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Friday, 17 November 2017



Harvest Cooking: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Implement

Fall is a wonderful time to implement cooking into your classroom.  Students in America look forward to Thanksgiving, but the fall harvest and abundance of food is always ready to enjoy.

I loved making soup with my students.  I used the storyStone Soup as a starting off point, to engage literature.    There are many versions of Stone Soup in our libraries, so find and compare them if you can.

Plus, talking about the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving is easily integrated with this project. (A tie to your Social Studies curriculum.)

We would compile a list of vegetables/ ingredients we would like for the soup.  This was a list making activity for them.  

After the list is made, I would send it home with the students and ask each student to bring one vegetable in to share.   If time, send a letter asking what they can bring in in advance. Then make sure that you have a variety, not all potatoes.  There are usually some parents who wouldn't mind switching vegetables.

   When possible I asked for the fresh vegetable, but a can of peas, corn, or beans, is just as good.

Remember to include seasonings, such as salt and pepper. 

Before cooking:

 Integrate math with this lesson by graphing the vegetables that were brought in.  It could be an object graph with the actual vegetables, or a picture graph of the vegetable.  Students would place their canned vegetables in the graph along with the fresh vegetables.

Following graphing, you can add the science skill of sink and float.  Have the students predict whether the vegetable would sink of float, as you place it in a tub/container of clear water.  

Remembercooking is a science lesson.  They will see the chemical changes of hard potatoes becoming a soft potato ready to eat.  They can observe steam rising from the broth as it is cooked.  

Have them make pictures of various ways the vegetable changes in appearance as it cooks.  

Cooking with students is easy, but it needs to be planned.  You must make sure tables are covered with paper or plastic, to help clean up after creating their product.

When cutting a vegetable you have to make sure that the students are safe.  

 With potatoes, I would peel the potato while they watched.  Then I would slice the potato in quarters.  Each small group could then cut their  piece into smaller pieces. I would have them cut it with plastic serrated knives.  Carrots can be done the same way.

I would provide a soup broth in a large pot.  (If you want to add a clean stone, that is always an option.) Students will place their vegetables into the pot.

Depending on time, and your school, you could:

  •  cook the soup at home and bring it in the next day.
  • cook it in the cafeteria, if the cafeteria manager allows it.
  • cook it in the classroom on a hot plate.

Warning:  if you have food allergies in your room, make sure that those foods are not included in the mix.

Children who don't like

 vegetables are often willing 

to try the soup, because 

they made it.

Make sure you have bowls, spoons, napkins, and cups of water for the soup tasting. 

Add a festive table cloth and have the students make their own place mats for the soup tasting day.

Then sit back and enjoy the 
soup and their comments.  It will be a fun experience for everyone.

PS.  You can also include other food like fruit.  Homemade butter to put on a roll is another great activity.

Be as creative as you like!😁

by Michele Strayer

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Practical, Easily to Implement Ways to Have a Successful School Year

I recently posted this on the collaborative blog 
Conversations From the Classroom
 I now want to share it with my followers.

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Beginning A School Year!

ExcitingTerrifyingTime ConsumingDelightfulFunFull of Organizing,
are just a few terms I always relate to the start of a school year!

I am probably in the minority of teachers, in that I always hated the first week of school. 
 It seems I never had enough time to get everything done, decorated, organized, while attending professional development meetings 
all week long. 

From my angst of the start of the year, I found several methods/ ways of doing things that really helped me to have a great year.  

I hope you can use these thoughts  to revisit some of your routines, or 
you might try them out too.

πŸ‘‰Print up labels of your students names.  These can be used for putting names on notebooks, plastic bags for storage, and other supplies, while keeping order in the classroom.  It made life so much simpler. 

πŸ“ƒ School supply lists are usually given to parents early before school starts.  If you are lucky you can include asking the parents to write their child's name on all supplies. 

 If not, you need to do this. 

😊 I would collect each child's supplies and keep them organized.  While collecting them, 

✏ I would try to write their name on the back of notebooks and on folders, or use the labels I made with their names on them.  
πŸ‘ Pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and other supplies,  I would put in a gallon plastic bag for any time I had that I could write their name on each one.  

πŸ‘This idea save so many fights about whose pencils belonged to which student.  I usually let them get two new pencils at the start of a week, so that the supply would last for the year. 

