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Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 67- 'Twas the night before...

the night before, the night before.... Thanksgiving. There are two versions of this Thanksgiving tale. In one version, the turkeys are rescued and everyone eats pb&j sandwiches. In the other version, the family gathers for a traditional meal, complete with turkey. Both stories follow the rhyming pattern of the traditional Christmas story of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
 Children go on a field trip to a turkey farm and end up rescuing the turkeys.

A 'traditional' Thanksgiving with family.

My students loved the first book, and did a great job filling out the Venn Diagram that we made for both of the stories. 
We started a Thanksgiving art project today. The finished products will be given to Parkridge Hospital- one of our school's sponsors. I hope to get a picture of my students and their art tomorrow. 

Speaking of artistic things- I know you all are wondering about our Solar System Family Tree that we started last week! Well, we colored and cut out the planets and they were placed on the family tree.

 All the planets placed with care. 

Some star and comet embellishments.

The colors didn't show up well in the picture, so you'll have to come to the school and check it out for yourself! We put it in the hallway for all to see. I am proud to report that most of my students can name all of the planets, and some can even retell the story of Saturn and his idea of how to retain his position as king of the gods. (it's kind of a hard story to forget!)

For my small groups, I made this... (with the help of Mr. Russell who donated the cereal box, and Ms. Hill who colored the Old Lady)
I found the idea at Making Learning Fun, and it goes with our story from last week. (I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie)

This is a sight word game made from a cereal box. Students read the sight word and feed it to the Old Lady! Of course, we will create a little competition and see who can read the most words in 30 seconds and see who wins.

In TIER II today, we played a little game with the book that we had been reading. It's called Come in the Grass. (not a very thrilling story, I have to admit. Still working on sight words) Here is a little video of our activity!

Basically, I wrote each page on a sentence strip and cut the words out using crinkly-cut scissors. Students had to be the first to put their sentence back together and read it to me to get a ticket.

Impressive, right?
Our Daily Brain

** Reminder** No school Wednesday- Friday. 
Tomorrow is a special Cub Cash event! Students with good behavior, and $30 Cub Cash, can enjoy popcorn and a movie in the afternoon! Woo-hoo!

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