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Archive for June, 2011

Summer Safety!

June 29, 2011
Summer Safety!

  Summer Safety Summer is time for family fun but take care.  Reading “Healthy Generations Magazine” from Garden City Hospital.  I was reminded of a few things to keep in mind when you’re out and about this summer. Automobile crashes are the number one cause of fatalities and with more people on the roads...
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Discovering 3-D Shapes

June 27, 2011
Discovering 3-D Shapes

Creating 3-D Shapes My students explored spaces in 2-d before we moved to 3-D ones.  Then they were off and running!  They made tetrahedrons, pyramids the square bases and triangular bases and pentagons.  Labeling each shape they were eager to make more complicated shapes.  Gum drops and marshmallows take a little more patience to...
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Bouquets of Flower Poems

June 25, 2011
Bouquets of Flower Poems

Flower Poems April is poetry month so everyone selected poems to read to the class.  There were some classics and then there were some that will became new classics!  We had lots of gross ones that made the students laugh.  It was a great way to introduce a variety of poetry to the class....
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Sharing Their Studies with a Parade of States

June 24, 2011
Sharing Their Studies with a Parade of States

Learning About the United States We found a fun way to share all of the research the students had  done learning about the United States.  Instead of doing reports or a worksheet on each state, each student researched two states and then placed all of their information on a poster board they painted to...
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Have Suitcase, Will Travel

June 23, 2011
Have Suitcase, Will Travel

Travel Around the Country If you want your students or your child to become excited about learning, put a twist on it.  Learning about the history of individual states can be a bit dry but putting all their research in a suitcase was simple yet they had fun with it! Making them was easy,...
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Study of the United States

June 21, 2011
Study of the United States

Studying the United States of America To end the year we decided to “travel” around the country.  My students each selected 2 states to research by drawing the name of the state out of a hat.  We have found randomly drawing the names from the magic Popsicle sticks heads off lots of complaints. We...
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Rewarding Our Strengths and Celebrating Our Year Together

June 13, 2011
Rewarding Our Strengths and Celebrating Our Year Together

School’s almost over for the year.  Incredible how fast the school year goes after the January 1, like time gets roller skates.  This year as an end of the year activity I asked my students to help make a list of categories that we could use for our own awards ceremony.  Everyone is good...
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Butterflies!

June 6, 2011
Butterflies!

Nina, a parent of one of my students, brought in 4 chrysalis’ for the class to watch and see emerge before we went to the butterfly festival at the University of Michigan Natural History Museum.  Unfortunately only 1 of them emerged and it was on the weekend!  But our trip to the Natural History...
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