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Mapping Skills Used for the Oregon Trail Simulation

January 19, 2016
Mapping Skills Used for the Oregon Trail Simulation

This is the map I drew up for the Oregon Trail Simulation that I took my students on.  It lead them through the trails of a state park that I adapted to fit our needs and added the appropriate land marks along the way. It was a great adventure. Tweet
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Ah Matey! Explorers of the New World!

December 20, 2015
Ah Matey! Explorers of the New World!

  Early Explorers While learning about the early explorers my students became world travelers!  We made a mast with an old drop cloth and 2 straight limbs cut for another project and attached the “mast” to our playground climber.  What fun!  My students took turns being the captain, first mate or navigator and everyone...
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Colonial America on Kahoot!

November 22, 2015
Colonial America on Kahoot!

My students are finishing up a unit on Colonial America and I make the following activity for them. They love doing Kahoot – it challenges them to remember facts quickly and they love working with a team mate to put the correct answer in quickly – usually within 20-30 seconds! They see almost instantly...
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Maker Faire Fun!

August 9, 2015
Maker Faire Fun!

What is Maker Faire? We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans,...
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Promethean, Smart Boards vs. (Dumb)White Boards!

February 20, 2015
Promethean, Smart Boards vs. (Dumb)White Boards!

Smart Boards I had an opportunity to meet with Carlos of Aim Up about Promethean Boards.  It was exciting to think about all of the possibilities I could add to make learning for my students more engaging with the use of the technology!  Assess to all of the lessons on Promethean Planet and Classflow...
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Inventors and their Inventions

October 17, 2014
Inventors and their Inventions

My students are exploring the inventions of the 1800’s.  There are a wealth of inventions from that time period.  They selected the invention that they wanted to learn more about and are researching the inventor.  In a week they will be participating as the inventor in our “Conversations with the Inventor” event as the...
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Creating Their Own Stuffed Animal Friend

September 13, 2013
Creating Their Own Stuffed Animal Friend

Stuffed Animal This summer I had the pleasure of spending time with Hannah and Isabela, sisters and great kids.  They designed these stuffed animals on paper, picked out fabric and helped pin and cut out the pattern.  I helped them pin together the two pieces and sew them together.   With their inspiration, we added...
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Learning About Different Cultures

July 1, 2013
Learning About Different Cultures

Learning about Cultures My students were learning about Early Explores and the countries and cultures they visited on their explorations. To add to the fun I created the treasure chest for our “trip” around the world using Scott Rags boxes by spray painted them and Benazir added the drawings for the countries that we...
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The Early Explorers Puppets

June 30, 2013
The Early Explorers Puppets

Early Explorers Puppets Aren’t the heads fabulous?  I was so pleased with how the puppet heads came out.  Each was unique as the explorer that they represent.  My students would compare pictures of the explorer that  they were researching and attempt to recreate him. We made them with the simple balloon and paper mache...
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The Fine Art of a Conversation!

April 15, 2013
The Fine Art of a Conversation!

I have been observing my students as they talk to one another and it reminds my of parallel play.  When 2 children are playing  beside each other but they are both doing their own activity, not really interacting.  My students were talking together but no one was responding.  Each would share what they wanted,...
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