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Since I missed last week, I am adding some of the celebrations from the week before winter break to this blog post. Some of them were too good to miss out on.
Last week, we made ornaments for the students to take home. I have a class full of students who celebrate Christmas so we had fun with holiday crafts. I appreciate these years, because when I have students who don’t celebrate, we don’t celebrate in the classroom either. I was so happy with how cute the ornaments turned out. And their elves were so fun too.
When we got to the end of Because of Mr. Terupt, there was an explanation of what it means to “loop” in school. There was a small chorus of, “can we do that?” that made my heart sing. I love it that my students love to be in my class and want to continue to be in my class.
Christmas celebrations with family were very nice this week.
Our plans for some projects in the house are underway and looking good.
I hope you all are finding a lot of things to celebrate in this joyful season.
Have a fabulous week!
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My poor deserted and lonely blog. I have been super busy with the grade level switch and consequently really exhausted at times when I usually would have blogged. As we approach the holidays, things are even more hectic and I felt the need to search for some positive this week. I am so thankful for this community of bloggers that I know will be forgiving and welcome me back with open arms.
- Scholastic Warehouse sale. Need I say more?
- We started an “Elf Yourself” project on Friday and I am so excited to see the cute elves that my students will make. I also showed them the ornament project that we will do next week and I was happy to see their positive reaction. I can’t wait to do that project either. This is the kind of thing I had missed about working with fourth graders.
- We are almost finished with Because of Mr. Terupt as our read aloud. Students are really hanging on every word at this point. I love making students excited about excellent literature.
- We focused on Questioning this week and read Flotsam and Tuesday by David Wiesner. My students loved this experience of reading the wordless books. So much curiosity abounds with each of these fascinating books. We really were able to see that as a reader you might have questions before, during, and after reading.
- We went to see a production of The Wizard of Oz at a local theater company that partners with my school. It was a fabulous rendition of this excellent story! We are now working on writing a fractured version of the tale that we will work into a show and perform in February. I brought in the Kindles this week and my students were super excited to use them to start reading the book.
- I introduced Storybird to my students and they have been writing like crazy. I love that website!
- I have a luncheon to go to on Sunday with a bunch of local bloggers/teachers/authors. The hostess searches young adult fiction for ideas for recipes and then puts together a delicious buffet of literature-inspired food. We also have a book swap and usually get a couple ARCs as well. I am so excited. It is always a great time!
- I lost 10 pounds in the last month using Weight Watchers digital tools. I need to lose a lot more, but I am proud of the progress so far.
- Last, but not least, my husband and I decided to put up a Christmas tree this year. We don’t always do so because a lot of years we are traveling to Spain to see his family. We aren’t going this year and we decided to dig out the decorations. I forgot how many cute decorations I have. It is filling my house with Joy right now and I love it.
What do you have to celebrate? I would love to hear from you in the comments!