Four children are chosen to compete in a candy making contest. Logan is the candymaker's son and hoping to succeed him. Miles has had trauma in his past and is allergic to rowboats and pink. Daisy has a sweet personality and is unusually strong. Phillip is always writing in his secret notebook. Each section of the book is told by a different contestant's perspective.
What I wanted my students to do was begin to interact with food labels and recognize the units of measurement for weight and volume. I would use the gradual release of responsibility model to teach this. I would model on the doc cam and have them fill out this sheet with me. I would next have partners use food packages in class. This sheet could be used as a math measurement station or even homework for older students.
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One morning a family runs out of milk for their breakfast cereal. Father goes out to buy some more. The children wonder what has delayed him and so begins a story of time travel, dinosaurs, pirates, elves, and more. Fortunately, he brings home the milk.
It's been several months since I started posting on the collaborative blog Classroom Freebies Too. I have to say that I've enjoyed sharing my free lessons and ideas with a larger audience.
Some districts are getting out for the summer already. We have three and a half more weeks. If you are like me, your classroom budget has been spent for the year and yet you still need fresh ideas to keep the students engaged.
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Next, I raid my cupboards and bring in packages of food with a mix of customary and metric measurements. I have students do a scavenger hunt of sorts, writing down the units they find in the correct box in the organizer.
Finally I send a sheet like this home as homework to do a similar scavenger hunt in their own kitchen cupboards.
The mystery begins when Lucas notices a man copying a Rembrandt painting at a museum in Minneapolis and then again in the National Gallery in London. Lucas and her friend Kari find it suspicious, that the man is defensive when he discover them observing him.
When a Rembrandt painting is "discovered" in Amsterdam, the girls suspect it's a forgery and they decide to investigate.
Just before the end of the year conversations we were all comparing notes about what artifacts to submit to our administrators. As each person mentioned what they were submitting, others were concerned that they should submit that also. How much is enough?
The weekend before my final meeting, I was taking a walk and realized that if I settled for "proficient" instead of striving for "distinguished", I would probably be in a better frame of mind for my students Monday morning. Oh, the irony.
Elise has lived with her aunt and uncle ever since her parents died when she was little. Her father wrote letters for her before he died and the last one arrives on her twelfth birthday with a hint of upcoming surprises. Just after this, she receives a key that unlocks one of eight locked doors in the barn. As she opens each room, she learns more about her parents, her friendships, and herself.
I'm excited to have my stepdaughter move home today. I feel like I have such a long to do list this weekend. We have six and a half weeks left of school. (It's been one of those years, so I'm ready to be done.)
Here are my summer plans, hopes and dreams. I definitely plan to attend my family reunion this summer. I missed last summer, so I'm itching to catch up with everyone.
I need to get creative with some summer income. College tuition is expensive. It would be great if I could write something amazing that resonated with others.