Theme Poster Project–Ecosystems

We made these posters on different ecosystems. The students choose vocabulary words to go around the border of the picture. Each word included around the frame had to be drawn inside the picture. They had to include abiotic (never living) and biotic (living or once living) items in their poster. They turned out great! Here is a link to the FREE directions and pics.

Shadow Boxes with the novel, Coraline by Neil Gaiman

We made shadow boxes with items to go with the book, Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. One of my favorites! I got the wooden boxes at the Dollar Tree (for $1 each) and the items I found at Halloween stores, the grocery, etc. The kids had a blast choosing the items to place into their shadow boxes. Once the boxes were done, they had to write an explanation of their choices and each one’s connection to the story!

Try it yourself with a novel you are reading in your classroom!  I may have to do it with another book, the kids loved these so much they only let me display them for a few days!

Invention Convention

Ever want to try hosting an Invention Convention at your school or just in your classroom? Here is a FREE journal and guide to this creative and fun project! Click here for the link to this FREE product.

Boston Tea Party Experiments


I love to combine the subject areas as much as I can! I created two science labs to use during a study of the Boston Tea Party! The experiments test the eyewitness reports of the time period by testing different types of tea in salt water and fresh water and in different temperatures of water, warm and cold. TRY IT! I think your students will enjoy it and learn a lot about science and social studies in the process! Click here for the FREE labs!

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

We used some of the pictures and captions of this classic book as an inspiration, we wrote short stories. The only catch: we had to use the caption line somewhere in the story. Some students used it at the beginning, while others used it in other locations! The stories students came up with were great! Click here for a FREE PowerPoint on this great book!  The PowerPoint includes the pictures and captions from the book as well as questions to get students started!