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Brainy Apples: November 2015
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Turkey Trot


Welcome to “The Chalkies” Turkey Trot! We hope you enjoy a jog through our blogs gobbling up freebies, ideas, and recipes for some holiday joy!

We have a new blog name!  We switched out the word "Primary" for "Elementary". We want to meet the needs of any teacher K-6. Our blog has been thoughtfully designed to help you find what YOU need for YOUR classroom level!

I love those grade level tabs {seen above} that help me grab what I need. This trot will also take you through the grade level blogs of your choice.

We hope you enjoy this little meal from appetizer to dessert!

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This sampler of my close reads pack "Significant People in Black History" is for 4th grade, but I also have one for 3rd and 5th grade reading levels for differentiation. It includes the full lesson on Ruby Bridges. This pack is a seamless way to integrate reading and social studies. Each person available comes with 1 original nonfiction text, 2 pages of close read questions, and 2 answer keys.

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As Christmas break nears, I find my students super excitable, more antsy, and very talkative. One thing I have started doing the first 10 minutes of my class is having them watch the daily CNN Student News. It highlights 10 minutes of top events every day, and my students LOVE it. LOVE IT! One day when we had a shortened schedule due to a pep rally, and I didn't start off class with it, they were a tad upset with me. Seriously! I have found that starting off class with this 10 minutes of lights of, world events, has really helped my students get in the right mindset for class. They can be talking a lot, but as soon as it begins, they stop. And it leads to some great discussions afterwards as we transition into our daily activities. And often, something shown can be related to what we are studying. Win! I always watch it before showing my first class, though, just to make sure it's appropriate. I haven't not shown my class an episode because of this, though.

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One thing food/drink I look so forward to during the holidays is spiced apple cider. Oh my word! It's so easy, but so tasty!

All you need is:
gallon of apple cider
3 small sticks of cinnamon
1 nutmeg
2-3 cloves

I have a metal container that I put the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in. You could also use a cheesecloth. You can also buy pre-made spice mixes, but I would rather buy the above because it's the perfect combo for apple cider and crisp winter nights. Then I pour the cider in a crock pot, put the metal container in it, and let it sit for a couple hours. WARNING!!! The longer it sits, the spicier it gets. I made the mistake and left it in for 4 hours once. WOWZERS! All I tasted was cinnamon. Not.Good.

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I have many products in my TpT store for grades 1-5 for literacy and math. I have just branched out to include middle grades social studies products, too! One of my favorite newer products is a social studies word wall I created for my kiddos that covers all of our social studies vocabulary.
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Full color graphics for each word.

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