Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Giveaway! (from Teaching Tweens)


   I figured I would post this on here rather than my Superlative Six site just because I have not posted on here in so long!  Not that we haven't done awesome science stuff (Edible Earth, Cupid's Mixup, and Cookie Mining) are the labs we have done, but I haven't taken any pictures.  BOO.
   Anyway, "Teaching Tweens" has reached 100 followers!  This is an awesome blog with lots and lots of awesome resources.  Check it out here!  She is giving away an awesome lunch bag for all of your "bring to school" treats AND a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. :-) Woo-hoo!

Happy Wednesday (I MAY just have a snow delay tomorrow---ohhh my goodness the excitement!)

Love from Ms. D

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Paper Towel Problems: Solved!

Here's a post brought to you by my most recent, #1 obsession, Pinterest. :)

So I was on Pinterest and found a link to here where a teacher created a sign for her paper towel dispenser which encouraged students to get the paper towels in the trash can.  You can find it here: Art Teacher Adventures

Anyway, I decided to make one of my own and jazz it up to match the room a bit more.  I didn't have a huge problem with kids not getting paper towels in the trash because my kiddos are pretty responsible, but I figured a friendly (& fun!) reminder wouldn't hurt:

Here you have it folks!

I also have the PowerPoint (with directions) for my Hurricane Tracker post!  I will find a way to get it uploaded and online if anyone is interested, let me know!!!

Peace, Love, Science.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tagged "to the square inch"

So, I did post my "tag" responses over on my ELA blog (The Superlative Six) but then I realized I have a whole different bunch of followers over here in Science-land.  I forget that I literally live a dual life every day...haha.  Anyway,  I figured, why not give it another go over here?  Super sweet Kate over at To The Square Inch tagged me so I will participate with the questions and answers!

I have to break some of the rules, but I won't break too many :)

Here are the rules:
1. You must post the rules. (check!)
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

12 Random Things
1.) I love pizza, but found out in August that I'm slightly lactose-intolerant.  Conflict. :)
2.) I love cooking and baking more than anything, but have been working super-hard to eat healthier this year!  I want to run another 5k.
3.) My favorite football team is the Detroit Lions...even though I live in NY where the Giants just won! 
4.) I teach Science and ELA....last year I taught Social Studies.  I have never taught Science before practically at any point so this year is crazy!
5.)  My favorite books are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and To Kill a Mockingbird
6.) I think blogging and Pinterest are like therapy
7.) I never thought I would teach anything above grade 4.  Last year I taught 7th and this year I teach 6th.  I LOVE it!
8.) I think puns are hilarious.
9.) I don't watch a lot of TV, except I am obsessed with New Girl.  Maybe because Zooey is also a dress-wearing, silly, curly-haired Science teacher?
10.)  I want a Schnoodle or Wheaten Terrier puppy SO bad.
11.) Testing minerals in Science was my favorite unit as a student and I already taught it this year because I am obsessed with it THAT much. :)
12.) Our class pet is a betta fish named "Juliet Fruit Punch"  (The kids voted on her name!  It's a combination of the top 2 choices!)

Now on to my 12 Questions to Answer:

1. What is your favorite beauty product?
   Hmmmm my mascara.  I pretty much wear mascara all the time.  It's more or less the only makeup I wear every day!
2. What is your favorite memory?
  My childhood as a whole.  It was just so happy.
3. Why did you start a blog?
 I love love LOVE to share ideas, get ideas, make new ideas, talk about ideas, see ideas, read about ideas...I think IDEAS are the only way I will become the best teacher I can be.  
4. Do you like your hair better curly or straight?
 My hair is super curly naturally, so I kind of embrace that.  However, I sometimes like the way it looks sleek and less wild.  But probably curly!
5. What is your favorite TV show?
 Hmmmm either New Girl, Happy Endings or Parks and Recreation.  I used to love The Office but it's just not the same without Michael Scott.
6. What is your favorite color combo?
Well, since I may be engaged soon I have been looking at wedding colors.  I am normally a green person, but for a wedding combo I am digging deep blue, yellow, and light gray.  
7. What is your biggest fear? 
Hm, I have a lot of fears but definitely....losing everyone I love, drastic heights, cancer
8. What is your go-to school or work outfit?
NY&CO dress pants (I love the fit!) and currently some kind of sweater.  I wear flats every day because my right ankle is a killer!  I love wearing necklaces or a scarf too!  In the spring/fall I wear dresses!
9. What is your proudest accomplishment?
Graduating Summa Cum Laude at college.  I was so happy to see everyone else happy.  Or getting my job this year!  It's so competitive! 
10. What do you eat for breakfast?
During the week I have a protein shake made with almond milk and some kind of quick food if I can (muffin, fruit, oatmeal, cereal etc).  On the weekends I love pancakes, waffles, bacon & name it! :) 
11. Who is your hero?
My grandparents, parents, and "little" (he's in 12th grade) brother.
12. What was your favorite song in middle school or high school?
Anything by *NSYNC!  HAHAH!

I honestly don't know who to tag but there's just a little information about me!  Feel free to comment!  I love how we're all in this teaching business together! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Natural Disasters

So like I was saying, last week we were working on Natural Disasters.  These were two activities that students really enjoyed.

#1: Predict the hurricane: This was done as a whole class.  Students first made a prediction and marked it with an "X".  Then I gave them some coordinates.  They made a new prediction.  And so forth.  We did this via a PowerPoint as to not give anything away before the "hurricane" went on it's path.  Good connection to math too!
I have the PowerPoint too if anyone is interested :)

Happy Night, Everyone!