Getting to know my students, is one of my biggest goals the first few weeks back to school! It’s important to build a classroom community where all my fifth-grade students feel safe and a part of our class. This year’s Back to School activities will look different, but getting to know my students will still be on the top of… Read More
STEM Quick Challenges STEM Quick Challenges are great ways to get your students engaged in learning and also a way to introduce a new topic or concept. These challenges can also be thought of as a “hook” for a lesson, getting students mentally ready to learn. It can also build wonder in your students! Why use Quick STEM Challenges?… Read More
With school closing because of COVID-19, our school was looking for a way to keep our students planning, designing, and creating. A week after our school closed, we received some new student Chromebooks. Inside were beautiful new laptops, that I know our students will be so happy to use when we return to school. But what about now? I couldn’t… Read More
I can’t believe I just finished twenty days of distance learning, plus five days of a spring break. When I think about this, it takes my breath away. Thinking back to the last days I had my kids in class I realize just how much I miss my kids! Yes, I have my own kids and we are having a… Read More
This is a crazy time! I start all my Zoom meetings with my kids by saying, “Tell me something good!” I’m going to tell you something good today!!! Two Amazing Things are Coming Your Way!!!! TPT Sale: April 6thand 7th TPT is having a Site Wide Sale because so many parents and teachers are in need of resources. This will happen on… Read More
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Winter Books and STEM Activities that your elementary students will love! I love reading picture books! Yes, I teach 5thgrade and still read picture books daily! My students enjoy listening to books about snow and winter topics! They even reread them several times during the time they are out! I love displaying seasonal picture books around my classroom! Here are… Read More
I love integrating STEM into my fifth grade classroom, especially during the Christmas holiday season. If you are like me, I like planning out my STEM Activities for December early! Getting all the supplies ready and gathered up! Students get excited and stay engaged whenever learning is made fun! It also gives my students something to look forward to on… Read More
November is such a full month, Veteran’s Day and then to Thanksgiving Holiday Activities. STEM Fridays are a regular routine in my classroom. I try to have an engineering design challenge and connect it with a book or a science/social studies concept. One of my favorites is with the book Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. This story is about… Read More
Are you looking for children’s books that start great classroom discussions about character education? I start every morning with a family meeting. Our family meetings are a huge part of building our classroom community. I love reading picture books to my students! And yes, I teach 5th grade. 5th graders even look forward to our book a day! These books bring… Read More
How do you start off working in your classroom? Do you cannonball in or do you slowly emerge yourself into your work? Well, I barely get my feet wet and slowly edge in. I started this year by thinking about the colors I wanted to use and how I could incorporate things I already have! Designing my bulletin boards and my… Read More