Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cloudy, With a Chance of...


Resources for Teaching About Weather

This week, Thematic Thursday is all about
the WEATHER.

I love teaching about weather because the kids are so interested in it.  
Maybe that's because here in Arizona where I live, 
we don't get much in the way of weather.
I love teaching it, and they love learning about it!

I have put together a bunch of resources for you:
ANCHOR CHARTS
BOOKS,
ACTIVITIES,
VIDEOS,
and a whole lot more!

The original links to each of these individual anchor charts are be found on my Pinterest Board link below.

LOTS of resources to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom, links to videos, classroom activities, and more!



There are so many great books about weather, both fiction and non-fiction, that I cannot possibly share them all, but here are some of my favorites.

30+ books to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom.


First up are some fun fiction books to introduce your weather unit or to have available in a Weather Book Box.



This is a collection of general non-fiction weather books.



This blog post has some great activities to try with your kiddos!

This one has more simple ideas and include a free printable.

Here are a couple of my weather vocabulary activities that are perfect for this unit.

LOTS of resources to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom, links to videos, classroom activities, and more!  LOTS of resources to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom, links to videos, classroom activities, and more!


Are you a cloud watcher?
I AM!
I l♥ve looking at the clouds and trying to find pictures in them.
I love being on the playground when students notice interesting cloud formations and point them out.  It's one of those little things that just makes me happy.

Here are some great books and resources for teaching about clouds.

Here are some of my favorite cloud activities.
From Amanda at Teaching Maddeness...


I looked Like Spilt Milk was one of my favorite books when I taught kinder.  Here are some fun activities from The Techy Teacher, including the recipe for cloud dough.

LOTS of resources to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom, links to videos, classroom activities, and more!
Want to really WOW your kids?
Try this!


This fun class book activity is a great tool for assessing students' understandings about clouds.

LOTS of resources to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom, links to videos, classroom activities, and more!


Most kids, but the boys especially, get pumped about extreme weather anything.
Here are some great books about extreme weather.


Here are som fun weather kits for your science enthusiasts.

Finally, here's a list of some videos I found on YouTube that you can use in the classroom.

This PDF file contains links to weather videos found on YouTube that are perfect for use in a  K-6 classroom unit on weather and or clouds.

This one,
Amazing  Weather Video from Discovery Weather
60 Minutes of HD Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Lightning!!!
 is just pictures, but it give kids great visuals.  It would be great to have playing while kids are working on weather poetry to provide some inspiration.


And from Schoolhouse Rock...


Click here to download a PDF list of more weather videos.

Click on the image below to download the organizer with all the links.

LOTS of resources to help you with your weather unit planning in the elementary classroom.  Fiction and non-fiction, covering weather in general, clouds, extreme weather, and the water cycle  with links to purchase the books for your own classroom, links to videos, classroom activities, and more!

Follow my Weather Board for more ideas.

Follow Confessions of aTeaching Junkie's board Weather on Pinterest.

Now, head on over to Comprehension Connections 
for EVEN MORE weather ideas!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pick 3 - Top Pinterest Picks for March

March and April are pretty stressful months for teachers
with all the test prep stuff we HAVE to do.
Darn all the testing!  
It takes a lot of the fun out of teaching sometimes.
Here a few fun activities to help ease the stress this month.
I have teamed up with 
PAWSitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner for
Need some fun teaching ideas for March?  Head on over and check out these fun kids crafts and science ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!


What kid (even the BIG kids) 
wouldn't love playing with 
sparkly play dough?
I'm definitely making some of this!

Need some fun teaching ideas for March?  Head on over and check out these fun kids crafts and science ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!
Click on Image to View Original Pinterest Link.


How about combining an ooey gooey mess 
with some science fun?

Need some fun teaching ideas for March?  Head on over and check out these fun kids crafts and science ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!
Click on Image to View Original Pinterest Link.

Start off my making some ooblek.
You can even make it green to tie in with 
Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day!

Then add in some lessons about the properties of matter to spark the conversation about whether ooblek is solid or liquid...
And here's an activity to explain the properties of quicksand!

