Amazing Race: Destination Transformation

I had a blast yesterday sharing all of my passion for room transformations with awesome Georgia Science Teachers! In this post I am posting links to my session notes for you to look at – I will also be adding several blog posts about my room transformations over the next couple of weeks.


Amazing Race Transformation Session

Jenga Example

Spoon Directions

Room Transformation Ideas

One of the great things about presenting at GSTA is the opportunity to collaborate and bounce ideas off of fellow educators! The last link in the list contains all the ideas for room transformations generated during my session. If you have more ideas please share in the comments below!

Until next time πŸ™‚


Bonus – Okay so a few weeks ago I actually did the amazing race in my room for geologic timescale. Here is what I purchased for the GSTA transformation AND my classroom transformation!!

GSTA 2019!

On Wednesday I will be headed to the Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference. I am super excited about going, but also super nervous too!

I will be presenting a session at 8am on Friday over Room Transformations and how to engage students with real-world science. My session will be Amazing Race themed and I even have goodies for all of my participants. If you are attending, please come to my session. I would love to meet you!

Some other sessions I am interested in:


First-timers Session – I had the opportunity to attend NSTA last year. However, this is my first GSTA, so I thought it might be helpful.

Incorporating Literacy into Stations –Β I feel pretty strong in this area. However, I am interested to see what other people are doing in their classroom.

Teaching Guided Science Through Stations – This is something I am very interested in. I would love to incorporate more stations into my day to day lessons.

Time Saving Strategies with Science Notebooks– I love my science notebooks, but I hate how much time I feel is wasted on putting together foldables sometimes. I hope to find some great ideas from this session.


My Session – eeekkk!! It’s going to be great πŸ™‚ I cannot wait to transform a session room!

Increasing Literacy in 6th Grade Science- Wow a session just for 6th grade. I am thrilled and hope I can make it to this because it is right after my session.

Making Lessons Sticky – Retention is huge and the problem this session is set to help solve.

Quit Teaching, Start Facilitating –Β This has been one of my goals as well. To have students who could be leaders in their own learning.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, We love Close Reading and You will Too!Β – I already love close reading, so I am excited to expand my toolbox.


I am unsure about the sessions on Saturday that I want to attend.


Overall, I am very excited to meet new people, learn new things and share with people! I cannot wait for GSTA!! πŸ™‚

Please comment below if I will see you there!





February Finds!

I cannot believe it is already FEBRUARY!!! January flew by in all its winter glory. Here in Georgia we got several threats of snow, but no snow days 😦 I know, I know I shouldn’t even need a snow day yet. However, the longing for snow is more for my two-year-old than anything πŸ™‚

The month of February is going to bring the study of plate tectonics to my classroom. I am excited to try some new tools that I recently found.

The first tool is an interactive map. Students can plot their address and watch as it changes through 750 million years of Earth’s history. Students are actually able to see the plates move and all the changes the land around them has gone through. This is going to make it more real for my students and I cannot wait to use it. (Click the image to check it out yourself)earth-permian.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart

I honestly wish that I had used this with my geologic timescale lesson – but I am going to use it for that next year.

The second item I want to share with you is a collaboration. I have collaborated with over twenty other teacher-authors to bring you a bundle of seasonal resources. I cannot wait to use the science resources included in the bundle. Check it out by clicking the image below:

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For some more awesome February Finds, check the Linky List!

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Close Reading Task Cards

If you are new to close reading be sure to go back and read my previous post – Close Reading in Science.

In my previous post I mentioned the different steps that I teach my students for close reading. Close reading could also be called annotation, but in essence you are reading more than one time and taking notes around your article. It is very interactive.

Sometimes it is hard for my students to remember all the steps or simply what step they are on. So, I created some annotation task cards.

Currently I have printed out 12 sets on card stock and laminated. I also put them on a book ring. With that number I have enough for one set per pair. Students then have a quick reference for close reading and I also know what step they are on as I cruise around the room.

It is simple to make the task cards and the steps are on my previous post. However, if you would like mine, you can find them by clicking the image below and going to my TpT store.



Thanks for visiting. How do you use annotation or close reading with your students? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below!


Black Out

We are currently studying poetry in my class. We learned a song for the elements of poetry (set to the song “Take a Bow”). During writing I have been teaching different poetic forms and how to construct poems. I found several great resources on TeachersPayTeachers. One was a prezi presentation on blackout poetry. After their test on Friday my students did an amazing job creating their own poetic art.

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Here is a link to the blackout poetry presentation – FREE!!Β