It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

This is my absolute favorite time of year.  All the lights and decorations and snow make me so happy.

My family has a tradition that we always put up our tree the first weekend in December and I make homemade caramel corn for us to eat while we decorate. So this isn't exactly educational but who doesn't love a good recipe and a little food porn!

So, first off you need 24 cups of air popped popcorn and you should preheat the oven to 225 F.

Isn't my popcorn maker pretty?!
This is what 24 cups of popcorn looks like. 
Then in a saucepan you bring 2 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of corn syrup and 1 tsp of salt to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.

Mmmmmm sugar and butter.
Then  add 1 tsp of vanilla, stir and remove from heat. Sprinkle in 1/2 tsp of baking soda and stir until mixed. Pour this yummy goodness all over the popcorn. Stir the popcorn.  Put it in the oven on the bottom rack for 40 minutes and stir every 10 minutes.  

Finally, EAT and ENJOY!
Here's how our tree turned out (we don't have a fancy tree, it's mostly kid decorations and cutesy ornaments that I have received as gifts over the years):



Now, of course I should write about a few educational things so here you go...

We've been using the document camera for read alouds and I can honestly say I don't think I would ever read a book to my kids without the document camera again.  I love it so much. I have a squirrely class this year and they don't pay attention unless I use the document camera which makes the story so large it's easy for them to pay attention to.  

We've been working on Beginning, Middle and End in both reading and writing.  
Look at how awesomely large this is for the students to be able to see the pictures and even help with the words! It has taken my read alouds to a whole new level.
I photocopied the story so that we could highlight important parts of the text:


This is a super cute mentor text for teaching letter writing.  We're using it to learn about the parts of a letter but also how to have a Bold Beginning (Organization Trait)....and of course we are beginning our Santa letters this week.

I've also been using the document camera in math for solving word problems and creating number stories using 10 frames:



Do you have a document camera? How do you use it in your classroom?

I also added a new product to my store this week! 

This one was a long time coming! I had many requests to bundle my word work packets, and I finally got er' done. Click here or on the picture to visit my store if you're interested in this bundle.



Don't forget, tomorrow is the Facebook Frenzy! This time I have a product in the first grade frenzy for language arts but it can definitely be used for second graders as well. 


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