Sunday, May 7, 2017

3 Kingdoms and 6 Domains Differentiated Foldable

Are you looking for an interactive, differentiated way to teach the 3 scientific domains and 6 kingdoms?  Then you need to read on to see how I make a taxonomic foldable for students' notebooks!

I created differentiated pages for students of various learning needs. The one shown below is the fill-in-the-blank version I distribute to most students.  
I differentiate in the following ways:
For students needing a challenge: I have them copy the notes by hand and/or give them copy of the foldable that doesn't have the kingdoms/domains written in.  They must use their resources to find the answers and fill in the blanks independently.  
For students needing extra assistance: I provide them with a completed copy (the answer key) to either copy the answers into the blanks, or to keep and highlight as we go over the answers as a class.


We start by folding a piece of paper in half vertically and hold-punching it (so it will go in our 3-ring binder).  The picture below shows how we cut, arrange, and glue the 3 domains information on the outside cover of the foldable.  


3 scientific domains and 6 kingdoms interactive notebook foldable.  Differentiated fill-in-the-blank.


After the domain pieces are in place, students use their textbooks or online resources to write the appropriate domain in the blanks


3 scientific domains and 6 kingdoms interactive notebook foldable.  Differentiated fill-in-the-blank.


Next, we work on the inside flaps.  
First, students glue the 6 kingdoms on the right.  Then, I have students rewrite the domains on the left and draw arrows from the domain to the kingdom under which it is classified.  


3 scientific domains and 6 kingdoms interactive notebook foldable.  Differentiated fill-in-the-blank.



Finally, students write the correct kingdoms in the blanks on the right side of the paper.


3 scientific domains and 6 kingdoms interactive notebook foldable.  Differentiated fill-in-the-blank.



This packet includes:
~Suggestions for how to use the foldable in differentiated instruction
~Step-by-Step directions for completing the foldable
~Pictures for completing each step of the foldable
~Answers written on the picture guide to serve as an answer key

If you'd like to pick up a copy, click here.

Do you teach classification?  Do you have any foldables or interactives you would recommend?  I'd love to hear about what you're using!



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Teacher Savior: A Rice Cooker

Would you like a quick, healthy meal to keep up your energy for this crazy time of year?  Then check out how I use a rice cooker to make a quinoa, veggies, and rice bowl!



Rice Cooker meals, healthy home-cooked meals, 5 ingredients or less, meals in less than 30 minutes.



Sometimes we get so focused on finding ways to be productive at work that we forget to try to find ways to be productive at home as well.  You've heard it before, "You can't pour from an empty cup".  So, make yourself a healthy, filling meal that will be ready in no time!


Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup Shrimp (I used frozen)
2 cups Normandy-Style Veggies (broccoli, squash, carrots, cauliflower)
1/2-1 tablespoon Butter or Ghee
McCormick Perfect Pinch seasoning to taste


Directions:

1.  Put quinoa and water in bottom of rice cooker.
2. Put steamer basket above quinoa and water mixture.  Add veggies and shrimp.
3.  Use the "quick cook" setting on your rice cooker.  This should be done in approximately 20                minutes.
4.  When the cooker is done, put 1/2-1 cup of the quinoa with the veggies and shrimp in a bowl and stir in the Perfect Pinch and Ghee.



Presto!  You have a healthy meal + leftover quinoa for another time!



Do you use a rice cooker to make your meals?  I'd love to hear how!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equality or Inequality Sort

Would you like to teach/review addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations?  How about differentiating between equalities and inequalities?  Then check out this post on my Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equality or Inequality Sort!


Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equality or Inequality Sort



Students first solve the equations, which helps them practice the basic functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).  They then decide whether the equation is equal on both sides of the equal sign or an inequality.


Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equality or Inequality Sort


Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equality or Inequality Sort


You can let the activity by self-checking by providing students with the answer key or reserve the answer key and make the activity a formal assessment.


Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equality or Inequality Sort


If you'd like to pick up this packet, click here.


How do you teach/review equations and basic algebra?  I'd love to hear your ideas!






Sunday, April 16, 2017

Plastic Eggs and STEAM

Do you have a ton of plastic eggs left over from Easter?  Would you like to put them to good educational use?  Then read this post about how I use them in STEAM activities!


Math & Science Activities

Activity 1:  Play-Doh and Egg Towers
Skills:  Angles, height, measurement
Believe it or not, there's so many different angles and ways to build an egg tower.  Challenge your students to build the highest tower and use a ruler or meter stick to measure and make it official.


Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.


Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.



Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.


Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.





Activity 2:  Half-Shell Egg Towers
Skills:  Measurement, stacking, balancing
It's more challenging than you might think to balance the half shells of the eggs!  Have students make the highest tower possible and measure with a ruler or meter stick to measure the height.


Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.




Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.




Art & Science Activities


Activity 1:  Drip Painting
Skills:  Gravity, color-mixing

This painting activity from Learn, Play, Imagine is inspiring!  You can talk about the reason the paint falls through the egg (gravity).  You can mix colors and talk about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.


Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.


