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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Setting the Scene for Halloween Writings

What's brewing in your classroom this Halloween? Setting the scene for Halloween will get students in the mood to write! 

Step One: Decorate the room a few days early with Halloween Coloring Sheets:

2. On the big day, turn up the music:  

2. Now, you're ready to set the scene on Halloween, so turn up the scary music:

3. Get started with some journaling using Eerie Writing Prompts:

4. Push back the desks and let the little monsters find a spot on the floor then hand out the below pages to write a Halloween Story with Word Bank and Coloring Images:

Be sure to share your Halloween stories!

Setting the scene is fun and easy, and will easily get students in the mood for some Halloween writing.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Special Columbus Day Post and Free Board Game

It's an argument that's been going on for centuries--who discovered America? There are many viewpoints on the historical event. A Native American point of view is given in this week's "Notes from the Chief", a newsletter written by Bill John Baker, Chief of the Cherokee Nation:

Take time to discuss and debate true and false historical facts of who discovered America with your students as we celebrate Columbus Day. 

FREE Native American and Columbus Day Activities:

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on Area Students and FREE Natural Disasters Packets

"My family had thirty minutes to pack up and evacuate...we had to swim out...we got rescued by boat...I evacuated with only the clothes I had on...I have no parents and I lost our there's mold all in my house...there are eight people living in one motel room...I'm having to take care of my brothers and sisters due to my parents working extra long hours to make ends meet...I'm really, really computer and books flooded...we don't have a car...every time it rains, I remember that night and think it's going to flood again...I just keep reliving it...I thought I was going to die..." 

Houses Marked for Safety
These are common tales from our adventure with Hurricane Harvey. Students are stressed and worried. Many students lost everything--belongings, cars, homes, jobs, and sense of safety and security, as well. There is not one student who has not been affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Fall Semester's Syllabus in Pink Backpack Flooded

Lifetime Worth of Memories on the Curb
When the rain began on Friday, we flooded before voluntary evacuations were issued. Therefore, by the time we received the emergency message, it was too late to leave our area. Roads were already impassible. As buckets of water fell from the sky, we kept saying, "It'll end soon...". We never received a mandatory evacuation notice. We thought we would see some flooding, but 52" in less than ten hours was unfathomable! 
Beating the Heat While Standing in Line for Assistance 

In the past three weeks, I have stood in line with many students and families to receive food, housing, water, and monetary assistance. The question being asked is not "Did your house and cars flood?" but "How bad did your house and cars flood?". While some businesses and homes got only a few inches, others, like mine, received 5 plus feet of water and were completely destroyed. 

It's not a normal semester--students are experiencing unusually high levels of stress due to unusual medical conditions, lack of basic personal items and supplies, and loss of cars, clothes, computers, homes, shoes, etc... So many students lost everything! 

This semester compassion, flexibility, and patience are a must! Some students have no books, no study space, no jobs, and no food or money. But, we survived the flood, and we have each other to lean on and learn from. 
Collected Trash Items from Across Dickinson; Cost of Removal: 11+ million
The one positive aspect of Hurricane Harvey is that it has brought our community and its students together! And, we are on the long road to recovery...

Thanks for your prayers, contributions, and support during Hurricane Harvey and our recovery process!
Beth, Educator Helper

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Ready for Grandparents' Day? Special Friday Post and Freebies

Special Friday Post for Grandparents' Day!

Grandparents Day is September 10--are you ready? Help students celebrate grandparents and caregivers with heartfelt, homemade activities!

Need more Grandparents' Day goodies

What's your favorite grandparent story? Celebrate in style by sharing memories of your grandparents with students--don't forget to bring pictures! 

Happy Grandparents' Day!
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