Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dia de Los Muertos

This was a cool week in my room.  We had a very cultural week.  Instead of focusing on Halloween and all the scariness, we talked about the joy of remembering those we have lost.  We learned about Dia de Los Muertos.  We listened to Mariachi music, made calaveras, watched a short video that I found on Pinterest, ate authentic Mexican food and even set up an altar for those we have lost.  My class was so involved that they did not want the week to end.  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

This is one of my most favorite books.  Every Fall I love to read this to my students.  It's a very interactive Read Aloud.  It's also perfect for my ELLs.  You just need a pair of shoes (I use an old pair of my hubby's boots), a pair of pants, an old shirt, a pair of gloves, a hat and a plastic jack-o-lantern.  Then they need to clomp clomp their feet, clap clap their hands, shake shake and wiggle wiggle their bodies, nod nod their heads and say BOO!!!
Then when we're done reading the story, we build a scarecrow.  This year my classroom has two entryways so I keep one closed.  It has a little cubby-area.  So this is where my scarecrow sits in my wagon.  I don't know if it has scared any crows, but it has scared some teachers...especially if they're in the building after hours~in the dark~on the weekend...because it is life-size and if you aren't paying attention, it looks like a man sitting there when you glance quickly at it.  I've heard more screeches and gasps...and then laughs.

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Uh Oh...Feeling A Little "Horse" Sub Plans

So after twenty-one years (OMG~Can it really be that long?!?!?!) of teaching I finally have got my act together.  I finally have all my sub plans together. Not that I haven't been prepared in the past...Because I have.  But now it's all in one theme.  And I'm happy to share with you.  This is all you need for a sub. You can get it
here at my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop
or here at my Teachers Notebook Shop

Just a little planning now and you'll be set for the year.  And the Farm/Ranch theme is so cute.  I think I'll use the same format but do it in an ocean theme and maybe a safari theme...but that requires some more time. We have Parent/Teacher Conferences this week and next , plus Halloween.
YIKES...I can't believe the first quarter is over already.  WOW.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

An Apple A Day

Holy Smokes it's been a while.  I really am not a slacker.  True story...I have just been preoccupied I guess.  My grandpa who I have blogged about has passed.  I miss him dearly but am glad he is finally done with the pain and discomfort.  He was truly a wonderful man.
My hubby is in a new job in a completely new field with a completely new schedule. That has taken some adjusting.
And most recently, we live in Colorado.  I'm sure you cannot have missed all the news about the flooding that has occurred here.  One of our most favorite places to visit, hang out, shop, ride, etc, etc, etc has been devastated.  One of the most scenic roads to drive on is GONE.  So sad.  We live about an hour away from there, but the water flows downhill and into the South Platte River.  AND our house is a half mile from the river.  Now let me tell you, we feel very VERY VERY fortunate.  The river came onto our land.  Our hay field became a lake-complete with ducks, geese and pelicans.  Luckily, we evacuated our horses and were ready to leave ourselves...but we were spared.  The river came onto our land and then receded fairly quickly.  Our bridge was also spared, with the road only closing for a few days.  Just yesterday, they finished repairing the road.
This is our hay field/lake.
This is the river flowing over the top of the highway a half mile from our house.

Enough bad news!!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new position as ESL Teacher.  It's just that there is a ton of assessing and interpreting data and and and teaching.  WHEW! But it's all good.  As a matter of fact it's great. I am finally creating again.  Whoop Whoop!!!
I know it's a little late for apples, but it's still Fall.  I made this cute Apple Unit that you can get here at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store or here at my Teachers Notebook Store.

I am back (I think).  I am working with my new neighbor (our Art Teacher) and we are decorating our entire hallway with the help of our Music Teacher, our Computer Teacher, and our Librarian.  I hope to get some pictures taken and posted here. It's a work in progress, but it looks spooky so far!

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