Monday, November 28, 2016

Super Savings with Cyber Monday for Teachers

We all love to save money at anytime of the year, but especially during the holiday season! Every product in my store is 20% off and if you use the code: CYBER2016, you will get an additional savings, for a total of 28% off. Bundled products brings the savings up to almost 50% off. Too see my products, just click here or on the picture above.

Here is a Quick Look at some of my Favorite Products:

Just click on the picture to go to the product.

This is the time of year that I really stock up. If you see any amazing deals, remember to share them with all of us, by leaving a link to the great deal in the comment box at the bottom of the blog.

Happy Shopping everyone!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

What's on Your "Technology Radar" this Holiday Season?

I have two things on my "Tech Radar". First, I am totally into the Mannequin Challenge this year, so I have created a list of things for my students to represent.
Here are a few of them:

The next big thing on my "Tech Radar" is the Hour of Code

The week for the Hour of Code is December 5-11, 2016

Here are some great resources:

Here is a video clip to show your class

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving STEM in the Classroom

The kids kept asking if we were going to have a party for Thanksgiving. I kept saying no. They persisted. I smiled and kept saying no. After a few days of this I finally admitted that we were not having a party, but that we would do a science lesson. They cheered!

Students measured out foil, designed their boats, and then tested them to see how much weight it could hold.

You can use any kind of weight: pennies, paper clips, teddy bear counters, magnets, tiles, etc. I used grams from various measurement kits.
There were several different boat designs. I have done this project for years, and have used many different materials for the boats. My favorite material is foil.

This STEM activity goes with Thanksgiving, the Colonies, The Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, and my beach theme, just to name a few. I have also done this activity during other seasons. In fact, this is the first time I have done it with Thanksgiving, but it really fit. I could have even had my turkey escape via boat.

It is easy to pull off. If you don't want to take the time to make your own instructions or reflection assignment, then feel free to check mine out at my store.

Besides getting this as a stand alone in my TpT store, you can also purchase it as part of a bundle.
Barge Building can also be purchased as part of this Beach Themed Growing Bundle, for an additional savings. Just click on the link or the picture.

Here is the worksheet for Barge building. Students estimate the weight they think their barge will hold, then test it. They subtract the estimate from the actual and subtract the difference from the total weight times 10.
Some extra math has been embedded into the work which the students will need to figure out. I have added a slide that will help explain the steps to figure out the math.

I think the reflection is one of the most important components to STEM activities. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Best Teacher Secrets Revealed

I can reveal the secrets of being the "best teacher" in one word!
Students love "hands on science". The more you do it, the more they love coming to school. It is loud and messy, but they stay focused, work together, and learn more. I see it as as Win-Win!

There are tons of freebies out there, and I have been collecting for Christmas! Instead of doing the old fashioned Halloween party. My whole grade level did a STEM project. I didn't have time to blog about it before, so I'm going to do that today. Tomorrow, I blog about our Thanksgiving Party.  I have to warn you that we did not call either one a party. We called them both STEM Lessons! Our students no longer groan when they hear the term science, or STEM. Instead, they perk up because they now know they are in for a treat. They are going to work hard and learn a lot. It's "their kind of learning."

One and a half tubs of round puff balls and two boxes of toothpicks were purchased for each class in our grade level. We handed each group the directions and told them to get started. (You can find the product in my store if you don't have time to create your own).

Students gathered their materials and got started.

They began with their base. Measured it, and then began building up.

The tallest one was over 100 cm. We hope to do it again in the spring when they understand the 
3d math a bit better. We would also like to compete for the tallest tower between the classes rather than just in our own class. Sound fun?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. And a special "Thank-you" to Chirp Graphics for this adorable little message. It was part of a free surprise by Chirp Graphics that you probably cannot live without!

For the remainder of Thanksgiving, I would like to offer my STEM activity, "Tom & Tammy Turkey in Disguise" as a FREEBIE
Once your turkey is made, then students have to devise a way for their turkey to escape. 
I have several options for the kids, but that part will come out next year, as I have to begin planning for December. I love Christmas STEM projects. Don't You? What is your favorite?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Classroom Mannequin Challenge Makes Movie Magic

Have you heard about the Mannequin Challenge? Well, I just recently found out about it while talking about lesson plans with colleagues. We decided the Mannequin Challenge would be a great idea for our ELD students, as it would give them a really fun opportunity to practice using technology (common core standard SL 5), collaboration, and writing (common core anchor standards W 6). We began to brainstorm some class rules that our students could portray because our school is in the first year of PBIS, Positive Behavior Intervention System. We now have our lessons ready for after Thanksgiving, and I have posted it in my store at TeachersPayTeachers at a discounted price for this holiday weekend.

We have created 36 task cards, which list many classroom and school - not rules, but ways of doing things. Here is an example:
The idea, is that students collaborate in teams to show both the wrong way and correct way of behaving for each activity. Students plan, create, and produce the video, and then write about it. Of course they show it to the other classes. We will then vote on the video clips that should be posted on our school website.

I would love to hear what you are doing with the Mannequin Challenge in your school. By collaborating, we can get better and better in what the students learn.

Until next time!
Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Design Tom and Tammy Turkey's Disguise

Just wanted to say a few words about this product. A retired school teacher came up with this idea one year as a "Pirate Party." This was a fun reward party for students.
I finally put it on TeachersPayTeachers this morning, and I have to say, I miss my good buddy teaching across the hall. Darlene is in her first year of retirement and is loving it. She gets to spend time with her newest grandbaby, and is probably not missing us at all.

Along with designing the disguise, students can also research turkeys using the links provided and create a foldable for their interactive journals.