Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time to get ORGANIZED! (Tomorrow is BTS for teachers...EEK!)

Let's get one thing straight.  I am NOT the most organized teacher/mom out there.  Type B all the way from the questionably old food in my fridge to the pile of receipts and bills in a shoe box on my office table.  BUT....I get a lot of really important stuff done by making daily lists and writing things on post-its all over my desk!

Here's a little monthly planning mat I created for my desktop  each month.  (There is a different one for EACH month of the year!)

It is a perfect place for my million "notes to self" and seems to be working quite well to tame the sticky note chaos.  Click here to download a copy for yourself for free!

NOTE: January-August are included free in the same file (but not pictured here).

BTS 2015 is going to by my year to become MORE organized.  To all my fellow type B teachers...Let's DO THIS!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Day and Night Mini Model

Kids LOVE mini models for learning science concepts.  They allow EVERY child in the class to physically interact with a concept, not just the teacher!

This is such a simple concept, yet SO many kids seem to forget it from year to year.  If you are teaching about day and night, time zones, sunrise and sunset this might be a fun addition to your classroom!

I've always modeled day and night using a lamp (sun) and a globe so that kids could see how the Earth spinning West to East causes only 50% of the planet to experience daytime.  However, I think the KIDS need to manipulate a model in order for it to be truly memorable.  Since I didn't have 10 globes available, I decided to get crafty and make some mini day and night models using globe stress balls! (These can be purchased online for dirt cheap.  Link in directions) 

1) The paper template (print it here for free) shows 12 am, 12 pm, 6 pm and 6 am.  
2) I glued it to a small piece of cardboard for each group 
3) I attached the stress ball using nail.  
4) The globe stress ball can be turned to model the Earth's rotation! 
5) The kids always welcome a chance to use their own devices, which worked perfectly to represent sunlight in our simulation!

For more detailed directions, student questions and the free printable template, click here! 


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