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Colonial America – Lanterns

August 10, 2011
Colonial America – Lanterns

  Lanterns Long before flashlights there were lanterns.  Lanterns protected the candle from blowing out with a light wind and made moving around in the dark more convenient.  They would use tin and cut designs on the sides of the lantern. We used pie plates for our students to pound simple designs into using...
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Fact Family Fun!

July 15, 2011
Fact Family Fun!

Fact Families Fact families are really not families of people full of facts but they are groups of numbers that when in addition or subtraction (also multiplication and division) equations work!   The great thing is when kids learn one fact they really know 4! For instance: 3 + 5 = 8 can also be...
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Oobleck Anyone?

July 9, 2011
Oobleck Anyone?

Looking for something fast and very fun?  I’ve never had a group of children (or adults) that don’t enjoy playing, touching and experimenting with this mixture.  It has many names; Oobleck, Slime, Glurch or Goop and is like Silly Putty. The name Oobleck comes from Dr. Seuss story “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. Reading the...
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Totem Pole Animals

July 7, 2011
Totem Pole Animals

Totem Poles Whether it is done simply for the fun of it or to learn more about history of other cultures making a totem pole is easy and fun to do.  Your child can pick animals they feel give them strength, courage, wisdom or just their favorites to make for their totem pole. Or...
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Creating Imaginative Cities

July 1, 2011
Creating Imaginative Cities

Creating Cities One of our final projects for the year was Geo-Cities.  Our students made cities to show their understanding of geometric terms but in a way that even if they didn’t understand the terms beforehand,  they did afterward. Parallel, perpendicular and intersecting always confuse kids so this was a great opportunity to create...
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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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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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Rain Forest Coloring Sheet

February 22, 2011
Rain Forest Coloring Sheet

Rain Forest One of my students is studying the rain forest, so I made this coloring page for her.  She figured out the math problems in order to color the picture correctly.  This is addition facts under 30 but you can adapt this to fit your child’s needs. The key to coloring it in...
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Celebrate Mardi Gras

January 3, 2011
Celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday prior to the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras translated means Fat Tuesday. Many people also enjoy the Polish sweet pastry, paczki on Fat Tuesday (in English, the common pronunciation is ponch-kee). Get in the celebration by making masks and downing festive attire. Make a Mardi Gras...
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Recycle Creations

January 1, 2011
Recycle Creations

I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire. On a day that it’s too cold to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours! Materials: Gather interesting and clean containers from everyday items like:...
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