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Wise Guys http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com Creativity in the Modern Classroom Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:19:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Top 5 Classroom Décor Ideas for First Year Teachers http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/07/top-5-classroom-decor-ideas-for-first-year-teachers/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/07/top-5-classroom-decor-ideas-for-first-year-teachers/#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=1511 The first year of teaching is a challenge. One of the biggest obstacles you will face is finding ways to create an inviting classroom on a fixed budget. Eric and I hope to offer you some tips that will save you both time and money. 1. Back to School Sales Many teachers hate to see […]

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The first year of teaching is a challenge. One of the biggest obstacles you will face is finding ways to create an inviting classroom on a fixed budget. Eric and I hope to offer you some tips that will save you both time and money with these top five decorating tips for the classroom!

The first year of teaching is a challenge. One of the biggest obstacles you will face is finding ways to create an inviting classroom on a fixed budget. Eric and I hope to offer you some tips that will save you both time and money.

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1. Back to School Sales

Many teachers hate to see fliers and advertisements out already in June for Back to School sales. But this is a prime opportunity for you to find amazing bargains. Stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Dollar Stores and others will have items on sale that you can use to help decorate your classroom. Take advantage of these sales.

2. Tablecloths

Yes, you heard us right, tablecloths. These inexpensive household items are great for bulletin boards. They are sturdy, colorful, and last longer than the cheap bulletin board paper. You can use them year after year.

Ideas for decorating the classroom! Pick a theme like this classroom did – Peanuts and Football! (Picture used with permission.)3. Pick a Theme

Depending on your grade level and your interests, you will want to pick a theme for your classroom. We have seen themes range from sports, to jungles, to oceans, to even animals. Whatever theme you pick, you may be able to find discounted items at the above-mentioned stores or even garage sales. Believe it or not, garage sales can offer some great deals for teachers.

4. Name Tags

Many teachers spend money every year on desk name tags, only to have them peel off at least once during the school year. We have found that oil-based pens are a great way to write your students’ names write on their desks. They come off easily with a expo marker and magic eraser too!

5. Friends

The best time saver we can recommend for you is your friends. When you are set to start decorating your classroom, enlist the help of your friends. Not only will it save you precious time (that you will need to learn curriculum, lesson plan, read cumulative files…), but it will also be more fun for you as well. Rely on people around you!

If you liked this blog post on our inexpensive ideas for classroom decor, you will want to check out The First Year Teacher eBook with 29 pages of helpful tips for beginning teachers.

You will also want to check out our companion guide: The First Year Teacher Resources which contains 40 different items you can use your first year of teaching!

Thanks and here is to a successful first year of teaching!
Brian and Eric
Wise Guys

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Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom.

Today we are featuring Student Cleaning Stations for the End of the School Year.

We have finally figured out a way to make the end of the year clean-up in our rooms more efficient and timely. Since your students are at the age where they can have more responsibility, we help them take ownership of the classroom and have them help clean it so it looks like it did the first day when they walked in. The list is editable, so you can make it your own!

 Download this FREE resource by clicking here.


Make sure to follow us on TPT for more great 3-5 resources!

We hope you have enjoyed our FREE Resource Fridays this school year. This will be our last entry for the 2014-2015 school year. Have a great summer!

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Grades 3-5 End of Year Memory Book http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/05/grades-3-5-end-of-year-memory-book/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/05/grades-3-5-end-of-year-memory-book/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 22:52:19 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=1476 Here is a great end of the year memory book for your students to complete as the year winds down. This is appropriate for elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It is 11 pages of fun topics for your students to complete! Included in this resource is: -a student cover page to color […]

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Here is a great end of the year memory book for your students to complete as the year winds down. This is appropriate for elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It is 11 pages of fun topics for your students to complete! This is a great resource to have your students complete and then bind into a booklet for them to keep! Let their memories of your classroom last a lifetime!

Here is a great end of the year memory book for your students to complete as the year winds down. This is appropriate for elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It is 11 pages of fun topics for your students to complete!

Here is a great end of the year memory book for your students to complete as the year winds down. This is appropriate for elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It is 11 pages of fun topics for your students to complete!
Included in this resource is:
-a student cover page to color
-my school
-my class
-my friends
-my favorites
-memory moments
-subject reflections
-goals for next year
-plans for summer
-self-portrait
-place for classmates’ autographs

Below is an example of the “school” page:

Here is a great end of the year memory book for your students to complete as the year winds down. This is appropriate for elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It is 11 pages of fun topics for your students to complete!
This is a great resource to have your students complete and then bind into a booklet for them to keep! Let their memories of your classroom last a lifetime! You can purchase the resource by clicking here.

