Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake

For my favorite guy's birthday, I made a Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake to celebrate his day of birth. I originally found the recipe on Nest of Posies website here. We both were craving an Oreo crust, so I made a few modifications to the recipe. 

Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake
 adapted from Nest of Posies
You'll Need:
  • ready made Oreo pie crust
  • 2 t of softened butter
  • 8 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 1/2 C Stevia
  • 2 T of peanut butter
  • 8 oz of lite Cool Whip
  • 1 T mini chocolate chips for topping
Click here to follow Nest of Posies directions for making your yummy cheesecake!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

What if our Characters were on Social Media?

 Let's face it - all of our students (okay most) are active  participants of social media daily. I can testify this is true about my class because I get a follow request from one every day! I decided to apply their love (and admiration) for social media to our literature circles. Small groups are finishing up their small book clubs and as they finish, I've asked students to draw conclusions about their characters and imagine what it would be life if they had a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page. I heavily stressed the importance of making the posts, comments, and pictures represent what happened IN the story. I prompted my kids with questions like, "what would their friends post on their wall? What events from the story would be shared on their page?" It was great overhearing the conversations and analysis of the characters after reading the book. 

Below the pictures you will find the links to each template I used. 
Needless to say, the kids have LOVED this activity and have asked to complete more!

Fakebook Template
Instagram Template 

How you do you integrate social media into your instruction? Share with me!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Using TodaysMeet

It's me, again! Let me introduce myself: I'm Jordon. I teach 5th grade. Welcome to my blog. The snow has left the Midwest (for the time being) and my blogging was given a swift kick in the ...behind. However, I'm back - for a few minutes. :)

We are wrapping up our force and motion unit (so many blog posts to add!!) and we have spent the past few days preparing for our final test. Tuesday morning I was racking my brain trying to think of an engaging way to help my students study and then a little lightbulb went off! In my eMINTS class, we used the online tool to generate a discussion about our session. The purpose in eMINTS was twofold, we learned about a new web tool and were able to use it purposefully for our classwork.

In the five minutes I had remaining of my plan time, I created a "room" on and ran down the hallway to pick up my students. Once we finalized all of our questions and answers on the study guide, I paired students up on laptops and gave them the link for our room. I gave them some time to get out their silliness- which was very necessary - and then we got to work. I typed all of my questions in CAPITAL letters so students could distinguish my text from the others. I reminded students that they were given time to be silly in our "online room" and during our study session, silliness would not be tolerated. Honestly, I did not anyone who was off task or trying to be sneaky. The engagement and excitement was through the roof - this turned out to be one of the best study sessions we've had. Since then, students have been begging to hop on TodaysMeet again! 

What tricks do you have up your sleeve to help students study for assessments? Are you preparing for state testing as well? Post your tricks and wisdom in the comments below!

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