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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

How to Teach Fractions 5th Grade

 Dividing Fractions by Fractions on a 
Number Line or with Visual Models


So why should we use number lines to teach students how to divide fractions?

 Number lines help students identify fractions as a quantity, not just a top number and bottom number. They also help students learn WHY the answer is correct and makes sense.

For example, younger students easily learned that 8 divided by 2 simply meant how many groups of 2 make 8.

It is the same for dividing fractions. 

2/4 divided by 1/8 simply means how many one-eighths make 2/4.

Number lines make this easy!


Here is a video showing this process:



Here is another video showing a little different way of dividing fractions on a number line by first using a common denominator:


After your students understand the PROCESS of dividing fractions, you can teach them the shortcut: Keep, Switch, Flip


Here are some FREE worksheets in printable or digital format 
to get you started:



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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

If Every Day Was Gameday - Teamwork, School Climate and Culture

how our lives would change if every day was game  day

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WHO IS YOUR TEAM?


It is likely you would find very few people in the KC area that are not cheering for the Chiefs right now - at least this week! Some schools are having spirit week within their building. There is nothing that can pull people together like team spirit and a big game! Think of the reasons we do this...comradery, loyalty, commitment, common goals, and honestly, it's just plain fun!

sports fan all dressed up
It makes me wonder what greatness would be possible if we approached our personal and work lives in this same way - even more than we already do! Just imagine the possibilities and how life changing this would be for the people we live and work with on a daily basis! Team Orchard Hill...Team Anton (name your business/family) working together (comradery), supporting each other unconditionally (loyalty, commitment) for the common goal of learning, impacting others, and meeting the needs of people....Now, that would make life even more exciting and fun EVERY day, EVERY hour, EVERY minute!

We have so many students that jump out of their cars each day and RUN full speed into the building excited to be here, excited to learn, and so excited to see teachers and friends. It's funny to think about what it would look like if we jumped out of our cars and did that every day in our adult lives?!? LOL. But, seriously, what would that look like? How would that feel? AND how would that impact the people you live and work with...and you??? My guess is joy would skyrocket!

kids running into the school building excited for the day

We all have a need for this kind of team spirit, comradery, loyalty, commitment, and fun. This week, friends, let's approach our family, work, and interactions with each other in this same way...working together, as a team, for a common cause.....to have fun and find joy in the journey!

GO CHIEFS!

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Monday, March 2, 2020

10 Circulatory System Activities and Projects for Kids

Upper elementary and middle school teachers will find 10 free activities, games printables, and projects to help their students learn about the circulatory system within a human body systems unit.


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1. Circulatory System Experiment - Make a Working Model of the Heart




You may also like this Pumping Heart Model on Amazon:

2.  Free Bill Nye Blood and Circulation Video




3. The Circulatory System Free Online Matching Game by SoftSchools.com. Click the picture.


You may also like this game from Amazon for your science centers:


4. Free Reading Passage from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Click the picture.




5. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a great chart for each of the body systems. Click the picture.




You may also like the 18" x 27" charts from Amazon:





6. Free Circulatory System Video with an Interactive Quiz at the End.




7. Printable Model of the Human Heart. Just right click the picture.


8.  Free Circulatory System Lesson from PBS Learning Media
Includes interactive games, printable documents and a word search puzzle.


9. LiveScience has 11 surprising facts about the circulatory systems. Your students could make posters out of each fact for a bulletin board. Click the picture.


10. Printable sheet on how your heart works. Right click on the picture.



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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Moon Phases Teaching Activities for Kids in 4th, 5th and 6th Grade

Students are naturally curious about the moon. Why is it sometimes big? Why is it sometimes smaller or a different shape?

free phases of the moon activities 4th 5th grade


Before beginning this unit, you may wish to have the students create a moon log in their science journals. Have them write and draw a picture of what they see. They may also wish to take some photographs.

1. Moon Phases Video

Here is a 10 minute video from PBS Digital Students. Phil explains the cause and the phases of the moon.


2. Phases of the Moon Classroom Experiment for Kids

In this science classroom experiment, students will learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. You will need a large Styrofoam ball and a light source, such as a lamp.

phases of the moon experiment science centers

3. Moon Matching Game

Your student will enjoy matching phases with pictures of the moon. Click here to play the game online.


4. Online Lunar Phases Quiz

This is a simple online quiz for students to self-check their learning in a science center or station. Click here to see the quiz.


5. Moon Phases Rap

Music definitely helps students learn and remember. They will love this one!


6. Moon Phases with Oreos

Why not make some moon phases out of Oreos. Did you know they are allergy sensitive? They are free from dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, mustard, sesame, peanut, sulfites, mollusks, celery and lupin.

Click the picture to see 2 moon phases crafts.

phases of the moon craftivity

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7. Moon Phase Viewer Craftivity

Students may make a very simple moon phases viewer. Step by step instructions are in the video. Click HERE



8. StoryJumper Online Book 

Here is an online book for your students to learn about the moon phases.

phases on the moon online book for kids


9. Moon Phases Crossword Puzzle for Kids

Your students will show what they know by completing this printable crossword puzzle. Click HERE to download and print.

phases of the moon worksheets

10. Phases of the Moon Interactive Science Notebook

This is a fun cut and paste activity for your students to practice matching definitions to pictures. Click HERE to download and print.

4th 5th grade science interactive notebook

moon phases unit

science activities for 4th 5th 6th grade

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