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Summer Reading Log Program: Get Kids Reading! http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/05/summer-reading-log-program-get-kids-reading/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/05/summer-reading-log-program-get-kids-reading/#respond Thu, 14 May 2015 17:25:10 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=1470 Before your students head out the door for summer vacation, ask yourself one question, “Do I want my students to read over the summer?” I am sure the answer is a resounding “Yes!” If that is the case you will want to check out our summer reading logs! Included in this amazing resource is: -Reading […]

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Before your students head out the door for summer vacation, ask yourself one question, "Do I want my students to read over the summer?" I am sure the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Check out our summer reading blogs to get your students reading over summer.

Before your students head out the door for summer vacation, ask yourself one question, “Do I want my students to read over the summer?” I am sure the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

If that is the case you will want to check out our summer reading logs!

Included in this amazing resource is:
-Reading logs for students to use for June, July and August
-A Parent letter to send home explaining the logs and tips on how to get their child to read
-Certificates of participation once logs are returned in the fall
-optional 1st-3rd place certificates as well

To top it off, we also are including everything in black and white in case you want to save on colored ink!

Don’t miss out on your chance to continue to engage your students in reading this summer. Give it a shot and see how many take the challenge and return them in the fall! You can download the resource by clicking here.

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End of Year Math Activities and HUGE TPT Sale! http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/05/end-of-year-math-activities-and-huge-tpt-sale/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/05/end-of-year-math-activities-and-huge-tpt-sale/#respond Fri, 01 May 2015 22:41:21 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=1443 It’s that time of year! You have gotten through all of the required materials for your math curriculum. You have one, to maybe even three weeks left of school. You are struggling to find engaging activities, but suddenly stumble upon us Wise Guys on TPT. Your fear turns to joy as you find our top 5 end […]

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Need some ideas to keep students engaged when learning math at the end of the school year? Here's our top five picks!

It’s that time of year! You have gotten through all of the required materials for your math curriculum. You have one, to maybe even three weeks left of school. You are struggling to find engaging activities, but suddenly stumble upon us Wise Guys on TPT. Your fear turns to joy as you find our top 5 end of the year math activities! And even better yet, on May 5 and May 6 all these resources plus the rest of our digital downloads will be 28% off when you enter the promo code: ThankYou at checkout!

Here are our top 5 end of the year math activities!

1. Geometry City

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This Geometry City activity is sure to be a hit with students. Students will become construction companies and will be asked to design a city based on geometric concepts. This is a great end of year project for your class!

Included in the resource is:
-A student introduction and company page that each group will fill out
-A rubric page on how they will be assessed
-A vocabulary geometry journal and answer key for the students and teacher to use
-Two game activities to help with vocabulary
-Possible jobs for each member
-Classroom photo examples of geometry cities
-A teacher tips page that will help you successfully implement this in your classroom!

Below are a few examples of student Geo Cities!

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2. Coordinate City

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This is a creative math lesson plan that has students create their own Coordinate City using coordinates, a scale, four quadrants, x and y axis skills. Students get to pick a name and theme for their city that includes: buildings, streets, a park, and an attraction.

Included in this resource:
-a contract sheet
-a student direction sheet
-a rubric for assessment
-a vocabulary sheet with definitions
-a four-quadrant grid
-a teacher tips page
-student examples

Below is an example of a Coordinate City.

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3. 7 Wonders of the World

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This 10-12 day lesson plan resource has now been updated to 76 pages recently! This resource is intended to help summarize some of the general math concepts that may be taught throughout the school year in a challenging and enjoyable way. Some of the concepts are: estimation, measurement, geometry, puzzles, story problems, x-y coordinates, and much more. Download our preview for more details.

The opening page reads… “Thank you for choosing Albatross World Tour Travel Agency as your world tour guide. Your vacation will hopefully go smooth with me, Al, helping your “family” travel around the world in hopes of earning enough reward points to build your air-tight vacation vessel to the planet Mars. Your family will travel to several exciting and challenging “wonders” of the world. But the way it looks right now, your clumsy cousin Calvin will be joining you on your vacation. Hopefully he doesn’t foul up your family vacation too much.”

Students will travel to several exciting and challenging wonders of the world such as the Grand Canyon, Pyramids of Egypt, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Legend of Lochness, Amazon Rainforest, Great Wall of China, Great Barrier Reef, and finally the planet Mars.

