Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Made It - November

Time is flying by and before I know it Christmas will be here!  Yikes!
Things have been a little crazy/busy to say the least but I was able to get a few made its together:)  If you follow me on Instagram, some of these may look familiar...sorry:/
Last year about this time I made a burlap wreath....I looked for a pic to show you before and after but couldn't find it:(  Take my word for was a little puny and crafting has evolved, thank the Lord...anyway, I stripped it completely apart and started over with some of the burlap, but also adding the "netting" ribbon I have seen so many wreaths made out of:)
I love it but felt like it needed a little color so I added some peacock feathers:)
Each year my kiddos love to do AR.  Each quarter they get individualized goals and then we track their progress in the classroom with this
I also wanted to recognize the students who made their goal, so I came up with this:)
This is hanging just outside my classroom.  The kids LOVE the football theme:)
This made it was a last minuter (not a word, I know...consider it my 4th made it..LOL) but WAY worth it!!!!  When I saw this on my friend's blog, I knew I had to make one!
This is my new Class Goals SMART board.  Have ya heard of SMART goals?  Well I'm not gonna say anything more;)  You have to go to my buddy 3rd Grade Thought's blog to read all about it!
Just know that I am completely jazzed and excited to start this in my classroom this week:)

I also got these to go with it...'ll have to go check out Stephanie's blog and read all about it to see what they are for:)
So now it's your turn to link up your fun!  Remember, this is open all month to link up!  Also please remember to leave some love at the blogs you visit:)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

STEM, Spiders, & Sticky Webs

What a week!  Lots of fun with learning this week!  I wanted to share some of the things we did.
We have been working on main idea and details and it fit in perfect with our Science unit.   We read a National Geographic Leveled reader called Web Wizards (I'm pretty sure I blogged about this last year.)  Then the students had to fill out my Spider Stuff sheet which had to include:
- Main Idea and details about a section called Silk Samplers
- The life cycle of a spider
- Difference between a spider (arachnid)  and an insect
and here's where the fun comes in.....they wrote by glow stick light:)


They loved this:)
Next up, STEM activity:)
This is a great activity from Smart Chick Teaching Resources!  (She has tons of GREAT STEM activities!  You can check out her store here!)
This fit in perfect with our Science unit as well.  The students had fun designing spider webs out of dental floss.  Some of them got really creative!
Charlotte's Web anyone?

This spider was apparently in a festive Halloween mood:)  Pumpkin web:)

I had them work in pairs for this one:)  I LOVE, LOVE hearing all the brainstorming and chatting they do in their design phase.
Our next STEM activity also tied in with the whole spider/web/halloweeny kinda theme.
The students had to design a spider....but not just any spider...there were some things their spider HAD to include:
1) they had include some type of item they were recycling....cardboard, water bottle tops, toilet paper rolls were some of the items they could choose from
2) their spider had had to have some "correct" spider parts: 8 legs, 2 body parts
3) they could be as creative and colorful as they wanted
Here are a few of the results....some aren't done yet.


I love how creative they are.  Hoping to tie in some more spider main idea and details with some Popplet creating this week! 
Have a blessed Sunday!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

STEM with Pumpkins

Happy weekend!  I wanted to share a fun STEM activity we did this past Friday that would be perfect for this week too because we use pumpkins!
But not pumpkin pumpkins......these are called Ju Ju Pumpkins and my teammate found them at Walmart (Thank you Ash! I know, I know...I'm welcome!)  They come in little tubs....I'm a spaz and didn't think about taking pics until it was too late:/  We went through 6 tubs of the pumpkins and boxes of ROUND toothpicks.  I saw this idea on Pinterest. It's from Lemon Lime Adventures:)  You can read more about it HERE.
For this challenge I let the kids work in partners:) I even let them choose their partners....I know, I on the  I wanted to give them a little more freedom with this challenge as opposed to our last challenge....all that I "required" was that it had to be a 3-d, free standing structure.
They started the challenge with 5 minutes of brainstorming, planning and sketching:)
It is SOOOOO neat to walk around and watch and listen to their minds at work:)
Then they were set free to build:)

I am absolutely blown away with what they came up with!!!
Each design so unique and different!

They had a blast doing this!  With each STEM challenge we do, we are getting better and better at designing and then more importantly, when we are done, looking at what worked, what didn't and what we would do differently. 
Hope this is something you can use this week!
May we all survive "Halloween" week!!  Eek!
I also wanted to let you know I am having a sale on all my Fall related items!
20% off until midnight:)
Have a blessed week!