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Performing a Play of “Because of Winn-Dixie”

February 14, 2012
Performing a Play of “Because of Winn-Dixie”

      Performing a play of Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo After reading, “Because of Winn-Dixie” my reading group performed a short play for the rest of the class.  My students were thrilled to do it and I thought others might enjoy it too! From the picture, you can tell my students...
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Powerful Segregation Simulation

January 12, 2012
Powerful Segregation Simulation

I’ve done this activity to help my students get a better understanding to intolerance. It is a powerful activity that effects everyone involved. It is based on a similar activity done in 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. This is a video taken 2 years later of the teacher, called...
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Introducing Fractions

January 6, 2012
Introducing Fractions

Fun ways to introduce Fractions Looking for a way to introduce fractions to your students?  Start very concrete to make them as real as possible. One way is to cut up a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar to get the idea that fractions have to be equal pieces.  If you cut it into to unequal pieces...
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Literature Circles

January 1, 2012
Literature Circles

  Literature Circles Literature Circles are great and there are a lot of ways to do them.  I was assigning my students different “jobs” but I felt like some of the students were missing out of the vocabulary building and summarizing work that they needed more practice at, so I came up with this...
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Creating Weird Robots

October 31, 2011
Creating Weird Robots

Creating Weird Robots As a beginning writing project for all of our students, we had them design, build then write a manual for that robot.  As unique as all of students are, so were the robots.  The manuals had to include: a labeled diagram, a section to tell what the robot can do and...
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The Magic Pumpkin Arrives!

October 30, 2011
The Magic Pumpkin Arrives!

            The Magic Pumpkin Every year the Magic Pumpkin comes to my classroom and each year my students start eagerly waiting for their arrival.  This year they were getting a little anxious when they hadn’t arrived on Monday but then we received this Western Union telegram that put all...
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Apples in Story Problems

October 4, 2011
Apples in Story Problems

  Baskets of Apples to Make Story Problems I have small apples that I have numbered to use for a variety of activities.  The following are activity cards that can be used at a learning center or incorporated into a worksheet.  The cards go from younger students to older students doing division and fractions....
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Becoming Leaf Detectives – Examine the Leaves Carefully!

October 3, 2011
Becoming Leaf Detectives – Examine the Leaves Carefully!

Leaves in Fall You’ll want to gather a variety of leaves for your children/students to examine.  Also have a magnifying glass available for those future detectives!  Look carefully at a each leaf and see how the veins run. What kind is it? Describe how it looks. Draw a picture of it. Look at another...
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Doing a Taste Test with Apples!

October 1, 2011
Doing a Taste Test with Apples!

Yummy Apples for a Taste Test Have a variety of apples available; Granny Smith, Gala, McIntosh and any others you may have in your area.  Prepare by cutting up  the apples into slices and make a graph for everyone to make select their favorites then let the fun begin.  I always ask my students...
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Make an Apple Book Mark

September 30, 2011
Make an Apple Book Mark

Using Cut Apples to Make Book Marks Cut apples into a variety of  cuts; cut in half horizontally, cut vertically and quarter slice. Prepare a flat surface with paint on a folded piece of paper towel (it makes it like an ink pad).  Using green, red, yellow and orange play up the fall colors...
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