Friday, January 31, 2014

Cards for Kindness {Linky Party}

As February, the month of love, is almost upon us, it seems fitting to spread the kindness.  This week my class celebrated kindness week!  I decided to link up The Teaching Tribune to tell about our kindness week and how we ended it with delivering our Cards for Kindness.
As a focus of our week, we participated in The Great Kindness Challenge where we learned kindness quotes, a kindness song, and completed random acts of kindness. Click here to find out more about the world-wide event!  It is not too late to download the free student kindness challenges.  My students worked hard to complete these 50 challenges throughout the week.  To make it even a little more fun, I cut out this giant pink heart and a bunch of red tissue paper squares.  

For every kind act the students did throughout the week, they received one red tissue paper square.  I challenged the students to fill up the heart in one week and they did not disappointed!  Check it out...

Throughout the week, my students also worked hard at making Valentine's Day cards that we decided to give to a neighboring nursing home.  Here are some examples...
It was super easy to drop them off after work today and I know it will bring smiles to many peoples' lives.  My students were proud to complete these random acts of kindness and it made the classroom a more peaceful place to be.

Now, it is your turn.  We would love to hear about and see some of the cards your students made.  Link up over at The Teaching Tribune until Feb. 23rd!

I leave you with a BE KIND message from the Josh Steven's Foundation...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Have you tried

I am in love with this free website filled with tons of Common Core videos and I use it in my classroom weekly.  Read details about it and snag this note taking page freebie over at The Teaching Tribune today!  
Then, head over to and try it for yourself. :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Make a Closed Circuit = Engagement!

Science experiments usually produce high levels of engagement and today's lesson of making a closed circuit was no exception!  One of our fourth grade science standards states students must investigate, construct, and describe simple electrical circuits.  The amount of energy in the room was contagious and we met our learning target!  

Here is what you need to make a closed circuit:
1. Mini light bulbs (the ones you would find in a flashlight)
2. D-Cells
3. Pieces of copper wire

I gave the students these materials and let them explore to try to light the light bulb.  Most teams were able to figure it out without my guidance.

Here are some pics...
Teamwork lighting the light bulb and completing a closed circuit with two wires.

Teamwork to create a closed circuit with only one wire.

Figuring it out and lighting the light bulb independently!

Every single student was focused, on task, and so excited for this activity.  I wish I could show you pictures of the big smiles students got when they successfully closed the circuit and where able to light the light bulb.  By the end of the lesson, they could describe a closed circuit and proved it to me by drawing models in the their science notebooks like this:

If this fits your standards, I highly recommend this activity.  The materials are easy to get and worth every penny!  Have fun making a closed circuit!  :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Have you "Warby Parker"ed yet?

No more paying large amounts of money on my glasses!  A few months ago my adorable friend Katie from A Kup of Katie blogged about these amazing glasses she got from Warby Parker.  They are cool for 3 reasons:

1.  They are extremely affordable and cheaper than glasses from your eye doctor.  HUGE BONUS!

2. You can pick out 5 glasses you like online and they send them to your house to try on for free!  They are super fun to try on and return shipping is free too!

3. It was super QUICK and EASY!  Two of my favorite things!  I ordered my favorites only a few days ago and they were at my doorstep in no time!  The labels for returning are already printed and included in the box. :)

I received the box last night and I was so excited to open it!  The "Get Excited" note upon opening excited me even more!

And, of course, I had to try them on!  So which one do you like the best?!  I'd love to hear!

Oh, and one last thing...

Can't wait to hear what you think!  :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My 100th post!

I can't believe this is my 100th post since I entered the blogging world a little over a year ago!  I am so lucky to meet some amazing teachers along the way and I know this year is going to be the best year yet!

To honor this day, I am offering my two newest packets at 20% off today and tomorrow!  I am so excited about these Common Core writing packets and I believe it is a must-see for any intermediate teacher implementing the Common Core!

Here is the new Detailed Guide to Writing Informative Text:

Here are my favorite sneak peaks in this packet...

I also decided to discount and BUNDLE all my Common Core writing guides.  You get my narrative, informative, and opinion packets 20% off the already discounted price! 

On a last note, don't forget the enter to win these amazing prizes over at The Teaching Tribune.  You can also go through the blog hop and grab some great New Year Freebies!  {Click Here}

Enjoy and Happy New Year!  :)
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