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.

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