We have been visited almost every day lately by our three sandhill crane friends. It's really cool if you happen to catch them flying in. Their wing span is huge!
There's nothing like the first big snow fall of the season to get you in the holiday spirit!
The day before Thanksgiving we did some writing about all the things we are thankful for and used them to create this art project. My kids did a really nice job!
This project is a freebie you can grab in my TPT Store!
We also enjoyed a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast, one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions! Bonny was kind enough to come in this year and help me prepare the goodies!
We started reading Wonder about a week ago, and I just happened to get my copy of R.J. Palacio's new book Auggie & Me from our book order about the same time. In with the order was information about the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge. This sounded like a great thing to do to accompany our Wonder unit. The idea is to challenge your students to do kind things for others. Each time they do, you put a marble in a jar. When the jar is full, you take a picture of it, send it in, and become part of the Certified Kind Classroom Registry.
I knew the perfect place to introduce this project to my students...on Auggie's first day of school right after the chapter where Mr. Browne introduces his first precept to the class, "When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind". I just had to figure out how I was going to handle the logistics of the challenge and get everything ready by the next day when I would be reading that chapter to the class! A quick trip to the dollar store and I had everything I needed!
I decided to have my students record all their acts of kindness in small notebooks.
Whenever they wrote something in their notebook, they were to place them in the basket.
I chose a student to be my Kindness Ambassador (a job almost everyone wanted!). Throughout the day, she reads what students have written in their notebooks and stamps them with a blue stamp to make sure they don't get counted twice. She keeps a tally sheet of all the acts of kindness that have been done and gives me the total at the end of they day. Then I put the marbles in the jar...
On our first day we had 51 marbles, representing 51 acts of kindness! You can find all the information about the challenge here.
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