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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON- WEEKLY TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES |Preparing for EASTER | Holy Week

COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON- WEEKLY  TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES |Preparing for  EASTER | Holy Week

Easter | Holy Week

Questions to Ponder:

Each Come Follow Me Lesson asks important and reflective questions. When I first began my individual study these questions threw me off. Simply because many of these questions required so much depth and individual reflection in order to answer honestly. My first approach to come follow me was to get in, get out, get it done, check it off. These questions simply didn’t allow me to do so. In fact, I felt a little sick when I would read a question like, “How does the spirit speak to you?” and I wouldn’t know the answer right away. After a time, and pondering on that specific question I realized IT’S OKAY. In fact, I think these questions were meant to be set aside, thought about, and pondered. When we try and come up with the quick easy, obvious, answer, we are depriving ourselves of an opportunity to reflect, ponder, pray, and RECEIVE REVELATION. Is this not the whole reason for Come Follow Me? Are we not trying to finetune and recognize how we, and how to receive personal revelation.

So each week I will list out some of the questions issued in Come Follow Me. Maybe you pick to ponder about all of them, maybe you pick just one. Whatever you do, ponder on this for the ENTIRE week. Pray about it, discuss it with loved ones, then at the start of the new week, take the time to write down your impressions or thoughts, share them with your family, testify of powerful insights.

  • This Easter season, reflect on the testimonies in the Book of Mormon that the power of Christ’s Atonement is both universal and personal—redeeming the whole world and redeeming you.
  • It’s traditional at Easter to ponder the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but what exactly does it mean to be resurrected?
    • What insights does the Book of Mormon offer about the resurrection?
    • Why do you think it’s important to know each of these truths.
  • It could be said that the Book of Mormon is largely an account of people who changed because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
    • What do you notice that each of these experiences has in common?
    • What differences do you notice?
    • What do these accounts teach you about how the Savior’s Atonement can change you?
  • Encourage family members to imagine what it would have been like to feel His wounds (see 3 Nephi 11:14–15) or to be one of the children He blessed (see 3 Nephi 17:21). How does this account deepen our gratitude for the Savior’s Resurrection?

Activity: Countdown to Easter

I received really great feedback on the Free Countdown to General Conference Paper Chain, so I wanted to create something similar that could help you and your family prepare spiritually for Easter. I used a similar template to create the Countdown to Easter. The activity is an 8-day countdown that starts the Sunday before Easter and follows the Holy Week procession. The fun part about this countdown is you can choose how to use it. Cut the strips and hide them in eggs to be found throughout the week, or create a paperchain like the one used to prepare for General Conference.

I’ve prepared 3 different templates for you to pick from, each one is editable and can be customized for personal use with your own traditions, and activities. Like the General Conference Countdown, these make great activity handouts for Primary, Ministering, Activity Days, Young Men\Young Women…etc. Comment below how you plan to use them!

Easter Countdown: Free Download 3 Different Versions

  1. Version 1 Toddlers | Young Children: Created with toddlers and young children in mind. Each QR code links you to a video appropriate and engaging for this age group. Kids will better understand the WHY of Easter and even begin to learn more about Holy Week. See below for the list of videos included in this countdown.
  2. Version 2: Families | Youth: This countdown was created with youth and families in mind. Each day gives you a handful of scriptures to read. These scriptures follow the chronology of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday. This countdown also includes a QR code that will link you to a video focused on our Savior Jesus Christ appropriate for Easter Sunday. I put a lot of thought and effort into finding videos that I felt would be impactful. See below for a list of videos included.
  3. Version 3: Families | Youth: This countdown is completely focused on the scriptures. Meaning you will read the same scriptures that are on version 2 that follow Holy Week. This time, however, the videos the QR code will link you to will be videos that illustrate the scriptures you’ve just read. This is a great way to bring the passages to life, and better understand their meaning. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has done a wonderful job creating these New Testament videos, everyone is sure to enjoy, and even more… feel something.
    1. Click here to see all of the New Testament Bible Videos. 
    2. Click here to see the video I included to show Judas’s betrayal.

