Thursday, June 19, 2014

June Currently

Hi there!

Sooo...I've joined up with my first Linky! I think that's what it's called...haha. Here's my June Currently, thanks to Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Edible Landforms

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my job? Today we did a culminating activity as an assessment for the students' landform unit, and it was so cool!

Students were given an assignment to create a "cookie island" including every landform we have studied this unit. Once they split up into groups, their first task was to plan out their island (where each landform would be located, what they would use for each item, etc.). Each group was given a cookie cake, mini donuts, chocolate chips, cookies, and three different colors of icing (green, brown, and blue). 

Once students came up with their plan, they began the creation of their cookie island. It was amazing to see how creative they could get with the materials they were given! 

After they created each part of the island, they placed a vocabulary flag on each landform.

Next, each student created a hand drawn map of the island, including every landform, a key, and compass rose. Once they drew their map, they colored it in. I am so impressed with how they turned out!!

Finally, once maps were drawn and messes were cleaned up, they presented their islands and then ate them! 

You can purchase this activity packet here! Just click the picture below to head to my TpT store. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Reading Buddy Celebration

Oh, how I love my job! 

Throughout the year, we've been reading stories with our second grade buddies. This has been an amazing opportunity for the fifth graders to model fluency, expressive reading, and a love for reading. The second graders have love, love, loved reading with their fifth grade buddies and I've noticed incredible improvements in their attitude toward reading as well as their ability. 

To culminate the year, we had a Reading Buddy Celebration. During our celebration, the students made a little memory poster of their year together. The second graders filled out a sheet telling what they enjoyed about reading with their reading buddy and what they learned. The fifth graders' sheet was similar, but they discussed how they noticed their buddies grew as readers. As they created their posters, they enjoyed some yummy popcorn! 

They turned out really well! 

Happy teaching! 


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Weather Forecasting

Happy Thursday!

What a crazy couple of weeks it's been! We have been working through a unit on weather forecasting and the kids are loving it! Recently, we studied weather symbols and reading a weather map. As a culminating activity, the students each got a different weather map, and they had to write out a full-page forecast for their map, using lingo and tone of a meteorologist. Then, they delivered their forecasts with their map behind them on the SmartBoard.

They did an amazing job! I wish I could upload the videos of their presentations, because they ROCKED them!


If you'd like the resources I used for this presentation, click on the picture below to head to my TpT store. :)


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Simple Machines, Motion and Forces...OH MY!

Happy Tuesday!

Much has been going on in our classroom lately. We've been working through a simple machines unit in science, and have just started a motion and forces unit. We did an experiment to test the mechanical advantage of each of the six simple machines (lever, screw, wheel & axle, pulley, inclined plane, and wedge) by following the scientific method. The kids really got into the projects, and so much learning was taking place! I love using the scientific method, because it really causes the students to THINK about what they're doing. They conduct each experiment with PURPOSE.

Here are the steps we took for each experiment:

1. We came up with a question we sought to answer about the mechanical advantage of the simple machine.
2. Each student wrote his or her own hypothesis.
3. We researched the simple machine (aka read about it in our science book/workbook).
4. Students designed an experiment to test the simple machine with a given list of materials.
5. Students tested the experiment in teams.
6. Students analyzed the results of the experiment.
7. We came up with a conclusion about how the simple machine made work easier and why.

We also practice the steps of the scientific method with this awesome resource made by Shari Beck. Lord knows our classroom loves task cards!! :)


Monday, February 24, 2014

Fifty Nifty United States

Hi there!

Currently, we are studying the geography of the United States. Part of this unit includes the creation of a ginormous United States, separated by region. Students worked in groups of two or three to create regions of the U.S. Each group was responsible for researching important landforms and waterways, cities, states, and resources in the area. Then, they were to design their region. They loved this project and it turned out great! Enjoy!  (Sorry Hawaii, we're still working on you!)