Sunday, May 20, 2012

Character Bags

I found this Character Book Report Project on Pinterest, 
It was all kinds of amazing & I knew I had to give it a try!
It was created by Runde's Room
The actual idea and directions are posted on the Runde's Room Blog..
                                                    My third graders LOVED it!

A pioneer Of Modern Art- Georgia O'Keefe


 "When you take a flower in your hand 

              and really look at it,

        it's your world for the moment. 

I want to give that world to someone else." 

                  – Georgia O'Keeffe

Artist, painter. Born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Known for her striking flower paintings and other captivating works, Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century. She took to making art at a young age and went to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1900s. Later, while living in New York, she studied with such artists as William Merritt Chase as a member of the Art Students League.
Students Experienced:
  • Learning about Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings
  • Working on creating art in Georgia O'Keeffe's style
  •  Drew an object larger than life
My students with the help of our lovely & talented art teacher used paper plates to create their flower designs.
Some students decided to paint their flower designs on large paper.
This was such an easy enjoyable lesson.
For more information about Georgia O'Keeffe, visit

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

literature circles

I have finally begun literature circles in my classroom,  I actually love all of the amazing learning, and discussions that go on with my students during this time...
One of the first things I do in my classroom is let the entire class experience all of the jobs in literature circles, while we all read a chapter book together.  This year I started with the book Charlotte's Web, which was wonderful..After we finished the book, many groups choose Judy Blume books - The Fudge series, but one of my groups actually choose Stuart Little and I was delighted that they did!  Their discussions usually started with a comparison between the two literary pieces and why they liked Snowbell more than Templeton..
(I had to chime in quite a bit)
But..this one particular group had a very hard time actually moving the discussions along so I decided that they needed a bit more guidance with out me being at their group all the time! 
So we made literature circle badges (worked like a charm) The front of the badge said the members role and the back described how to do the job!
It's amazing that something so simple really kept the students focused and responsible!

  Here are some other materials I use to help literature circles run smoothly:

Literature Circle Worksheets from super teacher

    Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles
 trade book

from writing with

organizer from-

web site for these book marks-www. / 

Have A Fantastic Day!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

what I'm Loving Wednesdays

                            What I'm LovIng Wednesdays..
                       I'm Joining the Linky Party with jamie
I have to say... I was never a big fan of nail art, but I do appreciate a nice fresh manicure, and this is
just too fun and adorable to go un-noticed..Check out what I found at Sephora !
User submitted photo

 Sephora's Typography Nail Art Kit
What it is:
An innovative four-piece manicure set that lets you create your own unique typography nail design.
What it does:
Typography nails are the big news here! Take one part beauty editor, one part newspaper editor, one part fashionista and a whole new type of beauty accessory is born. These formulations are long-wearing, ultra-glossy, fast-drying, and chip resistant. Color glides on evenly and effortlessly for a truly professional-looking finish. 

product image$16.00  -four piece kit pictures & info from

What are You Loving Today?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak
June 10, 1928 - May 8 2012

I am so sad that he passed.He was such an amazing artist, writer and poet whose work shaped generations of children.

picture & post from