Friday, August 29, 2014

Foldable Friday: Sons of Liberty

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, August 26, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: Superstars of History

Superstars of History:  The Good, the Bad and the Brainy

by Jacob Field

Illustrated by Simon Basher

From the publisher:
History doesn't just happen; it was created by a crazy crew of characters from way back when. Find out why Archimedes said "Eureka!" in the bathtub, how Henry Ford changed the world, and whether or not Einstein's brain was bigger than an ordinary guy's. Discover what Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela did that made them famous for being so good, and what Attila the Hun, Hitler, and Stalin did that made them infamous for being so bad. Learn about great leaders like Charlemagne and George Washington and bold ones like Caesar and William the Conqueror. Superstars of History will feature fun text, loads of facts, and Basher's cool illustrations to bring history's greatest characters to life for 8 to 12 year olds.

My Review:

OMG, I LOVE this book!!!  This pictures on the cover are what originally brought my attention to the book.  Come to find out they are drawn by the same person who did all those cute square Basher Books (which I own almost all of them!!)

The book is broken down into four sections:  The Ancient World, The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Revolution and the Enlightenment and the Modern Era.  These are definitely topics that I cover in my 6th grade social studies class.  

Some of the more notable people covered in the book are Aristotle, Julius Caesar,  Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Christopher Columbus, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Catherine the Great, Napoleon, George Washington, Karl Marx, Abraham Lincoln,  Thomas Edison, Gandhi, and many more.

Information of each of the individuals includes a narration in first person as well as other facts that might include a timeline, legacies, inventions, friends, record breaker, etc.

If you teach history, this is definitely a book for your keeper shelf!!

You can get the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Thanks go out to Scholastic via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Classroom Organization: Informational Text Chapter Books

As you probably know by now, I don't teaching reading or ELA so I don't really have an organized library. I just have chapter books that the students can check out on a shelves.

I do have quite a collection of non-fiction books and I finally took the time to get them organized. I wanted the students to be able to find the books they were looking for a bit easier so I made labels. I was going to put the labels on the front of the shelf that the book were on, but I soon realized that they wouldn't stay on very well because the edge was rounded.

I then had the brilliant idea to actually put it flat on the shelf.  This way the kids (and me too!!) could find the topic they were looking for while standing up.

I moved some other things around in my room and it freed up some shelf space.  Now I have room for more books!!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Foldable Friday: Founding Fathers

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.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classroom Organization: Information Center

So I found this cart down in the basement at school and knew that I wanted it in my classroom. I used it last year, but wanted to spruce it up a little bit. 

I was in Michaels getting some supplies and thought I would get some contact paper to cover the ugly woodgrain on it. They only had clear, but I spotted the corkboard and thought that would be a neat idea. 

I decided to use it to post all my important information that had previously been on my whiteboard - which had the added benefit of freeing up some of my whiteboard!!

It comes in a roll, so I needed to flatten it. I had reams of paper handy, so I just placed that on top.

The lady at the store told me that spray adhesive would work at attach the corkboard. I don't know if I didn't use it right or what, but I didn't I had the brilliant idea to use Elmers glue...another fail. I had to clean all the glue off of the cart (which was a pain in the butt!!) and let the glue that was on the corkboard dry.

The next day I used some Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape that I found in my desk drawer. That worked like a charm!!

The roll of corkboard was long enough to fit on the front but not tall enough.  

I solved that issue with doing a double layer of border.  I stapled the border together before stapling the purple part to the corkboard. I got the border at Michaels last year when they had all their teacher stuff on clearance.

The final touches were adding my make-up work calendars and folders, our specials signs and lunch menu.

I just love the way that it looks! I just brightens up the front of my classroom!!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: Kat McGee Saves America

Kat McGee Saves the America by Kristin Riddick.

From the Publisher:

The Fourth of July. Parades, fireworks, apple pie—and an amazing history of American freedom and revolution. Kat McGee doesn’t know what she’d do without her favorite summery celebration of all things patriotic ... but if she doesn’t travel back in time to work her holiday-saving magic, she’s going to find out—and fast. 

It’s 1776. Thomas Jefferson has been kidnapped. The Declaration of Independence is gone. And the country’s brilliant past rests on a young woman from the future, aided only by (the Statue of ) Liberty, a young John Quincy Adams, and a whole lot of summer holiday spirit.
My Review:

I read this book thinking that I could use it with my 5th graders when we study the the colonies and the start of the American Revolution.  I think some of them might find it a bit juvenile.  I think it is geared more toward 3rd or 4th graders. Having said that the story did review some of the key events during that time period and I still might use it. It is definitely a different way to present the material.

You can get this book at the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thanks go out to In This Together Media via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

5th Grade Goes Back To School Blog Hop

Set routines up early!! Start the year like you are going to end the year.

This week was my first week of school. We spent time setting up all of our interactive notebooks and establishing classroom routines.  

One of my classroom routines occurs after every lesson I teach. I want my students to reflect on their learning. After each lesson, I ask my students how they feel about what we just learned.  I quickly scan the room and make quick notes about those students who still need help with a particular topic.  

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For more back to school tips, check out Mrs. O "Know" Back to School post.
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