Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

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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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.

kayleigh evan