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Make sure to tag a friend to help spread the word. 

 

Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children

Materials Needed:

  • Print, Edit (**if desired), and assemble the Holy Week Countdown Paper Chain for Easter
    • You can use these slips as links on a paper chain, or you may choose to roll them up and hide them in a plastic Easter Egg. Make sure to number the Easter Eggs so the videos and activities can be completed chronologically. 
  • Purchase supplies for Easter Rolls:
    • Recipe 1: Can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon, Sugar.
    • Recipe 2:  Yeast, Water, Milk, Oil, Sugar, Salt, 1 egg, Flour, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon & Sugar

Videos and Activities Included:

Below you will find the activities and videos I’ve included in the Holy Week Countdown file. Each video and activity is linked through a QR code. Each day includes a video, appropriate for toddlers and young children to learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ and why we celebrate Easter. The Paper Chain activity is editable, so feel free to add in your own activities and traditions to celebrate easter.

You will notice I’ve also included a short note of what happened on that day leading up to Christ’s Ressurection. Some of the activities and videos even correspond with what was happening for that day of Holy Week.

 

***I’ve also included one of my FAVORITE Easter Traditions, making Empty Tomb rolls. This has been one of the best ways I have found to simply explain the details, and wonder leading up to Christ Ressurection to young children. I HOPE you make time to do this with your family. I’ve included 2 recipes, one from scratch, the other as easy as it gets. I’ve also created a printable that you can use as a gift to drop off a kit with family or friends. I love to bring these to the sisters I minister to with younger families. You can make the Empty Tomb Easter rolls on any of the days leading up to Easter, or on Easter. I’ve included the activity on Friday because of the accompanying story from The Friend takes place on the Friday before Easter. It is also appropriate if you are following the Holy Week Schedule… It would have been Friday that Christ was crucified and his body prepared for the tomb.

 

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Videos included in the Toddler | Young Children Holy Week Countdown:

Sunday:

The Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday

Jesus walked from Bethany to Jerusalem. He rode into the city on a donkey, as a verse in the Old Testament said He would. People recognized Him as their King, shouting, “Hosanna,” and laying down palm leaves in front of the donkey to keep dust from getting on the Savior. Jesus visited the temple and then returned to Bethany.

See Zechariah 9:9Matthew 21:1–11Mark 11:1–11.

Monday:

Jesus Cleanses the Temple:

Jesus saw people buying and selling things in the temple. Because He wanted the temple to be a “house of prayer,” He made them leave. Then He healed people who were lame or blind. The jealous priests were angry with Him.

See Matthew 21:12–17Mark 11:15–19.

Tuesday:

Jesus Teaches through Parables:

Jesus taught people in the temple and on a nearby hill called the Mount of Olives.

The priests plotted to kill Jesus. One of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, agreed to turn Jesus over to the priests in exchange for 30 silver coins.

See Matthew 25:31–4626:14–16.

Wednesday:

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

The scriptures do not say what Jesus did on this day. He may have spent the day with His disciples. You could read the parable of the ten virgins, a story Jesus taught to His disciples to help them prepare for His Second Coming.

See Matthew 25:1–13.

Thursday:

Preparation for the Passover, Christ institutes the Sacrament at the Last Supper:

Jesus’s disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear.

See Matthew 26:17–29, 36–56.

 

Friday:

Christ began to atone for our sins in Gethsemane and is eventually crucified.

Jesus was taken to the high priest, Caiaphas. Jesus’s disciple Peter denied that he knew Him. Jesus was questioned by the governor, Pilate, and by the king, Herod. He was condemned to die on the cross. Jesus was crucified. A rich man named Joseph laid Jesus in his tomb. Jesus’s mother, Mary, and Mary Magdalene visited the tomb.

