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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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Addition Facts Game – Spill the Beans!

November 19, 2012
Addition Facts Game – Spill the Beans!

  Addition Game This activity received 2 thumbs up from my students!  I call it “Spill the Beans” because they spill the beans on the table or floor starting with 5 beans. The beans are dry Lima beans that I spray painted one side.  When they are spilled onto the table they land 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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Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

August 20, 2012
Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

                  Richard Scary I played this Richard Scary game with my nephew, sister-in-law and brother and was delighted by all the elements that they had incorporated into the game.  Pigs that eat the picnic (complete with my nephew, Julian making oinking noises) and magnifying glasses to...
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Flubber!

August 12, 2012
Flubber!

Flubber What fun!  To play with this soft, pliable material is great for all ages!  You can’t help but smile when you are holding Flubber and it is so easy to make. Place in one bowl and mix 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 cups elmer white glue food coloring In another bowl mix...
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream, for ICE CREAM!!

August 11, 2012
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream, for ICE CREAM!!

Making Ice Cream Eating ice cream is grand, but making it with your own hands if so much fun too!  You don’t need much to make ice cream at home. Materials: 1/2 cup of milk 2 T. sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla 6 Tablespoons of rock salt 3 -4 cups of ice 1 pint...
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Space Suit Design Shop

July 24, 2012
Space Suit Design Shop

                          Space Suit After showing pictures of astronaut space suits and talking about some of the special features, like: a tube in the helmet to drink water a build-in microphone to speak to your team water cooling system that runs close to...
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Playing Theater Games and Performing a Circus Act!

July 9, 2012
Playing Theater Games and Performing a Circus Act!

Ben letting his creative energies flow.                 Theater Games This year I put on a theater week for kids!  It was a blast! We played with many aspects of performing through: theater games to help them become more comfortable with themselves and each other attended a puppet...
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Sharing Around the Campfire!

May 10, 2012
Sharing Around the Campfire!

Famous People in 1800’s I have a multi-age classroom and my older students read about people that influenced events during the 1800’s.  The assignment was to read the brief summary and write out an outline of the important events. Then come up with 3 questions to be interviewed about that person.  After they had...
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