The Big List of Ideas for End of the Year Science Lessons.
Exit Slips and Assessing Student Understanding
Data has become a central theme in classrooms today. We have formative assessments, summative assessments, reading level assessments, MAP testing, STAAR tests, other standardized tests, istation, the list can go on forever. The last thing we need as teachers is another thing to grade or another assessment! We do need to check in with our … Continue reading Exit Slips and Assessing Student Understanding
Making Learning Fun with Science Concept Character
I started Science Concept Characters back in 2009 and they were such a hit that I kept the activity ready to go for any time I needed something extra. Students can pick a science word/concept, or you can assign a science word/concept to each student. Students will create a character for a science word or … Continue reading Making Learning Fun with Science Concept Character
The One Review Activity You Should Start Adding to Your Science Lessons Today
My first year of teaching I was hired halfway through the year. Not only did I have to quickly figure out my teaching style, but I also had to get about 50 students ready to pass that dreaded 5th Grade Science STAAR test. I needed a way to make learning stick, and stick fast. I … Continue reading The One Review Activity You Should Start Adding to Your Science Lessons Today
Ditching Behavior Charts for Better Behavior in the Classroom
I ditched behavior charts long, long ago, and I have never regretted it! (Don’t miss the FREE behavior toolkit download below!!) AND, I have had fewer behavior problems!! 😎 Not only was it more work to keep up with and more rewards to provide… I saw how it damaged a child’s view of themself and … Continue reading Ditching Behavior Charts for Better Behavior in the Classroom
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Meet the Teacher Night Scavenger Hunt
Meet the Teacher Night Made Easy!! Are you ready to make a great first impression and get all your parent forms filled out without having to stand awkwardly in front of all your new families telling them what to do? This EDITABLE Meet the Teacher Kit has everything you need for a smooth night. Meet … Continue reading Meet the Teacher Night Scavenger Hunt
Hanging Pocket Charts: Teacher Hack
I knew I wanted to make minilessons and centers more interactive, but I just didn’t have the useable space to do it. That’s when I had to get creative and find a way to put my hanging pocket charts on the wall. I love having my mini lesson materials right there in my focus wall! … Continue reading Hanging Pocket Charts: Teacher Hack
Planning Your Whole Month of Science in 5 Minutes!
I am always looking for a better way to streamline planning and prep so I can leave work on time and enjoy my family time. This Summer, I created a monthly planning page that has allowed me to plan an entire month in 5 minutes!! Talk about a time and sanity saver! I love tools … Continue reading Planning Your Whole Month of Science in 5 Minutes!
10 Effective Differentiation Strategies for a Variety of Learners
1. Varied challenge levels This is a super simple, but effective differentiation strategy for any teacher. Think about the level of learning you want each student to achieve and start there. You may be asking one student to identify elements of a story, looking for main idea and details. But, another student may need deeper … Continue reading 10 Effective Differentiation Strategies for a Variety of Learners