Friday, October 9, 2015

Science Lab - Bobbing For Apples

Why does it seem like primary grades get to have all the fun in the fall?  No more!  Bobbing for apples can be used to teach density, displacement, and buoyancy...all higher grade concepts!

I just added this lab to my store!  It's aimed at grades 4-8- and teaches the initial concept of these physical science ideas.  It does not go into measurements and formulas, just introduces the ideas. 

As usual, my labs come with a student lab book:

and step by step teacher directions - following the 5E method of science inquiry:

You can pick this up in my shop today for only $3!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Coming Soon - The Professional Development Series

Do you ever see professional development books you want to read, but just can't seem to squeeze one more thing into your schedule?  There's a lot of stuff out there that looks fabulous!  And helpful!  And it would make you a better teacher!  But you just can't do one more extra thing!!!!!

That's what this series is for.  I'll be going through some books and professional development ideas and sites, etc... and bringing them to you in easy to manage chunks via blog posts.  Doesn't that sound fabulous!?

I'll be starting off this series with this book:

I'm a little over half way through it and it has some valuable things to offer your graphic organizer repertoire.

Later on in this series you will find other books, and ideas and resources for general topics.

I'd love to know two things:

1-  Have you read this?  And if so, what did you think?  I'd love for you to interact in the comments with your experiences and insights as I go through this.

2-  What else would you like to see?  Is there a book or topic or some other area of growth you'd love invest some time in?  Let me know!  I might add it the lineup for future professional development topics.

I'll start on this book later this week!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

New to my Shop!

I've been busy creating things this year, but have not been busy blogging about them. ;(  Normally I write one specific post for each new item I upload to my TPT store, but I've been slacking lately.  So I decided to do a highlight-them-all-briefly-in-one-post post.

Most recently I posted my Emergency Sub Plans - designed around a mini booklet I wrote about gravity.  I wanted to make a few emergency plans so there might be more to come.   If you have a topic idea you'd like to see, let me know in the comments.   I don't like to leave new concepts and 'real' work for subs, but I do not like to waste an instructional day.  I thought this was the perfect balance.  And you don't need to buy a separate book to keep with the plans!

And apparently I'm not the only one who likes this idea.  I sold 3 the first hour after it was posted!  I've never sold so many of something so quickly after posting!  I've sold lots of one item in a day, I've sold some fairly quickly after posting, but 3 within an hour?  That's a joyous first for me!  Grades 3-5

Before the sub plans I posted some Social Media Style Shout Outs:

These are also geared to upper elementary and are just a fun way to give quick, daily recognition.

Before the shout outs I posted a few lessons and kid book creation project for Where The Wild Things Are.  Adjectives, synonyms, and writing... I used to do this with my second graders.  It was one of my favorite things all year.  3-5 days of lessons for 1st - 3rd grade.

This Prime Factorization Puzzle was also posted about a month ago:

I designed it to be used one puzzle at a time for beginners, or all 5 combined for some serious thinking, which makes it an easy way to differentiation practice.

And last but not least, the Jello STEM Earthquake Lab.  As always, the student lab book is included, along with step by step directions and photos for the teacher.

And now I think you're all caught up!  Check these items and more out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2015 Currently

I'm linking up with other teachers today at Oh Boy 4th Grade to bring you this month's state of my brain. ;)

Have a happy October everyone!