Friday, April 18, 2014

Five For Friday: Spring Edition!

It's Friday and I'm off work for a long weekend... I'm going to enjoy the peace and quiet around my house. I figured I'd do a little blogging and a little couponing before the rest of the crew wake up.

Was it a full moon this week?! I really needed some garden therapy this week. I planted flowers last weekend and some herbs on Thursday. I love having my patio garden. Can't wait to get my vegetables started!

Spring time means... Baseball! Using my Cartwheel app, I bought a new Reds hat to wear around town or to a few games. I can't wait! We got into the spirit but doing some grilling at home as well! I spring weather!

My students finished up Canada this week! Their passports and circle graphing turned out great! I was one proud teacher!


We've also been reading a lot of Walter Dean Myers' poetry since we've been reading Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. I found a few of my own Water Dean Myers' books and shared them with the class.

We started our last year units of the year for Social Studies this week! The Junior Achievement program came in to kick off some economics lessons with the kids! They loved our volunteers and all of them did a fantastic job! We also are going to be starting or Career unit in class. Thanks to Nicole Shelby and her Collage and Career Research Project, I think I'm ready for this new unit! Plus, I stayed late on Thursday to get all my copies made!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Failed Assignments

How do you handle failed assignments or tests?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tried it Tuesday: Scholastic Book Fair App

I've been absent for a while but I'm back with a Tried it Tuesday! Thanks once again for the wonderful Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for hosting! If you follow me on Instagram I posted about this amazing app a few weeks ago... but I never actually got around to blogging about it! Plus, it's a great app to have in the classroom and to tell your students about!

Do you have the Scholastic Book Fair app? If not, you  need to download it! It's a free app that allows students to scan the cover OR barcode of a book to learn more about it. It pulls in reading levels, short summaries, videos, etc. about the book with one scan!

Here's the app:

Here's the menu of options:

Here's a screen shot of Matched after a cover scan:

This app was handy at book fair when students were trying to find their "Just Right" level. We scanned the books and {presto!} there was the information! Students were also able to create wishlists if they had their own device. This book would also be great at a book store, library, etc. It's a super fast way to check reading level and get a quick summary. Some books also have video reviews or trailers!  There were a few books that our reader didn't' find but overall I was really happy with the app and my 5th graders gave it a thumbs up!

Happy Scanning!
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