Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ready for October!?!?

October is one of my favorite months. I love the scary movies (can't wait for Hocus Pocus, ok NOT a scary movie but one of my must see favs), candy, costumes and my sister's annual pumpkin carving party. Bring on the holidays!  Anyways, I have been excitedly planning and prepping for October the past few weeks.  Here are new some things I made or revamped for this year (click on the pictures to get more information on my Tpt store):

 I am so pleased with the way this one turned out.  I can't wait to watch the students fly their witch through the book!

 I'm always amazing at how the students are SO into this project.  It's one of those projects I do every year because the students love it so much. I'm excited to try out my new and improved version!

Next week we start double final consonants.  I didn't have much for this topic, so I made some activities to use.  Over the next few weeks I'll be posting pictures of all of these things in action!  Just when I think I have everything planned out for the month I keep finding more adorable things on blogs and Tpt.  I think to myself "I've got to fit that in!!!" So, today I will be doing some more detailed plans for the month with plenty of room for all the new things I find :).   

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me

Talk about out of this world ;)  Our school had a wonderful opportunity last March to borrow and view lunar samples from NASA.  It was all thanks to one of our wonderful and dedicated teachers Mr. Kevin Roberts, who teaches 4th grade.  He applied for and arranged everything.  Not only did all the students get to see actual pieces of the moon right in their classroom, Mr. Roberts graciously went around to every classroom and gave a presentation and explanation of the samples. It was incredible!  Want to apply for this program for your school? Click on this link for more information: Lunar and Meteorite Disk Program.  Here are a few pics from the presentation, I wish I had taken more!

 Several hands-on pieces were passed around the room.
 The well prepared Mr. Roberts with his fancy bulletin board and props.
My BTSA participating teacher Ms. Fennern and myself with the samples.  (I highly recommend teachers becoming BTSA support providers - great experience!)
What I really liked about this program is that it was something the entire school could enjoy, not just one classroom.  A once in a lifetime experience!  AND, it all happened because of one teacher.  At your school that teacher could be you!  Thanks again Mr. Roberts!!!!
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” - John F. Kennedy