Cloud Types Graphic Organizer

types-of-clouds-graphic-organizer-previewLearning about clouds in elementary school is always fun. At minimum, it’s an excuse to go outside! Here’s my really simple graphic organizer to teach the science basics of clouds. There’s a space for some words about each type and an illustration. You can also glue cotton balls in that section instead. Shape/pull the cotton ball to match each type.

Click here to view the full size PDF: cloud-types-graphic-organizer

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Class Contact Information Page

Contact information STICKERThere are so many things to keep track of at the beginning of the school year. There’s so much information to make sure your students and their parents know! I recently made a sheet of teacher contact cards. To along with that same idea, here’s my class contact page. Print out the page, write in the information and then run copies for your class.

Click here to download the free printable:
Contact Information – back to school night

Free DVD for Teachers

The following was submitted by a fellow teacher: “Izzit.org is a website that gives teachers a free DVD once a year.  You do have to log in and set up a free account.  But free is free!”

This piqued my interest (I’m all about free stuff!), so I did some research.They have a free membership and a paid membership. Here’s what you get in the free membership (as quoted from their website):

 

  • A FREE video each year: Receive a FREE video, complete with Table of Contents, Teacher’s Guide, Discussion Questions, Quizzes, and more, each year for as long as you teach! Just provide feedback after using the video in your classroom.
  •  Educational Standards Alignment: See how each video meets your state standards, or search for which of our videos meet a specific standard. Now includes Common Core Standards.
  •  Current Events: Two daily lessons with news articles and stimulating discussion questions.
  •  Student Zone: Allows your students to access Current Events, games, and other resources.

 

I couldn’t find details about exactly what free DVD you get every year, but it’s worth investigating!  There are always resources seeking your money and there are plenty of awesome teacher resources out there for sale. But if you’re like me and don’t have the luxury of extra funds, this might be a cool option. Here’s a link to the FAQ if you want more information.

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Funny Stuff Kids Say & Do

I’m going to start collecting funny things kids say and do at school. If you have a funny experience, let me know and I’ll post it here! Thanks!

This past week, and next week, we have to do lots of testing, so we do lots of busy work.  We have been doing science (the seasons) and social studies (patriotic symbols).  One of my kids came to me and said, “Mrs. W., when are we going to do some real science?”  I asked her what she meant.  She said, “You know, dissecting frogs.”  I told her that is a middle school or high school thing.  She then told me that her sister had done it in second grade!  I think she is misinformed!  Can you imagine – dissecting a frog in second grade?! – Diane, 2nd grade teacher

On my first day of teaching, I ate lunch with my students. One of my students asked me if I had ever tried his mother’s sloppy joes! –  Cultivating Questioners, 2nd grade teacher

So I used to sweat…a lot…during my first year of teaching. I guess it was a combination of nerves and a warm classroom. One day, a student raised his hand after seeing my large sweat rings on my shirt and says, “Mrs. Shook, yo underpits is wet!” I just about died laughing at that one!  – Kayla, 4th grade teacher

I was in an elementary school nurse’s office today. I tiny little girl (must have been a kindergartner) standing against the wall accidentally scooted under the automatic hand sanitizer dispenser… yup. The machine squirted foam on her head! I was trying SO hard not to crack up laughing!!! -Mindy, Squarehead Teachers