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School's out! School's out!

Yep.  It's been a great year and now summer break!  I hope all of my students have a great summer!!!

For my teacher friends and follower I'll still blog this summer, but it won't be so much about what's going on in my classroom.  Instead I think I'll post about some projects I'm working on, some products I think you might like and my plans for next year.

For My Teacher Friends

Teachers Pay Teachers in an open marketplace where teachers share projects, lesson plans, bulletin boards, SmartBoard files, etc... that they have created.  Today and tomorrow they are having a SITE wide sale!  Many sellers (including me) are having an additional sale on top of that so you could save up to 28%.  They also take purchase orders!  Anyway...just wanted to share the news.  Go here to learn more.  Use the code TAD13 (for teacher appreciation days) when you check out.

Soundtrack of My Life

My 6th graders are preparing to move to JH. They have just a few days of 6th grade left.  This week we reflected on life events and how music has played a role in them.  We discussed the purpose of music in commercials, movies, ceremonies and ballgames.  Then I asked students to write about music in their lives by creating a playlist of life events and songs that go with them.  I LOVE how thoughtful and funny they were.  Here are a few samples:

The time my dog died: “My Heart Will Go On”

My 1st Cardinal’s Game: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

My Birthday: “Born to Be Wild”

My First Bath:  “Splish Splash”

My 1st Sleepover: “Party in the U.S.A.”

The 3rd Time I Moved: “Life is a Highway”

I Was Born: “Celebrate!”

My 1st Birthday: “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive”

3rd Grade Sleepover: “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

My 1st Bike Wreck: “Another One Bites the Dust”

My 1st Cell Phone: “Call Me Maybe”

Mom and Dad’s Divorce: “Mockingbird”

First Day of School: “I’m Sexy and I Know It”