Sunday, August 31, 2014

Community Project: Remembering September 11th

With the anniversary of 9/11 coming up, I wanted to share a project idea with you that our classroom did last year. It's always a difficult day for me as a teacher, especially as the years pass and my current students have only heard stories about that day. They have no way to relate to the tragedy that I struggle to teach them about through my own tears. I usually read Fireboat and let the conversation and questions go from there.


But last spring, a new project crossed my desk thanks to a fourth grade teacher in our building. One of her students had a grandfather who was going on an Honor Flight. She asked the school to contribute letters to his specific flight. It was so touching! I immediately thought this would be a project we could do in the future along with 9/11 as we talk about the brave people who serve our country, both in our communities and abroad.

In case you haven't heard of Honor Flights, t
he inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC. In August of 2005, an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led to the transition to commercial airline carriers with the goal of accommodating as many veterans as possible. They are currently working to expand their programs to other cities across the nation.

The time is especially important because
according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Honor Flight Network will continue do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our heroes travel absolutely free. After this, they'll focus on Korean and Vietnam veterans.

So what can you do in your classroom? You can check this map to find a regional location near you. Then you can have your students write letters and draw pictures to give to these veterans as they return home from their flight. They especially love hearing from children, knowing the sacrifices they made so long ago were for these future generations. You can also make a donation of any size. What if every student brought in a quarter, fifty cents, or even a dollar?

Together, we really can make a difference while teaching our students about tolerance, peace, and responsibility to our communities
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Sale Style

Have you heard the news? TeachersPayTeachers is giving us a one day Back to School Boost bonus sale! Maybe the first one was a little too early and you weren't in planning mode yet. Or maybe it hit just as soon as school was starting {you know, when you were trying to keep your head above water}. Or maybe you shopped your little heart out, found new stuff you love, and are ready to go back for more. ;) Whatever the case, today is your day! 

I'm linking up with this week's special edition of Wordless Wednesday. This time, we're posting pictures of some of our favorite resources you might want to pick up while they're on sale. I'm highlighting some of my favorite Big Kid Units. Happy Shopping!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nonfiction-Text-Features-Book-with-Matching-Cards-930497
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Johnny-Appleseed-and-Apples-for-Big-Kids-322916
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pumpkin-Unit-for-Big-Kids-336258
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spider-Unit-for-Big-Kids-359981
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Turkey-Unit-for-Big-Kids-409839
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Penguin-Unit-for-Big-Kids-946827
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Planet-Research-Unit-for-Big-Kids-1310536


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky Party

Stephanie over at Falling into First is doing a fun get to know you linky. This little blogging community of ours continues to grow and expand so I thought it was a great time to link up. I love getting to know more about my teacher friends inside and outside the classroom!

So... I'm Christi Fultz. I live in Ohio with my husband and our three furbabies. After teaching third grade in Indiana for nine years, I've decided to take this year off to concentrate more on my blog designs, curriculum products, and Jamberry. It's been a scary decision, but also an exciting one. I'm 100% a teacher at heart and am sure my days in the classroom aren't over for good though.

I'm a beach lover too, so the most exciting thing we did this summer was our annual Outer Banks beach trip. In true Christi form, I brought my laptop along and did a little work on our deck overlooking the ocean. I.can't.help.it. I guess it's true what they say... when you enjoy your work, working doesn't feel like work at all! ;) 


I also love to travel. That's another reason I decided to take a year off from teaching. In addition to another week at the beach this fall, I'll also be going to:


Park City, UT
St. Lous, MO

Fayetteville, NC
New York City!
San Diego, CA
Orlando, FL
Denver, CO
Riviera Maya Mexico!
Dallas, TX

Seriously so lucky! Let me know if you want to meet up. ;) Now on to the questions...



THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Flip flops, fresh flowers, walks with my dogs, melon snow cones, everything Apple, Frixion pens, bubble baths, beachy candles, hot pink toenails
 

IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I'm getting to experiment with this a little right now. =) I always said I'd like to do something with teacher development-- university supervisor, mentor, reading coach, etc. That's still in education though. If I had to do something totally different, I'd focus on my blog designs. PhotoShop is the best therapy! 


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Determined. Creative. Optimistic.

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________, SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"Sure, I'd love to go to another RtI meeting."
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Oh my gosh, I can't believe I'm going to admit this... I'd totally invite Jon Bon Jovi! ;)

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
She Believed She Coud, So She Did

Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
I would totally want to read minds. I'm always asking my husband what our dogs are thinking, haha.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING? 


Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
"It's My life" - Bon Jovi

I will totally belt this one out every time it comes on the iPod.

Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I am totally a night owl. I'm starting to get quite the reputation for it actually. ;) I function best after midnight and easily go to bed at 4:00am. Mornings are not my friend. Ever.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I really love all of my Big Kid Units. There's just something about thematic fun across content areas that third graders love. My penguin one is probably my favorite because I have been obsessed with penguins for as long as I can remember. Seriously, my husband made me weed out my collection of them from the office. ;)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Penguin-Unit-for-Big-Kids-946827

SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
Oh my gosh, I don't know! I feel like I'm such an open book. Probably that I'm really hard on myself. I do such a great job cheering everyone else on, forgiving mistakes, saying it's okay when we fall short. I'm my own worst critic. Live and learn, right? :)

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Your turn... Head on over to link up!

http://fallingintofirst.blogspot.com/2014/08/meet-teacher-linky.html

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