Mathematical Monday - Volume with Product Boxes

I happened to walk by this fabulous math project that one of my team members was doing with our kids. With her permission, I'm sharing it with you :) As a side note, I don't have pictures of the process because I discovered this project after-the-fact.

In math class, they have been working on finding the volume of a rectangular prism. Students brought in boxes from various products, such as cereals, mac and cheese, even empty cases of pop. They used interlocking cubes to measure the length, width, and height of the box. Then they found the volume of the box using cubic units as the label. Using grid paper, they traced the dimensions on each side, cut out the box, reproduced the artwork on the sides, and assembled it into a box.

Here is how they ended up! My favorite is the case of Mountain Dew :)

Link up your math ideas!


Five for Friday - October 25

Monday we did our {Seven Reasons for Exploration} foldable booklet for our intro to explorers. I have been checking out all of the links in my Explorers linky and making a list of everything that I want to try this year. Good thing I have all quarter!


Then we did the Here Be the Dragons activity from {Teaching in Room 6}. We looked at the copy of the Carta Marina in our texts and took note of the sea creatures and other things going on there. That's one busy-looking map! I gave them a copy of a paper with Europe, Asia, and a part of Africa and asked them to create at least five sea creatures. I used Stephanie's template for them to write about each of the five creatures, but I added a few categories in the box. I knew that if I wasn't specific with what I wanted from this class, I wouldn't get it. So I added a place for them to name the creature, describe the appearance, and tell me why this creature should be feared. I got some really great map and descriptions! (Sorry if they're hard to read, but I didn't want you to have to scroll forever...)

Please consider buying {my blogging friend's clipart set}. The proceeds will help the injured animals from the recent Australian wildfires.

I FINALLY finished and uploaded a collection of {Native American review games and test materials}. I'm excited to get to work on some Thanksgiving ELA centers that have been floating around my mind for a while...

I got some kids trained this week for {The Walking Classroom}. They are really excited to do our first official walk next week. I hope that the weather cooperates!


Tried It Tuesday - QR Codes and Tieks

I know that some of you were interested in my Tieks experience and here it is. I don't think they're for me. I really want them to be, but I just can't justify it.

Cute packaging
Nice personal note
Comfy, but can you see my big toes poking through? (Also, ignore the flip flop tan lines :/)
I think that a size bigger would be too big since they only do full sizes :( So I went to my local outlet mall and bought two pairs of Hush Puppies ballet flats for less than what these cost. So back they go!

On to the educational portion of this post :)

In addition to all of the games that we played to get ready for our Native American test, today we did a review with QR codes. I recently discovered that we had a set of 14 iPods with cameras that already had QR reading software on them. FYI - There are many free QR code readers out there. Just go to your App Store and search.

To make the codes, I went to a free site called {Kaywa QR Code}. You'll see choices for URL, Facebook, Contact etc. Click on More. Select Text. Type in what you want it to say and click Generate. Then copy and paste the QR code into the document where you want it. I recommend that you create a document containing all of the questions first so that you can copy and paste into the generator. That way you have a record of all of the questions without having to scan them to remember what you wrote. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...

I am including this activity in my soon-to-be-finished Native American review bundle. {Follow me on TpT} if you want to be notified when it's available!

And because I haven't posted pictures of my garden recently and just found this picture when I was pulling off the other pictures in this post, here you go :)


Spark Student Motivation - Native American Review Activities

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Next week is our Native American unit test, so we've been busy wrapping things up and reviewing. This week I've been using three different games to help them review.

I Have Who Has
This good ol' game is always a hit with the kids. For those of you who do not know how to play, you create a series of cards that have questions and answers that are linked. One person might have a card that says "Who has a Plains tribe?" The person who goes next has the card that says "I have the Sioux." Then that person reads the question at the bottom of the card that links to the next person.

When we played it this week, I gave each class four opportunities to establish the best time. Between each round, students had to trade so they had a new card so they just weren't memorizing who came before them. After they traded, I gave them a few seconds to read through their new cards and decode any tricky words. The class that had the best time (which we had to discuss was the LOWEST time) won a piece of candy for each student. We also had to incorporate math because I didn't use a timer that counted up. I set the timer for 5:00 and we had to figure out how much time elapsed. So I got to reinforce that when we borrow a minute, we are actually trading for sixty seconds, NOT one hundred. It was pretty funny when we got to the end and I stopped the time. There was a moment of silence while calculations were going on in their brains trying to figure out whether they got to cheer for the new best time or whether they didn't quite make it. It was also interesting to note that the students who always had their noses in other people's business often didn't even know that everyone was waiting for them to read their card because they were sure that someone else had it. I know that others kids noticed that interesting trend, too.

