Thursday, May 29, 2014

Project iMovie


Check out the X-cellent commercial Alex created for his Communications class!

Yes, I have a cameo appearance in the video.

I bet you didn't know I could act!

If you would like to make movie to go along with one of your lessons or a novel you read this year, send it to me and I will post it here!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Protect, Don't Infect!


As you know, I have been sick for the last few days.

Not fun.

In order to play it safe and to prevent germs from spreading, watch this video...


Blech! Germs are gross.

If you have what it takes to be an official PDI Agent, click here.  

In the comment box, share what you 
learned from the movie!

Thursday, May 15, 2014



Keep writing this summer!

Remember events, get your creative juices flowing, and write for fun by keeping a journal!

Journaling is cool because you can write about whatever you want, spelling doesn't count, and you can even add doodles! Writing in a journal can help you remember things, get to know yourself better, solve problems and become a fluent writer.

People have been journaling for hundreds of years. Some journals even date back to the 10th Century! As we learned in Book Club, Lewis & Clark wrote about their expedition in a journal that you can read today (see image below). We can learn a lot about our ancestry and history by reading journals of the past. If you keep a journal of your adventures and your thoughts each day, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading it when you are older. You can even share it with your future children and grandchildren!

In fact Oscar Wilde, 19th century playwright, said: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”

Happy writing!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Red Balloon for Ryan


an excerpt from
Red Balloon Rising 
By Laurel Blossom 

I jumped to catch it, but not soon enough.
It darted away.
It still looked large and almost within reach.
Like a heart.
Watch, I said.
You squinted your little eyes.
The balloon looked happy, waving

Monday, May 5, 2014

Primary & Secondary Colors


Today we learned about primary and secondary colors. Red, blue and yellow are primary colors because they can't be created by mixing other colors together. They are a single color that can't be broken down.

On the other hand, secondary colors are made by combining red, blue and yellow. Secondary colors include purple, orange, green and all the colors in between. Hey that rhymes!

Speaking of colors and rhyming... And to Name but Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue by Laurie Rosenwald is one of my favorite color-themed books!

If you decide to make a color collage or color rhyming book like Ms. Rosenwald, send it to me and I will post it on our blog! Here are some rhyming color words to get you started!

...and this is a peek into our Colors lesson...

Teachers, the entire lesson can be found on my TpT site!

Colors are awesome.

What is your favorite color?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Class Calendar


Click the calendar to enlarge.
Check your k-mail for the printable version.

Only 25 more days of school!