Saturday, May 9, 2015

STEM Challenge

Last week we finished our monthly STEM challenge. My students LOVE these. They are from Smart Chick Teaching Resources on TPT.
 
This months challenge was to choose the liquid that will dissolve a peep in the fastest amount of time. We chose 5 liquids. We used water, hydrogen peroxide, Sprite, apple juice, and canola oil. Most of my students thought that hydrogen peroxide would dissolve a peep in the shortest time. 
We let them sit for 6 days and made daily observations during that time. We discovered that water dissolved the peep the fastest in the shortest amount of time. Here are pictures of our results. The first picture is the peep that was in water.


We actually had some mold growing the apple juice container. 

These monthly challenges have been so fun to do as part of our morning routine once a month!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

May Currently

Happy Saturday! It is a beautiful day here! We've spent our weekend at the ball field with a game last night and a game this morning. I love our baseball weekends! So much fun!
 
I'm glad to join in on the May Currently series with Farley!
 
Listening: My husband and son are wrestling in the living room. They love it, but I cringe watching them.
 
Loving: 14 days of school left! Eeekkk! I have a writing training for 3 days of the last week of school so I actually have 11 days.
 
Thinking: Housework, housework, housework
 
Wanting: It's a beautiful day here! I bought some chicken, veggies, skewers, and hamburger patties for us to grill out later.
 
Needing: I'm working on a list of mentor texts that I'll use next year. So many to buy!
 
Summer: Yes-definitely going to Fripp and can't wait! Hope-Definitely hope to visit the Grand Canyon, pending my Mom's graduation. Dream-I'd love to hit my lifetime goal with Weight Watchers and maintain it!
 
Happy Saturday, friends!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Five for Friday {May 1st}

It's Friday and we are one week closer to summer! As much as I love teaching, I am ready to enjoy summer. We have 14 days left with students! Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky party.
 
I got the BEST news this week!! I accepted a job at my dream school for next year! Praise the Lord! A couple months ago my son was accepted into a local Christian school. With this, I knew I would be leaving my current job. I knew there would be no way that I could get him to his school and be at my school on time. It was logistically impossible. So, I made the decision to leave my current teaching position at the end of this year. Bittersweet, but I knew in my heart it was the right choice for Easton and I've had no second thoughts.
 
During the touring and application process, I submitted my application to teach there. I just prayed that if God wanted me to teach there, he would help me. I had such a peace that if he did, it would work out. If he didn't, I'd help out in Easton's classroom as much as I could. I had two interviews and a mock lesson that went really well. I received a call this week and I was offered a contract for next year!! I'll be teaching 5th grade ELA and I could not be more EXCITED! God is so good!!
 
This week we began our monthly STEM challenge. This is from Smart Chick Teaching Resources. We LOVE these challenges!
The question is, "Can your group choose the liquid that will dissolve the peep in the fastest amount of time?" We are using canola oil, hydrogen peroxide, apple juice, Sprite, and water.
Out of 25 students, 21 thought that hydrogen peroxide would dissolve a peep in the shortest amount of time. 2 thought Sprite and 2 thought Canola oil. We shall see!
 
This week we have Book Fair so I purchased a few books to add to my classroom library. I'd never read any of them, but heard good things about them all. I just finished Rules today and LOVED it. I'll be reading Wonder next. 
 
I also just signed up this week to attend a Scholastic warehouse book sale. I hope it's good! Has anyone attended one before?
 
#5 is simple - We have 14 days of school left! Woohoo! :) Have a fabulous weekend, friends!