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Make a Bunny: Craft Project

March 31st, 2015

  Make a Bunny:  Crafts     Here are instructions on how to craft your own bunny.  Click on the link below for printouts.   Link to document:  Make a Bunny Craft Project Directions: 1.  Download the document and print out the patterns to create your bunny. 2.  Cut out the patterns. 3.  Paste the […]


March 2nd, 2015

Use the daisy pattern shown below: Create your own daisy by tracing a CD,  then draw in the petals and stem of the flower.  The daisy pattern can be used for many activities throughout the school year.   Here are some ideas: • Glue or draw a picture in the center (for example, a picture of […]

Crafts – Woven Valentine

January 26th, 2015

  You will need…   Heart pattern –  White or color of your choice card stock. –  Colored paper or card stock. –  Scissors –  Paste/ glue   Directions 1. Cut out a heart pattern. 2. Fold heart in half. 3. Cut across the fold to about ½ to 1 inch from the edge of […]

                      Our abctools section is very popular among our members.  Some of the tools have a very specific purpose: make a word wall, create a shapebook, customize a handwriting worksheet, etc. But they can have other uses as well.  Throughout the coming year I will […]

Reading Log Activity

November 5th, 2014

Fun Reading Log on a Metal Ring   * When I taught 3rd grade I was always trying to come up with a fun way for my students to keep track of what they read.  I also encouraged them to read a variety of genres.  I came up with this idea of making genre strips […]

Halloween Fun!

October 27th, 2014

  * This week’s fun activity is great for Halloween parties, craft day or for a learning center.   * Follow the easy instructions and create a Halloween or Autumn lantern.                         Step by Step Instructions:  1.  Leaving a one-inch margin on all sides, cut […]


September 18th, 2014

Bill Gates gave a Ted Talk in May 2013 about feedback, and the lack thereof, directed at teachers. Gates cited a study that claims 98% of teachers only get one word of feedback, and that feedback is most often “satisfactory.” While it’s (barely) better than nothing, a single thumbs-up is about as useful for honing […]

Don’t Be Letterman

August 21st, 2014

I didn’t realize I had become Letterman. As in David Letterman, the soon-to-retire host of the Late Show. I did, however, realize that I was tired all the time, and my well of ideas felt close to running dry. There was an uncomfortable air of desperation in my teaching. That’s when my vice principal revealed […]

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

August 13th, 2014

“What could possibly go wrong?” The phrase is rarely deployed without irony, and for good reason; we are all familiar with Murphy and his law. When we ask the question literally, we plan and innovate. “What could possibly go wrong?” has given us seat belts and parachutes. It has given us lifeguards and extra sets […]

Medieval heraldry sounds about as fun as a day of browsing antique shops to the few children who know what the term means. It almost sounds dusty. But you don’t need to look to (the decidedly kid-inappropriate) Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or Dune series to see that people love “houses,” heraldry, […]

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