Friday, March 6, 2015

A Good Luck Bad Luck Story

I like creating fill-in-the-blank stories almost as much as my students like using them.  This one-page freebie is designed to be used next Friday, March 13, 2015.  (If you missed this Friday the Thirteenth, the next one is November 13, 2015.)

To download "A Good Luck/Bad Luck Story" click here.

Happy Friday,


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shoot-Out by Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids series for the upper elementary crowd is character driven.  In Shoot-Out, Jake is a star soccer player who gives up a winning team when he moves to a new neighborhood.  His teammates struggle on and off the field.  He is clearly the most skilled player on the team, but he needs to learn what winning is all about.


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Are You Ready For Science Fair?

This week my students are presenting their projects at our school science fair.  We have worked hard to get ready.  Here are some resources I used this year:

Science Experiment Plan Printable

Science Project Checklist for Grading

Follow Mary Bauer's board Science ideas on Pinterest.

How do you prepare your students for science fair?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Currently March 2015

I was so busy today that I completely forgot to look for Currently.  I usually blog stalk Farley the first day of each month.

Currently, I'm listening to CSI: Miami.  My husband has it on right now.  When my stepdaughter is over she loves to make fun of the acting.  We love to torture her.  (She's a musical theater major.)

Currently, I'm loving a quiet Sunday evening at home.  My workload at school just increased, and I'm trying to have time just to relax at home.  (I know that might seem counter-productive, but I just need downtime.)

Currently, I'm thinking about my post-observation meeting tomorrow.  I think the lesson went well.  I am looking forward to being done with this part of the evaluation cycle.

Currently, I'm wanting a snow day.  It's not likely here north of Seattle.  We have been having warmer than usual weather lately.

Currently, I'm needing to get ready for work tomorrow: lunch, clothes laid out, in bed on time.

Currently, spring break is five weeks away and I don't have plans beyond relaxing, reading and writing.

What are you up to?  Head over to Currently March and join the blog party.

Quote of the Week -- March 1, 2015

“Learning has greater value when we share what we learn.”
Simon Sinek
Have a good week,


Friday, February 27, 2015

Gomoku with Improper Fractions

To download the game board for Gomoku: Improper Fractions, click here.

Like Gomoku: Simplifying Fractions, students play this game by rolling two dice and dividing the answers.  This game board has whole numbers and improper fractions, because the larger number is divided by the smaller number. 

Students place a marker on an open place with the answer.  The winner is the one who places five markers in a row.

Gomoku Games: Five in a Row is available for free at Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin

Last week I reviewed Steve Steinkin's King George: What was his problem?  This week I want to share a book by the same author about the same time period, but more appropriate for older students -- middle school and above.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold explains how a patriot became a traitor.  I remember being bored in history classes growing up and I probably would have done better if someone like Steinkin had been my instructor.  I love finding out about people and what motivates them.  Benedict Arnold was really a hero in the War of Independence.  This book explains how his misstep makes sense in the context of the situation.

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