Activity 2: Stamping Letter and Words
Skills: Spelling, Circumference, color-mixing

In this stamping activity from I Can Teach My Child,  you can have students cut out large letters or words out of plain paper (or cut it out for them if they don't have the proper skills).  Then have them use half the egg to mix colors and stamp all over the paper. You can measure the circumference of the stamp circles and talk about the different primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.



Easter Plastic Egg STEAM activities.




Technology. Engineering & Science Activities

Activity 1: Egg Catapults
Skills: Angles, building using simple machines, angles

This egg catapult activity from Science Buddies is great for older students.  The project guide gives step-by-step directions on how to build the catapult and launch the eggs.  You can measure the angle of the catapult and measure the distance the eggs fly.  What a fun activity!





How do you upcycle your plastic eggs?  I'd love to hear how!



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Try Two-Voice Poetry and Figurative Language in Song Lyrics for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  Are you ready to do something fresh with your poetry unit?  Then my Two-Voice Poetry Packet and my Figurative Language Using Song Lyrics packet !


Two-Voice poetry is so inviting for students of all ages.  There's something so inviting about working with a partner to create poetry.  This Two-Voice Poetry Packet can be used at a poetry station or to help the whole class write a two-voice poem.  It includes:

Teacher instructions including:
~Book suggestions

Student instructions including:
~Graphic organizer
~Suggested Topics
~Example Two-Voice poems



April is Poetry Month: Two-Voice Poetry and Figurative Language in Song Lyrics.


April is Poetry Month: Two-Voice Poetry and Figurative Language in Song Lyrics.



Upper Elementary Two-Voice Poetry book suggestions:









Upper Elementary or Middle School Two-Voice Poetry book suggestions:














If you or your students like songs and lyrics, try my Figurative Language Using Song Lyrics packet!


April is Poetry Month: Two-Voice Poetry and Figurative Language in Song Lyrics.



This packet includes:
~A teacher direction page
~A student direction page
~A lyric sorting page
~5 pages of lyrics
~A color-coded answer key

This is an activity in which students are looking for similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification in various song lyrics.  They sort the lyrics according to what type of figurative language they represent and then draw a representation of their favorite lyric.


April is Poetry Month: Two-Voice Poetry and Figurative Language in Song Lyrics.



Do you have any mentor text suggestions for two-voice or figurative language in poetry?  I'm always looking for more ideas!







Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane-Velveteen Rabbit Reading Comprehension

Are you ready bunnies, read-alouds, and reading comprehension?  Then read on to see how I incorporate them in my The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane/Velveteen Rabbit Packet!





The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-Velveteen Rabbit Reading Comprehension Packet; Novel Study; Easter Reading




I love, love, love Kate DiCamillo!  One of my favorite books by her is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Upper elementary students love this book just as much as I do.  In case you're not familiar with the book, it's a fantasy book about a stuffed rabbit that becomes lost at sea and journeys around trying to find his way home.  It's a great book to talk about perseverance and the fantasy genre. I always like to read this book just before spring break because it ties in nicely with the season. 




The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-Velveteen Rabbit Reading Comprehension Packet; Novel Study; Easter Reading






Another of my favorite rabbit books: The Velveteen Rabbit. While these two books have completely different plots, they are similar in many ways. They both are of the fantasy genre, have a rabbit as the main character, and involve the loss of a favorite toy.



The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-Velveteen Rabbit Reading Comprehension Packet; Novel Study; Easter Reading




I like to read Edward Tulane as a class, and then split into pairs/small groups to read The Velveteen Rabbit.  

I created a  comprehension packet  for use with the books that incorporates the following skills/subjects:  

~Compare and contrast 
~Science (habitats/ecosystems) 
~Research (online and print resources) 
~Writing (conventions/editing/adjectives/creating mental images) 
~Comparing fiction/fantasy to nonfiction texts 
~Making inferences  


Do you love these books or similar titles?  I'd love to hear about your favorite rabbit books!




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Student Engagement/Review Activity: 4 Corners

Do you want an engaging way to teach or review material?  How about an activity that involves movement?  Then 4 Corners is for you!


I got my inspiration for this activity from Responsive Classroom's Middle School Motivators! 22 Interactive Learning Structures.  Even though is says "Middle School", this activity could easily be used for upper elementary students as well.


Student Engagement/Review Activity: 4 Corners



The idea is to be able to use a multiple-choice test have students moving to different corners of the room, marked with the letters of the test choices.  I made letters big enough to see from anywhere in the room with PowerPoint.  I decided to laminate them so they would last longer.


Student Engagement/Review Activity: 4 Corners



Once they were laminated and cut apart, I hot-glued them to each of the corners of the room.  This glue gun is awesome!  It has the capability to be cordless and stays hot for a long time.  It's one of my Teacher Must-Haves to Start the Year Smoothly.



                                  Student Engagement/Review Activity: 4 Corners




Student Engagement/Review Activity: 4 Corners



Student Engagement/Review Activity: 4 Corners





The last step is to read from the test or project it on the Interactive Whiteboard.  I have students pair up and discuss the answer before I let them choose an answer.  They must have a reason they can explain/support before moving to a corner.

And that's it!

Have you used any ideas from Middle School Motivators?  Do you use movement to review material in your classroom?  I'd love to hear about it!