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Incredible Kid Week

February 23, 2015

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

February 23, 2015

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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.

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Resources for a Book Study on Kevin Henkes

February 6, 2015

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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.

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Soil (Weathering and Decomposition)

February 3, 2015

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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.

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Measurement ( Inches and Centimeters)

January 31, 2015

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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.

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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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Valentine’s Day Activities

January 26, 2015

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There are so many great picture books to use as mentor texts for reading and writing.
I have included two of my favorites on this Thinglink. My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall can be used to teach similes. You can also have a cute art activity creating animals out of hearts. The author states that he uses more than 300 hearts to create his animals. This could be turned into a math problem. Example: How many hearts were used to create the Lion, Crab, and the Penguin?
The other book is The Kiss That Missed by David Melling. I have included a Power Point with STAAR based reading comprehension questions.
This Thinglink also includes interactive Valentine games and interactive templates for writing poetry.
I also included brain break dancing videos.
Kid President and two of his friends sing a song about love.

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The Thinglink also includes Valentine interactive games, and interactive templates for writing poetry.

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