Friday, September 4, 2015

Drama Club Poster -- No Divas Allowed

Two years ago, I started an after school drama club for upper elementary students. I watched the high school cast for its musical that year and realized that students needed a safe place to try out drama skills before they got to an audition in high school.  

I created a simple version of the poster to show the skills I wanted the students to work on.  To download the Drama Club Poster, click here. I taught several sessions where we focused on drama games and skits.  For each activity I referred back to the poster and the skill we would practice.
If you are interested in starting a drama club in your school, click the links to see the resources I have used.  All of my posts tagged drama are here.

By the way, I taught drama club with a principal who has a narrow view about what is educational.  When she saw this list of skills, she said, "Everyone should be in drama club."  I agree with her.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What's for dinner? Thursday Throwback

Recently Amazon had all of its affiliates redo the links on our webpages.  I read and review at least one book a week.  This was a huge task.

This forced me to go through many posts this summer and update them in other ways.  I know back to school means planning ahead for dinner.  I hope this Thursday Throwback will help you out a little.

I was talking with some other teacher friends about struggling to make meals during the school year.  When I told them about my favorite kitchen appliance, the crock pot, they agreed but weren't sure what to cook.  When I shared my favorite series of cookbooks, they each pulled out notebooks and wrote them down.  I thought I would share them with all of you:

Fix-It and Forget-It is designed for the busy cook.  The recipes are contributed by a number of cooks.  I make sure I use the recipes that cook 8-10 hours without an addition half-way through.  Sometimes I use the recipes as inspiration for my own creations.
This one is my favorite in the series:

I don't like long complicated recipes.  Often several of the items are already in my pantry.  I can write the one or two remaining items on the shopping list for the week.

There are also some editions for special diets:

There is something about walking in the front door from work and knowing dinner is ready.

What is your meal-planning strategy?  I would love to hear about it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe

I love mysteries and am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.  (My stepdaughter and I visited the museum at 221 Baker Street first out of everything in London.)  When I saw this book for middle grade students, I had to check it out.

Griffin goes to stay with his detective uncle who happens to live next to Sherlock Holmes.  His uncle is struggling with his business and unhappy to have his nephew around.  Griffin is much more observant and compassionate than his uncle and when they get involved with a mystery, Griffin has the opportunity to win his uncle over.

I recommend this book to middle grade readers who love mysteries.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Math Spies: What about the remainder?

Math Spies is my problem-solving website that I have used in my classroom.  What about the remainder is a series of problems where students must make sense of what is happening in the scenario so they can record the remainder correctly.

Here are the seven problems:

Also, I have recently expanded this unit so that students solve the problems and analyze others' mistakes.  In this paid product, I included an answer key and a rubric to assess problem-solving ability.

You can purchase Math Spies Problem Solving: Division with Remainders in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Math Spies Problem Solving: Division with Remainders is also available in my Teachers Notebook store.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quote of the Week -- August 30, 2015

 Integrity is choosing to do the right thing and not sticking with the wrong decision simply to appear to have integrity.

Simon Sinek

I don't know anyone like this. Nope. No, I don't.

Have a good week,

Friday, August 28, 2015

School Carnival Prize Writing Prompt -- Free Printable Guide

 At the school carnival, you win the ring toss from a lady you have never seen before.  When she gives you the prize, it is a _______________.  Write a short story about what happens next.

To download the writing guide for School Carnival Prize, please click here.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Imaginary Veterinary by Suzanne Selfors

One of my students loves animals and hopes to be a veterinarian someday.  She discovered The Imaginary Veterinary series and shared it with me.  What if mythological creatures had their own veterinarian?

Ben Silverstein's cat brings home a wounded dragon.  He and his new friend Pearl Petal bring the dragon to Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital for treatment.  When a Sasquatch is accidentally let loose, the two children set off to find him and return him to Dr. Woo.  This is only the beginning of the children's adventures helping imaginary creatures.

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