Week 17 now seems like forever ago, but here’s what we did:
It was a short week – just 3 days with lots of special events.
Monday and Tuesday was our first ever BOOK SWAP! We had a good number of kids participate. Next year, I think I’ll do it all on one day and have it last all school day. What I did this year was invite K – 2 on one day and 3 – 5 the next. I tried to have it 9am-11am both days. We ended up having kids from all grade levels come both days and at all different times, mostly because of all of the various special events going on because of the holidays (musical theater performance, holiday sing along, Polar Express, etc.). It was a success, however, and I will do it again!
I read snowman stories to Kindergarten. I read Snowman All Year from We Give Books. I did a “following directions” activity where they had to listen to what I told them to draw (“draw one small circle, one medium circle, one large circle. Draw one oval and one square,” etc.) and if they followed directions, they would end up with a snowman. We finished up by reading First Day of Winter by Fleming. I get them to help me tell this story with a bunch of snowmen parts that I have made that they bring up to the flannel board as I read. At the end of the story, they have made a snowman similar to the one in the story.
I read Bear Stays Up for Christmas to 1st grade classes. After reading, we made a story quilt (out of paper) using squares they illustrated with their favorite part of the story.
Media Technology participated in the Holiday Card Project. On Monday, we opened our cards from other students around the country. As we opened the cards, we searched for the location of the card using Google Earth. On Tuesday, our TIS led them through writing a poem that looks like a Christmas tree using Microsoft Word. Pretty simple, but it gives them good practice changing fonts, learning how to center, justify, etc. All the stuff you think they already know, but they don’t.
And that was that!
Now, I’ve been on break and Christmas has come and gone. We spent Christmas in Vegas (Marty, me, and my dad). Good times, except, you know how I said I was sick, sick, sick earlier in the week? Marty got what I had and was sick in Vegas. It’s kind of sad when Mr. Vegas is sick in Vegas. BUT, all in all, we had a good holiday. We are all ready for 2013 – we hope you are too!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!