Monday, August 29, 2011

Music Monday

I love to incorporate music with everything- I tend to just make songs up as I go. I want to make sure that I use tried and true songs as well.

What are some of your favorite science songs?
Here are my science themes for this year:

Becoming a Scientist

*The Ants Go Marching




*Itsy Bitsy Spider by Dr. Jean




*All of the Frog Street Press color songs
*Roygbiv by Donna Whyte
*Mixing My Colors
*What Color Did You Choose?

Dinosaurs Dancing

*The Five Senses by Donna Whyte

Our Bodies
*Body Talk
*Body Part Movement


From Farm to Table
Old MacDonald

Planet Poem by Dr. Jean

Twinkle Twinkle




Parts of a Plant by Dr. Jean

Earth Day

Amphibians and Reptiles
*Little Green Frog


Land vs Sea
Oceans by Dr. Jean

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Clip Charts

I absolutely love the clip chart behavior system.

I am going to also be using it in my after school program as well. Since I mainly focus on science themes, I figure that my charts should be science related, well I came across this fabulous one with frogs!  Well that is a given!  I got this from Over The Moonbow

The other once I wanted to have science related clip-art from Thistle Girl Graphics.  I have recently seen many creative ideas for "theming" them up.

So I need to "theme-up" one for science.

outstanding               (super scientist)
great job                    
good day                     (Science Fair)
ready to learn             (Scientist ready) 
think about it             (Analyze your data)
teacher choice 
parent contact       (Report Your Data)

Yeah, I am so not happy with those, they aren't really good.  So here's the deal, if  you could help me figure out some awesome science words for my clip-chart, I will share it when it is done. :)

NowI have been thinking and cleaning... and *POP*  what about if I use the Muppets! Namely Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker!! I collect Muppet Figures, so I can have them there too :)  There is a new Muppet movie coming out, so that is  awesome!!!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Teacher Free For All

Teacher Free for All!
During our calendar time, I have the kids write the numeral down, as well as having the number words.

I printed these out on card stock and then used my corner rounder to make the corners round :)

Get your set HERE!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Three For Thursday

Three for Thursday over at
Pick my favorite font... I can't pick just one! Any of the DJ Inkers will work for me!
My favorite teacher blog...

I follow 199. I can't pick a favorite one from all of those. I am biased because I have helped several people start their blogs, so those are out lol 

You can find Erica's awesome blog filled with so many great ideas!

My favorite online resource could be:

I love the newsletters that arrive weekly.  Even if I didn't have a subscription, there is still a TON of stuff there for free.

Here is my tip for Pinterest- after I made something that I found on Pinterest, I go back and make a comment with the date I made it.  :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teacher Talk Tuesday

I'm a Hopper is having a Teacher Week, so I thought that I would hop along!

Today is all about advice.  

Ask questions from someone you trust.

Share your ideas- if you are just starting out, you will most likely have found some brand new materials and blogs to share with your co-teachers.

At one point in time, everyone was a brand new teacher just like you.

If you believe in it, so will the students.

If you are doing D5 or Cafe, please remember to build the stamina and make the anchor charts WITH the children.  I am all about the "cute" factor, but it is more meaningful for the kids.  If the students don't make them with you, they are useless. I have seen this first hand at my school. I went into another classroom and referred to the teacher's anchor chart and the kids just gave me a blank stare and said that they didn't make the chart.  (Yes I asked them.)

Although I do print off my cutesy anchor charts, I put them in my D5 binder to remind me on what should be on the chart.  If you are still needing it to look cutesy, you could create it on your computer and use a projector and create it together.

Monday, August 22, 2011


I created this sheet as a sample for the scientists to follow- I traced a Frisbee! 
One side was what they saw, the other side was what it was.
 Here were the slides we bought.
 This was an app on my iPhone:
 another photo from my iPhone app.
The app is called Magnifying. Unfortunately, I can't get anymore info on it either :(

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Our after school program worked on microscopes.  I made this one.
You can't see it, but there are packing tape strips around the drawing for the k-3 to label.
 Here is our rolling cabinet of microscopes.
 I had the older scientists draw and label their own:

I think they did a fabulous job!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Funny

Never let children hole-punch things lol
I recently gave my students binders to put their math booklet in. This is what I saw later! Now mind you these were 5th and 6th graders... I was a little concerned. :)  Then they didn't put the papers in order, it was quite funny after a while.  It also didn't help that their pages weren't numbered! I learned my lesson and now I punch the holes for them- saves us a lot of grief in the end :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rain Forest

The K's and firsties made this chart.
I have a ton more ideas and printables in my Rain Forest Unit

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Word Work- Funky Letters

So part of my word work are these letters. I used a box from Target and added letter stickers to the back. Here is the problem. There are all these letters that are misplaced- see lower left corner. Yes some are from the kids, but some of the compartment walls move.  I am not sure how to fix this.  If I put tape to hold it, then the letters will get stuck. :(

For your help, I am including this Word of the Week Frame.  Each week we have "Cool Tools" from PBIS. So from that, I choose a word from that topic and that is our word of the week.  I hang it on my focus board.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Safe Respectful and Responsible

At my school we do PBIS. Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports.

One of the teachers has this system in her room :)

There is sticky-tac behind the students photos :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rain Forest

RF from the K's
 RF from the First graders:
 Outstanding work from a 5th grader:
 A 2nd or 3rd grader

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

School Supplies

Here are some new things to get you ready for school:

 Here is a pocket chart sheet- included are also the graphics for you to put in your pocket chart.

Then there are three books:

*a big book
*a student copy both in black and white and color

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Target Tuesday

I found the table top pocket charts, some mats, and the much sought after number stamps!