Carley Givens’ Blog

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Greetings!! Today I taught the students the 3 different types of variables: Controlled, Independent, and Dependent. First, we took notes writing the definition of each variable. I found a really great FREE Teachers pay Teachers(TPT) PowerPoint that explained what Independent and Dependent Variables are, so I used that to guide my instruction. (Due to copyright laws, I can’t post this PowerPoint, but there are many on TPT that you can use!) Then, we read an example from the South Carolina State Standards(example is included in PowerPoint below) and completed/discussed this example together. While doing research over the summer, I found a great variable resource, called The Simpson’s Variables. (Google Simpson’s Variables). After we did the S.C. State Standard example, I had students read the Simpson’s example on their own, and complete the Variable’s Chart, that went into their notebook. I also found a great game at We didn’t get to play the game in class because we ran out of time, but it’s a great resource!

I create both of the resources below. The Variable Chart is a picture of the notes/examples that students completed during class. The Scientific Variables chart is a simple PowerPoint defining the 3 variables and includes the example from the S.C. State Standards(last slide).

Variable Chart Example

Scientific Variables

Thanks for reading!! :)

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Hey!! Thanks for checking out my blog!! This is a new experience for me, as I have never blogged about teaching and the resources I’ve used/found (other than my classroom blog for parents/students). This page is really just to communicate my personal and professional growth in teaching Science, but you may also find resources for Social Studies and Writing. Last year was my first year teaching Science to 5th graders. This year I am responsible for teaching it to the entire 5th grade, since we are departmentalized. I’m nervous, but excited!

Some facts about me:
1. 2014-2015 will be my 10th year teaching.
2. I LOVE technology and finding ways to incorporate it into my lessons.
3. I am originally from Syracuse, NY, but have lived in Greenville, S.C. for the last 10 years.
4. I work at a 1:1 iPad school.
5. My Twitter handle is: CGivens81, if you would like to follow me.
6. Below is a picture of my family who I LOVE spending time with, especially at the pool!!

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