Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Backwards Glance While Moving Forward

Wow!  What a week!
I an linking up (albeit a little late) with Doodle Bugs Teaching's
Five For Friday!

1.  We have had some really weird weather this winter here in Phoenix - 
Record lows, record highs, and record rainfall (all within 10 days of each other, and then THIS...
Photo: TRAFFIC: Please drive carefully if you're planning to take the 101 near Indian Bend. SHARE this to alert your friends and family. Weather updates:

These two were taken at my husband's office...

2. Family Math and Science Night
Did you see this post over at Classroom DIY?

Jenaya, The Lesson Plan Diva posted the directions for this awesome
mental math activity, and I knew we had to make some of these for our
Math and science night!
So I whipped up these, and my teaching partner made up a bunch.

For the science part, we had two animal adaptations games - 
Animal Adaptations Memory and Vertebrate/Invertebrate Sort.

3.  Animal Adaptation Projects - We finished our adaptations unit by presenting
the students' Adaptations Projects.  They did an awesome job!
They created brochures about their new animals and then created a diorama to represent it.

4.  Non Fiction Book Reports - We used this packet from the Resource Room Teacher
and the kids made posters about their books.

5.  Getting ready for Dr. Seuss Week!
Got my nails done in style and planning activities for next week.

Go link up and show off what you have been up to!


  1. Oh my goodness! Your nails are too much. :) I am sure your kids will LOVE them!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  2. Wow! you guys got a lot done this week! And it looks like you are already ready for next week with those nails. They look adorable! How fun! Lattes and Laughter

  3. What a busy week! Nails look fabulous! Just found your blog!!!! So excited because I'm a fourth grade blogger too! I'm your newest follower! We have our big writing test Tuesday, so I'm working on some review activities that are fun for tomorrow, which is how I found you! (Pinterest)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. Love those nails! We had crazy weather this week in Ohio too. One day we had a big ice storm and then the next it was 50 degrees. I am ready for Spring! It sounds like your Math and Science night was a success. Great work!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. Thanks for stopping by ladies! Joanne, I am now following you too!

  6. I found your blog through the Five for Friday linky and love your mental math activity- anything to get kids to think! The snow is awesome too- we expect to get some on Saturday. (Although snow in Alabama is abnormal- I guess the same as Phoenix!) Visit my blog when you have time- I am one of your newest followers!

  7. Hi Teresa! I found you through the 5 for Fri. linky, I love your science activities! Family math & science night sounds fantastic! I'm your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  8. I used your great idea for Mental Math with the craft sticks. My students love using this at their math centers. Thanks!

  9. Love your ideas. I do have a question about #3 and the animal adaptations. I did a similar project last year where the kids created their own animal. I was wondering if you had a template of your brochure. Did you use 11 x 17 paper? Thanks!

  10. Love all your ideas! Had a question about your animal adaptations. Last year, I had the kids create an animal of their own, but I was curious about your brochure. Do you have a template for the brochure? Also, did you use 11 x 17 paper? Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Daniel, we did use a template that my student teacher made, and yes, 11x17 paper.


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