Back to School...Eventually & New App!

While I did finish up my grading before break, I procrastinated a bit in forming actual plans for this coming week. I had a rough idea of things we would do, however, writing down these ideas, just seemed to signal the end of break way too soon.

Then the call. Due to -25* and below windchill temperatures, no school tomorrow!

I'm hoping with my new found no-school energy I can crank out plans for the next couple of weeks. Just to start the year off on a well prepared foot. We shall see.

It's been a long time since I've joined in with Jeniffer's linky. Way too long, but I thought I would share an idea or two for the coming week.

In one of my reading classes we will be starting Chocolate Covered Ants by Steven Manes. This will be paired with a nonfiction book Chocolate Wasn't Always Sweet: A History by Marilee Robin Burton. In my second reading class, we will start with the nonfiction book and move to Ronald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The unit plans come from one of the teachers on the 4th grade team. Complete with how to taste test chocolate (an activity I know my kiddos will love, and a perk to working through the nonfiction text).  The icing on the cake... or maybe the chocolate on the ant (?) is a field trip to the local Russel Stover candy factory on the outskirts of town. A couple of the other reading classes have made the trip, and I know there will be mutiny if my classes don't make the trip too. I'm pretty excited to start this unit, and thankful for the collaborative team I work with.

On Thursday, I will be heading for additional LETRs training. A Rocky Top Teacher, recently posted about a new-to-me app called ThingLink. I've created one for my students to look at edible bugs across the globe and journal about if they would try an insect delicacy. If you'd like to take a look at the articles and video the kiddos will be looking at just take a look below.

Speaking of a new app... how are you using iPads and iPods in your classroom? I'd love you to link up your ideas below all month long!


  1. Christy, the chocolate unit sounds like so much fun! I want in on that field trip! :o)

    Enjoy your day off tomorrow!


  2. I agree with Tara...if you need a chaperone, I'm only 1000 or so miles away!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  3. I'm going on the field trip with you. I might be 5'10", but I'm going to blend myself in. Lol...I wish. Thanks for sharing your Thinglink. I am going to have to share this with my kids. They will love it!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Love the app! My kiddos do, too! Field trip sounds amazing!!!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  5. We're off to due to the crazy wind chill and blowing snow.


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