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Ready for break!

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I absolutely love my job, but I am seriously ready for a break.  I have so much that I want to do and so much that I want to share but simply do not have time to do so! 

25 student days and 30 teacher days to go! 

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Snow Days

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Snow days have come early to Northeast Arkansas.

Normally we do not miss school for inclement weather until after the New Year. Instead, here we are a week and a half past Thanksgiving and NO SCHOOL.

If you haven’t been to Arkansas, it is a place where you can literally wear shorts and flip flops one day and be sledding in the snow the next.  Last Monday, it was in the upper 60’s, no jacket required.  Today it is 16 and we are bringing all the dogs in so they don’t freeze!

I have had amazing ideas for Christmas ornaments for all of my students that are not getting done! We only have 2 weeks before we are out for Christmas break.  We are out again tomorrow so I will only have 1 day with my Monday students before the break.  Oh well, that’s just how the cookie crumbles or maybe I should say how the snow falls.

Below is a picture of my side yard.  It is much worse than in looks, that is a layer of ice, then snow, then more ice! Going to be here for a few days!

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Glitter Snowflade Ornaments!

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What FUN we had in 2nd grade this week! Glitter, Glitter and more Glitter! Unfortunately we are out for snow today so I am missing one of my 2nd grade classes 😦

I started with only a few supplies!

Wax paper (I bought the cheapest) Popsicle sticks (4) Glue Ribbon Glitter

Wax paper (I bought the cheapest)
Popsicle sticks (4)
Glue
Ribbon
Glitter

I have the children work on wax paper to prevent a great mess.  Have the children write their names on the wax paper with a marker so the ornaments can dry and you won’t forget whose is whose.

Step #1

A drop of glue is all it takes!  Place one drop of glue in the center of two of the popsicle sticks.

A drop of glue is all it takes!
Place one drop of glue in the center of two of the popsicle sticks.

Step #2

Making plus signs or "T's".

Making plus signs or “T’s”. Glue 2 popsicle sticks together.

Step #3

Another drop of glue in the center of one (1) T.

Another drop of glue in the center of one (1) T.

Step #4

Place T's together making a star shape.

Place T’s together making a star shape.

Step #5 OOPS! We should have been doing all of this on a piece of wax paper! Please add it now!

Press them together and cover each leg of the star with glue!

Press them together and cover each leg of the star with glue!

Step #6

Sprinkle with lots and lots of GLITTER!

Sprinkle with lots and lots of GLITTER!

Step #7 Keep these in classroom to dry then add ribbon.

Teachers only! Use a hot glue gun to attach ribbon to the back for hanging!

Teachers only! Use a hot glue gun to attach ribbon to the back for hanging!

It takes a long time to attach each ribbon, but it is worth it because the kids love their ornaments so much! Each of my students made 2 ornaments so that was double duty for me! After I attached the ribbon, I labeled a  zip-lock bag with their names on it and delivered them to their rooms so they could take them home to put on their tree! Merry Christmas!

Bags of ornaments!

Bags of ornaments!

 

Christmas Is Coming!

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I absolutely LOVE Christmas time! Not because of getting gifts, but just the whole season, snow on the ground (maybe), trees decorated, fudge, wrapping presents, seeing the kids open their gifts and most of all making Christmas crafts with my students!

I am planning Santa ornaments for 2nd grade.

Tree ornaments for 3rd grade.

Snowflake ornaments for 4th grade.

Of course we will be making more than one thing! Lots of snowflakes and lots of glitter in the next 3 weeks of school! Woo Hoo! Mrs. Sami ROCKS!

Mayflower Ship Drawings

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Today and all week, we have been doing a little history lesson on the Mayflower.  Here is a list of some of the questions I asked to start my lesson and the answers I received.

1. Q. Who sailed on the Mayflower?    A. Christopher Columbus

2. Q. What year did the Mayflower sail to America?  A. 1998

3. Q. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?   A. To meet the Indians

I absolutely love these kids! Of course we just celebrated Columbus day a few weeks ago and it is hard for them to transition into another ship coming to America.  I taught this lesson all week and today, I had a 3rd grader answer correctly what year the Pilgrims sailed.  I was so excited!

I am a new teacher, this is only my 2nd year to teach and my second school also.  I am still trying to get a comfortable lay out as to what to teach and when so I taught this lesson to all of my 2nd and 3rd graders this week.

First I reminded them that we would be out all next week to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Then I asked them the 3 questions from above. (answers are. 1. Pilgrims, 2. 1620 and 3. to be free from the King (that is as simple as I could get it for the little ones)). Of course you can add more questions, but remember these are 2nd and 3rd graders, all they really want to do is draw.

Next I show them an image of what the Mayflower looked like.

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I use my Interwrite board to draw with the students.  I have found that we have more successful drawings if we draw together to get the basic image down.  The very first thing we always do is write their name! NO NAME, NO FAME!

Draw a water line across the bottom of the page.  Be sure to make it close to the bottom so you have room for your ship!

Draw a water line across the bottom of the page. Be sure to make it close to the bottom so you have room for your ship!

Add the outline for the ship. Careful not to cross the water line.

Add the outline for the ship. Careful not to cross the water line.

Add a line across the ship for detail.

Add a line across the ship for detail.

Draw this rectangle and add windows to one end of the ship.

Draw this rectangle and add windows to one end of the ship.

Time for the sails...draw the letter T and add a parallel line above it.

Time for the sails…draw the letter T and add a parallel line above it.

Connect the parallel lines with arched lines to make the sail look like it is blowing.

Connect the parallel lines with arched lines to make the sail look like it is blowing.

Repeat step 6 until you have all the sails you want.

Repeat step 6 until you have all the sails you want.

Final details.

Final details.

Add color and detail! Make it your own.

Add color and detail! Make it your own.

I am so happy with how these turned out.  Here are a couple of my students drawings.

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