Sunday, May 24, 2015

Digging Deep: Delicious Dollar Deals!

I'm joining with the Indiana Bloggers to offer Dollar Deals in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  have discounted many good sellers, so visit my store and take a look. Here are a few deals you might want to get in on. When you see something interesting, just click on the picture:

Trout Foldable: A Research Writing Project

Trout Web-Quest
My students had a great time learning about trout, their environment and how to take care of our environment this year. By visiting an earlier link, you can find out how to get trout in your classroom, which is a free service from the Fish & Game Department in your state.

Close Reading: Pitcairn Island
I love learning about different places. My students do a close read and then look at sand from those places. This summer I'll be adding to this list, so students can read about some of their favorite sands.
Close Reading: Pfeiffer Beach
Pfeiffer Beach is my favorite beach. This little beach actually has purple sand. If you live in California or ever visit California, this is a "must see to believe" beach. The purple sand is beautiful to look at, and then it looks pink under the microscope. 
Background Pages ~ Pfeiffer Beach
These backgrounds were created from pictures we took when we had the sand under the microscope. They are the real deal. 

Welcome Students: To the World of 5th Grade
Here is my "First Day" Powerpoint that I use in my classroom to establish the rules.

Back-To-School Night ~ Parent Presentation
Here is my Parent PowerPoint that I use at "Back to School" night.

Beach Themed Products

Beach Themed Classroom Jobs: A Lesson in Leadership
This year I began to use a "Beach Theme" in my classroom. I started with my classroom leadership. I'm actually quite proud of how far I came with the beach theme in one year. I looked around on TpT, but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I have begun to create my own. This is one of my favorites! Take a look.
Beach Themed Classroom: Borders, Paper, Labels, Scoot & Ta

Classroom Library Rules ~ Beach Themed

Oceans of Good Reading
This one is another favorite. It sits in the front of the room and is tied to their AR points. We use clips to show where the students are in their progress.

October Products

Creating Family Shields  
This goes so well with my explorers unit. I combine Social Studies with writing, and it gives me a chance to really get to know my students. You can do a small 8.5 x 11 shield or purchase large ones from Oriental Trading ahead of time.
Columbus Day Hats
We make these each year with our 3rd graders when studying about Columbus. Then everytime they go on a trip they where them. It is a bit of an investment because we get them from Oriental Trading, but they look so cute!
Columbus: The Voyage ~ Play

Pumpkin Patch Fun Facts ~ Foldable
Many years we have a pumpkin patch at our school. We post nutrition facts by the pumpkins, so the students are learning and recording information as they pick their pumpkins.
Backgrounds ~ Fall
Check out these original fall backgrounds!

More Products:

Using the Table of Contents


Tornado In A Jar ~ STEM

Crater Experiment ~ STEM

Space Backgrounds

Background Pages ~ Venus  Background Pages ~ Mars
Background Pages ~ Earth  Background Pages ~ Mercury & Craters

More Backgrounds

Background Pages ~ Tigers  Backgrounds & Frames ~ Horse & Western
Researching Lions

More Great Stuff!

A Very Important Person ~ Narrative Writing

Scavenger Hunt ~ Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions

Equivalent Fractions with a Beach Theme

Foldable Book ~ Brazil

Background Pages ~ Graduation

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SmallWorld: 100 Not-Boring Writing Prompts for Middle- and Hig...

One of my goals for next year is to be a better writing teacher, so I am always on the look-out for new ideas. I ran across Sarah Smalls blog and thought I'd share how she starts off her year in writing.

SmallWorld: 100 Not-Boring Writing Prompts for Middle- and Hig...: 1. Attach an image (photo, magazine, etc.) to a notebook page and write about it. 2. What things will people in the future say abou...

Sarah Small is a homeschool mom and teacher who is new to Teachers Pay Teachers. Give her a visit and she what she has to offer!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's a Small World!

Lucky to Be in First!: It's a Small World!: After many, many years {okay, only a month, but it just seems like years!} of working on this unit, I have finally  completed my continent ...

It's a Small World Continents


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Using Task Cards for Test Prep

Runde's Room: Using Task Cards for Test Prep: Testing season is definitely upon us.  And in many classrooms, preparation for testing means ramping up the review.  I try to prepare my s...

Visit Runde's room for some great ideas with Task Cards.

Teacher Appreciation Week

It is Teacher Appreciation Day at Teachers Pay Teachers. It's a great day to get the things you have been wanting at a huge discount!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mother's Day Fruit Bouquet

One of my all time favorite projects is the "Mother's Day Fruit Bouquet." This project, or craftivity, is a winner on many levels.

1. Creativity of the Students: The projects come out different every year!

2. Collaborative and sharing environment is at its best with this project. We work hard each year trying to foster an environment where students can feel safe and work together while they support each other. With this project, I spend time in preparation, but then I just walk around the room and take pictures as the students work together on their individual projects. This is classroom collaboration at its finest.

3. STEAM: Students become true architects as they design these fruit bouquets. They seldom turn out like any picture you may show them. They have their own ideas about how it should look, but they keep their eyes open to the others in the room, just in case someone else has a great idea to share. It is so fun to see the student who usually is shy and uncomfortable become the leader as this part of the project relies on creativity rather than facts and figures, or even words, sentences, and paragraphs. It always surprises me because the stars of this project are not the usual classroom stars.

4. Nutrition Education is a tough one to fit in, yet it is embedded into the project and students talk about it as they take little tastes along the way.

5. There is almost a party atmosphere to this project, yet there are not cupcakes, chips, or sugary drinks. The students have great fun while they create and even taste. When they are finished, they go home with an amazing project that did not add any empty calories. This is a win-win craftivity.

6. The project just does not feel complete unless there is a card attached to the bouquet, so I have included some hearts as tags as well as foldables. Here are the foldables. They come as color and black & white to meet any printing set-ups you may have.

7. Here is another opportunity to sneak in some writing. Students get communicate their thoughts about their parents, but the focus is not on writing, but they are infact, writing.

I am convinced that this is one of the best Mother's Day projects for students.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Kool End... to a Hot Year

I have to say that I "L-O-V-E" Pinterest. COOL finds. My classroom theme is the beach and I just found a KOOL parting gift, thanks to the Crafted Sparrow. Head on over to this site to get the free printed title.
They are inexpensive, super easy, fit my theme, and just plain kool!