January 19, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday

I just loved Show and Tell days when I was in school. I would spend time each week thinking of something that I could bring to school to share with my classmates, and I waited eagerly to see what my friends chose to share. That's why I jumped on the chance to join this BRAND NEW linky hosted by Stephanie from Forever in Fifth Grade.

I have always wanted a document camera. I had begged and begged for one and FINALLY over the summer my school purchased one for me that I was to share with the teacher across the hallway. PROBLEM... I was moved more than six classrooms away over the summer. SIGH... I left the document camera with the other teacher (who has yet to use it... double SIGH).

 BUT... in mid-September we were invited to peruse materials that were being rehoused by a school that had recently closed. JACKPOT... I found a SMART Document Camera in the materials and grabbed it. PROBLEM... There was no power cord. After a long, exhaustive search, one of my parents came through, finding a special adaptor that allowed me to use a power cord that I already had. This past Friday I was able to have a working document camera! YAY! Please ignore the messy desk. I just shoved everything out of the way I was that excited!!!

We LOVE to do STEM activities in Science class. I try to incorporate a STEM activity every other Friday. This is our latest: building a tower with just 15 pipe cleaners. Although the original activity was designed for younger students, a STEM activity is easily adapted for any age. This particular STEM activity introduced constraints, additional problems, as the students were constructing. WHAT FUN! BTW, I had this lesson be my annual observation/evaluation. My principal was quite impressed with the entire process and the learning involved...SCORE!

I made THE BEST dinner the other night! I had some leftover fried chicken that I did not want to go to waste. I also had some sweet potatoes, red potatoes, yellow potatoes, turnips, and carrots that someone had given me. I peeled and chunked the veggies and spread them on a cookie sheet next to the chicken. I drizzled some olive oil on the veggies, then sprinkled some herbs and seasonings (rosemary, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, parsley) on them and popped the whole tray into the oven. An hour later... YUM!

It was SOOOOOO good that I decided to make it again this week, ONLY BETTER! I added onions and green peppers... DOUBLE YUM! If you haven't made veggies like this yet, give it a try!

My Show and Tell just would not be complete without a picture of at least one of my fuzz girls.

Miss Daisy, my nearly 17 year old Tabby, is thoroughly spoiled. Here she has appropriated my BRAND NEW throw (I happened to drop it when I went out to check how dinner was cooking). Daisy NEVER sits on the floor. She is the princess of the house who always sits regally on the couch, in my chair, or on my lap. So, why is she on the floor for the FIRST time? Not just because of the new throw, oh no! What you can't see is that she is directly in front of the couch. I recently purchased a furnace vent extender that allows the hot air to pass under the couch and out into the room. Smarty Miss Daisy discovered the heat and has now claimed this spot as HERS. Her poor sissy, LuluBelle, is not permitted to sit there. BTW, the new throw is permanently in front of the couch on the floor always ready for Miss Daisy.

Be sure to stop by Forever in Fifth Grade to see more Show and Tell posts.
Better yet, why not join in the party and do a little Show and Tell yourself!

Something else to stop by is my TpT Store tomorrow and Thursday where everything (yes, even my already low priced bundles) will be on sale. Start Your Year Inspired! Just be sure to use the special promo code START16 during checkout to earn those extra special savings!


  1. Daisy is one smart kitty, and she sure is looking good for 17! What is her secret? I'm happy for you that you finally got a working doc camera. It's amazing to think of all things I couldn't live without now that I didn't have years ago. Thank goodness for new technology! Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  2. I love, love, love my document camera! I would totally shove everything else aside too! And it sounds like Miss Daisy is about as spoiled our Sir Harvey - except that he's a Great Dane. :)


  3. Wow, you really had to jump hurdles to get that document camera. Enjoy! They are wonderful. Dinner looks yummy :)

  4. My document camera has totally changed my teaching life. I don't know what I would do without it. I am so happy you finally have one. Enjoy!


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