Sunday, November 16, 2014

Japan School Trip

I have been missing in action from the blogging world.  I was asked to go as a chaperon on a 12 day trip to Japan with 9 middle school girls.  One of the trip chaperons had to cancel and it left me one month to prepare.  It was the best experience of my life!!!  I got to experience a new culture.  We visited Akiruno City's 6 middle schools, one of the primary schools and a special needs program.  

Here are students serving up lunch in the classroom.  Everyone gets the hot lunch…including teachers. Not a single straw wrapper on the floor at the end…very impressive!!!

 My very large feet do not fit into the slippers at school!  I scuffed around all day like this.  The students keep a clean pair of shoes to chnge into when they enter the building.

The students lived with host families during our stay in Akiruno City(part of Toyko).  The students get to experience school and home life.  After our return, a group of Japanese students and chaperons came to stay in our city in Massachusetts.  

Meeting the superintendent.  Love his table cloth!!!

My daughter was part of this program 8 years ago.  We hosted a student named Misa who has become part of my family.  She has come to our home three times.  One of my favorite moments of the trip was meeting her family!

Here are some photos from our school visits:

A few favorite photos from my trip:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: Donors Choose

A big thank you goes out to Horace Mann Insurance Company, in Massachusetts for supporting my "Sciencesaurus" Project with  I have applied twice for projects and never had any luck getting them fully funded.  This summer I was fortunate to get supporters for two! 
 Here is the stack of books that I received.  They are the best resources for fourth and fifth graders.  They cover every science topic and have great non-fiction text features and information.
One of my students reading up on the water cycle while putting finishing touches on her water cycle poster project.  I plan on using the books for every science unit in fifth grade.  If the curriculum changes, the book covers everything!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mathematical Mondays: Tool for Multiplying Decimals By Powers of Ten

I created a tool that the children can use to concretely see that when you multiply decimals by powers of ten that you are moving the digits to the left or right of the decimal.  I have many inclusion and some non-inclusion students who needed a more hands-on approach.  I have many different approaches to help them learn and understand this standard.

I used a piece of oak tag and made slits to weave a sentence strip, cut in half horizontally.  The kids move the digits right or left to see the pattern.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Scientific Saturday: Gummy Bear Lab

We had a great week!  We are finishing up our study of the scientific methods, the physical properties of matter and states of matter.  This lab was perfect.  I had never done it before and was very surprised at the results!  The lab took three days to complete and the experiment packet had pages to go with each step.

Here is one free resource from TPT that I found.   There are many others available.  I am used the lab with my fifth graders and found it age appropriate.


I even played the Gummy Bear song which is now stuck in my head.  (My kids loved it)