December 20, 2016

December Show and Tell Tuesday

What with all the holiday excitement, coming down with the flu, snow days, and just the typical teacher hustle and bustle, this month's Show and Tell snuck up on me!

THREE FOUR snow days in the past week and a half and winter is just getting started! 
Goodness, our first snowfall wasn't even until December 6th.

One terrific way to keep students engaged and learning during weeks full of Christmas program practice, snow days, and looming vacation is to involve them in a STEM activity. This is probably THE MOST FAVORITE of all STEM activites that we do each year, designing a marble run.
Another way of keeping kids engaged at this hectic time of the year is reading via chromebooks. Are you familiar with Epic? If not, please check it out. It's well worth your time... free, full sized books for students to read online. Just add a graphic organizer and BOOM, a ready made lesson. My principal walked past my classroom on Friday afternoon, and then doubled back, and came in. He was enthralled that my kids were quiet and actively engaged 15 minutes before the end of the day before the weekend! SCORE for this teacher and Epic!

Merry Christmas to me! I have had an Amazon Echo since they were first available and LOVE it! I decided I wanted one of the Echo Dots for my classroom and finally ordered it on Thanksgiving break. After a bit of a delay and a delivery of an empty box, my Dot arrived last week. Because of snow days and sick days (yuck! the flu struck  me hard), I was finally able to install it last Friday afternoon. During our reading time, we all enjoyed holiday instrumental music (and a few holiday jokes).

And it just wouldn't be Show and Tell here at The Teacher's Desk 6 without at least one photo of my fuzz girls. This month I'm sharing a pic of my Lulubelle. Would you just look at her! She stole my chair and wouldn't let me sit down. I had to move over to the couch! Lulie actually sat like that for nearly an hour before relinquishing my chair back to me. Silly girl!

Be sure to stop by Forever in 5th Grade to read more December Show and Tell posts. It's a great way to keep up with what's going on in the teaching blogging world.


  1. Thanks for sharing the information about Epic. It looks awesome!

  2. My 5th graders love the STEM projects, too. Yours looked like a lot of fun.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

  3. I'll have to check out Epic. It looks like a great idea! Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade


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