Sunday, September 25, 2016

Quote of the Week--September 25, 2016




"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.  For, indeed, that's all who ever have."

Margaret Mead

Have a good week,



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi is the first book I am reading aloud to my fifth graders this year.  Set in the early 50s, Pete's teacher accuses Pete's father of being a Communist and begins mistreating Pete.  Pete's classmates leave him out of recess games and his best friend becomes distant.

I have given my students some background information about the Cold War and how innocent people lost jobs and freedom just because someone accused them of being a Communist.  We are relating this to other times in history where people were mistreated based on their beliefs or culture.





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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quote of the Week--September 18, 2016



"A book is a magic carpet that flies you off elsewhere.  A book is a door.  You open it.  You step through."

Jeanette Winterson

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Birthday Gifts for My Students


I was shopping for birthday gifts for my students last weekend and decided to give them these coupons instead.  In previous years, I found these rulers with stencils at the party store and they were a hit.


This year I went with the gift of time.  Students can take a night off of homework or work on a choice activity during the day.  They love it.

Here is the link to the coupons.  I cut them out and pasted them on colored index cards.

What do you do to celebrate birthdays?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Quote of the Week--September 11, 2016






"Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position."

Brian Tracy

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare


Callum Hunt does not want to enter the Magisterium and learn about magic.  His father has warned him to stay away from magic, but Callum doesn't learn the full reason until after he enters the school and begins to pass the Iron Trial.

Book Three in the Magisterium series has just been released.  I can't wait to find out what happens next. 







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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Quote of the Week--September 4, 2016

"The problem you can't talk about is now two problems."
Seth Godin


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