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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gingerbread Glyph and Line Plots... {FREEBIE}

My kids are loving the month of December!  This past week, we focused on all things gingerbread.  We read oodles of gingerbread books and focused a lot on Jan Brett.  The kids were really into the videos on her website.  To kick off our gingerbread week, we made a gingerbread glyph for math.  The next day we analyzed our data and put it on a line plot.  For writing, we used our same gingerbread people to write a story.  Let me just tell you... my kids were sooooo into their gingerbread stories.  Even my struggling writers sat there and tried until they got something down on paper.  I was so proud!

You can get my gingerbread glyph and line plots for {FREE} in my TPT store! 

The gingerbread writing paper is from my "Christmas Writing Pack"

This week, we also tasted ginger items and graphed our favorite.  I've never had a class consume their ginger items like these kids... that ginger ale was gone in one big gulp!!  You can find this activity in my "All About Ginger" unit on TPT.

Switching gears.... you know those moments when you're teaching and a child you never thought would get it has that light bulb moment?!  We all have those moments in the classroom.  I had one on Friday.  I got all teary-eyed.  We were discussing different versions of gingerbread books and one of my students answered a question and then he said, "You know how I know that?  'Cuz I turned on my schema!"  Did you hear that... he used the word SCHEMA... correctly!  That's what teaching is all about for me.  :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Missing the Snow

I'm originally from Michigan... born and raised.  This is my fourth winter away from home and I am really missing the snow.  (I never thought I'd say that!)  When I teach about winter and snow down here in NC, I get some strange looks from my kids because they rarely experience a true northern winter.  Meanwhile, my Michigander friends (yes, Michigander is a real word!) have already gotten a snow day!!

Here are some snow inspired activities I've been working on.  They're all available in my TPT and TN stores!
This pack includes 5 stations (2 literacy & 3 math).
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I have also made a Short Vowel Winter Wonderland pack that I plan to upload soon... I'm having a few technical difficulties with the font.  Ugh!
I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but I'm trying to get ahead for January so I made this pack for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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We also work on 3D shapes in January so I made this game for my kids:
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Thanks for stopping by my blog!  I hope you find something you can use in your classroom!  : )

--Mrs. Pollard