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DIY ish Family Frozen Halloween Costume

I’ve always enjoyed Halloween… but Halloween with little ones is a whole new level. My parents began throwing a Halloween party for everyone a few years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite traditions of the year… If you don’t have a Halloween party tradition of some sort… START ONE. It can be meeting up with friends for games and snacks before heading out to trick or treat or a full-on party like this one sometime during the month of October. Either way, it’s times like these where the memories are made! More on the party later. One day I’ll have my momma and creative genius get on here to explain all the fun parties she plans. She. is. the. best.  So extremely grateful for parents that do everything in their power to foster quality time together and wonderful memories.

Award-Winning Costumes:

Little dude is bugling because that’s what Caribous do.

 

I should start this post off by saying these costumes are award-winning costumes. *Disclaimer: These award-winning costumes were decided by a sibling vote. Siblings that were very much aware of my sad and desperate desire to get my name on the annual Halloween Costume Trophy… That being said there is a trophy, so claiming award-winning is completely valid and not the least bit misleading.

I don’t know what it is but I always have such a strong instinct to create some portion DIY in our Halloween Costumes. I say instinct because it’s certainly not a desire, it is literally a need within me. I tell myself I’m saving money by going the do it yourself route… However, my craft store receipts tell a different story. Not to mention by the time you. put. in. the. time. It is close to ridiculous. I’m not bitter. Come next year, I’ll be chomping at the bit ready to put a DIY spin on a costume.

To be fair, I had a TERRIBLE time trying to make Caribou antlers for the boy. I’m talking 6 hours on ONE SIDE, only to realize once finished it became a floppy disaster way to heavy to be anything except a doorstop type of experience. Little boy’s store-bought antlers were the best money I’ve ever spent.

Everything else went great and for the most part, was affordable. I’ll share those with you and the rest of our costume details below!

ELSA

We were originally going to dress up as Toy Story this year and had some fun ideas we were excited about. However, as Halloween got closer I could not bring myself to put my princess-loving girl in anything other than a big, poofy, cupcake, princess dress. Thus the need for a princess that had an animal in the storyline. Preferably an animal with antlers or baby boy would have nothing to do with it. It certainly helped that Frozen was a favorite in our household. So, little Lou was set to be Elsa, I just needed to find that big poofy Elsa Dress. There are a lot of Elsa Dress options out there, but when I found this one… it was the Elsa dress of my dreams. Plus when you consider everything that comes with it, it felt like a no brainer.

The only downside for me was the short sleeves. We are in Utah and this year Utah bore her teeth early with the lowest temps in October EVER recorded. The cold may not have bothered THEE Elsa, but it does bother me. So the need for sleeves and an extra layer of warmth were needed! I finally thought of a leotard and after trying a few out we found the perfect one!

Because of how tiny little Lou is, I had to take the dress in, as well as bring it up a couple of inches. I also wanted to add a little oomph under the skirt to prevent it from wrapping around her feet. I was able to find the perfect little hoop skirt! This along with a petticoat gave it a great poof!

Click here to purchase the Baby Hoop Skirt

Click here to purchase the Petti Coat

We completed the look with gemstones, and a couple of my old extensions from the time before my hair started to grow like a weed. Notice her Elsa braid… or what she would call, her dolly hair. We also got a fur wrap to wear around when we went Trunk or Treating! See the image below or click here to see our Frozen themed Trunk-or-Treat. 

ANNA

I couldn’t bring myself to spend mega-mooga bucks on a costume I would wear once, and I had every intention of making my cape… While searching I came across a costume on sale for TEN DOLLARS. the only problem… It was meant for a 7-8 year old girl. No risk, no reward. Now by no means did this outfit fit me. It was more comical than anything. In fact, when I was showing Ben my options I told him I was worried it was too short, or could give the wrong impression. He too quickly assured me I was nowhere near giving that impression… Thanks? I think?

I bought the fabric and embellishment to make the cape but was so burnt out after the floppy horn ordeal, that when I found this Anna Cape at Claire’s at the Mall… it was a no-brainer.

THE coolest part of the Anna costume was the BOOTS, better yet… Faux boots. That’s right, those cute black boots were made possible with black SOCKS, a little gold rope, a hot glue gun, and some heels. I had watched a video where someone exposed this nifty little trick and couldn’t wait to try it to add the finishing touches to my Anna costume!

