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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Musical Monday's Name Game

Hi, Peeps!

We've been challenged to post songs beginning with the first letter of our names. I immediately thought of this fun one that I hadn't heard in ages. Here's Three Dog Night singing "Joy to the World."


Next up is a current favorite song that I keep hearing on the radio. Although I really don't like the idea of using a child in such a morbid clip, this is the group's official video, so I'll post it. I've recently gotten hooked on a Netflix show called, "Stranger Things." The cute little boy in this video, is the same one missing in the show, and I just have to wonder if this is a predictor of things to come. It doesn't look good for him. Also, the name of the group fits my middle name; however, the song starts with the same letter as my last name, so it works!

"Panic! At the Disco: LA Devotee"


Finally, here's a song for my last name. I've always loved musical productions, so for my last name, here's a song from the 1955 film version of "Guys and Dolls". Sky Masterson (played by Marlon Brando), is in pursuit of a religious lady and has bet all his money against his thug friends in a dice game in the sewer. If he wins, they must come to the church meeting. It's a great show! "Luck be a Lady."


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Not Hotdog App

My son found a great FREE app that makes life 
much easier for the thought challenged!

Just head to your app store and download it for FREE! This app will tell you whether or not something is a hot dog. Read its many reviews from happy consumers.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Monday, July 17, 2017

European Favorites

When it comes to European favorites, I have one in particular. My son brought it home after a trip to Europe, and it soon caught on with the teenagers who hung out at my house at the time. See, we were the home with the pool table. Later it became known as the Numi Numi dance because of some fat kid on Youtube. Here's Dragostea Din Tei by the Romanian group, O-zone.

Here is the kid whose messing around with his camera went viral.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Back to School Products

A picture is worth a thousand words. 
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Back in Town

I've had a busy week of traveling and entertaining my family. I arrived back in Memphis early this afternoon and am going to post one song on what I need to do to chill.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Solve Logic Puzzles

After thirty years of teaching gifted and talented students, logic was one of my kids' most popular activities. They really seemed to enjoy the challenge! If you've never done it, it's not tough to get started. Once kids know how to fill out a grid, it's a print and go activity.

gifted and talented, bright kids

No matter how old the child, if they've never solved a logic problem, I start them with a basic puzzle, like above. I'll treat the rows of the grid as ownership. For example, Aundrea owns all of the boxes next to her name; however, ownership is shared with the colors. Blue owns all of the boxes in the column below the word.

teaching logic, education

Next, I'll point to different boxes and ask, "Who owns this one?" Once the kids understand how the grid works, we move on to the symbols.

I will ask a child, "When you make a mistake on a paper, how does your teacher let you know something is wrong?" I am looking for the idea of an /X/ to show incorrect. Once that is understood, I introduce /O/ to show that something is right.

We will then work a puzzle together.

logic problem, puzzles

If your student is an older child, you'll need to challenge him or her with a multi-grid puzzle. These work just as the basic grids, except students are solving three puzzles at once. Also, kids will need to look at the other grids to solve the one they are working on. I call this feeding off of the grid.

matrix logic grid

Sometimes, I will use side notes to help organize my thoughts, too.

logic instruction, how to logic

Once your kids get the hang of it, logic puzzles make for great centers, work for early finishers, or just a fun and challenging reward for the students. Logic puzzles involve higher level / critical thinking skills and may be worked independently or in cooperative groups. Also, we all know the boy or girl in class who is brilliant, finishes everything early, and constantly needs something to do. Here you go!

If you'd like to give logic a try, the samples I used are from FREE products that can be downloaded at Catch My Products. Here are the links:

free logic puzzle for early grades

logic is fun

If you decide to use these logic puzzles, 
I would greatly appreciate feedback.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Independence Day Music & Sales

Monday Music Moves Me's theme this week is songs of Independence; but before I post the songs, I must tell you about our Dollar Deals. Just go to Teachers Pay Teachers and search #TPTFIREWORKS, and you will find a plethora of great products for only $1.

TpT, sales, teacher

I love John Phillip Sousa, and his music fits the Independence Day sale, too, so hum along.

You know what else?

Catch My Products is having a 20% OFF sale and offering 
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That's A LOT of savings for the 3rd & 4th.

close read, nonfiction


Figurative Language

So hurray! The deals end July 5th.

Here's another song about America.