Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Around the World Tic Tac Toe

My newest freebie is now available.

This is a great way to give students some choice in their learning about how various cultures celebrate Christmas.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Newsletter Volume 1.02

The latest newsletter is now available on my website.  Stop by and get another techie tip and grant writing tip along with a free worksheet for observing the properties of magnets.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Introducing the TechedOutTeacher Newsletter

Volume 1 is now available.  You don't want to miss the technology tips, grant writing tips, and free activity that this first issue brings.  Sign up to receive the newsletter automatically, using the handy form on this page.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rock Hounds Lab Report Template

Rock Hound templates are now available at my TpT store. Currently set to an introductory price of only $3.00. Get yours now before the price goes up!

Veteran's Day Tic Tac Toe Choice Board

Here is a must have for the teacher trying to infuse more rigor into their lessons this week as we honor our Veteran's.  Head on over to my TpT storefront and get your FREE copy of the Veteran's Day Choice Board before it's too late to add it into your plans for the coming week.  Students can choose from interviews, collages, songs, poetry, research, and more to demonstrate the importance of this national holiday.  There is something for everyone!  If you like what you see, head on over to my FB page and join my group.

Friday, November 5, 2010

4th grade RockHounds

Check out what the finished bulletin board looks like and then click like or leave a comment.
The first 5 people will get the templates for FREE before they are even available at my teacher store!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Oversized Lab Reports

Here's a new twist on the typical science lab report.  Oversized templates that can double as a gorgeous bulletin board display when finished.  The first 2 sets are templates of a rocket ship and a hound dog.
Ideas for use of the rocket ship include experiments with force and motion or the solar system.  I used the hound dog for a display after modeling the rock cycle.  The bulletin board was titled 4th grade Rock Hounds.  More sets will be coming in the near future.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Seed Predictions

The foldable is ready and active.  It is on sale starting in about 20 minutes.  Get it on sale while you can!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Working on a Pumpkin Seed Science Lab

I'm revising my science lab foldable template for an October specialty lab.
Can you accurately predict the number of seeds in a pumpkin?  Our 5th graders
tested out their hypothesis today and the results were SPOOKTACULAR!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nifty Science Lab Foldable Template

If you've ever used foldables you know they are really nifty learning instruments.  I like that they can go on display and then be glued into a notebook later on.  Here is my template for the scientific method as a 4 door foldable.  This one is becoming very popular!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Vocabulary Review Games

I Have Who Has is a great way to practice vocabulary with your students. This vocabulary card set is written to reinforce vocabulary for a Force & Motion science unit.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Force & Motion Consensogram Vocabulary Check for the SmartBoard

This  FREE notebook file contains vocabulary words from a 5th grade science unit on force and motion including simple machines. It can be used like entry & exit slips to gauge student perceptions of their understanding. I use one word each day during the unit. This notebook file uses a consensogram. This is a quality tool that shows the frequency of distribution of responses, measures a group's perceptions and allows individuals to view their responses in relation to the entire group by having students place virtual stickers where they feel they are.

1. Can be used to identify the group’s perception of effort, commitment or understanding.
2. Can be used with a large group of people when time is limited.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sports theme classroom pack - ALL NEW!

Hot off the press! A cool new Sports themed bulletin board set, AR folder cover, homework folder cover, classroom rules poster, and welcome sign.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle!

I've been inspired by all the classroom themers out there.
Today I am unveiling the first in a series of classroom theme packs beginning with the Zebra/Jungle theme.
This picture is an example of 1 file contained in the pack.

What to expect?
Fun Fonts
Full Calendar Set for 2010-2011 school year
AR Folder Cover
Homework Folder Cover
Classroom Welcome Sign

If you have ideas for other items that would be good to include in a theme set, leave me a comment.  If I choose to create your item, you will receive it for FREE!

Inspired by the thought of a Zebra/Jungle theme?  Click HERE  to purchase my pack or see more info before making your decision.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Calling All Elementary Science Teachers

I am well known in our school for saying "My number one priority is safety!" I guess that's because teaching in the science lab raises plenty of opportunity for "accidents". As a new school year approaches I highly recommend my elementary lab safety contract. During the first week of school, I review this contract with each of my classes and require both student and parent to sign it. I always plan an introductory lab the day after I send it home for homework. Students know that if they don't have it signed and returned they have to sit at "observation island" (a remote seat with a clipboard and some paper) to record what others are doing. It only takes 1 student having to do that 1 time and the contracts all come flooding in. As a matter of fact, word travels quickly in elementary schools and my previous students have warned the newbies. I haven't had someone sit at observation island in the past 2 years. So, if I have piqued your interest and safety is a concern in your science class, click the link and download my FREE science safety contract.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Scientific Method

Every good science teacher knows that every good experiment follows the scientific method.
So let me begin this experiment with a PURPOSE statement.

The Purpose of this blog is to share my favorite and highest quality teaching tools with others.
Hypothesis:  I think that others can benefit from the teaching files I have created.
Materials: computer, Internet access, and link to my files

  1. Create files and upload them to TpT (aka - teachers pay teachers)
  2. Share the good news about my files on this blog.
  3. Others visit my "teacher store" and get loads of FREEBIES and possibly purchase a few things too.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 
If you're interested in my

you'll just have to FOLLOW this blog, check out my STORE, and visit frequently.

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