Friday, August 23, 2013

Live Webcast With Kevin Henkes

I was very excited to get an email that School Library Journal is going to do a live webcast with children's book author Kevin Henkes. I just love his books and I always started out the year when I taught K and 1st with Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and Chrysanthemum. Those are two of my favorites! I really enjoyed the live webcast last year that SLJ did with author Lois Lowery who wrote Number the Stars. It was so neat to hear her talk about her books and answer questions from the live audience of school children.  Here is the LINK  to register if you are interested. I'm going to work on an author study using digital resources with a few of my lower elementary classes - I think probably 2nd and 3rd.  We will conclude with the live webcast. Do any of you have any great ideas for an author study? I'd love it if you would share in the comments below. Thanks! 

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Dot Day 2013

International Dot Day

Well, the first day back with kids is finally here. It has been an interesting day for me so far - a LOT of computer issues that had to be fixed. But thank goodness our wonderful tech team has been out and gotten everything taken care of.  I am so excited about all of the plans I have for this year. I always look forward to International Dot Day, and this year they are planning for the biggest one ever. Here is a link if you aren't familiar with Dot Day.  It is a lot of fun, and the kids always have a great time creating dot artwork. See my posts HERE and HERE from last year.  Are you planning to participate this year? Leave a comment to share any great ideas you have for Dot Day! 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June Currently

I love to participate in Farley's monthly linky party!  Here is my June Currently, if you haven't already head on over to Oh Boy! Fourth Grade! and join the party. 

It was 95 degrees here today in AL, so needless to say my AC is getting a good workout. It is so great to be out for summer vacation, and I am enjoying every minute of it so far. I made a beautiful cake for my daughter's 22nd birthday, almost finished crocheting 3 baby blankets for sweet new babies in the family,  and my husband and I have been working away at our new house.  We are renovating it, and getting ready to move in at the end of the month and I have so much to do!  I have definitely not been exercising like I need to, I just keep telling myself as soon as I move......I will have time!?  I love my iPad, summer tea from Chick-Fil-A, and watching GMA in the mornings during the summer. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Spirograph" @MathPlayground

Is there anybody else out there that remembers spirograph? It was a favorite of mine when I was little. I found a game today at the MATH PLAYGROUND that is similar, called ART WITH SPIROMATH. It is so much fun, and my 2nd and 3rd graders had a great time with it today. There are some really fun games at the Math Playground - I have had this up for 2nd - 6th grades this week and they have loved the games here. It really kept them engaged!  Do you have any great sites that your kids just love? Leave a comment and let me know. 

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Doodle 4 Google 2013

It's that time of the year....time for the big winner to be announced in the Doodle 4 Google contest. This is one of my favorite projects to participate in each year!  I love to see the creativity the kids have as they decide how to design a doodle based on the theme. Last year I was at an all K school, so I participated with 30 kindergarten classes.  This year I participated with our students in 1st - 6th grades. It was so much fun. We voted on the finalists last week, and voting is now closed. The winner will be announced next Thursday, May 23rd and the winning doodle will be on the homepage for the day. I can hardly wait to see who wins. Click HERE to see all of the finalists. I have a slight obsession with Google doodles - I even have a whole board devoted to my favorites on Pinterest! I can't wait to add some of the amazing ones from this year to it. Don't forget to go to the Google homepage and see the winning doodle next Thursday.  Did you participate in this project? Leave a comment and let me know! 

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Virtual Field Trip to North America

Here is a LINK to register for the last two virtual field trips to North America sponsored by Discovery Education. The first one to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC was great. The 6th graders really enjoyed it, and the time was perfect - 45 minutes. It was also just the right mix of viewer questions, previews of the series, and animal clips from the zoo. We got to see the eagles, sea lions, and wolves and their trainers shared a lot of interesting information about them as well.  It was very worthwhile, so I'm glad we participated. This week, Friday May 17, will be a behind the scenes look at more animals and they will be talking with the producers of the Discovery Channel series to gain insight into the filming and making of the series. You should definitely register - if you register you will have access to the archives and you can watch it later if the live time isn't convenient for you. The final trip will be on May 30th and it is a trip to Glacier National Park. I can't wait! Make sure to register! Have you done other virtual trips with your class?  Are you planning to participate in this one? Leave a comment! 

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