Hittin' the Sales

So...did you hit the Black Friday sales? I LOVE starting my Christmas shopping on Black Friday. I didn't hit the early sales this year. We decided to sleep in a bit this morning. Had a great time shopping with my family. I also did some online shopping last night & this morning. LOVE the convenience! I'm feeling a bit guilty because after I got home & tallied up my purchases, I discovered I actually ended up with more for myself. Oops! Shhhh! Don't tell!

Speaking of making purchases....I'm working on an Economics unit for the month of December. It's still kind of just floating around in my head, but I'm thinking PBL (project based learning) style...I'd really like my kiddos to develop ideas for & create products to actually sell. Stay tuned.....it'll be up here soon!

I'm also super excited about the SALES happening at Teacher's Notebook this weekend! Woohoo! Up to 55% off! I'm already shopping around over there (see...I told you I'm ending up with more for me! LOL). I'm happy to be participating in the sale, too! EVERYTHING in my store will be 20% off. TN is also giving an additional 10% off! 


Well, my pies are out of the oven, the turkey is prepped and ready to be popped into the oven in the wee hours of the morning, & I am ready for the holidays to begin!! 

Over the past several weeks, I've been thinking of all the many things for which I am thankful...family, friends, health, & the ability to adjust to new situations & challenges are high on my list. I am so thankful for God's grace. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this summer, & since then it seems my life has been filled with new adjustments & new responsibilities. Learning my new "normal" & getting the school year off to a running start proved to be a challenge. But, you know what? It really wasn't that bad....things are under control...my family is healthy...my mom is doing pretty well...I love my group of kiddos...they're learning & showing lots of growth...It just hit me tonight as I sit here reflecting that even with the challenges of this year, I am truly blessed.

With that being said, I am looking forward to getting back to blogging! I have really missed it. I feel blessed to be part of the blogging community. I love that there is so much support for one another. I've met some really great friends & I've really missed being here. So glad to be getting back!
I feel like celebrating, & in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to give the first 5 people who comment a copy of my Math Calendar Pack! (Don't forget to leave your email address!)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Dino-rific & a freebie!

 I just finished up a super fun Dinosaur Project with my kiddos. I dabble a bit in Project Based Learning. I haven't quite moved to wall-to-wall PBL...but we do several PBL units each semester. I've been to several PBL trainings, & the two things that stand out most to me that make a PBL unit different than a traditional project are these unique characteristics:
  • allows student voice & choice is integral-- Projects are developed based on students' interests & within the PBL, they should have choice of activities &/or products.
  • involves a public audience (other than their classmates & teachers)-- Students present their work to other people, either in person or online. This component "ups the stakes" & increases student motivation to do quality work. 
I launched this PBL with a letter from our local Children's Museum asking the class to help develop learning activities for children who couldn't travel to the museum.The letter asked that their teacher take pictures or film their projects for submission to the museum (this is where the public audience was built in). It also asked that specific information be included in their project:

  • The name of the dinosaur
  • What it looked like
  • What it ate & if it was a carnivore or herbivore
  • Its life cycle
  • Any other interesting information
A couple of our awesome student-created dinosaur costumes

 My class was SUPER excited about it! Each child choose a dinosaur to learn more about & develop their project. 

We talked about what kinds of things they could do, & they came up with these choices:

  • Puppets
  • Posters
  • Costumes

I gave them a Research Guide to help them through the process. (You can grab the freebie by clicking on the picture). We also typed up our research in a Voki....which they absolutely loved! We finished up the projects on Friday, took pictures & filmed for the museum people then we took our show on the road!

Dinos on parade! Didn't they do an awesome job creating their costumes?
We made a dino-parade through a couple classrooms. What fun!

In other news, my blog was featured this week by Carson-Dellosa as Best Blog of the Week. I am super, super excited!!