Will This Book Be the One?

Sometimes I notice the oddest thing about books. Quite some time back, I noticed that every book I was reading had the word 'girl' in the title. Or if the word girl was not in the title, the book was about a girl in distress.

Then there were the 'wife' books.

And then the 'beach' books.

And, not surprisingly at all, I noticed I had read several books that all had the number 'one' in the title. So, I thought I would share the best of those books with you today. (I am also linking reviews to all the above categories.)


So Many Landform Projects!

A few years ago (when I was teaching third grade) our state standards for Science and Social Studies both included landforms. 

It didn't take long for me to have tons of landform activities since we had to hit those standards with two subjects. At that time we also had a basal reading series that we had to use and it had landform related stories so I just moved those stories to our landform theme week. It just made more sense to do it all together! #right

One thing I discovered is just how fascinated students were in learning about all the shapes of the earth and how some were formed. So, let me help you with some lessons and resources that will save you oodles of time.


Back to School Time-Savers

Alright, it's mid-July! I know you are thinking about back to school time. You can't go shopping without seeing school supplies on sale or displays of new shoes and clothing, and I know you are getting excited.

It's a fun time of year, isn't it? But... it's also stressful. You have ten tons to do in getting your classroom set up and your family ready to get back in school mode.

So, let me help! I have some amazing resources for the first month of school that are already completed for you. Time-savers!

Fabulous resources and ideas to get you started back to school! This blog post will give you details about an Escape Room, a STEM Challenge, math and reading worksheets, newsletter templates, and posters that are all perfect for the beginning of your school year!


The Great Spaghetti Challenge (and a Few Variations)

If you have been following my blog for very long you may already know my story. If not, here is the quick version: I taught third grade for many years and then switched to a STEM Lab position in 2013. I had no idea what I was doing...seriously.

I had no resources and learned from reading blogs. My first STEM challenges with students worked and we had fun and we learned a ton. The problem was the length of time it took to complete the challenges. We spent as long as five weeks to complete the activities!

Not good! Storing the student's work from week to week with 16-17 classes was just too much. We also lost some continuity from week to week.

I had to re-think this. Thank goodness for the Spaghetti Challenge!

Such a simple idea but this STEM Challenge is packed with difficulty! This post will give you many versions of the spaghetti challenge and resources to use! #STEM #elementary


Let's Get You Ready for Shark Week!

Have you ever seen the movie Jaws? We saw it in the theater when it first came out (aging myself there). I still remember the feeling I had when the lady at the very beginning decides to go swimming -at night time. AT NIGHT TIME! In the ocean.

I didn't even need dramatic music to know this was going to forever change the way I feel about swimming in the ocean. 

Years later, I still do not venture into the ocean, but it's more about the waves and the sand than sharks. Turns out- sharks are really interesting and kids love learning about them.

So, let's talk about ways I can help you with transforming your classroom for Shark Week!

This blog post includes many ideas, tips, and resources for celebrating sharks in the elementary classroom. From Escape Rooms to flip books to STEM Challenges, and more!

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