Saturday, June 29, 2013
My dear friend and piano teacher Liz, has a very talented son. Well she has more than one talented son, but for this purpose, we are only going to talk about one. Her son produced the wonderful video on her piano blog. He also produced this inspiring commercial that is currently in a national contest. I loved the commercial for the music as well as the story. Enjoy!
If you love the video--like I do--please go to its YouTube page and like it!
You can also like it on Facebook! It needs likes in both venues to win!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I wanted to feature one of my favorite apps that is only 99 cents--less than a dollar! Drum roll please:
|Stack the States App|
Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson
My boys love to play this app right next to our United States Map. I love seeing them fully engaged in connecting with the map and the app. The graphics are engaging, and the games are fun as well. I love trying make the states stack correctly. It's hard to balance the odd shapes of the states in the US. The biggest states help you to cross the line faster, but they can also be the oddest shaped states: Alaska and Texas.
The app states a question: an example: Which state is Idaho?
As you can see the states are given animation and scaled to size. It is really fun! Find a full description here.
Last week I loved how A Little Red Wagon brightened up her purse with a dollar item from the jewelry store. She used this necklace to make a brand new handle for her purse! Genius!
And Cait from Sliding into First! found some wonderful books for the Target Dollar spot!
The rules of the linky:
Post any item that you have made using a dollar item. Find a wonderful dollar bow that you add to your wreath it counts!
Feature any item that you sell for a dollar. Even if it is 1.99--you can count it! Please link up to a blog post, not your store!
Feature an item that someone else is selling for a dollar. Please share the great things you find!
Feature us the great things you find: either from a dollar store or dollar spot! I am terrible at finding great deals so this will help me tremendously!
Feature items that you love for a dollar! My personal favorite is a diet coke from McDonalds!
You can feature as many dollar items as you wish!
I'll be hosting the linky every week--and featuring my favorites from the previous week!
Again post anything you love, find, sell, or make with dollar items!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|Coral Reef: a study through books|
|A House for Hermit Crab|
|My Visit to the Aquarium|
|One Cool Friend, literacy packet|
Or you can buy this packet from TPT.
|City Fish, Country Fish|
|Coral Reefs, by Gail Gibbons|
|Life in a Coral Reef|
I like this book because the writing is short and concise. The illustrations tell most of the story. It would be great for an independent read for older students with lower reading levels. I also love Steve Jenkins. He is another talented writer and illustrator. Although for this book, he was just the illustrator.
|Coral Reefs, by Seymour Simon|
|Over in the Ocean, In a Coral Reef|
I love this book for the littles: my daughter loves this song--and what a wonderful way to teach her about the coral reef than by song. The book includes the sheet music to the song as well!
I read three books to Emily, while the boys did a webquest:
They sat next to each other and searched and read different sites. I found many of these sites through different formal webquest assignments. QuestGarden has an amazing site that you can find many different assignments and projects all starting with a webquest. After we finished our research, we made a coral reef mural. Complete with all sorts of animals. After we finish with the coral reef--we are going to move onto sharks.
|Coral Reef Mural|
I also wanted to link up with Tori at Tori's Teacher Tips! She does a great tutorial on Bloglovin! I finally have my widgit up. I haven't, however, organized all the blogs that I follow. So enjoy, and link with her!
Monday, June 24, 2013
I have been painting this week--our boys bedroom--which I promise to reveal when completed!
This week I'll share a can-have-are chart on the Coral Reefs. We are starting a unit on Finding Nemo: we are starting where Nemo began his life: The Coral Reefs!
|Coral Reefs: can-have-are chart|
Find it on my google drive!
Find other really great ideas on Monday Made It!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
|Helping Parents Practice, by Edmund Sprunger|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Introducing the weekly version of Dollar Days! I started this in April--planning on doing it monthly--then May came with all its craziness--then June came--and I had some surgery--so now I'm better and I want to do it weekly!
Two months ago I love that Jean Robinson at Diving Into 2nd Grade found these
for Mother's Day Presents! She also shared her I have Who Has from her TPT store
which you can find here.
Others shared what the made out of dollar items!
Here are the rules:
Post anything you find, buy, sell, love, or make that is a dollar. If you use dollar items on a craft--that counts as well! Please link up to your web page only! If you find great things on TPT or TN for a dollar, please share!!!!
I have been working on a wonderful comprehension package for One Cool Friend, by Toni Buzzeo.
I finally finished, and it is my TPT store!
So grab a button and link up!
I also plan to link up with Workshop Wednesday--but it will have to be this afternoon!
Monday, June 17, 2013
It's so nice to be back every Monday with Monday Made it at 4th Grade Frolics! There are always great ideas! Please come and link up with me on Wednesday for Dollar Days. Where you share things you find, sell, or love for only a dollar!
What do a bunch of gym socks have to do with lego math?
Each sock has a bunch of legos inside. The goal is to use your multiplication skills to to find how many studs are found in each sock!
Sock #8: there are four legos each with four studs. The equation:
As students feel their way through the socks--they gain number sense, and really learn about multiplication. An added bonus--it is a quiet activity. No dice falling on tile floors.
4 groups of 8 = 32 studs
7 groups of three = 21 studs
When I did this with a small group, I had the students tell me the equation. After a few times, you could designate it to centers. And the students could fill out this worksheet--writing an equation in down on the sock. They had a lot of fun--and I think they were really thinking about coming up with an equation, not just rote memorization of skills--but applying skills.
You can find the worksheet on my google drive!
Find other great ideas on Monday Made it! There are always bunches!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
|One Cool Friend, by Toni Buzzo pictures by David Small|
|Elliot built Magellan and ice skating rink.|
|Elliot and Magellan|
I remember when we did try to hide something from my mom--for how long we hid it, I will never know, but I was certainly surprised when she found out!
I am working on a packet for this book. The ideas are flowing. But in the meantime, I want you to look at this packet from my good friend at Joy in the Journey. She did a really nice packet, and you can get it free from her Teacher Pay Teacher store!
My favorite sections are:
- B-M-E Organizer
- K-W-L Charts (on the explorer Magellan and penguins)
- Character Profiles
I'm going to take a different approach, but I hope you will enjoy this as well!