Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday 2017!

It's a new year and time for the first 2017 edition of Show & Tell Tuesday!



We will soon be getting a new member of our family!  These adorable little goldendoodles were born on New Year's Day, and Bonny will be deciding which one will be joining our family in about a month.  We can't wait!





About a year ago, I was contacted by a writer from Scholastic's Teacher magazine.  She had read a blog post I wrote where I mentioned an activity I do with the book Rose Blanche.  It's a great historical fiction story that lends itself well to making inferences.  You can find materials I created to go with this book here.  





She said she was writing an article and wanted to know if she could write about my activity in the article.  Of course, I said yes!  I was very excited about the idea but didn't know if the article would ever actually happen or if she would end up using any of our conversation.  The article came out a few weeks ago...


My part was small but fun for me just the same.  You can take a look at the article by clicking here.  


This is the time of year that I always feel the need to do some cleaning and reorganizing in my classroom.  I thought I'd share a tip that you might find useful for your classroom!  Whenever I make copies, I always make about five extra, because inevitably, at least a couple students will end up needing another one.  The problem comes with where to put all these extra copies.  I've tried putting them in a basket but then it takes forever to look through all the papers and find what you need.  So, this year I tried using a pocket chart.  I labeled each pocket with the different subjects plus things like Book Orders, Lunch Menus, and School Notes.  



After I pass out copies to my students, I put the extras into the pocket chart.  Students know if they need another one at some point, they just go and grab one for themselves.  To keep it from getting too full, I just weed it out about once a week.  When the new word work words get passed out, I grab the old ones and recycle them.  You can create your own extra copies organizer with these cute Class Subject Signs or use them for homework trays, centers, or whatever else you can think of.  Why not, they're free in my TPT Store!


Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday - December



I can't believe a year and a half has gone by so fast!  Bonny is done with her masters program at Fairleigh Dickinson, and we are moving her home to Michigan.  We took a couple extra days so we could make a last trip or two into New York City, a place I never imagined I would go!  I wouldn't have been able to do it either without Bonny as our guide.  


For some reason when I travel, my favorite things about my trip usually involve food.  We went to the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, New Jersey, and I had to try the blueberry Belgian waffles, because they were able to make them gluten free!  It literally was like eating an entire blueberry pie by myself!  I guess it's a good thing I can't have this at home.



Of course we had to go see the holiday lights in the city...




and the tree at Rockefeller Center.





It was a chilly night, but the views of the city were spectacular!




Yesterday we took our last trip into the city and had lunch at the Black Tap restaurant.  This was the little peanut butter shake that we shared!  




Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!




Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom - #12

It's my last day of 12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom, and I'm enjoying it on our first snow day of the season!


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The week before the winter break is a wonderful time to relax a little with your kids and read some holiday stories.  Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors, and her stories are meant to be read aloud and shared.  Two of her books that I enjoy using during the holidays are The Trees of the Dancing Goats and Uncle Vova's Tree.  (Clicking on each image below will take you to Amazon where each book is available.)



This is an inspiring story about true friendship.  As Trisha's family prepares to celebrate Hanukkah, they discover that many of their neighbors are sick with the fever.  They work through the night to prepare food, candles, and decorated trees so their neighbors can have a Christmas celebration. The story is a perfect lead in to important conversations about not only kindness and generosity but tolerance of religions different than your own.  Scholastic has a lesson plan to go along with the book which includes an adorable template that your students can use to create their own dancing goat decoration just like Grandpa's carved animals.  You can find the lesson and template by clicking here



Uncle Vova's Tree is a story about holiday traditions.  I would use this story to get students talking about their own favorite family traditions.  Students could also compare their family traditions to those of Patricia's family.  I put together a couple free worksheets to go along with this book that you can find in my TPT Store.


The story talks about how they decorated their tree with pysanky eggs.  You could have the students make their own egg ornaments by copying these Zendoodle eggs from Today's Mama onto cardstock.  

In the story, they also create paper stars to put on Uncle Vova's tree.  I found a cute star ornament craft from Picklebums!


I made it even easier by using the Ellison die cutter at school.  I didn't have any scrapbook paper to use, but I did have some old Christmas cards.  I love finding different ways to put those to use!



