Friday, November 25, 2011

Tis the Season

I've found it very hard in the past to give my students something they will really enjoy without breaking my checkbook. 

My students are not to use mechanical pencils until second of course they're going to get one from me plus a homework pass--good only for the month of January. I make the passes using PrintShop and use the business card format.

What are some other ideas for students during this time?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Word Work

Beginning next week there will be a rotation to either work on spelling words or vocabulary words.  We've been keeping spelling words in a composition notebook...but vocabulary words are now going onto a ring instead of in the reading journal.  I've made a beginning card for the ring and then the vocabulary words will be added.  The cards will have the word, either a definition or sentence, and a simple drawing.  They may use their ring of words while working at the work with word tubs.

Loving my time away from school...I'm feeling creative and relaxed.  With only one Thanksgiving guest that means there will be a lot of leftovers for the rest of the extra cooking YEA!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Three Day Week

Even though it sounds great...I do not like 3 day weeks.  It's really hard to get anything accomplished with regards to a story/vocabulary/focus here's what we're doing for technology...thank you Jennifer for the suggestion of the wallwisher.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Skill builder

 Academic Skill Builders has some great games for all areas of academics.  I need a lot of practice with parts of speech...or I guess it's really using the arrows to move to the correct answer.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Weekend Time

My 4th grader grandson needed to take pictures of a historical site not far from we spent an hour snapping pictures and then time composing and creating a ppt (here's a snapshot of the first slide).  'It's a good thing'. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Just went to a google docs workshop.  Isn't it amazing what you can do and then share?  How is everyone out there using google docs?