WORDLES

My students have really enjoyed building class wordles by hand on large sheets of bulletin board paper. We did our first one based on a book we are currently reading as a class, “The Alchemyst”, by Michael Scott. I wrote the title in the center of the paper and the students add the names of items, places, characters, etc. in various sizes, fonts, directions. I will post a picture when we are done! It is coming along nicely!

http://www.wordle.net

You can build a wordle on-line at the link above…

Shrimp Dissection

We just dissected fresh shrimp as part of a science unit on invertebrates! The students loved doing this dissection and the materials were so simple and inexpensive! I bought fresh large shrimp at an Asian Market (they have huge ones) and then we needed scissors and paper plates. Check out the links to a step-by-step powerpoint on the dissection as well as a lab packet!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shrimp-Dissection-Lab
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shrimp-Dissection-PowerPoint-Presentation

Try it! Your class will love this activity!

Invention Convention


Every year, the students in my class participate in the Invention Convention. Each student invents something and puts together a display board with the information. The kids had a blast and learned a lot about design process and the steps to inventing an item. We even made business cards and conducted on-line patent searches. Everything was done at school with the exception of building the prototype! If you have not tried a project like this, you may want to try it! It is well worth the class time!