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Welcome to my blog!I'm a teacher of fourth graders in a beautiful, small, rural town. I moved here a few years ago, but I have taught 19 of my 24 years in this same small town that is now my home. My experience is in teaching second, third, and fourth grades with one year in sixth grade. I am always reading, learning, and reflecting on what goes on in my classroom. I love the work that I do with the parents, my fellow teachers, and most all-my students.I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

FAB FRIDAY- More Fun Stuff from THE DOLLAR TREE and SUCH..

 Some of my latest finds at the Dollar Tree:

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More about the puzzle and how I use them to build teams below.

Here are some other purchases from another Dollar Tree  location. More treasures!


 From Amazon's used books, I found several copies of Book 1 of The 39 Clues ( Maze of Bones) for $0.01 so I only paid shipping. These were hardbacks in very good condition. One is stamped Goodwill so that is another possibility for good books if you have a store nearby. I will be using the 39 Clues Book 1 as a team-building unit this year when school starts. So now I have several copies, and Amazon offered it as a free download so now I have a FREE copy on my Kindle.:)




Now to the puzzles:



I bought several of the $1.00  puzzles while we did our camping unit for The Week in The Woods. The puzzles were a "just in case we had a rainy day or a too hot to go outside day" activity.  ( It got up to the high 90's here in SC before we got out the first week of June). The most popular puzzles were the 50 states and among the boys- tractors, cranes,  and bulldozers. I let the camping  cabins ( cooperative groups) work during morning work  on a puzzle together, BUT I challenged them to not talk ( tee-hee). I was amazed at how quiet they were as they worked to solve the puzzles. We did this puzzle-solving/ teamwork activity the last few weeks of school, and the kids never tired of it.  I have now decided that the idea of 1) quiet,  2) working together, and  3) solving a problem  are all skills that will be something we now do with puzzles in the FIRST  weeks of school this year.




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