Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tech Thursday ~[on Saturday]

I'm linking up with Teaching Trio to show how I using technology with my students. I actually did this on Thursday, but am now just writing about it. Having parent conferences all week I had to set aside the fun stuff ~ like blogging. You really need to check this out, because people are beginning to link up with some really great ways to use technolgy in the classroom.

There are so many wonderful sites for students to use, that I began collecting them and putting them all in one place with Protopage.

I think of Protopage as file folders. I have a home-page folder along with35 other folders that  my students use throughout the day. The FREE version of Protopage allows you to build your site to fit the needs of your students. Amazon must be sponsering it, because that is the only add.

Another Great Idea!

Funky in Fourth

Funky in Fourth has shared how to use tellagami, which looks really cool. 

I plan on using this in my ELD class. I think they need to share their poems this way instead of doing them out loud. I think they would practice more, as well as learn how to use technology ~ but in a very fun and creative way. Yep! This is on my "MUST DO" list.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Little School on the Range: Chinese New Year

Although I am a 5th grade teacher, I really liked the post on Little School on the Range: Chinese New Year: A big part of 2 nd grade Social Studies is learning about the holidays and cultures of others around the world. One holiday that is truly...

The FREE little product is a compare and contrast that you might find interesting, so check it out!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video on the Dakotas and the 1st Multimillionaire

I am embedding my first video clip and am feeling pretty excited about it because I think it will work. I found this clip on the Smithsonian's "Tween Trubune" site. I chose this video clip because we are beginning to dig into US History and I loved the graphics of this area.

Pluto & Beyond

I thought I would follow-up my "Horizon's First Picture of Pluto" post by sharing my PowerPoint of Pluto.

My students love learning about Pluto so I developed this 42 slide PowerPoint and loaded it with every picture NASA has to offer. It will probably be updated several times in the next year as we learn more about this tiny world. Until then, hear is a sampling of what my students have viewed.

Of course we have to learn a bit about Clyde Tombaugh. I have always wanted to have the students build small telescopes at this point, but the budget has not allowed for that yet. I do have 5 very small telescopes which they use to look at the mountains which are just outside the classroom door.

there are several slides on the basics of the planet. At the moment we only have an artist's rendition of the atmosphere, but with any luck we will soon have the real deal.

When this slide comes up, the students shout out (they just can't contain themselves) "If Pluto has so many moons then they should not have demoted it. It should still be a planet."

This is a glimpse of what my students see when they they are studying space. I use protopage as a webpage. Protopage collects all of my links in one place which makes it easier for students to find appropriate          kid-friendly information. Below you see just the Pluto sites that I want my students to explore. I also add pictures to help organize the information.

These three clips show my web-page where I have links to many kid-friendly space sites. I have students do further research on Pluto and then write a report. Since I used to teach 3rd grade I have an easier version of my paragraph writing. My 3rd graders used to create a space book with a paragraph on every planets. The first planets the students are guided through the note taking process and the writing of the paragraph. With each planet the students become more independent, so that by the time they reach Pluto, they are doing the note-taking and paragraph writing independently.

Now that I have moved on to 5th grade, I don't have time to hit every planet, but we hit a few. Rather than writing a paragraph, they write a 5 paragraph essay. On the slide above you will notice some of the information they may want to write about. These topics go with the other planets, so the students learn to keep the information somewhat consistent. To purchase Pluto at my TpT store, click HERE.

There are not a lot of things I can do that are hands-on. I know scientists are wondering about the different types of snow they may find on pluto, so this year we made snowflakes.
Crystal Snowflake Ornament
Click HERE to visit my TpT store and find out more about snowflakes.

Free Space Background
I don't have any freebies on Pluto yet, but I do have a FREE Space Background that you can grab HERE.

Just starting out in Space? Then grade a couple of freebies:

Mercury: Note-taking & Research Project

PowerPoint for the Sun ~ Note-taking and Research

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Horizon's First Picture of Pluto

I have to say that I have been waiting a very long time to see what Pluto looks like and the time for real pictures of Pluto is upon us.

I actually began waiting when I was 6 years old, and I read, or at least looked at the pictures of planet books. In fact, I remember when Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were all on the same page.

I followed the Voyager mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and finally Neptune. It took a life-time (mine) to watch it happen. 

As a teacher I announced the lift-off of the New Horizons Space Craft and have updated every class who walked through my classroom doors. Now, finally we are going to get a look at Pluto. 

Right now, it is just a dot ~ but here it is:

My students wanted to know what Lorri is ~ so I let them know it is the official name of the camera = Long Range Imager is my shortened description and here is a model of the spacecraft's instruments.
My students, like most children, are quite disappointed that Pluto has been demoted, but they really love the fact that this tiny world has 5 known moons.

On Monday, they will be reading an article written by the Smithonian telling about the possibility of more tiny moons orbitting Pluto. Here is a FREE site that you simply must check out for your class.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tween Tribute

The Smithsonian Institute is offering a FREE site with articles for your students in a blog- format where your students can safely make comments on each article. You then approve the comment for classroom publishing or public publishing ~ depending on district standards. The really cool part of this is that each article has lexiles attached to them. Some of the articles can even be bumped up or down in lexile. A quick little quiz can accompany the article as well as a writing prompt to help students dig deeper.... into the text.

