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Using Comics as a Writing Tool

February 21, 2016
Using Comics as a Writing Tool

Writing Comics Do your students read comics? This would be a great transition for writing their comics.Have any students that don’t like to write but have very active imaginations?  Getting my students different ways to express themselves, allows them access to various forms of writing is important. Using comics could  just open them up...
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Plotagon – Great new tool for encouraging writers!

February 21, 2016
Plotagon – Great new tool for encouraging writers!

Plotagon https://plotagon.com/ Looking for a new way to reinforce the concept of settings? How about dialogue? Quotation marks? Here is a simple, fun tool to use that your students will love! Some of my students struggle with the concept of setting. With this tool, they pick a setting from a backdrop of many: hospital,...
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Famous People from the 1800s!

February 15, 2016
Famous People from the 1800s!

  These are short biographical summaries of people that made a difference in the events in the United States during the 1800s.   Since we watched a DVD on Lewis and Clark from National Geographic, that my students enjoyed, I wanted them to focus on other famous people from that time period.  Granted, I...
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Snowman Addition Practice

January 31, 2016
Snowman Addition Practice

I was playing with my tablet and needed addition 3 digit number practice so I came up with this. I think I was hoping for a Snow Day! Tweet
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Mapping Skills Used for the Oregon Trail Simulation

January 19, 2016
Mapping Skills Used for the Oregon Trail Simulation

This is the map I drew up for the Oregon Trail Simulation that I took my students on.  It lead them through the trails of a state park that I adapted to fit our needs and added the appropriate land marks along the way. It was a great adventure. Tweet
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Multiplication Facts Practice using a Dot to Dot Game

January 18, 2016
Multiplication Facts Practice using a Dot to Dot Game

Master Multiplication Facts I am always looking for new ways to have my students practice the math facts and came across doing them as a dot game. I used this cube template to create the dice for the games. My students would use different colored markers to claim their squares. They enjoyed playing it...
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Addition Game with a Dot-to-Dot game

December 26, 2015
Addition Game with a Dot-to-Dot game

Addition game – Dot to Dot I took the classic dot-to-dot game and added numbers. They are the sums when 2 dice are rolled. My students use different color markers to indicate their lines and to color in their squares that they are claiming.  I made special dice with a cube template I found...
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A Star is Born!

December 23, 2015
A Star is Born!

Making a Star This week is “Preparing to Blast-off” at Junior Science Camp and we are having fun exploring space. We are starting with the our wonderful sun and learning about the birth of a star. Some amazing sun facts: The sun is the center of our solar system. The earth travels around the...
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Comets – Those Dust Covered Snowballs

December 21, 2015
Comets – Those Dust Covered Snowballs

Comets   Comets are like dirt snow balls in the sky. Fun Facts: Ancient Greeks thought comets looked like hairy stars so that is why they named them comets meaning “hair”! Halley’s Comet orbits near the earth every 76 years! A comet’s tail is caused by the sun melting it and bits of dust...
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A tail is usually behind you, except on a comet

December 21, 2015
A tail is usually behind you, except on a comet

Comets This is a simple activity to demonstrate the direction of a comet’s tail.  Tails on dogs and cats and horse’s are on behind the animal but not so with a comet.  A comet doesn’t have a tail until it reaches the inner planets and is getting close to the sun.  The heat from...
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