Thursday, October 27, 2011

Q-Tip Painting

These are some fall trees that we made today using q-tips to paint! We started out the activity by writing Fall Leaf Poems. We began by brainstorming the types of leaves we see in the fall (ex. red, orange, big, small, smashed, blended colors, etc) Then we talked about what you can do in the leaves by listing action words (ex. jump, run, hide, throw, etc). The students then wrote their poems and made their q-tip tree painting. I saw the idea for this tree using q-tips on another teacher's blog, so I can't take credit for the art idea but I was pretty pleased with how well the students did with this writing / art activity! They thought it was cool to paint with q-tips!
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Halloween Crafts

These are some Halloween craft projects the kids are doing tomorrow! They are also making ghost lollipops and toilet paper pumpkins with orange tissue paper! It should be a fun filled day, followed by our all school Halloween Parade in costumes and our classroom party!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thank You!

What a nice treat to wake up to on a Saturday morning! Dee at First Impressions has given my blog, the Blog on Fire Award!  Thank you, Dee! I am so excited!  It's so nice to be recognized by such wonderful blogs! I still consider myself fairly new to blogging and am finding it to be so rewarding.  I continue to be inspired daily by all of the other fabulous teachers out there sharing their talents!

With this award, I need to share seven things about myself, then pass the award along to other "hot" blogs.  So, here goes!
1. I have been a teacher for 5 years!
2. I have visited 13 countries (Malta, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, St. Vincent, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Canada).
3. I grew up on a blueberry orchard.
4. I love art and photography.
5. My husband is from England (yes, I still love the accent)!
6. I have a BA in French Foreign Language.
7. I lived in Dijon, France for a year! 

I'm passing the Blog on Fire award in no particular order to these fantastic blogs:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Favorite Read Aloud Linky Party!

Read aloud is one of my favorite times of the school day! The kids can learn and practice so many wonderful comprehension skills while listening to read alouds. I find read aloud time to be especially helpful for the reluctant reader because they can really participate in great book discussions! Poppy by Avi, is my all time favorite read aloud book! I also found a link to a literature unit on Poppy if you're interested!

To check out more great read aloud books recommended by other teachers check out: