Foldable Friday: Sons of Liberty

Friday, August 29, 2014






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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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

Friday, August 15, 2014




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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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

Friday, August 8, 2014

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

Friday, August 1, 2014


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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