Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
- For instance, instead of telling our room mom just a plain thank you, we tell her like Elvis. Yes, you heard me right....ELVIS, the King, the hip shaker, the legend. We all put our rock star hands up and we strum our imaginary guitar while we say, just like Elvis, "Thank you, thank you very much!" The kids think it's hilarious and most have NO idea who this Elvis guy is.
- We also say thank you by giving the "Seal of approval". When they hear me say "Let's give the seal of approval", my students flap their arms like a seal and say "arr, arr, arr".
- How do you think a pirate shows his/her appreciation? "Yaaaaaaaaar GRRRRReat!" (while making a hook with their finger)
- We also give a "round of applause" by clapping in a circle.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
- Local bookstore (Borders or Barnes and Noble)
- Local Thrift Stores (DI, Savers, Salvation Army)
- Gently used book from home
- And of COURSE our Scholastic Book Club. I just so happen to attach 3 catalogs with my book exchange note :)
If you have any ideas on how to actually exchange the books when we get them all...Please leave a comment! Happy Reading!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
|Yes! This is one of my students' work. She is a fabulous artist.|
|This student said. I have toys but the pilgrims did not.|
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|The balloons are made with Pixie Sticks|
I also send home a "Birthday Bag" to the birthday student. They get to take the bag home with them and read the book, Happy Birthday To You by Dr. Seuss. Then, there is a class book that they will add a page to. The student will write about something they wished for on their birthday and draw a picture to match. The next day, that student returns the bag and gets the chance to read their page they wrote to the class.
Monday, November 22, 2010
- Mystery Motivator: Cut out the letters of words that spell out a prize for good behavior. Flip them over and hang them up in your classroom. Every time your students get caught having good behavior, they get to flip a letter over. Once all the letters have been flipped, they earn the 'prize' that has been spelled out. Ideas for prizes include: extra recess, quiet free time, popsicle party, movie and popcorn, etc.
- Behavior Chart: Create a chart with 4 different colors. Blue = Way to Go! Green = Keep it Up! Yellow = Warning. Red = Stop and Think. Write each students' name on a clothes pin and put them all on green. Throughout the day, students move their name down for bad behavior, or get rewarded for good behavior by moving up to blue. This is a great idea for keeping track of who already has had warnings for the day. (Our school follows the Stop and Think program for behavior.) Students who move to blue get a 'Caught Ya' ticket, which they save up to buy prizes in Mrs. Lamb's school store.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
- Meet a real descendent of a Wampanoag
- Find out what the pilgrims really ate at the "First Thanksgiving"
- Examine primary source documents
- Learn what is a myth and what is a fact
- Read about the lives of Wampanoags and Colonists
Then, we practice by putting cereal boxes in ABC order! Click HERE for the download.
|There aren't in ABC order...I promise I do know the order of the alphabet! :)|
Friday, November 19, 2010
- You will need to gather some grocery ads from a couple different stores beforehand. (You'll need one per group from each different store.)
- Divide your students in groups and make sure they have a poster board, scissors, markers, and glue.
- You'll also want to have blank copies of the budget form.
- Groups will work together to create a menu for a Thanksgiving dinner on a $40 budget.
- They will need to go through the ads, compare prices of different food items to make sure they get the best deal.
- They will need to calculate the total cost of the meal using the budget form, making sure to add, subtract, multiply and divide as needed. They cannot spend more than $40.
- They will make a poster showing the final menu (using the pictures from the ads) with prices of each food item clearly marked. Make sure they write which store they purchase each item from.
- Tell students they need to be able to feed a family of 6 people.
- They can choose whatever they want to eat; but should include a meat, a vegetable, some side dishes, a dessert, and a beverage.
- Students do not need to buy condiments, dishes, silverware, etc.
- My team has been doing this activity for the past 4 years. Each year my students walk away with a whole new appreciation for what their families go through when planning a big meal such as Thanksgiving. They see how expensive food is and how hard it is to budget. A lot of times they even go home and tell their parents which store has the best deals on different food items. It is overall a wonderful learning experience!!
- Groups will most likely argue about what food items to choose. I tell them beforehand that part of their grade on this project is teamwork and they have to work together to make everyone happy. That way, when they start arguing over which dessert to choose and complain to me, I just tell them they need to work it out together as part of their grade.
- HAVE FUN! If you try this activity, make sure to leave a comment to tell us how it goes!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Want to use a Youtube Video clip in your classroom?
Here's how: Go to www.keepvid.com, copy the link to the Youtube video you’d like to show, then click download. From there choose the quality of the video. Then you’re good to go.
Leave a comment with a link to a great Youtube video you'd like to share with your class.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
After reading this cute story, we got HUNGRY! I told my students to think of what they would want if they could make their own Thanksgiving dinner. We made a class list of what we would have to buy at the grocery store (the kiddos came up with: cake, pepsi, Kit-Kats, strawberries). Then, they made their own list. Click here for a download of the shopping list.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Books I love about Growing patterns:
Books I love about repeating patterns:
Thursday, November 11, 2010
When you feel better, return it to your teacher;
or give it to someone else who needs to know they’re cared for.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
I got it from another fellow teacher/blogger at First Grader at Last!
Brownie Points......I LOVE it and it is a great twist on the good old marble jar! I always make sure to have a motivator for each part of the classroom: *individual, *table, *and whole class. This is for the WHOLE CLASS! Just buy a regular old cookie sheet and attach magnet tape to the back, and then stick it to your white board. Anytime the class as a whole are doing a great job by listening, following directions, being responsible, finishing their work, working quietly, etc.... you can give them a "brownie". When they fill up the whole tray they can pick from the mystery envelope (which I would have taped to the bottom of the tray for a great mystery). The students can earn extra recess, lunch with the teacher, popcorn party, or an afternoon movie. What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- Click create a project
- Click get started
- Create a name for your project
- Go shopping
- Follow the prompts to write your essay (a series of questions that help explain what you need and why you need it)
- Then all you have to do is wait until someone donates money to fund your project. (Sometimes it takes up to 6 months for a project to be funded. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't get funded right away.)