Monday, December 16, 2013

Elves and Sharks

I have barely looked up to see what is going on in the blogosphere these past few weeks. I feel like Rip Van Winkle! I wish I could say that I have a coherent, detailed post for you, but I am trying to accept that most things are feeling a bit all over the place this year, this space included. I'm giving in to this instead of fighting it.  In that spirit, I've decided to share two things with you.

First, I shared my Desk Elf No Homework Pass last year. In case you didn't see him, here he is for 2013:
He's cute, right? Click on the image above to visit my TPT shop and download this freebie. Give it out to kids and colleagues alike. Clean desks for everyone!

On a totally different note, are your kids into sharks? I'm obsessed, as are my students. This fall, I kept Non-Fiction alive during our Character Unit via "Non-Fiction Fridays".  The bulk of our work was an inquiry around sharks, based upon the work of the most amazing organization, OCEARCH. My kids were in HEAVEN, and the fact that we ended with a Skype session with the organization's director was truly icing on the cake.

When I have five minutes to breathe over break, I will delineate exactly what we did, but, in the interim, please visit their site and check out the Shark Tracker and the videos that document their Cape Cod Expedition this past summer. Seriously, if this video doesn't make you want to learn more, you don't have a pulse:


I will explain everything we did after the holiday festivities. In the meantime, cruise around the site, and shoot me an email if you want info before the break. OCEARCH has a very clear mission--protecting the Great White, the most misunderstood and maligned apex predator of all. You are in for a treat if you're willing to get a little messy and roll your sleeves up to learn from/with these incredible scientists, researchers and activists.

Enjoy this hectic week!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Determining Importance

I've been swamped. As in the buried alive, not sure when I will see daylight kind of busy. Well, since this blog's getting a wee bit dusty while I've been toiling away, I thought it was about time to pop in and say hello. Sadly, this will not be more than a drive-by post. Will a Wednesday freebie make up for it?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Personal Study {Assessment} Carrells

I used to love working in a study carrell when I was in school. Having a quiet little cave of my own really helped me to focus and concentrate. In my own classroom, I've primarily thought about their use during assessments with my kids.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Halloween in the Classroom {soon enough!}

The weather here has been so warm and sunny that the usual fall vibes I'm feeling at this time of year didn't show up until this afternoon. Despite the warm temps, the neighborhood began filling up with decorations, pumpkins and mums, and my kids have been chattering about costumes and trick-or-treating. Since I've been too exhausted to post in a while, I decided to get my motivation up and catch the spirit by creating a little Halloween Freebie .

If you know me, you know I love a good No Homework Pass. I especially enjoy the type that tricks my students into doing other things I want them to. Like clean their desks. These witch legs are so spiffy, and I just couldn't hide the Boston in me:
Want some for yourself? Click on the image above to take you to the shop where you can download.

While I was at it, I updated a product from last fall:
My font  and clipart library has grown, as has my skill with creating printables, so I just spruced it up a bit. If you're looking for some holiday-related writing prompts this Halloween, there are three in this resource: two expository and one narrative (fictional). Click on the image above to purchase.

I'll be back this week with a post about a great product from Smilemakers that I need more of, and some classroom updates. Happy October, everyone!

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