Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Is Virginia History ready for the 21st Century?

I have been looking at different ways to incorporate technology into each Virginia history standard, and I am excited to see where this takes the anticipation of the students. I will try and document the types of technology that I have used and the reaction by the children. Some of it will be student led and some will be teacher led.

The first type of technology I am using it PowToons in connection with YouTube. I created a short video about the VS.3e standard with some more recent audio to entice the students. It took awhile to make, but I think that is because it was my first one and there is a learning curve. Overall, though, it was fun to play with the features and customize the video.

I am hoping to expand on this and make more videos related to the Virginia history standards.

New Arrivals in Jamestown PowToon

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Math Tic-Tac-Toe Homework or Review Free Sample

This was a request made by someone. I started by doing the Tic-Tac-Toe boards for each individual standard. What do you think? I am also thinking about doing the mixed review boards like I did for the Virginia History Standards.

Let me know in the comments if I should continue this one, do a mixed review, or both!

Enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Watershed Internet Activity


Ways of a Watershed

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Technology Activity

Every year, I use this website for a science technology component: 


It is a cute little site and video that the students can follow along with to learn about the watershed. I made a worksheet to accompany the site and help the students focus on the information. Through the worksheet, they find answers that are right there on the page, word for word, and others that they have to explore and hover over the links for answers (like watershed and topography). It is a quick, fun activity to help reinforce the concepts.


Questions that are answered on the website: Worksheet

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Foldable Fun For 100 Followers!

I broke 100! Thank you to all the Facebook followers out there! I am okay with a small page because it allows me to do things like this, but that 99 was taunting me and teasing me. I felt like I needed to break into the 100's.

In celebration, I have attached the two foldables as promised!

They were FREE for over a week! Subscribe to my blog or like my Facebook page to get notifications of great freebies!

Quantitative and Qualitative Foldable

Place Value and Value Foldable

Thank you again!

I can't wait to see which I get to next: 400 TPT or 200 Facebook followers. Any guesses?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rounding Numbers... A Confusing Concept

It is that time of year that I start rounding whole numbers in the classroom. This concept always throws students.

Once students understand rounding to a place value, then they need to be able to reverse their thinking and find which number would round to the answer given when rounded to a given place value. What? Even as I type it I am getting confused. In a place value pre-assessment, students who missed one question or more, 96% of them missed the question related to this concept. That is a huge percentage for one concept that is being more and more frequently presented on tests.

Here is an example:

Which number would round to 4,560,000 when rounded to the ten thousands place:
A) 4,569,423
B) 4,565,453
C) 4,557,346
D) 4,554,908

The answer is C. Did you get it right?

Then a question gets thrown in where they ask the student to pick ALL the right answers to a similar question.

If you are like me and needed something else to present to the students to help them see it in a different way, click the link below for a FREE sort. It has examples and non-examples, or "oddballs," to confirm their understanding of the concept.




Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Teacher's First Day of School Freebie

Tomorrow is my first day back with the students. I anticipate not being able to get to sleep tonight and nervous jitters tomorrow. You would think after over a decade of first days, I would be calm, but that is definitely not the case. The excitement of a new year is just as fresh and amazing as the first year, if not more since that first year I didn't completely understand in my young, naive ways what a career as a teacher fully entailed.
Anyway, I am going back to school and have a present for you! I made these trading cards after some training day discussions at school and wanted to share them exclusively with social media followers. These will be posted for a couple days so share and share quickly. 

They are a cute way to learn the important Virginia people.

VIRGINIA TRADING CARDS

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Monthly Giveaways through Teacher's Notebook!

This year, I will be featuring monthly giveaways in addition to sales and "Free for Fifteen" deals. The monthly giveaways are going to be through the website TeachersNotebook.com. The reason I chose this website is Teacher's Notebook does everything for me! They pick the random winners and then email them with a link to download the product. It couldn't be easier! I love the options they offer as well. I can pick the amount of winners, the length of the giveaway, and the products to give away. When the contest is over, I can also send out an email to the people who entered thanking them for their participation and offering the product at a discount (which can be ANY amount...so watch for 50% off deals if you enter!). Math is going to be my personal focus for improvement this year, so watch for those products specifically to be highlighted int he giveaways!

