We were spies for a day!

This last week of 3rd quarter we practiced our mapping skills. We worked on latitude and longitude, scales and distances, elevation and even learned where many countries are.

After lots of practice, we put our skills to work on Thursday by completing a Spy Mission. There were 6 total missions and each had several pieces of information needed to complete the mission. We used all kinds of resources to help us, and THEN we got to use the Internet.

Who knew seeds could grow without light!

Over the last quarter we have spent lots of time learning about plant tropisms. We learned that plants respond to different stimuli; light, gravity, water.

We did an experiment with mustard seeds, a damp paper towels and baggies. After placing our mustard seeds on a damp paper towel and into a baggie, we taped our bags into the INSIDE of our cupboards. We wanted to see how geotropism and hydrotropism worked. You can see that the seeds sprouted and the roots grew down and the stems are growing up. This is true for geotropism.

Isn’t it interesting that they were able to grow without light?

Proud Teacher Moment!

My 6th graders were given the assignment to create a model of a plant cell and an animal cell. This was an at-home project, so I really had no idea what they were creating. Obviously, I had some conversations with students over the last month, but for the most part only had a vague idea of what they were working on.

Cells started coming in on Monday and I was amazed! Then, this morning as students rushed into my room to turn in their creations. I was completely over whelmed with the amount of effort and creativity they showed on their projects. I wish I could take pictures of all of them, but here is a sneak peek at several of the outstanding final products!

Way to go 6th graders! I am so proud of you and your hard work!

The Incredible, Edible Cell!

Hello friends! We have been learning about cells and all of their organelles! Today we actually created cells out of a variety of things! Take a look at these awesome cells!

Thank you Teaching Channel for this awesome idea! We had a great time!


What do you know about plant and animal cells? Can you pick out the differences?

Water Weighs how much?

This first week back we have been working on understanding how important water is to living organisms.

Today we looked at this in more detail. We weighed fresh fruit and dried fruit to see what the difference was. We found that all of the dried fruits weighed less than the fresh fruits. We concluded that this has to do with the amount of water taken out of the fruit when it is dried.

How much water do you think the human body needs to survive?

Here’s what we learned today!

Change our words, change our mindset.

Our first day back from Fall break and I made my students stretch their minds a bit. We discussed the difference between having a fixed mindset and having a growth mindset. I provided them with a list of 12 fixed mindset statements and we brainstormed ways to change them into growth mindset statements. What a great job they did!

We created a mindset wall in our classroom to help remind us that a growth mindset is our goal this quarter. Change our words, change our mindset!

Take a look at some of the amazing growth mindsets they came up with.

Why do you think having a growth mindset is important?

Is this a drill?

So, you know how we practice fire drills a few times a year? And how the kids always ask “Is this a drill?” Well today my answer to that questions was “NO”!

Toward the end of our district benchmark testing today, the fire alarm went off! As always it scared all of us, but my 6th graders lined up quickly and got ready. The minute we opened the door, we knew something was wrong and hustled out to our spot on the field. While standing in the heat, watching the fire trucks unloading and prepping, I had several kids ask me “Is this a drill?” I stared blankly at them and pointed at the mass of firefighters standing near our building. My delayed response was “No, it’s not a drill! Have you ever seen the firetrucks actually come on campus?” These 6th graders crack me up everyday!

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After some time out in the sun, our district maintenance crew was on scene with cold water bottles for our kids! Kudos to them for their speed! It was definitely hot out! After all the buildings (except ours) were cleared we headed into the cafeteria. The best part was all the firefighters were standing near by as we walked into the building. They were giving high-fives and telling our students how awesome they were, and what a great job they did during the situation! How cool is that? High fives to Mesa FD and AJFD!

Because we were not allowed back into our rooms for a while, we spent some time in Mrs. Miller’s classroom. Fun, relaxing afternoon after a stressful mid day interruption. I have to brag on my kids, all 100 of them! You did an awesome job! I am so proud of you for fostering excellence in a scary situation and teaching those little kids on campus by example. Way to go!

Have you ever been in a REAL ‘fire drill’?

First week of school!

The 2014-2015 school year is upon us! We came back to school on Tuesday, August 5th and got right into it! Take a look at some of the awesome things we did during our first week of school!

School/class poster: I got this idea from a Pinterest post! Check it out HERE!

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We also took some time to complete ‘The Marshmallow Challenge’! If you don’t know what this is or how to works, check out this LINK. We had a great time, and I loved watching my new students really work together to complete this challenge on the SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL! My 6th graders rock!

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We also began learning about a new way of learning this week: Flipped Learning! We used a You Tube video on how to make origami jumping frogs to help us understand the importance of being able to pause and rewind videos to help us learn what we need to learn! It was a great experience that really helped show my students what they will be able to do once our flipped classroom begins! I can’t wait to get it started!

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What was your favorite part of your first week of school?

Celebrate Good Times!

On Wednesday, May 20th, Miss Iovino, Mrs. Springer and I took our 6th graders bowling! We choose this option as our end of the year celebration to give us a change. It was the best idea we had all year! We spent the whole day bowling, eating and playing in the arcade! So much fun to get to spend time with our kiddos without the school setting. 

See how much fun we had?!

Ancient Rome & Greece Innovation Museum

Well, one of the best things we did all year was our final ancient civ project. Students were to choose an innovation from the Romans or the Greeks. After lots of research, they were able to show how the innovation was used in ancient times, as well as how it influenced our world today.

When the research was done, the construction began! Take a look at these awesome project! Thanks to everyone who came out to see our hard work!