Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hi friends,

 Well, it is the most wonderful time of the year! I know you are tired, too, so I thought I'd enlist help from the BEST TPT authors to help you prepare for these days before the holidays!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

It's Time to Plan for Some Awesome Christmas/Holiday Lessons!

Christmas is around the corner! It's time to plan some fun activities for your students while still engaging the curriculum! I've listed a couple of resources that my students really enjoy! Also, I'll be asking my fellow TPT authors to add their favorites! Hopefully this will help you get a head start on planning some wonderful lessons for your students!

 Multiplication Bump with Christmas Theme

Monday, 7 November 2016

Math Stations Made Easy!

The thought of setting up math stations in the classroom can be stressful! It takes lots of planning and practice, but it can be so rewarding for you and your students! Modeling correct behavior and expectations for handling materials is so important! I've include some step by step ideas that I used and hope these will help you! I created a power point with these pictures and used it as a tool to discuss math stations before we started them! It really helped! I hope these ideas will trigger some ideas that will work in your classroom! The boxes for storage and charts are from the Really Good Stuff Company and most of the student work is from Creative Mathematics. Teachers Pay Teachers is an awesome place to purchase math station resources, too!

Best Wishes for amazing math stations!

Here is a link to one of my free and paid resources that would work beautifully with math stations: Money Task Cards  and Multiplication Games !

 Money FREE Task Cards

 Multiplication Games

Friday, 30 September 2016

Remarkably Easy Way to Make Elementary Science Fun!

Is it hard for you to fit science into each week of instruction? Do you wish you had an  easy experiment to show the class? Do you wish you had an easy way to help students use the Scientific Method in a meaningful way? Well, help is on the way!

I've incorporated "Scientist of the Week" as homework and it was an easy and fun way to make sure there was science, using the Scientific Method, each week in class! I have created "Scientist of the Week Homework" available in my store to help you! I just revised this resource with a bonus experiment that is easy for you to use with the class!

Here is a photo of some of my students sharing their experiments! They loved being the one to share and watching their classmates share! At the end of the year, all of students could name the experiment that each of their classmates shared! It was so awesome! If your school allows,it's fun to take a picture of the child sharing and send it in an e-mail to the parents telling them how much you enjoyed their child's presentation!

I would suggest using some sort of random name generator to decide which child will present each week. That way it is exciting for the class and keeps things fresh! But, do keep a record of who has had a turn so there are no repeats until everyone has presented. 
Also, I would suggest only your class or maybe one other (if you're departmentalized) watch the presentations. That way you can keep the presentations to a 5-10 minute time slot. 
I think this is one of the best ideas I've used in my career for super easy and fun science and I'm so pleased to share it with you!