Ever Video Conference? Squid Dissection with Alaska SeaLife Center

I am very lucky to be in a school district that has a department that will set-up and pay for video conferences in the classroom. The students just LOVE doing video conferences, it gives them an opportunity to experience things that are nowhere near our urban school location.

We have done 6 video conferences so far this year, with about 4-6 more to go! They last about an hour and they are really inexpensive (sometimes they are free). For many of the video conferences, they send you the materials you need for the video conference as well.

We just did a video conference with the Alaska SeaLife Center and it was AMAZING! The students got to dissect squids! They went crazy for this one. We also added octopus and cuttlefish in order to do a comparative analysis of cephalopods.

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The SeaLife Center sent us the squids, but you can find all three (octopus, cuttlefish, and squid) at most Asian markets.  Just look in the frozen section!   We thawed them all out in tubs of cold water.

Students learned a lot and they will never forget the experience!


Currently….January Edition


I am linking up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for Currently in January!  Love doing these and I need to try to remember to link up every month this year!  We are still enjoying our last days of Winter Break, but not really enjoying the 5 inches of snow that fell today!  UGH!  So sick of this winter weather already!

My 6 year old daughter and I LOVE to dance and Applause by Lady Gaga is one of our favorites right now!  You can’t help but start dancing when you hear that song!

I have three kiddos of my own and it is always fun to slow down and hang out with them!

I am getting excited about our next units…Solar System and Greek Mythology here we come!  We will be reading “The Lightning Thief”, by Rick Riordan, and it is one of my FAVORITE books!  I already ordered personalized pencils from Oriental Trading Company to go with the book.   The pencils have sayings like: “Property of Camp Half Blood” and “Aunty Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium”.  The kids can earn the pencils by doing a great job on the comprehension questions and other activities I have planned.  I am working on a HUGE unit right now for the book!  Stay tuned!

I really want to work at least one day in my classroom (tomorrow is my last chance), but we just got hit with a ton of snow, high winds and freezing temperatures!  Yikes!

As always, I NEED to get about a million (well maybe not quite that many) papers graded!  I will be starting on those as soon as I finish this post!

One of my favorite traditions is when all the ladies (and little girls) in our family get together for cookie baking!  YUM!

Happy New Year to all!


My Best PINS of 2013

I don’t know about you, but I am a Pinterest junkie! I am on there at least once a day and I am regularly inspired by what I see on the numerous pins I see!  Because of this Pinterest-Addiction, I have decided to join a great link up with Stephanie from Principal Principles (it is great to see administrators with blogs, by the way).

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I went over to my Pinterest boards  (click here and follow me if you like what you see) and here is what I found:

#5  STEM Home Challenges (with 89 repins)



#4 Card Bridges STEM Challenge (with 104 repins)



Pin #3 Paper Clip Chain STEM Challenge (with 127 repins)



Pin #2 STEM Challenge Ten Pack #6 (with 141 repins)



Pin #1 Sugar Cube Arches STEM Challenge (with 184 repins)



Obviously, STEM activities are HUGE now!  I am currently in my second year at a STEM school and I love it.  I am surprised that these have gotten so many repins, and many others have a ton of repins as well!   AMAZING!  I cannot wait to see what 2014 with bring!

Looking to get started in STEM?  Here is the link to a great STEM Freebie!  These are student role sheets that are great to use when doing STEM engineering challenges!

Happy Pinning and Happy New Year to ALL!