Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

I was checking out a stack of books from the local library and found a book from this mystery series by Holly Webb.  The Case of the Stolen Sixpence is book one in the Mysteries of Maisie Hitchens.  Maisie is an aspiring detective who uses her investigative skills to help others.  First she must finish her chores in her grandmother's boarding house.

The stories are set in Sherlock Holmes' London.  They are appropriate for middle grade readers who like mysteries.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Artistry of Education Announcement

Artistry of Education

For the last four years I have posted four times a week following this pattern:

Sunday-- Quote of the Week
Monday--Teacher Tips and Polite Rants about Teaching
Wednesday--Book Reviews

It's time to adjust this schedule to twice a week.  I love sharing ideas on this blog, but it is a huge time commitment.  I'm entering a new season in life and need to direct that time in other places.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Quote of the Week--August 21, 2016

"Go as far as you can see. When you get there, you'll be able to see farther."

Zig Ziglar

Have a good week,

Friday, August 19, 2016

Science Experiment Posters

In Washington State, fifth graders have to take the Science Measurement of Student Progress--M.S.P. for short.  The scenarios follow a certain format: question, prediction, materials, procedures, data, and conclusion.
 I make sure that the science experiments we do in class in fourth and fifth grade fit these six steps.  I created the posters you see in this post to put up in the classroom and refer to during experiments.

When it comes to listing the materials and procedures, I talk to my students about the importance of replication.  When scientists publish their results, they must include all the information necessary for someone else to repeat the experiment and get the same results.  Something isn't considered proven until many people follow the directions for themselves.
 All of the science units I have created for my Teachers Pay Teachers store follow this format.
To download this free set of science experiment posters, please click here.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dash by Kirby Larson

Before Pearl Harbor is bombed, Mitsi Kashino had a happy life with friends, family and her dog Dash.  Afterward Mitsi is mistreated at school and in her neighborhood.  Then her family must move to an incarceration camp with others of Japanese descent.  Mitsi has to leave her dog behind. What will she do?

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Monday, August 15, 2016

My Classroom Management Strategies

Today's post may help me more than it helps any of my readers.  I am going back to full time teaching after taking last year off.  In the next few weeks I need to recreate a classroom management system.  I am so glad I blog.  I don't have to remember what I did.  I just have to look it up here.

After reviewing my posts tagged "Classroom Management," here are a few strategies I plan to implement this year. 

Privileges and Coupons: An Incentive System for Good Behavior
I know many teachers implement similar systems.  This post explains how I use it in my classroom and gives you free downloads.
 Classroom Procedures Review-- Here is where I list the procedures I teach students at the beginning of the year.  I leave a filled out copy in my substitute folder.

I will definitely use Rights, Responsibilities, and Privileges in setting up the culture of my fifth grade highly capable classroom.  Students define each term and come up with examples.  It is a good place to start creating classroom rules.

 For students who need a reminder of the correct behavior in class, I have them write sentences--not the old-fashioned way of filling a chalkboard, but one to three sentences to get them back on track.  Read the posts about Sentences to find out how I use these and get a copy of my reminders.

My post on If...Then charts was popular last year.  If you have a student that needs a behavior intervention, this helps.  I anticipate needing this strategy again this year.

Another strategy I have used with individual students is a buddy class.  Read this post here if you want to know how buddy classes worked for me and download a free printable form.

You can click here for all of my posts on Classroom Management.  I'm sure I will add to this topic this year.

If you have questions about any of these strategies, please include them in the comments.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quote of the Week--August 14, 2016

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
Albert Einstein

Have a good week,

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