Sunday, March 4, 2012

Shutting Down the Weekend...

Well, the weekend is over!  I had a great one!  However, this entry has taken me much longer to get out.  I burned my hand severely while cooking.  The skin on my pinky finger is peeling off!  I can hear the kids now...EWWWWWW..."Mrs. M, that reminds me of this movie..." (A totally gross, inappropriate one, I'm sure!).  It took me two hours to do my lesson plans!! II have to type 20 words, put ice bag on hand, type 20 words, put ice on hand... You get the idea.  But Spring Break is only a week away, the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel"! Yay!

Fortunately, I had already completed my materials for tomorrow.  We will review characterization and I have made a poster for character traits.  My original idea was to laminate the poster and use Vis-A-Vis to write on it when we review.  However, I forgot our laminating machine at school is messed up! So the students will have to create their own copy of my poster.

Here is the poster we will use:
It is not your vision...this is definitely out of focus!

Here is how I will have the students make their own copies.  We use this format for our 6 Step Vocabulary in Texas History.  I learned this from a friend in another school, and she learned it from someone else, and so on, and so on, ...  Students begin with a sheet of notebook paper:

Fold the paper in half (like a hamburger).

Fold it in half again!

Fold up one corner.  Make sure it is on the folded side!
Open the paper up.

Have students trace the folds.  Fill in the character name and write away!

I had such trouble uploading these pics!! So I apologize if you saw bits and pieces!!  I felt like the lady in the old Mervyn's commercials..."Open, open, open..." except I was saying, "Upload, upload, upload!"  (Are there any Mervyn's anymore???) And my burning hand kept forcing me to hit enter, which, in turn, uploaded before I was ready!  Sorry!

Please be sure to check out my new pages for books and documents!! You will find them at the top of my page!

I'll end this post with a great quote my sweet cousin Enid had my mother forward to me.  It may just become my email tagline...

"You can teach children to dream of a bright new future or you can teach them to build it with their own two hands."--Unknown

As teachers, we should teach them to dream AND build!!


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  1. Hi Tammy:

    I can so relate!
    It takes me forever to complete a post and I'm not even hurt! It took me four hours for the last one--which explains why I'm not ready for tomorrow!

    LOVE that foldable idea! So easy--yet so cool!!!

    Here's a chuckle for you... Counter or floor in your photos? I take pictures all over my house, trying to find a good background (Haven't found it yet, though!)

    Happy week ahead!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. Hi Kim!! I love your blog! I just had to choices tonight for the photos?? Table and floor!! Keeping my shadow out of the way is the challenge! Haha! Have a super week!


  3. Hi Tammy - The photos came out as well as mine do but thanks for the paper folding tutorial. I was over here trying to figure out how to make such a pretty diamond in the middle of the page and then you solved the riddle!

    I just posted a reply to your comment on my blog about genre and 4th graders. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Vampirates! I am almost done with the series and then I have students clamoring at me that we must read the new 39 clues books. It a second mystery with 39 more clues! Oh whatever shall we do??

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach