Growing a Lima Bean in the Classroom

We are learning about the life cycle of a plant in class so I am attempting to grow a lima bean in a plastic baggie!!!  I have tried this once before (it might have been a major fail) and I have high hopes of our little plants growing tall before Open House!

I used the adorable greenhouse template that my district provided me with... don't worry...maybe I made a similar one below for you to use in your classroom!  I had the students help me place a damp paper towel and two lima bean seeds inside the closed bag, and stapled it to the greenhouse paper.  

I taped them to the cupboards because I didn't have any bulletin board space left. The windows in my classroom are above the cupboards, so the little plants aren't receiving any direct sunlight.  I am excited to see if this matters in their growth!

I have 2 weeks until Open House and I am hoping that we will have sprouts growing strong by the time the parents come tour my room.  :)

For a copy of the greenhouse HERE!

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Chalkboard Brights Bulletin Board Display

Look at the newest line from Teacher Created Resources!!!!  It is called Chalkboard Brights!  I was SO excited when they came out with these new colors because they match my room perfectly!  Take a look at how I used some of their products...

I have letter/picture/sound cards that I am required to post in my classroom (thank you Open Court) and they are really low under my whiteboard.  I noticed that when the kids are at their desks, they were having trouble seeing the letters.  I placed this letter line HIGH up above the whiteboard so they could clearly see the letters from their seats!

My favorite piece from the Chalkboard Bright collection is this welcome banner!  My students were so excited to see the different letters and even MORE excited to see it spelled a word!  I am saving this bad boy for Open House in the spring, I will hang it outside to welcome the parents!

We are practicing taking ownership and pride in our work and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to introduce a "Star Student Work" board.  I used some of my whiteboard space (I have a whole wall filled with whiteboard).  

How it works is, each time we do a writing assignment I "pick" (fairly rotate) 3 different pieces of writing to display on the board.  They will stay up until our next writing assignment.  The students were beaming with pride when they saw their writing up on our special wall!

Lastly, I needed a new incentive for positive behavior in my classroom.  I haven't tried a sticker chart with my kids yet, and this seemed like the perfect chance!  

Each student will get their own sticker chart and earn stickers when they are caught displaying positive behavior!  Want to know a secrete?  I don't have a prize when they fill up the sticker start!!!  Shhhhh don't tell them that they are supposed to earn a reward.  For most of my students this is their first sticker chart and the simple accomplishment of filling it up, having the class cheer, and sending it home is a wonderful reward!!!!

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Glitter Glue Management Tip!

I NEED to share this idea with you!!!  I shared it on my Instagram, and I received such positive feedback, I thought I should share it here too!  It all has to do with this magical, beautiful, ENGAGING.... glitter glue!

When I am introducing a new cut and paste printable, I model the whole worksheet with the class.  This can be boring for the advanced students, but I feel that it is a necessity to ensure success for the majority of the class.  I teach them how to problem solve when they don't know what to do, and things like that.  Once we are finished, I hide my completed copy and then they complete their own worksheet independently (or with a partner).  

Here is the secrete trick.  I bought this pretty glitter glue at Big Lots.  When I am modeling our worksheet, I place these glue bottles next to me.  Whoever was paying attention and participating during the lesson gets to use the glitter glue on their own worksheet!!! You would be surprised at how quite they are!

Since almost all of them are behaving in order to get to use the glue... I try and pick three students that don't get recognized for good behavior that often!  The other day I actually picked six students and they shared the glue!  

Seriously.  Genius.