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Tuesday, December 27, 2011



Parts of Speech Wheel

Parts of Speech Wheel
"This is a great, easy group activity for reviewing the parts of speech.

1. Draw a large circle on a large piece of card board.
2. Break the circle up into 8 equal sections with a marker.
3. Write the names of the 8 parts of speech in each section.
4. Place a spinner in the middle of the circle.

For a game spinner stop by your local craft shop or take them off of old board games. Pick a long reading passage and have students travel through the reading identifying the next part of speech that appears on the spinner, as you spin it."


Monday, December 26, 2011

Classroom Planning Calendar


Classroom Planning Calendar

Time flies in your classroom. Don't let it get past you. This clickable calendar listing provides reviewed curriculum resources in a snap, connecting your classroom to events and observances in the world outside of school: holidays, anniversaries, seasonal events, and commemorations. Glance ahead a month or two, and click to find TeachersFirst's rich resources and classroom ideas.


January, 2012
Sunday 1
New Years Day
TeachersFirst's New Year's Day Resources

Monday 16
Martin Luther King Day
TeachersFirst's Martin Luther King Resources

Friday 20 - Wednesday, February 15
100th Day of school- date varies
TeachersFirst's 50+ Ideas (and more) for the 100th Day of School

New Year's Resources

New Year's Resources

"The New Year is a wonderful time for setting goals, reflecting, looking ahead, and making some resolutions! This collection of reviewed resources offers ideas to incorporate New Year's activities in the regular curriculum. Whether you focus on a specific activity or simply share these for enrichment outside of class, your students will find some refreshing new ideas."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey Bread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

  • 2 Cans Flaky Layer Biscuits
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cinnamon
  1. Open biscuits and divide them among however many children are helping, placing them on a large plate. Have kids separate or tear each biscuit into two pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon and divide among zipper sealed bags, giving one bag to each child. Have them drop their dough balls inside and seal, then give it a good shake.
  3. Place coated dough into bundt pan. Once all dough is in pan, sprinkle 2-4 Tablespoons of cinnamon sugar mixture over top.
  4. Melt margarine and pour over top.
  5. Bake at 350 for thirty minutes.
  6. Let sit in pan for five to ten minutes before turning out onto plate.


Brown 2 lbs. of meat  or canned chicken with onion & drain fat. 
In large soup pot, add:
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans with jalapenos
1 can navy or butter beans or ranch style beans
1 can corn or hominy
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
4 oz green chilies
1 package dry ranch dressing
1 package taco seasoning mix or 2 pkgs.
Mix all together with the browned meat.  
No need to add salt or pepper. 
Add water to have it thick or thin. 
Served with grated cheese on top. 
Serve with cornbread, chips, or crackers. 

Cranberry and Frozen Salad Recipes

Dissolve one family size cherry Jello with 2 cups boiling water. Add 20-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice. Add 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (mashed up with fork). Add chopped nuts if desired. Refrigerate to set.
5 bananas, diced                                1 tall can crushed pineapple,
1  cup sugar                                              drained
2  1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice                       1/2 cup chopped pecans1 cup red cherries, chopped                1 large carton Cool Whip
1 pint sour cream
Mix above ingredients and then pour into greased casserole dish. Place in freezer.
Mix: 5 bananas, mashed; 2 tsp. lemon juice; 1 cup sugar
1 large can crushed pineapple,           2 large cartons Cool Whip
drained                                        1 cup cherries, drained
1 pint sour cream                               1 cup nuts
Mix all the above and pour into two 9x13 pans. Freezes for several weeks. Can also be put in muffin tins for individual salads.
1 1/2 gal. cut green tomatoes             8 cups sugar
3 quarts chopped onions                    1/2 gal. vinegar3 quarts chopped bell pepper             1/2 cup salt
1 quart chopped hot peppers, or to taste
Put salt over green tomatoes and let stand for 1 hour or so. Drain water off tomatoes and add other ingredients.
Mix and simmer until hot through and through. When tomatoes and peppers turn dull green, remove from heat. Put in jars and seal while hot.

German Chocolate or Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

 German Chocolate or Butter Pecan Cake
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Spray bundt pan with Pam
Sprinkle one-third cup of chopped pecans in bottom of pan

Mix the following ingredients:
1 Butter Pecan cake mix (Betty Crocker)
1 can Pecan/coconut icing
Three-fourth cup of oil
1 cup of water
4 eggs

Cook at 350 degrees for about an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

Use same recipe and use chocolate cake mix instead of butter/pecan if you wish.

Tin (10) Can Soup recipe

Tin (10) Can Soup

Ingredients     2 (10oz.) cans Ro-tel tomatoes (original recipe)
                        2 (16 oz. ) cans Ranch-styles beans
                        3 cans minestrone soup
                        1 (16 oz.) can green beans, drained
                        1 (16 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
                        1 (16 oz.) black-eyed peas, drained
                        1 pound ground beef or turkey
                        1 soup can water
Instructions:   Cook ground beef until it loses its pink color. Drain well. In a large pan, put meat, soup and drained vegetables. Add 1 can water. Simmer 30 minutes to 2 hours. Serve with cornbread. Also can be served over rice like goulash. Or, you can just add ¾ cup rice and simmer with the soup. Yields 12 generous servings.

Better Than Robert Redford Dessert

Better Than Robert Redford Dessert
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, plus more for top of cake
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar (not granulated, as is mistakenly shown in the picture)
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 cups milk
2 boxes (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding
2 boxes (3.4 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding
Chocolate, milk or dark to make chocolate shavings

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium-size bowl, mix flour, walnuts and butter.  Pat into prepared dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Cool completely.