Groups will find it challenging because cousin Calvin will be joining them on vacation, which will certainly cause for some challenging problems.

Included in this resource are Teacher Tips, 8 vacation packages with keys, reward points, handouts, challenge cards, assessment forms, and more.

4. Minecraft Math Stations!

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Get your students ready to survive Minecraft Math World! You students will be working with the five Math Common Core Standards as they solve and answer various questions about the game. They will have 10 minutes (equal to one day in Minecraft) to solve most stations. Watch student engagement blow through the roof for this great resource!

Included in this 93 page resource: 5 pages of problems based on the 5 Common Core Math standards, Math vocabulary cards for each Math standard (84 pages), a teacher answer key, a challenge page where your students can make up more Minecraft story problems for their classmates, and a page listing the CCSS that this resource addresses!

Here is a great way to make assessing math fun for students. Enjoy!

5. Design a Zoo

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This is the opening scenario for this 35-page Design a Zoo zipped file activity… “Congratulations! You and your team of engineers and zoologists have convinced the WZA (World Zoological Association) that your team is the right one to design the next world zoo. Your team is one of five finalists in the entire world who have been asked to design the first phase for a zoo. After your team comes up with the first phase for the Dream Zoo, it will then send the proposal to the WZA for review. Your team will want to make sure that what it chooses for this zoo will be a major attraction for hundreds of thousands of people every year! So, good luck to you and your team.”

This resource is intended to help your students enjoy math as they problem solve. To make the activity interesting some of the zoo animals included are extinct (dinosaurs, woolly mammoth, dodo bird, etc.), endangered, or just regular animals.

Everything that a teacher would need is included (handouts, answer key, extension activities, rubric, etc.). Students are given 60 million dollars to purchase animals, construct buildings, and build paths for a zoo. Prices of animals are based on the size of the animal and its sociability. Students will need to purchase animals from the five categories (mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, and invertebrates). Depending on your class, you may have to adjust the amount that is spent.

If you are also looking for test prep materials make sure to check out our ever-growing list of resources by clicking here .

Thank you for being a teacher and make sure to take advantage of the TPT sale this May 5th and 6th!

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This is a Reading slide show of quotes that can be used in your grades 2-5 classroom. It is perfect for: Guided Reading, Daily 5, SSR, or DEAR!

During guided reading, I was having the students who were not meeting with me write “thank you” cards to a local business for help in supporting our field trip. I had opened up the company’s website and projected it onto the classroom screen. The company had this really cool slide show of what the business is all about. My students thought it was pretty neat and were engaged in watching it.

It got me thinking, wouldn’t it be cool to make a slide show to play during my guided reading block that would include inspirational reading quotes for the students to see? Would just one quote maybe spark one of my lower readers into finding a great book? I had to give it a try.

I created a 60 frame slide show based on finding great quotes and statistics about reading. I had my friend Eric help me with the images and backgrounds (an area I am terrible at). We both think the finished resource is amazing. You can find it by clicking here.

Needless to say, it was a hit. The students loved to see the images and also loved to see the quotes that would display. They loved it so much that I decided to just show one slide a day and have that be our “focus” quote during reading. That also leaves my 59 more days of quotes!

The great thing about this resource, is you, the teacher, get to decide when would be the most appropriate time to use this. Whether it be during guided reading, Daily 5 choices, SSR (Sustained Silent Reading), DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), Reader’s Workshop, or any other reading block you have, your students will respond positively to what they see.

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I thought of other possible ways I could use the resource in my classroom. Here are a few of them:

  • Running Slideshow- Use this resource as a continuous running slideshow that can play throughout your reading period. Currently, the slide show we have is set up to transition every 60 seconds. We have included directions with the resource on how to adjust the timings.
  • One Slide a Day- You could also show one slide a day during reading time when students are reading quietly. It would last for 60 days!
  • Reading Quote Display- You could also print out the entire slide show in color and have a featured reading quote of the day displayed in your classroom.
  • Class Discussion- You could also display a quote each day and then have a class discussion about one quote and what that quote means to each student.
  • Group Discussion- Another idea is to break your class into groups and provide each group a different quote to discuss. If you had 5 groups, this could last for 12 days. Or if you did one per day of the week, this activity could last 12 weeks!
  • Create Your Own- There are many other ways it can be used as well. Enjoy and have fun getting students more engaged in reading!

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Whatever your choice is for your class, it is sure to be a hit! You can find the resource by clicking here.

