Friday, April 29, 2016

Five for Friday - April 29

It's Friday and I'm linking up  with Doodle Bugs Teaching  for another Five for Friday!! Here it goes! 

I am so excited it's Friday, because we are headed out of town to one of my best friend's wedding! Wait, isn't that a movie title? 

Image result for my best friend's wedding

We have 3 weeks left of school and our schedule is packed! Our bulletin board that usually holds the week's vocabulary, is now dedicated to our list of event which keeps growing. 

We are most excited for Wet-N-Wild! This is a good behavior reward for our entire school. Those students that have shown good behavior all year long will get to enjoy water slides, bouncy houses, water balloon races, cotton candy and much more! 

As the end of the year gets nearer, along comes cumulative assessments! I have been pulling out all the stops to try and get my students interested in reviewing an entire year's content. 

(Dollar Tree Games)

Their new favorite is a game called Kaboom!
I used Popsicle sticks with multiplication facts on one end and on a few Popsicle sticks, I wrote the word Kaboom. Students take turns drawing a stick and answering the multiplication fact. If they answer correctly they get to keep it and if they answer incorrectly then they put it back. If a student draws a Kaboom! stick then all of the sticks they have collected go back in the cup. The game never ends and you can use this game with almost any content. Check it out here at The Star Spangled Planner.

We watched The Lorax to end our unit on pollution.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

Image result for the lorax- Dr. Suess, The Lorax

Last but most definitely not least, I took my fur baby to the vet for her last set of puppy shots! She's getting so big so fast and we've only had her a few months!!

Thanks Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday!! Happy FriYay everyone!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Five for Friday - Linky Party April 15th

This will be my first Five for Friday linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and this Friday is especially exciting because it is the start of SPRING BREAK!!!! My kids and I have been counting down the days!! 

We're rounding the corner on the last few weeks of school and my students could not be more anxious! I decorated my door so the students (and teachers) would know how many days were left until summer break! We are also huge Finding Nemo fans!! 

Just Keep Swimming!

At the beginning of the year, I took a survey from  my class and found out what they wanted to learn this year. Multiplication was by far the number one answer and they have really been working hard to learn their multiplication facts this so they could become Multiplication Masters! 

They are all working really hard to achieve this goal so they can earn and ice cream sundae at the end of the year! For each fact they master, they earn an item for their ice cream sundae.

This week we finished up our standardized testing and after a loooong day of testing The Magic School Bus is our saving grace!

" Please let this be a normal field trip. With the Friz? No way!!"

Along with standardized testing, we have also been working on our Geometry Unit. My students used construction paper to create Quadrilateral Robots!

We also learned about parallel lines, intersecting lines, and angles and I had students look around the room to find examples. I was so proud of some of the answers they came up with! Then end of a clothespin for an acute angle, air vent and light fixtures for parallel lines, and someone's shirt for intersecting lines. 

We had a visitor in our classroom this week, a little bunny named Sassy!! Isn't she the cutest?

That's it for my week now on to spring break!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me hear your thoughts! I'd love to read your comments!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A square can be a rectangle, but a rectangle can't be a square?

Our latest unit has been our Geometry unit and I don't know about anyone else but geometry seems the hardest for my students to master. A square can be a rectangle, but a rectangle can't be a square. A square can also be a rhombus and a parallelogram. Confusing right?
I've really racked my brain trying to find ways to teach this unit without confusing myself or my students. We started by making a a word splash on the Smart Board of all the 2-D shapes we knew and their characteristics. We then created our own quadrilateral hierarchy using Blair Turner's interactive notebook. You can purchase a copy  at her TPT store. This really helped students visualize the connections between the shapes.

We also made quadrilateral robots. I gave the students each a Quadrilateral Cheat Sheet (click for a freebie) to use as patterns for their robot. I gave out construction paper and using only quadrilaterals the students had to create a robot. We went around sharing our robots and naming the types of quadrilaterals that we used. Here are some of their creations!

You can also see my twinkle lights left up from Christmas! I couldn't bear taking them down, I love all things sparkly!

So far my students have loved the activities we have done in our geometry unit, but I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.

Please feel free to share your ideas or tricks for teaching geometry! I'd love to read you're comments!

Friday, April 8, 2016

April Pinterest Pick 3 Linky

I am a little late to this Linky party, but sometimes it's works out to be fashionably late! I am linking up with Inspired Owl for the April Linky Pinterest Pick 3. I am so excited for April because standardized testing will be finished and we can do some fun activities!! We will be finishing up our Pollution/Conservation Unit and getting ready for all of the end of year fun!!

I love anything Dr. Seuss so any activity that can incorporate him I will use! The Lorax is one of my favorite and this activity will go perfect with our Pollution/Conservation unit! This also gives students to use their creative writing skills. We could also watch the movie after our activity (what better excuse to watch a movie)!

Polluting a Fish :  This is an excellent hands-on science activity to help your students visualize water pollution as you work through the journey of Freddie the Fish.  FREEBIE!:

This is another great Earth Day activity to explore water pollution! I love to do hands-on activities with my class! 

In 5th Grade with Teacher Julia: "Egg"cellent Review Basket: A fun way to incorporate a review of all skills taught:

My third Pinterest find is probably my favorite! It's a cool way to use leftover plastic eggs (or those 50% off the day after Easter!) to start off a lesson! I would like to use this idea after spring break and put in journal entries allowing them to talk about their break (instead of lining up at my desk to tell me:)).

I hope you've enjoyed my Pinterest finds as much as I have loved finding them!! That's it for my first Pinterest Pick 3 Linky!!
I can't wait for next month!