A Whole Lot of Random Catching Up…

by becky on April 29, 2012

Wow! It’s been a while. I don’t know what it is, but ever since Spring Break I feel like I’m just going through the motions at school. It’s funny. At lunch the other day a few teachers were talking about how this is such a busy time of year, and I started thinking, when is it not a busy time of year for teachers? Right now my district is in the middle of contract negotiations and many teachers have been Rif’d for next year. One of them being my close teammate. I know that everything happens for a reason, and I feel SUPER confident that she’ll be back in 4th grade next year (I’m a bit psychic, lol), but still just the drama of worrying about what will happen next year has really taken the wind out of my sails. I know education is under huge attacks right now (again, when is it not?) and unfortunately I’ve let that energy get to me.

ANYWAY… pity party over!

I wish I had a lot of new ideas to post but I’ve had horrible idea block and have several projects started but not finished. So, instead, I thought I’d post some pictures of finished projects we did in class and hopefully it will send some inspiration out into blogland.

Several weeks ago, my students and I were learning about the United States Government and when we learned about the Executive Branch, I had them complete an “If I were President” poem outline. Then, they created themselves as the future president. Hint-I used most of the dimensions from the awesome and free TLC directed art project for Barack Obama. You can find the directions {here}.

Here is a shot from our final ADORABLE projects. My favorite part is the girls with their diamonds. Lol, they love using gems. 🙂

For Earth Day, I decided to try something different. In the past I’ve had students create their own Earth Day Haikus. Here is a shot from last year’s projects.

This year, I found this sweet idea on Pinterest and tweaked it with my students.


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I beefed it up by turning it into a paragraph writing prompt where they explain how they plan to Handle the Earth With Care. I have to say, my student have HUGE hearts for the earth and their ideas were not only practical but incredibly thoughtful. Here are a few shots of our finished projects.

This week we are going on our last field trip of the year and it’s to go see this cutie…

Stay tuned for some SUPER cute craftivities!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Pat Baker April 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

AMEN, to the craziness this time of year. Our state testing is over, the countdown is on for the last day (May 17), and that leaves field trips to worry about.
Pat

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Katie from Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher April 30, 2012 at 2:27 am

Hi Becky!

I so agree…when are we not busy and stressed!?!?!?! Thank goodness we finished testing in Texas last week and no we have field trips and lots of fun things planned. I also have to tell you how much I love your math vocab signs! I bought both last week and have already laminated them and cut them out to use next year. I am going to be teaching math next year for the first time and am super excited to use your products!!! Hope the rest of your school year goes great!

Miss Klohn
Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

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becky May 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Oh, I’m so happy you like the posters! I really love having them up in my classroom. It is such a great tool to have for the students to access! THANKS for stopping by! Becky 🙂

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