I’m very visual so many of my projects or costumes start out as a drawing or sketch. Clearly the sketch is identical to the end result…. 😀  To create these boots simply put on the sock, make a small hole at the heel, approximately where the shoe’s heel is. Next, take off the sock and replace it with the heel. Slide the sock over your shoe placing the feel through the hole in at the heel in the sock. WA-LA. To add embellishments I plugged in the hot glue gun, slipped the sock on, and placed a barrier where I would be gluing under the sock to protect me from the high temperatures. I used a thick post-it note stack. It worked great because it curved along my foot. All that was left was to glue the rope directly on to the sock, let dry, and THERE.YOU.GO.

SVEN

Though I will never attempt to make caribou horns again… The Sven costume was one of my FAVORITES. Benson Boy is so funny. Once he was all in costume, face and all… He posed the question to himself, “Do I look good?” He then strutted to the mirror, stared at himself with raised eyebrow, and replied to himself a very firm, “Good.” He spent the rest of the time running and bellowing as one might expect a caribou or reindeer to do.

His costume was very simple, just a nice soft pair of pajamas that he can wear and re-wear after Halloween. Always a big selling point for me.

Click here to purchase the Pajamas

A pair of store-bought Sven Antlers, again the best money I’ve ever spent after my 6-hour escapade.

Click here to purchase the Sven Antlers

Some mittens, face-paint, and fur from the craft store. I only needed 1/3 of a yard and still had plenty leftover. Be warned working with faux fur is not for the faint of heart. It is terrible and each loose hair will enter your nostrils and stick to every part of you. Have a lint roller, and a vacuum handy and whatever you do… DO NOT cut the fabric in your house. To create the pieces I simply made as few as cuts as possible and then used hot glue to create bends and folds in the neck fabric. The neck fabric wraps around and attaches by using velcro, which again was simply glued on by a hot glue gun. Same with the foot and handcuffs.

CHRISTOPH

This one was truly a DIY costume in every aspect of the word. Simple, easy, you just need your embellishments, a 7$ Sweatshirt from Walmart, and a glue gun. If your husband is anything like mine, the simpler the costume… the better. This one literally allows him to wear his regular clothes, just slip the sweatshirt tunic over the top, and throw on the beanie… except that’s not actually a beanie… It’s one of the sleeves from the sweatshirt rolled down and cuffed! If you have a beanie, you might consider using the cut off sleeves as fake boots!

I’ve seen similar tutorials that use a T-shirt. I prefer the sweatshirt. Warmth for one, extremely inexpensive, and it gives you a little more structure. Similar to the look of the actual character.

  1. To create this look simply buy a couple sizes too large sweatshirt.
  2. Cut off the sleeves, leaving a little cuff below the shoulder.
  3. Cut a V Neck
  4. Cut slits midway up the sweater
  5. Make a slight cut out above the leg
  6. Glue the sides to a more fitted wear
  7. Glue on embellishments.
    • 1 Yard of ribbon, 1 yard of Burgandy felt, 3 yards of fur trim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made the mistake of purchasing expensive fur trim. The trim literally cost more than the costume itself. Though it was convenient do not make the same mistake that I did. At Joann’s, I purchased the trim that needs to be cut for you. Don’t do it, unless you want to… Instead, look for this fur. At my local store, it was near the feather and leather section! Once you have your embellishments get gluing!

This was a Halloween to remember and I’m thinking will be a favorite of mine for years to come. If you’re interested in Frozen Family Halloween costumes, make sure to check out our Frozen Themed Trunk or Treat! IT turned out better than I could have imagined and the frozen themed handouts were an absolute hit!

To see the tutorial for the trunk of treat, click here!

To see the list of my favorite non-candy Halloween Handouts click here!

 

