Thursday, November 24, 2016

Google Educator

So I was going through Pinterest and I saw a pin about becoming a certified Google educator. I thought "cool," so I have been going through the process of becoming a Google educator. It is giving me some amazing ideas. Unfortunately my school does not use Google Classroom but I believe that many of the lessons can still inspire teachers to take their students to a new level. For instance I have created a Youtube playlist for our unit on Earth Systems. I then posted it to our class website and encouraged my students to view the videos and to write an extra credit paragraph about what they learned. I also posted videos that answer many of the questions they put on our Inquiry Chart. It helps the students gain a deeper knowledge of the topic without wasting valuable class time. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Here is a link to the training website: Google for Education

If your interested here is also  link to my earth systems playlist: Earth Systems Playlist

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Back to School

    It's that time of year again. The time when all those little darlings come back from summer vacation. And all the work we teachers have done over the summer is finally going to be implemented. I did a lot of reading over the summer some PD and I feel like I am ready for a great new year. Tomorrow is going to be the start of a great year I can feel it.
     Last week, I worked hard on getting the class ready for my kids. I am usually not one for decorating my classroom. I feel that because the walls are going to be filled with charts soon I do not really need to make it pretty. On the other hand this year I did some decorating.

I put some nice wrapping paper on my desk so it is not too boring.

I got my door ready for this year. I found it on pinterest and I wanted to do it too. it is bare but I hope to start filling it out soon.

I also got my job board ready. and put up a cute calendar.

I am looking forward to a good year and I hope the kids are ready for an awesome year.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wild Reading


     I just finished reading Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller, and loved it. I picked it up at the library hoping it will help me improve my students reading habits. I was so inspired by a lot of what she wrote that I have big plans for next year. Not only did it make me want to be a better reading teacher but also a better reader myself.

    I plan on implementing her ideas as much as I can next year. I love her forms at the end of the book and will probably use a lot of them. Her ideas about creating a Graffiti wall for favorite lines from a book was inspiring, I intend on creating one in my classroom next year. I loved her idea of book commercials too. I think I will have the students do those as well, and the best commercial gets an honorable mention on the classroom website. I hope next year to encourage my students to be wild readers too. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Place Value Worksheets

This summer besides doing what I can to plan for next year I have taken on a tutoring job. I am helping a a 3rd grade girl who is falling behind in her Math. I had to go back to basics with her and go over place value. I bought a Math workbook from B&N but it didn't have enough practice for her. I needed more questions so I created some place value worksheets to help her. She did real well with them so I decided to post them to my TPT account. If your interested click on the image below to go to my store and check them out.

Here is a sample page as a gift.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Last Day

Today was the last day of school and it has been an exhausting trip to the end. My second year of teaching has taught me a lot. I have had ups and downs and got to know an amazing group of kids. Some I've had for two years some I have only just met this year, but each and everyone one of them have a place in my heart. I will miss many of them and I hope they will look back on this time fondly, I know I will. I look forward to meeting a whole new group of students next year. Yet in the meantime I will spend my summer getting ready for the next year.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Five for Friday 4-29-16

Its Friday!!!! I love Friday. Not only is it the last day of the week, but because of Friday prayer I only have my students for two hours. And one of those hours is independent study where my kids catch up on all late assignments. So I really only have one hour of teaching time, which is why Friday is awesome. But, that's not all it is also the day that this amazing linkup comes up and I just love it so much. I get so many new ideas, thank you so much.
And now with out further ado I give you my Five for Friday!
In class we are reading Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. We are also working on sequencing in ELA so I came up with this:
It's a comic book strip illustrating chapter 15 when Matt and Attean are confronted by a bear. I collected the images off of google image search (so if it belongs to anybody let me know so I can give credit). I thought it was pretty cleaver of me and I was really excited to do it in class. After I did it my students, lovely kids that they are, shot holes in my comic. So, I challenged them to do a better job as a team when we read chapter 16. 

I found this great Math website that has pixel art coloring pages, called Coloring Squared. With the current fixation with Minecraft the kids are really getting into the different coloring pages. The best part is the range of Math concepts that are in the coloring pages. I have done multiplication, division, and fractions. There are also rounding , angles, factors and a whole lot more.
Practice Multiplication Ninja 4th Grade Math Facts

I recently started selling on Teachers pay Teachers. I don't have much in the store but I hope to add more soon. Click on the tag above to go to my store and check out what I have.  

Shadow, the class hamster hanging out in my students pocket. He is adorable.

In Math we were learning about stem and leaf plots. So I made a chart with a stem and leaves. It helped the students visualize the concept. I used post-its for the numbers so that I could reuse the chart.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New TPT prooduct

I have a new product on TPT. It is a set of task cards for Math. I use them in class as a Math literacy enforcer. If the students are behaving they get the enforcer if they then answer the question correctly they get a point on their next assessment. Its a double reward, it gets them thinking about a concept as well as rewarding them for a job well done.
It has a set of 20 task cards for fractional part of a set. I also am working on a set for Function Rules and input output tables. Here is an example of one of the cards:

If you are interested in taking a look click on the picture below.