Saturday, July 27, 2013

Indiana Goes Back To School Blog Hop

I don't know about you, but I have less than a week until I go back to school.  My official first day back is Aug. 1, but I know I will be going in early.  I did a lot of work at the end of the year to prepare for the start of school, so my fingers are crossed that I can get everything set up in a day....time will tell.

If you saw my earlier post on the Indiana Bloggers Get Together, you know that I met a wonderful group of ladies.  We decided that we wanted to help our fellow teachers to start their school year out right by having a blog hop where you could pick up a Back To School FREEBIE at every stop! But wait....that is not it. At the end of the blog hop you can enter to win a $75 gift card of your choice! How cool is that? Think of all the school supplies you can buy with that!

Thanks go to Aimee from Pencils, Books and Dirty Looks for bringing you here!!

One of the big things that I use in my classroom is student self assessments. There are two different types that I use.  The first is just a real quick check around the room to see if my students understood the portion of the lesson that I just taught. They use their hands to indicate their level of understanding.  

The next one is what I use at the end of the lesson. They write what level they are in their notebooks at the end of their notes. I found THIS pin on Pinterest and did some detective work to find that it came from Alison at Eberoplis and decided to make posters for myself.

You can find this FREEBIE in my TpT store:

Graphing is something that is taught in all grade levels. If you haven't checked it out all ready, I'd love for you to check out my Graphing Posters. They have just recently been updated to include a pictograph and several of the graphs have been repeated at the end of the packet to include the Australian/Canadian/UK English spelling. If you have already picked them up make sure to go back and download the new file.

Your next stop on the blog hop is Adventures of Room 129.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Foldable Friday: The Planets

I haven't done very many foldables in science class, but I'm trying to do more.  My fifth graders were studying the planets and this 8 tab foldable was perfect for this.  We listed all the inner planets on the left side and the outer planets on the left.  

As a class, we talked about the important this about each planet. It was up to the student to decide what they were going to write in their notes.  The following are several examples of what the students cam up with.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Classroom Organization: Task Cards

Thanks go to Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files and Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B for the Linky Party!

One thing that I would like to implement more of this coming school year is task cards. I've started making some of my own, but have also gotten several from all the wonderful sellers on TpT.

I saw several people using accordion files, but I pinned THIS blog post from Teaching with Task Cards when I decided that was the route I wanted to go.

I searched for several days to find just the right container to hold the accordion files. I went back and forth with several different ideas, but finally settled on these scrapbook containers.

I got 2 of these containers at Michaels for $11.99 - 44% off - 15% off = $5.70 each. Everything else that I liked was much more expensive and took up a lot more space.

I had originally wanted to use different colors for different subjects, but I couldn't find enough in each color.  Most of these are from Target's Dollar Spot. The ones with the black elastic are from Dollar Tree. The base of these are just a tad bigger than the Target files. I'm going to print out labels on the little address labels (the ones that fit about 80 to a sheet) and put the topic on the files.

I got some of the large accordion files to hold the answer sheets for the task cards. There is enough room on top of the smaller accordion files to fit probably 5-6 of the larger ones on top.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to insert a blog header into Blogger

Are you looking to spruce up your blog design, but don't have the money to invest in a custom blog design?  With just a little bit of time, you can do it your self by changing up your blog header.

Watch this short video to see how easy it is.

Are you looking for more information about making your journey on TpT a successful one? Check out Erica Bohrer's post on Getting Started on TpT.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Foldable Friday: Phases of the Moon

We wrote the phases of the moon starting on the top left and then going counterclockwise around the foldable. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my MOON PHASES ACTIVITY.

If you are teaching phases of the moon, you might want to check out my Earth and Space Science Posters where you will find a poster of the moon phases as well as other related topics!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Indiana Blogger Meet-Up

I had a blast meeting up with a group of wonderful ladies today.  It was so nice to talk with other teachers that are blogging about what they are doing in the classroom. I can't wait to meet with them again!

Kristen from Teaching with A Smile and Whitney from The Crazy School Teacher

Brenda (left) from Primary Inspired and Heather (right) from Teaching through Turbulence.

Me and Aimee from Pencils, Books and Dirty Looks

Annie (left) from 20 Something Teacher Tales and Ciera (right) from Adventures of Room 129

Thanks to Jenny from Lucky Frogs Lily Pad for the pics.

Check out the blogs of the teachers I met today to get some wonderful ideas for your classroom!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

How to use task card templates

The most common question I get in my store is asking how to use my task card templates. I made this quick little video to show just how easy they are to use.

Let me know if you have any questions about the task card templates or if you have some suggestions for task card templates. All task card templates are commercial use and can be used to create task cards to sell on TpT or other education sites.

You can see all my task card templates that I have available HERE in my TpT store.

You can try some of my FREE task card templates below.

Are you looking for more information about making your journey on TpT a successful one? Check out Erica Bohrer's post on Getting Started on TpT.

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Classroom Organization: Storing Journals

Thanks go to Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files and Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B for the Linky Party!

My students have journals for math, science and social studies. They keep the math and SS journals with them, but I store the science journals in the classroom.  I have two crates, one for my 5th graders and one for my sixth graders.  I made a sign (printed on cardstock) and put it into a page protector along with a piece of chipboard to make it sturdier.  I then attached the page protector to the crate with cable ties.  Originally I just had the sign attached to the crate but it didn't hold up very well. I hope this does better (I'll let you know!)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3-D Cell Projects

Each year during our life science unit I have the students make 3-d models of both a plant and animal cell. The only requirements I give them are that they have to be 3-d, they have to have the parts labels, and tell the functions of each part (which can be put on paper and doesn't have to be a part of the model). My students amaze me each year with their creativity and the ingenuity of their projects. The following are pictures of some of this year's projects.