Monday, March 26, 2012

That's What I'm Talking About

Well, HOWDY Monday!

My kids were FIRED up today. 

Usually, I tend to like Mondays because they are low key. The kids wobble in from their busy weekend. Some ask to put their heads down. Others like to get to business with the week's new assignments. Their faces are sun-kissed pink with sleepy, puffy eyes.

Not-so today!

It's totally all my fault.
I just had to assign a family project for our Open House that was due today. Bad teacher!

As the first bell rang, I could see my littles running down the hallways with their projects in hand. Visions of children falling on top of their projects, squashing them like bugs, flew wildly in my head. Luckily, no projects were harmed.

I had a pretty good turn-out of projects for this years' group.
Mind you, for several years in the past, I would only have 1, maybe 2, kids not turn in their projects. However, for the past 3 years, I'm happy if anyone turns in their project.

So, when half of the class turns in their assignment on the actual due date. 
Oh my stars, I feel like dancing the jig.

The project was to make a representation of something they learned about Ancient Egypt. I gave them A LOT of choices. Most of them, chose to make a pyramid. Always a fan favorite. But a few will choose to make something else on the list.

Here are a few of them:

And then there was the MUMMY. The mummy of all mummies.

This little one's mother says to me, 
"Here is what happens when dad works on the project with her."

They used a blow-up doll. Duct taped her into position, papier-mached her, and spray painted her white. Unfortunately, this mummy did get her papier-mached head bashed in with the ceiling fan. Nothing a ton of duct tape couldn't fix. :)

The kids were enthralled, spellbound, and enchanted.
Hence the following hyperactivity.

Well, I guess the fact that we were making 'Crocodile Pie' at the end of the day didn't help either. Of course, we are learning about Crocodiles for our Ancient Egypt unit.

Crocodile Pie is a total rip-off adaptation of Deanna Jump's Alligator Pie from her TPT Zoo Unit. LOVE IT! Mrs. Jump is a teaching ROCK STAR {next to sweet Abby, of course!}
I absolutely love her lessons and the kids do, too.

We made {and consumed} the pie today and we will write our expository text tomorrow.

My kids were so excitedly nervous for this treat because I didn't tell them what was in Crocodile Pie. They have been asking me about it for days.

My token picky-eater looked like he wanted to run screaming from the building like his hair was caught on fire. Tsk tsk tsk, every year there's one...

Anyway, most of my kiddidles LOVED it!

1) Vanilla Pudding

2) Mix in the drops of green food coloring

3) Add a chocolate chip to a little marshmallow for the eyes

4) Eat it up!

Oh, what a Monday it was!

Now, I'll get back to Dancing With the Stars. I gotta vote for my favs. They are all so good. I just LOVE Donald Driver! He is too cute for words.


  1. Oh my goodness those projects look amazing. The life size mummy - puts anything I did in my elementary years to shame! I so glad I found your blog. I am you newest follower!

    ~ Katie
    First Grade ABCs

  2. How fun are you! I just found your blog and LOVE it! I am your newest follower! ;)