Pencil Sharpener: 
  πŸ™‹ I invested in a heavy duty electric pencil sharpener, which sharpened all widths of pencils.  It would last for many years. 
 Each morning, I would spend a few minutes 
sharpening up to four of their pencils. 

😊 This gave me time to interact with them,
πŸ‘Œplus they didn't have to keep getting out of their seat to sharpen their pencils.

Tissue Boxes

  I always asked for two boxes for each child.  I would write their name on the boxes.  

The student would receive one box to have in their cubby, locker, or desk for their own use. 

 I had a  class one for use for students who didn't have their own. 

✌ This totally, stopped the students from getting up throughout the day to get a tissue, let everyone watch them walk to the box, wipe their nose and throw it away.  

It certainly cut down on the expense of tissues I had to buy.

Trash Cans

 I had purchased small plastic cans to be put near groups of four or five desks.  

This was a receptacle for paper, tissues, etc.

  πŸ‘‰It also stopped students from wandering around the room while during projects. 

 One of the class jobs was emptying the cans.


 πŸ’–I loved providing each child with a plastic bag of the four basic colors of clay. 

πŸ‘ŒRemember this is a good use for practicing hand coordination. 

 The students were given their bag of clay when they arrived on the  first day.

 πŸ˜ŽI was able to see what they could create, while I collected supplies, etc.

 Throughout the year, I would give out their bags for craft time, especially on rainy days and we couldn't get outside. 

 I observed students who loved the clay, some who didn't like the feel of it, others who had no idea how to use it, and many other scenarios. 

 πŸŽ“At the end of the school year, they were able to take their clay home with them.
Students would come back to visit with me, and tell me they remember clay time as one of their favorite activities.  

πŸ™ŒI used clay in all grade levels.  

No one is too old to play with clay.   

Choosing Partners

πŸ‘₯Throughout the year we would do activities in which they would need a partner. 

I often would put two 
🐢🐢of the same stickers on cards for them to find their partner.  

πŸ‘©To help you out I have included a free set of matching cards to be used any time of the year.  
I hope you enjoy using them.

  πŸ‘‰Included is a black and white set, so that you can print and use immediately.

  πŸ‘‰I also included a colored set that I would laminate for continual use.  


πŸŽ‡Enjoy Your New Year!


Friday, 11 August 2017

Back to School Giveaway 2

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Back to School Mega Gift Card Giveaway


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

July Giveaway

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Hello Summer Giveaway

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Memorial Day Savings At Teachers Pay Teachers

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

An Apple For The Teacher Giveaway May $75 TpT Gift Card

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 This is open until May 13!

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Thank You To All Educators!

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wonderful April Fool's Day!

Happy April Fool's Day

Today is one of my favorite holidays.  


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Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Break Giveaway

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mickey's Place 1000 Follower Survey

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        I recently met a personal goal of 1000 followers on Teachers Pay Teachers. This is a perfect time to reflect on how I can meet the needs of teachers and their students. 

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As a special thank you for completing the survey, I am giving away

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Thank you!

No Pinching Allowed in My Classroom!

This is a guest post I made on

 Conversations from the Classroom!

Happy St. Patrick's DAY

St. Patrick’s Day is a Fun Holiday for students.  They love talking about seeing a leprechaun and finding a pot of gold

  However, there is one habit many students like to follow: 

Pinch Someone if They Aren’t Wearing Green! 

Pinching causes a ruckus, and sometimes tears for our little ones.

Solution to this Problem:

ØRun these shamrocks off on green paper.  If you don’t have green paper of any kind, the students can color and cut out a shamrock.
Now, write their name to be

Irish for the Day!  

ØSimply write their first name on the shamrock.
Then when you write their last namewrite O’______  in front of it. 

  Now their name sounds Irish.

Ø   Using a safety pin (straight pins don’t stay as well) pin their Shamrock to their shirt.

 Everyone is Now Wearing Green!

  Chaos has been avoided! 

The students can focus on enjoying 

St. Patrick’s Day!

 Added to this resource are sample resources using storybook character names. 

 It would be fun to write about these characters and what they might do on 

St. Patrick’s Day!

Here is a link to this resource!  I hope your students enjoy it, and you have a calm St. Patrick's Day!

 No Pinching Allowed