Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weslandia Brochure Project

Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.

I use this book to introduce my unit on Ancient Civilizations. We teach about Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and the Empire of Mali. After I read the book I introduce the project and give students time to brainstorm ideas for their civilization. Then I give each student a 12x18 inch sheet of white construction paper and students fold it into a large brochure. The project consists of students creating a brochure about the civilization that they created. Click Here to find the project.


Do you teach Ancient Civilizations? If so what activities do you do? I also do this project specific to Greece/Rome/Mali from my website.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

VA American Indians Lapbook Materials

In July I posted about a American Indian Lapbook. I've finally condensed the files into one document.
Below are pictures of the example. All the files below are located in my Google Docs except the Native American Map, I purchased that for $.99 on Teachers Clubhouse.

Below are pictures from the original post.

American Indians Homes Flipbook and Occupation Flipbook
American Indians Transportation Flip Book, Contributions and American Indians Today
American Indian Geography with mini flap books about each region.
American Indian Vocabulary

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Currently November
Well in less than a month I will celebrate 1 year of marriage! Where did the time go, seems like we just got married yesterday. We're 9 weeks into the school year and things seem to be headed in an upward spiral. I've discovered that I'm a stress eater and since I can't eat what I want I was starting to internalize stress. Two weeks ago I started having heart palpitations and that's when I knew I needed a change. Luckily my blood pressure has been normal and the palpitations are beginning to subside so I just need to remind myself daily to do the best I can and as long as I've done that, then I'm okay with myself.  
So this is my fourth week on the Atkins Diet and I've lost a total of 11 pounds. My goal is 37 pounds by the end of January. I think I can do it!
So here in Richmond we have Pearl's Cupcakes and these are the best cupcakes around, they're legendary! A couple of weeks ago I went and got a dozen for my teammates and oh my goodness... that was the best thing I ever ate. Vanilla cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Hmmmmm... yumm yumm! Can't wait for the new year so I can eat another one:)
Before my diet I always made recipes I found on pinterest... this was my first and a favorite of my husband.
Parmesan Crusted Shrimp Quesadillas
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 white or yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and finely diced (I didn't use)
  • 6-8 medium tortillas
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced (I didn't use)
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I didn't use)
  • 3 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    I hope to get back to educational blogging soon. I haven't taken any photos of our activities but I do want to blog about the interactive note taking I'm doing this year, updated photos of my classroom and a design brief that I'm working on for the book Weslandia (topic: Ancient Civilizations)