Longitude and Latitude SCHOOL-WIDE Scavenger Hunt!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 No comments

Yall - my kids love MOVEMENT. They love to be out of their seats and together collaborating on a task. I (as the teacher) LOVE for them to be actively collaborating and applying a skill we have been working on so this longitude/latitude scavenger hunt is a WIN-WIN!

You are going to have to envision a couple of the pieces to this "hunt" because due to safety, I won't be sharing an actual example of our school map. But - If you are able to visualize what I am talking about, hopefully you will leave this blog post ready to give this longitude and latitude practice a try. 

Quick tip: This is a good CULMINATING activity or application assessment. I wouldn't suggest giving this a try until you know your kiddos have a pretty firm grasp on longitude and latitude. 

Okay now that we've covered the basics - lets hash out how to set up this activity and what is expected of your kiddos! First up, teacher set up.

Teacher Set-Up: Before we get started with the set-up, you'll need a map of your school. We have access to our school fire evacuation map/severe weather maps digitally. I simply download the new version each year that has updated teacher names. = )

1) Once you have downloaded your school map, make a copy of my Google document. This contains a page for you to insert your map onto, task cards you'll need to edit, and joke cards.

2) Open the document and click "change background" upload your school map as the background of the first slide. When you do that, your school map will move behind the longitude/latitude lines so that your kiddos can see the map and the lines. 

3) Pick locations in the school for students to "find" on their map. Write the longitude and latitude of those places on the task cards. You will need 8 different locations around the school. Print these task cards and place them around the classroom.

4) Print the "riddle" cards and tape one outside each room that students will have to identify. 

5) Make a copy of the recording page and the school map for each student.

Student Directions: Before giving students this task, make sure to clearly go over expecations.
1) Give each student (or group) a school map. Give each student a recording page. Tell them their goal is to find 8 words that are hidden at each absolute location. These 8 words will unscramble to answer the joke that is on their recording page.

2) Explain to students that they are finding ABSOLUTE locations in the school using fake longitude and latitudes. I tell them that they are to choose a task card and record the absolute location on their recording page. Then, they use the map to determine the location in the school. Once they find the location, they record it on their answer page.

3) Before ANYONE can leave the classroom, they must check their answer with me. I don't want any group leaving the classroom until I know they are going to the correct spot. Once I have checked it, they walk to that room in the school and look for the "clue word" that is taped outside the classroom door. They write it on their recording page and then head back to the room to complete the next 7 absolute locations. 

Teacher Tips: Before students get started, make sure to go over hallway expectations so that you aren't having to get onto students for running in the hallway, etc. = ) 

Walmart For the WIN... AGAIN!

Saturday, August 28, 2021 No comments

 This is a sponsored post from Walmart. All opinions are my own.
Thank you for shopping with the commissionable links below. 

Walmart for the WIN (again)!! Whether you are a teacher or a parent, Walmart has your back for all your back-to-school needs! My favorite thing about Walmart is that it is truly a ONE STOP shop. From school supplies to school appropriate clothing, they’ve got it all! I snagged notebooks, cardstock, and construction paper at such an affordable price and even picked up a few outfits that are perfect for life as a teacher. If you are looking for affordable clothes for your kiddos during this back to school season, make sure to check out Walmart’s cute clothes and affordable prices! You won’t be disappointed. Check out a few of my FAVORITE Walmart Back-to-School finds below!

ViewSonic Classroom Technology I CAN'T Live Without!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 No comments

 This is a sponsored post from ViewSonic. All opinions are my own. Thank you for shopping with the commissionable links below. 

One thing the past school year has taught me is the IMPORTANCE and BENEFIT of technology- Thanks, Covid!. Through technology I was able to collaborate with teachers, SEE my students and work with them, and create activities that students could do from home during the CRAZIEST of times.

 ViewSonic has so many products that can make virtual learning SO MUCH EASIER. Even though I’m hoping this school year will be more “normal” than last, I am SO pumped to add this ViewSonic ID1330 Pen Display to my technology toolbelt. I love how the pen allows me to write and interact with my computer screen and it acts as a second monitor. It even has a USB-C port that allows transmission of video, audio, and data. It’s also lightweight and perfect whether I am teaching from home or school. Basically, the possibilities are endless.  

An item that I used ALL the time last year in my classroom was the ViewSonic High-Definition Interactive Document Camera. It allowed me to show documents in HD quality on my smart board for my students to see. The image was clear and easy to see and the jointless gooseneck made it easy to make sure everything was shone. It was a game changer in my classroom. If you are interested in a making a purchase - use the code BACKTOSCHOOL for 15% off your purchase.

Walmart Back-to-School Must Haves!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 No comments


This is a sponsored post from Walmart. All opinions are my own.
Thank you for shopping with the commissionable links below. 

How is it ALREADY that time of year? It’s time to think about BACK 2 SCHOOL 2021. Although summer is a time of rest and relaxation, there’s just something FUN about the back to school season. Shiny new markers. Fresh crayons. Fun new notebooks. As a kid, I absolutely LOVED shopping for new school items with my mom. Now - Walmart makes it so easy to not only find fun and cool new items, but you are also guaranteed to get a good deal. 

As a teacher - I am going to showcase my TOP TEN items every student needs for back to school. Starting the school year with everything you need is bound to make for a smooth transition into a new school year.

Adventures of Ms. Smith’s TOP TEN Back-to-School Items…

(Drum Roll Please…….)
Sharpie 21 Permanent Markers - Label ALL the things! 
Elmer’s Scented Glue Sticks - SCENTED? Need I say more?
Ticonderoga Pencils - These pre-sharpened pencils will SAVE your life.

Beach (and Summer) Necessities YOU NEED

Monday, June 14, 2021 1 comment

 Alright GANG - in an attempt to not CLOG insta world with LINKS, I am going to be adding links to this post all week with all things BEACH. This is your source for anything you need a link to in my stories! =

All things CLOTHING:

The OH SO POPULAR Walmart Shorts 
Crochet Cover-Up from Abercrombie 


Tie Front One Pieces (both from Aerie)
Left Suit is from Coral Reef Swim  (Last season)
Albion Fit (Yellow swimsuit)
* I like full coverage swimsuits and I am willing to pay a tad more for them so I know they are good quality and will last me multiple years! All of my suits (minus the Aerie ones) are all multiple years old. You won't find my exact color anymore, but there are SO many cute options. 

All things BEACH bag:

Beach Bag From Target  
Tumbler (Sign up to be notified when it is restocked) 
Bluetooth Speaker from Amazon 
Sunglasses (2 pack)