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Saturday, October 30, 2010

November Events-Themes-Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Ideas For November
Thinking of Lessons for November?  November events / themes you will want to include in your classroom.

1. November 1st is National Author's Day.
2. November 1st is
National Family Literacy Day.
3. November 2nd is
Election Day.
4. November 10th is
Young Reader's Day.
5. November 11th is
Veteran's Day.
6. November 11th is
Kurt Vonnegut's birthday.
7. November 14th through 20th is
American Education Week.
8. On November 24th
Darwin published 'The Origin of Species'.
9. November 25th is
Thanksgiving Day.
10. November 26th is
Black Friday.
11. November 29th is
Cyber Monday and Louisa May Alcott's birthday.
12. November 30th is
Mark Twain's birthday.
November Events and Celebrations For Teachers

November is
National American Indian Heritage Month, Scientist Appreciation Month, American Diabetes Month, National Novel Writing Month

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Election Day-Theme-Lessons-Activities-November 2, 2010

Teacher Guide to Elections and Voting-Election Day November 2, 2010
Elections and voting are two central elements of a democracy. Democracy, as you may already know, was described by Abraham Lincoln as government for the people, of the people and by the people.  Ben's Guide: U.S. Government Election Process for Kids  Election Day Activities for Kids-Books-Poems-WS  Election Lessons-Resources-Getting Out the Vote  Election Day Theme Unit-Lessons-Clipart-Resources  Elections Theme-Lessons-Activities-Ideas

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Halloween! Cards

Boo...Happy Halloween with lots of spooky surprises!

It's Halloween and the haunted houses are alive tonight!

It's Halloween and there's magic in the air!

It's Halloween and time to put on a scary costume, go for trick or treats and lighting of Jack-o'-lanterns!

Boo! Surprise your friends/ grandchildren/ kids/ nephew/ niece/ loved ones with Halloween cards. Halloween calls for togetherness!

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Grammar Teachers' Guide-Lessons

Lesson Plan Ideas For Grammar
Here are some great ideas to include in your grammar activities:
1. Create adjective circles to help students learn to think on their feet.

2. Play bean bag nouns to review nouns and all the parts of speech.

3. Have the ultimate comma competition.

4. Get on the compound word train, of course!

5. Go on a pronoun hunt!

6. Having trouble making diagramming sentences fun? Try Tinker Toy Diagrams.

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Kitchen Made Home Remedies

Who knew? 

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?    

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.  

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.  

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never advertised for this use.  

Honey remedy for skin blemishes... cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.  

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash.. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.  

Easy eyeglass protection... to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.  

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... if menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.  

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.  

Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure... cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head. 

Balm for broken blisters... to disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine
a powerful antiseptic. 

Vinegar to heal bruises... soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process. 

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... it's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

November Calendar-Plans-Themes

November, 2010

Oct 27, Wed - 
Nov 04, Thu
Major League Baseball World Series (continued from previous month) 
TeachersFirst's Resources for Baseball Season

Nov 01, Mon - 
Nov 30, Tue
Native American Heritage Month 
TeachersFirst Resources about Native Americans

02, Tuesday
Election Day 
TeachersFirst Resources for Elections

11, Thursday
Veterans Day 
TeachersFirst's Resources for Veterans Day

16, Tuesday
OK2Ask Dimensions of Creativity: A model to analyze student projects 

25, Thursday
TeachersFirst's Thanksgiving Resources
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween Books

Halloween Books:
All Hallow's Eve
The Story of the Halloween Fairy
Big Pumpkin
Bugs That Go Bump in the Night
Dragon's Halloween
Five Little Pumpkins
Go Away Big Green Monster
Halloween Bugs a Trick-or-Treat Popup
Halloween Puzzles
Halloween Sky Ride
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve
Haunted House
I Spy Spooky Night
In the Haunted House
Inside a House That is Haunted
It's Halloween!
Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies
Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin
Pigs Go to Market - Halloween Fun with Math and Shopping
Pumpkin Eye
Pumpkin Hill; Room on a Broom
Scary, Scary Halloween
Shake Dem Halloween Bones
Skeleton Hiccups
Tell Me a Scary Story
Ten Timid Ghosts
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin
The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
The Night Before Halloween
The Ugly Pumpkin
Thirteen Nights of Halloween
Too Many Pumpkins
Trick or Treat Countdown and Trick or Treat - Smell My Feet

Friday, October 15, 2010

Make A Difference Day-October 23, 2010

Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate.  Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service and practical solutions for changing the world.  Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with HandsOn Network.  It is not too late to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of others and do some service projects around the world.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Lessons-Activities-Ideas

Thinking of Lessons and Activities for Halloween?

1. Read scary stories.
2. Tell Halloween classroom jokes.
3. Include pumpkins, bats, and scarecrows in your lessons.
4. Estimating candy is fun for any grade level.
5. Create a fictional cemetery to study history.
6. Create a candy collage.
7. Look at the life cycle of a pumpkin.
8. Take time to mention Halloween safety.
9. Do a candy sorting or graphing activity.
10. Have your class write spooky stories.
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