This super cute little idea came from one of our leaders. Our Daisies were learning how to make new friends and it was their first official meeting, so she found an idea from tracyblogspot and decided to do something similar.
First, she made little cards that said, Make new friends, but keep the old – One is silver and the other’s gold. These lyrics are from the old scout song, Make New Friends. Next, she gave each of the girls small pieces of gold and silver pipe cleaners to make little silver and gold rings. After punching two holes in the card, she used another small piece of a pipe cleaner to teach the girls how to attach their rings. Finally, on the back (my favorite part), she had the girls write the names of their old Daisy friends and their new Daisy friends.
The girls had so much fun making new friends, asking each other to spell their name, and singing the song. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next week.
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Kahoot Time!! My students absolutely love hearing that and competing against each other.
If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about any topic or subject. The registration is completely free.
This was a Kahoot my intern created which has 11 questions about powers of 10 or base 10 exponents. In this Kahoot, our 5th grade students practiced naming base 10 exponents in standard, word and exponential form. They used white boards, when needed, to write and calculate the different forms.
If you’ve never used a Kahoot before, please check out my Kahoot Introduction. If you would like to see some other kahoots, I have several with different topics that I made under menu, Kahoots or just click anything below..
My son’s friend created this awesome Perler bead design to represent the Nintendo Game Cube. He used purple, black, white, orange, and gray beads on a hexagon grid. Once melted, the finished project looked like this… I liked it from both the front and the back sides of the cube.
If you like this or want to see something different, please check out some of our patterns and designs…
I created these task cards to be used with my 5th graders last week.
My students use these cards to practice at their table groups while I work with small groups in the back of my classroom. However, you can also set these up as a Math Workshop station or as a Scavenger Hunt around the room or hallways.
The QR reader ensures that my students are not practicing incorrectly. My students complete the work and then use the QR reader from my Ipad or the QR Reader on their Chromebooks to check their answers. The QR code links the students to the correct answer and appropriate work if work is required. .
The best part about the QR codes, is that if the students make a mistake, they can figure out where they went wrong and correct their mistakes. This provides instant feedback, even when the teacher is not right beside them.
These task cards have students performing tasks such as finding…
Place Value of a Number
Value of a Number
Expanded Form of a Number
Standard Form of a Number
Word Form of a Number
Of both Whole Numbers and Decimals to the Thousandths Place.
The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional). I also have a set of these in black and white that I have cut out and glued to colored paper since our printer at school is only black and white. I usually laminate everything so that I can reuse them year after year.
If you are ready to use them, please check out my store. The free version has 4 cards while the full version has 28 cards. (You can get those for $2.00 on my TPT store)
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On our last road trip, we discovered this little gem located off Interstate 44 in Missouri boasting the world’s largest gift shop and candy factory. It looked like a great place to stop and stretch for a bit so we decided to check it out.
When you walk into the Candy Factory, the first thing you see are aisles and barrels of candy. Candy is mostly sold by the ½ pound, which can get a little pricy if you aren’t careful. (My son found the taffy display and the next thing I knew, we had a ton of taffy that actually lasted us for the entire two weeks.) In the back, by the registers, is where the fudge was sold. You can buy it by the ½ pound or higher. In the same area, popcorn, taffy and other assorted sweets were also being sold by the ½ pound, in bags and individually. T-shirts and other merchandise for sale featuring the classic Route 66 Americana brand are located all around the perimeter of the store.
If you navigated all the way to the back of the store, there is a glassed-in area where candy makers are rolling out giant slabs of fudge. While I was waiting for the kids to get finished gathering candy, I took in the sights of the many people enjoying themselves shopping and looking at all the varieties of candy.
After spending about 35 minutes in the candy store, we realized we needed to get back on the road, so unfortunately we didn’t make into the gift shop. That is an experience that we are saving for the next time we head that way.
Their website is linked above. It doesn’t have a lot of information on there but it does tell how they opened the candy factory and the gift shop. If you find yourself traveling down Interstate 44 in Missouri, just follow the billboards. It’s a great stop and we highly recommend it.
