It’s Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Chaos!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year- until you break out the glitter that is!  We have finally finished our mid marking period assessments which leaves us with a little time to get crafty and creative to make some festive gifts for our families.  While most of the year we are working hard on curriculum and data driven instruction, I like to spend our last days before break pretending to be elves!  We sing carols, make gifts and cards, and generally just enjoy being together.  This year it is even more special as we have just completed our unit on how holidays are celebrated around the world.  It is so rewarding to see my students discussing the illustrations they are using on cards and how they relate to something that they do in another country.

For those of you new to our blog, we have been virtually traveling around the world over the last 2 weeks learning about how Christmas is celebrated in many different countries.  We journeyed to Sweden, Finland, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Italy, and the United States.   For each country we located it on the map, learned how to say Merry Christmas, watched a short video showing how families decorate and celebrate, read an informational article, answered some questions related to our research, created a small poster, and listened to each countries holiday music.  Below is our interactive bulletin board we created for this unit as well as a word cloud of all of our new holiday greetings.

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On Monday night, our third, fourth, and fifth grade students participated in our annual Holiday Concert.  It was a wonderful evening of music, artwork, and community.

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Another exciting event for our classroom was being nominated for an Eddie (Edublog Award) for best class blog.  I can’t tell you how humbling it is to know that people actually read what we put out on this site!  Thank you to those who nominated us and voted for us!  We will keep you updated as the results come in!

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