I was inspired this week by a Pinterest picture I saw. This mom has a great website called lemon lime adventures. (She must be an amazing momma!) She gave her kids candy pumpkins and did some STEM and science experiments. Which reminded me of something my daughter did in her 6th grade STEM class. They compared The Scientific Process with The Engineering Design Process.......so bam! The idea hit me! Let's do that with the candy pumpkins. So I created two experiments, one is a STEM project with the pumpkins where they have to build a tower and the other is a science experiment where they have to put the pumpkins in four different liquids. After both experiments are over, we will compare/contrast the two processes. This should be VERY interesting as I only have third graders! If you would like to try it, you can get your copy here. The best thing is.....Halloween candy will be on sale after next week and this is not a Halloween project!

I am planning on doing this on Friday, hoping that by doing something fun it will help them from being too wild and crazy since it is Halloween. What are you going to do on Halloween? What are your survival tactics to get through the day?
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I joined a linky today! The ladies at Teaching Trio challenged us to link ups with favorite apps we use in our class.....

And since my class has started bringing in their own devices we have had one favorite: Kahoot

The teacher adds questions to Kahoot, to make a game prior to the class session. I use it as a review for an upcoming test. The students then can use the app to enter the game using a "Game Pin" or they can log on via the website. I love that there are two options because not all my students have downloaded the app on their device.

They then answer the questions "real time", see the correct answers and then see who in in first place, etc. My students get so excited! They are so engaged. Also, if you don't have devices for each student you can easily have them work in teams with several students sharing a tablet or computer.

Last week I entered questions for our upcoming Science test, the lowest grade on the test was a "C". How I can argue with results like that? Plus they love it!
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I got to go on a school visit today to see a school that has B.Y.O.D.(bring your own device) in action and my mind was blown from the moment I stepped into the doors of this amazing school. Students were using technology in so many ways, so many websites and aps, I couldn't write fast enough or take enough pictures!! The local school technology coordinator has an awesome website and I found one thing I had to share tonight:

I, personally am an android girl, however so many of these ideas and aps can crossover to help even me. If you have iPads it will be very helpful :)
I can't wait to start using some of the ideas I went away with! 
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