Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Boys and Little House, Gingerbread, and Math~ Happy 2015!

My 4th, 5th, 6th resource group just read Little House in the Big Woods. 15 boys and 2 girls. Guess who loved it? The boys! Santa brought each of them their own color copy(they had been racing to get my one color copy when reading class started each day!), and each kid seemed delighted! Laura Ingalls Wilder was a brilliant writer. Not only did she write about adventures with bears, hunting, and butchering pigs, but she wrote simply and descriptively. She painted a picture with not too many words, so my struggling readings could really dig in! They are now asking to read either Farmer Boy or Little House on the Prairie.....I put together an interactive notebook that is expecially for struggling writers, and they are pleased with their finished products!
My primary students did Gingerbread Boy activities, and finished with decorating their own. It's cool how a child who can barely get words on paper with a pencil can meticulously decorate a gingerbread guy! Then we write "How to" story on how to make and decorate a gingerbread person.
and.....I joke about this envelope that one of my students addressed to me. I am not known for my math teaching skills! But actually it is quite a compliment because I do try to make it stress-free and fun(and common core aligned!) for this child with autism who not enjoyed math in the past!
Happy 2015! Laura


  1. Little House in the Big Woods is one of my favourites (let's face it - I love them all!) glad to hear that it appeals to boys as well.

    Jenny :-)

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