their homework in and put them on my desk so I can document it during planning time.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tour My School Thursday

We started school on Monday and our kids came Wednesday. Whew! Busy, busy, busy!!! I'm loving my classes this year and looking forward to a wonderful year. Thought I would share pics of my class and a walk down the halls to see all the decorations. We tend to overdo it a bit. :) 
My classroom:

Back of my room
My desk area
My computers, printer, and iPad carts
Front of the room
Front of the room as you walk in 

Exit ticket outside my door
Charts for tracking progress in Renaissance Learning
My iCan statement wall
Now... On to the classes down the hall...
My co-teacher's room
3rd and 4th grade math and science class
3rd and 4th Language Arts and Social Studies
3rd and 4th Renaissance Learning charts
2nd grade
2nd grade Angry Birds I Can statement wall
1st grade
Pre-K and Kindergarten 
Resource room
Resource room hall