 If you have any product you would like to be considered for a giveaway, write it in the comments below. If it is in my TPT store, I can easily add it and make it a giveaway.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Different Variation

I have took apart and put back together the Virginia History Review Homework to focus on one standard per board. As my students identified which standards they were comfortable with and others they needed to work on, I started to change it up to give a more focused review. I have just about finished it.  I have been working on it for 4 weeks, and I am burned out and need a break. In the final weeks of school, I can't seem to focus enough on it to make the final edits. So, in an effort to get it to you free first, I am offering it to you here in hopes that you may help me edit it in exchange for downloading the free version. Comment below please if you find wrong answers or duplicate sections, etc.

This will only be on here for a short time, so it is not going to be posted in the FREEBIES section.

ENJOY!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Mixing of the Virginia History Standards

As my students are reviewing for the standardized tests in Virginia, I am finding some concepts or time periods commonly confused. Based on observations, I am developing pages to specifically use VS.1 standards (sequencing, compare and contrast, etc.) to practice the different concepts across the rest of the curriculum that my students are mixing up this year. I have finished a few, and I would love some feedback on one example to see if it is worth continuing and publishing the rest.

Below is a link to the document. I have done it in a color by concept format and a Venn diagram sort to compare and contrast.

Revolutionary War and Civil War Review

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kahoot for the Classroom





There are so many great classroom tools out there, that often I get so involved with what I am doing that I forget some of the tools available. A student asked last week when we would do another Kahoot. I had to stop and think about what he was talking about, then I remembered the Kahoot quizzes we had done. I had completely forgotten about that, but he obviously hadn't. The students had loved the quizzes and were actively engaged during the game, why hadn't I utilized these more?

As I create more, I will post them here so that you can use them in your classroom as well! Feel free to share ones you have made in the comments.

MATH

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Capacity Breakthrough!

As I stated before, customary units of measure are frustrating as a teacher because:

  1. There are SO many different numbers involved
  2. We are the only country that uses it
That being said, when I find something that works for a standard I have to teach, I want to share! I have been teaching capacity for 11 years and have never seen it "click" like I did today, I have used Gallon Guy, pictures, real models, but it all takes so much memorization of the numbers. Today, I told them a story that goes along with a model I use. It was like the room was alive with fictitious light bulbs going off all over! It was one of those teaching moments teachers love, so I had to share!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Measurement Game

Customary, metric, inch, yard, centimeter, or meter, the concepts are difficult to remember.
Is it 12 ounces in a pound or 16, do I multiply or divide to convert the cups into pint?
The numbers that they need to memorize, I still find myself googling as an adult. Games are interactive and fun for the children to practice using the tools and information. Below is a link to a free sample of a game for inches.


Extra materials required for the game are:

Yardsticks
Dice
Inch tiles

Full product to be released tomorrow morning FREE a bit for Facebook followers.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free Sample - Math Review Pages for Partners - Many uses!

I felt like it was time for another quick to implement freebie to help review for the end of the year.


Versatile, many uses, multiple variations seem to be terms I use a lot, but that is because I like to switch things up and keep the classroom alive! These versatile pages have MANY uses! They can be partner pages, exit tickets, summative or formative grades, homework, centers, or individual review.

Uses: (There are no directions on the page to allow flexibility of use)

1) The original intention was to pass them out randomly and have a student with a black side pair up with a student with a gold side. They would then work as partners to complete the paper in the following way: They each do problem number 1 on their paper. When they finish, they switch and check each others problem number 1, correcting, complimenting, or both. Next, without switching back, they do problem number 2 on the paper they have. When they finish, they switch to check number 2 (they should have their original paper back now). After checking number 2, they do number 3 on the paper they have, switch when done and check, then do problem number 4 and so on until they do all 10. Essentially, the students are each doing 20 problems though checking their problems. Finally, they do the purple side for homework. The beauty of it is they have the other side with examples of each problem on the homework if needed.
2) Assign the purple side for homework, The next day have them pair up with a partner, check the purple side,  and do the other side as mentioned in #1. Number 1 does take some modeling at first, but after about 4 problems, they get the routine.
3) Assign the black and gold sides for homework, have then match up with their same side the next day to check and then do the purple side together.
4) Have then partner up with their same color (black or gold) and do the problems on that side together. Purple side then for homework.
5) Do the black or gold side for homework, pair up to check for understanding. They then do the purple side independently to turn in for a formative or summative grade or an exit ticket.
** If having them turn it in for a grade, the purple side is preferred since it is the same for everyone.**
6) Do the black and gold sides as described in number 1. After they finish, do the purple side independently to turn in for a formative or summative grade or exit ticket.
This is 6 ways I have used them, but there is the potential for many more! You could even have all do the black together, purple for homework, then assess them all on the gold….endless opportunities for review or assessment.
When modeled, the students do well correcting their peers problems and learn from the peer modeling. I role my expectations and play key phrases to use when correcting and complimenting their partners to avoid certain phrases.

