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Throwback Thursday Part 2!

Can I just tell you that I am a huge stress ball right now? My boyfriend of 6 years and I have lived apart this entire year because he found a job an hour away from my job. So, needless to say we were really excited for next year because we were going to live together! YAY! Well... let's just say that in-between of where I work and where he works is nothing but cornfields and cows! We don't want to live in-between forever so we need to rent until I find a position in Columbus, Ohio. Well, we found a cute town with a college in it! So, we thought perfect!! There will definitely be places to rent there! Well... we were so wrong! There is nothing!!
We looked at one house thing but let me just put a very vivid picture in your mind of what this place looked & smelled like! Walls were warped, water in the ceiling, floors were not flat, no cabinet doors on the cabinets, no stove (um I'm not buying the house), random tall deck in the back yard, toilet in a closet (insert question mark), sink in the middle of a big room (bathroom sink), no dryer... the renter was taking the washer, gross bathroom and to top it all of the place smelled of pure cat urine! Oh.. and the renter NEVER cleaned it after a couple of 30 years moved out!
That house is our only choice!... um... I think I will NOT be living there!
Right now I feel like this...
Okay.. I will keep you updated with that situation! Now, onto THROWBACK THURSDAY! This reminds me of football night for some reason! :)
This post is from April 17!
It was all about dinosaurs!!! My favorite week I had in first grade with my kiddos!
This week my kids learned about dinosaurs & prepositions and all I have to say is that you have to do this activity! I hid dinosaur bones throughout my room and students had to find four of them that were located in four different places and write a sentence with a noun, preposition then noun. There was a catch though... they were not aloud to use 'on.' They had to think of other prepositions to use! They were so engaged and had so much fun!
When I first taught prepositions I used a student and put a dinosaur bone in different places around him. They had a ball and there were tons of laughs! I like to make things silly! :)
After that I pulled out 'Tuffy the T-rex' who we also used for describing.
Students cut and glued small pictures around him and came up with sentences using prepositions.

This week we read a variety of books about dinosaurs with a focus on T-rex and Triceratops. Students brought in books from home to add to the dinosaur collection I brought in from the library!
 The students and I filled out bubble maps of facts and then students gathered up their favorite facts and did an informational writing. They did such a great job. Here they are! :)

 To end our Dinosaur unit the students were 'paleontologists!' They used tools to dig chocolate chips out of the cookies. They worked so hard that they were all covered in cookie crumbs! After the activity we talked about how messy paleontologists must be when they are finished! Before we did the dig activity we watched the fossils video on It is a great way to get discussion going!

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