Sunday, August 12, 2012

I am throwing a sale this weekend too at TPT.  Go there to save some money!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Seeds/Living, Non-Living

Another part of our science unit involved planting seeds in a baggie (to make a greenhouse) and watch it grow.  We talked about how seeds are not-living, but they have the potential to be living if they have sun, water, soil and warm temperatures.  Below is their observation book.  It's essentially a large (12x18) construction paper folded into fourths and then turned into a little book.  We have foldables that we have put inside to keep our information/data together.

The yellow foldable holds a small book about the parts of a plant.  The accordian book is for the observations and for drawing the seeds as they grow.

This is the paper that is inside the 1/2 fold of the book.  It is for more detailed observations!


In science, we have been talking about animal adaptations.  One of those adaptations, and one that students really love learning about is camouflage!  I did some searching and found this awesome art project on Kids Artist and had to try it!  The 3rd graders LOVED it, and the best part is, they will remember what camouflage is!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

5 of my Favorite Things

As a teacher, don't you find those awesome little gadgets that make you wonder how you lived ever without them?  Here is a list of my current favorite teaching items:

1.  Tap and Glue Cap.  I finally nixed glue sticks (because they dry up so fast) and ordered some of these.  Love them!! "Just a dot, not a lot" helps my gluing and crafting moments. 

2.  Smart Response clickers for my Smart Board:   Holy cow! I am so lucky to have received these in my class just a few days ago.  They make test taking/ test correcting SOOO much nicer.  I wish every teacher could have these.  Maybe a donorschoose project? 

3. My laminator- This thing is awesome.  I bought it a few years ago and it is probably one of the most used teaching tool that I own! I use it for centers, labels, games, and anything else I need! LOVE IT.  I buy the pouches at Sam's Club or Costco, because they are a way better deal.

4.  Class Dojo- One of my favorite, new classroom management tools.  I use this when my kids are doing independent work or centers.  As kids behave, I award them points.  When they are off-task or misbehaving, I take away points.  It makes neat noises as I do this, and the kids glance up to see who got the points. You can use it with an wireless device too (ipads, ipods, iphones and the like...)  My class is so quiet when I use my "Monster Points" as they call it.  And it is Free!!

5. Wikispaces:  I upload all my files here, so I can access them on any computer anywhere.  I make it private, or I invite colleagues sometimes to share my resources.  It has saved me so many times when I make something on my home computer and then need it at school!

P.S.  I was not paid or reimbursed for any of my favorites.  These are just things that I find useful and helpful in my classroom!!