Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scientific Method Foldable

I usually start off the year in Science with a mini lesson on the Scientific Method.  I have always used a foldable to show the steps of the Scientific Method in the past, however, I edited it this year to include the steps in the order in which we practice them in class.  I also added descriptions that better describe each step.




This editable PowerPoint includes:
~Directions on how to cut, fold, and glue the foldable.
~The 6 steps to the Scientific Method (Problem, Hypothesis, Experiment, Observation, Results, Conclusion).
~Brief explanations of each step to guide students in their thinking.
~Space for students to write their thinking for each of the steps.


You can pick up a copy by clicking here.

Do you have any graphic organizers or foldables that make teaching the Scientific Method easier?  I'd love to see your ideas!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Math Vocabulary Station

Since I am revisiting how my Guided Math stations work this year, I noticed how my Math Vocabulary Station needed tweaking.  One thing all my students need practice with is identifying the operation words in word problems.  So I created a little game to help them practice identifying addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division words.



Students take turns drawing cards with key words on them and identifying which operation they apply to.  If they get the right answer, they can advance their game piece on the board.




This editable PowerPoint includes a vocabulary game and word cards to help students recognize words related to:
~Subtraction
~Addition
~Multiplication
~Division
It includes:
~A game board
~8-10 words for each concept
~An answer key for self-checking

You can pick up a copy by clicking here.

How do you teach vocabulary in your math class?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale!

Tomorrow is the huge Back to School on TpT!  I'm so excited!  I am participating in the sale.  I am offering 15% off my products and TpT will give you a code to increase that discount to 23%!  So come grab some already cheap stuff for even cheaper on August 4th and 5th!



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I already have things on my wish list that I want to purchase.  Do you?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's Time for a Sale!

I am a lover of all things on sale.  As such, I thought I'd share with you that TpT is having their big Back to School sale August 4th (Monday) and 5th (Tuesday).  I will definitely be buying things in preparation for the beginning of the school year!





So in the spirit of Beg, Borrow, and Teach!, I am participating in the sale.  I am offering 15% off my products and TpT will give you a code to increase that discount to 23%!  So come grab some already cheap stuff for even cheaper on August 4th and 5th! 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Taking Another Look at Guided Reading

I had a tough time fitting everything into my Language Arts block that I needed to do with the students last year.  So I'm taking another look at what I'm doing and when with each small group.  I created a PowerPoint with directions for me and visuals for the students.



This is part of the station rotations template that I will use to track what the students are doing at each station and when.




This is the poster of the "Must Do" activities at the Catch Up Station.




This is the poster of the "May Do" activities at the Catch Up station.


This *mostly* editable 23 slide PowerPoint includes:
~How to Use the Guided Reading Stations
~Station rotation chart with station descriptions
~May Do and Must Do posters
~Polka-Dot station labels
~Polka-Dot reading group labels
~Polka-Dot spelling group labels


You can pick up a copy by clicking here.


How do you fit in Guided Reading, Writing, and Word Study?  I'd love suggestions and/or comments!


 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Taking Another Look at Guided Math

I already use the Guided Math model for my math instruction, but I want to revamp it so things run a little smoother next year with the station rotations.  In an effort to do this, I created a PowerPoint with what I will need to display the information so it is easily accessible to me and the students.

This editable Guided Math Station packet includes:
~Guided Math Lesson Plan Template
~Directions on how I use the packet for Guided Math
~How to choose what stations different students will start with each day
~"Must Do" vs. "May Do" activities for each station
~Polka-dot station label cards and group numbers


These are an example of what the station label cards look like.

Pick up your copy by clicking here.

Do you do anything like this?  I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

End of Year Letter to Next Year's Students

At the end of each school year, I have the students write a letter summarizing their experiences.  I put them out on the desks for next year's students on Back to School Night.  It's a fun project for this year's kiddos, and I always like seeing the looks on the faces of next year's kiddos as they read about what's in store for them.

First, I print several copies of the outline (see the first page example below).  I make sure there's at least one copy for every two students to share.  Students do NOT write on these.  Instead, they will copy the sentences on notebook paper to make the letter.  I will allow students to write on the outline if they need that differentiation, but most do just fine with copying it onto paper.


For those students needing a challenge, I included the following activity.  They love drawing their favorite parts of our room!



I also included a rubric because I find that students need clear expectations of how to complete the assignment and it helps with self-editing.


You can pick up a copy by clicking here.

 This customizable PowerPoint includes:
-A letter outline with fill in the blanks. This can be used as an organizer or as the letter itself. I have students copy the outline onto notebook paper unless they need differentiation.

-A rubric for students to use for self-editing and teacher grading

-A challenge assignment for early finishers           

Do you do an end of year letter?  If so, I'd love to hear what you include!