Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Engaging Activities and a FREEBIE

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Here you will find ideas and activities for upper grades students.  So, fill a cup and enjoy!

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We all know that kids learn best when they are actively engaged in exploring and recording their learning. Are you using interactive notebook tools, doodle/sketch notes, card games, summary posters and learning stations in your science classroom? These are some of my favorites for getting every learner on board in science class!

Photosynthesis for Interactive Notebooks is a resource ideal for visual learners:

EVERY kid gets engaged and moving with this Periodic Table Review RACE:

Interactive Science Stations take learning to whole NEW level:

Energy Exploration Stations and Lesson Plans

Night Sky Stations and Lesson Plans

Who doesn't love to color and doodle? DOODLE and SKETCH Notes Work Well for VISUAL LEANERS!

Develop Positive Relationships with Students by Learning More About Them!


Be sure to visit me at Kate's Classroom Cafe for a wide variety of upper grades lesson plans, games and printables!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Stay Organized in December: Free Printable!

December is a month of lists.  Need to make...Need to buy...Need to share...Need to clean!  I'm one of those people who enjoys being busy, so I can honestly say that I love the hustle and bustle of this time of year.  Many of you super organized folks may not have needed this in September, October and November, but hello month of desktop chaos!

Looking to keep your desktop merry and bright?  Download this free printable!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

7-minute Science Vocabulary Practice: Energy in an Ecosystem

Students need time to practice and deepen their understanding of new science vocabulary.  Here are 5 stations that I created that helped kids review the concepts relating to energy in an ecosystem.  Students loved getting up and moving from station to station, where they completed 5 different hands-on tasks to extend their learning of food chains and food webs.

I love sharing my latest creations with my active blog and store followers!  These 7-minute Science vocabulary stations are a new addition to my store.  If you would like to grab them for free, follow me at for an exclusive follower-only message (in the next 48 hours) about a chance to download these for free (for a limited time).

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Seven minute science? Setting a timer for 7-minutes kept the class moving at a fast pace!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Secondary Smorgasbord Happy Hour FREEBIES!

Monday is probably not the best time to start throwing around the words "happy hour"...because that seems SO far away right now.  But who says you can't have a little late night happy hour of your own right now?  Set down that stack of papers you were grading, grab the beverage of your choice and check out this amazing collection of FREE downloads from some like-minded secondary teachers.

This is the time of year when I ask my students to do some more intense science writing.  I've been doing a lot of modeling and offering modified lab conclusions but now it's time really get kids to take ownership of the science writing process.  Here is a science writing printable that will help your students with science responses.  It includes some posters, a student worksheet and some mini- checklists for students to affix to a journal page as a reminder while they write.  Enjoy!

(Click the image below to download.)

Be sure to over to the ELA Buffet or Desktop Learning Adventures to see all this month's FREE and FABULOUS secondary resources!

Thanks for visiting Kate's Classroom Cafe for the latest buzz.  If you teach middle school are in search of some fresh brewed ideas...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round Up

Welcome to the November Bright Ideas Blog Link Up!  This is an exciting month because each blog is highlighting some the best bright ideas from this year.

Here's an easy idea for using manilla file folders to make bookmarks for interactive notebooks:

Ever use your windows as learning space?  Here is a post about 5 ways you may not have considered!

Mini class lists are so helpful for all teachers, but especially in the upper grades when you have multiple classes to keep track of!  Check out this bright ideas post ways to use these handy little lists:

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and maybe found something that will be useful in your classroom.  Be sure to visit the link up below to gather some ideas from my Bright Blogger Buddies!

Happy Teaching...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Feeling Stressed? This Giveaway is for You!

Counting down the days until your next long weekend? Did you experience the October slump?  If so, you are not alone.  September can suck the life out of even the most energetic teacher!  Remember to take some time for yourself.  Treat yourself to a Starbucks treat.  Head to the movies with a friend. You deserve it!

My friends Juggling ELA and Study all Knight are hosting a these fabulous chances to grab some stress-free and fun teaching resources for your classroom.  (Enter below)

May the most stressed out teacher win!

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Wishing you all a fabulous start to your November!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Desktop Sticky Note Mat for November!

I'm feeling pretty thankful that I have tamed my desktop clutter this year with these planning mats!  They are great for sticking all those post-it note memos that you write yourself.  I usually print a few of these to use throughout the month...I have a sticky note problem!

This November FREEBIE is up and ready for download! 


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