I think one of my favourite things about being the author of my very own blog is the ability to make up words like "Frinky". Yes that's a cominiation of Freebie and Linky and is also a shout out to the movie Freaky Friday (the original with Jodie Foster - because yes I am that old!). So I am linking up with Amanda at Teaching Maddeness and Kasey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for their Friday linkys - be sure to check them out! Also check out the freebie at the bottom of this long post!
#1 - Love Cats - that is the title of our art this week. I was kind of stuck on what I wanted to teach this week - and I just wasn't up for starting in on shading and shadows so we just had fun. We read Love, Splat for our cat and love inspiration. Those illustrations are just too cute.
Then we looked at all the wonderful posts on how to draw cats on Art Projects for kids. I don't have pictures of our art - but most students chose to do one of these two cats - the bowling ball cat or the flying cat. The only expectation was that they draw a cat, put a heart somewhere on it (collar, nose, paws, fur design, wherever)then use watercolour paints to colour it in and outline with marker. I know what you are thinking "Love Cats" that reminds me of the song by the Cure - me too, that is why I brought out my CD and had the kids listen to that song while they were practicing drawing all the different cats. My teaching buddy said we should have made Love Cats that live in Love Shacks and listen to the B52's song - but that is going too far (or it just came too late - or maybe I would have done it). I wish I had photos of their creations (see number 3 for reason there are no photos) but just look at the awesome inspirations we had.
#2 - Monkey Love - I did it, I did it, I finished this unit - and have already used the prefix half in my classroom this week. I think the monkeys are adorable. I posted it here at my TpT store, I know it is a little late for some people to use before Valentine's Day - but monkeys in love is not just for Valentine's Day - monkeys in love is a theme for the whole year!!
Elementary AMC February 08, 2013
#3 - Friday Snow Day - busses cancelled and schools closed - woohoo!!
#4 - R.A.K. - in full swing! This week our Grade 7/8 teacher and students organized our Winter Fun Day (afternoon). The next day we showed them a little kindness by bringing in coffee for the teacher and Timbits for the students - some students in my class independently brought in some candy to give them and they made thank you cards. We also thanked another teacher with A tim Hortons coffee! Next on our list we are sending stickers to Africa for a reading incentive porgram. I asked the students to donate stickers and we will write a letter and mail them altogether.
#5 - Division Freebie - this happens to me every year - I start our unit on multiplication and division and we spend so much time on multiplication that I always feel rushed on the division part. I created a multiplication homework package so that my kiddos could practice their facts at home but I don't do the same for division - why do I do this!! So I vowed I would do better. I created some division strategy posters for my class and am sharing them here with you. They have the superheroes from Melonheadz Illustrations that I love (plus my daughter put the colours in!). Click here to check them out. Hope you enjoy and maybe you have some tips for me on how you balance the two parts of this unit. Please share!!!