Thursday, September 15, 2016

Root Beer Floasts STEM lab for Grades 4-8

I know you've all seen the cute root beer float lab for first and second graders where they see all three states of matter.  But you can use the floats in upper grade too!

 

I created this one for 4-8 graders.  

 


Review states of matter and explore the law of conservation of matter as well as physical and chemical changes with this root beer float lab.


Students measure the parts of the float as they create it to show that the mass stays the same. They also discuss whether a physical or chemical change is happening.



This lab uses the 5E method (engage, explore, explain, extend, evaluate) and includes step by step directions along with a student lab sheet. The lab sheet is 2 pages and there are several pages of detailed teacher directions with pictures.

The lab takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete.


Only $3 in my store as of NOW! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Elementary Pinterest Round Up

It's almost fall!  Can you feel it in the air where you are?  I can't. :(  It's in the high 90's around here.  But some mornings, the air is slightly crisp until about 8:30.  I soak it in.


I thought in preparation for the season I'd share a few Pinterest boards I either follow or have on my own account for fall/autumn.  Click on the pictures of the boards to go there.


First is my personal collection for k-6:


https://www.pinterest.com/elemprofessor/fall-in-the-classroom/

I also like these group boards that are full of ideas:


I love the tree made out of pumpkin seeds on this one.

https://www.pinterest.com/c_roomchitchat/autumnfall-themed-resources/

There's a great Fall Colors poem on this one.

https://www.pinterest.com/cruznsuzn/autumn-on-tpt/

Great book lists and pumpkin learning ideas on this one.

https://www.pinterest.com/julie8098/hooray-for-fall-teachers-pay-teachers/


And because a lot of seasonal ideas tend to be geared to primary, I am including a few boards for upper elementary. 


There is some awesome art on this one!

https://www.pinterest.com/sarahmallane/fall-fifth-grade-art/

This one is small but has great art AND reading/ELA activities.

https://www.pinterest.com/kberlyclark/fall-into-fifth-grade/


Take some time with a cup of hot tea and welcome the season in with some grand fall plans!


Do you know of a fall educational board you think we should follow?  Link it in the comments!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cute Fall Pretzel Packs Equals Fun Learning

I was walking in the store the other day and noticed these cute pretzel packs that I remember seeing on someone's blog last fall.

 

4th 5th and 6th grade math with Halloween pretzels


What I didn't realize last year was how inexpensive they are!  This box has 40, count 'em, 40 little packs of pretzels!  



3d 4th 5th and 6th grade fall halloween activties

And the entire box was under $5!  The decision was made.  I had to get them and make a fun learning day of them. 

 

 

It starts with a fraction math book:

fall Halloween math with fractions

 

Pumpkin shaped, like some of the pretzels, the book asks students to represent the their pumpkin and bat pretzels in fraction form, make equivalent fractions, compare fractions, and use ratio and percent forms of probability.

Also included are ratio art, graphing and data, and then non-math items.

 

halloween fall bat pumpkin math literacy science nonfiction


For non-math we have both fiction and nonfiction writing prompts, and a nonfiction fluency and comprehension selection about bats.  

We're hitting it all here!  Math, science, social science (natural problem solving integrated into the reading and comprehension), reading, fluency, nonfiction, and art...I've got you covered.

 

Best of all, I've specifically kept all activities related to autumn, pumpkins, and bats, not Halloween.  That means you can use this up to Thanksgiving and you don't have to worry about most students who avoid the Halloween holiday.  

 

The best part is, other than buying the pretzels, the only prep work is copying!

 

Head on over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download yours today!