World Thinking Day, formerly Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. … It is a day when they think about their “sisters” (and “brothers”) in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.” – Wikipedia
Over the past couple of years, our troop received the Philippians, Ghana, and most recently Jamaica. Troops can go as travelers or set up a booth for a particular country. Girls do all the research, make costumes, food, swaps and can also learn a dance or song from the country. Our girls have learned a lot about Girl Scouts in other countries over the past few years.
This year, the girls and one of our leaders dyed rice to sprinkle on our Jamaica table. The girls added non-cooked rice in a gallon size Ziplock bag. Inside the bag, they added a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of food coloring. Mix well in the bag and then pour on a cookie sheet to dry (usually takes about an hour.) Turned out very bright and colorful!
The girls also prepared a centerpiece of information about Jamaica. They used a black trifold board and cut out/wrote facts about the country.
If you would like to see some of our other Thinking Day posts, please click menu, Thinking Day at the top or click on any of the below posts.
This game is a great game that I found free on Teachers Pay Teachers – (game here). My 5th graders had so much fun with it, they really didn’t pay any attention to how many long division problems they were working.
To play, each student should have ten counters. Students take turns covering a number on the game board with a counter, rolling the die and dividing the number covered by the number on the die. The remainder is the student’s score for that round. – From Game Directions
The neat thing about this game is that you can roll a single die for students to divide by one number or two dice to divide by two numbers. Since we were working on dividing by two digits, I used these amazing dice found on Amazon. They are dice in a dice! My students loved them!
My students rolled the die and came up with a two digit number. They then covered a number on the game board and on the back of their score card, they completed the long division problem. You can use any type of counters you would like, my favorite are the bean counters from Learning Resource. One student is the red side and the other is white side. They are super easy to put in a ziplock bag and students can count out how many they need.
So currently, this game has over 70,000 downloads and I can totally see why. I love how simple and effective it is, but most of all I love that it is free! The link is in the first paragraph above. I will definitely use this game again next year. Who said math practice had to be boring!
If you would like to see a few other awesome math games, please click on a few others that I use in my classroom.
This canvas is going in our Undertale Party decoration box and will be hung on the wall in our next Undertale party! We used Perler beads (aka Hama or Melty beads) to design the mound, Flowey and Fisk. Next we painted a 12 x 12 canvas black and hot glued the designs onto the canvas. The result is above! To make the decorations, our patterns are below.
Original pixel art- Kandi Patterns. Made with green, black, white and yellow Perler beads. You can also use Hama Beads or Melty Beads. It took 6 grids to make.
Original pixel art by Kandi Patterns. Used dark brown, blue, black, peach, and purple Perler beads.
This little guy will be placed on the food table. Going to tape a couple of bamboo skewers onto his back and place in a painted foam block. This will make a cute decoration!
For more Undertale Party ideas, please click on menu at the top, birthday parties, Undertale. Or Just click below…
One day, my son, his friend and I were all sitting at the table creating Perler Bead projects. My son’s friend had this drink with him and said it was one of his favorites. The result- a Perler Bead Faygo Cotton Candy project of course! Below is his design. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a melted picture of it, but it turned out pretty great!
Beads used: white, glitter white, glitter blue, pink, cranberry, blue, and light blue. You can get all of these colors at your local craft store or at Amazon. You can buy them by individual colors or a mixed bag.
If you would like to check out more Perler Bead Patterns, click on the Menu at the top of the page or click some of the links below.
For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to sponsor a great group of kids in Rubik’s Cube Club. I use the You Can Do The Cube guides to teach the kids how to solve the cube. You can get them free from their site – youcandothecube.com. Once the students learn how to solve the traditional 3 x 3 cube, they can move on to advanced cubes. Amazon has some great designs and is usually where I purchase mine.
Twice a year, You Can Do The Cube, sponsor a mosaic building challenge in which students are encouraged to build pictures (mosaics) out of Rubik’s Cubes. You can even check giant sets out for free from their site, however shipping is really high.
The students have a lot of fun planning their designs. They can use graph paper or the computer to grid out what their picture will look like. A few of the ones that they designed are below.
Super Mario’s Bob-omb – Made with 51 Rubik’s Cubes