In a bowl, beat cream cheese and  confectioner's sugar until smooth.  Fold in half of the whipped topping.  Spread over cooled crust.

Prepare vanilla pudding using 2 cups of the milk.  Spread over cream cheese layer.  Prepare chocolate pudding with remaining 2 cups milk.  Spread over the vanilla pudding layer.  Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.  Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate shavings.  Cut into squares. 

Grape Salad Recipe

Grape Salad
1  8 oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
1  C. sugar
1  8 oz. Sour Cream
1  tsp. vanilla extract
2  lbs. Red seedless grapes
2  lbs. Green seedless grapes
Brown sugar
Toasted, chopped walnuts or pecans
Mix white ingredients and vanilla and then add grapes.  Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch pan.   I sprinkle brown sugar over grape mixture.  Sprinkle nuts over all.  Refrigerate at least 12 hours.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Books, Poems, Ideas

Winter Book List

  • The Mouse That Jack Built
  • Winter
  • The Big Snow
  • Animals in Winter
  • The Hat
  • The Mitten
  • The Snowy Day
  • The Snowman
  • The Snowman storybook
  • I Am Snow
  • Winter is Here
  • Amy Loves The Snow
  • It’s Melting
  • The Jacket I Wear In The Snow
  • Seasons
  • Froggy Gets Dressed
  • Here Comes The Snow
  • White Snow, Bright Snow
  • Clifford’s First Snow
  • Friendly Snowman
  • Snow Day
  • Six Snowy Sheep
  • Winter Rabbit
  • Geraldine’s Big Snow
  • The Black Snowman
  • Warm In Winter
  • The First Snowfall
  • Keep Looking
  • Frosty
  • Emily and the Snowflake
  • Boots
  • Shoveling Snow
  • Wild Weather

Winter Poems

A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a bunny
And what do you suppose
That hungry little bunny
Looking for his lunch
Ate that little snowman’s nose
Nibble, nibble, crunch

Five little men all made of snow
Five little snowmen in a row
Out came the sun and shone all day
And one little snowman melted away.

Five little snowmen
Cold from head to toe
Funny little snowmen
Smiling in the snow

Dance like snowflakes, Dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air
Whirling, whirling, twirling, Whirling whirling twirling
To the ground, to the ground.
(tune:  Where is Thumbkin?)

I’m a little snowman
Short and fat
Here are my buttons
Here is my hat
When the sun comes out
I cannot stay
Slowly I just melt away.
(tune:  I’m a little teapot)
Winter Lessons, Units, Crafts, Activities, Projects:

Monday, December 19, 2011

No Cook Treats for the Holidays

  • ½ cup dried fruit.
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
Stir ingredients, then drop by teaspoons into dried coconut flakes.
Roll them around until well coated and place them on waxed paper.  

  • Figs or dates
  • Raisins
  • Lemon juice
  • Graham crackers
Grind figs, dates and raisins together.
Add 1 tsp. lemon juice.
Make balls with the mixture.
Roll the balls in crushed graham crackers.

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 ½ cup crushed Wheat Chex or similar cereal
  • ¾ cup crushed Corn Chex
Let your children mix all the ingredients together, then shape into 1 inch balls.
Then roll them in ¼ cup of crushed Rice Chex and store the balls in the refrigerator for about ½ hour before eating.  

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup crushed cereal or toasted wheat germ
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered milk
  • Chopped nuts or crushed graham crackers
Mix all ingredients, then shape them into balls and roll in the nuts or graham crackers.
Store the balls in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

January Events, Holidays, Celebrations

  • See All Events, Holidays, and Celebrations of January
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National School Board Month
  • January 1st - New Year's Day
  • January 4th - Isaac Newton's Birthday
  • January 6th - Jon of Arc's Birthday
  • January 7th - Galileo's Discovery
  • January 8th - No Child Left Behind Act
  • January 9th - 16th is Letter Writing Week
  • January 11th is Amelia Earhart Day
  • January 14th - The American Revolutionary War Ends
  • January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • January 16th- National Freedom of Religion Day
  • January 17th - Benjamin Franklin's Birthday
  • January 23rd is Measure Your Feet Day
  • January 23rd is National Handwriting Day
  • January 25th - The First Winter Olympics
  • January 29th is National Puzzle Day
  • January 27th - Lewis Carroll's Birthday
  • January 30th - Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Books-Literature-Poems

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Childs
Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas by Jack Gantos
The Christmas Spirit Strikes Rotten Ralph
by Jack Gantos
The Nutcracker by Deborah HautzigNight Tree by Eve Bunting
The Biggest Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg
Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Raffi Christmas Treasury illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
Shh! by Julie Sykes
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, illustrated by Douglas Gorsline
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Santa's New Sled by Sharon Peters
Wake Up, Bear...It's Christmas! by Stephen Gammell
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer
Peter Spier's
Hedgehog's Christmas Tree
by Kathryn Jackson
The Night Before Christmas In Texas That Is by Leon A. Harris 
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Santa's Secret Helper by Andrew Clements
ABC Christmas by Ida DeLage
It's Christmas
by Jack Prelutsky -Christmas poems

Jingle Bells
(a Peter Pan Book and Recording)
Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo Santa Claus and His Elves by Mauri Kunnas
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Barbara Shook Hazen
Bialosky's Christmas by Leslie McGuire
The 12 Cats of Christmas by Kandy Radzinski
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The 12 Days of Christmas  illustrated by Sheilah Beckett
The 12 Days of Christmas  illustrated by Jan Brett
On Christmas Eve by Margaret Wise Brown