After writing about Mint Tin Book Reports, I was flooded with other ideas on how these little tins could be used in the classroom. One of those ideas was making a cell model! In addition to the common mint tin, you will also want to have some “fine line” markers for this project. I used
As teachers we know the importance of adding novel and interesting twists to some of the traditional projects that our students complete. The term “Book Report” has developed a lackluster connotation, at best. However, book reports can be a great way to engage your students in critical and creative thinking, especially with this “little” twist!
This is one of my all-time favorite lessons to do during our electricity and magnetism unit! It is such an engaging way to get the kids working with circuits. You’ll need the supplies pictured below for each student. Students can share a circuit set, if you don’t have one for each child. You can grab
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship when it comes to teaching students the shift patterns of multiplying and dividing by powers of ten. It’s one of those underestimated concepts that you think will be so easy for them to learn. You soon realize that it’s not as simple to teach as you previously
I have always felt that it was important for student birthdays to be recognized in the classroom. It makes students feel special and it contributes to a sense of class community. Here are just a few simple ways to acknowledge student birthdays without interfering with precious instructional time. 1. Note From You: This makes a
Free Standards for Mathematical Practices classroom posters! I’ve been in “math Standards for Mathematical Practices” for the last several weeks as I have been working on my Brain Power Math resources. I started to take a serious look at the CC Standards for Mathematical Practices. These 8 Practices can really empower your students as mathematicians. I
This summer I was a guest blogger for Rachel Lynette’s Minds-in-Bloom. I wrote a post titled “Classroom Finds from the Hardware Store,” and in it I mention the use of tile spacers when teaching adding and subtracting integers; I had several people ask me exactly how I use these, and I am just now getting
I am always looking for a fun classroom craft, especially the week before winter break, when students are getting a bit restless. These Shrinky Dinks bookmarks might be one of my favorite projects! Shrinky Dinks bring back some fond childhood memories, and even as an adult I am still a bit obsessed with this “magical”