See Matthew 26:57–7227:1–2, 27–37Luke 23:44–46, 50–56.

Additional: Make Easter Rolls and|or read the story, “A Special Easter Treat,” from The Friend

Click Here for the Recipe: Empty Tomb Easter Rolls

2 Versions of the recipe are included, one from scratch and the other is kid-proof!

 

***I use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, CLICK HERE for the recipe

Click Here for more information and access to the FREE Printable Handout, I love dropping off a can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, and the handout to my friends, neighbors. These are perfect for ministering.

 

Saturday:

The women observe the Sabbath Day (Saturday)

Jesus’s body lay in the tomb. A large stone was put in front of the door. The wicked priests asked Pilate to have guards stand outside the tomb to make sure no one went inside.

See Matthew 27:57–66. 3 Nephi 9–10; D&C 138

Easter Sunday:

Women come to the tomb to find Jesus has Risen!

Jesus was resurrected! He had risen from the tomb. An angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. Jesus told His disciples to teach and baptize others and promised to always be with them.

See Matthew 28. 3 Ne. 11:1–17;

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Additional FREE  Easter Resources for Toddlers and Young Children

Click Here to Download the illustrations above, print and cutout. Use the figures to tell the Story of the First Easter

LOVE this one! Click Here to Download the Story of Easter Flipbook. Print, color, cut out assemble and read together!

Teaching Ideas for Families

Materials Needed:

  • Print, Edit (**if desired), and assemble the Holy Week Countdown Paper Chain for Easter
    • You can use these slips as links on a paper chain, or you may choose to roll them up and hide them in a plastic Easter Egg. Make sure to number the Easter Eggs so the videos and activities can be completed chronologically. 
  • Purchase supplies for Easter Rolls:
    • Recipe 1: Can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon, Sugar.
    • Recipe 2:  Yeast, Water, Milk, Oil, Sugar, Salt, 1 egg, Flour, Marshmallows, Butter, Cinnamon & Sugar

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Videos, Activities and Scriptures Included in Version 2 of the Holy Week Countdown:

Sunday:

The Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday

Jesus walked from Bethany to Jerusalem. He rode into the city on a donkey, as a verse in the Old Testament said He would. People recognized Him as their King, shouting, “Hosanna,” and laying down palm leaves in front of the donkey to keep dust from getting on the Savior. Jesus visited the temple and then returned to Bethany.

See Zechariah 9:9Matthew 21:1–11Mark 11:1–11.

***Additional: Consider reading this insight on the Hosana shout performed at the April 2020 Conference and how it correlates with Palm Sunday.

Monday:

Jesus Cleanses the Temple:

Jesus saw people buying and selling things in the temple. Because He wanted the temple to be a “house of prayer,” He made them leave. Then He healed people who were lame or blind. The jealous priests were angry with Him.

See Matthew 21:12–17Mark 11:15–19.

 

Tuesday:

Jesus Teaches through Parables:

Jesus taught people in the temple and on a nearby hill called the Mount of Olives.

The priests plotted to kill Jesus. One of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, agreed to turn Jesus over to the priests in exchange for 30 silver coins.

See Matthew 25:31–4626:14–16.

Wednesday:

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

The scriptures do not say what Jesus did on this day. He may have spent the day with His disciples. You could read the parable of the ten virgins, a story Jesus taught to His disciples to help them prepare for His Second Coming.

See Matthew 25:1–13.

Thursday:

Preparation for the Passover, Christ institutes the Sacrament at the Last Supper:

Jesus’s disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear.

See Matthew 26:17–29, 36–56.

 

Friday:

Christ began to atone for our sins in Gethsemane and is eventually crucified.

Jesus was taken to the high priest, Caiaphas. Jesus’s disciple Peter denied that he knew Him. Jesus was questioned by the governor, Pilate, and by the king, Herod. He was condemned to die on the cross. Jesus was crucified. A rich man named Joseph laid Jesus in his tomb. Jesus’s mother, Mary, and Mary Magdalene visited the tomb.

