Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Signing off....

Well, I am getting ready to head out to the airport and enjoy a relaxing week in the Caribbean!  

Thank you all so much for donating books to the school in Jamaica I will be visiting. I am so excited to have this awesome experience! I'll be giving the donations and reading to the children tomorrow morning at 9am, 10am our time.   I'll be sure to post some photos when I can! 

Have a safe and happy spring break and Easter!


We did it!!

Read Across America month is over and we did it!!

50 Books in one month!!!

eXcellent Xx's!

How many things can we use around our class to make an X?  Wow... a whole lot!!   We can use our bodies too!!  The kids really had a blast with this fun center!

Goofy kiddos!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thank You Deborah Diesen!!

We LOVE The Pout-Pout Fish!

This week...Michigan!

This week we stopped in Michigan!  We read both Pout-Pout Fish books, 
The Pout Pout Fish and The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark
By Author Deborah Diesen!

This was a very special stop!  Author Deborah Diesen saw my previous post on Reading Across America, and she kindly sent our class a note explaining where she lived in Michigan, AND Pout-Pout Fish bookmarks!!  How excited we were!  The kids LOVED it that she even signed all the bookmarks so now they have her autograph!  We are so grateful that she reached out to us!  

The books are so cute and all week I could hear the kids whispering parts of the book without even realizing it....

"Blub, Bluub, Bluub"   or   "I spread the dreary-wearies all over the place!"

I was trying to think of something to do Pout-Pout related :) and decided to have the kids re-create the book cover!

I made a few outlines on my own, the fish body, eyes and the pouty lip.  The kids had a lot of scissor work with this!

Then we glued the pieces together, looked at the book cover...(studied the book cover :) and finally, we watercolor painted our book cover.

                                     Look at my pouty face!

Pout-Pout Cover Results!

Look at the wonderful art they did!  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello Michigan!!

This week on our road trip, we stopped to talk about Michigan!  
Here are a few things we learned!

The American Robin is Michigan's state bird.  Hey, it's also one of the first signs of spring!!

Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on a farm in Greenfield Township (near Detroit, Michigan)
 Ford produced his first experimental car in 1893 and founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903.

Michigan has around 150 lighthouses, the most of any U.S. state. The first lighthouses in Michigan were built between 1818 and 1822. They were built to project light at night and to serve as a landmark during the day to safely guide the passenger ships and freighters traveling the Great Lakes.

A wagon with Ww wheels!

Ww for Wish

It's officially spring!!
 (even though it feels like summer  here in NC!)

Let's make a wh wh wh WISH!

I combined an Art and Writing center this week.  

First we cut some "grass" for the bottom of our spring picture.

Then... Oh boy...Ms. Kristy has Christmas bows out and it's 80 degrees outside.  Is she nuts?! :)

No!  It just so happens when you dip a bow into white paint and dab it onto dark blue looks like a white fluffy dandelion- you know, the kind you blow and make a wish!

                                     What a mess we made!!