My Favorite Books of 2019

It's time for my annual round-up of my favorite books of the year! Oh, my.

I read so many books this year. Like over 100. Some were really, really good and some I had to plod through.

I tried to pick my top ten favorites but ended up with eleven. So, here we go.

(By the way, these are in order with the very best of the year at the end!)

Annual round-up of the best books read during the year. This list of 11 books has some must-reads for you!


Full Steam Ahead with Baked Potatoes!

Hold onto your hats for this one, folks! It's a doozy!

This multi-day activity is one that brings cheers and smiles from my fifth graders. Of course, that might be because they are expecting to eat something when they hear about the Food Delivery Challenge.

This challenge was created a few years back- before food delivery companies started delivering just about anything. My idea was to deliver baked potatoes. Now, I know that seems weird. However, in our town, we have a famous BBQ restaurant that makes a giant baked potato loaded with meat. It is a very popular item.

And it is quite good!

STEAM Activity- this multi-day event has students creating a potato delivery company. They test potatoes to keep them warm and crush proof, design ads, and perform a commercial.


Amazing Ways to Use Quotes Posters

As with most of my posts, there is a back-story. Always.

The first set of posters I made for my classroom happened because I needed the set and could not find anything I liked. I was looking for a Scientific Method poster set and all I found were one-page posters listing everything. I wanted a poster with one step on each page.

So, I made my own.

Next, I needed a set for the Engineering Design Process. And, of course, I had to make my own set for that, too!

More recently I branched out and started creating quotes posters. And, I love them!

Poster ideas for the elementary classroom. The posters include positive quotes, book quotes, teamwork quotes, and figurative language quotes. #elementary #teachersareterrific


What is the Best News Ever? No Locks!

Have you ever been to an Escape Room event? I mean one where you are actually locked in a room! I have been twice and, wow! The puzzles are hard. Thank goodness the people with me were very clever. The most recent Escape we attended was so fun and we escaped with only 49 seconds left on the clock.

So, keeping all that in mind, a few years back I started creating Escape Rooms for elementary classrooms! Mine are puzzles and tasks that require students to open a locked box. My students cannot get enough of these events and I cannot invent them quickly enough.

But.... I have had several questions about creating an Escape Room that does not have locks and boxes.

So, here you are!
Are you ready for Escape Rooms with no locks! Just print and go! This post has the details for several Escape Rooms and the STEM Challenges that accompany each one.

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