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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Official start of summer and end of the year stuff






Well I know it's summer when my dog is swimming in the pool!

I also know that the year is almost over once my field trip is over.  We went to Sandy Hook, NJ and went seining.  See pictures below seining is fishing with a net.  The weather was freezing and windy on May 24!!  However, it didn't rain and the kids had a blast.


                                                      LOOK at those storm clouds!!




We have 20 days and counting so here are a few products I will be using to get me through the end of the year.

                                                         Father's Day Seahorse Card

Father's Day will be here before you know it and this product is a perfect lesson and gift all in one.  You can find it HERE.

I will also be creating these adorable floating friends to end the year.  You can find this product at teachers pay teachers HERE.


                                                  Floating Through School (beginning or end of the year craftivity)

Lastly my class will be creating oceans as a culmunating activity after our ocean trip.  Each day we create  a different ocean organism.

You can find my ocean mural product HERE.
 
                                                            
Ocean Murals (with fiction or nonfiction writing component)
 
Enjoy those last hectic days of school and the lazy days of summer!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Taking over Instagram

Hello friends-

If you haven't heard, every Tuesday Teachers are taking over Instagram!

Check out our posts today...









If your not on Instagram...You're missing out!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale

We know how important it is to feel appreciated and are thrilled to announce that we are helping to spread the appreciation by joining the TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale.



Our entire TPT store is on sale from May 7th to May 8th.  Please feel free to check out our products and shop away.

WE APPRECIATE YOU!
Damien and Kelly

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Apps in our Novel

Hello buddies-

For the past five years I have been reading the first two Harry Potter books as my whole group novel.  As much as I LOVE the Harry Potter Series and I LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE IT!

See proof here: England Update
Here: London
Here: Magic Wands
And Here: Welcome to Hogwarts

I needed to do something a little different this year, call it the 7 year itch. As part of our Harry Potter character unit we took the theme of: What if Hogwarts had technology?

                What if Hermione could Google Nicholas Flamel?

                What would Harry Tweet after a Quidditch Match?

                          What Apps would be on Ron's I-Pad?

This new twist really allowed my students to really connect with the characters.  Most recently we spent some time designing our own Apps for Hogwarts students.  My kids created games, studying Apps, and a digital Maruader's Map for their I-pads. 

Take a glance below: 

Students had to write a description of their App
like one that would be found on I-Tunes
They had to draw a icon image for their I-pad




















My kids ABSOLUTELY loved this activity and the Apps they created were AWESOME!  Look below for the final product
Class iPad with our voted Apps

App description

Each kid gets to make a mini-iPad with their apps. 

Our hallway display

My App activity is available on my TPT store: Apps in our Novel

Enjoy!
Damien