Need some fun teaching ideas for March?  Head on over and check out these fun kids crafts and science ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!
Click on Image to View Original Pinterest Link.


For a little chemistry fun, try this one!

Need some fun teaching ideas for March?  Head on over and check out these fun kids crafts and science ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!
Click on Image to View Original Pinterest Link.

Sure to bring oohs and ahhhs
AND it will smell good!
You could even make some bubble print designs on paper.
What fun!

Want more fun ideas for March?  Check out the links below.
Do you have some fun march pins to share?
Add yours too!

An InLinkz Link-up

For more St. Patrick's Day ideas,
Check out my Pinterest board!

Follow Confessions of aTeaching Junkie's board St. Patrick's Day in the Classroom on Pinterest.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bringing New Life to Old Products

In preparation for this week's Thematic Thursday,
which will be all about
WEATHER,

I spent this rainy day revamping some of my weather files.

I have come a 
L.O.N.G  W.A.Y.
in my product designs!

Sometimes when I look at my older stuff, especially the covers
(or lack thereof,)
I cringe.

So today I worked on these old babies...

Weather Word Sort – Common Core Aligned   These weather related word cards can be used for an open sort, or sorted according to the picture header cards. The important thing is for the kids to be able to justify why they have sorted the words the way that they have chosen. After they sort have them share their justifications with a partner or the class. The activity can be done whole group, or the cards can be laminated and used as a center activity. The file includes word cards, both sorted and unsorted, header picture cards, and recording sheets.



I even made pinnable images for each one!

Weather Word Sort – Common Core Aligned   These weather related word cards can be used for an open sort, or sorted according to the picture header cards. The important thing is for the kids to be able to justify why they have sorted the words the way that they have chosen. After they sort have them share their justifications with a partner or the class. The activity can be done whole group, or the cards can be laminated and used as a center activity. The file includes word cards, both sorted and unsorted, header picture cards, and recording sheets.


and...

Weather Word Work   These weather themed word searches (2 versions) and vocabulary maze (1) will add some fun to your science vocabulary. Solutions are included.

Weather Word Work   These weather themed word searches (2 versions) and vocabulary maze (1) will add some fun to your science vocabulary. Solutions are included.

While I was at it, I made this file too.

The Important Thing About Clouds   I love to use Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important Book as a springboard for students to demonstrate their knowledge of important information during a unit of study. Using The Important Thing format is a fun and creative way to assess student learning in a variety of subject areas. For this one, start by having students brainstorm what they have learned so far about this topic. Next, have them think of the most important details about clouds. Have them complete the frame provided and then illustrate their page. Completed pages can then be displayed on a bulletin board or bound together to create a class book. I have included a matching cover for the class book or display.

Needless to say,
I didn't get any of the other things on my list done today,
but at least I was productive!

Make sure to come back on Thursday 
to see all the weather goodies I have in store for you!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Currently for March

It's the beginning of a new month,
and that means it's time for another round of
CURRENTLY!


It's quiet in the house now.
Everyone has gone to be but me.
I love it!

I am very much looking forward to another rainy day tomorrow!
I'm hoping to have some time to curl up with a book and a cup of tea.

Some of my Arizona blogging friends and I have a surprise in store for you,
COMING SOON!

We all got together last night for some major planning.


It's a pleasure to work with these great ladies!

All my tinkering around with my camera and taking pictures has kept me from working on TPT as much as I should, so I gotta get back to work!

I also just finished a Pinning Perfect class from Melissa at 


I learned so much and loved the class!

Educents will be launching their teacher store fronts soon!
You can check out my store by clicking above.  
Be on the lookout for the big launch coming soon!

My birthday is next week and the mister is taking me to Vegas for the weekend!
Excited to see Rascal Flatts again!

What are your spring break plans?

Head on over to


to catch up with your favorite bloggers!

Playing With My Desert Photos

Today I took some time to play around with more of my photos 
from the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Here's what I made.

Check out my latest DIY project! Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images. They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!




Check out my latest DIY project! Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images. They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!
Check out my latest DIY project! Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images. They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!
Check out my latest DIY project! Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images. They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!
Check out my latest DIY project! Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images. They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

I hope you like them!
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