Sunday, March 29, 2015

"It's Worth It" Boxes and STEM Stuff!

DONE!  DONE!! DONE!!!!
Can you hear me screaming and shouting and jumping for joy?!?!!?  We finished the state test last week!  What a relief to have that behind me/us, done and over!!!!
 
I did want to share something with you that I made the night before the first day of testing for my teammies.  I was reading blogs and Pinterest and came across this precious, thoughtful, adorable idea by the sweet Miss Decarbo.  She made this precious gift for a Blogger gift exchange.  You HAVE to go over to her blog and read all about her "It's Worth It" box and grab the beautiful poem she wrote to go along with it!

That poem SOOOO spoke to my heart....we have all been there.....this year I feel like I have been there more....not due to my students....I LOVE them!  Due to the state and county changes in EVERYTHING....but I'm not going to get on a rant about that:/  Anyway, this poem really hit home with me:)  It's a precious reminder of why we do what we do!  I thought these would be great gifts/reminders to give my team on the first day of testing when things can get really stressful.  I'm making one for myself this afternoon because I love it so much:)
Just click on Miss Decarbo's button below to pop over to her blog and read all about it:)
 
http://secondgradesugarandspice.blogspot.com/2015/03/2015-teacher-tool-gift-exchange-linky.html
 
I also wanted to share a quick but super fun STEM challenge we did Friday:)
I found this STEM challenge from Vivify!  It is awesome!  All you need is pipe cleaners....Now, I have to admit....when I started reading it, I almost bailed because we have done a lot of "tower" challenges.....and then I read on.....

Well folks....a few minutes in, they have to put one hand behind their backs!  My kiddos freaked!

Then they got their hands back but couldn't talk!
It was really neat to see how they problem solved and worked through the different obstacles:)
Here are a couple finished products although they tipped over:/
Pop over to Vivify and check out this fun challenge.  It has the little script in the directions too!
 
Have a wonderful week everyone and a blessed Easter!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pizza Fractions Project!

I wanted to share a fun project my kiddos did.  We had been working on fractions and I wanted to come up with a little fun that would reinforce some of what they learned as well as let them have some fun being creative.  WARNING.....LOTS of pictures ahead....they all were so unique and creative, I had to share them all:)
Directions Google Doc HERE
We were fortunate enough to have a local pizza place donate enough boxes so each of my kids could have one.  This is the first time I have done this project.....I'm sure next time I will add to it but for a first time, I am pleased with it and THRILLED with how they turned out.
 
I typed up an instruction sheet for the kids to follow.  Basically, they were supposed to represent 5 different fractions using different toppings.  They had to include a "key" explaining their fractions.  For each of the 5 fractions they had to write 2 equivalent fractions.  They also had to write 2 word problems to go with their pizza:)

 
Some of them put their word problems on a different sheet or on the bottom:)  I absolutely LOVE how different each project is....some drew theirs, some used construction paper, some used playdoh, buttons, all kinds of creative ideas flowing:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I'm so proud of my kids and I know they are proud of their projects!  It was fun to see them bring them in every morning and everyone would gather around to take a peek:)  We were also excited because we got to display them in our Science Fair.  I know they aren't Science BUT I felt like they all had put too much work into them for just me to see them.  We got to set up a table to display them so others could enjoy their hard work.

 

Hope this is something you can use in your classroom as you explore and learn about fractions!
Have a blessed day all!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pre-Test Goodies for Kids and Teachers:)

It's that time....the state testing starts this week with our writing test and math and reading to follow in just a few more weeks....ugh!  My kiddos have been working hard and I want them to RELAX and know they have nothing to be nervous about:) 
They will be greeted with these little notes tomorrow morning:)

I added the little foam star stickers:)
These are a freebie at my TPT shop HERE.
There's a bookmark option too:)
AND....when we're talking about testing, you sure can't forget your teacher friends!!  I made these little Pre-Test Prep sets for my team:)



Chocolate cures everything, right?! 
I posted these on Instagram and had some requests for the tags, so here they are:)
If you would like a copy of the tags, you can grab them by clicking on the pic below:)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_bpKKqDdboMdmZoUVpLSWE0bHM/view?usp=sharing
(I hope the link works...it's been a while since I've used google docs to share...if it doesn't, please leave me a comment:)
 
I also FINALLY found some scented playdoh:)
I have been looking EVERYWHERE for this!!!  We are going to spend tomorrow afternoon before dismissal SQUEEZING out any worries we have:)
 
 
If you're testing this week, good luck:)  Have a great rest of your Sunday!