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Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

June 26, 2012
Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

Butterfly Garden We’ve been working on our butterfly garden with the help of Nina Jaffray (she has done more than just help – she gets the right plants, she is an inspiration and encouragement for me and all of the kids to take on this project and she teaches all of us by sharing...
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We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

June 25, 2012
We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

Scarecrows! During our new Summer Daze program the kids made scarecrows for their garden.  The kids had fun with it and they got to cut the long grass too! Here’s what we did: We took a recycled piece of wood trim (a dowel rod would work as well). Cut some long pieces of grass...
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I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

May 30, 2012
I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

To get ready to serve my students a traditional wagon train meal of beans, corn bread and coffee, I set out to figure out how to make a tripod like the pioneers might have had.  A little research and a long stick found in the nearby woods and I was ready. First I removed...
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Making Their Own Corn Meal

May 27, 2012
Making Their Own Corn Meal

  Using simple tools to make corn meal The pioneers needed to provide for 6 months of food on the trail and, since there were no Walmart’s to go to if they ran out of supplies, enough to live on until they could grow their own.  Tools were simple. So we had our students...
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Covered Wagons Ready!

May 26, 2012
Covered Wagons Ready!

Preparing Covered Wagons Preparing for our travel on the Oregon Trail has been fun.  The students have all been grouped into “families” with new names and occupations.  They have been very excited by their names and “How do you speak Swedish?”.  On this day the families are working on building their covered wagons. A...
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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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Gingerbread House Recycled

January 5, 2012
Gingerbread House Recycled

Gingerbread House I assembled the gingerbread house that I got from IKEA (that is a story in itself – lessons learned) and used it for the table centerpiece for the holidays but once they were over, what to do with it?  There was way too much sugar for me to suggest eating it, besides,...
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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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