Monday, January 25, 2016

Emergency Sub Plans - Science and Literacy - Energy

I just put a new product in my store!  I love having sub plans that are easy to prep, easy for a sub to follow, and still allow some learning for my students.  I hate feeling like having a sub means a wasted day of instruction, just trying to keep the kids busy and behaved.  These types of plans allow me to leave something of value for them to learn.  It may not be the hands on way I'd teach if I were there, but it does teach and build background knowledge for when I address the topic in the future, or review for students if I've already covered the topic.


So here's what this packet is all about:

Emergency sub plans for grades 3-5

There are few things teacher’s hate more than writing sub plans, especially when you’re too sick to drive yourself to school and get it all ready! Allow yourself a day of real rest and recovery by just pointing the sub in the direction of your emergency sub tub or sub file.

This is a totally inclusive unit. There is no need to buy another book to put with this. I have written an original, non fiction, science related reading packet that you can copy for each student. All you need to prep this unit is some photocopy time, some paper clips, and a few minutes to fill in your schedule.

This file addresses the following energy topics:

-What is energy?
- potential vs. kinetic energy
-renewable and nonrenewable resources
-forms of energy: mechanical, electrical, light, thermal, sound, chemical

Here's what you will find in this science and literacy based energy day kit:

-original energy non-fiction selection and re-reading activities
-pre-reading mind map
-potential and kinetic energy sort
-vocabulary chart with pre and post learning fill in areas
-renewable and nonrenewable Venn diagram
-forms of energy accordion book
-simple clean art project
-battery factor pairs practice page
-Vocab word search
-Letter to the teacher

Teacher aids for this included:

-Directions for the sub
-Schedule layouts with options
-Letter to the sub
-answer keys

Head on over to my TPT store and get this so you can prep it now and have it ready for this year's flu season!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Earth Environment and Adaptations Vocabulary Card Game

This just in!  It's the first product of the new year in my store.  I'm excited because I'm planning to do a lot more of the science vocabulary card games in the next two months.  If you have a request for a science topic for these games, leave it in the comments below!

This fabulous Go Fish style matching game is a great way to get your students practicing and using environment and adaptation related vocabulary! You can omit words when making the games if there are some that aren't part of your teaching goals, and even add in a word of your own on the blank card section provided!

Helps meet many common core standards!

Played like Go Fish ®
20 pages


-23 words and their definitions : climate, environment, soil, biome, shelter, humus, adaptation, structure, camouflage, desert, grassland, nocturnal, tropical, temperate, deciduous, forest, hibernate, Arctic tundra, mimicry, coniferous, migrate, permafrost, blubber, and a blank card to add your own.

-answer key in case you want students to be able to self check

-blank card to include your own words

- organization tips

-optional decorative back (for the back of the cards)

-student directions

-teacher directions

Copyright 2016 The Elementary Professor

So what science topics are you getting ready to study?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

January 2016 Pick 3 Link Up

I'm linking up today at Forever in Fifth to bring you my favorite 3 Pinterest picks in January!

Click on the pics of my pins to go to it in Pinterest.  Let's get started with #1!

Did you know that Time Magazine has a Time for Kids website?!  They have 'travel around the world' sections and kid reporters.  Love it!

New Year's resolutions and reflections!  This one says 2015 but I'm sure it could easily be adapted to 2016.  If nothing else, just use the prompts and have kids do their own number art instead of a printable number.

...and finally #3!  Winter art for all ages!

I think everyone from the little guys through junior high would love doing this.

Head on over to Forever in Fifth to see what everyone else is loving on Pinterest these days!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

How About Some New Year's Freebies?

I found a few things that look fun and decided to share them!

There's a list of books about New Year's Day over at What We Do All Day.  A lot of these I've never heard of so I'm interested in checking them out.

I also really like this mini poster from Addie Education!  It's a free download from Teachers Pay Teachers.  It looks like enough for kids to think and plan, without taking up too much other instructional time.

And lastly is a freebie New Year's pack (11 pages) from Zanah McCauley.  I haven't checked this one out but on first glance it looks doable.

I hope that gives you an idea or two if you're looking to do something New Year's related when you head back to school.  If you have a free idea or product having to do with the new year, put it in the comments below!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently - January 2016

Well hello there! Welcome back to my sorely neglected blog. ;)  I am kicking off the new year by linking up again with Farley with this month's 'currently'.

Listening - We got a new dog a few weeks ago.  It's been about 4 years since our last dog died and it takes me a while to be able to take on a new one.  It was time.  We got Tobias at the shelter and he's so sweet.  Right now he's sleeping deeply on the floor by my feet and his breathing is that deep, soothing breathing sound.

Loving- A fresh start- Even not being a New Year's Resolution girl, there's still something about the new year that feels fresh and new.  Just like a new school year.

Thinking- about day 1 - Today, January first.  I have ambitious goals this years.  Right now I'm just hoping I can make it through day 1.  I've made it about half way so far.  ;)

Wanting - to achieve.  Again with the ambition.  But seriously, I feel like I've been crazy busy for weeks but haven't really achieved anything.  I need to do a project or something with an end to it. Not something like laundry, cleaning, planning, etc... that will need a repeat in a few hours.  

Needing - Seriously. must. stop. eating. chocolate.   And here's a bonus, I need my kids to go back to school.  They're arguing a lot after the last few weeks together.  It's time to get back into the groove.

One Little Word - Discipline!  I was so excited to see this one on Farley's page this month!  I've been doing OLW for 5ish years now and I'm really excited about this year.   I post about my one little word sometimes on my personal blog.  I haven't addressed this one yet, but if you're interested in future posts, my personal blog is

I'd love if you shared your One Little Word or goals for the year in the comments if you have them!