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Researching the Circus

September 17, 2012
Researching the Circus

Researching the Circus My students are having a blast learning about circus acts, playing with shapes and reading excellent books!  Everyone selected a topic to learn more about performing for a circus in order to put together their own.  These are the work sheets I came up with to help them focus their research....
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The Chester the Clown Challenge

September 11, 2012
The Chester the Clown Challenge

Chester the Clown.     Chester the Clown I am starting a unit on the circus to incorporate geometry in a different way.  Before school started I sent out a puzzle for my students to assemble of this circus scene to give them a clue about what we would be studying. This week I’m...
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Ya-hoo for the 4th of July!

July 3, 2012
Ya-hoo for the 4th of July!

4th of July Looking for a “cool” activity for your kids?  Coloring is always fun, great fine motor building and kids can stay cool.  With te weather in the 90’s this week, that’s a good thing. I also came across these fun activities for kids on Family Fun – great ways to celebrate the...
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Life as a Child in a One-room Schoolhouse!

June 6, 2012
Life as a Child in a One-room Schoolhouse!

Spending the day in a one-room schoolhouse to experience life as a pioneer child Life as a pioneer child was a little different then kids today!  My students liked the novelty of it but didn’t like: not being able to have a snack when they wanted it having to go outside to use the...
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I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

May 30, 2012
I Made a Wood Tripod for Cooking Over a Fire!

To get ready to serve my students a traditional wagon train meal of beans, corn bread and coffee, I set out to figure out how to make a tripod like the pioneers might have had.  A little research and a long stick found in the nearby woods and I was ready. First I removed...
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Making Their Own Corn Meal

May 27, 2012
Making Their Own Corn Meal

  Using simple tools to make corn meal The pioneers needed to provide for 6 months of food on the trail and, since there were no Walmart’s to go to if they ran out of supplies, enough to live on until they could grow their own.  Tools were simple. So we had our students...
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Covered Wagons Ready!

May 26, 2012
Covered Wagons Ready!

Preparing Covered Wagons Preparing for our travel on the Oregon Trail has been fun.  The students have all been grouped into “families” with new names and occupations.  They have been very excited by their names and “How do you speak Swedish?”.  On this day the families are working on building their covered wagons. A...
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Sharing Around the Campfire!

May 10, 2012
Sharing Around the Campfire!

Famous People in 1800’s I have a multi-age classroom and my older students read about people that influenced events during the 1800’s.  The assignment was to read the brief summary and write out an outline of the important events. Then come up with 3 questions to be interviewed about that person.  After they had...
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Selecting the right supplies for our trip on the Oregon Trail

May 9, 2012
Selecting the right supplies for our trip on the Oregon Trail

  This is the display we set up to help our scholars plan for their trip on the Oregon Trail.  A very creative volunteer made our “hide” supply list.  She even wrote some of the letters backwards to give it an old time feel!  Very funny! Our scholars were grouped into families.  They were...
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Country Line Dancing Through the 80s!

April 20, 2012
Country Line Dancing Through the 80s!

The 80s! What a blast! So what to do?   The logical choice was “Footloose”. The kids loved it!  It didn’t hurt that they just remade the movie so they had heard the music recently.  They think of the music as their own.  You can watch this video for some of the chooses of silly...
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