For the full version, Each skill has three separate pages and answer keys to provide different options for review. I call the activity my Black and Gold papers (because I love the Steelers), and often give the purple side for homework, but have also used them for grades or exit tickets.

Free Sample: Math Partner Pages to help review for SOL's 4.1, 4.4, 4,5a

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Many Uses of the Paint Strip

I love color in the classroom. Color coding, color blocking, color patterns all add character to the classroom. The students also love color, but making colored copies or always using colored paper is expensive and not feasible. As an alternative, I have been using paint strips consistently in my classroom for about nine years, and I absolutely love them! Bringing out the box of paint strips increases the anticipation. The students like to read the colors they get and apply the colors to the content, which I often do for science and Virginia history. What does that mean? For instance, if we are studying cash crop (tobacco) the paint strip will be green, if the paint strip topic will be the types of rocks, the paint strip with be a brown or grey, or if the topic is products and industries of the Appalachian Plateau the paint strip will be shades of black due to coal being the product and industry of the region. Mnemonic devices are also easy to list on the strips! For the content, each child has a notebook ring, or paper clip (notebook rings can be pricey). I hole punch each ahead of time and then they put them on the ring or paper clip to store.

Even better, my paint strips are always free! I used to get my paint strips from big box home improvement store, until the brand quit making strips and went to one color squares. When that happened, I called the maker and they saved me all the ones from that district. Since then, I have been looking at alternatives. For instance, Sherwin Williams has paint strips and if you call your local shop, they might save you the old ones when they switch them out. Since it is franchised from my understanding, they have to pay for the strips and do not appreciate you taking ones that are still in season or sale-able. My local store makes seasonal color switches and said that if I pick then up, they will save them. A big box supermarket that also sells paint, as well as everything else imaginable, has smaller paint strips. I asked the salesman there if I would be able to take a handful (about 20-25) occasionally when I came shopping. I was trying to get a feel for their policy. This particular man said that I can take every single one, then he wouldn't have to make anymore paint until another shipment of strips came in! He was joking of course, and followed up with you can have some for the classroom. Our town has three of these supermarkets, so if I grab a handful when I go in, or almost every time I go in, I can quickly accumulate enough just over the summer for the following year.

If you search sites for paint strips, the most common uses are for vocabulary or word usage like synonyms and antonyms, but the possibilities are truly endless!

A few examples, but not limited to in the least:
This set has a notebook ring.

Virginia History:
Quite frankly, any of the strands can be used! I love using them for Virginia History!
States that surround Virginia
List of regions with line pictures of physical features
Each region with it's land, products, and industries
Definitions of money in colonial times
Roles in the Revolution
Important people in the Civil War
20th Century Virginians
The list goes on!

Geography:
Regions of the United States
Land Features
States and Capitals

Science:
This set uses the paper clip to hold them together.
Like with Virginia history, I feel any strand can lend itself to one!
Steps of the Scientific Method
List of Conductors or Insulators
Examples of Potential or Kinetic Energy
Planets in order of size or location from the sun
Phases of the moon
Vocabulary from a unit with short definitions
Types of rocks or process
Layers of the Ocean
Layers of the Earth, or Cute Mice On Ice

Math
ANYTHING! I feel like I keep saying that, but it is very true!
List of equivalent fractions
Place value
Numbers that would round to a certain number
Steps to divide or Does McDonald's Serve Cheese Burgers
Equivalent fractions and decimals
Features of quadrilaterals or different types of quadrilaterals
Multiples of numbers - If you list two separate numbers on there own strip, then place them side by side you can find common multiples
Factors of numbers - Similar to multiples, if you list two separate numbers on there own strip, then place them side by side you can find common factors

Stem and leaf plots

Language Arts
Genre - Books the students have read. They try to fill a paint strip with titles of books that they have read in a certain genre. This is an inspiring way to get them to branch out of their comfort zone or genre.
Author's purpose
Transition words alternatives (Not always using first, next, then, last)
Sensory words for each sense
Sequencing
Parts of Speech
Inference - Listing the clues in the story for each inference
Word study or word patterns
Affixes - list certain prefixes, suffixes used in the same way

The possibilities are almost infinite!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Probability is LIKELY You Will Have Fun!


