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Friday, December 30, 2011

♥ New Year means New Weekly Poem (with a FREEBIE) ♥

After reflecting over the first half of the school year I have really thought about poetry and a zillion other things. Not only is poetry going to show up on our new State Assessment (STAAR in Texas) but I was amazed that very few of my students have really been exposed to a lot of poetry.  Poetry can be so fun and it is obviously necessary for Texas students now.

I have decided to choose a  different simple poem each week to read aloud to my class.  We will do a variety of activities with each poem depending on the poem and time of year.  I may have the kids memorize and recite the poem, students may have to rewrite the poem in cursive, the class may have to write a poem themselves mimicking the one I read aloud, etc.

The first poem I will use is called January Starts the Year by Risa Jordan:

January, February, March, April, May.
The first five months are A-OK.

June and July, August, September,
How many summers can you remember?

October, November, December’s the end,
Any month’s a good time to make a new friend.

Fifty-two weeks or twelve months in a year,
As each month ends, a new one is here.

Winter and fall, summer and spring,
These are the seasons that each year brings.

The days in a year come to three hundred sixty-five.
Isn’t it great to be alive?
I will use this poem on the first day back (Awwwwww  Monday, January 2, 2012).  I know the students will not all be wide eyed and bushy tailed and the teacher who has slept in every single day of vacation may not be either so I have created some simple questions to go with the poem.  You can get the questions (and the poem) FREE by ♥ clicking here ♥

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May all of you have good luck, good health, and lots of laughter in 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

So Toad-ally COOL!

Oh my! I was awarded the 'Sunshine Award' by the fabulous Selina from Classroom Magic back in November.  Yup, way back in November, over a month ago and I didn't see it until tonight!!!!!! 
I am so embarrassed and  I am so sorry Selina!!! Thanks so much for honoring me with this award!
Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded it to them.

Here are my answers: 

  • Favorite animal? Frog ♥
  • Favorite color? Green
  • Favorite number? 3
  • Favorite drink? coffee
  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • Your passion?  Being a mom, wife, and educator!
  • Giving or getting presents? Giving for sure
  • Favorite day? Sorry, I don't have just one...the day I married my love (21 years ago), the day both of my children were born, and the day I was honored as New Educator of the year for the district.
Now I pass the award to: