Saturday, April 18, 2015

Favorite Quotes Board

Hello!  I am thrilled to be linking up with the Bright Ideas Crew this month!!!
I wanted to share with you a board I made for my classroom.  I have a group of INCREDIBLE readers this year!  They are fab readers and thoughtful readers.  They really dig into their reading (and they love to be read to as well:).  To promote "digging into" what they are reading in a deeper way, I made a favorite quotes board. 
It's really easy to make!  I just used some black foam core and added a little duct tape around the edges to make it cute:)  I also added the letters.
As soon as I introduced it, the kids were nuts about looking for quotes to write on it.  I told them they had to be special or meaningful to them or the story....they couldn't just write any old sentence.

I am loving what they are coming up with.  Some of these quotes are fab!  I'm finding the quotes also stir up interest in the books they are coming from and make the kids excited about reading!

I would love for you to connect with me on Facebook or Instagram for other ideas:)
For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you!  Thanks for visiting:)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! - Book Tour and Giveaway

I am so excited to be writing this post and sharing, yet another wonderful book by Maria Dismondy!
Maria Dismondy is an award winning author, specializing in books about challenges children face.  A topic close to her heart, Maria's own childhood experience inspired her first book,  Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun.  Maria's dedication to empowering children with courage and confidence  has reached new heights, touching the hearts and hands of children the world over.  Grounded in her belief that all children deserve a voice, Maria's latest book, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor, drives home the important message of celebrating diversity with kindness, inclusion, and empathy.  As a sought after speaker, Maria spreads her message by presenting at schools and conferences across the country.  She holds degrees in education and child development.  Maria lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their three book loving-children.
I have used Maria's books for years in my classroom.  They are all fabulous, each with a wonderful message that really hits home with students.  All of her books have become staples in my classroom to teach kindness, empathy, and love. 
Would you love a copy?  How about a signed copy??  Well here's your chance to add this wonderful book to your library:) 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Made It - April

So I'm alllll messed up.  Yes, this is April Monday Made, I didn't post a Monday Made It for March.....state tests happened and spring break happened and I took a break...
So, now you're caught up and it's April and it's Monday Made It time:)
My first made it was another inspiration from my girl FARLEY of Oh Boy Fourth Grade!  She always has the neatest and most fun, random facts posted for her kiddos so I wanted to do something like that and involve my kiddos too!
I found this cute printable from the One Stop Teacher Shop and thought it would work perfectly:)  I am going to have the kiddos submit their fun facts:)
After they submit facts, I will chose a different one a day and write it on this board I made:)
I got this little chalkboard easel at Hobby Lobby and made the letters for it:)
I think my kids are really going to like this and I know they will come up with some fun facts:)
Made It 2 is another Pinterest inspiration.  The pinterest idea was on chalkboard paper (I think) but I couldn't find any.  What I did find was a HUGE sheet of black foam core.
I grabbed a fun role of duct tape to use as a border.

I'm going to have the students use the funky fun colored chalk markers and write down their favorite quotes from what they are reading.  This will be neat to look at and read all this different quotes they come up with.

I hinted about my last made it on Instagram and my FB page last's still a work in progress BUT the start of my VIP table:)
I have had this fab idea from The Tattooed Teacher pinned, screen shot, saved, and on my to do list foreverrrrrrrr.  Well, not forever but I have been dying to do it!  Go check out her VIP table and how it's set up...super cute and worth the read:)

Like I said, this is still a work in progress and I hope to get pics up soon with updates:)

Ok, that's all I've got for this one:)  I know it's a crazy busy time of year with testing and spring break and just nutty stuff....if ya have an idea or two, please link up:)  As always, this is open all month:)
Have a great week everyone!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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

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:)
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!