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

Happy weekend! Welcome to another Saturday Sum Up. 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.
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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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Sum Up

Welcome to another Saturday Sum Up! I hope you'll consider joining 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.

Our school had a crazy sock day celebration on Wednesday. My socks are NOT as cool as my student's socks. Why didn't I think of adding ribbons and googly eyes? Maybe next year. One of my students even had a sock in her hair. 



I've been using Mystery Science as the core of my weather unit this year. Our school purchased a license, and I'm so grateful.  (They do offer a free school-year trial for teachers if you want to check it out.) After learning about hurricanes and tornadoes, students created a model house out of paper. Then they created a windstorm with paper fans. Needless to say, roofs went flying and houses blew away! 

Next students were given 6 toothpicks, 4 paperclips, 2 dot stickers, and a piece of paper to share with a partner. They needed to use those materials to make their homes more windproof. Some kids anchored their houses, some created barricades, some added weight to their houses, and a couple of students created support beams out of rolled paper. We'll wrap up our weather unit this week so we can move on to Northeast Woodland Native Americans.
Gabrielle and I went to a Book Character Tea Party at our town library last Saturday. She dressed up like a character from a Vet Volunteers book. (It's one of her favortie series.)  

Later that afternoon, the kids and I went to visit an elderly couple from our church. Gabrielle had expressed an interest in making the coffee cake Pete is known for, so he kindly prepped ingredients before we arrived and let Gabrielle help him whip one up. It baked while we visited, and then we all had a taste. 







We carved some pumpkins this week. The only one that came out right was my husband's! His was the cat. Seth ran out of room, so his pumpkin just says, "Seth was...."  Gabrielle poked holes in her letters, hoping that the light would shine through. Um...Not so much. And my pumpkin had a heart carved into it that a rabbit or a squirrel could crawl right into! We tried to artfully arrange the tea lights inside to make my enormous carving look more intentional. It didn't really work.

Our family has never celebrated Halloween. I don't love scary decorations and costumes, fear, or the origins of jack o'lanterns. However, fall fun is not something I'm opposed to. As we carved out our pumpkins we talked about the fact that God chooses us to be His, cleans us up (inside and out), purifies us, and changes us from the inside out so we can shine His love into others' lives. 

For scriptures and a more thorough "how to", go to https://childrensministry.com/jesus-o-lantern/.



If you have younger children, you might also like this book by Liz Curtis Higgs.

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