Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Skool Friendz: MissMathDork

I blogged about MissMathDork's Relay activities back in June. My students loved them. When I saw that she had posted a new one that fit exactly what we were studying, I had to check it out.

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My 6th graders did this the day before their test as a review and they LOVED it.  The students start the activity by answering questions. The assigned student brings it up to me and if it is correct, a team member goes to the board to draw the assigned part of the picture.

There are 2 winners in this activity, the team that is done the fastest and the team that has the best picture.

Best picture winner, voted by the 5th graders.

Every one of my 6th graders LOVED this activity. MissMathDork's relay activities makes the teacher (the students are practicing math!) and the students (they are playing a game and getting up out of their seat) happy!

To check out more relay activities by MissMathDork, click HERE and HERE!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Foldable Friday: Viking Exploration of North America

We started our Explorers unit last week. We start off with the vikings that explored North America and talk about Erick the Red and his son Leif Eriksson.

We start by reading and taking notes in our interactive foldable graphic organizers.

Next, we mapped out their travels.

Both the graphic organizer and map get taped into our social studies notebook.

This set includes 3 posters, 1 map and 1 interactive foldable graphic organizer.

This FREE set can be found in my stores:  TpT, TN and Tools for Schools.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington

Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington by Lynda Durrant.

This story is based on the real events that happened to nine year old Ariel Bradley.

Ariel is asked by his brothers to help out George Washington. He is to take his horse, Salt and wonder into the enemy camp to see how many soldiers, guns and supplies they have. Ariel is to play a "Johnny Raw" to get into the camp. Pretending to look for a mill to grind some corn, Ariel is able to enter the camps and get the needed information. He returns to George Washington with the information and this leads to an American win at the Battle of White Plains.

I will definitely be using this book when I teach the American Revolution this year. My students will be able to see the war through the eyes of a child and I think that will give them a different perspective on it. The illustrations are beautifully done by Joe Rossi and make the story come to life. A definite must buy if you teach the American Revolution!

Thanks go to Netgalley and Vanita Books for a free digital copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

You can purchase the book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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