Thursday, December 13, 2012

1/2 Class Fun

Today was a crazy day. Most of my kids are in Chorus and Band (of course, I'm the teacher who has the most kids out when this happens...the others just have one or two), and they had a concert tonight, so they spent much of the morning rehearsing.

I couldn't teach anything new or important, as I only had about half my class. So what does one do when half the class is missing?  Some winter fun, of course!

I started off reading Snowflake Bentley to the kids.

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The kids really enjoyed it...I don't read stories to them enough! (With all the stuff we have to get through, fun read alouds have fallen by the wayside :(

After, we made Snowflake Similes that I got from Deb over at Simply the Classroom (you can see her blog post about it here).

First, we brainstormed a list of things that they think of when they think of snow. We came up with a lot of different things (some of them weird!), and I put a line next to the 'good' choices to guide them.

Then the kids got to work creating their brochure. They came up with the similes, decorated the pages with snowflakes/ pictures of their similes.

After that, they created a Winter/Snow Poem to go on the back.

They are mostly finished, and we will share it with the rest of the class tomorrow :)

So, when you only have half your something fun, yet educational (but not too educational! You don't want the others to miss things! ;)

Today's Outfit

Sweater: JCPenny
Pants: Kohls
Shoes: Amazon

Tomorrow's outfit will be full of sparkly goodness, as our staff party is tomorrow and I am being 'festive'. We also only have 6 days left until break (5 days once tomorrow starts!)

Smiles and Sunshine,

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