I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

This painting is inspired by a beautiful photo taken by @masseya ❤️

#911 #911memorial #9eleven #911remembrance #thetwintowers #neverforget #neverforgotten #unity #love
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💡🚨PSA:🚨💡
ATTENTION ALL TEACHER FRIENDS
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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
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As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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What to include:
🍋Name-tag/Desk-plate
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
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📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
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Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
📸: @adifferentiatedclass
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How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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HELP ME BRAINSTORM:
What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
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I’ll leave mine in the comments!
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Guys… I had a baby 🥰 Almost 10 months ago 😳 I STRUGGLE to consistently show up on this platform, but know how happy I am that you are here!
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There are a lot of new faces around here so I thought we should take the time to get to know each other!
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PLEASE comment below with what we have in common, or something we will never see eye to eye with 😜
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A few things to know about me😬
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🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
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🍋 Lemon was my maiden name and my love for all things lemon runs deep.
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🍋 I’m a fresh lemonade connoisseur, and will not touch store bought/ from the tap.
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🍋 My patronus is a wolf 🐺 #potterhead
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🍋 A piece of my heart will always be in #5thgrade and New Orleans
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🍋 I’m a novice flower gardener and LOVE to experiment with different blooms.
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🍋 Ben and I will celebrate our 10 year this year and have 3 kiddos under 5 💀
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🍋 Go Red Sox ⚾️
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🍋#bucketlist item: New Zealand, Hobbiton, ride the #nevisswing 😳
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🍋 Teaching item(s) I can’t live without…Binder clips😎 You should see what I can #macgyver with a couple clips… also, flair pens. #cliché 🤓
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YOUR TURN: Tell me something about you in the comments!
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To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!
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Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
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Make sure to check out the Lucky Because Bulletin Board BUNDLE get ALL this for only $3.99☘️☘️☘️☘️ The Clover craft is the PERFECT craft for tomorrow!
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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The most beautiful illustration by @paigepayne_creations Keep reading for some of the most powerful quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful, “I have a Dream,” speech:
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“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
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“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
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“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
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“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
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🎉🎉VISION BOARD G.I.V.E.A.W.A.Y
YOU GUYS!!! This one turned out better than I expected 😍😍😍 EVERYONE NEEDS A VISION BOARD.
🍋 TEACHERS
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This became more and more apparent as I created this product and researched the value in having one. Due to it’s late debut in the #goalsetting season you can snag it at 50% off (the lowest price it will EVER be).
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In a nutshell, you and your students will create a digital vision board that will act as a daily reminder when you set it as your computer, tablet, or smart phone’s new wallpaper or lock screen! I’ve created 26 EASY to use templates that create completely customizable and BEAUTIFUL designs, along with over 150 moveable “stickers” to make something truly eye catching (one of the requirements of an effective vision board) If that weren’t enough, I wanted to make sure you had the support materials to provide a really complete and educational project. So I’ve also included over 30 support activities, video tutorials, and extensions. Students will learns about vision boards, what makes them effective, the elements of a wellness, their circle of control, SMART goal setting.... and MORE! I know you are going to love this and so will your students. Even more, I know this has the potential to make a difference and lead to growth, and that is pretty satisfying. I’ve been working hard on this beauty and I NEED to get it in some classrooms!
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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Excerpt from a personal post 💛 Thank you all for your patience as we welcome the newest member of our little family🍓
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2020 the Year of the Poppies
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“... You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I'm no good at it, and again my good intentions out do any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms. One of my favorite flowers is a poppy. I think there is so much to be said about and learned from these flowers. From the alien-like tubers you plant, to the fury foliage it produces, one would NEVER think that something so weed-like could ever produce such a gorgeous sight... And then... It does. Is that not life? Is that not 2020? This year has been hard for everyone, especially for some that I love the most, and yet despite everything, there has been beauty.

I truly believe that some of life’s most beautiful moments are produced after the hard or ugly. Is that not the Gospel and Hope found in Christ? Through His Grace the hard and ugly things we go through can actually be the source of something really beautiful, something better than we could have imagined, even a better version of ourself? 2020 has been hard, it’s still hard. But because of that hardness I’ve seen growth and light and beauty that I never would have expected. From repaired and renewed relationships, to a new focus on family and what’s really important, to things working out when they shouldn’t, to a beautiful new addition to our family... The increase is through Him. I think for me 2020 will always be the year of the poppies.
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EEK! You guys, I’m SO excited about this one🍋😍🍋 Introducing the Morning Meeting you NEED in your classroom. This one does it ALL.

🍋Digital Daily Attendance
🍋SEL Learning & Awareness
🍋Grit & 🌱 Mindset Challenges
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🍋Daily Challenges & Class Games
🍋Set-Up Routines & Structure
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➕➕➕SO MUCH MORE➕➕➕
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I’m SO sure you’re going to LOVE it, I’m giving ALL of the August slides away for FREE! If you want more information on how and when you can download ALL of August, comment below! Don’t forget to spread the love by tagging a teacher friend that NEEDS this!
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Guys. I don’t even know where to begin.... Except be on the lookout for this fun little DIGITAL project to be added today!
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🍋Students come up with a One Word Goal for the school year/ first term...
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🍋Students then create a “quilt” piece of their 1 Word, using figurative language and pictures to illustrate.
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🍋Students will then upload their piece to a COLLABORATIVE Class “quilt”
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🍋You can then use this Collaborative Class “Quilt” to create a DIGITAL Bulletin Board for your Virtual Classrooms, OR print it off and assemble in your actual classroom!
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🍋More details coming soon! Comment below if you have a Virtual classroom you would like to try this out with!
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