California Cookies!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012
My CA Cookie!
"Frosting the four regions of California..."

Today was the best day with my 4th graders!  We have been studying all about the regions of California, and the natural resources in those regions in Social Studies.  Today my 4th graders got to frost a CA shaped sugar cookie showing the four regions as their edible quiz!  =)  

You can find cookie cutters, like I used, at Copper gifts.  I made the cookies the night before, and bought some candies to add to represent landforms or natural resources found in those four regions.  

Supplies for the different landforms/natural resources.
I used chocolate chips as little mountains, for the Mountain region.  Swedish Fish to represent the Coast region.  Nerds to represent minerals, mining, or stones/gravel for the Desert region.  And fruit shaped gummy snacks to represent the Valley region for farming/crops.  

I also made up a legend that they had to fill out about the four regions, which also helped them know what colors represented each region.  
We drew a square after the picture of the candy, to represent each color of frosting, but I forgot to take a picture of that final step.

It was so much fun today!  I had so many kids want to help me set it all up and hand out the yummy goodies.  Having 34 kids in a classroom can be a handful, but my 4th graders are Awesome!  They gobbled the cookies up, and some even took their cookie home to show their parents.  
Fish in the Pacific Ocean... =)

Very organized candies...

Messy, but delicious!!!

I also liked all of the "Thank you Mrs. Finch" and "this was so much fun," comments from my students.  It made me feel appreciated for cooking so many cookies last night.  =) 


Math "Vocabulators"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I love my Math Vocabulators!

I am linking up to Tara's monthly "Monday Made it," even though it took me until Wednesday to finish.  I saw these "Vocabulators" on Tara's blog, 4th Grade Frolics, and I knew I had to make some.  I learned how to dye rice from reading Tara's link to Melissa Forney's blog, and also from watching some videos on YouTube.  

Cute pets for "Pet theme"
First, I bought some small containers from Target, and rice from the Dollar Tree.  I splurged and bought cute buttons, stickers, plastic figurines, etc... from Michaels to go with the themes I made for each of my Math Vocabulators.  

Then, I dyed the rice and waited for it to dry completely.  I could hardly wait for it to dry, because I wanted to add the cutesy things to each of my themed containers.  =)

Containers for my Math Vocabulators
I wrote out some Math Vocabulary words to go inside each Math Vocabulator.  

The words that are inside each of my containers go along with the Math chapters we have been working through.  So there are words about Place Value, Rounding, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and so on.  When kids find a word, they can write the definition, illustrate it or use it in an example they come up with.  I am looking forward to Geometry when we have a ton of new vocabulary words!!! 

Here are some pictures of each of my themed Math Vocabulators.  

1.  Ocean Theme:

Even a cute little bow!
2.  Pet Theme:

Adding the Rice...

3.  Arctic Theme:

Cute penguin, polar bear, and snowflakes...

4.  Monster Theme:

So much fun!

5.  School Theme:

Even has our School Mascot!  Tigers!!!

I loved making these!  I can't wait for my 4th graders to use them during Math.  =)

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