Foldable Friday: Integers

The biggest problem students seem to have with integer operations is remembering the rules. I have my students create this interactive foldable graphic organizer to help them remember.


3D Cell Projects

I do this cell project every year during our life science unit. I LOVE all the different ideas that the students come up with!

I loved that this student used a box for the cell wall.


Foldable Friday: Explorers

Last year when I taught the explorers, I had the students write the information down on a chart. This year I wanted to add the interactive component to it. I created these interactive foldable graphic organizers for my 5th graders.

The Spanish explorers graphic organizer covers Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes, Francisco de Coronado, Hernando de Soto and Amerigo Vespucci.

The English and Dutch Explorers cover John Cabot, Henry Hudson, and John White.

Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain for the French.

The graphic organizer set also includes posters on each of the explorers.

You can purchase this set in my TpT store, TN store and Tools for School store.


How I Organize My Task Cards - 2nd edition

Back in July, I blogged about THIS organizational system. I quickly realized that system was not going to work. I had too many sets of task cards and not enough room for them all. I was off again in search of the perfect way to store my cards.  After shopping at many stores, I found what I hope to be the perfect solution (although I've already had to reorganize it and condense some of the drawers).


How I Display Student Work

There are two places that I display student work. 

The first spot is in my classroom.  Several years ago, I got these clipboards in a scrapbooking kit at Joanne's. They are perfect to hold two student papers.

I got this idea from Fredia at Frogs in First.  My co-teacher and I share the hallway outside our rooms. This year we went with a "Winners" theme.

Last year we did a jungle theme.

The students LOVE seeing their work out in the hallway. Whenever they see that something new goes up, they rust over to see whose paper it is.


What do plants need to survive?

During our life science unit, we did a lab on what plants need to survive. I put mung beans in soil on a friday and by monday they were already sprouting.  Once the beans had grown for about a week, we started the experiment.

The students started by making predictions about what would happen in each scenario.

The students then made observations about what the plants looked like.  There were four different growing conditions set up.  

The first was with light and water.

The second was with light but no water.

The third was with light to one side and water. Unfortunately, over the weekend the water dried up so the plants got a little droopy. They did perk right up when water was added to the tray.

The fourth tray was inside a set of cabinets, which did not allow any light in, with water.

After 10 days, the students took each of their plants back to their table to make their "after" observations.

They recorded their observations on the lab sheet. I think they did a wonderful job with their pictures!

This lab is from the DSM:  Plants in our World kit.


Foldable Friday: Regions of Indiana

As I walked down the hall to my classroom, I noticed these wonderful interactive foldable graphic organizers.  These were done by our fourth grade teacher (who got the idea from one of our first grade teachers, who's 4th grade child had done it at her school), but I don't know who to credit for the original idea.

I love how they incorporated the map into the graphic organizer. I've been trying to come up with something similar for a topic I teach.

Inside, they defined each of the regions and drew pictures of the characteristics specific to that region.