Tween Tribute Offers
  • High-interest articles
  • Lexile leveing for K-12  (K-4) (5-8) (9-12) (Spanish)
  • Self-Scoring Quizes
  • Lesson Plans
  • Critical Thinking Questions that the teacher does not have to come up with and that students can comment on after reading the article. 
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100 Days of School ~ Freebie

Most of the time, I don't have original ideas, and 100 Days of school is no exception. I have a tendancy to pass on great ideas I come across, and that is what I will do today. so Here goes.

This Friday will be our 100th day of school. As a school every classroom is trying to collect 100 used kids books to donate. The donated books will be given out to kids at the local Rodeo Parade. We also did this last year and it was very successful. Yesterday was the first day that we collected, and we now have 13 books for our class to donate. I am hoping for many more books today.

I'd like to share a 100th day healthy snack, which I actually did make up in order to keep it healthy.

Click Here to get your Freebie.

I am very excited to try a few more things this year. Have you seen the app that ages the kids?
I discovered it from reading Educate and Inspire. the app is called Aging Booth and it is a ton of fun. Here is one picture of my daughter aged. I can't wait to use it on my 5th graders.
Allyson, you are going to make a beautiful 100 old. Now for those of you who don't know me, I couldn't use myself because I already have too many wrinkles and everything is already beginning to bag. 
I understand the iPhone version is 99 cents, and the android version is free.

Students are also dressing up as 100 year olds, so that should be some fun!

I just love legos, so when I saw this activity last year after the hundredth day, so  I knew I had to find a way to use it. 
YesterdayI got a new ELD class, so I am going to use it as a team builder. It will be perfect for Friday.
Click Here to get your Freebie.

I have a 100th Day of School Board on Pinterest with over 250 ideas, so go on over and check it out. Many of the ideas are FREE.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Teaching To Inspire In 5th: Fraction Pacing and I Can Checklist Freebie

Teaching To Inspire In 5th: Fraction Pacing: Fractions..most either love them or hate them. I have a love/hate relationship with them. I love the models and how the skills can sometim..

If you haven't been to this blog yet today, then you need to go. Fractions are huge for 5th grade and they don't know many of the pre-requisites needed to be successful in 5th grade fractions. Here is a helping hand.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Theme: A Second Look

I ran across some ideas on Theme from "Teaching to Inspire in 5th" chich I already use. I thought it would be great to connect the two blogs so I can have all my Theme "stuff" in one spot. I'll add some of the pictures as well as the links that give a much deeper amount of information so you can teach with these products. Some are free and some cost, but they are all great products.

Digging Deep ... to Soar Beyond the Text: Theme: Using Evidence from the Text: Besides collecting and playing with sand, I have been working on helping my kiddos dig a little deeper into their reading. Here is how I did...

Teaching To Inspire In 5th: Teaching Theme in the Upper Grades and a FREEBIE!: The weekend is here! I don't know about you guys, but this teacher has been BUSY! Last week we finished our state writing assessment and...

Teaching Theme Differentiated Unit: Common Core Aligned 


From Rachel Lynette Click HERE
Theme Freebie!
Here is a FREEBIE from Rachel Lynette Click HERE

Themes in Fiction Posters {FREEBIE!}
You can also get FREE Posters from Deb Hanson by Clicking HERE


I thought I would write about ScootPad, but it has been done by others so I'm just going to pass on the link.

Visit Edukate and Inspire

to get some really good information about ScootPad. It is one of my new favorites.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jupiter's Moons

Jupiter's moons are featured in "What's Up January/" See it HERE

To help your students learn more about these amazing moons, they are featured in my PowerPoint Lesson which can be found in my TpT Store

The 75 slide presentation can be used with students as low as third grade all the way up the education ladder to 12th grade.

I have embedded this short video clip of an erupting volcano. I hope it shows up "in action" as it does on the PowerPoint. This is one of Io's erupting volcanoes.

Europa is still a myster to me, with all of it cracks and beautiful markings. I am sure we will know more about this unique moon soon.

Ganymede is a cool moon just because it is the largest moon in the solar system. I love the fact that an Oygen atmosphere has been discovered on the moon.

Jupiter has many more moons that are just as magnificient as the four largest. The Galelio mission really only focused on the largest four, but we do have some information on some of the others. 
Almathea is next in line as far as size goes. 

We do not have very good pictures of the first four, but NASA's next visit is sure to get better pictures.

With 67 known moons, scientists have been able to determine the orbits and have drawn pictures to represent those strange orbits. 

Besides Jupiter's moons, my PowerPoint lesson takes a look at the ring system of Jupiter. 
11 slides are dedicated to helping students understand the rings of Jupiter.

We can't forget the Great Red Spot.
5 slides are devoted to the great red spot. Did you know that the Great Red Spot is smaller at the moment than it has ever been since we have been studying it?

Writing is such an important component to learning that I have made it a priority and include some kind of writing assignment in most lessons. I have students take notes while they are listening to a lesson, reading, watching a video, and surfing the Internet.
After the notes are taken, students number the note in the order that they want to use them.
Here are my instructions for 3rd & 4th graders. Often times I will even start the year with these directions for my 5th graders, but then I move to this slide.