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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