The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day and the Beginning of Summer!

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and hopefully some great food, too! We bought a new grill, since our old one bit the dust, and enjoyed some hot dogs and brats. I also hope everyone has taken time to honor those who made our freedom possible. Thank you to all who have served or are serving now.
Summer is here. Our classes are over, and soon most everyone will be on summer break. Don't forget to remind kids to read over the summer to avoid that summer "slide." I have some recommended reading lists you can print out if you don't have the time to make your own.

Summer-Reading-List-Grade-4-6

Summer-Reading-List-Grade-7-8

Recommended-Novel-Reading-Lists-for-Grades-7-12-with-Lexile-Levels

Have an enjoyable summer! I will still be posting from time to time as I  create new products and I will be giving several things away this summer in hopes of getting some feedback, so stay tuned!

All my best,
Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Last Week of School and a CLASSIC Movie

Well, I am coming up on the last week of school. We go all week this week, and then have the kids for only Monday and Tuesday of the following week. So excited to see the end of the year, and although I will be glad to see some kids move on, I will shed some tears for some others.

This final week is very simple to plan for. We are finishing up our book Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story, and kids will be scrambling to get in any make-up work they owe me. We will go to the computer lab twice this week, and then on Friday, we are watching the movie version of the book with another class in the media center.

So, that leaves Monday and Tuesday...grades will be in, and all books will be turned in. Lockers will be cleaned out. What do we do?

Well, in years past I have found this is a great time to show my kids a real CLASSIC movie that will hold them spellbound. The movie I found...National Velvet, starring a very young Liz Taylor and Mickey Rooney. Most have never seen it,which is great so they won't be bored, and the movie actually begins with the children in a rural English one room school house letting out for summer. The story is about a girl named Velvet who makes her dream come true of entering her horse into the Grand National, a very intense and dangerous English Steeplechase. With very little explanation of the story, my students love every minute of this movie. When the big horse race comes up, they are cheering and on the edge of their seats! So, that will be our plan for the last two days of school!

Here is a link to a four minute view of the highlights, made in memory of Elizabeth Taylor. Enjoy this movie with your students if you can.

National Velvet Highlights on YouTube



Best wishes,
Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale on TPT May 7th and 8th!

Thank you, teachers, for the job you do! Happy Teacher Appreciation week!

I am sick with a nasty cold and can't write much tonight, but I do have exciting news! TeacherspayTeachers is havig a big site wide teacher appreciation sale on May 7th and 8th. Just use the code TAD13 at checkout to get 10% off all your purchases. Most sellers, including myself, are having sales in conjuntion with this event! Stop by my store, and get 20% off everything in the store!

 This is a great time to get those items on your wishlist!

All my best,
Deborah

TPT SALE!