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“Chasing Vermeer” Pentomino Challenge

November 1, 2011
“Chasing Vermeer” Pentomino Challenge

  “Chasing Vermeer is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.” Pentomino Challenge This activity mirrors what is happening in the story. Calder in the story uses pentominoes to figure out problems. What are pentominoes you ask? They are 12 different shapes using 5...
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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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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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March is Reading Month!!

March 8, 2011
March is Reading Month!!

March is Reading Month Enjoy a small selection of Dr Seuss Quotes to inspire your day. Classic Dr. Seuss – The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat Last week Venee and I kicked off our reading challenge to our classroom of scholars.  If they read 15,000 minutes by 3/28 the director of the...
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Museum and Myths – what a combination!

January 25, 2011
Museum and Myths – what a combination!

Project Based Learning My students are deep in their individual study of a chosen topic and I’m having fun learning new things like: Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has a broken shackle on her left ankle?  It represents the breaking from the bondage of slavery. That baby giraffes are 6′ tall!...
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Watch the Iditarod

January 5, 2011
Watch the Iditarod

Watch the Iditarod together. Every year the Iditarod takes place in Alaska where dog sleds and men race 1,150 miles against each other and the elements. It’s a brutal race that takes place over the course of several days – covering territory that is wild and extremely cold! Your son might want to follow...
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Harry Potter – Trading Cards

November 26, 2010
Harry Potter – Trading Cards

Harry Potter Trading Cards My reading group is enjoying reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and to capitalize on their interest we are making trading cards for the characters.  The group discussed what is usually on a trading card and how they should do them.  It was interesting to watch them decide to...
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 2

October 10, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 2

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 2 – The Vanishing Glass What a lively discussion this chapter created! I’m always thrilled with the word J.K. Rowling chose to use to tell the story and are delighted when my students discover the nuances of the words. Some of the discussions were: How the Dursley’s...
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 1

October 5, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 1

I have always enjoyed Harry Potter and I decided to use the it in my reading group to use it to discuss but also to weave myths into their backgrounds.  Initially I was a little apprehensive because of all the fall out on the series but I felt strongly that my group would enjoy...
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