Coordinate Graphing FUN!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I just wanted to share a little game I have been preparing for the students to practice Coordinate Graphing.  Basically, the students get into partners and need a spinner, game board, and a pencil. Students fill out the KEY on the game board so that it is easier to determine which player they are when looking at the game board.  The OBJECT of the game is for the students to get 4 in a ROW! This is terrific practice for those coordinate graphing skills AND students are working together  so they can monitor each other for accuracy. A WIN WIN! I threw in a FREE CHOICE option so that students have a chance to strategize where to put an ordered pair to improve their chance of winning.  This could be used whole group OR in a center.  I also threw in a question that asks the students to predict an ordered pair that they think may be in the winning 4 in a row (JUST for fun).  This could create a future discussion when I introduce PROBABILITY so I thought, why not?? The first time we play, I will have little prizes for the winners (pencils or other trinkets).
Download this game by clicking on the picture below...
Coordinate Graphing Game, Math Centers, Coordinate Graphing, 5th Grade Math
I hope your students have fun with this one!

Mixtures and Solutions!

Monday, December 2, 2013
My students are smack dab in the middle of their mixtures and solutions unit, so I thought I would write a post about all of the little treasures I have made to help my students with these tricky concepts! First up, All About Atoms.  To familiarize students with the periodic table AND what exactly an atom looks like, I will have students use buttons and markers to make an atom model like the one below.   I thought that students could present these projects to their peers and then guess which atom it is.  (Obviously they should probably leave out what type of element it is since that kind of gives it away! :)) This is actually part of the Mixtures and Solutions that I have just posted on TPT, but you can find it here as a freebie.  Just click on the picture to be taken to the link...
Here are a few pics from the rest of the pack.  I needed to organize the basic information for Atoms, Elements, Molecules, and Compounds in my own brain before I presenting it to the students, so I made a foldable outlining important ideas and information.
Next, a foldable for Chemical and Physical properties along with a sorting activity for students to differentiate between physical and chemical changes.
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Finally, I stumbled on a few neat songs to introduce the elements.  The first one, by There Might Be Giants seems like a general introduction to some of the major elements and their uses, whereas the 2nd and 3rd versions are actual songs to help the students remember the names of the elements in their order from the periodic table.  Click on the links to and you will be taken to YOU TUBE.

Next, I needed some resources to add to my science library so I browsed Amazon and found these books which I used to research for the foldable freebie that I designed on Atoms, Elements, Molecules, and Compounds.  You can find links to these widgets in the Amazon link below!!
How do you teach the Periodic Table to your students?
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