We started probability yesterday. This standard always lends itself to different ways to embrace it and have fun in the classroom. I have provided links to two games that I play in class. The one is a whole group game called The Game of Skunk. The students really enjoy it! I have seen it on blogs, but most of them are geared towards middle school. I have played it with fourth and fifth graders and they love it just as much! I then developed a reflections sheet for them to do for homework to apply the vocabulary for probability to the activity. 

To set up for this activity, I make two masters by copying the game board for Skunk on the front of both and then the dice game on the back of one and cards game on the other.  Next, I send them through the copier making half of each (for example if you have 30 students, you would make 15 of one and 15 of the other).

This activity lasted two days. Day one we played Skunk. Day two they turn it over and find a partner with the opposite page (Dice pair up with Cards to play) and play the games using the vocabulary and fractions for probability.

These are both great games to grasp the concept and entertain the students!


Game of Skunk and Reflection


Cards and Dice Game - There are no directions for this game, so I have written some up and attached them here: Directions

Friday, April 3, 2015

Butter.....My Favorite Versatile Experiment!

With so many allergies, many schools are going away from edible experiments and rewards, but I still do this one every year regardless of the grade or subjects I teach. What experiment is it?
THE BUTTER EXPERIMENT!
My mother, a preschool teacher, introduced me to this experiment. She did it with her class every year. I thought about it and decided to do it with my fourth graders. I tried it one year, and the students and I enjoyed it very much! I absolutely love this experiment for many reasons!
  1. It is inexpensive to do, unlike many that require a lot of supplies, this one only requires heavy whipping cream and a jar.  I use a baby food jar and have the students work in teams. A smaller jars means a quicker reaction. A pinch of salt, a popsicle stick, and  bread or graham crackers to taste the butter afterwards is optional.
  2. It is easy to set up and prepare. All you do is pour the cream into the jar about halfway up and  seal the jar tightly,
  3. It is quick to do. In teams, the students shake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cream separates into a buttermilk liquid and a cream solid ball. It takes longer if the cream is cold or the jar is bigger.  I often take it out at lunchtime and do the experiment at the end of the day.
  4. It can be adapted for so many areas across the curriculum, and I will expand on that below. It is this reason that I have found a way to do it each and every year!
I feel like this experiment is great for ages 5 to 105! I recently did the activity this year and had a sibling of a student from a couple years ago. The sibling told me his mom doesn't buy butter any more and only makes butter this way at home in her mixer. She then stores it in the refrigerator because she liked it so much when the older child brought it home. Since they often bring in their own containers, I let them take home leftovers if they want it.

I have taught fourth and fifth grades and have used it in both. With the science involved, it could be used in older grades, or simplified for younger grades.

The ways I have used it and ways it can be used in these grade levels are listed below by subject area.

Science

1) General investigation and the use of the scientific method. This can be paired with any of the other uses below to assess and grade for implementing the scientific method. (Variables, qualitative, observations, etc.)

2) States of matter - The cream will go from a liquid state to a fluffy whipped state (this is whipped cream, add sugar and put it on pie...YUM), to separating into a liquid and a solid (buttermilk and butter). This could include homogeneous mixtures, heterogeneous, etc.

3) Force and motion - This incorporates speed, friction, motion, force, all in one quick experiment. Discussion points included what speed would be most efficient, why the speed mattered, how friction played a role in changing the liquid, how the motion, or shaking, played a part in the change, etc. A variable could be shaking it up and down versus shaking it side to side.

Math

1) Elapsed time - Write down the time the experiment started, shake it until it turns frothy. Record the approximate time it changed. Shake more until it separates into the liquid and solid, and record the time again. Calculate the time from the start to the end, in between different stages, give different start times and ask what the end time would be based on the experiment.

