Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tried It Tuesday {The Quietest Pencil Sharpener}

With testing quickly approaching I decided it was time to try out The Quietest Pencil Sharpener to assist with ALL those pencils.  I currently have the following electric pencil sharpener.  It was VERY expensive and does it's job. It's loud and messy...do see all the smeared pencil shavings and lead!?!

I couldn't wait to receive my new sharpener!  I attached mine to a bookshelf, there is no lip on the countertop in my room so this was the next best thing.  I couldn't wait to test it out, the kids were also excited about it too!

I found two of my students pre-sharpened pencils and tested each one of them out in each sharpener.  I couldn't believe how long the lead was on the one from Classroom Friendly Supplies!  Normally, it would fall or break off from any other pencil sharpener.  The sharp point is perfect for all those bubbles on our upcoming State Assessments!
 Here is a comparison of the two pencils...can you believe the difference!?!

One of my friends tested out my new sharpener and wanted one for herself.  She sent out an email to our staff asking if anyone else wanted to order one, if you order more than one it ends up being cheaper.  Eleven other teachers also wanted this awesome pencil sharpener!  When she sent out a final email for ordering our Principal sent her a message and asked if he could help out with the order, she asked if he would pay for it and he did!  How cool is that!?!  

You can now find The Quietest Pencil Sharpener in an array of colors all over our school!

To order your sharpener please visit www.classroomfriendlysupplies.com, maybe you can convince your principal to order them for your school too!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mathematical Monday {Product Link Up}

I had a post planned for today, teaching decimals on a number line.  I didn't get it done because I am exhausted and READY for Spring Break.  Many of you are currently on Spring Break or have had your break.  Mine doesn't start until 12:30 this Friday.

So let's do a fun product linky!  I haven't done one in awhile and it's easy! :) Feel free to link directly to your product or back to your blog. Please only ONE product, thanks!

I am linking up my new Measurement Review Task Cards, they are on sale for $1.00!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mentor Text {Count On Frank}

Today I am linking up with my girls Amanda and Stacia over at Collaboration Cuties!  I have discovered the text, Counting On Frank by Rod Clement. I just ordered this book to use as a review and as a way to introduce measurement to my class.

First, the illustrations are amazing and I know my kids will love them too!  The story is of a boy, he does not have a name in the story, and his dog Frank.  The boy uses Frank to help solve problems and provide the reader with random facts.

The author builds upon the problems in the text, for example for "Roomful of Franks" you will need the answer to question on to solve problem number two.  Problem two reads, "If eight of these Franks went out for a walk, how many would that leave in the house?".

This book is 33 pages long and I can't wait to use it with my kids.  I did notice on Amazon that it is not available in "New" condition so I am assuming it is no longer being printed.

 To go along with page 28 I am going to use my Measurement Review Task Cards.  I created 20 task cards that review metric and customary units of measurement.  ALL of the questions are word problems, ten are multiple choice and the other ten are multi-step/critical thinking tasks.  I have made them April's $1.00 DEAL!

If you haven't grabbed this GREAT deal by Educents you should!  One of my favorite lessons/products from this bundle is Cooking With Science by Teaching with a Touch of Twang.  It's a FABULOUS lesson for Physical and Chemical changes with a real world connection!

I hope you stop by for tomorrow's Mathematical Linky post!  I am sharing how we used decimals on a number line.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Six For Saturday

Last week we took our local Benchmark Assessment, this was the last practice test before the BIG ONE in May.  Our 4th grade team found out on Tuesday that we ranked FOURTH in ELA in the district AND FIFTH in Math!!!  There are 56 elementary schools in our district, so needless to say we are SUPER excited!

During testing last week we read Fireflies! by Julie Brinkloe and created my Lapbook for this book.  I didn't want to stress my students out during our local assessment and decided to have a little fun and provide my kiddos with a craftivity.

They loved it and didn't even realize they were reviewing skills such as fact and opinion, theme, similes, story structure, and text-dependent questions.

I got a pedicure this week!  I haven't had a pedi in over a year...oh my poor feet!  I went out of my comfort zone and went bold with the color.  :)

When I got home I told my hubby I think my feet are saying it's time to go to the beach!

Are you going to get up early on the 15th to see the lunar eclipse?  Not sure if I am going to be able to get myself out of bed, but at least my students are prepared to view this phenomenon if they get up.  This week we created Collaboration Cuties Moon Book from the Educent's Intermediate Science Bundle.

I included two of my Interactive Notebooks in the bundle as well!  A great deal packed full of fun hands on Science activities and lessons to use at the end of the year after testing!

FEUL Your Faith with Joy in the Journey

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Lately I can feel the changes God has been working through me, and I love the results!  When we transform to live by God's word rather than the world's ideas AMAZING things can happen!


