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Posted by Andrea Barnes on April 11 2019 at 7:15 AM
Do you have those enthusiastic students who arrive to class with a smile and an enthusiasm to match? No matter how my day is going, these students make it even better!We are all into arriving to class on time, completing the Do Now, the Whole Group lesson, the READ 180 routines, choosing books that we enjoy, and working to our fullest potential. And there are some students that take it to the next level! These students are slowly changing the mindset of their classmates. Throughout the class…
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Posted by oldMargaretold on April 09 2009 at 3:20 PM
If I had a penny for every time one of you guys wrote me asking, "So Margaret, do you have any good sites to help teach about the Ice Age?"  I would be a poor man, but that's beside the point.  You should head on over to Virtual Museum Canada: A Journey to a New Land and click on Primary Level.  You'll find some pretty useful resources like the interactive stickers game.  It can be used as a writing prompt.
Posted by oldMargaretold on April 09 2009 at 3:19 PM
I heard an interesting interview on NPR this afternoon.  It involved using nanotechnology to replicate the sticking ability of geckos for tape.  Not only would the stuff stick to virtually everything, it would be self-cleaning.  While some of the practical uses are fascinating, I can't help but think how many uses this stuff would have in the classroom.
Posted by oldJessica_Jenningsold on April 09 2009 at 3:17 PM
When the kids are sitting down to write in their journals I like to make sure the alphabet is posted in more than one place.  The pics here show our main alphabet posted along a wall that is visible to all students.  There are alphabet charts on at least two other walls and miniature versions in stand-up plexiglass holders on their tables.
Posted by oldJessica_Jenningsold on April 09 2009 at 3:16 PM
I love this game.  At first I couldn't get the paint pots in the mixer but once I did...  I like the idea that children get to see primary and secondary colors, along with different shades.  Give it a tr
Posted by oldJessica_Jenningsold on April 09 2009 at 3:14 PM
I think it's interesting to see how the UK is including schools when combating global warming.  Makes me wonder how US schools are reacting. LONDON (Reuters) - State schools are to be included under the government's new domestic carbon emissions trading scheme from April 2010, the environment minister said on Wednesday. Energy use in schools will be measured and count toward the emissions permit quotas of local authorities, which in turn will be encouraged to advise schools on energy…
Posted by oldGloriaold on April 09 2009 at 3:12 PM
You're going to think I'm a Sesame Street nut but you have to check out these highlights from their upcoming season.  It is loaded with celebrities like Feist, Neil Patrick Harris and Brian Williams.  Oh and the spoofs look pretty good.  How could you not tune in for Preschool Musical, Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer? or 30 Rocks?
Posted by oldGloriaold on April 09 2009 at 3:10 PM
And forgetful over-achiever that I am, I found the pics of the calendar cards I made using stickers.  We use the calendar at morning meeting throughout the year.  The kids have a blast predicting what the new pattern will be at the beginning of the month.
Posted by oldGloriaold on April 09 2009 at 3:07 PM
"Why is he blogging about Project Runway?" I can positively see the bubble above your heads, people.  Well, E! Online reports, "Eloise in Paris, inspired by the line of children's books written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight," is coming to the big screen and "Project Runway winner Christian Siriano is set to design a collection that will be showcased..."  Who would've thought?
Posted by oldGloriaold on April 09 2009 at 3:06 PM
During handwriting...   Jane:  Look Mr. B, I drew a dinosaur!  And here is a red butterfly and a green flower too!   Me:  Jane, it looks like you added a lot of details to...   Jane:  The butterfly didn't get to eat the flower because the dinosaur got him and is sucking his blood.   Me:  Ahhhh, yes, I can see that now.  What a lot of details.
Posted by oldGloriaold on April 09 2009 at 3:05 PM
This is one of my favorite fundraisers.  We've ordered seeds from FEDCO for a number of years, packaged them with the help of older students, created the artwork for the envelopes and then sold the seeds with a booklet explaining how they should be grown.  It's such a super way for kids to be more involved in the outdoors and in the community.    As written in the FEDCO seed catalog: A seed store at your school can be a fund-raiser with a wholesome green message.…