Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky You!!

Hi there!!!  LUCKY YOU to drop by today!  We are involved in a blog hop with 19 other upper elementary bloggers and we are all giving away freebies!  Whoopee!

Before I show you our freebie, I wanted to tell you why I feel lucky!!  It's probably not going to surprise you that Stacia and I feel lucky to get to work together!  It literally is what gets us through the day sometimes.  And we don't just feel lucky about getting to work together, the two of us, but also for our wonderful 4th grade team!  We are a very close group and we have become a family!  The support and love we have received from our teammates through the last few years helps us all get through the stress!
Now, onto our freebie!

Do you need something fun that will help your students practice identifying different lines and angles?  Well, then we have just the thing for you!

We hope you can use this freebie!!  If you download it, please please leave us some feedback and let us know what you think!!

Head on over to the next stop on our blog hop for another freebie!  Click the button below:

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Alphaboxes- Fun from A to Z!

Hey there!!

I know!!  It's been so long since we've blogged.  I feel ya.  It's not because we don't love you, it's just that thang called life!!  Is anyone else overwhelmed?  Can I get an amen???

Well, I promise we are teaching.  So, I did something the other day that was super simple, but the kids loved it.  What was it you ask?  ALPHABOXES!!  I'm sure you've probably heard them and use them all the time.  But, it's one of those "things" that I know is awesome and simple, but I forget about it because THERE ARE SO MANY great things and I probably over complicate things.  But as I've said here many a time, simple is sometimes best!
So, we've been learning about the American Revolution (my all time FAVORITE unit in Social much so I get behind in the curriculum because I just love it so...)

And we were talking about the Declaration of Independence.  We read a really fun book!

I guess it's your normal ABC book, but wait!  Not really!  One of my students even commented, "It's amazing that the author could put the events leading up to the Revolution chronologically with the letters!"

Wait what?!?!  Did my amazing student just say THAT???  Yes, yes he did!!  God bless him!!  He was right!!  This book has events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and events afterward!!  And, all in order using the alphabet!  AMAZING!!

I wanted to read this book because it was a great review of what we had already discussed and a great preview of where we were going!
You don't even have to use alphaboxes with an ABC book!  You can just use it to go over material already taught, in ANY subject!

And you know what?  My kids LOVED this!!  We could have just copied what each letter stood for but we didn't stop there! Oh no!  They wanted to brainstorm every possible word they could think of for the American Revolution that started with that letter, and we added it to the box!  LOVE IT!!
They even got so excited, they started color coding!!  This was very motivating for my students, so I'm linking it up with my sweet, sweet friend Joanne for
If you'd like a copy of the alphaboxes that I used, click HERE and you can download it!  We pasted it into our notebooks, but you can use it anyway you'd like!  :O)

I hope you have some fun!  From A to Z!!  :O)

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