Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Science Week - Day 3 Freebie

Need a Science Freebie?  Here is a small unit relating to Force and Motion.  Students explore the amount of Newtons it takes to move an object.   They also investigate static electricity and its ability to move objects.  This investigation includes eight pages with six guided investigations and room for reflection.  I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine did!!

You can download this from my TpT store HERE.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Favorite Science Books

Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Worm, and Diary of a Spider are among my favorites.  These books are written from the animal's point of view, and they are both entertaining and informational.  After reading, there are many activities that can be done with these books such as creating a calendar to keep track of the daily happenings of each creature, create a diary of another animal to mimic Doreen Cronin's style, or compare and contrast the characteristics of each character.

You may want to visit my classroom website where I have adapted a Webquest to fit the needs of my students.  You can find it here !

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Coins, Doubloons, and Money Too!

Beginning this week, my fourth graders will begin a Math unit on money.  While searching for activities, I was finding them few and far between.  So, I decided to make my one activity pack and make it available for others.  All of the activities within the pack can be used for centers, individually, or cooperatively with partners or whole class. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Coin Combinations

A little late, but I have an I have..Who has... game prepared.  Beginning tomorrow, my class will begin a unit on money.  I created this I have game for students to review coin combinations.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sentence or Fragment?

We have been distinguishing between complete sentences and fragments this week. Students have been writing and also identifying them in context. I created a sentence sort for students to identify them in isolation. Click the picture below.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Facebook Linky Party!

If you are like me, Linky Parties may be something new to you.  Well, I can tell you that they are AWESOME!!  I'm a blogger and even more so I'm addicted to searching for other blogs.  The Lesson Plan Diva is a fabulous blog and she just so happens to be having a Linky Party today to share Facebook pages.  You will find an abudance of blogs ogranized by grade level.

To join my Facebook page and to see all the blogs I follow, click on this Facebook button, or you can always like my fan page on the right!!!!  Let's party!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Anchor Charts

I am crazy about anchor charts! About five years ago I was introduced to the idea, and I have been hooked every since.  Starting at the beginning of the year the charts that we make together end up hanging from the ceiling.  By the end of the year they are all over the place. 

So, do they really use them?  My answer is YES!  It is truly a trail of their learning, and they are referred to consistantly.  At the end of the year in preparation for state testing, they come down.  My students always hate to see them go and think that our room looks quite empty.  I have seen my students look for a chart to find that they are no longer there, then chuckle because they forgot. 

Here are a few anchor charts that you will find in my room.

Monday, September 12, 2011

I have...Who has...

My class has been studying landforms.  I made this set of Who has cards for students to review.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Can I stump you??

Last week I wanted my students to practice identifying and writing complete sentences.  Modeling first, I wrote two complete sentences and one fragment. 


  1. Today I went to the movies.
  2. I saw.
  3. I bought popcorn at the movies.

The class was to determine which sentence was a fragment, find the fiction.  Individually the students chose their answers on a sticky note, and then together the team came together with a consensus. They found the fiction, the one that was not a complete sentence.  After students understood what I was looking for, what they were to accomplish, they set off to make their own.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Grandparent's Day Printable

We are celebrating Grandparent's Day at my school this week.  Here is a questionnaire that my students will fill out and give to their grandparents when they arrive for their special day.  The grandparents are sure to love their answers!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Student Learning Contract-Reading

Learning Contracts are extension activities for students.  They communicate to students that learning never stops, and they provide ongoing activities.  A great friend and mentor of mine created a student learning contract for reading.  I have adapted it to meet the needs of my classroom.  This is something that I hope to do more of throughout the year!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Common Core Posters

Have you looked at the Common Core Standards and felt a little overwhelmed? I know I have. I have created KID friendly Common Core Math posters for third, fourth, and fifth grade. I plan on copying my grade level posters onto cardstock, laminate them, and post them for students to refer to when starting a new concept.

You can find these posters in my TpT store.

Look for Language Arts Common Core posters to be available soon!