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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stephanie from Forever in 5th Grade for a new monthly linky:
This is where you get to show some cool things happening in your life or in your classroom, and tell the world about them. After you read my post, go back to the original linky by clicking on the button above. 

First, a show and tell from home. We had 2 very old cats pass away this fall, so we thought it was time for a new member of the family, and let me tell you, it is not easy to find a kitten in December! But we managed to snatch up Elfie 2 days before Christmas. Her first adventure in the Trouten household: climbing up the Christmas tree!

I have the best students in the world! I was very sick over Thanksgiving break, and even missed the first day back. Still not feeling up to par the next day, I told my students it would be a while before I got the Christmas decorations up in the classroom. Half my class showed up during their lunch recess to decorate for me!

Nevada has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, and fortunately our district offered a free class for anyone interested. Of course I jumped right on that! To celebrate, I'm going to share a couple of my science displays. This first one is a collaborative research project. Students are divided into groups, assigned an ecosystem, assigned individual roles within those groups, and they then work together to make a display for their ecosystem to teach to the rest of the class. Here are this year's displays:

Another science project: near the beginning of the year we made vertebrate/invertebrate pop-up books. I've been doing this activity for a couple of years now, and it works so well I decided it was time to put my unit together for TPT. So here is a picture of the performance assessment that goes along with my newest product: 5 kingdoms of living things.


  1. I love your ecosystem projects! Group projects are such a great way to get students to work collaboratively. Your students did a great job with their posters.

    Heidi Raki

  2. Had to look twice to find your new kitty in that picture! So cute! My kids would love making pop up books like that, and you could use it in any subject area. Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

  3. Love your kitty picture :) The ecosystem posters are fabulous. Your kids did a great job!

  4. The ecosystem posters are fantastic. I love seeing things that are created by students. I bet they love walking into school and seeing the evidence of their learning proudly displayed. It really gives them a sense of ownership and belonging.
    Not very fancy

  5. I love these posters! The kids did a great job of making them look professional and visually appealing. Great work!


  6. I love these posters! The kids did a great job of making them look professional and visually appealing. Great work!