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Volume 3 Number 7

Barbara & Sue Gruber help us "to stay energized and enthusiastic about teaching" during our summer break...
Apple Seeds by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Poem - July
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Nine Out Of Ten Prefer Nine by Goose
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    "Story Wheels" from the Lesson Bank by Angela Ackley
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Teachers.Net Survey Making the Most of Summer To Prepare for the New School Year
    Teachers.Net Survey Will You Be Employed This Summer?
    Ending on a Great Note by Rita/KY
    Managing a Hostile Class
    A Famous Teacher
    July Columns
    July Articles
    July Informational Items
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    Out of the Mouths of Babes!

    On the first day of school, a first grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

    I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my five-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

    My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago."

    I love the outdoors, and because of my passion for hunting and fishing, my family eats a considerable amount of wild game. So much, in fact, that one evening as I set a platter of broiled venison steaks on the dinner table, my ten-year-old daughter looked up and said, "Boy, it sure would be nice if pizzas lived in the woods."

    A mother was showing her son how to zip up his coat. "The secret," she said, "is to get the left part of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up." The boy looked at her quizzically... "Why does it have to be a secret?"

    When my daughter was three, we watched Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs for the first time. The wicked queen appeared, disguised as an old lady selling apples, and my daughter was spellbound. Then Snow White took a bite of the poisoned apple and fell to the ground unconscious. As the apple rolled away, my daughter spoke up. "See, Mom. She doesn't like the skin either."

    A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter -- haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

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    Handy Teacher Recipes
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    Ice Cream in a Bag

    Posted by Hat on the Kindergarten Chatboard

    Ingredients for each serving:
    1/2 cup of milk
    1 tablespoon of sugar
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    6 tablespoons of Rock salt
    1 pint-size plastic baggie (1 per child)
    1 gallon-size plastic baggie (1 per child)
    Ice (large bag)

    I had all the students line up as we put vanilla, milk, and sugar into their pint-size bags. Then we closed those bags and sealed them shut with masking tape. In the gallon-size bags, I put about 2 cups of ice (filled it half way) and I added the Rock salt on top of it. The pint-size bag went on top of the ice and we closed the big bag. The children shook their bags for about 5 minutes and they had ice cream (we always have leaks so it's best to do this project outside). I cut off the tops of the pint-size bags and the students ate right out of the bag. We didn't use gloves this year (the bags get very cold) but it worked out just fine without using them.

    No-Cook Play Dough Recipes
        Each one feels, looks, or smells different

    Submitted by Emily on the Early Childhood/Pre-school Mailring

    There are 9 different recipes, each one feels, looks, or smells different. It was suggested to me to compare and contrast the doughs, or just use these doughs in lesson about the 5 senses. Of course the kids could just make them and have fun. In any one that does not have a noticeable color source you can put in food coloring. Enjoy!!

    Measurement Key
    c = cup
    T =tablespoon
    t = teaspoon

    Cloud Dough
    Mix together:

    3 c. flour
    2 T powdered tempera
    1/2 c salad oil
    Add enough water to make the dough soft and pliable.
    (This dough does not keep very well)

    Cornmeal Dough
    Mix together:

    1 1/2 c flour
    1 1/2 c cornmeal
    1 c salt
    1 c water. (Add more water if necessary to make the mixture cling)

    Glue Dough
    Mix together:

    1 c flour
    1 c cornstarch
    1/2 c liquid glue
    Add water as needed and knead to a workable consistency.

    Kool Aid Dough (my favorite)
    Mix together:

    2 c flour
    1 c salt
    4 t cream of tartar
    2 T oil
    2 packages unsweetened Kool Aid drink mix.
    Stir in 2 cups boiling water. (This dough smells great, but should not be eaten)

    Salt, Flour, and Oil Dough
    Mix together:

    3 c flour
    1 c salt
    Add 3 T salad oil and 1 c water. Add more water as necessary to form a soft pliable dough.

    Salt, Flour, and Vinegar Dough
    Mix together:

    3 c flour
    1 c salt
    1 c water
    1/4 c oil
    2 T vinegar
    Knead well.
    (This dough keeps well. Dampen occasionally as the dough begins to dry out.

    Soap Dough
    Mix together:

    2 c flour
    1/2 c salt
    2 T liquid tempera
    1 T liquid soap.
    Add water as needed to make pliable.

    Gingerbread Dough
    Mix together:

    2 c flour
    1 c salt
    2 T cinnamon
    and either 1 T ground cloves, ginger or nutmeg.
    Add 1 cup of water and mix to a workable dough.

    Insect Theme Recipes

    Posted by Beth on the Teachtalk Mailring

    Not really bugs - but you could do dirt cake (chocolate pudding or another recipe, covered with crushed oreos) and you could stick gummi worms in it.

    Ants on a Log - celery stick with peanut butter or cheese whiz and raisins for ants.

    Caterpillar - Individually wrapped string cheese, use pretzel sticks (broken in half) for legs. Use raisins (or similar for eyes).

    Another one that isn't truly an insect - Chocolate pretzel spider - Stick two oreo cookies together with chocolate frosting. Make 8 curved legs by breaking bow-tied pretzels, and attach them around the middle of the spider by sticking them into the chocolate frosting. Use M & M's for eyes on the front, 'glued' with frosting.
    (As a variation, use sandwich crackers, instead of sandwich cookies, stuck together with peanut butter.)

    Chocolate Bar Bugs -
    Ingredients - 24 snack-size candy bars (Mars bars work well)
    144 (1-inch pieces) Twizzler Pull-n-Peel candy 1 cup prepared chocolate frosting
    48 yellow M&M's or smarties candies
    Candy-coated milk chocolate sprinkles


  • Using a skewer, poke 3 holes into each long side of the Mars bars.
  • Insert Pull-n-Peel in holes as the bug's legs.
  • Spoon frosting into pastry bag with small plain tip or small zipper-lock bag with a corner snipped.
  • Pipe 2 small dots on one short end of candy bar and attach the M & M's as the eyes.
  • Pipe dots on top of candy eyes and on body.
  • Press chocolate sprinkles pieces on frosting dots on the body.

  • Edible Insects

    To go with the insect theme recipes for July:
    Iowa State University's Tasty Insect Recipes offers recipes for such tasty tidbits as Banana Worm Bread and Rootworm Beetle Dip. And just in case you plan to worm your way out of trying the recipes with, "But I'm all of out of rootworm beetles," forget it. The Iowa State University site provides information about where to obtain the necessary ingredients.

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