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)

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.