Checking for Understanding FREE Printable

My goal this year is to do a better of job of checking for understanding (or quick, simple formative assessments).  Today I created some cards to attach to the student desks that will do just that!

Just download the file below and print on green, yellow, and red card stock.  The GREEN is for students who totally understand the concept, YELLOW for students who kind of understand and RED for students who don't understand.  To increase the functionality, I also printed the letters A, B, and C on the back in case I want to use them for a quick multiple choice response.  (You may want to laminate for durability.  I plan on doing it when I get to school, but I wanted to share them with you today.)  Then, punch a hole in the top corner and connect the 3 cards with a metal book ring.  If you have the typical student desks you could use a string or ribbon to connect the ring to one of the metal bars on the desk.  I have permanent lab tables, so I am going to use ribbon to connect them to the base of the gas valves or base of the sink faucets that are on the student lab tables.

Enjoy the FREE printables and let me know how it goes!!

Density Notes Booklet

This year, one of my goals is to make note-taking more interesting an engaging for my middle school students.  Instead of your basic, fill-in-the-blank notes, I am creating booklets, with pictures and activities that correspond to the lecture/notes/or powerpoint.

The booklet needs to be printed one to 2-sided, flipped on the short edge.  Then simply fold in half, staple along the fold and glue into the student Interactive Science Notebook when you're done!  Simple!  And way more fun than your basic notes!

Let me know what you think!  I welcome and appreciate any feedback and/or ideas.

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Door Hangers for your Classroom

I don't know about you, but I feel like I am always making a quick sign to put on my door to either let people know where on campus I am going to be or to leave a quick message for someone.  Today, I'm sharing with you a better solution -- door hangers!!  I printed these front to back so that each door hanger includes two different messages and I can choose which one to display.  I printed them on card stock and laminated them.  To make them even sturdier, you could choose even thicker paper, thicker lamination or laminate them twice.

These can also be found on my Teacher Pay Teachers site for FREE!  Please share with your teaching buddies.