Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy Hump Day!

I hope everyone is having a great week!  I am lucky enough to have a 4-day week.  Although I am not sure it is really lucky... trying to cram 5 days worth of work into 4!  I will have to say the weekend comes faster!

I am spending the week teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. using the unit I created last year, A Primary Unit All About Martin Luther King, Jr..  Today we completed the timeline of his life.  This year we used a long strip of paper I accordion folded and the students clued the events in order.  They all turned out great.  We also did my lesson comparing a white and brown egg.  This is one of the favorite lessons I teach all year long, I think this helps the kids really get it.  I always start out by just saying we are practicing comparing and contrasting using a venn diagram to compare two eggs.  I intentionally don't mention anything about MLK.  A few of the kids always have the ah-ha moment when they share with the class "Hey, that is just like white and brown people, the only thing different is the color!"  

I have also been assessing Dolch word fluency this past week.  I have found using a timed PowerPoint to flash the words helps keep the students going.  No more staring at each word for 30 seconds.  Give it a try!  Click here to download the PowerPoint I made.  It changes every 1.5 seconds.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Snowball Fight Facebook Freebie Hop!  I know I did, and snagged many fabulous finds!  I also gained many new Facebook followers, so thank you!

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