Sunday, April 20, 2014

Must Read Mentor Text - How To Build Your Own Country

I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties for Must Read Mentor Texts.  This week we are focusing on Social Studies.

We have been reading How To Build Your Own Country.

The students have been loving to read how countries are formed as we are "creating" our own countries.  Some "countries" in my class include: Manland, Frozenia, and Shapetopia.  I will share our projects when we finish them up after Spring Break.  For now here are a few of the pages.

The book is written in small chunks that can be used individually for class read alouds, in small groups, or independently.  It has been one of the most engaging non-fiction texts I have found!

Friday, April 18, 2014

5 For Friday April 18, 2014

Happy Spring Break to me!  Officially 3 hours in and I am loving it!  Time to share the week with Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday!

This post will be a lot more pics and a lot less text because...

I fell, crashed into my bedroom dresser.  Luckily just sprained.

Random gifts from my students like this one helped me feel better!

Today was our annual egg drop.  ALL of our eggs survived this year!

We also had "wood shop" class as we made reading chairs.

We still need to finish covers.  I will share pics when they are done.

And last but not least, I just wanted to let you know that many sellers are celebrating Easter with a sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!  I am offering 20% off on both April 20th and April 21st at my store..  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Writing Biographies - How We Research and Write

One of the units we do in fourth grade in our district is research.  I have already shared some of our animal research projects, and today I am sharing the work we have been doing writing biographies.

One product that I used this unit was this Biography Sticky Note Reports from Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher.

Biography Sticky Note Report

I don't know what it is, but there is something motivating in 4th grade about writing on a post-it note.

They were able to organize their notes so much better, which made for easier report writing.  

Make sure you use the higher quality post-its so that you don't have sticky notes everywhere!

I am linking up with Jivey's Workshop Wednesday.  Be sure to check out other great ideas!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fish Bowl Review Game

Because this week is a crazy one (the week after state testing and the week before Spring Break) I knew I needed to find some ideas to keep my students engaged and motivated.  I had found this post  a few years ago and planned on using it with my 7th graders, but I never got the chance.  I thought it might be fun to try out this week with my 4th graders!

Remember those carnival games where you throw a ball into a box filled with cups hoping to win a giant stuffed animal?  This game is based on that.

I made my fish pond using soup cans my students had brought in for an earlier in the year science project.  You could also use red Solo cups (my original plan but I forgot the cups at home!).

Each student had a white board and a dry erase marker.  I gave them math problems to solve. They earned 1 point for a correct answer and the chance to earn extra points by getting their ball into the cup.

They had an absolute blast and I got to review multiplication and long division with them.  Win Win!

And speaking of winners... here are my winners with their hard earned prizes!

 I am linking up with Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.

Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Things To Do With $1 Scholastic Book Selections

I don't know about you, but I am always excited to see the $1 selections each month in the Scholastic Book orders.  They are so affordable, and there are so many ways to use them in your classroom.  Here are a few ideas:

1. Book Raffles
Reward your students with raffle tickets when you catch them being good.  They can place their tickets into a container for the book of their choice.  You could also just place out one book each month and raffle that off instead.

2. Whole Class/ Small Groups
I love the idea of reading the same novel to give a common ground for discussion, but it can be quite spendy to shell out money for entire class sets.  $1 books are a great way to keep it affordable.  You might even request that your parents order the book for their student to read that month.

3. Birthday or Christmas Presents
Do you give out small gifts to your students for their birthday?  Why not hand out a book as their present.  At just $1 it is affordable to gift every student in your class with a book.  I teach at a Title I school, and many of my students don't have books at home.  This is a great way to get more books into their hands.

4. Partner Reading
My students love Read to Partner during Daily 5.  Having each child have their own copy of a book makes it easier for older students to read together.

5. Incentives
Wondering what to give your students as an incentive or reward?  Why not use the $1 books in your class store, or just as a reward for reaching a goal of some sort?  I reward students who earn 25 AR points with lunch this year.  I am thinking about rewarding them with these $1 books next year instead.

What ways have you used Scholastic $1 Books in your classroom?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Things I am Pinterested in This Week - April 12, 2014

Hi, my name is Kelly and I am a Pinterest addict.  It has been 11 seconds since my last pin.

Seriously, I could spend days and days on Pinterest.  Here are a few things I have pinned this week:

Fraction Easter Egg Hunt {Converting Improper and Mixed Fr

Math Station~  Write a problem on each egg and students place it in the correct section of the carton.

We will also be playing this game, but I will be adapting it to division and multiplication.

Students Monitoring Their Own Learning

We use Marzano scales at our school, and I think this anchor chart looks great!

35 easy DIY gift ideas that people actually want

I am thinking something like this would make a great end of year school present for the boys' teachers.
I am thinking these shoes will definitely be on my Fall purchase list for next school year!

If you would like to see more things I am pinning, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

What are you pinning this week?  Leave me a link to your boards and I will follow you!

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 For Friday April 11 2014 Giveaways and Freebie!

One more week until Spring Break, one more week until Spring Break, one more week!  I can do this!  Not quite time for Spring Break yet, but it is time to link up with DoodleBugs Teaching for Five for Friday! I always love peeking into everyone else's week and sharing mine!

This week started with baseball opening day.

We had to arrive at the park at 7:15 AM to get ready for opening ceremonies.  It was absolutely freezing!  As you can see from Luke's expression and attire, it seemed more like football weather than baseball weather!

Luke is playing Farm this year and is doing great!  He has already been complimented as one of the best ball players on his team!  Woo hoo Luke!

Do you see that snack haul?  One of the moms handed out bags filled with kettle corn, Big League Chew, baseball cards, and Gatorade!  Setting the bar high for snacks!

Tyler was camera shy and I only got shots of his back - this one was the best I could get of him.
He is #34.  He is playing mostly first base this year and pitching a little.

This week was our state tests.  In Nevada they are called CRT's. I left a note for my kiddos as a word of encouragement.

I call them Smurfs because they wear blue uniforms :D  We may watch a lot just a little bit of Kid President!

After testing most of the morning, I tried to make afternoons a bit more entertaining with some fun math games.

In case you didn't notice... my blog has had a major face lift and I LOVE it!

In honor of the new look I am having a giveaway!  Be sure to enter if you haven't already!  Also, there is one more day left to enter my monthly $25 TpT gift card giveaway.  I give one away each month, so even if you don't win this time, be sure to follow so you can enter again!

Last but not least, I have a freebie for you!

Freebie Fridays

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