Olympic Unit

Below is a pdf copy of our TENTATIVE plan for our Winter Olympics Unit we hope to do over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to use and share as you please, keeping in mind this is in DRAFT form, so please forgive mistakes. We will use some of the resources found on http://www.enchantedlearning.com (kind of cheesy, I know, but they cover some basic info without me having to create it myself), and we will use a LOT of online resources. Some of the sites I found from my PLN on Twitter are listed below.

Let me if you use the outline or if you find any other really good resources I should have on the list.

Here’s the unit outline: Olympic Unit Outline

And here are some links:

  1. The SCIENCE of the Olympics” http://www.nbclearn.com/science-and-engineering-of-the-2014-olympic-winter-games
  2. NBC’s official Olympics page (I’m pretty sure they will be broadcasting live events on this link) http://www.nbcolympics.com/

    Other pretty good sites:

  3. http://www.timeforkids.com/minisite/2014-sochi-olympics
  4. http://cybraryman.com/olympics.html
  5. http://www.olympic.org/sports
  6. http://www.olympic.org/sochi-2014-winter-olympics
  7. http://www.teamusa.org/Video
  8. Tear jerker commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57e4t-fhXDs&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=olympics%20video&utm_campaign=Non+Brand+Olympics_General&utm_content=RDOi69um|dc_3851824569_b_olympics%20video

We Wish Class Poems

A couple of years ago I wrote a poem for my students called “My Wish for You”.  It ended up as a “guest post” for my colleague, mentor, and friend Angela Maiers.  The past couple of years I’ve asked my kids to write a “We Wish” poem in response to what I wrote. Well, THIS YEAR, after a slow start with early outs due to extreme heat, we finally got our class poems done and videos made this week.  Here they are. I think the kids did a GREAT job on them. The words truly are their words, mostly serious and honest, but some reflect their 10-11 year old silliness. What a privilege to be called “teacher” by these kiddos. I truly have the best job in the world!

Please consider leaving us a comment and let us know what you think of our poems and videos.

-Mrs. T.G. 🙂

5TG We Wish
5P We wish

5p We Wish Video
5TG We Wish Video




Common Sense

In preparing to present a class on using social media in education, I came across this video about a teacher who was forced to resign after parents saw some of her Facebook status updates. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU8m-4_CmtU

A little common sense: Don’t post complaints or sarcastic remarks on Facebook or any other social media sites. First of all, as you can see here, it can get you fired. Secondly, nobody really wants to hear you complain in person, let alone publicly on the Internet. Thirdly, please LEARN how to adjust your security and privacy settings.

It’s really just common sense!


Off topic: Chili Dip Recipe :)

I attempted to make this “chili dip” last week for our school staff. Whenever I make chili, I just dump in a little of this, a little of that and keep tweaking until it suits me. For this, I wanted it to be more of a “dip” and less of a “soup”, so I was going for super THICK. Unfortunately, I’m not real good at writing down things when I’m getting creative in the kitchen (which isn’t that often!). SO, here’s what I THINK I put in and pretty much how I made it, mixing and simmering one evening when I had time, letting it sit in the frig for a couple of nights, and then heating it back up when I needed it. Served it with some sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and some “Scoops” corn chips and it was a hit.

Try it and let me know what you think! 🙂