Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ancient Tribes Museum

I am so proud of my fourth grade class.  They worked so hard on their Ancient Tribes Museum.  They did research in books.  Then, they researched on the internet.  They then put all that research together to make posters and did a presentation to the class. 

I gave them a hunk of clay and they created ancient villages.  They collected sticks and glued them together to make little ladders.  They found scraps of tissue paper to make fire pits.  They painted and sculpted.  Finally, they opened their museum.

We held our museum in the gym, where we could spread out.  We dimmed the lights and the students held flashlights to highlight the work.  Each "tribe" presented their posters and dioramas.  They asked questions to check for understanding.  They took questions from the visitors.  And they did it for 500 students for 3 hours.  Boy, were they tired!  (I mentioned that teachers talk/teach for 7 hours everyday.)

 We even had visitors from the District Office.

  See the cute tissue paper fire?

***UPDATE*** I had to remove the cute pics of my students. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pin the Feather on the Turkey

You know the game.  Pin the tail on the donkey?  Well, this year, we turned it around a little.

It all started when my boys were getting excited about family coming to visit for Thanksgiving.  They kept asking how many more days.  I had made a countdown chain for them last Christmas to...countdown to Christmas.  I decided to modify it a little to help them countdown to Thanksgiving

Every night the boys plucked a feather and we wrote on the feather what they were thankful for.  I saved the feathers for Thanksgiving night.  Oh, it was fun!

Everyone got blindfolded.  Spun around.  And pointed in the right direction, more or less.  Joe cheated. 

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In the end, the littlest, youngest, and the one who had never played before won!  I had my money on the blink guy.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Know a Not-So-Old Lady Who............

I know a not-so-old lady who swallowed some pie....

she swallowed the pie to go with the turkey....

she swallowed the turkey to go with the mashies...

she swallowed the mashies to go with the salad...

she swallowed the salad to go with the rolls...

she swallowed the rolls to go with the stuffing....

perhaps she'll pop!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Countdown is On!

My family is coming to visit for Thanksgiving.  I'm so excited.  The boys are too.  They kept asking me how many days until Thanksgiving.  At first, I just told them the number of days, but then I had an idea (it does happen every once in awhile).

At Christmas, I make a countdown chain.  Each chain has a Bible verse or activity on it.  We focus on the real meaning of the holiday and we schedule the fun stuff (deliver cookies to the ER, drive around and look at lights, spend time with elderly neighbors, etc) so the holiday bustle doesn't get the best of us.  The boys get to take a chain off every day and see that we are getting closer to Christmas. 

I used that idea for Thanksgiving.  But paper chains are Christmas-like, not Thanksgiving-like.  Instead, I made a turkey out of scrap construction paper (um, that's why he's blue, y'all).  Then, I cut out the feathers.  I think in the following years, the boys will cut out these pieces.  Each day the boys take a feather off the turkey.  Now, they can see that we are getting closer to Thanksgiving.  On each feather, we write something they are thankful for.  Tonight, Jack said that he is thankful for "our food". 

I am putting the feathers aside right now, for later use on Thanksgiving night.  I plan to play "Pin the Feather on the Turkey" complete with blindfolds.  Even my dad (and if you know my dad, that is hilarious!).  I will post those pics/video after Thanksgiving.

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