Monday, October 24, 2016

Back of the Book Blurb #31 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title, and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title).
The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post.
Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs. 
You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

Bigger and Better

Tom was always bragging to Penny that he could do everything bigger and better than anyone else. Penny would get so aggravated with him for exaggerating and just roll her eyes as she walked away. After a terrible argument one day, Tom swore to her that he would show her that he wasn’t lying! She refused to argue with him and told him to go ahead and prove her wrong. The next day she woke up in bed all alone and was surprised because he never got up before her. She looked all around the house for him but couldn’t find him. When she walked outside she saw a huge statue of Paul Bunyan in the front yard and thought he was playing a big joke on her. She walked around the statue and was suddenly surprised what she found out! Read to find out what happened next. (148 words)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 10/21/16

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Who Wants Pizza? – “The "Want Some Pizza?" activities are designed to introduce fractions in a concept-building way. The activities can be done on computers with Internet access with square grid paper printed out and used along with the electronic images. On the "More Practice" pages, students color online on a square grid. An effective model is for pairs of students to work together at the computer talking to each other about the activities and drawing the fractions on the grid paper. One advantage of using grid paper over other fraction modeling manipulatives (fraction bars or pattern blocks, etc.) is that any denominator can be easily modeled with grid paper.(L:E,M; SA:M)

Math Playground – fun math games for K-8 students is a free online cartoon maker and comic creator tool: Create and share your own cartoons, comics and memes online for free. Choose a background or upload your own background. Add your own or our characters en choose from our text clouds. You can also add Meme texts or props. Download, print or email the resulting cartoon or save it online and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.(L:T; SA:A)

Visual Fractions – “The purpose of Visual Fractions is to picture fractions and the operations on them.(L:E,M; SA:M)

Google CS First – “Each CS First club is based on a real-world theme and offers about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are targeted at students in 4th - 8th grades (or between the ages of 9 - 14) and are free and easy to use.” (L:E,M; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn Activities

Since it is now fall in the northern hemisphere, leaves are changing colors. There are many fun activities you can do during this time.

Talk about the different colors you see in the fall. Have the students write down five colors and then go outside and find leaves for each color that they wrote down.

Trace a leaf on a piece of white paper and then use crayons to color it the way the leaf looks.

Lesson on why leaves change colors. There are many YouTube videos about this.

Pressed leaves – find colorful leaves and put them between newspaper. Then put heavy books on top of them for a week. You can laminate them or iron them between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Then tape to a window and let the sun shine through them.

Listen to the sounds you hear and make a list of what you hear. Save this for the spring and compare it to the sounds you hear then.

Collect seeds around you in Ziploc bags and identify the seeds.

Chart the fall temperatures for each day.

Write a poem about Autumn.

Pretend you are a leaf and write a story about your life.

These are just some activities that I’ve done with my students. If you know of any others that you liked to do, please share.