Monday, December 4, 2017

Ecosystems!

We are just finishing up our science unit on Ecosystems, and I wanted to share some of the resources that I use when teaching this unit. A couple of these are my own resources, but most are from other teachers.  

The Science Penguin has awesome resources! I actually purchased her bundle of science PowerPoints and notes but here is a link to the Food Webs one that I use when teaching Ecosystems. It is interactive and great as a review before the test. 

Food Chains and Food Webs PowerPoint and Notes

This Biome Book by Hope King was a fun group project that required the students to do some research. I had students work in pairs and pick a Biome to research and create their project. Then each group had to teach the class about their Biome. When everyone was done, I took each project and created a class book. I wish I would have taken a picture of the final project because it turned out great! 

My Biome Book

My students love Deb Hanson's partner plays and it just so happens she has a set of Biomes partner plays! 

Partner Plays: Biomes

To end the unit, I like to use my set of task cards and "I have, who has" game to review for the test. 

I Have, Who Has Ecosystems and Food Chains

Ecosystems and Food Chains Task Cards

I would love to hear your favorite Ecosystem resources!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stitch Fix #31

I received my latest Stitch Fix box just in time for Thanksgiving! I am having a hard time deciding what to keep because I really like it all! Take a look at what I received. 






Help me decide what to keep! I really don't need it all, but  maybe it can be an early Christmas present for myself! haha 

Have you been wanting to try Stitch Fix? If so, I would love it if you used my referral link below!




Sunday, November 5, 2017

Book Lover Gift!

Are you a book lover or do you know one?? Last year for a Christmas present, I gave my coworker a subscription to BookCase Club.  She loved it! She loves mystery books, so I picked out the Thrill Seeker case for her. Each month she received two hardcover mysteries. 

I love books too, so I decided to treat myself to a subscription. I also signed up for the Thrill Seeker case and received my box this week. Here are the two books that I received. 




If this sounds like something you would be interested in or sounds like something you might like to give as a gift to someone, I would love it if you used my referral code! Click on the picture below to head to BookCase Club. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fall STEM Challenge

During the beginning of the school year TpT sale, I purchased Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars
STEM Challenges for the Year Bundle. It is full of fun challenges for each month. 

STEM Challenges For the Whole Year Bundle

I finally got the chance try one out this week and it was a huge success!  We did one of the Halloween challenges where students had to use given materials to create a spider web that could hold "insects". My students worked in pairs to build their "spider web" and when they were done, each group took turns tossing plastic insects into the web. 
Take a look at some of the completed webs!



My class loved this challenge and they worked together with partners better than ever before! I can't wait to try another STEM challenge. 

If you are looking for some great STEM options, check out  this bundle!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Readers' Theater

Do your students love doing readers' theaters as much as mine? If they do, you should definitely take a look at Deb Hanson's Halloween readers' theaters. 

Halloween Readers' Theater: A set of 3 scripts

My students started practicing these last week, and they are excited to perform them at the Halloween party for their classmates. 

This product comes with three different scripts for a total of  25-28 parts. If you already own this product, be sure to re-download as Deb has added a brand new script!

Halloween Readers' Theater: A set of 3 scripts

Halloween Readers' Theater: A set of 3 scripts



Halloween Readers' Theater: A set of 3 scripts

What are your favorite Halloween activities to do with your students?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Can you believe it is almost Halloween? It is going to be so cold for the little trick-or-treaters around my area! 
Sam Leman Toyota of Bloomington contacted me to share some Halloween safety tips. This poster would be great to share with your students or email home to parents before they go trick-or-treating!



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Upper Elementary Blogs

If you are anything like me, you are probably always searching for new resources, which includes looking for new teacher blogs! I was emailed a great link to a ton of awesome upper elementary blogs. Check out Feedspots Top 100 Upper Elementary Blogs by clicking on the picture below. I already followed a lot of these bloggers, but I was also able to find a bunch of new teachers to follow too!