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This weekend I realized that a few big events are happening this week--my son's birthday and Valentine's Day. Can I just tell you that shopping for 17 year old boys is REALLY hard? Feel free to chime in with suggestions. Seriously.
Here are a few of my Valentine made its...I wanted to do something small for my team because we are just all so doggone stressed out. It's just a little something--but maybe it will get everyone through the week a little easier! While I was at it, I started to make up my valentine's for my students--bad math jokes and all! I just haven't figured out yet how I want to stick their lollipops on...this project is a Monday-Almost-Made-It.
So the next little "sort of" crafty thing I did was to write a suck up note to my neighbor BEGGING for her to come take care of my cat when we take our little trip to visit Stanford in a few weeks. She does this for us a LOT and I never feel I give her enough "pay back". They won't accept money...so I thought I'd try a pre-trip bribe!
|First the suck up note--written by the cat, of course.|
|Then the goodies...canned cat foot, treats, and new toys for HER cat--and cookies for her! I know. I'm pathetic.|
As always, I am busy creating for my students. I thought I'd share one of my new products because we had SO MUCH fun with the lessons. My students have REALLY been struggling with writing and punctuating dialogue, and I have noticed that they aren't paying enough attention to the dialogue in the books they read...I wanted them to really see how authors use dialogue to set the mood of a story--and to learn how to write it themselves! Check out some of the pictures and see what I mean!
|Each task card gives a speaker, the person to whom they are speaking, a topic, and a "mood"...then we create dialogue to match!|
|We used the cards for THREE days...my students had a BLAST working together and I saw some REALLY creative work--and an improvement in punctuation!|
|We highlighted "dialogue tags" to check if we were punctuating correctly and using quality tags instead of "said".|
|On our final day we took cards and turned them into dialogues between the two characters. We had so much fun!|
I put it all together in a resource with pictures, suggestions, and 24 task cards. Take a peek if you are interested. By the way...my other "made it" is that I learned how to use transparent frames that I got from Amy Alvis. WHERE have they been all my life? You can make frames like these with ANY digital paper behind them. I am in love!
So anyhoo...these were some of my little projects over the last week...hope you all have a great Monday! Don't forget to stop by all the other great MMI posts--and make sure to leave some comments on those ideas that you were inspired by! Just click the logo at the top of the page or HERE to get there!