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Spring testing has always been a stressful time, for teachers and students. New tests are amplifying stress – so here's our tips for SBAC and PARCC exams!

Getting students ready for a standardized test is not easy. Whether it be the SBAC, PARCC, or STAAR, teachers across the country are scrambling to get ready. For students to be measured on one test is always stressful for not only the teacher but the student as well. Every year is a different batch of students, but yet scores are expected to exceed previous years. It is a flawed system, but we have some tips to help you get through testing with as little stress as possible.

First, if you have taught your students what your district mandates as your curriculum, then you are on the right track. Obviously we all know that one year cannot change a child, but you must do your best to make it the best year for each child that you teach in your class. By following the curriculum, you ensure that you are doing your job with your students.

Second, you must be prepared for the test. What does this mean? Your administrator and/or principal should be providing you with the guidelines and testing rules prior to taking the test. Make sure to review these carefully. You need to follow the guidelines and security measures that are required by law.

Third, you will probably have some practice sessions scheduled with your class where they can do sample problems and get a feel for the test. This is a great opportunity to help lower the stress level of the students, and a great chance for you to see if there are any issues that your students are having with the format (see accommodations section below).

Finally, we have some suggestions for both you and your students.

  • Make sure to get enough sleep prior to and during the testing days. Your body and mind needs rest and being able to come to school rested and ready is important.
  • Also, try to eat a good, healthy breakfast. We have asked for parent volunteers to bring in healthy snacks (bananas, apples, string cheese…) and have had this available in the morning for any student who is hungry.
  • Last, but not least, come to school with a positive attitude and a smile on your face. If this isn’t the case with some of your students, as a teacher, make sure to greet each child outside your classroom with a big smile on your face, and then follow up in the classroom by checking on the students that don’t seem happy. Just showing them you care will often bring a smile out in them!

Stress Breakers

When our students hear the word “test” they cringe and you can see the fear on their face. When we start to talk about the test that fear sometimes turns to panic (and sheer horror for some). Thoughts flood their minds, “I’m going to have to repeat 5th grade! My parents are going to ground me forever if I don’t pass this test. Maybe I can pretend I’m sick and get out of the whole test. I wonder if I broke my writing arm if I would have to take it?”

After 40 years of combined teaching at grade levels where tests are administered, we have developed a list of tips that we think will help not only your students, but yourself cope with the “stress of the test”.

Tip #1: Treats!

FREE SBAC, PARCC Letter to ParentsWhat student (or teacher for that matter) doesn’t love treats? About a week before the test begins we read a letter to our students about how their parents can bring in healthy snacks and healthy drinks on the days of the test. This gets the students excited. You can find an example letter that you can adapt to your classroom by clicking here.

Tip #2: Class Meeting

It is important to start off testing days with a short class meeting. For those of you that have never done this- don’t worry. Students need to be acknowledged and appreciated, especially on testing day. First, it’s a simple greeting in the morning to everyone. We have used a koosh ball to throw around the room, have the student give high 5’s to each other, and do a pinky shake to name a few. Next is a quick share. Some topics that we have done during testing are: raise your hand if you ate breakfast today, raise your hand if you got at least 7 hours of sleep and so on. The third activity is a cooperative game. This is a time to get up and do an activity together. The favorite activity of our classes is the beach ball toss. We bring a beach ball into the classroom and pick 3-4 students to be in the middle of a circle. Their goal is to see how long they can keep it in the air. Then we pick the next group until all students have been picked. The final part of the meeting is announcements. This is where we share what part of the test they will be doing that day, when the snacks breaks are, and any other events happening during the day. Students like to know the routine ahead of time.

Tip #3: Stress Chain

FREE SBAC, PARCC Stress Breaker ActivityStudents always bring worries with them to the state test. To combat this, we created a stress chain activity that we do the day before the test. What the teacher needs are various colors of regular size construction paper. Take each piece of construction paper and cut into about 8 equal strips.  Hand out two different colors of construction paper per student. Tell them that you want them to write their worries about the test on the paper. Some examples are: “I might fail, I might not know an answer, I will get nervous and forget everything I know, I’m not too worried, etc.” After they have finished, have the class help you make them into chains by looping them together and stapling. Take the completed chain and tell the students that you are going to hang all their worries outside the classroom door. So when they come in to class tomorrow they are to leave their worries at the door! You can find a printable version of the directions here.

FREE SBAC, PARCC Survival Kit ActivityTip #4: Test Taking First Aid Kit

Another fun idea is to create a test taking first aid kit for the students to “use” during testing. The kit includes items that students could use during the test. Check out the contents of the bags by clicking here.

