Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Elapsed Time Pack

What time is it?
Time for your students to learn how to tell ELAPSED time!

Below you'll see everything included in this pack! I am going to take you through a little explanation of what exactly all of that is that you see below.

On the left, the tan/blue/pink pages, you'll see the practice pages I included. I usually use these to practice the use of the analog clock before we start this unit. If they aren't great at reading the time on an analog clock, then they will struggle with the whole unit. It's great to address this at the beginning. I slide these into sheet protectors so that my students can use dry erase markers on them. This allows me to reuse these same pages year after year without recopying. Environmentally friendly for the WIN!

The four small decks of cards on the right are four different styles of practice questions. You can use these at a center, as cards in a game with a gameboard, up on your projector screen as a whole group, and in so many more ways! They can even be task cards! 
The reason there are four different decks is because I worded the questioning in four different ways. There are many different ways we see these elapsed time questions in the testing setting. The kids may be totally awesome at solving elapsed time questions, but if the test asks the question in a way they are unfamiliar with, then they will most likely get it incorrect. This allows you to present it to them in four different ways, making them even more fluent at reading/answering these questions than they were before!

In the middle of the photo you see the three white sheets of paper. There is a study and two forms of tests for this pack. I like to use one form of test and then if needed, I have the other form as a re-test. You can use one of them as a pre-test if you think some of your kids maybe don't really need to go through this whole pack (your advanced kids). You can also use them both simultaneously if you think your kids may feel tempted to look at their neighbor's paper for answers ;)

Click here to see different photos and read more about this pack!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Compliment in a Jar - End of the Year Gift to Students

You've been with your class for a whole year now! You've had some pretty amazing ups, and some really frustrating downs, but you've made it! Like they say in one of the cheesiest, but best, movies ever, "We're all in this together!" (If you haven't seen it...High School Musical is the movie I am referencing.) 

At the end of the year you have so many things going through your head: 
Thank goodness for summer break!
I can't wait to sleep!
What will I pack for the beach?
Time to pack up my classroom!
I am so ready to get new ideas going for next year!

but also...
Who will love on these kids every day?
Will they remember the life lessons I tried to teach them, outside of just the math and science?
I hope they hang out with the right people over the summer...
I hope they remember me!
I hope they visit me next year!

Cue: the 
End of the Year 
Gift EVER!

Click HERE to get this for your class!

It is pretty self-explanatory from the photos you'll see below; but just to make sure I don't leave anything confusing on here, I will explain it in more detail below! 

I will also give you links to two types of jars I recommend trying for this activity. If you create this for parents, neighbors, friends, or relatives - I suggest using glass mason jars. If you create this for students, I suggest using the plastic "slime" jars, so that you don't have to worry about the breakable glass once it is in their possession. You know how kids will throw those backpacks around, especially at the end of the year!

The steps are all included in the PDF, but quickly...
You just print out the pages with the phrases on colored paper of your choice, cut them up, fold them, and place them in the jar. Then print out the labels with poems on white cardstock, hole punch, and string a ribbon through to make it cute :) 

The directions, which come in color and black/white versions:

The slips you'll cut up (print on any color you'd like. There is an editable PowerPoint file included, also, so that you can type up your own phrases/sayings/notes, as well:

Print the poems (in color and black/white versions) to string around your jars for your students. This explains to them in a "cute and rhyming" way exactly what this jar is for. Hole punch them and string a ribbon through them around each jar.

This gift is great because it gives you the chance to inspire your students all summer long, every time they read a piece of paper from their jar. Also, it shows a lot of love and effort from you, as their teacher, because you can make it super personal if you add in some of your own phrases they are familiar with you saying, as well! The document comes with many phrases already typed out; however, it also comes with an editable PowerPoint file for you to type right into if you want to create your own slips of sayings to put in your students' jars. You can even handwrite a few!

These are not affiliate links; just regular links I pulled from Amazon

The plastic slime jar, 6 oz, 12 pack, with metal/silver lids:

The plastic slime jar, 7 oz, 12 pack, with a white plastic lid:

Glass Mason Jars, Ball, 16 oz:

Thanks everyone! I hope you love these gifts as much as I do! I especially love how versatile they are! You can make them for literally ANYONE and it's so special and personal! 
Share your wisdom with a high school grad? YEP!
Inspire your student all summer? YEP!
Thank your room mom by sharing your favorite quotes? YEP!
Tell your neighbor everything you love about them? YEP!
Remind your family member of great memories you have with them? YEP!

And so many more ideas! 

Three Step Learning Process

New free item on Teachers Pay Teachers today! 

These learning process posters are one of the smallest, yet most important, pieces in my classroom. I refer to them daily (mostly during math lessons when kids start to get frustrated that they aren't "getting it" as quickly as others). 

When you explain these posters to the students, you'd need to go slowly through each step. Once you've explained it to them once, then you can just refer to them quickly when you need to throughout the year.

How I explain these:
Input: "When information is going into your ears and you let it settle in your brain before it goes out the other ear. Whether I am reading out loud to you, when you are watching a movie, when you are listening to me teach a lesson, or when you are reading a book or set of directions, you are using this step of the learning process. You have to let it enter your mind and think about it so it doesn't leave out the other ear...otherwise, you'll never be able to enter the next step."
Process: "When you start to understand the topic or skill you are learning about. Even if it just that the first step of the math problem makes sense, then you are in this stage. If you understand what is going on in a story, then you are in this step. You are in this step for a long time sometimes. You may think you 'get it' but sometimes have trouble doing it on your own. That is OK!"
Output: "When you 'get it' and could even maybe teach someone else how to do it! If you can tell someone about a story you read or a movie you saw, remembering all of the important events or details. When you can teach someone or help someone with their math work. You will work hard to get to this stage, but once you are here, you are here forever with that skill!"


It is important for students to know that it is OK to be in "limbo" with their learning sometimes. Sometimes they are stuck in the process stage a lot longer than they want to be, and they start to doubt themselves. It is important you remind them they are on step 2 and only have one step to go!

It is also important for you as a teacher to understand which step the student is on. You may think they know what they are reading and get frustrated with them for not being able to answer questions you ask with details or evidence...however, maybe they do not even know what they are reading about? Maybe you think they are in the process stage, but they are really in the input stage!

There are also little versions of the posters included. These are for those times when you decide you want the kids to have copies of these in their journals or on their desk for personal reference. Or maybe you want them to take them home so they can be reminded while they work on homework. Whatever your reason, they're here if you need them!

Click on the link above to see this product on TpT

Also....gotta tell ya...I turned 30 last weekend and it feels great!
I feel so lucky to have my little family (dog and cat not pictured...haha) and it makes getting older feel so amazing actually! I feel like each year makes me luckier to be healthy and have the family I have around me!

My niece helped me blow out the candles! :)