Merry Christmas 2014

Being that it’s Christmas Break, I thought, what better topic to blog about today than our Christmas festivities!!  I would like to share what we were up to during the month of December to celebrate the Christmas season, and I’d also like to share a few snapshots of my time at home with my family.

Early in the month, we had our annual Christmas ornament workshop.  Both 4th grade classes combined to make different ornaments and Christmas decorations at different stations.  Half the class worked on these projects while the other half did an additional Greek Mythology activity in the other 4th grade room.  Halfway through our time, the groups switched.  It was great to have moms and grandmas involved with our ornament making!  Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!IMG_1268

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This December, I found a printable calendar online that had a different “Random Act of Kindness” for each day of the month.  One of the days said to “Candy Cane Bomb a Parking Lot”…so we decided to spread some holiday cheer and do just that.  It was a lot of fun to sneak candy canes onto every car in the school and church parking lot one morning.

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The final week of school leading up to break saw MANY fun activities and preparations.  We were busy preparing for Christmas programs…

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…spending time with our Kindergarten Book Buddies…and eating lots of sugar in the process…

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…and finally, enjoying ourselves at our class Christmas party!!

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After a crazy, stressful, jam-packed 3 weeks of December fun, it was nice to come home to my family in Wisconsin.  We had time on Christmas Eve with extended family, and have enjoyed many hours of game-playing, food eating, and family bonding.  We will cap it all off with our annual family board game tournament in a few days on New Year’s Eve, and then it will soon be back to Indiana and back to the daily grind.

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May you all have restful, safe, and merry Christmas breaks, and I pray you all keep in mind the true reason for the season.  Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!

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Greek Mythology Unit 2014

In December, the 4th grade classes study Greek Mythology.  We swap teachers and all the students get to take part in the same projects, plus get some time to learn from each of the 4th grade teachers.  They study the 12 Labors of Heracles, the Trojan War, and other technology projects with Mrs. Rehwaldt.  They study four nature myths and do various projects with Miss Renzelmann.  We have a few combined projects and activity days the last week before break.  It’s a lot of fun for the students, and a lot of fun for us to teach.

Here are some pictures of the activities we did over the past few weeks.

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2014 Fashion Extravaganza!!

This year, 6th grade and 4th grade teamed up for the first time to hold a Fashion Extravaganza fashion show!!

The idea behind this project was to work on our creative writing skills, specifically working with adjectives and figurative language.

The students were put into groups.  The first day’s assignment was to choose a model from each group, and create an outfit for that model- using the items we collected at the local thrift store.  The more mis-matched the outfit, the better.  Then, each student in the group was assigned to write a description of the outfit, making it sound like the most spectacular ensemble you’ve ever seen.

Bits and pieces of each group mate’s writing was put together into one description for the group to use.  Then, roles were assigned.  Each group had a model, an announcer, a stylist, publicity team, music, paparazzi…everyone had something to work on over the next few weeks as we prepared for the fashion event.

On the day of the Fashion Extravaganza, we converted our gym into a runway and invited other classes to come and see our work in action.  The models and announcers did not disappoint, but my personal favorite part were our team of paparazzi, all armed with iPads to take lots of pictures.

Here is a picture of our models, followed by a video of the Fashion Extravaganza.  Enjoy!  I know I did!!

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