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Creating Weird Robots

October 31, 2011
Creating Weird Robots

Creating Weird Robots As a beginning writing project for all of our students, we had them design, build then write a manual for that robot.  As unique as all of students are, so were the robots.  The manuals had to include: a labeled diagram, a section to tell what the robot can do and...
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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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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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Colonial America – Secret Codes

August 13, 2011
Colonial America – Secret Codes

Benedict Arnold has the inevitable honor of being remembered as a traitor of his country although he was a skilled general of Revolutionary troops. He felt he wasn’t getting the recognition that he was entitled to and began to give the British confidenial information through secret codes.  The secret codes looked like correspondence between...
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Colonial America – Letter Writing at the Post Office

August 11, 2011
Colonial America – Letter Writing at the Post Office

Letter Writing This is the letter I sent out to parents so they could support their child’s efforts and make this activity fun! Colonial America Post Office Proclamation On (insert date) the elementary students will officially open the Colonial Post Office. They will be learning about how the post office runs and how to...
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Storybird – Great Writing Tool!

April 21, 2011
Storybird – Great Writing Tool!

I was looking through some notes of websites that have been recommended to me and came across one I love!  I’ve used story starters of various forms but I think this will capture my students delight instantly. Do you have a child that doesn’t like to write? Loves to write but isn’t as comfortable...
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Colonial America – Journal Prompts

December 6, 2010
Colonial America – Journal Prompts

Journal Prompts Children long ago wrote in their journals about what they did that day, just like children do now. Giving children topics to write about sometimes helps them experience or see life through someone else’s eyes especially when life in colonial times was so different then life for a child now. The following...
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ABC Tracing Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Tracing Activities

Give your child an opportunity to trace letters in a variety of mediums. Not only will it help to imbed the motion in their brain, it will be fun! Here are some ideas that you can use: Similar to many of the activities you can find for practicing spelling words, your child can practicing...
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Using Play Dough to Practice Spelling Words

January 29, 2009
Using Play Dough to Practice Spelling Words

This is an easy way for your child to practice spelling words and it is also great for fine motor development. You’ll Need: a copy of the words to learn a sheet protector play dough (recipe follows) One way to practice is by placing one spelling word (written on 81/2 x 11 paper) inside...
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