Friday, June 29, 2012

Persuasive - Hard Rock Cafe

Link to a project based learning lesson plan

Everything is included in this lesson plan - it just needs to be modified for my students.  GREAT project.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Primary Resources

Click here to research

This website is amazing.  Federal resources for educational excellence. Great for student research in areas of social studies and science.

Vaudville - Primary Resource

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My 7 Habits Bulletin Board

This will be in the hallway as you come into my classroom.
 I did a test run at home to see how it will look. I am writing this down, so I don't forget how to set it up at school.  I will post a picture of the finished product next week.
The title will be:  We S.O.A.R with the 7 Habits or Sixth Grade can SOAR with the 7 Habits
The idea was to create a visual bridge for students who are used to following SOAR, while at the same time, merging those ideas with the principles of the habits.
- Show a Positive Attitude
- Own Your Actions
- Always Do Your Best
- Respect Others & Yourself

Each large circle will have a habit written on it.  Example: 1. Be Proactive
Next smallest circle will have the habit in "kid speak."  Example: You're in Charge

The smallest circles will each have one of my home room student's name on it. (I have 32 in case some move away or some move in)
Around the tree I am going to display quality student work.

I love it.
Everything is made from scrapbook paper, which happens to be reversible, so I can slowly flip the circles over in the fall to create an Autumn tree!!  Notice there are a few bluebirds also, which is the school mascot.

Pennsylvania Website

Click this link for lesson plans and interactive websites.

Amazing resource for lesson plans aligned with common core and websites to use.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Nice List of Literature

Scroll down to view sixth grade

Actually, click on the link that allows you to view the full document, and then scroll down to sixth grade.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Every Coin Tells a Story - Writing Prompt

Social Studies/Writing 
A Penny for Your Thoughts

Hand out an assortment of money.

Where has this money been? What has it been used for?
What about the year it was created?  What were the current events that year?
What is it made from? Where are those resources found? Who lives in that place? Who mined the materials for the coin?
Why is the coin scratched, edges worn, different color?

Tell the story of the coin from it's perspective (personification).
Tell the story from someone who held the coin and why the money was significant.
Tell the story from someone who helped make the coin.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Themes? Maybe.

I borrowed these theme ideas from another teacher's blog and tweaked them. I like the idea of having an overarching goal each month.  As I move forward in planning, I will add my core content goals to these as well. 

6th Grade Themes

August/September: Back to School/Leader in Me

October: Goal Setting/Teamwork

November/December: Traditions

January/February: In the News

March: Fine Arts 

April/May: The Future

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Link to Music for the Classroom

Music for transitions, ending writing, welcoming, and sending off.  I like it.

I would add Weird Science for Science.

Friday, June 8, 2012

7 Habits Bulletin Board

Link for On the Road to Middle School Bulletin Board

I might use this idea (and make it my own) for my 7 Habits Board.  The habits become like stepping stones or road signs to help us become the leaders we need to be. I will use the winding path idea, but through the woods instead. I will include this poem:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 
Robert Frost

Start Off On The Right Foot

Below is another great idea for the first of the year. I like the idea of giving each student a color circle and letting them fill the circle with information about themselves!  That way no matter how many students in the room, everyone would have a circle. I'm thinking a white $1 plastic table cloth?  A great getting to know each other bulletin board.  Credit below for the great idea!

By: Kayla Johnson on Bulletin Board Ideas

Twister® Bulletin Board

  • Background: Cover the bulletin board with the game mat. If you have any space left over, cover it with white bulletin board paper.
  • Title: “Right Foot, _______________ [Sixth Grade, Mrs. Nelson's Class, etc]” – We love how this captures the spirit of the game as players usually follow directions like, “Right foot, Green!” from the spinner.
  • Border: Brightly colored pattern trimmer.
  • Decoration: Use a black permanent marker to script your kiddos’ names onto the colored circles of the game mat. If you have space, mount the game spinner to the bulletin board as well.

Supplies for this bulletin board…

Over-Used Words Bulletin Board

 I love her idea! Tombstones...fall and Halloween, but not just for show.
All my bulletin boards MUST have a real purpose.

Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:54 pm    Post subject: Variation on word walls
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Another variation the word wall is the "dead" or "retired" word wall. The concept allows you to take all the worn-out, overused, and boring words students use and display them to help students *eliminate* them from their writing. Of course, using a tombstone motif won't really go over too well in some schools, so you might put the words "out to pasture" instead.


A Teacher's Journey

The Hero Journey - Joseph Campbell

Part of our final assignment for our trip to L.A. was to create an outline of our journey using Joseph Campbell's archetype of the hero format.  

Last Day in L.A.

Pacific Ocean Study Away in L.A. 2012

Rafe Esquith's Room 56 Hobart Elementary

Study Away in L.A. Summer 2012

The Before Pictures

Welcome to Room 213
Teacher's Desk

Computers and Reading Area

More Bulletin Boards

Student Lockers