How To Make Task Cards



I started buying task cards long before I starting making them.  I found that I started to have preferences for the cards that I purchased and that dictated what cards I would purchase.
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How I Organize My Task Cards


I've posted a couple of different ways that I have stored my task cards. You can find those posts  HERE and HERE. I hope this is the last time that I change things around.  I've had it like like this since the end of last school year and it seems to be working. Fingers crossed....


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3 Websites I Can't Teach Without




I'm joining the Teaching Trio's Technology Thursday linky today where they are listing 3 websites that they can't teach without.

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Foldable Friday: Sons of Liberty







These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


American Revolution Linky



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Book Review Tuesday: Superstars of History

Superstars of History:  The Good, the Bad and the Brainy
by Jacob Field
Illustrated by Simon Basher
From the publisher:
History doesn't just happen; it was created by a crazy crew of characters from way back when. Find out why Archimedes said "Eureka!" in the bathtub, how Henry Ford changed the world, and whether or not Einstein's brain was bigger than an ordinary guy's. Discover what Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela did that made them famous for being so good, and what Attila the Hun, Hitler, and Stalin did that made them infamous for being so bad. Learn about great leaders like Charlemagne and George Washington and bold ones like Caesar and William the Conqueror. Superstars of History will feature fun text, loads of facts, and Basher's cool illustrations to bring history's greatest characters to life for 8 to 12 year olds.

My Review:

OMG, I LOVE this book!!!  This pictures on the cover are what originally brought my attention to the book.  Come to find out they are drawn by the same person who did all those cute square Basher Books (which I own almost all of them!!)

The book is broken down into four sections:  The Ancient World, The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Revolution and the Enlightenment and the Modern Era.  These are definitely topics that I cover in my 6th grade social studies class.  

Some of the more notable people covered in the book are Aristotle, Julius Caesar,  Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Christopher Columbus, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Catherine the Great, Napoleon, George Washington, Karl Marx, Abraham Lincoln,  Thomas Edison, Gandhi, and many more.

Information of each of the individuals includes a narration in first person as well as other facts that might include a timeline, legacies, inventions, friends, record breaker, etc.

If you teach history, this is definitely a book for your keeper shelf!!

You can get the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Thanks go out to Scholastic via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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How I Organize My Informational Text Chapter Books


As you probably know by now, I don't teaching reading or ELA so I don't really have an organized library. I just have chapter books that the students can check out on a shelves.
I do have quite a collection of non-fiction books and I finally took the time to get them organized. I wanted the students to be able to find the books they were looking for a bit easier so I made labels. I was going to put the labels on the front of the shelf that the book were on, but I soon realized that they wouldn't stay on very well because the edge was rounded.
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Foldable Friday: Founding Fathers





These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


American Revolution Linky


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Class Information Center


So I found this cart down in the basement at school and knew that I wanted it in my classroom. I used it last year, but wanted to spruce it up a little bit. 
I was in Michaels getting some supplies and thought I would get some contact paper to cover the ugly woodgrain on it. They only had clear, but I spotted the corkboard and thought that would be a neat idea. 
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5th Grade Goes Back To School Blog Hop


Set routines up early!! Start the year like you are going to end the year.

This week was my first week of school. We spent time setting up all of our interactive notebooks and establishing classroom routines.  

One of my classroom routines occurs after every lesson I teach. I want my students to reflect on their learning. After each lesson, I ask my students how they feel about what we just learned.  I quickly scan the room and make quick notes about those students who still need help with a particular topic.  

Click on the picture below to get your FREE Student Self-Assessment Posters.


For more back to school tips, check out Mrs. O "Know" Back to School post.
Mrs. O

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Foldable Friday: Minorities of the American Revolution



As I have previously stated, our state test for social studies has very specific questions about people in US history. In an attempt to help my students remember them, I created these interactive foldable graphic organizers.




These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


American Revolution Linky



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How I Organize My Mini Anchor Charts/Posters


I make posters for everything! I hang them in the front of my room for the students to use as a reference tool.  
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Foldable Friday: Women of the American Revolution



There were so many people that my students needed to learn for the American Revolution. I don't know about your state test, but in Indiana the test is very specific. I created these interactive foldable graphic organizers to help my students remember some of the famous women that helped during the American Revolution.





These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


American Revolution Linky



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Loved that Lesson!: Paper Pool



I've talked about this lesson before, but wanted to bring it up again because my students love it so much.  My 6th graders are actually going to start this lesson on Monday and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

We usually spend the last week of school doing nothing but problem solving activities during our math time. One of my favorite activities to do with my 6th graders is called Paper Pool which can be found on the Illuminations website. The students would spend a whole week on this project if I let them. 

I start by going through THIS worksheet, which explains the activity.
We go through both examples so that they understand exactly what the rules are.  Usually about half of the students have trouble understanding how to draw the lines (they have to be corner to corner), so I usually have to spend time working with them. If I'm lucky, the partner they have chosen understands and can show them how to do it. Once everyone understands how the "ball" moves on the board, they try different size rectangles.





When the students see a pattern, they write the "rule" on the board (they have to have found at least 3 rectangles that fit their rule to write it on the board).  


The next day, we test the "rules".  Every group takes a different rectangle that fits the rule to test it.  If it passes the test for all rectangles tested, it goes on the proven rules list. We had approximately 25 rules when we started and it went down to only 7 after testing each one.  I then wrote down whether each number was odd or even and we narrowed our rules down even further.


If you are looking for more lessons that your students will love check out the Loved That Lesson! linky by clicking on the picture below.



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Foldable Friday: Officers in the British Army







These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


American Revolution Linky


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Surviving the Chaos! Blog Hop


It's that time of year again when we are done with state testing and trying to finish up with all the end of the year stuff.  We always have to turn in any textbooks that we might be using, so I try to come up with some activities that will keep the students engaged, but let them have a little bit of freedom.

I did THIS post on some of the activities that I do during this time as well as a book that I have gotten several ideas from.  These activities allow the students to use the skills they have learned during the year and apply them to problem solving activities. My students love doing this.  It's a fun way to round out the year.

Check out all these other great ideas!


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