Earth Day - After the Fact...

Yes, I'm going to post about Earth Day.....yes, I know it's late....BUT I hope you see some fab ideas you can use and/or pin for next year:)  So buckle up and get ready for a bunch of pics and fun!
We started our day with this wonderful product from my buddy Ladybugs!
I can't even tell you how much fun my kiddos had with this AND it had a lot of the vocabulary words that we were studying in Science!!  Win, win!!
The kids worked in teams to decode the scrambled words!  I love the way she has this entire packet set up!

They worked hard and even had to pull in their dry erase boards to try to unscramble:)
We are still working on "part 2" of this packet which is designing a "green" classroom:)
After they spent quite a while working on their Earth Day Word Work, they needed a little break.  Next on the to do list was making a biosphere!  I did quite a bit of reading/researching about biospheres before I decided to tackle this project.  The original project I was going from suggested snails and ghost shrimp in the biosphere.  I went to a couple of pet shops and asked quite a few questions and explained what I was doing.  The last pet store I went to was quite helpful.  The girl helping me there said ghost shrimp aren't very hardy and may die quite quickly....well, didn't really want to traumatize the kids with that.  She said I had a few other options: one being a fiddler crab BUT if I had that, I couldn't have snails because he would eat them:/  My other option was a African dwarf frog.  Well, that's what I went with.
The girl was so nice, she even printed out several fact sheets about the frog for my students:)
You will also need plants (I got these from the pet store), rocks, pond water, distilled water, and a jar that can seal.
Here's our little frog and one of the 2 snails I got:)
Put everything in....seal it up and you're set.  P.S. did you know snails can't "right" themselves very easily?  Well, me either!!  So we had to set them carefully onto the bottom.
It will be a week tomorrow and everyone is doing great and the jar is as clear as ever!  We actually made a second biosphere:)  It's just waiting for me to get back to the pet store for some more critters:)
Give biospheres a try.  Super fun and the kids were beyond excited to do it!
Of course, it wouldn't be Earth Day without The Lorax:)
So made this treat and they snacked while I read:)
What on Earth would I do without Pinterest?!?!?!?!
Have a wonderful rest of your week:)


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:)


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 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!!

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