Oh. My. Gosh. This is the first time that I have ever played this game with students. They LOVED it! I know that many of you have done this before with your students, but it was a first for me. I took the same terms from I Have Who Has and taped them to my front wall, spreading them out to cover the whole whiteboard. I divided the class into two teams and gave the first person on each team a flyswatter. I read a clue and they competed to see who could swat the right answer first. I think that the hardest part was keeping the rest of the class from blurting out the answer, so I deducted one point from the team that blurted. I read three clues to each pair before it was the next person's turn. It was fun to see them go crazy when the two kids knew the answer but couldn't find it! If there was enough time, I let each student have two turns, for a total of six swats. And of course, during my last class of the day, my admin comes in to observe the last fifteen minutes.

There was only one issue. In the first pair, one of the students got skunked 3-0 and a student on her team called my game "stupid." So I sent him to the hall to watch from the window. I think that he soon regretting being a bad sport, since it ended in a tie and everyone got a piece of candy. Well, almost everyone... Guess you should think before showing your poor sportsmanship.

Yet another game that's adaptable to any subject area. It's pretty much bingo. Project a list of terms for the kids to copy onto their game boards. I like to make the kids do it instead of giving them preprinted ones. That way I can use a generic game board template for any unit. Read the clues. Five in a row wins. I usually have students raise their hands to share the answers for a few rounds. That helps the lower kids feel that they have a chance. After a few rounds, we no longer raise our hands to share, but I encourage them to whisper and help their neighbors. We keep going until there is a new winner. So if Amy wins the first game and gets a prize, she can still win again (to keep her into the game). If she wins a second time, she still gets a prize, but then a keep that game going until someone new wins. That way the kids are happy for the people that are repeat winners since it really doesn't affect them.

To mix it up, I'll do four corners or have them made certain shapes on their boards (plus sign, X, etc.). If I really feel generous, I'll let them trade boards. If the person playing their board wins, then so do they. That encourages them to trade because they double their chances of winning.

All of these activities for Native Americans will soon be in my {TpT store}. Make sure that you're a follower so you can get notified when they are available.


Five for Friday - Oct. 11

On Monday I found out that US Cellular funded my Donors Choose project for two stand-up desks! Check them out!!

Mine won't have the book box.

I decided to splurge and buy a pair of Tieks (not at full price, however). All of my closed-toe shoes for work in the colder months are clunky or just not cute. Not that I'm going to go slopping around in snow in these, but I need to have something to cover up the fact that I don't get pedicures in the winter! And I hate shoe shopping. Like, they might take away my girl card because I hate it so much. I guess maybe things don't look as cute in a size 9.5. So when I do find a pair that I like, I wear the heck out of them. I'm willing to spend a little more for a decent pair that I will wear every day for at least a couple of seasons. So I will let you know if they're worth it...

UPDATE - Got them today! They only do full sizes, so I went with a 9 (wishful thinking, I guess). Comfy, but my toes were making bumps on the tips. Guess I'm exchanging them for 10s...

And on the subject of shoes, I finally got around to crossing something off of my personal to-do list. I have been meaning to take a shoe inventory so if I happen to see something that I like, I can see if I already have something similar. Maybe then I can buy it in a different color. I mean, a girl only needs one closed-toe black pump, right?! (Please don't stop following me if you disagree!) ;)

So, I used my phone to take a picture of every pair of shoes that I own. That way, the inventory is always with me so I can reference it. And in case you're wondering, I currently have 23 pairs of shoes, with at least half being sandals/flip flops and a fourth being shoes that I would never wear in public. I actually own more than I thought...

Help me decide...

We use HMH Journeys 2014. It is totally aligned to CCSS, but it's a little *yawn*. I want to incorporate some foldables for recurring elements that they talk about in Journeys, like theme, sequence, characterization, etc., as well as grammar and writing topics. I just don't know which of these quality resources would lend to that. Anyone have any experience using these with a basal series? Do I just bite the bullet and get all three? Help!!

Or do I get this and make my own?

Or maybe this would come in handy...

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