Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkin Chuckin' STEM Challenge!

Have a little fun with fall! And mini pumpkins!



What student wouldn’t be engaged in the learning process of a Pumpkin Chuckin’ Challenge?!

This pack contains all the information you need: student lab booklet, teacher instructions, and photographs are all included.






Using simple, inexpensive materials, you can engage your students in the engineering process!  This is a looser design than strict catapult challenges.  This allows students more freedom with design.  They can use what they know about catapults to design something, or they could create something like a sling shot, or totally surprise you with something new!




This is 20 pages- 12 pages of teacher directions and and 8 page student booklet.

It's a 4-5 day activity or 1 long if you have the same students all day and would like to make a themed day of it.  It allows not only design and testing, but time to redesign or alter based on results and try again.  We often forget that part when leading a science exploration.



Head on over to my TPT store or Teacher's Notebook store and download yours today!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Poetry and Art Through the Year!

Looking for ways to incorporate poetry and art lessons into your curriculum but too busy aggregating data to figure how?

This 73 page Unit is right up your alley! And if you collect the projects during the year they make a great book for students as a farewell gift.



 One poem a month.

One art project per month to go with it.





There are 11 poetry and art projects in this pack so you have choices!



They are listed in the table of contents with a suggested month, but you could easily adapt them to another time of year with very little creativity.



Included poems and projects are:
I Am Poem and Paper Printing (August or September)
Change Poem and Tissue Decoupage (September – November)
Color Poem and Pastel Shading (October or November)
Fall Poem and Texture Rubbing Collage (October or November)
Noun Verse and Masking (December – February)
Pantoum and Paper Piecing w/ Mood & Color (January – March)
Diamante with Pointillism (March – May)
Haiku with Eric Carle Style Collage (April or May)
Pyramid Poem with Crayon Resist (April through June)
Found Poem w/Watercolor Wash & Positive Negative Image (May or June)
Freedom Cinquain with Paper Weaving (June)





With each project you get:
- a different type of poem, with a description of how it’s written along with the basics of the lesson
- a poetry frame for writing the first draft
- an art project with photographs of directions during the making the project and a final project photo.

The final projects looks great on the walls, and the final book makes a great, sentimental gift.



Head on over to my TPT store or my Teacher's Notebook store to get this now!  Get started this month!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What's Happening in October?

A week a or so ago I posted the September special days.  But yikes!  October is almost here!

Not all of these are for kids, but I thought the adults might like to know about them for personal reasons.

So here's a list of what's going on next month so you can plan ahead:



Day Holidays, events
October 1
October 2
October 3
October 4
October 5
October 6
October 7
October 8
October 9
October  10
October 11
October 12
October 13
October 14
October 15
October 16
October 17
October 18
October 19
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29
October 30
October 31

There are also MANY special weeks as well as October being the National month of just about everything!


Monthly Holidays, Events
Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month (President Reagan)
American Cheese Month
Apple Month
Bat Appreciation Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Bullying Prevention Month
(World) Blindness Awareness Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month 
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
Children’s Magazine Month
Class Reunion Month
Cut Out Dissection Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
 Energy Management is a Family Affair-Improve Your Home Month (10/1-3/31/13)
Fair Trade Month
Financial Planning Month
Feral Hog Month or Hog Out Month
German-American Heritage Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Go Hog Wild – Eat Country Ham
Halloween Safety Month
Head Start Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Home Eye Safety Month
Italian-American Heritage Month
International Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month
International Starman Month
International Strategic Planning Month
International Walk To School Month
Intergeneration Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
Month of Free Thought
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
National Arts & Humanities Month
National Audiology Awareness Month
National Bake and Decorate Month
National Book Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Chiropractic Month
National Cookbook Month
National Crime Prevention Month
National Critical Illness Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education & Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
National Ergonomics Month
National Field Trip Month
National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month
National Go On A Field Trip Month
National Kitchen & Bath Month
National Liver Awareness Month
National Medical Librarian Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
National Reading Group Month
National Roller Skating Month
National RSV Awareness Month
National Sarcastic Awareness Month
National Seafood Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
National Toilet Tank Repair Month
National Window Covering Safety Month
National Work and Family Month
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
Organize Your Medical Information Month
Pear and Pineapple Month
Photographer Appreciation Month
Pizza Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Positive Attitude Month
Raptor Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Rhizomes and Persimmons Month
Rhubarb Month
Right Brainers Rule! Month
Sausage Month
Self-Promotion Month
Spinach Lovers Month
Squirrel Awareness Month Link (Different Than Squirrel Appreciation Day in January)
Tackling Hunger Month
Talk About Prescriptions Month
Vegetarian Month
Wishbones for Pets Month (10/15 – 11/30)
Workplace Politics Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

Week Events
Universal Children’s Week: 1-7
Sukkot: 1-9
World Dairy Expo: 7-12 (First Tues. – Sunday)
No Salt Week: 3-10
National Storytelling Weekend: 4-6 (1st Full Weekend) ?
World Space Week: 4-10
Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend: 5-6
National Physicians Assistant Week: 6-12
Emergency Nurses Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Fire Prevention Week: 6-12
Great Books Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Mental Illness Awareness Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Mystery Series Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
National Carry A Tune Week: 6-12
National Metric Week: 5-11 (Week always has 10th in it.)
National Work From Home Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Nuclear Medicine Week: 5-11 (1st Full Week)
Customer Service Week: 7-11 (1st Week) ?
Fall Astronomy Week: 7-13
Financial Planning Week: 6-12 (1st Mon-Sun Week)
Kids’ Goal Setting Week: 7-11
Spinning & Weaving Week: 7-13
World Rainforest Week: 7-13
Take Your Medicine Americans Week: 10-16
Great American Beer Festival: 10-12
Bullying Bystanders Unite Week: 19-25 (Third Full Week)
Earth Science Week: 12-18 (Always 2nd Full Week)
Freedom From Bullies Week: 12-18 (2nd Full Week)
Getting The World To Beat A Path To Your Door Week: 13-19
National Chestnut Week: 12-18 (2nd Full Week)
National Food Bank Week: 12-18 (Week Always Has 16th in it, World Food Day)
Teen Read Week: 13-19
YWCA Week Without Violence: 12-18 (Second Full Week)
National School Lunch Week: 13-17 (Starts on 2nd Monday)
YWCA Week Without Violence: 14-20
Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week: 17-24
Freedom of Speech Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
Medical Assistants Recognition Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week) Link
National Character Counts Week: 20-26
National Chemistry Week: 20-26
National Forest Products Week: 19-25 (Starts Third Sunday)
National Friends of Libraries Week: 19-25 (Third Full Week)
National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week: 20-26
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: 19-25 (Always Third week)
National Massage Therapy Week: 19-25 (Last Full Week)
National Respiratory Care Week: 19-25 (last full week)
National Save For Retirement Week: 19-25 (3rd Full Week)
Pastoral Care Week: 20-26
Red Ribbon Week: 19-25 (Last Week)
Ally Week: 21-25
Kids Care Week: 10/26 – 11/1 (Always Includes 10/27 Make A Difference Day)
National School Bus Safety Week: 21-25 (Third Full Week)
National Nuclear Science Week: 21-25
Disarmament Week: 24-30
Peace, Friendship and Good Will Week: 24-30
Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week: 24-31
World Origami Days: 24-11/11
International Magic Week: 25-31
Give Wildlife a Brake! Week: 27-11/2