Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Science Fun with Peeps

Hiya!!! I don't know about you but there are ALWAYS leftover packages of those awful sugar coated marshmallow animals after Easter! And now they have started making them for other Holidays! Does anyone actually eat them besides my mother? Or like me do you just buy them because they are cute and it's tradition? If you have leftover peeps and are tying to find a way to use them in your classroom that's fun and engaging then this post is for you! If you want an excuse to buy them and try one well then this post is for you! If you just need a easy science activity for the crazy week leading up to Easter then look no further! I've got ya covered!

When I taught 4th grade science all day I always tried to incorporate food or candy into lessons if possible. Why? Who isn't interested in food and or candy? Instant attention getter and behavior management tool! The kids always wanted to find out what new way I had found to make food and candy scientific and they ALWAYS hoped I had gotten them some for the end of the lesson!
So to introduce mixtures and solutions and dissolving in the Spring it only seemed fitting to try to dissolve a PEEP! After I left 4th grade Science I added to this set to make it less specific and adaptable for other grade levels.
It now includes a page for floating and sinking.
The 5 senses

Magic Water

A younger grades friendly experiment page

And also the upper grades experiment

I hope you can use this product and have some before Easter fun with your kiddos!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Books and Brackets Blog Hop

Hiya! It's that time of year! The crazy month of brackets and basketballs! To celebrate some other bloggers and I are celebrating with a Books and Brackets blog hop!

The last school that I was at had a school wide Math March Madness where each class had a champion that participated in the grade level Final Four! It was so much fun and a great way to build math fluency!

March is full of other things too! Dr. Seuss day, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Daylight Savings, and sometimes Easter! My favorite to celebrate at school is St. Patrick's Day!

I love all of the possibilities with Ireland, leprechauns, rainbows and more! When I taught Kindergarten the leprechauns would come and be naughty and mess up our room. We would write the leprechauns letters teaching them how to make good choices and he would end up leaving us gold coins and MAGIC milk to make Leprechaun pudding! (Pistachio - turns green when you add the milk!)
One of my favorite books to read St. Patrick's week is Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato.

Kids love that Jamie gets away with being lazy because he is so clever. So we talk about how being clever is actually pretty hard work and maybe Jamie isn't so lazy after all!
 We also used it as a springboard for many other activities including a writing prompt on how to catch a leprechaun!
The students even in 4th grade LOVE it!

I have an entire Common Core Aligned Reader Response Unit in my store! You can check it out by clicking the picture below or clicking HERE!

For hopping today you can download a FREE sample of the unit HERE.

Below are just some of the activities included in the unit.

It also includes vocabulary words as show above!

To get the book click HERE - affiliate link to Amazon

Monday, March 7, 2016

10 Anchor Charts for Metacognition

Hiya! Happy Monday! Metacognition is a hot topic in Education right now! But what is it and how can you implement it easily? Well I am here to help you today!

For the easiest way to incorporate something into my classroom quickly, easily and cheaply is using an anchor chart! {I might LOVE making anchor charts too!} Anchor charts make thinking visible and aid in instruction, classroom management and more!

First off what is metacognition? Metacognition is awareness and understanding of one's own thinking. Well if anchor charts make thinking visible what better way to teach metacognition?!?!?!?

First up anchor charts that introduce metacognition to students. As a teacher I would create one of these at the beginning of the year, or after the PD in which you are told to start increasing Metacognition {wink}.

Signs of Confusion from A Literate Life

Then I would take metacognition into my subject areas. Reading seems to be a natural place to start!

However Math is also a great place to use metacognition. I find the more students use metacognition in math the better they are at explaining their thinking and solving tougher problems.

Mistakes a Free Poster Download from Newell's Nook
Newell's Nook features this colorful poster with the acronym MATH: Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen. It is a tool for teachers who teach growth mindset in their classrooms and support students in seeing the power of mistakes in the learning process.  It's a reminder that all mathematical thinking is valuable and can help us learn!:

Students analyze the mistakes they make in math... Great thinking! from Math is Elementary (blog):

And finally evaluation their learning, wether before they turn in a paper or how well they understand a new topic.


I always used a 1-5 scale that the students can show on their fingers.

I hope this has helped you to add some metacognition awareness into your classroom! Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Currently March 2016

Hiya!!!! Our March came in like a lion how about you????? Yesterday it got up to 70 degrees and then this morning it was freezing and felt like 20 or something! 

My favorite thing about a new month is Farley's Currently! So read mine then go check it out HERE.

Listening... to Shadow Hunters - have you seen it? I read the books and have the movie it's one of my weird geek out book/movie/nowshows!
Loving... #onetribe! I spent Saturday watching some great Periscopes and Blabs including the first Teacherprenuer Telesummit Blab! IT was so great! I love the idea that big fish, small fish we are all fish in this TPT ocean!!! We are #onetribe!
Thinking ... about snow days! I hate snow but I love snow days and we have not had ONE this year! My district builds in TEN, I get paid if I work those days because I am a sub but if I was a regular teacher nope 10 free days! Does your district build in snow days? How many? How many have you had this year?
Wanting ... coffee always - this is nothing new if you follow me on Instagram you know I have a deep love and appreciation for coffee!
Needing ...good strength training videos. I am a Zumba, kickboxing girl but back in November I hurt my hip doing Zumba and am still working at getting it back to normal. The head chiro told me to try no Zumba or kickboxing for awhile and just strength training and walking/running so I need videos I only know of one strength training class I like in my town! She suggested 4 a week, so I need 3 more! Leave me a comment PLEASE!
Polling place... No schools in Missouri are polling places any longer and have been that way for several years! Thank goodness because it's ridiculous!