Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Made It - October:)

It's that time again and YEP, it snuck up on me!!!

Don't forget to link up:)  You can link up any time during the month:) 
My first made it is just in the beginning stages....I am starting to plant my fall pots:)
I wish I had more done to show you but this was all I got done:/  I also just had to share this video.  Gardening is like therapy to me:)  Now that our Florida weather is cooling off a little...high 80s I want to be outside all the time.  This little guy visited while I was sitting in the back
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I made a new set of task cards:) 
Lots of addition and subtraction practice:) 
If you would like to read more about them, they are HERE:)
We will be using these during math workshop:)
I have been in desperate need of making some new multiple choice fans!  The set I have been using have lasted a few years and are starting to split and get dirty!
I got some new colorful sticks and some stickers:)
I put the stickers on the sticks and hit them with a coat of mod podge.  Then hubs joined in the fun and drilled little holes in the ends and put them together with little bolts and nuts:)
The kids will be thrilled!  We use these almost daily in small groups:) 
I am kinda bummed because I don't think they are as cute as my last sets....the stickers looked cuter with the white background....but they will work just fine;)
My last made it.....I didn't make.  I printed, laminated, and cut out.  It is from my bud, the Fab Farley!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/oOgLy-BoOgLy-Halloween-Task-Cards-Multistep-Problem-Solving-1494493
This is AWESOME!!!!  I can't wait to give it to my kids!  It's multi-step word problems!
I LOVE it!  The graphics are adorbs and I love how she included a little "book" for the kids to do their work in.  I'm actually going to hand this out this week and give them until Halloween to get it done.  They can work on it any time they have a few free minutes.  I am also going to add it to our math workshop:)  Check it out HERE!!!
 
Ok gang!  That does it for me!  Can't wait to see what ya'll have in store this month:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Friday, October 10, 2014

STEM and STUFF...5 For Friday!!

Yes!  It's been a while since I have had time to sit down and blog!!!  Ugh!  Where does all the time go?!  I am linking up with my bud Doodle Bugs for 5 for Friday:)
 
Here's a peek at my week and 5 random things:)
I had a wonderful weekend up at FSU seeing my girl and going to my first FSU game!!!!
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We have really been working hard on our "Think Math".  This AMAZING idea is from Scholastic.  You can read all about it HERE!  The kids are really getting the hang of it and they love figuring out more than one problem to go with the answer.  I love that about this activity!

 
We did a super fun STEM challenge from Get Caught Engineering:)
                


                
They had to design the tallest tower with spaghetti and marshmallows:) 

                   

They loved this and I loved listening to their plans and thinking:)
 
I got an amazing timer in the mail this week from ThermoWorks and have had a blast using it!
I use a timer for math workshop and Daily 5!  Love this one!  It's called the TimeStick:)
 
 
We had fun using our IPads during small groups taking notes and highlighting our text (THANK YOU ASH!!)
 
 That's a little bit of randomness from my week!  Have a blessed weekend everyone!

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pens, Popplets, & Pails

Life and school have been crazy busy but I wanted to POP in and blog about my 3 P's this week:)
 
PENS!
First of all, LOVE when I get fun mail!  I got this awesome pack from Pilot pens filled with all kinds of goodies that are FAB for teachers!
LOVE this fun box all the pen goodness came in!
The FriXion line has erasable highlighters and erasable pens!  Gotta love that for a teacher!

Perfect for grading papers!  I really love the fun colors!  I hate grading papers with red....so anything but that for grading is great:)
They also have a new line called B2P or Bottle-2-Pen which is made from recycled plastic bottles.  Who doesn't love when a company is recycling:)
Fun colors in these too!  Thanks Pilot!  Love all these!!!!
 
POPPLETS!
This week we played around with using the iPads to make some popplets.  They are kind of like the equivalent of a thinking map....lol.  The kids loved it.  There is a free app....Popplet lite or the full Popplet version you can buy...either one works great:)  
 
Here are some of the Popplets they made.  They each chose a vocab word from the reading story we are on. 
We did this in a small group so I could guide them through their first one...after that they are on their own:)
For this one I wanted them to include a pic, the definition, use it in a sentence and their name.  Once they are done, I had them screen shot it, that way I can go into the pics and find them and know which one belongs to which kid:)


They can get creative with colors too (I think that is on the paid one...maybe both).  This was just an intro to the app....the sky is the limit for what all you can have them do with them:)
We are going to be tackling some Science with Popplets next week:)
 
PAILS!
We had our first book auction this week! (pails...lol)
I got a stack of new books from Scholastic and used those for the auction.  The kids were so excited, I am going to have to do this often!!!  I am going to try to do it on Fridays because they do their Book Frenzy on Mondays and this will be one in their baskets:)  Although, they were so excited, the ones who got the books this time just may have them read when school starts tomorrow:)
I am blessed to have such an enthusiastic group of readers this year!  Makes this teacher's heart so happy.  They were also great sports and cheered for the ones who got books:)
I have blogged about book auctions/raffles before so if you want to read more, click HERE:)
Have you used Popplets?  I would love to hear how you use them in your classroom:)
Have a great week!!!