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Currently ~ It's A Delightful December!

Happy December everyone!  Time is flying by which means that it's time to link up with Anne of Anne in Residence for:


http://www.anneinresidence.com/2018/12/currently.html





Gifting

I found this great mini-Cornhole game in Marshall's, but you can get it on Amazon for less:


https://www.amazon.com/Front-Porch-Classics-Indoor-Cornhole/dp/B01C5TF9JK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1544279421&sr=8-3&keywords=apartment+size+cornhole+game+in+a+box

My younger son, Andrew (age 25), liked it so much that it ordered it on the spot on Amazon Prime from his phone.  Unfortunately for me, it was out of stock last weekend, and I needed it for a party last night for a Yankee swap gift so I had to use the one I purchased in Marshall's. 


Baking

I only bake cookies if they're break and bake:

https://www.amazon.com/Pillsbury-Ready-Refrigerated-Cookies-Chocolate/dp/B00M8ZFZ14/ref=sr_1_7_a_f_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1544279700&sr=8-7&ppw=fresh&keywords=break+and+bake+cookies

Next time I make s'mores, I'm going to make them in the oven.  Click here to check out that recipe.  Now that's my type of baking when it's too cold to go outside to make them at the fire pit!




Singing

In sixth grade, I was the only girl who didn't make the chorus ~ due to being totally tone deaf.  Consequently, I do not sing ~ except with my third graders in the morning when we do morning exercises!




My favorite holiday song is the piano version Schroeder plays!




Mailing

My students completed all their gingerbread men with their letters about Massachusetts for our gingerbread exchange.  They came out really cute!





These are last year's gingerbread, but we used the same "accessory packs" for this year's version!



Decorating

I'm still trying to put away my autumn decorations!  It seems like December came so fast, and it's still technically the fall.  I do decorate with snowmen though so that I can keep my decorations up all winter!







Thanks for visiting the blog today!  I'd love to hear how you're doing!  Happy Weekend!





Thankful for Traditions!

Thanksgiving has come and gone!  We still had school on Monday and Tuesday as well as a half day on Wednesday.  Last Friday, it snowed and then rained on top of about 5 inches of the white stuff so we had a two hour delay, and winter is still a month away!  In the meantime, I'm delighted to link up with The Blended Blog for Friday Features and 

Anna Nuttall's Bloggers Link-Up.




Thankful Turkey Feathers ~ One Tradition

Every year I love adding my students' thankful feathers to the turkey in the hall.  It's a quick and easy activity that gives the kids a chance to think about all the good things in their lives:



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thankful-Turkey-Bulletin-Board-2861798

Click here or on the picture to check out this fun project!


Turkey Trot ~ A New Tradition

Our PTO started a new fund-raising tradition this year by having the kids walk laps around the track while raising money.  One of my student's parents lent her turkey to the cause:





We are thankful for the Wampanoags!

In Social Studies, we are learning about the First People ~ the Wampanoags.  As a project, we make this very fun Wampanoag home site:


Click here to get the pattern for the wetu (wigwam) and here for the mishoon (canoe) or here for another canoe template.


Rescuing Sea Turtles

Check out my younger son, Andrew, as he rescues an endangered sea turtle on Cape Cod:

If you want to read more about sea turtle rescue, you can click right here.

That is all my exciting news and updates for now.  Thank you for checking in.  I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!





Celebrating Veterans Day, Multiplication Capes & A New Way to Write!

Hello!  I'm so happy that you chose to visit the blog today as I link up with Jan From Laughter and Consistency for Saturday Sum-Up

The Blended Blog for Friday Loves

and Anna Nuttall's Bloggers Link-Up!





Celebrating Veterans!

Last week the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers at my school organized a Veterans Day assembly.  We did the dress rehearsal at the beginning of the week, and the actual assembly was on Friday.  All the kids did an amazing job!  My students all dressed patriotically for the occasion:





The other third grade teachers and I also dressed for the occasion:

From left:  me; Ms. Lindstrom; Ms. Aufiero

Multiplication Superhero Capes

Last year my genius colleague, Ms. Linstrom, thought of implementing these multiplication superhero capes.  Each time students master a set of facts, they get that number to stick on their cape.  This year all three 3rd grade classes have multiplication capes.  So far, we've mastered our zero and one times facts.  The kids LOVE their new capes:





Up the Ladder Writing Program

Last week, our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Seminara, visited to introduce the kids to this new verions of Lucy Calkins' writing program called Up the Ladder:

This is Mrs. Seminara's anchor chart.

In this program, the kids start by sketching their stories.  After sketching, the kids begin writing:


We'll be continuing this writing project next week!

Tomorrow (Monday, November 12th), we have the day off for the observance of Veterans Day.  I'm hoping to finish rearranging the changeover from summer to winter clothes in my closet.

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for checking in!



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