Monday, October 29, 2012

Multiple Choice Response Cards Freebie

Multiple choice is part of life nowadays.  We might as well spice it up.  Whether it's science, math, reading, or social studies, we can use these multiple choice response cards to see what our students know during review or after/during partner, group, or individual work!
In this freebie file, I included the traditional A,B,C, or D cards, but also created A/F, B/G, C/H, or D/J cards because sometimes that is how our questions are set up and 8 cards is just too many!  Keep the cards in a baggie or put them on a ring after laminating for easy use.

Find this freebie at my TpT Store!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Teach It: Ecosystems and Food Chains

Happy Sunday, y'all!  Today, I've got some of the best ideas and resources for teaching your students about ecosystems and food chains!

Games, Activities, and Information 

Bloggerland Ideas
4th Grade Frolics blogs about her students' Kagan group Food Chain.  This looks so fun and smart!

Third Grade Thinkers blogs about her students' Animal Project and Graphic Organizer.  This type of organizer will help kids out so much.  Her project is great.  Make sure you check it out.

Read Alouds

Science Penguin Resources
Click on the picture to see see the unit.

TpT Freebies
Habitats Snatch Game from One Room Schoolhouse
Habitats Adventure Writing from 3rd Grade Gridiron
World Habitats Mobile from Fabulous 2&3

Check out my other Teach It! posts and be sure to follow for more ideas!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Using Task Cards and Energy Task Cards

Task cards are all over TpT and why wouldn't they be...they're great!  Lately, I've been using task cards for math and reading small group and centers.

Small Group
My kiddos that groan at a worksheet enjoy task cards.  Sometimes, they pass them around, which keeps them efficient and keeps those minds from wandering.  Other times, I make a big pile and have them each draw a card, read it and give me their answer to check, then they keep going through the pile.

Scavenger Hunt
"Hide" the cards in the room and have students find the cards and answer them solo or in pairs.

Around the Room
Tape the cards to the wall around the room (or outside!) and have students go around and answer.

In a Center
This one is kind of "duh".  I keep the cards in a baggie with recording sheets and directions in a folder and students can complete them.

Early Finishers
Every class has at least one...usually more!  Task cards keep them engaged while other students are still working.

Put a card on the document camera or print on a transparency to get students thinking!

3 Minutes Until Lunch
When you have beat the odds and have 2 or 3 spare minutes (!) you can use task cards to keep it educational!

How do you use task cards?  I'm always looking for new ideas!

People loved the Nature of Science Task Cards, so I made some new Energy Task Cards, available in my TpT Store.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Owls Science Unit! Yeah!

There are owl decorations would be fun to learn about them, too!  I created my first big unit and it's all about owls!

I love teaching my students about owls and doing owl pellet dissections, so I compiled all of my activities into this 40 page science unit.  Your students can learn about owls, food chains, adaptations, and life cycles.

It also includes directions and student pages for an owl pellet dissection.  
My students have always LOVED this activity-- it definitely tops the list as the most memorable activity from the year! 

There are a lot of student pages and activities included including vocabulary signs, posters, and chart, food chains printables, life cycle of owls, owl photo cards, and more!

Check it out on TpT!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Science Acrostics Freebie

After the popularity of my post on using acrostic poems to reinforce science vocabulary, I decided to create a little freebie with 12 ready-to-print acrostics and some tips and ideas for using acrostic poems in science.  
Ideas for Use:
~ Create a bulletin board with your acrostics.
~ Use along with a craft.
~ Use after a lab activity.
~ Use after reading the textbook or a read aloud trade book.
~ Use as partner work in a center.
~ Fold and include in science notebooks.
~ Use as review before a quiz.

Ideas for Success:
Step 1: When starting science acrostics with my class, I first model one and complete a simple one as a whole class on a topic everyone is familiar with.
Step 2: Split the class into groups and provide books or resources for them to complete an acrostic together.
Step 3: Have students complete one individually and share their ideas.  They (and you!) will be amazed at the creative ideas they come up with!

Pick up your freebie on GoogleDocs!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Force and Motion Anchor Chart

Hey y'all!  I recently posted about making science anchor charts.

When I make science anchor charts, I have a basic poster that can be added to with little pieces that I make or print off or write on post-its.

While investigating force and motion, my students can reference this chart and it can serve as a visual review.  Post-its can include definitions, pictures, or both.
The cars are cut from notecards and you can use sticky tack to move the cars around.  They can start at the top when you first start the investigation.

Then after learning what happens when the cars go down ramps with different heights or surfaces with different heights, you can move the cars to show what happened. 

See more ideas for force and motion!

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