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How I’m Going to Start the School Year

Armed and dangerous is how I am going to start my school year! It is quickly approaching although it has been delayed a bit for our school district. I am not afraid of getting COVID-19 or any other set of germs, but I am also going to be prudent to make sure my immune system is boosted. I certainly don’t want anyone to have a reason to jam a large cotton swab up my nose.

To keep myself healthy, I will be cleaning with Thieves Cleaner, diffusing Thieves essential oil in my ultrasonic cool mist diffuser, and taking 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red per day. Thieves keeps germs at bay with its cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary blend. The cleaner will also keep germs at bay and help me clean all surfaces such as tables. It is very economical taking only a capful for a whole spray water bottle. I got my spray bottle at the Dollar Tree. Ningxia helps keep my body spared from free radicals, makes my mind clear, and gives me an energy boost. If you are interested in getting some Young Living Products yourself, you can go here and sign up with my enroller and member number 2600343.

Happy Independence Day!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the lunar eclipse tonight! This is great if you are studying the phases of the moon! In case you found the eclipse imperceptible in the midst of fireworks or you miss this opportunity, learn about the eclipse and see it here and here.

World War 2–Don’t Miss this Social Studies Opportunity

Have you noticed the strong correlations between World War 2 and the Covid-19 pandemic. The connections are so ironic that you can’t help but draw connections to them through teaching. Your former students, children, and upcoming students are LIVING history. No book can teach what we have and are living through. In case you haven’t drawn the correlations yourself. Here are some

  1. Government turmoil in the U.S. and confusion around the world. This is similar to the time of Hitler’s reign in much of Europe.
  2. A shortage of items in the grocery store, especially toilet paper, initially beans, rice, pasta, and then meat choices. Thank God that we do have food in the grocery stores! Our lives could be much worse.
  3. During World War 2 people became connected through the radio. Today we are becoming ever more connected with social media. Even people who are elderly are learning to use social media and other technology.
  4. Quarantine because of COVID-19 is a lot like Jews hiding in homes. In fact during this time I had two different children pick up the book the Hiding Place without my prompting. Here is a great link for seeing Corrie Ten Boom’s old house.

Here is a resource I made that uses World War 2 as a platform to teach cryptograms. My students really enjoyed it! I hope yours do too!

ww2, wii, covid19, covid-19, corona, social studies, history, cryptograms, puzzles, quarantine

Free AMI Famous Failures and Animals (by student request)

Here is what I posted this week for enriching activities for my students. You are welcome to copy and paste this for your own students!


  1. Read about these famous failures:

Michael Jordan
I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan from this Nike commercial

Steve Jobs
I was a very public failure… I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

J.K. Rowling
You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Speech

Failure can be positive and negative. Think of some examples.
Failure can lead to success. When have you seen this happen?
Successful people experience failure. Do a Google search and find another example besides the ones above. Remember your example so you can share it on Friday.
Discuss these ideas with your parents.


Watch these videos about endangered animals. Which animal is your favorite and why? Which animal do you feel you would most likely be able to help? How would you help them not become extinct?

Animals facing extinction

Saving rhinos

Live rhino cam

Animal sounds
Which animal sound can you imitate the best? Be ready to show off your imitation.

World War 2 Free AMI Enrichment

You are welcome to copy and paste the following for your own students’ benefit. We did these activities last week.

Do You Want to be a Spy?
Learn about World War 2 and the Enigma Machine

Watch these videos to learn some not VERY WELL known things about World War 2.’

Solve some cryptograms.

Make your own cipher and cryptogram.

Learn some new vocabulary:

Cryptogram– a communication in cipher or code
• Cipher– a method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning
• Code– a system of signals or symbols for communication
• Spy– a person who secretly collects and reports information on the activities, movements, and plans of an enemy or competitor.
• Secret Agent– a person who tries to get secret information about another country, government, etc.
• Ally–a group of nations taking military action together, in particular the countries that fought with the US in World War I and World War II. (friend).
• Decipher-to interpret the meaning of
• World War II– conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939– 45. The principal enemies were Germany, Italy and Japan—and the Allies including the United States, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and, to a lesser extent, China. The 40,000,000–50,000,000 deaths incurred in World War II make it the deadliest and largest war, in history.
• Enigma Machine– a famous encryption machine used by the Germans during WWII to transmit coded messages. An Enigma machine allows for billions and billions of ways to encode a message, making it incredibly difficult for other nations to crack German codes during the war.

More Free and Editable AMI—Electricity

So, before the rest of the year became virtual, my students wanted to learn about electricity. I was rather disappointed that we wouldn’t get to learn about electricity, so I decided to give them my best effort at a week with AMI electricity learning. Below are my plans. You are welcome to copy, paste and adapt them for your students.

Learn About Electricity


1.Unsafe electric conditions.
Watch this.
Now, look around your house. Do you see any unsafe electricalconditions in your house? Tell your parents

2. How does electricity get to your house? Watch this.

3. Again with your parent’s permission turn on all the lights andmany items that use electricity. Go back and read the meter. Writedown the number. How did it change, and what did you notice?

4. Ask your parents if they can let you see all of the electric bills. Make a bar graph or line graph to show the cost of electricity foreach month for the last year. Which month was most expensive forelectricity? Why do you think so? Discuss this with your parents.

5. Build a lemon battery. This is a rather involved project, but youcan get all the materials at Wal-Mart. You can find alligator clipsand small light bulbs in the automotive section.

6. Read your electric meter outside. Write down the number, Beforeyou do this, turn off as many lights and appliances as possible. Askyour parents’ permission before you go outside, if you’re not surewhat your electric meter looks like or how to read it watch this.

7. Take a picture and post it to Dojo. Did you get the lemon battery to work? Do you think other fruits or vegetables would work? Which ones?


I know number 7 is a little steep to ask of parents, but some students might accomplish this and what a much better idea than playing video games all day!

Happy Easter!

Free and Editable AMI Enrichment with Fibonacci Sequences!

I recently set up chat groups for my students, so that I could talk to them during these AMI days that we are wading through. One of the comments from a student was “are you ‘board’ to death?” Other kids chimed in that they were indeed bored, too! I had already been thinking on what I could do to make my 5th graders’ lives more interesting.

As a result, I made these “Optional but Fun Activities”. Students predominately explore Fibonacci sequences, find examples of them, draw a golden rectangle, and draw artwork using Fibonacci Spirals. One of the activities allows them to go outside, which I think is so important with them being tied to a screen all day! I hope you can use this and your kids can get some enjoyment out of it too! The below videos will give you an idea about Fibonacci sequences if you don’t already know about them.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

One of the Best Creativity Lessons I Have Ever Done! {Giveaway}

Teachers and kids alike enjoyed this lesson. First I had students tell me about a time they made a mind picture from something such as weird wallpaper or clouds after looking at them. Then I read them the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. This book has multiple pictures where “mistakes” have been turned into something beautiful. See below…

For example, torn paper is turned into a dog.

Holes are turned into a camera like figure that children can look through. With each new page, there is something new to explore.

For the lesson, I use the different ideas from the book and put them on paper. For example, I put random paint on paper, random tears on paper, holes in paper, folds in the paper, and glued pieces of tissue to paper. See below…

I got these ideas from my fabulous colleague! She’s the best!

So I make a class set of various ones of the beautiful oops papers and then I give them to students to make the beautiful oops into something else. If they are able to turn it into something wonderful, I am pleased!

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