Help out Moore, OK

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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I feel like I've been MIA lately! We all know how crazy the end of the year is.. between my intense summer course, job hunting, and typical end of the year stuff, I barely have time to get on here! I promise once I make it through the next couple of weeks I'll post more! :)

I had to make time to post these amazing bundles for Moore, OK. I just love being a part of such caring and helping communities! Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook have collected donations from their generous sellers to create bundles available for a donation.

Teachers Notebook: 363 teachers have donated 536 products worth OVER $2,200 to their Moore Effort Relief Bundle! Seriously! This is a no-brainer. All you have to do is make a donation of at least $20. It might take me the entire summer to go through all the new products I received! 100% of ALL donations goes directly to the victims




Teachers Pay Teachers: Teachers Care for Oklahoma - There are 2 bundles for K-2 age group, and 2 bundles for the 3-6 age group with clip art as well. Each bundle is valued at well over $100.00, and will be made available for a $25.00 donation. These bundles will be available through Monday, June 3rd, 2013.

100% of the proceeds for this fundraising event is being collected by TPT, and will be distributed by check to the appropriate Moore Oklahoma School District Representative earmarked to specifically aid the teachers as they begin the process of rebuilding.









Thank you for your generosity and for helping this great cause!
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Teachers for Boston - Final Update!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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I just wanted to send out a thank you to everyone who donated to Teachers for Boston! I just sent our $5,200 donation to the One Fund! I am so happy that we were able to raise that much money for such an amazing cause! Thank you to everyone who gave their products, to everyone who promoted the fundraiser, and to everyone who donated! Without YOU none of this would've been possible! I am truely grateful to everyone of you!

 




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Biography Projects

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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My kiddos have recently finished their biography reports. They came out SO great! I gave them a choice, they could make a bottle doll and write a report or they could create "quilt squares", which is an outline of that person's life on a poster board. 

We did our presentations today, the kids said they LOVED making the bottle dolls. Albert Einstein = adorable! 

Can you match the other famous Americans to their dolls? We've got Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Jane Goodall, Rosa Parks, Thomas Jefferson, Gabby Douglas, and Jan Ernst Matzeliger (WHO?! I know I LOVED learning about someone I'd never heard of before! He invented a machine that attached the upper part of a shoe to the sole, making shoes affordable for everyone!)

Here are some of their bottle dolls:
 
Poster Boards:

More projects: I have quite a few artistic friends in my classroom! Look at Martin Luther King Jr. Wonderful!

Want to do this with your class next year? Grab my biography project outline for FREE below!
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Reader's Theater - Calming the Chaos

Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog. All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly.  Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two! Don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Happy Hopping!

The end of the year is near! That means it's time to get creative to keep our kiddos engaged and learning those last few weeks of school! I LOVE to do reader's theater with my kiddos at the end of the year! I use free reader's theater scripts that I find online (I try to get ones for books I have in our classroom library). 


We start with a read aloud of the book that the scripts come from. I then break the kiddos into small groups so each student has a part and once they have practiced a few days and are comfortable with the scripts, they can go around to other classrooms and perform for other students! This is their favorite part! 

There are SO many things that I love about readers theater! It enhances students' reading skills and boosts their confidence and understanding of the story through repeated readings. They are very willing to reread their scripts over and over, when their typical response to repeated reading is less than enthusiastic (Shhh... This is a GREAT fluency activity!). Reader's theater is fun, motivating, and many reluctant reader's jump right into it!

Here are some FREEBIE reader's theater scripts: 

Margie Palatini - These are my kids FAVORITE reader's theater scripts! Margie Palatini's books are SO funny and fun to act out! 


Teaching Heart Reader's Theater
Have Fun Teaching
The Best Class
Reader's Theater
Free Reader's Theater
Busy Teacher Cafe
Reader's Theater Scripts



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