2) Measurement - Measure the liquid that is poured in, then measure the buttermilk produced and compare. 

Virginia History

1) Colonial Virginia - In the VS.4 standard, it talks about the food used by the colonial people. With this experiment, we talk about how this was the way they made butter then. They didn't have Costco or Target to buy butter. The colonists also didn't have refrigerators, so they made the butter when it was needed. The discussion and extending lends itself to where and how they got the cream, and the animals needed to have cream.

2) Regions Products and Industries - What region would have the products and industry needed to harvest the cream in order to make the butter? The Valley and Ridge region has Dairy as a major economic product.

Language Arts

5 paragraphs :
1) Write a "How to" explaining to someone how to do the experiment.
2) Descriptive writing describing the three phases of the experiment. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Math and Reading Virginia SOLs Test Prep

The Virginia Department of Education has identified certain SOL's in math and reading as challenging for students across the state in each grade level. In order to better prepare myself and my fellow teachers for the math and reading SOL test, I put together test prep cards for those specific standards. These cards are structured to practice the specific SOL standards identified by the VDOE during guided math, reading, or whole groups through importing the pdf into a flip chart. The questions on the cards are directly related those standards as directed by the VDOE and allow for a quick practice by card or individual standard. The cards are formatted as a fill in the blank to allow for multiple versions of the same question or for differentiation by math or reading group. The reading ones are very similar and follow the areas of challenge from grades 3-5.

To prep either the math o reading in advance, pint out the lesson page for the standard you wish to practice. 


Then, fill in the blanks for the questions asked. I often have more than one correct answer to make it similar to the TEI questions asked on the SOLs.

Finally, use a wet-erase marker to fill in the blanks on the cards to use in your group.


Best of all they are all FREE!


For grades 3-5 Math Cards:









For grades 3-5 Reading Cards: 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Testing Review Help


It is that time of the year again! The time when you review all of the facts, strategies, and processes that you have taught them all year! There are many ways to review, and I have games, flash cards, study guides, but with my class this year, they thrive on choice and expectations. When thinking about them, I was trying to think of something fun or like a game that they could do to also review information. I thought about all those neat Tic-Tac-Toe options out there for homework and word study, and decided to format one to my specific needs. I developed a week's worth of Virginia History Review and have a similar one for 4th grade math almost complete. I would love to develop about 2 months worth of both if the need or desire is there. Let me know what you think! Would this help to make your job easier? I hope so!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lucky March Freebie


I am excited to be a part of this March blog event!  I put together a BLOG FREEBIE! Mean, Median, Mode, and Range March Task Cards for you to try. I love these cards because they incorporate real numbers and events as well as and fictional numbers related to events for the children to apply their knowledge of Mean, Median, and Mode.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

I LOVE to Share!

I was contemplating different ways to share the products. Teachers do so much work in a day, that I truly want to help my fellow teachers, especially those that follow this page, my Facebook page, or my TpT store

When I posted the Dr. Seuss Freebie for Guide Words, which was a page from a larger pack, it was surprisingly easy. I hope many of you took advantage of that!  What I am thinking is that I will do something similar to that a couple times a month: post a page or a part from a larger bundle and make it free for a week. I subscribe to a clip art blog that does something similar, and it is always fun to see what is free that week.

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I would love to know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Make the Most of the TpT Sale!

There is a Sale!

Below is the details about the sale. To make the most of the sale, cash in your TpT credits now! If you didn't know about the TpT credits, I have copied the information blow directly off of the website.
People use many strategies when cashing in their credits, but basically it is like a rebate for things you have bought and left comments.
Buy, comment, get credits!

300 × 250

TpT Credits

How it Works
Earn TpT Credits for purchases on TpT. You get one TpT Credit for every $ you spend on TpT. Thing is, you only get the Credits after you Provide Feedback -- both a fair rating and a fair comment -- on the items that you purchase. We will round up for you, too! If you provide fair feedback on a $4.75 item, you will earn 5 credits. Every 100 Credits is worth $5 that you can apply towards future TpT purchases, but there is no need to wait until you have 100 to redeem them. 50 credits is worth $2.50, for example.
The program is retroactive to feedback provided on purchases since August 1, 2011.
How to Redeem TpT Credits
You can keep track of how many credits you have accrued here or on the top of the site after login. When you check out, you will be given the option of applying your TpT Credits to your purchase, thereby discounting your purchase price accordingly

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Inspired By What Pet Should I Get?...The NEW Dr. Seuss Book!

