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January 4, 2009

40 Ways To Study Spelling Words

I found a site that gives 40 creative ways to study spelling words. This site is from a school in Bartlesville, OK.

Here's the list =)

ABC order- Write your words in alphabetical order.

Rainbow Words - Write your words in three colors

Backwards Words- Write your words forwards, then backwards.

Silly sentences -Use all your words in ten sentences

Picture words - Draw a picture and write your words in the picture.

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January 5, 2009

12 Men That Walked On the Moon

Here are the faces of 12 men that have set foot on the moon.

Here is Neil Armstrong as the first man to step foot on the moon.

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January 6, 2009

Oklahoma State Department of Education PASS Standards

This site gives the specific requirements that a student needs to graduate according to OSDE requirements.

What is an ellipse?

Here is a site which can help you understand what an elliptical orbit is when referring to the study of the universe.

The source of this material is Windows to the Universe, at http://www.windows.ucar.edu/ at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). © The Regents of the University of Michigan. Windows to the Universe® is a registered trademark of UCAR. All Rights Reserved.

Do you think Earth moves around the Sun in a circle? That is almost true, but not quite. The shape of Earth's orbit isn't quite a perfect circle. It is more like a "stretched out" circle or an oval. Mathematicians and astronomers call this shape an ellipse.

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January 9, 2009

Fastest Draw In The World

Capitals of the 50 States

From Teachertube.com

Phases of the Moon

From TeachersTube.com

January 10, 2009

Clean Your Cell Phone

Dishwasher Fish! Recipe

This is taken from Recipezaar.com

In this recipe you cook your fish in the dishwasher.

Intro: My late MIL, Lizzie, was a wild and crazy cook. One day she was presented with a whole bluefish, fresh from the ocean. She wanted to steam the fish but did not have a large enough steamer. Voila! She thought, the dishwasher! And, believe it, or not, it was a huge success. Now, although most of you reading this will not attempt this daring recipe it may be of use to another wild and crazy chef out there one day. That's why I have to share this wonderful recipe. Please let me know if and when someone does try it. Good luck!


1 bluefish, Cleaned and Whole
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup butter
1 bunch fresh tarragon
salt and pepper

1. Cut two or three large pieces of aluminum foil, large enough to acommodate and completely wrap the fish.
2. Place fish on aluminum foil.
3. Combine the butter, wine, salt, pepper, and Tarragon and spread on the inside of the whole fish.
4. Wrap the fish and make sure it is air-tight.
5. Place on the top rack of the dishwasher and run through the full cycle, without soap, please.
6. Unwrap and serve with green sauce.

Brooches And Pins

Brooches and pins can be nostalgic, feminine and add to the conservative look of a cardigan. It would be fun to collect them and have one or two different themes for each month. Here are some common themes I found researching the internet:

bouquet of flowers
ice skater/pair of skates
Christmas tree
Christmas stocking
Manger scene
Christmas present
Words Merry Christmas
Christmas bell
Christmas star
Christmas wreath
Ribbon tied in a bow
Words Happy Valentine's Day
remembrance ribbon
four leaf clover
Words Happy St. Patrick's Day
Old fashioned telephone
Apple (for a teacher)
sparkling raindrops
flower wreath
May basket of flowers
American flag
Words happy fourth of July
Homemade pins by little kids
Autumn leaves
Words Happy Thanksgiving
Horn of plenty
Happy New Year's pin
Your initial

I know there are many companies making pins and brooches but some that I'm familiar with are Avon, Sarah Coventry, Liz Claiborne and Thomas Kincaide. Here's a site with pretty pins called PWJewelry and Things.com

There are many lovely pins out there. I've just begun to discover them.

January 11, 2009

Awesome! Only Reserved For God

In my Bible devotional I read about the theme that God is truly awesome. . . I totally agree and will use that word only to bring glory to Him.

Our daily bread Bible devotional

January 17, 2009

Student Progress Forms

Here are some sites where you can find free printables for student record keeping.


January 18, 2009

I Have A Dream speech

Martin Luther King's speech is written out at the website, American Rhetoric.com.

