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Things I Learned at Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference!

March 25, 2013
Things I Learned at Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference!

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning- MACUL Friday I attended the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference and I was blown away by the amount of information available.  I already use computers and our i-pad in the classroom but it was wonderful to learn of other applications and uses to reinforce...
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Where in the World…?

February 28, 2013
Where in the World…?

Making Geography Fun Remember this game? Well, I do!  It is fun but for my students, although very bright, I think it would be hard at first since it covers the globe, so I had an idea! Why not make our own version? I’m going to wear a big safari-type hat and explain to...
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“One” by Kathryn Otoshi – One Great Book!

February 19, 2013
“One” by Kathryn Otoshi – One Great Book!

Great book! I happened on this little book and fell in love with  “One” by Kathryn Otoshi.  I shared it with my colleagues at school and my students  loved the story and were sitting at the edge of the seats. The illustrations are simply done with watercolors but it has a powerful message! Standing...
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Dress the Snowman!

February 9, 2013
Dress the Snowman!

  Dress the Snowman! A Snow Day inspired this! This is to reinforce addition with regrouping in a fun way! Tweet
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Powwow Power!

January 12, 2013
Powwow Power!

  Native American Powwow Learning about different cultures is important for children to experience in order to be tolerant of the differences.  I just coordinated a school wide pow-wow where everyone, from preschool to middle school students explore the world of Native Americans. It was a huge success!  The local newspaper, Observer and Eccentric,...
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Deep Fun!

January 6, 2013
Deep Fun!

Deep Fun Making learning fun should be the mantra for everyone involved in teaching.  Things that are fun are memorable and they are easier to remember.  My sister-in-law sent me this website on Bernie DeKoven and I love it! Bernie DeKoven has written numerous books of learning and play.  He links resources for games...
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Wonderful Winter Scenes

December 29, 2012
Wonderful Winter Scenes

Winter Art This is a simple art project that even my youngest students enjoyed doing and weren’t frustrated by the materials. Prior to starting I had framed the edge of the paper with the painter’s tape to give a finished pictures a framed look. We started with a brief discussion of the way trees...
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World Kindness Day! Celebrate!

November 12, 2012
World Kindness Day! Celebrate!

World Kindness Day Random acts of kindness has been around for years but I wasn’t aware of the World Kindness Day (November 13) and World Kindness Week (November 13 -20)! I showed my class the Free Hugs video to inspire them for a day of freely giving kindness in priceless ways.  We came up...
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Circus Tents!

October 11, 2012
Circus Tents!

                      Circus Fun My students really got into making their own circus tents and it allowed them to include all the elements that they had been learning about.  Some of my students added the “audience” in the background, which looked really cool. I couldn’t...
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Welcome to Ringling Brothers Circus!

September 30, 2012
Welcome to Ringling Brothers Circus!

Ringling Brothers Circus We are doing a unit on the circus in my class and it has really taken off.  There are so many different directions that you can cover but I chose to cover geometric shapes and team building activities.  My students have thoroughly enjoyed doing the activities and are now working on...
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