Thursday, February 23, 2012

You know how your students always seem to gravitate to the computer games.  AngryBirds has become a sensation and students can't get enough of mindless games.  Well, I reward mine with free computer time, but I want them to stretch their brain.  Here's a great site for that!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I just listed a bunch of teaching resource books, bulletin board cut-outs, and reward certificates on my TPT store.  Make sure you check those out!  I'll be listing a bunch more over the next couple weeks!  You can click the store link on the right to browse.  AND I'M HAVING A SALE THIS WEEKEND!  I expect most of these items to go fast.
Here is a great site for creating student blogs - think about your reading groups!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If you are looking for something different to do for Dr. Seuss Day, then check out these ideas.  Lots of fun packed into this day!  I've included directions for making Oobleck, some games, hat templates, a scavenger hunt and sheets for a read-a-thon!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cute Idea for St. Patrick's Day
Gather several items that are traditionally green and put them in a mystery box.  Develop clues for the items and put them on a form.  In a station, have students work together with the clues and reaching in the box to figure out what they are!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Check out these  great Fraction links:

How to Make a Fraction Kit
(adapted from Marilyn Burns About Teaching Mathematics)


Use 5 different colors (I use yellow, blue, green, red, and pink) of long construction paper (12 X 18). Cut each piece of long construction paper into 4 strips (3 X18). Each child will need one strip of each color.

Have the students take a particular color (I use yellow), fold it in half, and cut it into two pieces. Have them label each piece at ½. Then choose the second color (I use red) and have them fold it in half, and then half again. Have them cut and label each piece as ¼. Then have them cut the third strip (I use blue) and label as 1/8 and the fourth strip (I use green) as 1/16. Leave the last strip (pink) whole and label 1/1.

Magic School Bus - Valentines Day

Magic School Bus Gets Charged teaches electricity through the Valentines Day theme.  You can download that episode through  .  You have to have an account, but most school systems have one so contact your technology lead person for help.   If not - your local library has many of the episodes.