Friday, January 24, 2014

Foldable Friday: 13 Colonies

We started out by labeling a map. We colored each of the regions a different color, added a key and then labeled each of the colonies.


Inside each of the interactive foldable graphic organizers, we included things that attributed to the colony's economy, what the motivation was to colonize the area and what the climate and geography of the colonies were. I also included another map to be labeled with each of the individual colonies included.

New England Colonies




Middle Colonies




Southern Colonies




Some additional graphic organizers included in this set are below.




If you like this set of graphic organizers, you can find it in my TpT store. Click on the picture below.


If you would like to find more activities about the colonies, check out Fifth in the Middle's linky.

13 Colonies






Sunday, January 19, 2014

Separating Mixtures Lab


Both my 5th and 6th graders do a separating mixtures lab. This is the 6th grade lab that can be found in Matter and Change by Delta Science Modules.

I set of the trays before the students come to the lab.  It included a funnel, filter paper, pie tin, water, 2 stir sticks, salt and sand.


The students filled the cups about half way with water and stirred the mixtures.  They made notes in their journal about what happened.


Next, they poured the cup of saltwater into the sand mixture and stirred.  They then folded the filter paper and put it into the funnel. They filtered they sand/salt/water mixture.  The sand was filtered out by the filter paper and the salt and water went through and was sitting in the pie pan.
We let the water sit out for several days and this is what was left.

The students were amazed to see how the crystal reformed. I apologize for the bad picture, it was hard to get a close-up with my phone.


At the end of this lesson, the students were able to differentiate between a solutions and suspensions.
I apologize for not having more pictures, but both the 5th and 6th grade were doing different labs at the same time and I just couldn't keep up.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Foldable Friday: Area Formulas

Even though my 6th graders get to use a formula sheet for their state test, I still wanted them to have a reference to put in their notebooks. We created this interactive foldable graphic organizer to write the formulas for the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, triangle and trapezoid.


You can see in this one where they included the different ways you might see a triangle labeled. 




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Friday, January 10, 2014

Foldable Friday: Circles

We started our geometry unit with circles. Since my fifth graders didn't have much background knowledge on circles, I created this interactive foldable graphic organizer  and poster set.  I started out introducing the different part of the circle, so that they could then apply that knowledge to finding the diameter or radius when given the other one.

Here is the outside.


Here are several examples of what my students did on the inside.





These are the posters that they got their information from.


If you like this set, you can get it in my TpT store. Just click on the picture below.




Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Classroom Organization: Student Data Folders and Weekly Reports


I think most of us have to keep student data folders nowadays. Our district also wants us to give out weekly reports to the students. I keep both of them in these storage crates from Ikea. They are the perfect size to fit into the space that I have and stack very nicely.

If you would like a copy of my posters, just click on the picture below to get them from Google docs.

I noticed that it looks funny in Google docs, but when you download the pdf it is fine.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Foldable Friday: Kinetic and Potential Energy

Comparing and contrasting kinetic and potential energy.



This interactive foldable graphic organizer can be found in my Energy Posters and Graphic Organizer set. Click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


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