Archive | November 2012

Holiday Review 1

Continuing with my holiday word of the day cards, I like to have a review card that features 4 of the cards at once. This card is in black and white. Teachers can use it instead of the 4 color cards, which would save paper and ink. It could be copied for students to have their own resource to match the cards presented in class.

Holiday review 1

Don’t forget Cyber Tuesday!

My store and TPT are on sale today, too! Many great deals available.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ann-Fausnight

The sale was fun yesterday. I kept sneaking over to the computer to see if I sold anything else. I tried my best not to read any of the brag posts on the forum. They make me less happy about my own accomplishments. It was my best day on TPT!

I am taking my Christmas contractions and Christmas ABC order to school today for planning. It’ll be interesting to see how many people want them for their class.

We will be planning our cultures and celebrations unit today. I am thinking of making a writing map project for the kids to keep notes on. I am excited to try this.

Here’s the next December holiday card.

Kwanzaa

Holiday Learning

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Laura Candler has a Holiday Learning Link Up that you will want to check out!!

Our third graders have embarked on the journey of expository writing. They are coming to grips with the idea of a thesis statement and supporting paragraphs. It is a daunting task. Their first efforts came just before Thanksgiving with a planet project. This was helped by a free product from fellow TPT seller Wendy Smith and her Out of this World Informational Writing Mini Unit.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Out-of-This-World-Informational-Writing-Mini-Unit

Now we are going to turn to our social studies TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills – objectives) and conquer cultures and celebrations.

13  Culture. The student understands ethnic and/or cultural celebrations of the local community and other communities. The student is expected to:

(A)  explain the significance of various ethnic and/or cultural celebrations in the local community and other communities; and

(B)  compare ethnic and/or cultural celebrations in the local community with other communities.

We will read Horrible Harry and the Holidaze by Suzy Kline, which briefly introduces Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Korean New Year, and Three Kings Day. The story’s fiction elements help provide the extra  interest needed during this distracting time of year.

Horrible Harry and the Holidaze

We will discuss the similarities among celebrations and the differences (more than those presented by the story). We will consider the reasons for celebrations and how culture influences these celebrations. We will foster a sense of acceptance and respect for all of the various celebrations. We will complete a Comparison Chart to organize our thinking. Then use the chart to form a thesis statement to begin our holidays writing project.

In preparation for this project I have been making (and posting) December Holiday Word of the Day cards. Here are the ones I have posted to date. Check back throughout November and into December for the others.

We have done this project for several years. This will be our first year writing a thesis statement. I think the students will be able to respond well.

Here’s to lots of holiday learning!

Ann

Cyber Sales and a Freebie

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)

Thanks, President Coolidge, I find it remarkable that words  someone spoke in  another era can make me feel better, more capable, and stronger. No, I know words of support are out there, my goodness, I can’t forget the Bible.  But words from people that are barely an afterthought in my brain, that surprises me. It delights me that this age can bring me wisdom from everywhere and every time, if I just ask. We need to teach our students to find the treasures available.

I may not be having the success I want yet, but giving up, not trying everything, or worrying about bothering others will definitely not bring about the results I want either. I will be persistent.

My Teachers Notebook store is currently on sale at 25% off with another 10% off given by the website.

 

Teachers Pay Teachers begins its big Cyber Monday Bonus Tuesday sale tomorrow, but my store is on sale today!

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Here is my next freebie in my series of December Holiday Word of the Day cards. If you like these cards you can find many more at my stores. (Oh, and they’re on sale 🙂 )

Christmas Eve

See you at my store! Happy Shopping!

Ann

Black Friday

It is so interesting to me how days get named.

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.  Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black”. -Wikipedia

The fact that our language, and in fact all language, is a growing and changing entity is so fascinating. I have reached an age where I can remember when some out-of-date words were in common use, like pocketbook, billfold, and drainboard. I’ve seen terms become moot like typewriter and record player. And, heaven knows, I seen many, many words, especially technology related, join our vocabulary.

Children don’t know, because of their limited personal history, that language grows and changes. It is a fun topic to explore! It is also fun to realize there is a “classroom vernacular” developing within your own classroom. Most every example in my classroom include Fred and his elephants. The kids come to expect it, and love it.

My Teachers Notebook shop is 25%  off today through Monday.  Plus TN will have 10% off everything Saturday through Monday.

The big Cyber Sale begins on Monday at Teachers Pay Teachers. My sale starts Sunday in case you want a head start!

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I have also promised December Holiday Word of the Day cards. Here’s today’s card.

Hanukkah

Enjoy your Black Friday!

Ann

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Check out others store participating in the big Cyber Sale!