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BrainPop, Class Dojo, and Notetaking

Right before vacation I did this little activity that wowed me with how well it worked.  We had just finished up Egyptian pharaohs and I wanted to give Cleopatra her own time but not too much.  I turned to my favorite standby of BrainPop and I identified 14 facts that should go into notes.
First we set up our note book for notetaking. (The kids were so mad I made them cut her in half!!!)
I told the kids that I had identified 14 important facts and I was going to give one Class Dojo point for each fact they identified that matched my list.  I had them do this on scrap paper and we watched the video three different times.  These kids worked hard because they knew they were going to earn a lot of Dojo points for their Olympic team. OMG... I was so impressed with how well the kids did.  I put up a list of my facts and most students were able to match 10 or more!  Students then used their and my notes to create a final draft in their note book and i walked around the classroom giving them the …

Class Dojo and the Olympics.... Win... Win!

My seventh grade class has been amazing lately and I wanted to find a way to capitalize on their academic and behavior successes.  First off, I wanted to set up an academic Olympics to coincide with Sochi. If I wasn't so new to my curriculum I could have probably lined up my unit on Greece with Sochi but I wasn't on the ball enough for that.  I decided I was going to split them into six teams: Norway, USA, Russia, Canada, Germany, and Austria.  Students are competing for points based on hard work, being on task, helping others, and academic success.  The gold medal team will get a pizza party and there will be individual awards as well.
I thought this was a great time to test drive Class Dojo and I was correct! Before I started I wanted to lay the hook.  First, I just started having them walk into class with a live Olympics feed playing on the board. Then a couple of days later I just started using Class Dojo in class one day when the kids were studying for a vocabulary quiz. …

February Vacation Sale!!!

February vacation is going to be busy for this gal, so I thought I would give you guys a treat.  My entire store is 20% from today until Tuesday!  Enjoy!!!

Bloom's Taxonomy for Social Studies!

So far, February vacation is off to a great swing.  We did karate, went shopping for a birthday present and had a wonderful lunch at Red Robin.

Now its' snowing.... again....... more snow..... We ended up getting about 10 on Thursday and now we're getting about 6 more.  We need spring because I'm running out of room in my driveway.  Either it starts to thaw or we'll have to get rid of a car!
With all the snow, I've hd time to create a really amazing task card set.  I'm always looking for a way to challenge and differentiate in the classroom and this is a hit! Head on over to Teachers Pay Teachers and check it out!!!

Vocabulary, Quizlet, and Cell Phones

I'm blogging.... at 12:39.... on a Thursday..... why?
Snow day!  I literally think everyone on the eastern seaboard is home today battling snow or ice.  Is it me or is this the worst winter in a while?  I'll take advantage of it, though!  We start our February vacation tomorrow at 2:30 so I can take a break from planning and prepping and spend some time blogging and creating for TPT.  I'm in the middle of make a really awesome new product.... let's just say Bloom's Taxonomy....... hmmmmmmm?

So what have I been doing that's engaging?
For those of you new to Quizlet, it is a simple online flashcard creator that can be used by both teachers and students.  On top of flashcards, it also uses your words and definitions to make tests and games.

As a teacher you can make multiple sets and create classes to organize them.  Students can create an account and join your class so their words are always a click away.
Vocabulary has always been important to me but sin…

I'll Never Buy Another Sharpener

So I thought I wrote this post forever ago but obviously I'm old and senile!  When I moved into my new classroom I was given a pencil sharpener that didn't work.  Worst off, the kids at my school hate using pens and have a steady diet of wood and graphite.  They can go through 8 pencils in a day...... easy.  I had seen everyone raving about the Quietest Sharpener in the World.
This thing is amazing!  It took a bit for my kids to learn how to work it because it is just different.  You actually pull out the front unit for better stabilization of the pencil so of course my kids would spend five minutes just shoving it into the hole and complaining that, "You broke it, Mrs. Wilkins".  I spent a good amount of time sharpening for them until they learned how to use it and by that time, other teachers on my team had bought their own, so the kids have mastered it now.
It is quiet... that is true.  The reason my kiddos and I love it, though, is how sharp the pencils are.


February Currently... on the first!

This is the first time I've done the Currently on the first!  Holy cow!!
So obviously, I'm currently bingeing on the telly and it's okay.  By the way.... I love snow and cuddling and I absolutely loathe grading!!!!  For reals!  Head on over to Farley and see what she is up to!