Monday, December 23, 2013

Energy in and Ecosystem Poster Flash Freebie

I really should be wrapping presents and cleaning the house!  Here is a flash freebie that many of you will want to grab.  This has been sitting on my desktop for a LONG time and I finally decided to post it today.  I know... two days before Christmas and I'm finishing up a printable?  Actually, it is like therapy for me to take a break from the chaos of the holidays (and the the kiddos) and just get lost in the world of classroom material creation! So here it is...

Click on the image to download:

Oh...and it will be free until the next time I need a distraction from the holiday chaos so grab it right away before it becomes a priced item.

Happy Holidays my friends :) 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Polymer Snowman Science Demo

Here is a fun polymer demo to do with your class on a winter day! 

You will need: 
A surface for building your snowman (Wax paper worked well)
Snowman adornments (I choose NON food items for lab safety reasons.) 

Put the Sodium Polyacrylate into a clear glass container.  Slowly add water unit the "snow" is of the desired consistency.  (FYI- Adding a lot of water will make some SLOPPY snow to work with!) 

A plastic knife makes a good tool for moving it around.

 Have students take turns shaping the snow while you share awesome facts about polymers...long chains of molecules...super absorbent diapers..etc.  Here are a few polymer links you can check out:

Polymer Plastic Bag Trick
Plastics and Polymers Book

Add snowman adornments found around the classroom or in the bottom of student lockers.  Name your snowman and then set him in the classroom for student viewing.  Students can make observations in their science journals before, during and after the demonstration, including in the weeks to follow when the Sodium Polyacrylate crystals will eventually dry off.  (You could probably use them again, but I haven't tried it.) Oh...and I STRONGLY recommend doing this as a teacher demonstration.  I'm all for moving science from the teacher's desk to the student's desk...except in situations like this where a total MESS will be created!

Oh and One more thing.  Did you have a chance to browse the FREE holiday ebooks on TpT this morning?  They are posted in this week's newsletter, so make sure you grab them! Here is one of the coupons from my addition to the book :)

Click to download this coupon and these other fun (and FREE) winter coupons for your class:
Due Date Extension
Late to Class Pass
Bonus Point
20% off the length of an assignment
Seat Swap
Leave class 3 minutes early
Plus four different Mystery coupons (prize revealed when QR Code is scanned)

I hope you are enjoying some REAL snow like we are this week.  Happy holidays to all my online teacher friends!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FREE Holiday Ebook

Toss out your plan book and get ready to revamp your December because today you can grab a bunch of lessons and activities for FREE!  Today is the day you have been waiting for.  This year's holiday ebook is packed with awesome freebies that you can print and use in your classroom during the holiday season (and beyond).  And...guess what?  One of my free products is featured....YAHOO! (I can't even express how excited I am about this!)

Here is my addition to the book!

Included you will find my Holiday Incentive Coupons for Middle and High School, which you can use as game prizes or cost-free student gifts.  Hey...EVEN the big kids like to have some holiday fun! 

Here are some of my favorite middle school freebies in the book:

This one is going to get lots of use by my math teacher friends!

We did food chains back in the early fall but this is a great way to review them before our midterm exams.

The math teachers will thank me for using this during homeroom!

Ok...I could go on and on, but these will be the first ones that I print and use!  So head on over to TPT and download this valuable teaching resource for grades 6-12!

Oh an remember to give all these teacher-created freebies lots of positive feedback for their great work!  

Happy holidays from my classroom to yours.  Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season...

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Playground For ALL!

I feel so privileged to be writing a guest blog post here for you today. My name is Krystal Mills and I'm a grade 7 teacher-blogger from Souris, Prince Edward Island. I'll waste no time getting to the point: My school needs your help! We are in the semi-final round in a contest to win up to $140 000 for a new, inclusive playground for our school. As with many schools, students who are in wheelchairs have limited to no access to our playground equipment and recess time is not a time where they are physically able to interact with their peers. However, this social interaction is so important to their development and they deserve it! Due to age, and health concerns our current school building will be demolished at the end of this school year. We will be moving into a renovated high school building in the fall of 2014, becoming the first K-12 facility on PEI. Of course, playground equipment is not part of the budget and not covered by the government. So, my community applied for the Aviva Community Fund to help us out and we are SO CLOSE we can taste it! That's where you come in! To get into the final round (and be one of the projects in front of a panel of judges) we need votes and lots of 'em. It takes just a moment to register your email (or you can log in using your Facebook account). After you have registered, voting takes just a second. You can vote once a day from December 2nd to the 11th. Some incredible teachers have actually taken this on as a "Random Acts of Kindness" project and their whole class has registered and is voting for us every day! I'd like to thank those teachers again! If you feel that this is something you could do - it would be absolutely amazing! Also, we'd love your shares via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blog posts etc. Any and all exposure is WELCOME and APPRECIATED! We WILL do this. I know we will. And we need people like you, to help get us there.   Feel Free to Pin!
Thank you so much and I hope to send you an update in a month or two saying," WE WON!"
Lessons From The Middle
Lesson From The Middle

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale Reminder

Just a quick post to remind my friends about the big sale tomorrow!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and are ready to head back to school tomorrow refreshed and ready to brave the home stretch until holiday break.  As you are prepping your lessons for the weeks to come, don't forget about the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale tomorrow.  Now is an great time to grab all the lessons and materials that could be major time savers in the weeks to come!  (My wish list has been growing for weeks and I'm going to check out tomorrow with some sweet savings.)  Hope you all have a great week.


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