Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tried it Tuesday and What I'll do differently!


I've got two this time!

So, I've tried the old shaving cream on the desk routine before, but not with 5th graders until today. 

 As I somewhat anticipated, some of the kids took it a step further than they needed to. Before I knew it these three had smeared the shaving cream all over their faces to make beards. Usually I'd cover my kids' faces on here, but that would have defeated the purpose of this picture, so I got permission for this one. The kiddo in the middle told me he was Santa Claus and that "he sees me when I'm sleeping." It cracked me up so much because it was SUPER creepy when he said it and he wasn't trying to be creepy

So, my second one is my Human Body Systems lapbook activity. The kids have been studying the human body for the last few weeks and we've been keeping KLEW charts inside the flaps. 

We learn about a new system every couple days. I've been doing a series of cool experiments, watching Brainpop clips, reading informational texts, and of course having class discussions to go along with the lapbooks.  The kids have learned a lot and have come up with a lot of great wonderings. I think the best part of the lapbook has been that they've got a place to record their wonderings.

Find the lapbook in my TpT store:

Finally, I'm linking up with the brand new "What will you do differently?" linky from joyin6th

I was a little late to the party when it comes to using task cards in my classroom, I think. Though I think I'm the only teacher in my school who uses them. Reading a thousand blogs has its advantages I suppose! I've blogged before about how I've used task cards to great effect since I learned about them, and I'm looking forward to making a set of them for all of the math units I'll be teaching next year. I want to use them throughout the year as part of my math workshop. They make a great independent center.

In other unrelated life news, I'm officially down 17 pounds since I started trying to lose weight 6 weeks or so ago! I'm pretty excited. It's crazy how I don't even crave or want some of the bad foods that I used to snack on with reckless abandon. I'm looking to make even more progress over the summer!

I've also got a bunch of great TpT products in the works that I'm super excited about. One of the big ones is one I'm working on collaboratively with my brother! He's a high school English teacher in GA, and also happens to be an awesome artist. I've told him all about the unexpected success I've seen with my TpT store and he has decided to set one up himself  for his secondary lit resources and to start working on clip art! The stuff he's made me for my current project is just ridiculously good and I see lots of cha-chings in his future as a clip artist. 

Whelp, 9 days of school to go! Still trying not to be too jealous as I read everyone else's posts about summer!


  1. Task cards are on my list too!! My list seems to be a mile long though.... LOL
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  2. Those messy kids crack me up!! I can only imagine....

    Congrats on being down 10 pounds! That is awesome!! :)

    Mind Sparks

  3. I love task cards too and just discovered using them this year! Good for you and your brother really getting motivated on TPT! Your students in the picture and the story about Santa just cracked me up:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Now imagine that kiddo in the middle rubbing that shaving cream on his cheeks with his eyes open that wide when he said that. It was too much.

  4. The shaving cream antics gave me a good laugh. Kids say the funniest things without even realizing it!

    I just found your blog through the linky, and I'm a new follower!
    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology


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