Friday, March 7, 2014

Build a Robotic Arm Lessons

Hey there!

I posted another lesson today on my TPT Store! This time it is a set of two lessons plans that I have adapted and separated from my Robotics: Aren't They Just Toys? bundled lesson plans! These new lessons are tried and true with students from 3rd to 6th grade, but would work well into the high school years, too! They loved doing them and it allowed them to think of new creations! Every robotic arm is different and it is amazing to see their ideas come to life!

This is a set of lessons in which students work independently or in a small group to build a robotic arm. The individual lesson requires students to work independently to build a robotic arm for a friend with a Styrofoam allergy by taking the user's feelings and recommendations to build the arm. The group lesson uses an activity from to build the robotic arm with limited supplies.


On TPT, this lesson is called Build a Robotic Arm Lessons - Group and Individual. Please take a peek at it, if you can, and let me know what you think!

This lesson can also be found bundled with 7 other lessons in Robotics: Aren't They Just Toys? An Introductory Robotics Unit.

Here is a sample page of the student worksheets and the rubric for scoring.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Endangered Species: A Differentiated Unit

This was a unit that I wrote for one of my final gifted education certification classes. It was a differentiated unit that was designed to give multiple options for learning for gifted students. It worked with multiple learning styles and allowed for a plethora of products to be created by students. Here are a few samples from that unit, including one of my lessons using the entry point approach.

Hope you all enjoy! Feel free to visit my store and purchase the other four lessons of this unit in Endangered Species: A Differentiated Unit. For more of my lessons, units, and organizational tools, go to Keepin Afloat in the Classroom Teachers Pay Teachers Store! Thank you so much!

New Discovery!

Hello friends!

I was just browsing Teachers Pay Teachers and I found something that pairs wonderfully with our district's DMI training! It is a journal printable that not only helps students to solve the problem in many ways but also develops their number sense.

This is a great way to have students expand their thinking. The printable is free and also comes with some practice problems! This would also be helpful for our younger students to use to organize their thoughts before they use the poster method!

Thanks, Mary Cummings for a great resource for our teachers!

Find it at Common Core Math Problem Solving Journal Printables! Great job!