Thursday, August 31, 2017

#Maker Space Goals

I am so excited to start the new year.  I am staying in fifth grade but will be taking on a new role as the fifth grade engineering and technology teacher.  I will service about 375 students during the year. Engineering is a special and I will have them for a trimester.
I bought the letters and wood at Michaels.

Goal #1  Setting up the physical layout of the room

My room was a computer lab and I wanted it to have a center/flexible seating feel.  I had the long computer tables and remaining desktop computers removed.  I had to scrounge up furniture that was already in the building and was given some round and rectangular tables and I also managed to get some high tables that were used for drafting.

I set up a recycle/craft area.  The desk was big and old and ugly.  I was going to have it removed but covered it with poster board and paper plates.  I have so much piled up on the floor and it is hidden.
I put the word out on Facebook that I needed a storage bin and a family donated one and it is filled with building materials.  Many of them also donated.  I have Kinex, Legos and Marble Works.


My cubbies are stocked with materials for a Chain Reaction Station.  I put peg board on the back of tables that they can build off of, I will share pictures when we do this project.
I have my bulletin board split in half, one side is the Design Process and the other is "An Engineer is...".  I hope to add pictures of different engineers.

 Stay tuned...more photos and posts to come!



Thursday, August 17, 2017

1000 Days of School For Fifth Graders

Did you know that the 100th day of school for fifth graders is actually their 1000th day?  I just learned that cool fact last year.  My school celebrated our first "1000 Days" the first week in February. (I'm behind with my blogging)
I teach math and had to actually do the math to see if it was true.

Kindergarten 180 days
First Grade 180 days
Second Grade 180 days
Third Grade 180 days
Fourth Grade 180 days
180 x 5= 900
Fifth Grade Day 100 + 900-= 1000 days

I wanted to plan a special day and our team decided to make it a STEAM event.  Our team has 16 homerooms so we broke into groups of four.  The students rotated through the four classrooms and completed many lessons and activities that were related to 1000.

Kick-Off- They read "Sadako and the 1000 Cranes" prior to the day. We collected dimes for the whole week and challenged them to raise $100.  We counted our dimes each day and discussed powers of ten.  Our vice-principal was running the Boston Marathon for cancer and we donated our money.  We raised over $400.  The students made paper cranes and started an Acts of Kindness Wall.


Station 1- The kids had to reflect on their first day of school and compare to now.  They had to write a letter to their future self, a 1000 days from now they should be juniors.  

Station 2- We created geometric sculptures using 1000 toothpicks.  Our grade level color is blue so we spray painted them for the display class.

Station 3- The grade level created 1000 Valentine Cards to send into Children's Hospital for cancer patients, a connection to the book.
Station 4-  Students created patterns and designs using 100 grids.  They put them together in groups of 10.


Here is a freebie that I used. The STEAM sheet was for the sculpture.  The 1000 sheet was for
students who finished early, they could create a piece of artwork using the number 1000.  
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Another thing that all the teachers did was hang sheets of paper in the halls and the students wrote 1000 things that they learned in school since kindergarten.  Each team of four wrote one subject: math, ELA, Science and Social Studies.


Monday, July 31, 2017

TPT Back to School Sale

It is time to empty our shopping carts!!!!  I have so many things saved and I have been waiting.
Teachers Pay Teachers is having a back to school sale.


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I have many science and math products available
 for upper elementary students.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

STEAM Carnival Day

I have missed blogging and have no reasons or excuses why I stopped.  I am back and need to catch up on some past events.

One of my favorite days last year was our grade level STEAM Carnival Day.  It was held the last week of school.

We have 16 fifth grade homerooms in our school....yes 16!!!!  That is a lot of teachers and students. We work on teams and I teach math and science.  If every class had 5 games that would be way too many games to manage.  We decided that our carnival could have 40 games.  Each team could submit only 5 games.
My real life Mario!!!  

Kick Off
We gathered our two homerooms together and had a powerpoint introducing carnival games and how they are played; tossing, spinning, aiming, throwing, etc.  The games had to include at least 3 recyclables and the game theme had to incorporate a theme/topic learned during the fifth grade school year.  The photos are examples of games from Google.


Here are a few sheets from the Idea/Planning Step
Designing and Building
Our students broke themselves into groups of 3 and 4.  They planned and designed their games and were given time(about one week) to bring in their recyclables and extra materials.  I was amazed at the creativity and variety of things chosen.  Once we had enough materials we were ready to move on.

Testing and Redesigning
We discussed that there had to be a way of winning the game and it should not be too easy or too hard.  We went through a lot of masking and duct tape!!!  This step lasted a few days.
Sharing
The kids had to present their game to class.  They voted on their top choices based on the criteria. We had a total of 11 games and could only send five to the event.  

Carnival Day
Students were assigned shifts to work games, as kids moved through various stations during the day. We had to control the amount of children that were playing the games and worked out amazingly.
My Favorite Title:  The Red Cups are Coming

 I wished I took more pictures...the games were amazing!  The kids had a bracelet with number 1-40 and got punched after playing the game.  They could only play once.  If they won, they got a ticket designed by the students of each game.  Teacher collected tickets and the class with the most tickets won a prize.

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