The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Welcome Back to School! Two Freebies and a Great Teaching Moment!

Welcome back!!

Well, I can't believe that I am already in my 3rd week of school! I have been so busy getting back into the swing of things and getting to know my students! So far, this year is off to a good start! I am teaching two co-lab classes this year. and I have many more special needs students than I think I have ever had before, so it will be challenging. However, I have worked with my collaborating teacher previously several years ago, and we work well together and make a good team. I think it will really benefit the children. 
I have made a few new activities this year to start off with, and I loved how well it went. My students really enjoyed the "What If..." poem and "Me" bag activity that we started the year off with. I also had them do an "I Am" Poem. 

 I had my students try to put a noun in the first line, such as "I am the pen that is mightier than the sword," developing metaphors with the ideas. My students, even my special needs children, had a great time with this. We also did this in conjunction with reading a nonfiction article about Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban. Many children of the world held up signs saying, "I am Malala." and we discussed how the pen can be mightier than the sword. Then we watched her speech to the U.N. It was a very powerful activity. 

Here is the link to Malala's speech:

You Tube - Malala's UN Speech

Scholastic Scope magazine has a great article and activities in the September 2013 issue.
Scholastic Scope Magazine

And here is a good article from the NY Times:
New York Times Article - Malala Yousafzai’s Courage




Both of these poetry activities are available to download for FREE in my TPT store! 

I-Am-Poem-Beginning-of-the-Year-Writing-Activity

First-Day-of-School-Activity-What-if-Poem

I hope everyone has a great start to the new school year!
Best wishes,
Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Friday, August 16, 2013

Welcome BACK TO SCHOOL and a big TPT SALE!

Welcome back!
Yes, I have been quiet lately. It has been a wonderful summer vacation! I have just returned back to southeast Georgia from Seattle, where my beautiful daughter just got married at a lovely beachside park on Puget Sound! :) Here is a photo of my girl and my new son-in-law!


I returned and went straight back to the first week of school! Needless to say, I have been quite busy!

Anyway, I wanted to let everyone know that I will be having a SALE! 20% off almost everythng in my store from August 17th - August 20th! TPT is also having a big  BACK TO SCHOOL SALE on August 18th and 19th, where you can get an additional 10% off if you enter code BTS13.



And if you need a first day of school activity, here is a FREEBIE FOR YOU:


Have a great start to your new year! 
Best wishes, Deborah