Friday, November 21, 2014

Fabulous Foldable Friday Finish


3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Monday-Math
Tuesday- Language Arts
Wednesday-Science
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!

I thought that the best way to end such an awesome week of foldables would be to show you two AH-MAZING sites that I have found for folables, lap books, shape books, etc. These two are the best resources for teacher of all grade levels. 



There is a humongous section of templates for any possible one that you could want!

A site that I have shared in the past is my friend Katie's Real Classroom Ideas. She has an entire section form Foldable books. I figure that's just futher proof of how awesome these things are! Katie has included two great sites that I have used over and over:

Portfolders are a lot like lapbooks only bigger. Bigger is better right?
Parkview Middle School's amazing PDF has many, many detailed instructions for various foldables.

I love sharing great ideas with everyone. I hope that they are as useful to you as they are to me!!



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Spectacular Social Studies!!



3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Monday-Math
Tuesday- Language Arts
Wednesday-Science
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!





Happy Thursday everyone! I can't believe that there is only one more day of school until a FULL WEEK OFF!!! That means 9 blissful days of relaxing at home and with family. But... until then, I thought I'd share some of my Social Studies foldables. I love, love, love these! I think I use foldables in Social Studies and Science more than anywhere else because of  all the vocabulary that students have to learn. Below are some of the great ones that I have made before:


 One of my favorites! I love the three flap foldables!! Some years I also put the different branches on the outside. But I felt that this ups the level of thinking required because it's not right in front of them.
 I always use the inside of the flaps- top and bottom!

In third grade we have 9 American Heroes that we have to learn throughout the year. My students made these at the beginning of the year and as we learned throughout the year we added the important dates and information on each flap.


This is a cruddy picture because I wrote in pencil but you can get the drift. We stuck to where they lived, why they were important, important dates, important events, and character traits.
Enjoy! But don't forget to go check out the awesome ideas over at Thinking of Teaching. Simply amazing!




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Science Foldables: Because I'm not Bill Nye

3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Monday-Math
Tuesday- Language Arts
Wednesday-Science
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!



I'm not sure if anyone could explain Science like Bill Nye. I love every second of his videos... even the songs. lol! All kids that I have taught (regardless of age) love to watch his videos over and over. Now, I will clarify that we do not watch them over and over but if the kids have seen it before in another grade level they definitely don't mind seeing it again!

However, since I am NOT Bill Nye, I have used foldables to make it easy for my kids to have the important information in their hands to ensure their learning. Below is a step by step tutorial for one of my favorite foldables!

Start with a full sheet of paper and fold one corner over until it is flush with the side.

Once it the top is flush with the side, make a crease so that your paper looks like the one below.

Cut off the extra piece at the bottom of the paper. These can make great book marks for your students to decorate later!

When you unfold the paper it should look like the one below. A perfect square!
 Next, fold each corner into the middle crease like in the picture below:
 Once you have all four corners folded in, it should look like the picture below. Now you are technically done and open up to a world of possibilities!

I've included pictures below of one sample idea. I think putting the essential question on the back is great for the kids to know. Then on the inside you can put the definition or answer.

I included each type of pollution on the flaps...
 ...and different types of pollutants for each pollution. I also added the definition/answer for my essential question.


I just love foldables! Don't you??
I'd love to see some more amazing ideas. If you have a foldable, please go over to Thinking of Teaching and link it up! There are so many fabulous ideas there already!!




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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Language Arts Tuesday: More Foldables!!

3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Monday-Math
Tuesday- Language Arts
Wednesday-Science
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!




Language Arts is by far one of my favorite subjects to teach. I have always been a reader and love to pass on that love to my students. I could definitely use a lot of my favorite foldables in many different ways: sequencing, cause and effect, author's purpose, etc., etc. The list could go on and on! However, the other side of Language Arts is also Writing and Grammar. I think a lot of time these areas might get over looked. If I was ever going to teach college, I'd teach How to Teach Writing 101 :)

Anyways, when I taught third grade, a lot of my students needed a review of their basic components of writing. So, I created this foldable:


 It was an excellent review of the important types of words. Many of my students couldn't remember a noun from an adjective. On each flap, the students wrote the definition and lifted the flap above to write examples.


 You can also include hints for the hard ones :)

This foldable is made by using full sheets of paper. The first thing to do is to decide how many flaps you want. I wanted 6 so I used 3 sheets of paper. Lay them on top of each other and stagger each one just a bit.
Next, fold them so that your layers make the flaps. This is a bit harder so don't actually crease the paper until you are sure tha tyou have them the way that you want.

