Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Meet Up

Hi!  I decided to stop lurking on everyone's blogs and introduce myself.

This week's theme is "three things we are thankful for today."  

I'd love to hear from you!  I've been reading lots of your Monday Meet Up Posts.  Glad you came to check out mine!  :)

I can't believe they survived!

The flowers are still alive!  I can't believe that!  They've been in a crate in the garage for 22 days.  No water.  Little light.  Hot, humid temperatures.  And my green black thumb.

I got this plant on the first day of school.  My uber-sweet Dean (the first one - I had 3 last year) gave these to me as a "good-luck-on-your-first-day" gift.  I couldn't believe they survived the school year, much less 22 days in my garage. Every time I looked at them all year, I thought about this wonderful woman and how much I missed her guidance after she left our school in October.  (This was a rough year all around and many people left our school, some mid-year.)  She and I have had several different roles at this school in the last few years and worked so well together. Things just weren't the same after she left.

My husband helped me bring a bunch of my school stuff home this year.  They're painting my classroom, so I needed to bring lots home to get it out of the way.  (Didn't want it all lost/broken/covered in paint.)  We dumped it on my side of the garage and I park in the driveway now.  I went out to look for something else last night and was so shocked to see these flowers sitting in a crate full of stuff. They're a little dry, but still alive.  Some of the flowers are even blooming!!!  I think there's magic dust in the soil...

Just had to share this minor miracle on my blog.  In case you want flowers for your classroom like this, the tag says they're called Kalanchoe.  They bloom even in the winter and are available in lots of colors.  It's a nice pop of color and an easy-to-care-fore plant.  :)

Do you have other great plants that last through the school year easily?  I could use some more ideas for next year!  Please share a comment below.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fun Friday: Owl Pellets

My class needed some motivation last year to make sure they had all their work done and behaved well during  the week.  After a schedule change in March, we had a 30 minute block at the end of the day on Friday that was too short for a lesson, but too long to not do something productive.  We called it “Finish Up Friday.” Students with everything finished were rewarded with a fun project related to our 5th grade standards.  Click on the tag “Fun Fridays” to see other ideas you might want to try.

Owl Pellets

The class had a great time opening up the owl pellets and trying to figure out which animal the bones belonged.  The kit I purchased at (click here to see it) came with the bone chart you see in this picture.

In case you aren't familiar with owl pellets, it's what the owl regurgitates after it digests all the usable parts of an animal.  An owl cannot digest bones or fur, so those can easily be found in the pellets.  Most purchased pellets have been treated to cut down on bacteria, but I did have my students use plastic gloves just as a precaution.  Plus, some of my students were a little grossed out at the idea of touching owl vomit with their bare hands.  

We were able to use these owl pellets to discuss two of our science objectives:  digestive system and animal adaptations.  The whole class had read a text about owl pellets prior to this activity, but only those students who had finished all their work were going to get to actually try it themselves.  I didn't have a single missing assignment this week!  Everyone wanted to be part of this!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New TPT resource posted

My Equivalent Fractions Poke Cards are up and ready for purchase!  Discount price available for a limited time only!  :)

Equivalent Fractions Poke Cards

Prepare the cards by circling the answer on the back lightly in pencil. I've marked the correct answer for you, but it will disappear when you use your hole punch.  Punch out all 3 holes.  Students solve the problem and poke the tip of a pencil (or other object) through the hole and then flip it over to check.  My students love these!  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Whew! That was quite the year!

After several years as an ESL teacher, I went back to the classroom this fall.  I taught 5th grade at a school where I went through 2 new principals and 3 vice principals.  I'm sure you can all understand that keeping up with my blog and my TeachersPayTeachers store was more than I could manage with all that change.

But the school year ended and I'm ready to do LOTS more this summer to be ready for next fall.  I've got a huge list of products I wished I had made for this year.  I've got tons of great resources I want to pass along to you.  I've figured out some of the "tricks" to managing a blog during the school year that I hope will help this time.

To celebrate the start of my summer, I'm putting everything in my store on sale for a week.  Hopefully I'll also be adding several items, but I've been selected for the jury pool as well.  Here's hoping that for once in my life I don't get chosen.  This is my 6th summons in 16 years. I've served on 3 juries.  I'm really lucky that way.

To kick off the summer, I also have a NEW product in my TPT store!

Identifying Fractions Poke Cards

Check out my Identifying Fractions Poke Cards.  On sale at TeachersPayTeachers for $1 for the next two weeks!  :)  After that, it goes to the regular price of $4.  Enjoy!