Monday, December 31, 2012

Out of this World Science Small Groups

I've compiled some of things I've written about small groups into a little guide on GoogleDocs for my followers and science friends.  I wanted to make implementing small groups as easy as possible if you're new to the idea!

With standardized testing coming up for science, I've found small groups to be extremely beneficial.  While I have no scientific data, I've seen low benchmark scores go up to passing and even in the 90s after small group science.  That's enough data for me!

Also, just a little note...I'll be putting more of my free items on GoogleDocs (instead of teacher stores) in the future and linking to them from my blog, so be sure to follow my blog so you don't miss anything!

Click the pic to download the free file.

I have another guide for Out of this World Science Stations!  Click the pic!

Adding on my Currently!!!  Boom, baby!
Head over to Farley's to link up!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Student Teacher, "Buh-Bye" Sale, and a Blogger Meet-up

Hey y'all!  I hope everyone is having a fantastic break! 

New Student Teacher...
I found out that I'm getting a student teacher in January, which I'm super excited about.  I got Rachelle's Student Teacher pack and filled it all out to get ready and made a cute little welcome basket  (I need to add some REAL candy!).  She can keep her supplies in the bucket and use it the whole time she's with us.  Check out The Caffeinated Teacher's post on getting a student teacher.

Sale Time...
I don't do a lot of sales, so take advantage of my Buh-Bye to 2012 Sale at my TpT Store.  Everything is 10% off!  I have tons of math stuff in my store featured in my new blog,  The Math Penguin.
Click the pic to visit my store!

Blogger Meet-Up...
Last night, I was able to attend a fabulous blogger meet-up in San Antonio!  Here are the awesome ladies that were there.  Make sure to check out their blogs.
Thanks to Jennifer's camera!
My Life as a 3rd Grade Teacher
Have a great start to 2013!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Space: Great Trade Books

Our unit on space is coming up and I started thinking about my favorite books to help teach my class about our solar system!  Here's my favorite read alouds.  They are great for discussion starters, clarifying concepts, clearing up misconceptions, and introducing new material.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Completely Unrelated to Science!

Holiday Fun
Shhhhh...don't tell anyone, but we've been having some holiday fun in my classroom!  Today, we reviewed for our end of unit test on all operations using holiday themed task cards in a scavenger hunt.  We read holiday books, worked on rough drafts of a Show, Not Tell for what it's like as an elf in Santa's workshop, and ::gasp:: started on an elf craft!
The task cards are from my fab friend at 4th Grade Racers.  You can grab them for free in her store here!
The elf glyph is from Glyph Girls.  You can purchase it from their store here!

Parent Gifts
We will make our parent gifts on Friday.  My teammate and I made these last year and I loved them!  Here's a pic of my sample.
The Math Penguin
Finally, The Math Penguin is real!  I'm working on getting the domain to redirect and my site-cuteness isn't up just yet, but come follow because I have some goodies in store for you!

Some Fun Purchases
I bought myself a personal laminator and sheets as well as a circle cutter.  I'm not enough of a crafter to buy a whole "cutting system", but I am terrible at using scissors.  So I bought it.  And it wasn't expensive.  :)
Check it out on Amazon!

Check it out on Amazon!

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's Earth Science Time!

Last week, we got started on one of my favorite things to teach: earth science!  I thought it was totally lame when I was in school, so the challenge to make it interesting and understandable is a lot of fun!

I have my vocabulary chart up and ready to go!  It has 8 important terms for slooooow changes.

I love using hand signals when talking about weathering, erosion, and deposition.  The kids like the loud CLAP!  We say the words and definitions as we do the motions. 

Weathering- the breaking down of rock {hands sprinkling}
Erosion- the movement of sediments {hands swoosh forward}
Deposition- the dropping off of sediments in a new place {top hand comes around and smacks the bottom hand}
Pay no attention to the long, paint-free alien fingers!
This week, we are making this foldable for the causes of erosion.

 We are also making this foldable for the process of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  I like this one because it looks a little different!

We will be doing the station activities for Landforms.

After Winter Break, we will do Slow Changes to Earth's Surface stations and create some models for how wind, water, and glaciers change Earth's surface.  In the past, I've used stations and daily labs.  I haven't decided how I want to do that just yet...

Laura Candler has a great sorting freebie to review weathering, erosion, and deposition!

Here's some YouTube video clips I like:
There's a bunch of lame ones out there, too... I like BrainPop!

Check out my Teach It! Post with lots and lots of weathering and erosion resources and ideas!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Math Penguin {News, Freebies, and New Products}

Hey there, everyone!  I've been a very busy penguin again.  Is there really any other kind of penguin?  Well, maybe, but anyway...I've started on a new endeavor and I hope I can get some support from my followers.  In addition to being The Science Penguin, I will also be The Math Penguin.

I'm still in the process of getting everything set up, but I have spent many, many hours creating 2 math intervention packs for 4th grade.

Students requiring math intervention need the teacher to have a plan in place while in small group.  I have to admit that is not always the case when I pull my students for small group math.  They learn, of course, but I want them to get more out of it.

What I've noticed in schools I've worked at is that "extra" resources for this are scarce and I haven't found any I can purchase that fit my students' needs.

In comes my 4th grade Intervention Math Packs.  I have one for elapsed time and one for fractions.
They both consist of 8 lessons that can (although things happen!) be completed in 20 minutes.  The lessons go step by step and rely on manipulatives (included in the packs) and pictorial models.

Click the pic to check it out!
Click the pic to check it out!

Life Cycles Teaching Tools

I have always taught my students about life cycles in the spring, but it will be here before I know it!  So, I gathered and updated my resources and created a jam packed file of tools for teaching about life cycles.
Included: life cycle puzzles, foldables, vocabulary break-up cards, colorful posters, plant investigation, and A LOT MORE!
Click the pic to take you there!

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Animal Adaptations Teaching Tools

Life science is a lot of fun to teach!  However, teaching about animals can be difficult when you don't have a variety of animals in your classroom to observe up close.  I have a new product out with tools for teaching your students about animal adaptations.  There are a variety of resources that can be used in a variety of ways.

In the packet: break apart adaptations matching, bird beak investigation and foldable, charts, mimicry photos and information, camouflage bulletin board pages, adaptations project

Click the pic to check it out!

I also have some other resources for adaptations:
Owl Adaptations
Adaptations Stations

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