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Reporting on “Chasing Vermeer”

November 2, 2011

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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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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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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Robots Rule!

September 27, 2011
Robots Rule!

    Robots Learning math facts, especially addition, are the foundation of years of learning.  So when my students struggle with or don’t see the point of making the effort to learn them, I had to come up with something.  So when we decided to start the year with robots I came up with...
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Celebrating Kids’ Favorite Holiday – Their Birthday!

September 13, 2011

Whenever you ask children about their favorite holidays, they always include their birthdays as a holiday!  I have to agree!  Celebrating a birthday is a time to reflect on what they have accomplished, new things they have learned and how they have grown.  This year in class we plan on celebrating their day with...
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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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Colonial America – Mulled Cider

August 29, 2011
Colonial America – Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider Mulled Cider is great especially on a cold fall day. Ingredients: 1/2 gallon of apple cider cloves a cinnamon stick a few allspice berries Steps: Pour the cider into a sauce pan. Add all of the other ingredients into pan. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Pour into mugs and serve. Tweet
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Colonial America – Post Office Jobs

August 23, 2011
Colonial America – Post Office Jobs

Post Office My students always enjoyed learning about the post office and how to write letter as they perform jobs for our classroom post office.  The only difference for the colonial post office is I was able to incorporate a little history too! Ben Franklin is credited with starting the first post office in...
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