Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Tune

Those in early childhood know young children make sense of new things based on what they have previously heard and experienced.  In Language Arts we've been working on present and past tense verbs.  It's a rather abstract concept, so made up a song to help them remember.  It's to the tune of "Ten Little Indians."

     A present tense verb is happening right now.
     A present tense verb is happening right now.
     A present tense verb is happening right now.
     I am.  He is.  They are.

     A past tense verb has already happened.
     A past tense verb has already happened.
     A past tense verb has already happened.
     She was.  It did.  We were.

It was a bit too abstract for some, apparently.
They sang, "A president's verb is happening right now."

Don't you just love their logic following all the recent Presidential election sound bites they heard?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Award

Some time back my friend, Becky, gave me a blog award and an interesting history about it.  I'll just quote her description.

"Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest."  This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The origin  of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger.  This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs thaqt have less than 200 followers.

Rules for Acceptance:  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.  Post the award onto your blog.  Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!"

Becky, here's your public thank-you since I just now was able to actually get the award posted on my blog.  Must have had blog-block!! I'm hoping all my Wagoneers and lurkers will stop by your wonderful blog, Scrapping Becky B.

My awardees are

Cyndie @ Chalk One Up for the Teacher

Sarah @ Using My Teacher Voice

Heidi @ In That Room With Heidi Harrell

Pam My Second Home

And Teacher Gone Digital

Cruise on over to see what these creative ladies are up to.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hello, Crystal

I'm happy you joined my wagoneers.  My little red wagon rattled by your  Jones' Junction.  It's such a cute site, I just had to join!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Welcome Aboard, Heather

I'm so glad you have joined my crew of wagoneers.  Hope you enjoy the ride.  Listen up, Wagoneers. Check out Heather's adorable blog.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I'm so blessed and thankful for my family and friends.
Whether you have a house full of company this year, are traveling to be with loved ones, or dining alone, take time to count your blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving to my cyber-friends!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Sneak Preview

It's time again for Book Camp!  
Our four second grade classes become campsites for the 2-day Thanksgiving week.  

Picnic Table where Camping Buddies will read together.
Word Center - Campers will thread wooden lettered beads on
chenille sticks to spell out camp words.
Tomorrow morning my little Learning Gardeners will enter Camp Read-a-Lot.  Each camper will have a buddy, with whom they'll read camp-themed books and take AR tests.  They'll record all the books they read on a special reading log.  All across the curriculum they will experience camp.  We'll gather around our campfire (above right) tomorrow for a lunch of hot dogs and chili.  Later in the afternoon they'll heat Jiffy Pop skillets over a hot plate "campfire."

The fun will continue the next day with more reading and more camp-themed tasks in all subject areas.  Of course we'll have to make some s'mores! A pine cone bird feeder is the activity for our "Camp Craft Cabin." They're culminating activity will be to write about their favorite activity and illustrate it.

I'm hoping for lots of parents and grandparents to show up as Trail Guides both days.  They will listen to campers read and help with various activities.  It's always hard to determine who has more fun, the campers or the adults.

Watch for more pics.

Sad Saturday

The announcement came yesterday:  The demise of the DingDong, termination of the Twinkie, and the wind down of Wonder Bread.  Hostess Brands has ceased operation and declared bankruptcy.

I remember having toured the Tulsa plant with my class when I was in grade school.  The yeasty smell of the rising room was so strong, and the ovens were huge.  We received a miniature loaf of Wonder Bread as a souvenir.

What is truly sad is the loss of 180 jobs here in Tulsa and 18,500 nationwide.  I hope they are able to sell the company quickly so all those people can get back to work.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Wobble

It's getting close to time again for gobble, gobble, wobble, wobble.  My kids used a turkey to help them practice their spelling words.  After writing each word on a feather, they cut the feathers out and arranged them in alpabetical order.  The body was made by rounding the corners on a circle. Then they  traced around and cut a folded head part to make a 3D head.  They thought it was a fun way to practice spelling and alpha order.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Meeting

It's always nice when the meeting you attend is worth all the extra effort of preparing sub plans.  Here in Oklahoma we're easing into the Common Core Standards. Kindergarten and first have begun using them.  Next year second will take them on.

The workshop today was on the topic of complementing science instruction with the CC literacy standards.  Tiffany Neill, our Oklahoma Department of Education's Director of Science and Health Education, gave a very informative and fun presentation.  I loved her common sense approach to CCS, as well as the classroom-ready teaching strategies and resource information she shared.

Welcome, Lisa

So glad you decided to catch a ride with me in my little red wagon. 

Glad you did your patriotic duty and voted, too.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mmmm

When I dropped by to visit my sister, Julie, yesterday evening, she had supper all ready for us to eat.  Tuna Jackstraw!  This tasty dish from our childhood is so easy and quick to fix.  Here's the recipe.

1 can Tuna, drained
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup, undiluted
1 small can LeSeur peas, with liquid
1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 4-ounce can shoestring potatoes

In a small skillet stir together all ingredients but shoestrings until heated through.  Place each serving on a bed of shoestring potatoes.

How easy is that?!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Just imagine you have lost your entire teaching "archives" lovingly amassed over your career.  How discouraging that would be!  

Laurah at The ESOL Odyssey has organized a wonderful way for us to help out our colleagues impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Check out the link below to see how you can lend a hand.