Tip #5: Brain Breaks

Brain Breaks Activity CardsOne important thing that you need to do with your class is to take brain breaks when portions of the test are complete. This could be the time that you have your snacks, or when you do some quick movement activities (jumping jacks, running in place, wiggling arms and legs, etc.). Students need the time to get up and move around. Click here to find our favorite brain break cards to use in your classroom!

Tip #6: Sharpened Pencils

It sounds simple, but before testing begins we make sure that EVERY student has at least two sharpened #2 pencils in their desks. We also make sure that we have a can of sharpened pencils handy. The last thing you want is for a student to panic when s/he breaks a pencil.

Tip #7: Bubbles

It’s not what you think! No, we do not allow bubbles in our classrooms, but that could be fun. Instead, we are talking about those fun bubbles that students need to fill in on the test booklets and/or answer sheets. If your students are grades 4 or higher they can probably do this on their own. If they are in a lower grade, we would ask for assistance from an aide in the school or someone that can help you do this ahead of time. If your students are doing this on their own, make sure to give clear directions. Something fun to do at the end would be to give them a blank bubble sheet and have your students create designs. (This may not pertain to your test if it is now all electronic).

Tip #8: Music

During our brain breaks we often turn on music to let the students unwind. Sometime it might be soothing classical music, or other times it is the music we downloaded on our Ipods that has more modern (appropriate) songs that the students would enjoy. They love it!

Accommodations

You also have to be prepared for the different needs of your students. If a student has an IEP or a 504 plan, there should be information on what accommodations are required for the student. If you have a special education teacher in your building, s/he should be able to help you make sure that their education plans are followed.  It would be a great idea to make sure you understand what needs to be done for these students at least a week ahead of time so you can have a plan for those students. But, keep in mind, if you do any fun activities with your class for breaks from the test, or after the test, make sure to include ALL of your students.

Day of the Test

It’s the day of the test and everything is ready to go- your testing materials are set for each child, accommodations are in place for some students, and you are prepared and ready to begin. Just be aware that there always may be some unforeseen issues. Whether it is students that are gone for testing day, a broken pencil, or a student that gets upset during testing, you have to remain professional and be ready for anything. Keep a positive attitude and never let the students see that you are flustered. The last thing these students need on testing day is a teacher who is cranky! Smile and adapt. You are a teacher and that is what you do.

Celebrate!!

When the test is over, it’s time to celebrate. Below is a list of some of our favorite activities. Enjoy!

Basketball Trash Shooting

At the end of testing, we take apart our stress chain and hand back the pieces. After crumpling their chain pieces, have each student try to make a basket in the recycling bin. For some extra fun, break the class into two teams. They have a blast with this!

Ice Cream Party

FREE SBAC, PARCC Ice Cream Party ActivityWhat better way to celebrate the end of testing than with some ice cream. You become the students’ waiter/waitress and serve them ice cream and various toppings. Check out our student ice cream order form here!

Extra Recess

What student doesn’t love more recess? Take them out for an extended period of time and let them enjoy being kids again! Maybe throw in some sidewalk chalk too.

Movie Day

Take an afternoon and show a movie as a relaxing way to unwind after testing. Students will love this! In our school we have a policy that any movie we show has to be rated “G”. Believe it or not, there are a lot of choices out there. For extra fun buy some popcorn and some drinks!

Buddies

Team up with a younger (or older) grade level and do a fun activity together. It could be as easy as reading books to playing games outside. They will love to spend time with other students in the building!

Let us know if this blog post on testing was helpful for you! Good Luck!

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Measurement Activities for Upper Elementary http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/04/measurement-activities-for-upper-elementary/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/04/measurement-activities-for-upper-elementary/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:55 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=1391 We have two new products for you today – full of measurement activities to help solidify your students’ understanding of both measurement systems. Keeping both systems straight can be a problem, but with practice mastering measurements is possible! Customary Units Measurement System: Length, Volume, and Weight This product contains great resources to help your students […]

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Cover both measurement systems and solidify your students' understanding with these fun measurement activities for upper elementary. We have two new products for you today – full of measurement activities to help solidify your students’ understanding of both measurement systems. Keeping both systems straight can be a problem, but with practice mastering measurements is possible!

Customary Units Measurement System: Length, Volume, and Weight  – This resource pack is full of resources to help your students learn about the customary unit measurement system!Customary Units Measurement System: Length, Volume, and Weight

This product contains great resources to help your students learn about the customary unit measurement system! We have included student charts to help them when converting measurements in the customary unit measurement system. We also included practice activity pages for each measurement as well. Finally, answer keys are also available too!

