Sunday, January 11, 2015

Do you want to build a snowman?

Most kids would agree that the best part of winter is snow! 

Students will love making their own magical snowman friend 
with this fun narrative writing project.

There are several different options for the snowman craftivity.

Writing organizers, writing examples, publishing pages, and more are included to make this a complete narrative writing project.

Do you want to build a snowman? Click HERE to check it out!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Biography Report ~ Wax Museum

I'm linking up with Mrs. Stanford's Class for:

Have you ever incorporated a Wax Museum with a biography 
research project? It's an amazing sight to see!
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Betsy Ross, and Elvis Presley
With a wax museum, the students dress up and become the person that they research, choose poses with props, and hold the poses for a set period of time while other students walk through to observe and study. 

I worked at a school for several years where the wax museum was one of the highlights of the year. I would cry every time! I just couldn't get over how serious these children were about not only researching their important person, writing their biography, but also BECOMING that individual. The students would be perfectly still in their chosen poses as music from Enya played throughout the multipurpose room. Just look at those costumes! That Laura Ingalls Wilder costume is amazing!!! 
(Yeah, I made that one myself - great mom moment!)

The school I work at now does a living museum instead. The students still research an important person, write a biography, and dress up as that person. The difference is that they wear a "button". When a visiting student presses the button they "come to life" and share a short informational piece about their important person. I still cry...

This biography report packet would be a good place to start for a grade-level wax museum or living museum. It's a great project any time of year, regardless of whether you do a wax museum or not.

This packet makes a biography report easy with note-taking and publishing pages as well as complete note-taking examples and 
published examples that model the writing process.

If you would like to check out my biography report for yourself, please click HERE.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year! Writing FREEBIE!

Happy New Year! Here's a writing freebie that your students are sure to enjoy as they reflect on the past year, focusing on their "proud moments," and look forward to the new year by setting goals/resolutions.
Click HERE to check out this New Year's freebie!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Stitch Fix #5 ~ Teacher Style

It's always exciting to open my Stitch Fix box and peel away the tissue paper to see what's inside! I just love the all the cool colors in my latest Fix.

This Anders Heart Print Split Neck Blouse is perfect for me. I love how it's so long and flowy, and it's a great color too. I can dress it up with jewelry, slacks and a cardigan or dress it down with jeans and boots. It came with a blue camisole too. A definite keeper!

These Anita Ponte gray pants are the same style as the black pants in my last fix, which I sent back because I own a pair of Calvin Klein black pants almost exactly like them. Although I tried on the black pants in my last fix, I didn't pay much attention to the fit. These gray pants are a bit too loose. I also don't care for the polyester type fabric of these pants--even thought it's mostly rayon, not polyester. I prefer pants that are a stretchy cotton blend. These are going back.
Plus... I found a pair of CK pants at Costco (they have the best Calvin Klein pants, capris, and shorts). They're the same color, but they're a nice sleek, stretchy cotton blend, and the fit is great. I like them so much that I bought them in a very light gray (almost white--paired above with the blue blouse) and teal as well. Love them!

I just love the pattern of this Phelan Abstract Chevron blouse! The neutral black and off-white makes it easy to pair with colored jeans like this pair that I got at American Eagle (They have the best fitting stretchy skinny jeans and jeggings). I do think this blouse is a bit boxy, and it doesn't really flatter my mid-section. I'm keeping it anyway. Some days I just want to wear a loose fitting blouse.

This Potina Checkered Lining Cardigan is very interesting---and I don't really care for it. I don't think it looks very good on me. I'm also not sure what to pair it with. My classroom is always hot, even in winter, so I probably wouldn't get much use out of it. Back it goes.

When I pulled this Leighton Boat Neck Knit Shirt out of the box, I didn't like it. I tried it on and decided to send it back. A couple of days later, I put it on again, and I completely changed my mind. I actually like it a lot. I think it looks good on me, and it's really, really soft. It's a bit shorter than I usually prefer, but it'll be nice to wear with jeans or my new teal CK pants. Keeper!

This is the style card that my stylist sent me. There are a lot of good suggestions for pairing the pieces in this fix with other items. I love reading Lauren's note and checking out the shoe and accessory suggestions. There are always a few that I'd never wear, though: no ripped or super sloppy jeans and no frumpy shapeless beige skirt! Some of the color combinations, I would never do. I like to match a little bit more. I do have a teal straight skirt just like the picture that will look great with the Phelan blouse! Yay!

If you'd like to check out my other fixes, click below:

Click below to try out Stitch Fix for yourself. It's so much fun!