Saturday, January 9, 2016

Spark Student Motivation Saturday - January 9, 2016

I'm here, linking up with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching, for Spark Student Motivation Saturday!

This year, I have a lovely class. But they need a lot of motivation! I feel like I'm constantly one upping myself to make our lessons even more engaging and exciting to get them going! In order to introduce my latest read aloud, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, we had a yellow brick road leading us from the classroom doorway to our meeting area, where the book was located and introduced.

While reading this beautiful pop up book, we enjoyed a visit from the Wicked Witch of the West. (I stuff striped tights with newspaper and hung the legs from behind a curtain in the classroom.)

Next, we ate cupcakes make to look like witch's hats with ice cream cones on them!

We're finished with the book, but we'll be watching the movie and doing some comparing and contrasting next week. In addition, I'll be baking a layered cake with the colors of the rainbow on each layer for the kiddos to enjoy while watching the movie!

Happy weekend, everyone!

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  1. I love your Yellow Brick Road! I'm sure the students are having a ball with all of these activities. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Fit to be Fourth

    1. Thanks! It took a lot of packing tape, but the yellow brick road is still holding up after a week of reading. :)

  2. I just found your cute blog on Doodle Bugs Link Up. How have I missed it?? I'm glad I found ya!
    Mrs.Christy’s Leaping Loopers

    1. Aw, thanks! Last year was a bit of a blogging black hole for me as I switched from teaching fourth grade for five years to my very first year as a second grade teacher. I'm hoping to be a better blogger this year!