Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Around the World Wednesday ~ Leap Day Defined

We all know Leap Year comes once every four years and that it's always on February 29th, but what else do you know about the origins of Leap Year?

This week's Around the World Wednesday will share a couple of posts from other bloggers I follow.

The first is from Wayne Church at Unerased History.  Wayne looks at today from more of a historical aspect, and is interesting as always.

The second is from SciPi over at Go Figure!  She looks at today from a mathematical standpoint, and you know I get weak in the knees about some math!

They both did a fabulous job, so I decided why not just share some bloggy-loving instead of reinventing the wheel today!

Check them both out and tell them you sent you!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Do You Have a Favorite Edu-App?

Do you use educational apps in your classroom?  I would love to be able to do so much more with technology than I already do, but we know there are limitations due to budget constraints and other issues.

However, there are tons of awesome edu-apps out there and hopefully as we continue on down the road, there will be better funding available to make use of these edu-apps more widespread!

With that in mind I'm linking up with the Edu-apps Linky Party at The Learning Curve.  Jane had a wonderful idea with this one!

Here are 2 of my favorite apps for my iPad2.



{description from iTunes}


The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.

If you have questions or comments, or if you are an NSF-funded researcher and would like to have your images or video included in the app, contact


- Spectacular images from NSF-funded institutions available in high resolution for download to your iPad
- Fun and engaging streaming video (WiFi or 3G connection required) on a wide range of topics
- Hundreds of images and videos to experience, with new content added weekly
- Share images and videos on Facebook and Twitter or via email
- Keep abreast of breaking stories in scientific discovery as they happen with the in-app news feed
- Pan through content in the unique 360 view or find content via keyword with a simple two finger touch
- With a single touch, save favorite images and video within the app so that they can easily be found again

The images and videos are A.MAZ.ING on this app...AND it's FREE!!!

{Middle School Math 7th Grade}


{description from iTunes}


Here's a fun way to practice your middle school math skills.

Guide the monkey down the ladders to the end of a level. Answer questions correctly to keep going.

Math topics included are:

Negative Numbers
Absolute Value
Order of Operations

There are three levels of difficult for each topic. Replay levels to improve your scores and compete against your friends using Game Center leader boards and achievements. Email your progress to your teacher.

Attention Teachers: Contact us to find out about free reporting tools on our web site for showing the progress of your entire class.

This one reminds me a lot of Donkey Kong {if you're old enough to remember that one}.  The level of integer problems is appropriate for 7th Grade and more, in my opinion!

Head on over to The Learning Curve and link up today!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Math Game Monday {only a day late} ~ Absolute Value War Freebie

Let's practice Absolute Value in today's Math Game Monday post {pretend it's still Monday, OK...catching up from a weekend away ;)}!

All you need is a deck of cards and you're good to go for this one!

You play this just like War, but you add in the twist of Absolute Value by letting the black cards be positive and the red cards be negative.  Super quick, super simple!

I've created a hand-out for your students or something for you to keep in a math game file or center box.

Here's what it looks like!  Just click on the image to go straight to my Making It Teacher TPT Store to download it.

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Science Saturday {with a FREEBIE} ~ Scientific Method Coin Lab

As you read this, I am blissfully enjoying a weekend away with my husband {it's OK to be a tad jealous}!

Science Saturday for this week is from way back at the beginning of the school year when I teach Scientific Method to my 7th graders.  After we've discussed it, I complete a couple of quick labs with them, that also happen to be pretty fun, where they have to apply the Scientific Method just like a real scientist would in a real laboratory.

This is one of their favorite labs we do!

It's called Scientific Method Coin Lab.  There are lots of versions out there and I have no idea who to give the original credit to, but this is one I created for my students.

Here are some pictures of my students having a great time in science class doing hands-on, cooperative learning...and isn't that what it's all about! :)

I tried to get a good shot of the surface tension just as it was breaking, but that proved rather difficult to do!

This will a little scary to try with the water being so all over the room, but they did a great job and worked very carefully!  These little bathroom cups were a perfect size to use.

So, if you'd like to give this fun, quick lab a shot, you can download the instructions and lab sheet for FREE at my Making It Teacher TPT Store!  

Click on the image below to go straight to this item in my store.

Hurry over and get yours now. 

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

7 Weekly Pins ~ Week 8

I hope you'll enjoy this weekly feature and check back here often to get some inspiration for yourself!

As always, I'd LOVE for you to follow me on Pinterest!  Click here to see all my Boards.

My Own Pin

                                                      Source: via Michelle on Pinterest


Educational Pin

                                                                     Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Crafty Pin

                                             Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Organizational Pin

                                               Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Delicious Pin

                                                  Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Apparel Pin

                                                                         Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Random Pin

                                                 Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Enjoy! :)

Making It {and smiling},

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fun Friday ~ Pinteresting Give-Away

Hello Friday!

This week's Fun Friday post is about a super fun contest on Pinterest set up by Charity Preston of The Organized Classroom Blog, along several other bloggers.

Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

It's very simple to enter...and the best part...

The prizes {YES 2 OF THEM} are $200 Amazon Gift Cards!

Think of all the things you could buy from Amazon with $200!!!

Click here to go to Charity's Pinteresting Teacher Blogs board to find out how to enter.

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},


Dr Seuss...In Middle Grades??? ~ 4th - 8th Linky Party

Yep, you read the title correctly!

We can't let the elementary teachers have all the fun with Dr. Seuss, can we?


There are lots of ways to incorporate Dr. Seuss into your lessons as an upper elementary and middle school teacher.

With that in mind, I'm hosting a Dr. Seuss....In Middle Grades??? ~ 4th - 8th Linky Party!!!

Here are a couple of things I've one in my classroom.

Who doesn't love Oobleck?
I did this with my Science ELT {only 12 students and for enrichment}.

One day we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Keep in mind, I teach 7th Grade, but they LOVE being read to!  They still want to gather around like they did in Kindergarten to be near the teacher and see the pages...they even ask to sit in circles in the floor!!!

The next day we made the Oobleck.  
Up there is what you need.

Students were given what they needed and the instructions and set off to have some science fun!

They thought this was some pretty cool stuff!
{I hated having to cover their smiling faces.}

 Group of boys having fun with this non-newtonian fluid.

We made a little mess along the way!

My mess left to clean up!

I've also read these 2 Dr. Seuss books to my regular Life Science classes.

Miles and Miles of Reptiles is great to read during a unit or lesson on Reptiles!

Is a Camel a Mammal is great to read during a unit or lesson on Mammals!

There are many more in the Seuss Learning Library about animals, biomes, and other topics directly related to the standards we teach!

You know what to do:

If you a 4th - 8th Grade teacher...

  • Write a blog post about a lesson you have taught or would like to teach using Dr. Seuss in some way.
  • Copy the Linky image above and paste it into your post.
  • Link up below by pasting the link to the actual blog post, not your entire blog.
  • Share the news with others.

As several other bloggers have done lately, I'm creating a collaborative Pinterest board for Dr. Seuss in Middle Grades.  If you'd like to join, leave a comment with your Pinterest link so I can add you.  This board can be added to at any time you see another great idea!

Depending or participation, I may have enough ideas to create an e-book that you can offer to your readers when we're all done!

Let's show those lower grades we know how to have fun, too!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},