Saturday, November 24, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

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As I shared last week, we've had our first snow here in Connecticut. At our school, the kids play on the blacktop when the usual playground is covered in snow. Kids who bring ALL of their snow gear are allowed to play in the field. Usually the first time, only a few kids have snow pants, etc. By the second storm, many more kids come prepared.
My birthday was on Wednesday. On Sunday, my pastor announced my birthday and presented me with this lei to wear! It's a tradition. 
One of my students gave me this as a gift. Her mom made it. This particular student is very kind and always patient with her classmates. She sets a wonderful example for everyone, including ME. It's a blessing just to have her in the room. 

When I got home Wednesday, there were gifts on the table for me. And my cake was yummy. I love fruity, whipped topping kind of cakes. (I also wouldn't turn my nose up at a chocolate cake.)
One of my friends got THIS little cutie and brought her to youth group last night. This is Abby, and she spent quite a lot of time just sleeping in my arms. A few minutes before this photo was taken, she was hyper as could be. Then she just zonked out. 
Another of my friends surprised me with these socks. Socks isn't the right word for them though. These are no ordinary socks! They are lined with some seriously soft fluffy stuff that is WARM and cushy. 
This week I decided to start creating digital scrapbooking pages again. A few years ago, I was very involved in the hobby. The scrapbooking site I really liked went out of business and I lost interest. Creating some layouts this week was fun. I did this one using products from Designer Digitals

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday Sum Up & Wigwam STEM Freebie

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This week the students have been working on one of my favorite projects: wigwam construction! We've been learning about Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. After learning about wigwams and how they were constructed, the students were issued a challenge. More about how I conduct this activity here. To grab a freebie that I created, click here or on the image below. 
I found a great time-lapse video that shows the construction of a wigwam from start to finish! My kids were fascinated. 



We had our first snow of the season and our first 2-hour delay. Thursday night it snowed quite a lot. It changed over to rain, which just made the snow that remained wet, slushy, and heavy.  

My son cleaned off my car and shoveled around it for me! It was so nice not to have to do that. I was so thrilled about not having to wear boots that I took a picture of my new L.L. Bean mocs on the cleared driveway. I know. I'm kind of ridiculous, but I was so happy!

Foolishly, I thought my car could push through the snow at the end of our driveway. Nope. Didn't really work out that way! Grumpily, I trudged back to the garage to get the shovel in my NEW shoes. Rats! As I shoveled, my neighbor noticed me and putted over in his tractor to plow! That was a nice surprise. 



As he does every year, Herbie has responded to the cold weather by spending lots more time in our laps. Gabrielle was thrilled to hang out with her cat, a blanket, a book, and a cup of tea. 

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

Happy Saturday! Saturdays are my favorite. Sleeping in... Unhurried coffee drinking... That's why I was inspired to start the Saturday Sum Up Linky. Please join us by by writing a post about a few highlights of your week. Then, go to the bottom of this post to link up! If you'd like, you can right click on the image above to save it and use it in your post. After you've linked up, please leave a comment for the person above you.
My mother-in-law is planning to have a Christmas party/cookie swap in December. Because my husband likes to do things well, he's been experiementing with different cookie recipes. Gabrielle usually assists him. I've just been helping to taste test! These were similar to gingerbread cookies. We iced them. They tasted more delicious after icing but looked cuter before they were iced. 

We've been continuing our point of view unit in reading. (And I've also been spending LOTS and LOTS of time giving 1:1 assessments.) We read the Three Little Pigs. Then, the students read a version I wrote from the 1st little pig's point of view. Finally, they had to choose to write a story from either the 2nd or 3rd little pig's point of view. Their stories were a HOOT. To grab a free copy of my story, click here or on the image below. 

We had a Veterans Day assembly on Friday. Prior to that my students had some free time, and some of them constructed flags out of Legos. 

For the assembly, children could invite veterans they knew to be honored. Each grade level did something special, and our music teacher practiced a song with the 2nd and 3rd grade classes so they could sing it at the assembly. They did it beautifully.



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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

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Last Saturday evening Gabrielle, Seth, and I went to my friend's house for a pizza and movie night. It's a yearly tradition to get together each fall. Over the years we've progressed from Veggie Tales videos to movies with more substance. Having older kids has its advantages! I enjoy a good animated movie, but War Room was better.  

The foliage is getting really colorful and leaves are starting to flutter off the trees. Sparrow has been spending quite a bit of time sittting and staring at leaves. She chatters her teeth and meows in a sort of frustrated way. It really bugs her that she can't pounce on them. 
 
 
 
On Wednesday we had Book Character Dress Up Day and a fall party. I dressed as Puppy from the Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel. My para dressed as Bad Kitty.

I almost didn't include the photo of myself. I'm TERRIBLE at taking selfies!  

It was fun to watch the kids work in their costumes. Did you spot Stuart Little's tail in the 2nd to last photo? She also had ears and a nose that made squeaking sounds when you pressed it. 

You can get the Distributive Property fall-themed cards that Stuart Little is using by clicking here
We've started our point of view unit in reading. We usually start off with some fairy tales and fractured fairy tales. The kids enjoyed Honestly, Little Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! (To learn more about how I teach point of view and to grab a FREEBIE, click here.)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FREE Fall Distributive Propererty Activities

Happy end-of-October everyone! The foliage here in Connecticut has suddenly gotten very colorful and there are dry leaves to scuff through on the ground. I've been inspired to add some fall fun to my math lessons and thought I'd share a FREEBIE. 
Click here or on the image below to download the materials.
The Distributive Property of Multiplication is always a concept that students need lots of practice with. 

What is the Distributive Property of Multiplication?
I explain it to kids simply: You can split apart a tricky fact into smaller facts. For example:







Of course, starting with hands-on materials is always best. 
Moving on to a picture model works well after that. You can grab the free sheets shown below by clicking here or on the photo. 

I hope these freebies work well for you and your students!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by. 

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Bison Adventure Saturday Sum Up

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Seth, Gabrielle, and I went on a wagon ride to see some bison at a local farm last week. The bison usually just graze (though they get corn silage in the winter). But, when they hear the wagons coming, they run over to the fence because they know it means GRAIN! It's a rare treat for them. We've been to see the bison in the summer. (Read about that here.) They were much more engergetic in the cool weather. There was much frolicking!

We got to pick pumpkins after seeing the bison. Seth opted NOT to pick and decorate a pumpkin. I, however, have NO problem enjoying childish pursuits. The pumpkin with the face is mine. Gabrielle deemed hers a fail, but it's colorful!

The farm also has emus, a pony, a calf, and some turkeys. In the photo at the bottom, Gabrielle is giggling because a few moments before an emu had poked her right in the backside.
We had an assembly at school yesterday. Karin Nagi came and demonstrated several traditional Arabic instruments for the kids. He was very engaging, and the kids learned a lot. 
I barely took any photos at work this week! Too busy. This photo is super blurry, but I included it because it's so cute. I finally decided to try Epic in the classroom. (Teacher accounts are free.) These 2 had a sideways page in their book and had their heads turned to read it. A few seconds later, they turned their Chromebooks instead, but I was lucky enough to get this picture in time.  

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