The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Last 9 weeks! So much to do!!

Well, after a bout with the flu, I'm back. Suddenly, I realize, this is the last nine weeks and already a week of that is gone! So much to do...we have to finish our novel, review standards for testing, come back after Spring Break and do all the review over again...then it's testing time. Then only one month left and read another book! Phew!

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are currently reading the novel Peak by Roland Smith in my room right now. My students are really enjoying it. I had them work on their new Chromebooks and using Google Presentation, create slides on equipment required for mountaineering. My students came up with great slides on gear such as crampons, carabiners, belay-ropes, and gamow bags. We also watched a great video just recently released (last month) by BBC called Climbing Everest with a Mountain on my Back: The Sherpas Story. It really brought to life a lot of the setting that we were reading in the book. See it here:

We have explored some interesting facts and found some interesting current news about Mt. Everest explorers. In February 2013, members of the first successful American ascent to the summit gathered in for honors in the San Francisco Bay area. Read about it here: 50th Anniversary of First American Ascent

On March 20th, the last survivor of the first successful attempt on Everest passed away. Washington Post Obituaries

We also read an excerpt from "Banner in the Sky" and "Into Thin Air" from our Prentice Hall literature book, along with an interest grabber video that came with the text. My students are really engaged in this book. I was surprised yesterday when one of them came up to me after class and told me that after reading this book, now he wants to climb Mt. Everest! (A boy from southeast Georgia where it is warm most of the time and there are no mountains!)

Beyond reading, we have been working on skills for the upcoming CRCT. I have my students working on reading comprehension exercises at I also have been sharing some of my PowerPoints review language skills, which are also available at my TPT store:







and my handout on key terms:


I don't know if I have time to do everything I have created, but I am going to try and use every trick possible to get the job done, that's for sure! :)

So best wishes for great success on your state tests! It will soon be here!

My Freebies for today:



Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The White Giraffe and African Endangered Animal Brochures

Hello Everyone!
Please check out the display of our African Endangered Animal Brochures - After reading The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John, my students worked hard on researching endangered species of Africa. They made animal brochures. I made this display of some of their great work using a 97 cent party tablecloth from Walmart, Pink Zebra Striped packing tape, and Animal peel and stick wall art from Michael's. The white space in the middle of the tablecloth was the perfect place to display their brochures. I also made a display about the book, using a white and black giraffe print beach towel as my backdrop. :)

Meanwhile, we have started reading a new novel. We are now reading Peak by Roland Smith. I made a PowerPoint introduction to the book, and my students are really excited about reading this one. The PowerPoint is available at TPT.

Oh, and we cannot forget St. Patrick's Day! Here is a fun PowerPoint I made to make my students have a little brain break this coming Friday.

And a FREE door hanger to decorate your entrance...

Happy teaching! Happy St. Patrick's Day! and Happy Spring!

aka HappyEdugator

Thursday, March 7, 2013

SALE in my TPT store March 8th and 9th!

The Chromebooks are so much fun! I made a set of rules for using them to display on my SMARTboard, and if you are going to be using Chromebooks in your classroom, you can pick them up for free! Last week, I had my students write their journals in Google docs and share with me, and this week they are making homophone slide presentations in Google presentation. The kids just love using the new technology. Here is the link to the FREE rules, which can also be adapted to other laptops or devices:

Chromebooks Rules for the Classroom - FREE

As a thank you to my followers and all the sweet comments I have been getting, I decided it was time to say "thank you" back! So, on March 8th and 9th, I am having a 10% off sale in my TPT store. Stop by and pick up a deal.

For instance, I have a St. Patrick's Day fill-in activity on PowerPoint that will help your students learn a little about St. Patrick's Day, and have fun at the same time.  You might like to try it out. My students have enjoyed it in the past.

St Patrick's Day Holiday Fill-In PowerPoint Activity

Testing is coming up soon. Don't forget to give your kids some test taking strategies for the big day. I have a PowerPoint that might help:

Test Taking Strategies for State Tests PowerPoint

Also, here are some Language Arts practice for middle grades:

Language Arts Standardized Test Practice PowerPoint

Best wishes,

Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator