Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Division Concepts- Different Ways to Represent Division Concepts

Division is not always the easiest concept for students to master.  While we have been diligently working on this at school, my students have also been practicing at home.  Here is a quick (2 min) video I made for students to reference if they can't remember the different ways to represent division.  Note- This is nothing fancy & was created just for study purposes.  Just thought I'd share it! :)

(Sorry it's sideways---not quite sure how to change that!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Brain Break

Brain Break time is one of my kids' (and my) favorite times of the day!  We work hard in my room, but we definitely like to play hard too!  I fully believe that giving those brains a break is so important to keep them going! Finding brain breaks that are quick to access and don't require going through YouTube (because who knows what garage will pop up on the screen with that) has proved to be challenging at times.  Thankfully, one of my wonderful co-workers shared a fabulous site with me that I now use on a daily basis called gonoodle.com.  You can sign up (It's free!) and access fun brain break videos in seconds!  We especially love the Koo Koo Kangaroo videos.  There are some fun zumba videos on there too.

Our favorite Koo Koo Kangaroo video is the Dino-Stomp!  You can check out my sweet babies doing it in the video below! :)

You can check out this and other Koo Koo Kangaroo videos by going to gonoodle.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's Getting HOT in Here! HEAT Activities!!

So, I'll be the first to admit that science is just not my subject....I think I'm fairly decent at teaching it, but I just don't love it.  Fortunately, I think I'm pretty good at tricking my kids into thinking otherwise by acting so excited about all the "neat" things we learn about.  One of our units we do each year is heat--fun! fun! :)

If you haven't noticed already, I am ALL about flipbooks and foldables!  I LOVE them!  It allows the kiddos to take notes without the torture of....well, just taking notes.  It's amazing that you can just fold/cut paper different ways and add a few pictures and note taking becomes fun!

There are 2 main concepts we cover when discussing heat:
1. What are the different ways heat can be produced?
2. How does heat move?

Heat Production:
For heat production, we created the foldable below.  These are perfect little organizers to add to science notebooks, or just keep on hand for review.

This is the front of the foldable:
It covers friction, electricity, mixing matter (chemical change), and burning
We put the way and a picture on each. 

Under each flap- on the top, we wrote the definition or description
On the bottom- we wrote 2-3 examples

On the back we wrote & answered 3 Essential Questions: 
1. What is heat?
2. What is thermal energy? 
3. What are the 4 ways to produce heat? 
Heat Movement:
Below is the foldable that we made to cover the movement of heat.  It talks about radiation, conduction & convection.

Front- you could definitely dress it up more! :)

Inside: We included the definition/description for each on the flaps & then on the inside drew pictures that showed examples of each. 

Hope you find these useful!  For more heat resources, check out my TPT store

I also have a Heat Unit Test and a study guide you can check out as well!

Long Time...No Write

Well, since I've been out of the whole blogging game for the last 6-7 months, I figured it was time to get back on it!  To say it's been crazy busy for me that last few months is an understatement.  In August 2013 (3 months after we found out we were finally pregnant with baby #2) we sold our house, moved into a rental, and began building our new home.  It was an exciting time, but definitely exhausting.

On January 25, 2014, my husband and I welcomed our newest addition: Beckett Sophia Marie Copeland.  It's a mouthful I know, but I loved the name Sophia and wanted to honor Chris' grandmother by using the name Marie too.  Here's a picture of our sweet girl.  Feel free to swoon! :)

Beckett Sophia Marie- within the 1st week

Miss Beckett at 4 months old! 

7 weeks later, we moved into our new home (Mid march), and we're STILL unpacking and trying to get settled.  I guess it just takes a little longer to do things with a 3 year old and newborn.  Now that the school year is done, I'm hoping to make a little more headway!

Along with catching up on my house and spending time playing with my precious girls, I'm hoping to get back on the ball with blogging and adding resources to my TPT store!  :)

Beckett & Tenley

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!