Metric Measurement System: Length, Volume, and Mass Charts and Activities  – great resource pack full of activities to help your students master the metric system! Metric Measurement System: Length, Volume, and Mass Charts and Activities

This product contains great resources to help your students learn about the metric system! We have provided charts for each of the three metric measurements in length, volume, and mass. We have also included student charts to help them when converting measurements in the metric system. We also included practice activity pages for each metric measurement as well. Finally, answer keys are also available too!

Metric System Mnemonic Device

One of the most difficult things for students to master is the order of the metric system. The students will understand how each level either increases or decreases by a power of 10, but knowing the order can be tricky. Here is a mnemonic device to help your students remember!

King (kilo)
Henry (hecto)
Does (deka)
Usually (unit: liter, meter, gram)
Drink (deci)
Chocolate (centi)
Milk (milli)

We would love to hear how you use both the metric and customary sytem in your classroom. Make sure to leave us a note in the comments :)

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Basketball Madness – Creative Activities for the Classroom http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/03/basketball-madness-creative-activities-for-the-classroom/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/03/basketball-madness-creative-activities-for-the-classroom/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:35:57 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=1366 March means lots of talk about the college basketball championships! We created these activities to engage students through the season of basketball madness. First up – a freebie! This Basketball Book Report is an easy format to follow for students when doing a book report. For a fun twist, we have a small basketball hoop […]

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Basketball Madness – Creative Basketball Themed Activities for the Classroomhttps://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Book-Report-Basketball-Using-Basketball-to-Motivate-Readers-57816March means lots of talk about the college basketball championships! We created these activities to engage students through the season of basketball madness. First up – a freebie! This Basketball Book Report is an easy format to follow for students when doing a book report. For a fun twist, we have a small basketball hoop attached to our classroom doors where students can take shots as well. Great for March Madness!

Need more Basketball Madness?

Here’s what we included in the Basketball Madness Bundle:

College Basketball Madness Tournament March Activity BundleActivity Packet

In this packet, students are to act like they’re the city hosting the championship game. They calculate the distance each of the last four teams have to travel, design the tickets, and more!

Basketball Game Board with 15 game cards

This basketball game board is a fun reward activity, plus the kids don’t even know that the game cards help them practice reading and following directions (perfect for test prep!)

Favorite Basketball Team Social Networking Activity

Everyone is on social media these days, and even though our students are too young to use it yet – they’re entranced by it! With this activity they create a social media profile page for their team and players.

Vocabulary Basketball Game Activity

With this board game, students play using the 15 vocabulary game cards – it’s set up so they can play multiple times and always have a different outcome!

College Basketball Geography Activity

This three page geography activity has the students using an atlas to answer questions relating to the geographical locations of their basketball teams.

Click here to grab the Basketball Madness Bundle with all these activities for a discount!

Additional Basketball Madness Activities

Ordered Pairs Graphing Math Activity (Basketball Jersey)These activities aren’t included in the Basketball Madness Bundle, but they might better suit whatever you’re currently covering in the classroom.

Ordered Pairs Graphing Math Activity

In this activity, students are given ordered pairs to graph. Once all the pairs are connected, a basketball jersey is revealed!

Persuasive Writing: Create Basketball Franchise

This persuasive writing activity will have your basketball lovers excited to write! In this scenario, they’re in charge of creating a new basketball franchise and need to make decisions for the team – where it will be located, the name, etc – and a persuasive letter to sell their ideas! Interested in more persuasive writing activities like this one? Grab our bundle!

That’s it for Basketball – stay tuned for some baseball ideas! Make sure to follow us on TPT for more great 3-5 resources!

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How to Catch a Leprechaun FREE activity! http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/03/free-resource-friday-how-to-catch-a-leprechaun/ http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/2015/03/free-resource-friday-how-to-catch-a-leprechaun/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.creativityinthemodernclassroom.com/?p=32 Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom. Today we are featuring: How to Catch a Leprechaun! Students will be asked to brainstorm, and come up with a way to catch a leprechaun. They will have to write detailed steps of […]

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Welcome to FREE Resource Friday! Our goal is to share some great resources that you can use in your grades 3-5 classroom.

Today we are featuring: How to Catch a Leprechaun!

Students will be asked to brainstorm, and come up with a way to catch a leprechaun. They will have to write detailed steps of what they would do! They love this activity!

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