Monday, September 22, 2014

Accept My Apologies...

I am officially the worst blogger ever!  I really WANT to blog more, and offer more freebies, but I can't seem to find the time!  In my defense, the last few weeks have been crazy!  Between early release staff meetings, multiple doggie escape attempts, ARDs out the whazoo, and a feeble attempt to get back to my workout routine, I have been too spent to blog!  Not to mention that technology has not been my friend this week!  I have been having MAJOR issues with Google Drive, so if you visited my blog and were unable to download the freebies, I'm sooooooooooooo sorry!

So we have been working with place value and decimals in my classroom.  Since I have such diverse learners, I needed to differentiate how I taught rounding.  No way could I introduce rounding decimals when some of my kiddos struggle with rounding to the hundreds place!  I created a bundle of materials that gives multiple opportunities for guided practice, and includes four sets of materials - rounding to the hundreds, thousands, millions/billions, and decimals.  I definitely needed to scaffold my students through basic rounding first, then into the millions and billions place, and finally into decimals.  It was tedious, but we made it through with our sanity (almost) intact! 

I also included four sets of fun games in the bundle for reinforcement throughout the year.  It is the same game, but geared towards hundreds, thousands, millions/billions, or decimals.  My kiddos can get the practice right where they need it!   I have a tub of baggies in my classroom FILLED with task cards and games to reinforce the concepts I've taught.  I add to it with each unit/skill I teach.  It's awesome for those fast finishers, and I love breaking out the tub during my math blitz just before STAAR!

Enjoy the sampler - I included the interactive notebook materials for the millions/billions place.  As always, please share with your colleagues and teacher friends!  If you'd like the full bundle (with all activity sets and games included), click HERE!

Rounding Sampler
Happy teaching!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Science FUN with Skittles!

I don't know about you, but all the getting-to-know-you fun has come to an end, and we are already getting deep into curriculum!  I was so excited last week because I tried out a lab from my newest creation - exploring weathering, erosion, and deposition with CANDY!  I did the lab last year, and my kids loved it, but back then, I didn't have anything but the idea in my head.  We wrote out the details of the experiment by hand in our science notebooks.  Not only did this take much longer than I'd like, it had ZERO cute fonts or clip art!  For shame!  This year, I expanded on the idea and created lab sheets based on the scientific method to go with the experiment (cute fonts and clip art included!).

So far, we have done one of the three labs.  It got loud, and at one point, weathered Skittles flew across the room (make sure they have that lid on TIGHTLY!).  But, they got it!  They understood weathering!  Tomorrow, we will move on to the erosion portion of the lab, and hopefully get to deposition, as well.

Please feel free to download the file!  Your kids will love it, and I included a teacher prep page at the beginning of the file so that you can get everything together ahead of time.  I also have a bundle of foldables, flapbooks, chart toppers, vocabulary cards, and other goodies in my TPT store on the constructive and destructive forces of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  They are a great way to introduce the activity before beginning the labs.  Visit my TPT store by clicking on the link in the sidebar to download your copy!  Enjoy!

Candy Crush Lab: Experiments with Weathering, Erosion, & Deposition***

***The freebie link has expired, but you can get your copy of the labs and lab sheets in my TPT store!  Happy teaching!