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Candy Sushi! Swedish fish, Fruit roll ups, Twizzlers, rice krispie treats! Delicious and really cute! My type of Sushi!

Candy Sushi | Jordan & Dillan

Teacher Appreciation Dana. You are a wonderful teacher! :)

This is a really yummy way to teach Matter, teaching matter with root beer floats! Love it....Common Core & So Much More!

So many possibilities...can be adapted in so many ways...LOVE IT! The kids do an exit ticket on a sticky note and stick it on the door in the way out for a quick assessment of understanding.

"Brain Break" sticks! Each popsicle stick has an activity on it {like spin 3x, jump rope, macarena, seat swap, etc...}. When I see that the kids are starting to fade away, I stop and say "man, our brains need to take a break...lets do a brain break."

Each day the students answer a question about the book they have been reading. Monday – Characters/ Setting, Tuesday – Problem, Wednesday – Solution, Thursday – Author’s Purpose, Friday – Favorite Part.

SUB PLANS: In your sub binder put the book "Miss Nelson is Missing" and have the substitute read the book to your class. Have the children then write a story about where they think you are while you are out from school. I can only imagine how funny and creative these stories will be!

I am in love with these Hollywood themed classrooms!

This is beyond awesome! With "poet tree" in lower-case no less. This makes me smile big-time, and gives me lots of extension ideas too; branches of different poetry forms, moveable leaves to "make your own poem", etc. :)

writing expectations. Quiet writing time with fun music was one of the MOST peaceful times in my classroom this year. The kids loved it. Love this chart to introduce the expectations for it.

Desk arrangement all done! This is a great idea for classrooms that have desks.

Basically, you make the quiet critters with a pom-pom, heart-shaped foam piece (for the feet) and mini wiggle eyes. I tell my students that my "quiet critters" need a friend to take care of them, but they only can survive/like QUIET friends. GUESS WHAT? Instantly quiet class. The kids love them. My kids have named their quiet critters and made homes for them.

She has a great blog with lots of good ideas for reading/writing noteboooks.

Tackle some graphing during reading time!

Cover hand in shortening to demonstrate how fat keeps animals warm in winter. kids LOVE this experiment.

Make curriculum calendars to map out what to teach when - box at the top to tell holidays & events

quiet critters-when you decide it is important for students to be quiet pass out quiet critters- take them away from students who talk. At the end of the activity anyone who still has a quiet critter gets a prize, point, whatever you use. Brilliant!”

I like this for explaining why graphs and tables are so important to convey information. I would take out "infographic" and replace it with "Analyze Data" as a part of the scientific method.