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April Calendar (April is National Poetry Month)

March 23, 2015


Each year, the students in my class loved the month of April.
Students would spend time listening to, reading, and writing poetry.
I would purchase a package of the small composition notebooks and issue one to each child.
They could write their own poems as we took Poetry walks on campus; or they could copy their favorite poems.
This Thinglink includes poetry based on the topic of the specials days in April.


Incredible Kid Week

February 23, 2015

incredible kid
Incredible Kid Day is a national day set aside to honor our incredible children. This year, Incredible Kid Day is March 19.
Years ago, I ran across this special day for kids, and I decided to celebrate in my classroom. I declared the week after spring break to be Incredible Kid Week.
I had parents write letters describing their incredible child. They could either use a letter form I provided, or they could email me or create their own letters. The results were amazing! I had parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, aunts and uncles, and cousins writing submitting elaborate letters about their Incredible Kid. The children beamed with pride as we read the letters aloud in class.
The students were also allowed to wear super capes in school. The capes ranged from kids wearing their baby blanket,to the costume super capes, to capes specially made to represent the child. I even converted a costume red cape to a super teacher cape. I used sticky foam letters to write: Mrs. Cunningham’s Class of Incredible Kids.
My students and I swooshed around the campus with confidence and pride!
During the week, we read books that promoted leadership, self-esteem, and life goals. Students wrote narrative poems and compositions.
This was a very popular week for students and parents. It was one of my favorite weeks!
I created this Thinglink with activities that include: videos of books by Wayne Dyer; a Power Point of lesson ideas for the vertically aligned TEK of summary;interactive poetry templates; how to draw a super kid tutorial, brain break dance, and much more.
Hope you enjoy this incredible week!

3.(6) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Poetry

February 23, 2015

poetry corner

The sites included on this Thinglink are addressing the 3.6 TEK. However, since the TEKS are vertically aligned, these activities can be used as differentiated instruction and by other grade levels.
Included in this Thinglink are: explanations and examples of narrative, lyrical, humorous, and free verse poetry; a Quizlet with poetry vocabulary; interactive sites for students to use in writing poetry.


Resources for a Book Study on Kevin Henkes

February 6, 2015


Kevin Henkes is a an author and illustrator that was always a favorite of my students.
This Thinglink provides resources for the teacher and a few read aloud versions of some of Henkes books.


Soil (Weathering and Decomposition)

February 3, 2015


3(7) Earth and space. The student knows that Earth consists of natural resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to:
(A) explore and record how soils are formed by weathering of rock and the decomposition of plant and animal remains;
Rocks and Soil was always one of a student favorite unit of study, in all grade levels.
The hands on, investigation approach is the most effective way to help the students meet with success on this particular TEK. They need to be given the opportunity to explore and record. I was fortunate to have a park located in front of my school, and this is where we did our investigations. However, I also used the school property as an investigation lab.
The Thinglink includes tutorials, songs, videos, Power Points, and vocabulary Quizlets. This Thinglink can be used as an engagement piece, an explanation piece, a reteach, or review. Students can use this as a station.


Measurement ( Inches and Centimeters)

January 31, 2015

Measurement ruler picture

This Thinglink includes: tutorials for measuring to the inch, half, and quarter inch;tutorials for measuring centimeters; a measurement song; and interactive games for measuring using inches and centimeters.


February Calendar of Activities

January 27, 2015

February-2015-calendar-printable1 Here is a February Calendar Thinglink that includes: videos, special days, friendship,rodeo, and Valentine



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