I usually make sure to use multiple colors when modeling to the kids so they can see the difference. My students had a mix of whatever colors they grabbed from a stack of construction paper. I hope my directions were clear. But if anyone is interested in a photo tutorial, just let me know!

Happy folding!!




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Foldable Mania Week: Math!

3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Monday-Math
Tuesday- Language Arts
Wednesday-Science
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!


Up first... Math Mania!!



Foldables are some of the most awesome items that you could use in your classroom. I have definitely found my favorite types of flip books and reused them over and over in multiple ways for each subject.

This first is by far one of my favorites! Simply fold your paper long ways (hot dog style) and then cut ONLY one side up to the fold however many times that you need. This one shows the different number forms. You can also do this for new vocabulary, steps in a sequence, etc.

On the inside you can show whatever information you need. For my third grade class last year, we did a number together all the way across to show them how to do it. Then they had to roll dice to come up with their own number and complete all the way across.

I also have used this kind of flip book as well. It's very similar but you fold it hot dog style. Then fold the two sides in to meet the middle. That way you have way more flaps! I used it below for my kindergarteners to practice counting.


 That way they can count and open up the flap to see the numeral and the word. This way they can self check and see all versions of the numbers: model, numeral, and word.

Make sure to go check out all the other amazing ideas over at Thinking of Teaching for Foldables Week!!



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday: Starbucks Giveaway!!!


Woo Hoo! It's FRIDAY! I'm linking up at Doodle Bugs Teaching this week for:



We have been deep into electricity in our room. This week we took the time to explore static electricity. They are such fun activities I turned them into little mini-packs for anyone who wants them!


Static Electricity: A Hands-On Lab for Upper Grades







We have been tackling our research on inventors of the early 1900's. I am so impressed with the ones that have been turned in so far!

Historical Person of Interest: A Elementary Research Pack




It is getting colder and colder here in GA. I feel bad for my friends up North! But to help warm one of you awesome readers up, I have a giveaway going on yesterday's post. Click the picture below to go enter!





Last week, I got to spend the weekend up in the mountains of North Georgia on a lake with some amazing friends. It was WONDERFUL! Plus, I got to discover 2 new wineries with friends. The perfect way to spend a weekend.


Yep... accurate stock image right there!



I am looking forward to Super Bowl Weekend! Not for the game BUT because I will be attending this:

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I am so excited to go!!! I'll be attending with several coworkers. It's going to be awesome!




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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Starbuck's for a comment!

My next big article on The Educator's Room is all about what you DON'T learn about in college. When you enter and leave a comment on this post, you will be entered in to win a $10 Starbuck's gift card. It'll be a great way to warm up this winter!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Celebrating Students: 3 Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Ideas

My newest article is live on The Educator's Room. Go over and check out the great information, inspiration, strategies, and PL to be had! 

courtesy gpaeanews.wordpress.com



Our jobs as teachers are not limited to simply teaching, instruction, and delivering information. Our jobs extend to being mothers, fathers, caregivers, therapists, nurses, and anything else that our students need us to be.
Students who are loved at home, come to school to learn, and students who aren't, come to school to be loved. --Todd Whitaker
The best part about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest part about being a teacher is that it matters every day. --Nicholas Ferroni 

So, how do we help those who struggle emotionally, physically, and instructionally want to come to school? How do we support and celebrate them in meaningful ways so that they strive for more?
Here are several easy ways that my school is celebrating these students:

Pride Walks: Our school has 2 week cycles of math fluency testing. There is a pre test and post test that every student completes. If they pass, then they have mastered the skill. Those students are able to participate in the Pride Walk. All students assemble in the gym and proceed on a parade route through the school. They get to slap hands, cheer, and 'get their swag on' to celebrate their accomplishments. Those students encourage the others to try harder, work harder, and strive to make the next pride walk.

School Wide Celebrations: Each 9 weeks, have a goal for students to work towards. Our school chooses Accelerated Reader point goals. If a child reaches their goal (chosen by the teacher), they are able to participate. We had a cook out this past 9 weeks to celebrate their accomplishments. Our principal is planning a movie, pajama day, and hot chocolate for our 2nd 9 weeks. Not too expensive to plan for a school, but super motivating for students!

Awards: We all have award days in school. But what if you were to add a quick, 30 minute assembly each month? During this assembly, recognize the Student of the Month (appointed by each homeroom teacher for going above and beyond), those who are fluent in math facts, Kings and Queens of AR.... the possibilities are endless!

Why would this work for your school?
By picking what your students need the most improvement on, you are encouraging and motivating them to preform, all while they are working towards a prize or reward that they want. This, in turn, will help to produce self motivating students over time.



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