Saturday, July 30, 2016

Passing It On: Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets... FREE

Crafting Connections & Upper Elementary are sharing Growth Mindset Learning Centers. There are four FREE Learning Centers that you must check out! They are listed below:

Crafting Connections: Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets... A FREE Sorting Activi...: Hello, Friends! I have spoken with several teachers who have shared how they started the last school year with teaching the fundamental...

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If you missed my earlier posts on Growth Mindset, you can see it HERE for many resources I have purchased for my classroom. 

Even though I'm a 5th grade teacher, Simply Skilled in Second has created aFree Flip Flap book that can be used in any grade.

Friday, July 29, 2016

How Do You Engage Students in Non-Fiction?

I just love to share free tips that I run across. This time my tip comes from the amazing Accelerated Reader program by Renaissance Learning.

These 10 strategies are free and are posted on Renaissance Learning.

Each strategy encompasses three components:
1. a Graphic
2. An Explanation
3. a Try It ~ activity
which allows for 10 quick mini lessons to promote nonfiction. 

Here is a Quick Preview:

  1. Paraphrasing
  2. Choice
  3. Question
  4. Annotations
  5. Visuals
  6. Complex Text
  7. Think-Alouds
  8. Connections
  9. Technology
  10. Balance
Now every program needs the proper balance, so up front, you can see that these tips may really engage students. I urge you to take a look at Renaissance Learning.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday's Surprise!

Originally, I planned this freebie for Freebie Friday, but yesterday I hosted Bunco, so my Friday Freebie has turned into a Saturday Surprise.
Last year my students wrote all their logins and passwords in their interactive journals, but this year they will be putting them in their binders, so I have made a page for them.
You can get this freebie at my TpT store, or click on either picture above.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ATTENTION: You Can Now Type Right on the Foldable!!

I just found an amazing website thanks to DIY Homeschool

You will definitely want to visit their site because they create amazing school resources.
By clicking on the picture above, you will be taken to the homepage.

Their number #1 pick for this is also my #1 summer pic.

You will be taken to Home School Share
where they are providing foldable templates that can actually be typed in. This allows you to create your own amazing foldables for any topic you are studying. You really need to check it out. Below is a picture of one of over 100 free templates.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Do We Have a New Moon?

For those of you who have read my blog for long, know that I love studying about space. When I ran across our new companion asteroid, I began wondering if we could call it another moon since it is supposed to orbit Earth for the next few hundred years or so.

If my students were to read this article (when my students read this article) I already know that they will ask if we now have two moons. Of course I'll tell them that we are waiting on the space scientists to officially declare this as a visiting asteroid, or new moon. 

Check out the video clip

So, what do we know? This asteroid was spotted April 27, 2016. It is somewhere between 40-100 meters. It never gets closer to Earth than 9 million miles (14 million kilometers). One article states that 2016 HO3's closest distance is 38 times the distance of the Moon from Earth, and the furthest distance is 100 times the distance of the Moon from Earth.

To truly be a satellite of the Earth, the object must depend on the gravity of the Earth-moon system.
To be a Quasi-satellite it must orbit the sun from the same distance as Earth. What would you call this mini-moon?

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Do You Need a Great Idea for Centers?

I've been surfing the web and came across a great find that I must pass on from Miss 5th on her Facebook page.

 The really cool thing about this great idea is that it can be used in so many different ways, and you can purchase this from Target.... but Miss 5th has already set up a template for us to use, so click on her name, the picture, or click here.

I just bought mine, so I am ready to go!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Do You Have a Summer Manifesto?

At the beginning of every school year I write a list of goals, and each summer I also write a list of goals. Then at the end of the summer, check to see how much of it I accomplished. I usually check my yearly goals at the end of the summer as well, since it is also the beginning of the school year.

This year I did not have enough time to even write out a list, although I had one in my head. At the top of my list was to "finish my thesis" and it is almost complete. Right now it is with the university editor. Yeah! I am sure I'll have some revision in the next week, but I am so close I can taste it.

Okay, so this morning I opened my computer to read what other teachers have been doing and I find that Kelly Malloy, from An Apple For the Teacher, has written a summer manifest with a really cute little beach theme. You will certainly want to read it here. I have definitely decided to join her challenge and write my own Summer Manifesto on her cute paper. Here it is.
These 10 things have been on my "to do" list for awhile now, but everything, and I do mean everything, has been on the back burner while I was working on my thesis. 

I should explain about the sand maps. I have a binder where I have been collecting maps from around the world, and my goal is to color them as I get sand from certain locations. I have seen how other sand collectors do their sand, so I am excited about getting started. 

My son is a law student and is living up in Sacramento. He is down for part of the summer and I am going to go up with him to take stuff to his apartment. I'm looking forward to some quality time spent with him. We just need to find something fun to do in Sacramento while we are there. He can't think of anything fun to do. Any suggestions?

I can't wait to get started reading. Before I started the Admin program I had read the Outlander Series and was waiting for the next book to be published. Once I started the program, leisure reading was put on the shelf, and meanwhile, the author, Diana Gabaldon finally published #8, but I haven't read it yet.

For school I have been wanting to read the Pirate books by Dave Burgess, so I'm going to start with 
I'm not sure which one to begin with, but since I am a teacher, I'm going to start here. Now, if one of my readers has a better idea for me to begin with, then just let me know. I am open to suggestion.

Have a great day everyone,

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Touch of Charm ... Quotes in the Classroom

The Thinker Builder as used Quotes in the classroom in a unique way. You need to check this out:

The Thinker Builder: Hidden Inspirational Quotes: Add a Touch of Charm ...: I love a good inspirational quote.  I also like displaying them in my classroom. But one of my favorite little tricks is to hide ...

Besides the great idea, don't you just love how Michael as decorated his classroom? A true artist!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Growth Mindset Resources ~ Hearing, Seeing, Reading, Tasting

Yesterday I featured some of the great resources that I discovered for growth mindset. Well, this morning I read about some new ideas that I must share! Megan, from Middle School Mob, shared her growth mindset snack.

Megan also offers this free recipe with the explanation for each of her choices. You will definitely want to click on her name or the snack picture to get this fabulous freebie, which is listed at the end of her post. 

As you read the Middle School Mob post, you will find a great book list that she uses as well as three terrific video clips. I have added the video clip links to my webpage where I am gathering online resources. You will want to take a look here.

I have also been gathering many pins for Growth Mindset so you will want to follow me on Pinterest.