Sunday, March 23, 2014

Science Sunday: Roller Coaster Fun!

I saw THIS idea from my friend Jennifer at Teaching to Inspire in Fifth and fell in love with the idea. I knew that I wanted to do it with my 6th graders when we did our energy unit.
I adapted her ideas a little bit.  My rules were the following:
  • Must have at least two "hills" 
  • Must have two carts showing potential energy, one of which must show the greatest potential energy 
  • Must have two carts showing kinetic energy, one of which must show the greatest kinetic energy
  • All cars need to have the type of energy it has labeled.
My students LOVED this activity as much as I did (plus it allowed me to work with my 5th graders...)

Two of my boys got really into the design and made obstacles in their roller coasters.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Classroom Organization: Math Games

I've already posted how I organize my task cards (several times, LOL!), but I wanted to share how I store my math games.  So many teachers have these drawer sets that they use for different purposes and I chose to put my math games in them.  The one on the left is from Michaels and the larger one on the right is from AC Moore.

I made labels for each of the drawers. The unit on the right has drawers that ate 12" X 12", so I placed topics in those drawers that I knew had more games.  Above these units is a smaller drawer set that hold my dry erase markers, dice and playing cards.  The crate holds some dry erase boards and other subject area games.

I have file folder games,...

games with cards that are housed in envelopes,...

and games that I copied onto cardstock and laminated.

My first attempt at hold game supplies (dice, cards, etc.) didn't go so well. I re-used yogurt containers by painting them, adding letter stickers and then sealing them with Modge Podge. As you can see the paint has started to chip.  I've thought that maybe it I has sanded the plastic a little if the paint might have stayed on better, but I really don't know.

After I realized that the paint was chipping off, I changed direction and got these clear plastic containers.  I put the letter stickers on and again sealed them with Modge Podge. These have held up a lot better.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Foldable Friday: Quadrilaterals

My 5th graders need to be able to identify quadrilaterals by their attributes. This interactive foldable graphic organizer helped them to organize their information.

I drew this on the board as a flow chart to help them remember that most of the shapes could also be called something  other than their exact name.

The inside of the graphic organizer.

If you like the graphic organizer (organizer has been updated), you can get them along with the matching posters in my TpT store. Just click on the picture below.