Inclined Planes and {Motivating!} Dancing Shoes

Today I'm tipping my hat to a couple of teachers for sharing some great resources.

First up is Erin at Once Upon a Classroom. She's a fellow Canadian! We've never met in person, but have connected on Facebook, and she's become my best product proof reader! :)

Earlier this week I used her new Simple Machines Interactive Reader with my grade 2s while my 3s were gone swimming with another third-grade class.
The kids absolutely LOVED it!! Just look at the focus in these photos!

I'm hoping that Erin completes Interactive Readers for ALL the science topics I have to teach! Hint, hint...! ;) Love them, Erin!

If you haven't already checked out her blog, you must. Check it out here:

The next great find this week comes from Christi at Ms. Fultz's Corner. She blogged a few days ago about a website that I'd never heard of before - GoNoodle. It is a great site full of fun Brain Breaks. The kids choose a Classroom Champ who joins them in their journey and grows with the minutes of activity completed. I used it today with my class, and they are completely hooked. We started with a stretching activity with Maximo:
It was hilarious! (He's got a little Antonio Banderas going on... quite the accent.) "I am tingling with excitement to be with you here today...!" Awesome! Take a look at the kiddos getting into this one...

After our stretching we did a little Zumba.

I wish I could show you the video I took... I can't tell you how many times they asked for another Brain Break!! Methinks I have some negotiating power.... :) Hoping to use this once a day to keep them motivated, but I'll certainly pull it out a second time if needed!

Go check out GoNoodle for yourself. What a great find!


  1. Your kids look like they're having a great time! And, I love your negotiating power! (You're so sneaky Erin!) I'll have to use GoNoodle this week-I think I'm the only one who hasn't tried it yet! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
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  2. I used GoNoodle quite a bit this year. We did a lot of AIRTIME. My students loved learning about different states... plus they were a high energy class so the deep breathing helped calm them!


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