Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sum Up for Saturday and a Freebie

Happy weekend! This year curriculum changes in almost every subject have been overwhelming, so blogging has taken a backseat. I've decided to jump start my blogging again by linking up with Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

On Friday the 21st, we had our second annual STEM Day. We did several activities. One was to build the tallest aluminum foil structure possible using only one box of foil. I just explained directions and let kids have a go.  If you're interested in a well-designed product to implement this challenge, I suggest you grab the product below, created by Smart Chick.

We also had a blast using the Hands-On Magnet Racer product created by More Than a Worksheet. I added an additional math component by labeling all of the needed supplies with prices. I included different matchbox vehicles and various magnets with different prices. Before students could gather their supplies, they needed to create a supplies list, find the total cost, and determine how much change they would receive if they paid for supplies with a $20 bill.


My kids and I spent the afternoon at Mystic Seaport on Sunday. We toured the Charles W. Morgan, which is a wooden whaling ship. If you live in the area, it's worth the trip. If you are too far to consider a visit, their website has lots of free resources that you might find useful. Check out their collection of primary sources and lesson plans.

We had an amazing assembly on Wednesday called "From Bach to Rock" by Caryn Lin. I was too mesmerized to take pictures, so I was forced to peruse Caryn's website and You Tube! She was extremely talented and also a gifted teacher. She's spunky, and the kids loved her.

We learned that colonial money during the Revolutionary War was CONFUSING!

Seeing what it feels like to carry water buckets attached to a yoke...
The town where I teach has a long and very rich history. We took the third graders on a field trip to the many historical buildings around the town's green. French soldiers drilled and camped on that green during the Revolutionary War. I was so impressed by the knowledge and dedication of the volunteers and staff who keep up the buildings and present learning opportunities to our students. 

Matt from Digital: Divide & Conquer shared this meme on Instagram, and I sighed and smiled at the same time! The month of May will be NUTS. We have Smarter Balanced state testing the week of the 8th. The week after that we have our 3rd grade musical performance, field day, and a field trip! The FOLLOWING week we have NWEA Map testing. And the week after THAT we do our end-of-the-year cumulative math test. Ack! 

I'm sharing a freebie that you can use to motivate your students if they also will be taking NWEA Map tests.  Grab it by clicking here or on the image below.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Five for Friday

Have you had a busy week? Hopefully, you've been able to find time to enjoy the season. Some of you are already on Christmas break! My last day with students is a half day on the 23rd. I was determined to make time this week for something I enjoy: linking up with Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 

I finished my report cards! They went home today. The beginning of December always means report card time. When I was averaging grades in the living room last weekend, my cats kindly assisted me. 

Since all the students in my class celebrate Christmas, I've decided to really Christmas it up whenever I can! We've started our multiplication unit. I have several sets of objects that students write story problems about. Click HERE to read about the items I used. 

We've started to read one of my favorite children's books: The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron. Are you familiar with her books? The characters are rich, and the stories get kids completely absorbed. 

I've decided to do a digital December Daily album this year. Each day, I scrapbook something that happened. I'm staying caught up so far!

We've been working on writing descriptions. We created these posters so students could think of ways to SHOW feelings instead of just stating them. First, though, students acted out different emotions. The other students jotted what they observed in their notebooks. It was a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Even Bundles Will Be On Sale!

I'm happy to announce a two-day sale at Teachers Pay Teachers on November 28th and 29th.

My entire store, including ALREADY DISCOUNTED BUNDLES, will be 20% off. Teachers Pay Teachers will give you an additional 10% off if you enter code CYBER2016 at checkout.

Do you have emergency sub plans prepped?  Cold and flu season is coming up, and this is the perfect chance to grab some easy-to-print materials. 

I have bundled sub plans for grades one, two, three, and four that are already discounted. They'll be an even better bargain during the sale. 

FYI: These are extensive bundles. They are very easy to prep, but there's a lot to print. They do work in a pinch, but these are definitely meant to be "prep-ahead-of-time" materials. 

Happy shopping! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Five for Friday

Happy Friday! My five shares aren't from just the past week. This school year has been fantastic but busier than usual. My class is bright and hardworking, and I have to move quickly to keep up with them! I usually forget to take pictures, because I'm so busy. Thank you to Kacey at Doodlebugs Teaching for hosting this linky every week.

Digital Papers by Carrie Stephens; Poppy by Sarah Pecorino Illustration  
Thank you to all veterans, service members, and their families. The sacrifices that you make for our country are greatly respected and deeply appreciated. 
What do you think of this amazing owl? Do you see its ginger-root feet? One of our cafeteria staff created it to display in the kitchen. We are so blessed to have such a cheerful, creative group of people serving our students every day. They love the kids, and it shows.

My class and I participated in a postcard exchange organized by Kristen at Aspire to Inspire. She worked hard to give students across the country a chance to interact. I plan to sign up every year from now on!
Our family has been going on jaunts lately. We've been trying to enjoy the very last of the fall foliage. We went to a waterfall relatively nearby. Another time we drove to Deerfield, Massachusetts to visit Yankee Candles' flagship store. 

My students have been working collaboratively to research severe weather. They'll be creating informative posters to share what they've learned.

Photos from last year:

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful weekend!