Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Character Gallery

Today our classroom turned into an gallery in order to post and view our Character Unit Projects. Be sure to ask your student all about his or her character project! Here are some pictures of the example I created for students.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

White Elephant Exchange

My "Last Day Before Holiday Vacation" tradition is to host a $3.00 maximum White Elephant Gift Exchange. I have many hilarious memories from past exchanges and look forward to seeing what this years group comes up with.

For those who have never played, here is some background on the game:

What is a White Elephant Gift Exchange?
All attendees of a white elephant party are expected to bring one wrapped gift. Traditionally, a white elephant present is something unusual, somewhat useless, or inconvenient. Trinkets, strange knick knacks, unidentifiable kitchen items, and the like are typical white elephants, and guests are asked to wrap them nicely and to leave no identifying markings on the presents. Part of the white elephant game is often a series of guesses as to who brought which present.
History of White Elephant Gift Exchange:
The term white elephant refers to a gift whose cost exceeds its usefulness, it's a gift that costs the recipient more than the giver. It comes from a practice of emperors giving sacred white elephants to aristocrats they did not like. You could not, kill, give away, or sell the sacred white elephant. But you had to feed and care for it. For many many years. After a rich man had a few of these, he was no longer rich.
emperor 1, lord 0
How to play:
Usually, attendees draw numbers or cards to indicate player order. Strategic white elephant players try to end up somewhere in the middle of the game. The white elephant gifts are piled in a central location, and game play begins when one person opens the first gift. The contents are displayed to the room, and the next player’s turn begins.
The second player may either open a new present from the stack or steal the first player’s gift. If the second player takes the first player's white elephant, the first player must open a new present. A gift may only be stolen once a turn. After the second player’s turn is complete, the third player proceeds with the same options, and so forth until the game is finished.
Some white elephant parties impose a rule that a gift may only be stolen three times, requiring careful strategizing in the case of large multiplayer games. Sometimes, players band together to create advantageous trades amongst each other, although some white elephant exchanges forbid collaboration. In some cases, traditional gifts make their way back to white elephant parties year after year, and players can trace the history of lavish fur coats, hideous
gravy boats, and other examples through the years.
White Elephant Gift Ideas: (Here are some of the crazy things I've seen over the years)
$2.00 bills
A dime in a ring box
Dog treats
Household items
Toilet Paper Dispenser
Crocheted Potholders
Package of Napkins
Little Girls Make-up kit
Little Dolls
Toy cars
Home-made puppets
Boxes of Soap
Dental Floss
McDonald's Play Toys
Framed pictures of your student, autographed
Anything from the $1.00 store
Happy Planning!

Chocolate Party Thursday

With the completion of our Character Novel, The Outsiders, we will be viewing the movie version on Thursday in class. To celebrate we will honor the tradition of the Curtis boys, "eating chocolate cake for breakfast," with a Walker Chocolate Party! Today your child will be bringing home a permission form to view the movie, previously rated PG but re-released 2 years ago with a PG-13 rating due to violence and mild language. My classes are SO excited to view the movie version of this timeless novel written by a 16 year-old girl in 1967.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Far too long...

So I'm afraid that I've fallen off a bit in terms of staying on top of this blog. Between basketball and major projects, the blog has not been updated in quite awhile. I apologize for that, and will be getting back into it this week! I just posted our Starfish winners for the past 2 months and will be posting student projects later this week, so stay tuned!

That which I am thankful for...

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