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Cinco De Mayo

 Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for 5th of May) is a regional holiday in Mexico. If you would like to discuss the history with your students, here are a few sites:










Some activity sheets you can use, go to these sites:







Here are some suggestions:

1. Have your students research Cinco de Mayo and write 10 questions each. You could then choose at least 25 good questions and have the students in each of your classes answer all the questions by researching online. 

2. Allow your students to draw and color the Mexican flag. 

3. They could write if and how they are going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

4. They could make a collage of ads, pictures, etc. of Cinco de Mayo that they find in newspapers.


I hope your students enjoy celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day. To read about the history of Earth Day, go to this site:

These are some interesting websites for Earth Day activities:












A good movie to watch:

Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, the 2007 Academy award winner for best documentary film. This film highlights the effects of global warming on our planet.

More websites:








Websites to make puzzles:











Scholastic websites for Earth Day:


 A list of books you can use for Earth Day:




 Your kids can vote on Scholastic's Environmental Report Card:


I hope you enjoy sharing Earth Day activities with your students. If you have more interesting websites or ideas, please email me at sblair@pvschools.net and I will add them to this blog. Thanks!



Fun Day

Last year, we had the Fun Day before our AIMS testing to pump up the kids. This year, we decided to have it as an award, after the AIMS testing was finished.


Our students are divided into teams. The teams are the names of our colleges in Arizona. For Fun Day, the teams rotate from station to station.


In the morning, our students attend all of their classes for a shorter period of time. After we  have our 2 lunch periods at an earlier time, we begin  the Fun Day rotations.


Our two coaches, Shani Kmetko and Chris Hannah, really help organize the rotations. Also, our testing coordinator, Cristal Bradley did all the scheduling. We have 5 physical activities and one rotation is a 25 minute cartoon video. We have 2 elective teachers at each station who are in charge of keeping that station up and running and helping the core teachers organize their students. Each student on each team has to sign up for 2 events. We do not give prizes. They earn the right to attend Fun Day by working hard and behaving during the 5 days of testing.

I am attaching our schedules so you will have an idea how to plan a fun day or a field day at your school.

Download FUN DAY 3 

Download Aims-fun-day-schedule-2-2 

Download FunDay.Sign-ups 2 


We encourage the students to wear sunscreen, hats and bring bottled water. 

CoachKmetko        CoachHannah      Basketball      Kickball     Soccer      Tugofwar      Movie     Volleyball

Picture 1: Coach Kmetko     Pic 2: Coach Hannah    Pic 3: Basketball   Pic 4: kickball  Pic 5: soccer   Pic 6: tug of war    Pic 7: movie    Pic 8: volleyball

Next year, we will have our rotations in the morning. It got a little "warm" during the afternoon.

Math Hunt

I received my monthly Scholastic Teacher Update, grades 6-8. Make sure to get on their mailing list. You can find lots of valuable teaching resources. If you do not receive this, click on the following:   


This month I found a game called Math Hunt. Even though I do not teach math, what grabbed my attention was this description: Send your students out on fact-finding missions that test math skills, provide practice researching on the Web, and boost reading comprehension.  I'm always looking for ways to boost my students' reading comprehension. So I first read the overview in the Teacher's Guide and then the General Objectives. Next, I actually clicked on the game and selected a topic and played. If you don't know the answer, you can click on Hunt for the Answers, which will send you to a different area where you can find the answers or at least find clues to help you figure out the answers. It is really a great way to motivate your students with a cross-curricular activity. My students were challenged playing this game.  I hope your students will enjoy it, as well.
This is the website to go directly to the game:


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