Monday, September 22, 2014

Mathematical Mondays: Decimal Pointer

I have been teaching multiplying decimals using the Powers of Ten this week and came up with a clever tool... The Decimal Pointer.  I glued a felt circle to the end of a pointer and it works great.  I can move the decimal to the left and right.  Get a dowel or ruler if you don't have any pointers!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: States of Matter Brochures

My students created brochures this week to demonstrate their knowledge of the Three States of Matter: Solids, Liquids and Gases.  The project and rubric was from  The kids did a great job!  This type of activity could be adapted for any science topic.

The project included:
Cover- name, date, title, illustration
Solids- five examples with labels and characteristics
Liquids- five examples with labels and characteristics
Gases- five examples with labels and characteristics

The illustrations could be from clip art, magazines or drawings.

Here are some of the completed projects:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mathematical Monday: Exponent Foldable

Things have been crazy with the start of school and I feel like I'm starting to get a handle on everything.  I am a day late with my math post…better late than never.  I keep forgetting to take pictures of my students' notebooks but I will post the one I made.

I found a great example of making an accordion foldable for expanded form numbers.  I used a sentence strip and showed my class.  They loved it and wanted to make one.  I decided to make the accordion foldable to show exponents for the notebooks.  


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: States of Matter (Freebie)

I am currently teaching the scientific method.  We are observing and collecting data on our "Going Bananas" experiment.  Hopefully my room doesn't smell too ripe tomorrow!!!  We will be creating data charts and writing up our conclusions during the week.

We are going to start "States of Matter" tomorrow.  We read a non-fiction article last week that came from Superteacher for homework.  They will use the article to create a brochure for homework this week.  The photo is a quick example that I made today.  The kids need to have at least five pictures that demonstrate solids, liquids and gases with facts describing each state.  I will post the students' work next week.

I will use this book as a read aloud during the week.  Great level for third grade and up.  Many books on this topic are too basic for my fifth graders.

Here is a page that my kids will put in their science notebooks.  I will have them use notebook reinforcer stickers to represent molecules.  I just drew dots on my example that I made.  I bought stickers and they are at school.  The page would be great on a bulletin board. 

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: Scientific Method

 I am starting the scientific method and matter with my fifth graders this week.  We will be reviewing the steps by reading about them in our "Sciencesaurus" book, putting in a page in our science notebooks from Laura Candler and watch Study Jams.
Link to Laura Candler
On Day 2 we will start with "The Scientific Rap" on youtube.   Then we will begin the banana experiment.  I have seen it on Pinterest and other blogs(google for ideas).  The children come up with many ways to keep a banana fresh.  I will have them observe for one week.  We will use the lab report below.
Day three will be looking at physical properties of objects.  I will be using a lesson from the Evan Moor chemistry book.

More to come….

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mathematical Mondays: Rounding Strategy

Here is a strategy that I have been using to teach rounding numbers to older students.  I use the acronym CUBA.  I created this sheet to put in their notebooks this year. 
I also created a page to teach "Ways to Write Numbers."  We will review whole numbers and then use for decimals.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: Week One Plans

We finally started school last week and we had students for three days.  The kids spent the week adjusting to their new school and classmates.  This week, I will be starting science class this week with my two fifth grade classes.  I can finally start taking photos and post things happening in the science classroom! 

Day One: Setting up Notebooks

Day Two:  Think like a Scientist
  • Looking at science photos (printed photos from the web)
  • Creating science talk sentences and questions and share

Day 3:  What is a Scientist?
  • Brainstorm "What is a scientist?" (talk about stereotypes)
  • Read "S is for Scientist"
  • Create list of verbs that scientists do

Day 4:  Working as a Team