Saturday, October 29, 2011

Character Pumpkins

I can not take credit for this idea but isn't it great?!  I first saw these beauties on the  Clutter Free Classroom (one of my FAVORITE blogs!). 

So I purchased the set and showed it to my absolutely fabulous student teacher.  She is teaching the elements of fiction and wanted to give it a try.  The parents really seemed to like the project and the kids are so proud of what they've accomplished!  I just had to share their work with all of you.  Enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Common Core App

Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher posted about this wonderful little gagdet to help us master the up and coming Common Core.  It's from Mastery Connect and it's totally free.  You can embed it right into your website or blog.  OR you can link directly to it with a little tab that will show up on the right side of your blog.  I chose this one because embedding it took up way too much space on my homepage.  It's very easy to do.  Just copy and paste the code into an HTML gadget and voila! you're done.  I'll have to figure out how all of you wonderful bloggers take pictures of things on the web and add all those fancy arrows and such...  Some day!  :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Finally finished!!!

Way back in August I had posted about a bench that was made by my daughter when she was in seventh grade.  I had painted it white but was undecided as to how I wanted to finish it.  Well, this beautiful New England weather must have inspired me because I finally got it done!
Jen is tickled pink that I'm using her very own hand-crafted work of art.  I, of course, am just as glad because she wanted to throw it away!  Here's a close up of the top:
I used ThistleGirl Graphics, of course.  She is my favorite graphic artist! And I simply added one of Dr. Suess' most famous quotes.  "The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you know, the more places you'll go." 
I can't wait to bring it into school tomorrow.  The kids love sitting on anything other than their chairs.  And then there are those students who simply do not have the body strength to sit on the floor comfortably.  I think this will work out just great.  My next project is going to be those milk crates I've been seeing on other blogs.  Here's a sample from Erika over at The Honey Bunch.

Aren't these the best creation ever!?  I'll let you know how I make out...   :/