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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kids!! (at work)

Usually my aide does my bulletin boards at school (she retired after teaching first grade for 36 years, so she's had plenty of practice at bulletin boards!), but this year I've been on something of a roll. I think because the class is so much better that I have time and energy to thing about something besides dragging myself through the next day.



Anyway, I have actually been inspired this year with a couple of neat ideas. The one I'm going to show you (if you haven't already lost interest and gone back to the main page) is what I just put up. We've been working on adjectives in English, and I wanted to incorporate that into a seasonal bulletin board.



The board is based on the book Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberly. It describes a monster and then makes it disappear. Well, first I read a description of the monster to my students without adjectives and had them draw the monster. "The monster has eyes, a nose, a mouth with teeth, ears, hair, and a face." The pictures were all very different. Here are a couple of examples...



school 246 no adjective monster



Now, this next one has me a little upset. Look and see if you maybe see a resemblance...



mini me?? Kate

Haha...that kid is SOOOO getting a detention!! (Not really)



Then, I read them the description complete with the adjectives and had them draw the monster again. "Big Green Monster has two big, yellow eyes, a bluish-greenish nose, a big, red mouth with sharp, white teeth, two little squiggly ears, scraggly purple hair, and a big scary green face." This time, the pictures looked much more like the monster in the book.



Green monster 1 Green monster 2

The kids really enjoyed the activity. I was pretty impressed with their drawings (except the mini-me)...usually drawing is really painful in our room. They were very engaged with the activity, though, and now I have a cute, seasonal, and curriculum-related bulletin board (talk about your adjectives!!) that'll last me through the end of October. Yea!!



bulletin board--Adjectives...get the picture?

2 comments:

  1. What a fun class! You sound like a great teacher! =) My kids would have loved you!

    I love what you've done with you page! It's nice and warm feeling... hmmm... more adjectives... It has a warm, earthy tone with a hint of... LOL!

    Just letting you know I was thinking of you and wondering how things were going.

    Love,
    Bonnelle

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  2. As I went to my blog tonight I saw the little "1 comment" displayed there and I thought to myself... "OH! I wonder if Kate left me a little note!" and there indeed were your wonderful words of encouragement for me! You will never know how very much your words blessed me tonight!

    Thank you so very much dear friend!

    May God richly bless your day the way you have just blessed mine!

    With MUCH love and thankfulness,
    Bonnelle

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