Thursday I lost it!! I couldn't take my students interrupting instruction anymore with arguments over highlighters, dry erase markers, color pencils, etc.  I asked them if they wanted me to send them down the hall to Pre-K where that is a big deal.  I went around and collected ALL of their supplies except for a pencil.  One more week until Spring Break....I CAN MAKE IT! :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Workshop Wednesday: Shoot for the Moon

I don't know about you, but I often find it difficult to teach Science.  Sometimes it's hard to find time in our day to complete a quality science lesson or activity.  This year with the use of my Interactive Science Notebooks I have been getting to Science more than before, and the best part I ENJOY teaching it!  

This week we worked on Phases of the Moon and I was able to tie it back to our literacy lessons as well...double like!  
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We read The Man in the Moon for our RL skills and What the MOON Is Like for our RI skills.  We related facts from our informational text to information presented in our fictional text.  I love this time of year of teaching because the students are able to make the connections as we are reading, not after I ask them comprehension questions!

As you know I LOVE using technology and videos in all of my lessons.  We watched Brain Pop's Moon video and Phases of the Moon video, and my students took notes as they watched.  

Students then created Collaboration Cuties Moon Book to show what they have learned this week.  I love to save my copies so I copied the book in mini-size!  My kids actually like working on the mini-size books, my girls think they are cute and my kids who don't like to work think they are doing less.  (When in reality they are doing the same work, they just have to write smaller :) )

My students enjoyed making their books and couldn't wait to take them home and share them with their parents.  To extend our skill I told our kids that there will be a LUNAR ECLIPSE April 15th!  Even though I want them to get their sleep I told them to set their alarms between 2-4 AM to look out the window for see the phenomenon. 

Science is just so fun to teach.. I hope you share the love! So some friends and I have teamed up with Educents for an amazing bundle of instant downloads for you!

For a limited time it is $10.99 from Educents which is about 65% off!  It also includes these other great products so there is sure to things you love!  

You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!
Have fun teaching everyone!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mathematical Monday {Decimals}

Today we started our lesson with a Meaningful Math Task from my district.  I forgot to take a picture of the task on the board, so this is the short version.  My students then answered the question on their student whiteboards.

 I was able to quickly determine who already had made the connection with tenths and hundredths, as well as how they determined their answer.  I could also determine who needed more assistance with this concept.  I love using a writing and critical thinking opener for my math lesson to help determine which direction I need to go with my lesson.

The way some of my students think amazes me.  Reviewing their thinking also teaches me new ways of thinking about how to solve the problem.  My student who turned the decimals into fractions and then cross multiplied blew me away with her choice of method on how to solve this problem. She usually struggles with the introduction of a new skill, today was our first day comparing fractions, and I was impressed with what she came up with.  I even used her answer as an example for the rest of the class.

After students solve the Meaningful Math Task we discuss the variety of ways they solved the problem and relate it to our skill for the day.  We practiced comparing decimals with problems I had on the Smartboard.  Students used their white boards and laminated 100's boards to solve independently and with a partner.

I passed out Joanne's Decimal Scoot cards and had students write the decimal and fraction for model on their card.  Students then paired up with a partner and compared the two fractions.  I had them pair up and compare decimals with a total of three classmates.

Decimal Scoot Game {Task Cards}

By the end of the lesson students had determined their favorite way to compare decimals, either by using models, using fractions, or comparing place values.  They all did awesome on their independent practice!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I {Heart} Teaching Science...never thought I would ever say that!

This year one of my goals was to teach more Science, let's face it...it's difficult to get to sometimes.  I also wanted to make sure it was meaningful and fun.  I hated Science in school, I didn't understand it and it required a lot of reading.  To achieve my goal I created my Interactive Science Notebooks, utilize technology, and attempted to do more hands on activities.


My go to Science websites are Brain Pop, Youtube, and Study Jams.  I use all three for a unit and sometimes in one day!  My kids LOVE Brain Pop!  When they see me getting the speakers ready they ask if they are going to watch Tim and Moby.  We use Brain Pop so much that if feels like Tim and Moby are a part of our class. 

Science is just so fun to teach.. I hope you share the love! So some friends and I have teamed up with Educents for an amazing bundle of instant downloads for you!

My products included will surely be loved by your students!  

For this bundle I have included my  TWO of my Interactive Science Notebooks!  You will receive my Rocks and Minerals notebook and my Light notebook.  I have received wonderful feedback on these and other notebooks about how they make teaching Science easier, students enjoying them, and compliments on the activities included.

(Because this was a rough week I am forgot to charge my phone and unable to upload my pics of my notebooks, so I am sharing how others have used my notebooks in their classrooms.)


For a limited time it is $10.99 from Educents which is about 65% off!  It also includes these other great products so there is sure to things you love!  

You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!
Have fun teaching everyone!

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