I hope you have found some ideas that you'd like to try in your classroom this holiday season!  To go back and see all of the other posts in this series, click on the button below.




Sunday, December 11, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom - #11

Day 11 is here, and it's really beginning to look like the holidays outside!  We are in the midst of our first winter storm of the season!



Emmitt and I are loving the snow, as he enjoys the cool run through the yard, and I have visions of a snow day dancing in my head.  Timm and Jake who are taking turns shoveling are less thrilled.



In honor of the snow, I'm sharing some great snowflake art projects you can do with your kids.  Yesterday, I shared a great snowflake I've made with my students before, which you can read about here.  Today, I'm sharing some other beautiful snowflake art projects that I have found.  Click on each picture to be directed to my Pinterest pin where you can then click through to the website for more information about the project.

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Martha Stewart shows you how to make another great three dimensional snowflake with white paper bags in this video.  



You can find bags like these from Gordon's, and they aren't too expensive.  You get so many, that I sometimes split the package with another teacher who also wants to do the project.



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Snowflakes made by folding and cutting paper look beautiful but aren't always that easy.  That's why I love this post from It's Always Autumn!  Autumn has templates you can print and trace as well as an easy to follow video showing you exactly how to fold and cut!


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This post from Play Ideas actually has 25 different snowflake crafts for kids but my favorite one is this snowflake made with pasta!


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This next one reminds me of a Valentine bubble art project I did with my kids a couple years ago.  I think I might have to try it again with snowflakes!


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I love this next idea too!  I'm thinking maybe I could combine it with Autumn's templates from #2 above!


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Last but not least, is another spin on the paper bag snowflake.  Aren't they beautiful?


All these ideas make me want to spend a whole day just making different kinds of snowflakes with my kids!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom - #10

The weekend is finally here, and it's time for Day


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I love doing a couple art projects with my kids before the holidays.  One of my favorite things to do is make snowflakes that we hang in our room and leave up until March.  



This video shows you step by step instructions for this easy project.



The only part that I think can be a little tricky is the cutting, so I created a template with lines showing the kids exactly where to cut.  If you click on the image below, you can use the template to help you make your own snowflakes!


I copy the template onto cardstock for even sturdier snowflakes.




One year we mixed in some other colors too!


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Friday, December 9, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom - #9

Thank goodness it's Friday and time for Day 9 of...



In yesterday's post I talked about how I like to do stations at my holiday parties, and one of my stations is always a game.  Last year I created my own version of the card game Spoons that I call Rudolph.  All you need is a deck of cards and some small red pom poms.  Here's how you play...

Rudolph

Sit in a circle.  Place pom poms in the middle of the circle where everyone can reach.  You need one less pom pom than you have players.  So, if you have five players to start, put four pom poms in the middle..  


Deal four cards to each player.  The object of the game is to get four of a kind such as four 9's, queens, etc.  

The dealer will draw a card from the top of the remaining deck and look at it.  If the dealer wants to keep that card, she puts in in her hand and discards one of her other four cards.  If she doesn't want the card, she just discards that one.  She discards the card by putting it face down in front of the player to her left.  

That player will now look at that card and decide if he or she wants to keep it.  He/she will either discard that one to his/her left in front of the next player or another card from his/her hand if it is a card he/she wants to keep.  

The dealer, meanwhile, continues to draw the top card from the deck and either keeps it or discards it to the left.  Eventually all of the players will be picking up and discarding cards to their left.    

The first person to get four of a kind takes a red pom pom from the middle and places it on his/her nose.  As soon as someone takes a pom pom, everyone may take one, even if you don't have four of a kind.  The last person, who does not get a pom pom, is out!  You soon realize that you have to pay attention to the cards but also keep on eye on the middle and everyone else so you don't miss it when someone else reaches for a pom pom.  Watching the kids play this game with my daughter literally made me laugh out loud!  They had so much fun!


The kids might have had as much fun as Bonny did!



The best part was watching them sitting their like Rudolph and quietly giggling to themselves waiting for the other kids to realize that they needed to grab a pom pom!


Round two continues with one fewer player, so one pom pom needs to be removed.  You keep playing until you have a final winner!  The kids didn't even mind too much when they were out, because it was so fun to watch the others play!

See you tomorrow for the 10th Day of Holiday Ideas!

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