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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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Secret Agent Spelling!

January 2, 2012
Secret Agent Spelling!

  Secret Agent Kids like to pretend to be powerful and all knowing.  This spelling practice can be done by the youngest students and still enjoyed by the oldest too!  They come up with their own codes. Save Tweet
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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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Reporting on “Chasing Vermeer”

November 2, 2011
Reporting on “Chasing Vermeer”

While reading “Chasing Vermeer” I found some Vermeer websites to show my students so of his art work.  Then they did this activity of being a reporter for the Hype Park Times.  They could select through paintings by artists, what kind of article (mystery, art fans from outer space, time travel, inventions and honors...
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Colonial America – Tri-Corn Hats

September 11, 2011
Colonial America – Tri-Corn Hats

  Tri-Corn Hats Helping my students get in character of a colonial child, we made tri-corn hats for the boys and bonnets for the girls.  It was very simple.   Using felt for the durability and ease of working with it. We made a pattern by measuring around the head of one of the oldest...
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Learning Made Fun Using the Latest Apps!

August 18, 2011
Learning Made Fun Using the Latest Apps!

Latest Apps Wow – there is so much out there to pick from for children of all ages.  I have to say the Duck Duck Moose people have their act together.  I like the Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Word Wagon, Park Math, Musical Me...they have so many choices for  young kids!...
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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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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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ABC Tracing Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Tracing Activities

Give your child an opportunity to trace letters in a variety of mediums. Not only will it help to imbed the motion in their brain, it will be fun! Here are some ideas that you can use: Similar to many of the activities you can find for practicing spelling words, your child can practicing...
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Paper Mâché Dinosaur Eggs

June 26, 2009

  Last summer Sam had fun discovering the dinosaur eggs we had hidden in the tall grass and then figuring out how to open them during our dinosaur dig. Many of you asked how to make the eggs, so we came up with instructions to help you make the dinosaur eggs at home with...
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