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Sound Pages and Ideas

We love studying sound!  Here are some resources I found especially helpful and fun to use:

These sound cards -we worked in research pairs to present on these topics!

this link talks about the amazing things sound can do!!

The flocabulary video is AMAZING!!!! A fantastic resource.

This website has great test sounds for sound waves when explaining some great deductions can be made!

We eat IRON?!

We eat IRON?!

My students loved this experiment and it could be used for a variety of principles.  We used it while talking about separating mixtures using magnetism.

It could easily be tied to elements,  compounds,  mixtures and solutions (and separating them) or even digesting food and how the body needs and processes iron!

We had some great printables I used - found here.

The video was how I introduced the experiment - more for the procedure aspect so they knew how to swirl properly.

We tried different cereals we brought in and made hypothesis based on the amount of iron listed on the box.  Obviously iron fortified cereals work well but shredded wheat was our #1 so it was pretty interesting.

Here are some of the cereals we tried:

After adding the water - here's what it looked like.  We talked about why the water was needed and what it helped the mixture do. 

Trying to find Iron!  Using magnet wands!

They loved this part - we were only able to find iron in certain cereals that had 50% more of daily iron intake but still a great lesson and fun to use cereals we had!

It is SO HARD to see but scroll down to see one of our best pictures!  Even though we didn't find a ton it was clearly iron and following the magnet- from our cereal!!

I love how the papers we used (linked earlier) had a great explanation of how and why our body uses iron!  this was a really fun learning experience that my students got a lot out of!

Learning Events - Engagement made easy!

I am loving transforming my classroom to enhance student learning!  It has been such a creative outlet for me as well as my kiddos! I want to share some reasons why these learning events are so fun and how they are tied to content.

1.  Plan around what your kids love!  Mario, Pokemon? Plan a video game day with different levels tied to "content skills." We did this already this year and students went absolutely GA-GA for it!  They had to save Princess Peach and raise the flag.  We got temporary tattoos as prizes.  Easy and cheap but unforgettable!

2.  Take one subject to the EXTREME!  Last year we had "Grammar Surgery" that focused on 9 different skills we had worked on throughout the year.  The "heavy hitters" for our grade level.  We had supplies donated and it hardly cost anything to put together plus I'll have it all ready for this year!

now tell me that's not going to stick with them forever!

3.  Builds Anticipation - Learning is Fun!   Students cannot wait once they see me start to put things together or any sign that says they have to wait.  Sometimes it's weeks in advance that I lay clues.  They are always dying and so excited to come into class. Can you remember that feeling from school? Even if it is only a couple times  year (because hey these do take some planning!) they will remember THOSE experiences all tied to content.  Usually mine are planned around reviewing skills not teaching anything new but still so valuable....especially before testing.

This was from our Awesome Cave Day - which coincides great with Missouri history!

Stretchy headbands with touch lights attached - they were on sale at Walmart.  We live in a hunting community so headlights borrowed from students was possible as well.

4.  Extend learning to places not thought possible! 
After reading the BFG we extended our learning by drinking Frobscottle (which causes farts in the book) and reading articles that discussed why we fart/burp tying in some science.  We then had a mission from the CIA to create lunch menus (health) that would have students producing "less gas in class" it sounds hilarious but boy did they take it seriously when working for the CIA.

I had a fingerprint scanner app (that didn't do anything but looked cool) they had to do that before we started work so CIA could keep tabs.

They had to write official letters (writing, parts of a letter) back to the CIA with their specific menu and reasoning for choices based on what they read - talk about deep meaning of a text and APPLYING it to a real world (albeit funny) situation.  UNFORGETTABLE!!

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