Yesterday, I posted on my facebook page that a new book by Dr. Seuss was being published called What Pet Should I Get. I was VERY excited to say the least. I felt like this was a historical event that I would be a part of, which is not an exaggeration, I went into full nerdy teacher mode. I started brainstorming ways to incorporate this big release in my classroom with prediction activities, asking questions about the book, connecting to other stories and themes by Dr. Seuss, and so on....building excitement for this book in my classroom as well. Then, I realized it would be on sale starting July 28, 2015. My balloon of excitement deflated because any lesson I did would not have closure or follow up in the classroom this year. 


Did I let that stop me...NO! I took that excitement and inspiration and made a new product. If I couldn't incorporate the actual book in my classroom, then I would introduce them to the title of the new book, as well as celebrate his other great books (written by him and his pen names). I used his book titles to make an activity to practice synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and multiple meaning words. It may be challenging for some, but I am hoping the material makes it fun! It is called Dr. Seuss Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, and Multiple Meaning Words.

In honor of the new book What Pet Should I Get? and the inspiration it provided, I am also offering it FREE.

FREEBIE! Dr. Seuss Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, and Mul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dr. Seuss Freebie for Guide Words

Read Across America Day is March 2nd.

Below is a quick print and go worksheet to use the theme of Dr. Seuss with Dictionary skills. The page has the students use a dictionary to search for words associated with books by Dr. Seuss. It extends the skill by including words that Dr. Seuss has made up and won't be in the dictionary. The student then have to apply what they know to figure out what page it would be on and write down those guide words.

My students have done a few of these sheets for different holidays and skills. They work great as a center or partner activity for a review.


Free Dr. Seuss Guide Words Download

Full Dictionary and Thesaurus Skills Holiday Pack and More

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

If You Could Teach 1?

What would be you one?

In the halls, a few of us were discussing possible new lesson plans requirements and writing them for every lesson. During the course of the conversation, we started to talk about middle school and how they usually specialize in one subject area. This then progressed to what we would teach if we only had to teach one. this short synopsis of a conversation leads me to my question.

If you could choose one elementary subject to teach, what would it be?

In elementary school, we often teach 5-7 subjects a day ranging from math to reading. While this provides a great variety for a person, it can also be time consuming. It is a pro, and a great one, and a con in some ways. With most elementary teachers, it seems they develop a preference towards one or two subjects across the multiple ones they teach. Some so much so that they go to middle school and teach just that subject.

If I could choose one, it would be a tough call between math and Virginia history. Those two seem to be the ones I always lean and finish first to when it comes time to do lesson plans. Picking just one, it would have to be Virginia History. I love the different parts of history it involves. If I could solely focus on one of those subjects and develop lessons, I can only imagine the possibilities!

By the way...the words above were made using Wordle.net. It is a fun way to use vocabulary in the curriculum to display for the students.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Answer is......What is the Question?

what is the question to this answer?
I pinned this picture earlier today, and it has been on my mind all day! About five years ago, a principal I worked for pushed this learning tool. I made a poster, hung it in the room, did it for about a week, then the novelty wore off ,and I had the same answer on the poster for about a month until a student asked when I was going to change it...oops.

So, why after five years am I suddenly excited by the concept again? It could be the use of Post-It notes, which is a personal favorite or the ease with which this picture makes it look. Either way, I was completely enthralled and consumed by starting this idea again. It is a higher level thinking skill, but when properly modeled, can be worthwhile for all learners.

As I am running through it in my mind, I am contemplating ways to make it efficient even more interactive for the students. I would like to start it though as a way to review for the upcoming state tests.

Furthermore, I have only used it in conjunction with the Virginia History Standards of Learning. I can see it being easily implemented in science and perhaps reading, but I think math would be a little more difficult.

Have you used this in your classroom? Have you tried it with math? What strategies have you found to make it worthwhile?

(Picture from https://reliefteachingideas.wordpress.com/category/literacy/)