Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fun in the Classroom

I spent time this past Thursday working in a first grade class as the students built gingerbread houses.  Fifth grade students were on hand to give assistance to the younger kids.  This was a great time for me to have my students work on "delicate" touch as they carefully placed the graham crackers together and decorated the sides with candy without them caving in.  There were some mishaps, so frustration tolerance was needed.  They practiced cutting licorice with a plastic knife.  Their inclination was to grasp it like a hammer, but I showed them how to place their index fingers on the top of the knife to exert downward force.  Presto...success.

Photos were shared using Smilebox, a free tool for creating slide shows, invitations or greetings.  Parents got a peek at this fun activity after they were emailed a link.  Sharing school experiences with families is so much easier with technology now.  What is your favorite tool for sharing?

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