Ornaments, Literature Circles, and USA Studies Weekly

I am like a broken record...every time I blog I say how I have been so busy, etc, etc, etc.  It's true!  But I will save it this time and dive right in to a few things I want to show you!  

Every year before Thanksgiving break I send home two-dimensional nets.  Students can decorate them any way they'd like and create a 3D shape out of the net to use as a Christmas ornament for our classroom Christmas tree.  You never know what they will come back like!  I have some cute ones this year.  
My favorite just might be the Duck Dynasty one!  Have you ever watched that show?  I LOVE it!  Do you have a class Christmas tree?

In ELA, we are reading one of my favorite books that goes right along with our Social Studies unit on the American Revolution...The Secret Soldier!  My partner teacher and the teacher before me designed these literature circle cards so we have been reading the text as a whole class and discussing the questions in literature circles.  My students love the book!
How many of you get USA Studies Weekly?  If you do, how do you incorporate it into your curriculum?  This is the first year I've got it and I am loving it, but am having a hard time fitting it in with everything else!
I would love to use them with our Social Studies notebooks.  I am planning on using this map that shows the Louisiana Purchase in our notebooks.
Next week I am heading to a Common Core Workshop for two days!  I am looking forward to it.  I also got an email today that I have been selected to attend a Math textbook caravan because we are adopting new Math textbooks next year.  Out of our Prek-12 school, only three of us are going.  Yikes!  I am honored, but feel very unprepared for that!  


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