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This is a sponsored post for the littleBIGidea competition. If you are a fan of the hit TV reality competition, Masterchef, then you would be familiar with the concept of the mystery box challenge – it’s actually my favourite part of the show! For those who don’t know, the contestants are each presented with a box of identical, mystery ingredients from which they are required to create a mouthwatering dish. They don’t have to use every ingredient in the box but apart from a few, very basic pantry staples, what they discover in the box is pretty much it. It’s fun to see the dishes created by the talented and very creative contestants. Taking this concept and applying it to children, learning and the great ideas children have, I recently put together two MYSTERY BAG engineering challenges for a group of great kids (aged between 6 and 12 years of age) to get creative with. The children all had lots of fun and it was fascinating to see how each approached their challenge and the use of

Symmetry Activity

Breaking work into chunks: for kids who are easily distracted or overwhelmed by amount of work

Virtual Field Trips for students. This site has a video of the Plimoth Plantation where students meet a Wampanoag Indian and Plimoth settlers.

Thrasher's Fifth Grade Rockstars: July 2012 --- Group work --- this is how it should look.

Thrasher's Fifth Grade Rockstars: July 2012

This poster can be put up in the classroom for the students to refer back to when reading a story and considering different themes they come upon while reading. 2.RL.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral.

Fabulous Fourth Grade: Anchor Charts

Teaching Inverse Operations to Challenging Learners - IgnitED

Teaching Inverse Operations to Challenging Learners - IgnitED

Classroom reward system- If the class shows great behavior, they will get to color in a letter tile of their choice. When every tile is colored in, the students will win that specific award. I just googled "Scrabble Font" and downloaded it for free. :)

dr seuss classroom and I just happen to be room 106

Tangled with Teaching: Dr. Seuss Classroom Theme PHOTOS FiNaLly!

Tangled with Teaching: Dr. Seuss Classroom Theme PHOTOS FiNaLly!

Tons of creative writing ideas perfect for those last few weeks of school!

2nd Grade Shenanigans: End of year pick me up: writing edition!

School Memories Activity- Savvy School Counselor - Savvy School Counselor - TeachersPayTeache...

Lesson Plan SOS: Solar System Spectacular: Calling all Astronauts!

Solar System Headband $ {Ms. Shope's Class}

Teaching Social Skills - step-by-step directions on Laura Candler's Teaching Resources website

Need this for the kids.

Great ideas for Dr. Seuss activities...especially love the "Cat Gets a New Hat" board. Would be great fun to have blank hats available and have kids decorate them and then display them.

Reading Goal bulletin board with Chic-fil-A cow (as students get closer to their goal, they move their clothespin on the ladder)

Camping themed classroom #elementary classroom-themes

Great list of books that teach social skills.

6 Tools to Determine Your Kids’ Learning Styles

A Multi-Tasking Activity Gross motor skills -- this activity is for letter recognition, but I could see it for vocabulary (1 student reads a definition, other student finds and bounces the ball on the word) or Math ...many thoughts for this one, multiples, factors, vocabulary, place value...oh my brain is swimming!!!

Redirecting and Promoting Good Behavior- Book List Recommendations from Growing Book by Book

Place value

Terrific! Short and sweet!