Friday, April 11, 2014

The Friday Before April Break - 5 for Friday

As I sit here, typing away on my laptop, I can't help but smile.  Not only have we had the best week (since I returned from Maternity leave) but I am now officially on April break!  That means more family time, more sleeping in, and more blogging and creating!

Here are some of the highlights of our week in 4th grade:

 The 4th grade New York State English Language Arts test is finally over.  After three rigorous days of testing I decided to reward students with a little treat!

Today we had a Bear Hunt!  Students were given a specific type of bear to become and imagined that they were in a forest foraging for food (a.k.a. colorful eggs filled with food cards).  This was part of our lesson on key science concepts such as survival of the fittest and animal adaptations.

After finding their eggs, students recorded the amount of food they found, made predictions about how much food other bears found, and discussed our data.  Then students created a "super hero" bear with a special adaptation.

Have you seen these National Geographic Ladders books?  They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  They come in various Lexile levels so that all students in your class can read the books at their own reading level.  Each book contains 3 different genre stories/articles that focus on the same science topic.  Throughout the book there are various text features and thoughtful questions to ask students.  I am currently using these books during guided reading so that I can integrate science with language arts to better prepare students for the upcoming NYS Science Test.

We have been using Kindles in our classroom for over a year now.  I am very excited that we will finally be getting wireless Internet installed in our classroom.  I'm to receive permission shortly to use the wireless Internet on our Kindles so we can finally access apps such as RazKids and Brainpop!

Last but not least, don't forget to link up with your 5 for Friday at Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

FlipQuiz for Making Review Games

This week I became aware of an amazing new FREE website called FlipQuiz. 

FlipQuiz provides educators with a quick way to create game show style boards for test review in the classroom. 

I use to make these Jeopardy type games using Power Point, but they would take me F.O.R.E.V.E.R.  Now you can select your category titles, type in questions, and the answers are optional.  In just minutes I had an amazing review for our Mid Module 5 Test. 

With FlipQuiz, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use. 

Give FlipQuiz a try when creating your next review quiz.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Currently 2014

Can you believe it, March already!?!?!?!

I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this month's Currently!

This afternoon I am LISTENING to Natalie (who is 4 months old today) slurping on the side of her hands while she swings in her swing and I type away.

I am absolutely LOVING the weekend.  This past week was my first full week teaching since I had Natalie and was out on maternity leave.  It is truly bitter sweet being back in the classroom.  I love teaching and interactive with staff, parents, and students.  However, I miss sweet Natalie terribly when I am away.

I have spent a good chunk of the morning WONDERING how in the world I will ever complete even a fraction of my to-do list.  I planned on today being my "get it all done" day and Sunday just relaxing and spending time with the baby and hubby.

So far, my morning has not been as productive as I would have liked it to be.  Which leads me to begin WANTING to clone myself.  I could have a school Jenny and a home Jenny.  Wouldn't that just be dandy?  I feel like I've divided myself in half this week and it is hard to piece myself back together each evening when I return home.  Everyone tells me each day will get easier.  I'm still holding out for a little relief.

I am definitely NEEDING a back massage after a week on my feet.  I now have a new appreciation for all you working moms (and dads).

Lastly, can you guess the ????? that goes with my answer?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Decimal Fractions Notebook Complete - Module 6

Yippee!!!  My Decimal Fractions Interactive Notebook is finally completed and posted to TPT.  

It best follows Engage NY's Module 6.  I did not create a notebook page for each lesson, but there is one for each topic taught and it is organized in the order the module has us teach them.

Here are some sample pages from the teacher directions.

Check out all my other Interactive Notebooks here in my TPT store.  I only have one more to make for Module 7 and then my set will be complete!!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

3-D Snowflakes - Monday Made It

After 4 1/2 months of maternity leave I am finally returning to the classroom this Friday, Valentine's Day.

I have been busy working on some new decorations for my classroom.  I'm hoping to jazz it up a little for my return.

I'm going with a winter penguin theme when I return so I figured these 3D snowflakes would be perfect.

You can see directions on how to make them here.

Check out all the other Monday Made It's on Tara's Blog, 4th Grade Frolics

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Fractions Notebook is Finally Complete! Pin to Win!

Yippee!!!  My Fractions Interactive Notebook is finally completed and posted to TPT.  It will be discounted $2 until Friday night (or until I remember to change it back).

It best follows Engage NY's Module 5.  I did not create a notebook page for each lesson, but there is one for each topic taught and it is organized in the order the module has us teach them.

Here are some sample pages from the teacher directions.

Want a free copy?  Pin my notebook and leave a comment below that includes the URL for the pin, your name, and email address!  I'll randomly select 1 winner for every 3 comments I receive.  Winners will be announced Friday.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 2014 Currently's cold outside.  Snow, snow, and more snow.  Can't it just warm up already?  Mama needs to walk off some more baby weight.  However, being burrowed up inside next to the fireplace with my warm cocoa provides me with LOTS of time to blog, create, and work on lesson plans for when I return to teaching in 2 weeks.  Can you believe it?  My maternity leave is almost over!

So, today I'm linking up for Farley's February Currently!

I love DVR.  It allows me to watch some of my favorite shows when...ever....I....want.  Which is perfect because my schedule pretty much revolves around sweet baby Natalie.  What am I LISTENING to today?  Goldrush and Bering Sea Gold, which recorded last night after I was fast asleep for the night....or until Natalie decides she is hungry again.
Speaking of Natalie,  I am absolutely LOVING taking photographs of Natalie. 
Lately, I have been THINKING about returning to school.  I have been out on maternity leave for 4 whole months and I will be returning to school on Valentine's Day.  It's really bitter sweet.  Although I love my time spent home with Natalie, and I can't imagine being away from her Monday-Friday, I truly miss teaching.  When Natalie is!!!

She is 3 months old today!  Wow, time sure flies by!

Lately, I have been WANTING for it to warm up outside.  When it is nice out my husband and I always walk our dogs 3 miles to the park.  I can't wait to bring Natalie to the park to see the ducks.  I also can't wait for the extra exercise to help shed the final pounds of my baby weight off.  We live in NY and unfortunately, the sidewalks are often not plowed. 
Since I'm stuck inside though I have been busy working on my Fractions Interactive Notebook file to add to the rest of my interactive math notebook collection.  I am NEEDING to complete it...NOW!  It is aligned to the Common Core Standards and Module 5 on the Engage NY website.  Module 5 has been out for about 2 weeks.  What's taking me so long?  It's 543 pages!  Insane huh!  I'm almost done with it too.  I'm to the point of taking photos of my notebook pages and creating the teachers guide.  I'm hoping to have it posted on TPT in a few days.

And as for my 2 TRUTHS & 1 LIE.  Last February I did visit Florida and we traveled there by car.  I have never flown in a plane before but it is definitely on my bucket list.  I'd love to bring Natalie to Disney World in a few years and I'm thinking a plane trip is definitely in our future.
Oh, and before you go.  Check out Techer Gems huge GIVEAWAY for a chance to win $200 in prizes!!!

What are you up to in this marvelous month of February?