Here is a site that gives a quick bio of MLK, Jr. @ Apples4TheTeacher.com

Here it is from YouTube

Kids Create Their Own Books

Here's a site where a kid can make a story and then have it bound. It's called TikATok.com.

Here's another site that shows how to make simple books in creative styles. It is called MakingBooks.com.

UBuildABook.com is another site where you can build as many books as you like.

January 23, 2009

100 Days of School! Activities

http://www.wcsu.k12.vt.us/~wardsboro/day100.htmIt comes around this time of year. It's the 100th day of school. There are many activities on the internet that kids can do to celebrate.


A Few Good Activities
~ Make a quilt with a 100 squares, have the students fill each square with an animal joke.
~Put a 100 sticky notes all over the room. Write a message or joke (animal joke) on the sticky notes letter by letter. Number the backs and have the students gather them and piece it all together.
~Have the class list a hundred flavors of ice cream and then vote on the best and then show the results on a chart
~Have small groups of students flip a coin 100 times and record the results in a table or graph.
~Make a trail mix with low cost snacks (raisins, M&M's, pretzel sticks, peanuts, toasted oat cereal)
~Students stand near desk each day and do 100 movements:
Nod head up and down 10X,
Nod head side to side 10X,
shrug shoulders 10X,
shake hands out at side 10X
Clap hands 10X
bend knees 10X,
jump up and down 10X
March in place 10X
Do 10 jumping jacks
Touch floor in front of feet 10X

~What happened this day in history 100 years ago
~Brainstorm with your class and list 100 U.S. cities
~Help students learn a game that children played 100 years ago (Example: Make Jacob's Ladder with a string)
~More Fun 100X Exercises
Stay "In One Spot" Exercise Activities
touching the toes, then the shoulders, the waist etc.
jumping on both feet
jumping jacks
wiggles all over
hops on one foot, then on the other
bounces of a ball

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Play PacMan!

You can play the "oldie" game PacMan here!

This Day In History 100 Year's Ago

Here's a New York Times site which tells of American history that happened 100 years ago on this day.

January 24, 2009

American Freedom Train

When I was in elementary school in the fourth grade in 1976 our school went to see the Freedom train as it made a stop in Tulsa. It travelled all across America. As much info that I could find, it stopped in Tulsa in March 1976. It started it's tour across the U.S. in 1975.

What I remember most is waiting in a long line with my friend and her big brother who was in the 6th grade. I also remember my big brothers visiting the train. They put pennies on the track (this was allowed) and the train would slowly roll over them making them flat. My mom probably still has these. I also remember seeing the dress that Dorothy wore in the Wizard of Oz. And I vaguely remember an important document (the Preamble to the Constitution possibly).

Here's the official site, FreedomTrain.org.
Here's a list of the schedule of it's tour across America.

January 28, 2009

True Giving

As Christians God wants us to give. What is giving in America today? Jesus gave an example of old woman who put 2 mites into the offering plate. Even though her amount was small Jesus said she gave more than others who provided much more. She made a sacrifice. She did without to give to God.

In America a churchgoer can give 10% (tithe according to the Bible) and then go out and by a big Sunday lunch, spending more than they gave and putting it on a credit card that has a growing balance every month. Did they really give to God or did they do something to make themselves feel good and then go spend and waste money unnecessarily?

In the eyes of God, what is true giving? It is not based on the American dollar. It is not based on a monetary amount. It is based on how the giver had to deny themselves. (Jesus said if you are a true follower of Him you must deny yourself take up your cross (hardships) and follow Him every day!) If you want to truly give in the name of Jesus Christ you must honestly ask yourself, am I personally doing without or going "an extra mile" to give and am I giving with an attitude to NOT receive recognition.

You must also seek out people and organizations that are frugal then give time or money in a way in which you personally realize you sacrificed.

January 29, 2009

Good Quote

Taken from Heartlight.org

“There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning.”

— Thomas Aquinas

January 30, 2009


Here's a better version than the one I had. It's found at NewsChannel8.
Here's another.

January 31, 2009

Gold by John Stewart

This is his biggest solo hit. It was sung with Stevie Nicks and Lyndsey Buckingham

The lyrics

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