Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: April 2013

Earth Day Craft FREEBIE!

Earth Day is on Monday! My class will be right in the middle of their standardized testing, so I wanted them to have a simple craft to do that wouldn't require TOO much brain power!

Students will create an Earth using some simple tear art. Then they add a band-aid to their Earth and write one way that they can help 'heal" the Earth!

I did the project last night with my Girl Scouts and they loved it! It was simple and still meaningful! Download it for FREE at my TpT store.

Happy crafting!

I'm Grilling Up Some Fun in Math!!!

I have blogged before about how I use a math workshop model in my classroom. I am always looking for new games and activities to keep my kids engaged and challenged during their workshop time. I am super excited about my newest unit- Grilling Up Math Fun! In this unit I included 4 different hands-on activities and a game!

Skills covered include: Comparing Fractions, Ordering Fractions, Equivalent Fractions, Factors, Finding Area, and Comparing Units of Measurement.

The lesson includes:
1. Grilling Up Fractions: Students will compare fraction hamburgers  This is extra fun if you let them move the fractions with a spatula! Once they sort all the fractions, they fill in their answers on a recording sheet.

2. Comparing Corn: Students will order fractions of corn eaten and then record their answers on a recording sheet.

3. Factor Franks- Students have hot dogs with products on them and condiments with factors on them. They sort them and record their answers on a recording sheet.

4. Picnic Area- Students will make a red and white checkered tablecloth with the area listed on their card.

5. Watermelon War Game- The game is played like the standard game of war except they are comparing units of measurement (inches, feet and yards).

This would be a fun way to review for standardized tests or a great end of year informal math assessment!

AND...because I am so excited about this new unit...I put it on sale for the week!!! So hop on over to my TpT store and check it out!

I have lots of things in the works and hope to have several updates this weekend!

Reading Calendar Comprehension Homework

I require my students to read for 30 minutes every night. I wanted to create a way to make that reading time more meaningful and so I created these calendars.
There are a total of 9 different weekly calendars. There is one comprehension or language question for the students to answer each day and a spot to record the number of minutes that they read. I plan to use these next year as a spiraling review of reading and language skills! Check it out HERE!

Ticket Into the Room

I got this fabulous idea from my next door neighbor! I have been using it most of the year and I LOVE it! It is similar to an exit slip, but I do it first thing as they are walking into the room! Each day there is a task posted right outside of our door (such as "a proper noun."). As the students walk in they must give me an answer. If they get the question wrong or they don't know the answer, they stand to the side and listen to their classmates. It is a great informal assessment!

So I decided to share! Check out the materials I put together for you!
In this set, I included 78 different tasks that cover math, language, reading and fun topics (such as holidays)! I also included the ticket into the room sign and a ticket out of the room sign if you would prefer to do it at the end of the day. I even threw in some labels that you can put on folders or envelopes to keep the task cards organized! Check out my TpT store for more information.


Multiple Meaning Word Monsters

We only have 7 school days lefts until out standardized testing starts! My teammate and I really thought our kids could use some practice with multiple meaning words and so we worked together to make THIS unit. I LOVE it! I can't wait to start using it on Monday!
Included in the unit is a whole group activity, 4 centers, recording sheets, directions and answer keys.

Activities include:
Whole Group Monster Sentence Match: Each student will have a sentence with a word underlined. They must find the student in the room that has a sentence with the same underlined word that has the same meaning.

Literacy Center Monster Sentence Match: Students will match up cards where the underlined word in the sentences have the same meaning and record answers on a recording sheet.

Literacy Center Monster Part of Speech Sort: Students will sort sentences by whether or not the underlined word is being used as a verb or a sentence. Students record answers on a recording sheet.

Literacy Center Monster Sentence Writing: Students are given a multiple meaning word and asked to write two sentences with the word and in each sentence they should use a different meaning for the word.

Literacy Center Monster Definition Match: Students will match an underlined word in a sentence to its proper definition and record on a recording sheet.

Check it out in my TpT store!

I am also teaching dictionary skills this week with some fun activities. I am excited about this because my classroom just got 6 brand new hardcover dictionaries from a Donors Choose donation!

Well it was a CRAZY week at school full of observations, behavior issues, exciting news, meetings, a hospital trip, paint and research papers....so this teacher needs a restful weekend! Bring it on!