Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made it: New labels

This is my first time linking up for Monday Made It and I'm so excited to be participating for the first time!!

During the last week of school, I was doing everything in my power to get stuff done so I wouldn't have to do it when school started up again. One of the things I wanted to get done was making new labels for my math manipulative and other supplies.  I had started making chevron labels for other things in my classroom and I wanted these to match.  

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Classroom Organization: Mini Academic Posters

I make posters for everything! I hang them in the front of my room for the students to use as a reference tool.  
They usually have some sort of information that they write on an interactive foldable graphic organizer that goes into their notebooks.
In this picture, my 6th graders are using the posters to work on their planet projects.

With all these posters I needed a better way to organize them.  I found these tubs at Staples on clearance. I used two of them for my colored paper organization and one for my posters.  They fit perfectly under the table that sits behind my desk.

I made a tab for each of our new strands in math (red - 6th grade and purple - 5th grade), the four different branches of science (green) and for social studies each of the tabs match my unit binders - see below (blue and white). Notice that I color coordinated the tabs and the folders. I had to hunt down a bunch of colored tabs, but I wanted them all the match. I'm anal, I know....

The social studies tabs match my unit binders and my foldable binder tabs (these are for my 5th grade social Studies resources).

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Foldable Friday: Women of the American Revolution

There were so many people that my students needed to learn for the American Revolution. I don't know about your state test, but in Indiana the test is very specific. I created these interactive foldable graphic organizers to help my students remember some of the famous women that helped during the American Revolution.

These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.

American Revolution Linky

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Loved that Lesson!: Paper Pool

I've talked about this lesson before, but wanted to bring it up again because my students love it so much.  My 6th graders are actually going to start this lesson on Monday and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

We usually spend the last week of school doing nothing but problem solving activities during our math time. One of my favorite activities to do with my 6th graders is called Paper Pool which can be found on the Illuminations website. The students would spend a whole week on this project if I let them. 

I start by going through THIS worksheet, which explains the activity.
We go through both examples so that they understand exactly what the rules are.  Usually about half of the students have trouble understanding how to draw the lines (they have to be corner to corner), so I usually have to spend time working with them. If I'm lucky, the partner they have chosen understands and can show them how to do it. Once everyone understands how the "ball" moves on the board, they try different size rectangles.

When the students see a pattern, they write the "rule" on the board (they have to have found at least 3 rectangles that fit their rule to write it on the board).  

The next day, we test the "rules".  Every group takes a different rectangle that fits the rule to test it.  If it passes the test for all rectangles tested, it goes on the proven rules list. We had approximately 25 rules when we started and it went down to only 7 after testing each one.  I then wrote down whether each number was odd or even and we narrowed our rules down even further.

If you are looking for more lessons that your students will love check out the Loved That Lesson! linky by clicking on the picture below.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Foldable Friday: Officers in the British Army

These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.

American Revolution Linky

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: Secrets Underground by Elizabeth MacLeod

Secrets Underground: North America's Buried Past by Elizabeth MacLeod.

I was intrigued by this book when I saw it because I've been a fan of the TV show Cities of the Underworld on the History Channel. If you are a fan of that series, you will definitely want to pick of this book.

The first chapter interested me the most as it was on a topic that I teach, the Aztecs.  It explains the history of the Aztecs from how they chose the city of Tenochtitlan as their capital to their defeat by the Spanish.  It then explains how the city got buried and how it was uncovered. It concludes with what is happening now with the discovery.

The rest of the book is similar covering ships buried in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, a forgotten cave used during the Civil War in West Virginia,  underground tunnels used during the Prohibition in Canada, Grand Central Terminal's underground tunnels in New York City, and the bunker under the Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia.

There are also facts that can be found in the margins of the books that give information about other places with similar "hidden treasures."

This is definitely a book to have if you teach any aspect of US History. As a lover of history, I was throughly intrigued with every aspect of the book. As a teacher, I really think that my students will love learning these unusual facts about our country.

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and eBay.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Surviving the Chaos! Blog Hop

It's that time of year again when we are done with state testing and trying to finish up with all the end of the year stuff.  We always have to turn in any textbooks that we might be using, so I try to come up with some activities that will keep the students engaged, but let them have a little bit of freedom.

I did THIS post on some of the activities that I do during this time as well as a book that I have gotten several ideas from.  These activities allow the students to use the skills they have learned during the year and apply them to problem solving activities. My students love doing this.  It's a fun way to round out the year.

Check out all these other great ideas!

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