Disney Wordless Wednesday - the letter "M"

Focused on the Magic

M is for Mother's Day at Magic Kingdom

Every Mom received a flower as they entered the park and of course, as you can see, we are waiting for our Mother's Day Dole Whip!  :)

Disney Wordless Wednesday

Focused on the Magic
Thanks so much to Deb at Focused on the Magic!  I love re-visiting my "happy place" each week with you all! 
Here's my contribution, but it's a moving picture....

Freebie Friday & Manic Monday!

Freebie Fridays Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I'm very thankful to Tamara & Charity for hosting these awesome link-ups!  I have found some wonderful ideas and am enjoying all the new connections!

Here's my freebie contribution:  This time it's for Social Studies.  It's called a "Flag Quest".

The Flag Quest assignment is an opportunity for students to explore the world and develop a basic understanding of countries around the world.
The first connection students make to the country assigned is through the
flag of that selected country.  Then students are off on an adventure to uncover basic and unusual information about the country.  Their mission:  To find the most unusual cultural facts about the country assigned.

This project could be a weekly assignment and is a good way to allow kids to flex their research muscles.  It's also an opportunity make sure students understand plagiarism.

This download comes with instructions for a flag quest, a rubric, and the common core standards that this activity meets.

It is FULLY EDITABLE, COMMON CORE aligned for grades 6-8 and located here:  TeachersPayTeachers   

and also here:    Google Docs

Wordless Wednesday with Disney!

Focused on the Magic
I do not have as much experience with all the pictures sites so...here's just a good magical memories one I've shared on social media before:
I'm sure you all know just where this was taken... :)

FREE Disney Writing Activity

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
This particular FREE writing activity would work for me in my special education middle school class but is probably a bit young for most middle school classrooms.  (Although I have known some students in the middle who enjoy this type of thing!)
What is this FREE activity, you ask?  Your students can send letters to the their favorite Disney characters and later receive reply postcards! 
Here's how it works:
1.  Have the students plan and write a friendly letter to their favorite Disney character.
  • Brainstorm attributes of the characters and what they like about their characters.
  • Go over the parts of a friendly letter
  • Write a rough draft
  • Peer edit with special attention to the parts of a friendly letter, capitalization and end punctuation.
  • Write a final copy on pretty paper.
  • Address the envelope (see the next step for addresses.)

2.  Address the letter to Disney World to the following address:

Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

    Address the letters to Disneyland to the following address:

Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

3.  Mail the letter and wait for a reply!  :)


Moving into a new blog home!

My first experience with blogging was with Totally Writing.  Then one day I realized that I do much more than just writing!  In fact, I have taught every subject at the middle school level so why limit myself?
So here I am to share all things Middle School - hopefully things that other teachers, middle school or otherwise, can use, relate to and enjoy!