See Matthew 26:57–7227:1–2, 27–37Luke 23:44–46, 50–56.

Additional: Click Here for the Recipe: Empty Tomb Easter Rolls

2 Versions of the recipe are included, one from scratch and the other is kid-proof!

***I use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, CLICK HERE for the recipe

Click Here for more information and access to the FREE Printable Handout, I love dropping off a can of Crescent Rolls, Marshmallows, and the handout to my friends, neighbors. These are perfect for ministering. This could also be a fun activity to send home with your Young Women|Men or primary kiddos!

 

Saturday:

The women observe the Sabbath Day (Saturday)

Jesus’s body lay in the tomb. A large stone was put in front of the door. The wicked priests asked Pilate to have guards stand outside the tomb to make sure no one went inside.

See Matthew 27:57–66. 3 Nephi 9–10; D&C 138

Easter Sunday:

Women come to the tomb to find Jesus has Risen!

Jesus was resurrected! He had risen from the tomb. An angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. Jesus told His disciples to teach and baptize others and promised to always be with them.

See Matthew 28. 3 Ne. 11:1–17;

Additional FREE  Easter Resources for You and Your Family:

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Comment below and share YOUR favorite resources for this Week’s Come Follow Me in the Book of Mormon. Join the conversation on @livingonlemonlane on Instagram and stay updated on new blog posts!  If you enjoyed this PLEASE SHARE! Till next week.

PSA:
April Fools’ Day is TOMORROW
I know many of you are coming off Spring Break, to lighten the load and add a little laughter to the classroom I quickly put together a fun and FREE activity/ joke to play on your class 💛 This impossible word search is in disguise as a #nationalpoetrymonth activity. Students will try and find words like stanza, verse, and rhyme... but won’t come up with a dime! 😉 They may however come up with words like tomfoolery, bogus, shenanigan, joke, buffoonery...etc 😂😂😂 Hope you and your class enjoy it, and this brightens your day! Tag me if you decide to use it, tags completely make my day! Comment below and I’ll DM you the link💛
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Are you using my FREE Pi Day Activity like• @sunnyinclass

This fun FREEBIE works with ANY circular treat and is such a fun activity for students to explore and calculate Pi on Pi Day!

Comment below if you want me to DM you the opt in link 💛
Thank so much for the tag @sunnyinclass 💛 I can’t wait to hear what your 5th graders think! #l

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Guys.... I’m not usually one to toot my own horn.... but 🎺 🎺. You HAVE to try this in your classroom. I racked my brain to come up with a pie recipe that didn’t require melting butter, a hand mixer, oven, or mess, that still incorporated math and fun. When plastic bags came to mind I couldn’t find anything that supported the idea of whipped cream in a bag but, in theory it should work.... IT. DOES. Every “piece” of that pie #punintended is made in a ziplock bag with ingredients that simply require measuring. Best part, it’s delicious. This is SURE to be a favorite and memorable activity with your class! 💛 be sure to tag me, I can’t wait to hear all about it!.

Link can be found in my story, or comment below for the link! Link includes the email opt-in for my March Freebie Bundle, that includes TWO no-prep Pi Day activities.
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Comment below if you plan to try this activity with your class tomorrow or comment if you’d like me to DM you the link to the Pi Day FREEBIE opt in 👊
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When an idea for an activity turns out EVEN better than you imagined?!
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Add a little spice to your Stuck in a Snow Glove activity! Your Upper-Grade students will LOVE this activity!
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If you already own this product head to your TPT account and re-download to access ALL the updates I made to this pretty little thing. Just when I thought I couldn’t love this one any more…
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❄️In short it’s MAGICAL❄️
Head to my story or link in bio for more info…
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How many days do you have left until winter break? Comment ⬇️
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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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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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