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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Classroom Organization: Add a little color to your life!

I have a lot of little organizational tools in my room that are just blah in appearance. I had left over ribbon from THIS project, so I decided to add it to a few of my less spectacular looking items. It didn't take any time at all and it made everything look so much better.

This is where I keep all my stamps. I put some thick cardstock in the bottom so that the ink doesn't get on the bottom of the basket.

All the things I use regularly at my fingertips.

This is where I keep everything for our Success time (intervention).

Do you have any ideas to spruce up your classroom that don't take but a minute to do? Please share with us in the comments section. Feel free to link to any blog posts that you may have.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Science Sunday: Separating Mixtures

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.
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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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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Skool Friendz: ChiliMath

ChiliMath is Mike and Kathy Estela.  In addition to selling on TpT, they have a website that offers free algebra lessons:  ChiliMath.

I found their store several months ago and purchased one set of cards to see if I liked them.  I fell in love with their products and usually purchase each new set the day they upload it. 

There are two reasons that I love their cards so much. The first is that they are priced so well and the second is the variety of cards that come in each set.

This set is a part of their Division Task Cards Bundle (a steal at $8.40 for 276 cards)

Click on picture to go to product.

I absolutely love their fraction task cards set. They include so many different types of problems as you can see in the picture below. (sorry for the bad picture, it's hard to take good pics of laminated stuff)

Click on picture to go to product.
If you are looking for math task cards, I hope that you will visit their store!

***NOTE:  ChiliMath's task cards do NOT come with a task card sized cover and answer key, that is something I do myself when printing them out.***

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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.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Snowpocalypse & a SALE!

Have you all heard about the Snowpocalypse?!? Here in Indiana, we're experiencing a blizzard....that coupled with the brutally cold temps forecast for today along with the's definitely a


 We're supposed to have a HIGH of - 11 today and that doesn't even include the wind chill factor. We're all snuggled in at home & hoping we don't lose power! 

SOoooooo, my Hoosier friends and I all said to ourselves, "There's SNOW better way to spend a day than with a $1 Sale!" Each one of us have chosen products that will be just $1 on this Monday of Snowmageddon. 

You can easily hop from store to store just by clicking on our linky here. When you visit, make sure to follow all of our stores! True to Hoosier Hospitality, we all offer great deals and FREEBIES pretty regularly! Follow so you don't miss out on any! Happy Shopping!! 

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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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