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4th Grade

Powwow Power!

January 12, 2013
Powwow Power!

  Native American Powwow Learning about different cultures is important for children to experience in order to be tolerant of the differences.  I just coordinated a school wide pow-wow where everyone, from preschool to middle school students explore the world of Native Americans. It was a huge success!  The local newspaper, Observer and Eccentric,...
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Deep Fun!

January 6, 2013
Deep Fun!

Deep Fun Making learning fun should be the mantra for everyone involved in teaching.  Things that are fun are memorable and they are easier to remember.  My sister-in-law sent me this website on Bernie DeKoven and I love it! Bernie DeKoven has written numerous books of learning and play.  He links resources for games...
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Wonderful Winter Scenes

December 29, 2012
Wonderful Winter Scenes

Winter Art This is a simple art project that even my youngest students enjoyed doing and weren’t frustrated by the materials. Prior to starting I had framed the edge of the paper with the painter’s tape to give a finished pictures a framed look. We started with a brief discussion of the way trees...
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Dinosaur Templates

December 29, 2012
Dinosaur Templates

Dinosaur Templates I have these templates on the website but they are not as easy to find as I’d like.  Since many of you have asked for them, I thought I would make a page just for the templates!  This should make them easier for everyone to locate!   Tweet
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Creating Powerful Powerpoint Slides

December 27, 2012
Creating Powerful Powerpoint Slides

PowerPoint Presentations What makes a PowerPoint or Keynote slide presentation amazing?  It seemed, to most of my students, that the transitions and putting as much information as possible.  In working with some middle school students I learned that they really didn’t understand the point of using a slide show for a presentation. Based on...
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World Kindness Day! Celebrate!

November 12, 2012
World Kindness Day! Celebrate!

World Kindness Day Random acts of kindness has been around for years but I wasn’t aware of the World Kindness Day (November 13) and World Kindness Week (November 13 -20)! I showed my class the Free Hugs video to inspire them for a day of freely giving kindness in priceless ways.  We came up...
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Circus Tents!

October 11, 2012
Circus Tents!

                      Circus Fun My students really got into making their own circus tents and it allowed them to include all the elements that they had been learning about.  Some of my students added the “audience” in the background, which looked really cool. I couldn’t...
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Welcome to Ringling Brothers Circus!

September 30, 2012
Welcome to Ringling Brothers Circus!

Ringling Brothers Circus We are doing a unit on the circus in my class and it has really taken off.  There are so many different directions that you can cover but I chose to cover geometric shapes and team building activities.  My students have thoroughly enjoyed doing the activities and are now working on...
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Researching the Circus

September 17, 2012
Researching the Circus

Researching the Circus My students are having a blast learning about circus acts, playing with shapes and reading excellent books!  Everyone selected a topic to learn more about performing for a circus in order to put together their own.  These are the work sheets I came up with to help them focus their research....
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The Chester the Clown Challenge

September 11, 2012
The Chester the Clown Challenge

Chester the Clown.     Chester the Clown I am starting a unit on the circus to incorporate geometry in a different way.  Before school started I sent out a puzzle for my students to assemble of this circus scene to give them a clue about what we would be studying. This week I’m...
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