Saturday, January 30, 2016

Update on Pluto: I'm Catching Up

I just found this draft and realized that I never posted it. I really like the video clip, even though it is a few weeks old. I am going to post it, but I do want to link it to my most recent Pluto posting HERE

The thing that I like best about the last update is
My chart of the Pluto system, and

this adorable Pluto foldable.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Perfect Planet?

Although Pluto is no longer a major planet, it is the perfect dwarf planet to study. I have blogged about Pluto before because the New Horizons spacecraft flew by this tiny world last July, and information is trickling in. "Trickling in?" You ask? Yes. Functioning with just 10 tiny watts of energy, New Horizons sends information to Earth.
 For teachers who love to study about space, this new information is always fascinating. I have updated my lessons to include student sharing times, teamwork, viedo clips, and several writing opportunities. I have also included three different foldables for interactive notebooks.
The first foldable, is the more complicated one that includes all the moons, 

Frozen Volcanoes?

Check this out!

Pluto's Sky

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Truth About Sales ~ You Have to Spend Money, to Save Money

All the stores are ready for the big January Sales Event at Teachers Pay Teachers. The sale is officially on! Everything in my store has been put on sale, so you should find some quality savings.

Just click on the picture or click here to go to my store!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

It's Time to Try Something New

I am definitely trying something new and I'm excited about it!

A few fellow TpT pinners have teamed up to look for a creative way to increase their pins and make their Pinterest efforts more efficient by "Hosting a Board-Getting a Board" where you create an exclusive board for a pinner on your site, sort of like a franchise. Think of it as "staking a claim on someone's turf".

Either side can opt out at any time with no hard feelings. So I created a board for The Hardstad Collecgtion #53, the the Hardstad Collection just set up a board for "Digging Deep to Soar Beyond the Text". Now all I have to do is begin pinning.

If anyone is interested in joining the fun little adventure, just leave me a message on my blog here, my email address, or click on my Pinterest bottle at the top right hand of this page and send me a message. You can also click on either picture. It is so easy to connect and set up a board for each other. Can't wait to hear from you!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Purple Crayon is where the BEST children's writing advice is found - especially on Margot's Musings.

I found this site interesting, and then I clicked on the home button, and found even more advice for children's writing. I thought you might want to check it out.

I will be checking into this as soon as my thesis is finished.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Big Question Is...

...Do you work with gifted students?
If you work with GATE students, I need your help!

I just received IRB approval (institution review board) from Fresno Pacific University, to ask my social networking buddies the question for my masters thesis. I am going to need some help with this, so if you work with GATE students, it would really help me if you take an extra 7 minutes to do my survey. 

I am asking questions about your GATE program because I want to improve mine. I would be happy to share the results with you. 

I'm almost finished with my project, and am very excited about it. I hope you you can help. If you can, just click on the picture or Click right HERE to go to the Survey.

Thanks so much!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 Jan Brett Calendar

I love sharing information that I find out about fun freebies. The DIY Homeschooler Blog always have great finds.

Today, they sent me information on Jan Brett's new book and how to create the calendar.
Click Here or on the picture to get all the information.

If you are a classroom that features a nutritional crop each month like "Harvest of the Month," then this book will be twice as exciting for you. 

To find out more information about 
Harvest of the Month, click here.

  Click Here for any earlier post. Here is another post with some excellent classroom resources that you don't want to miss out on ~ did I mention that they are free?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Penguins Provide Powerful Research Opportunities

I love my little penguins. Educlips made all 17 species of these adorable birds, and i have put everyone of them in two places.

The first place I put them was on my blog. If you click on the picture above, it will take you to my Antarctica Page, and the Penguins are half way down the page, or you can click HERE to go to my Antarctica Web Page.

I have looked up quality resources so my students will have no problems finding information about the Penguin they end up researching. Each species of penguin has at least six quality sources. I have also been collecting books for this project, so students will have a lot to choose from.

These Print & Go Penguin Reports are so cute! My students are going to love them. Working on a little form like this makes research for students so easy.

Here is what the final project looks like: 

How does the research begin?

Here is an example of the first 2 pages that I will be showing my students.

Here are the next two pages.

And we have to finish with a simple listing of sources.

This is going to make a fantastic addition to my Antarctica study. 

Have your read Antarctic Journal by Jennifer Owings Dewey?
I have written about this outstanding journey before HERE
One of the things I like about Antarctic Journal is that the book makes me want to visit Antarctica. It is also a journal, so students can get a real glimpse of the power of journaling.

I actually begin my study of Penguins by doing a Web-Quest that I purchased last year.
You can find this little beauty at Linda McCormick's TpT store.

Although I would like to use the snowflake as a Christmas ornament, I don't ususally get to it until January.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Research Links Porvide New Year Opportunity for Students

I have been working on my Antarctica Webpage and I'm really beginning to like the results. 
Originally, I thought I would not need a page for this amazing continent because it is so undeveloped. But I like to have the kids research Antarctic animals, so I had to put my links somewhere, and wallah! Antarctica began to emerge.

I began with whales and began to find some quality sites for my students to research.
I quickly moved onto seals
These sweet little faces became my seal banner.
I was surprised to discover...
Crabeater Seal, because I had never heard of it, yet they are all over Antarctic waters. Those markings on their bodies are from encounters with leopard seals that tried to have them for dinner when they were pups. 

Some Great Finds:

For some of the whales I found these free articles. They are well written, eye-appealing, and will make great guided reading lessons. 

I found these articles, as well as many other free teacher resources at
the National Marine Sanctuaries. Just click on the picture.

Visit my webpage to see what I have been up to during the holidays.

Friday, January 1, 2016

1, 2, 3, 4, 5! What a Delemma! Who Can Help?

I have a huge delemma that I have been wrestling with during my Christmas vacation. I need a little help. Here is the problem! I don't know what book to read to my class when I return. Here are my choices: 

Picture Credit: John Bazemore/AP

When I heard about the gorilla, Ivan, I had to buy the book. I am going to read it to my students and am quite excited to share this amazing story. Well, I just ran across another blog post, talking about Ivan and thought I should share it. NPR posted about Ivan in 2013.

Ivan is one of four books that I just can't wait to read to my students, and to be honest, I'm having a difficult time deciding which book I'll start with when I return to school on January 8th.

This is an all-time favorite book of mine, so I am dying to read it to my class, but I haven't managed it yet this year.

Many years I start off January reading Antartic Journal.
Antarctic Journal is about an artist who travels to the Southern most continent to draw. She sounds just like a normal person. Most of the book is in drawing form with a few pictures thrown in. 
My favorite scene is when she describes the adelie penguins and how they go up to her and check her out! It is heartwarming. It is also a short book that would only take a couple of days to read.

I combine this book with my snowflake project and research artic and antarctic animals.
I have even been redoing my webpage for the research.

Another book that I ordered awhile back is Wonder. I have already purchased lessons from TeachersPayTeachers, to go along with the reading. I am also very excited about reading this book with my class.

Okay, now I need some help deciding what to read next. Any suggestions? What book will you begin January with?


I just remembered that I also planned on reading book #5 in January. 

I need to finish this blog, because my problem keeps growing.

Also, I want to thank Teacher Karma for her colorful numbers!

I was enchanted by this book, and ordered it just before school was out last year. This is another book that I have been considering. Oh! I ended up purchasing the movie for it because I spotted it when I was looking for the movie, Summer of the Monkeys, which I have still not found. Oh well. What should I read first?