NLSW 2016!!

This past week we celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week at Central (and at other Lutheran Schools across the country!). It is always such a high-energy week, but in the midst of all the crazy dress-up spirit days and fun activities, it’s such a blessing to sit back and reflect on WHY we celebrate Lutheran Schools.  What a blessing to be able to teach and learn in an environment where the Gospel of Jesus is preached EVERY SINGLE DAY!!  What a blessing to be able to pray together in our classroom, to share God’s love with each and every student that walks through our doors…there’s no place I’d rather spend my days.  🙂

Here are a few photos from our dress-up fun and activities from the week.  Enjoy!

 

Monday: Pajama Day & QR Code Prayer Walk

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Tuesday: Time Travel Day & Cookies and Cards for Phil’s Friends

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Wednesday: Sports Team Day & Inflatable Party

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Thursday: Dress in One Color Day & Leo Lionni Author Study

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Friday: Green and White Day & 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game

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Are You Ready for Some Football!!??!

This past Wednesday, we had an entire day devoted to one of my favorite sports: football.  The students walked in to our classroom in the morning to find it set up like a football stadium.

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Our first activity was a football-style review game for an upcoming Math test.  The questions were displayed on the SmartBoard, and students answered them on their own dry erase boards.  If they got the correct answer, they advanced one yard line.  If they did not get the correct answer, they stayed where they were.  Any penalties would result in being sent back a yard line.  (Thankfully, no flags were thrown in our game!)  Questions were timed to keep the game moving.

Students were on two teams, starting in opposite end zones.  Once you reach the other end zone, you scored a point for your team, then turned around and worked your way back toward the other end zone.

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After our Math review game was finished, we did two sets of football-themed centers activities to round out our day, with roughly 20-22 minutes per station.  Students were put into three teams for these, and competed as a team to complete all activities.  These centers covered many different topics across various subject areas, some new material, some review.  We had centers in English (idioms, types of sentences, onomatopoeia poem/story writing), Reading (fact/opinion, vocabulary matching), Math (measurement in inches and feet), and Social Studies (map skills).  For early finishers, there were bonus Math word problems on the wall to solve for bonus points or additional long division practice for our upcoming test.  There was no time to be bored during this day, and the time limits kept everyone on their toes!!

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This was a fast-paced, high-energy day, full of learning and full of FOOTBALL!!  And perfect timing, too, with the NFL playoffs getting into full swing this weekend.  🙂

Are YOU ready for some football??!