Sunday, February 15, 2015

Animal Adaptations & Moby Max Give Away


Thank you Mr. Keating!!!!

Our fifth grade classes got to spend some time this week with our seventh grade life science teacher, Mr. Keating. The students loved visiting his lab and learning about adaptations of birds and other animals.  He shared his life experiences and expertise in his field.  The "hands-on" workshop allowed my students to see how beaks and other bird parts allow for survival.   He also shared other adaptations.  The children enjoyed his collection of live animals.  

I want to be a seventh grader and learn from this motivating teacher!  Thanks to Mrs. Lewis(teacher) and our school administration for allowing the fifth graders to tap into our school resources.





 
Here is a freebie that I created for my students to use in class.  I have photo cards from Creative Teaching Press(I found a link online of the cards) that I purchased. This sheet could be used with any photo/resource.  I found photo cards of beaks that would be another option.  I used Animal Planets Top 10 Adaptations to make my sample.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Biome Sweet Biome and a Moby Max Give Away

During science class, my two classes worked on research project about Biomes.  
I choose 6 major groups:
  • Tundra
  • Desert
  • Rainforest
  • Grasslands
  • Forest
  • Aquatic
Four groups for each:
  • Climate and Location
  • Plants and Adaptations
  • Animals and Adaptations
  • Human Impact 
They used their chrome books to work on their part of the project and shared their document in a file to collaborate.

Here are the websites that we used:
I printed out their documents and used large posterboard trimmed down to make giant brochures.  They decorated and presented them in class as a group.  










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Monday, February 9, 2015

Why Moby Max? Give Away

Why Should I Use Moby Max in my classroom?



Meeting the needs of all our math students can be one of the most challenging parts of our jobs.  This year I have been using Moby Max to help with this problem.  I am a fifth grade math & science teacher at a middle school.  My school system has been using this program districtwide for grades K-6 for the past two years.  It has so much to offer!

I have a wide range of students performing at different levels.  When students are completed their classwork they log into their Moby Max accounts and work at their performance level.  My students all have chrome books which is helpful.  There is a built in placement level test.  This is a benefit for the high, average and struggling math student.  Teachers can also assign specific skills/lessons for classwork or homework.  There is a fact fluency, number sense and math area.




I love that I can access my student's progress and monitor their progress.  I can also check to see how much time they have spent on Moby Max.  There are videos for students to watch and feedback given.  Students earn game time by time spent on math practice.

Students, parents and teachers can access Moby Max at home and school.  (Great for parents who want ways to help their kids at home and no extra work for the teacher)

There are so many areas that I have not used.   I am planning a contest called March Math Madness and want to challenge each student 10 minutes of Moby Max a day or 310 minutes total by the end of the month. (I am going to reward them with some basketball in gym) I also want to try out the state test prep.

Moby Max is a complete curriculum for grades K-8.  Please visit the website to see all that it has to offer you and your students.  

Moby Max has offered to donate a one year professional license for one lucky teacher and classroom.  You can enter below: 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Food Chain "Chains"

My two fifth grade classes have been studying animals for the past few weeks.  I assigned a project for them to create a food chain of a biome using the sun, producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer and decomposer.

The sun and link sheets came from an AIMS book called Concerning Critters:Adaptations and Interdependence.  I highly recommend their products.  There are hands-on activities and experiments that integrate math and science.

My students could use the sheets and materials that I provided or be creative and use their own.  I love to see what ideas the kids come up with.  I had a few students create chains for the six major biomes that we studied.















Sunday, January 18, 2015

Animal Books for Upper Elementary


I am getting ready to start my Plant and Animal Adaptation Unit in Science.  I recently purchased some books by Bobbie Kalman that I would recommend for upper elementary classrooms.  Most of the books I find are geared for younger children.