The Bald Eagle - USA symbols & TPT sale!

Back in October I started teaching United States symbols to my US History class. One of the first ones we did (after the flag) was the bald eagle.
I planned a week of lessons for this little mini-unit. About 3 of these days we used materials that I created using the Writing with Symbols software. I love using Writing with Symbols, because my students who can't read can still feel like they know what is going on, and can circle the key words pictures along with the rest of the class. Even the students who can read benefit from the visuals that go along with the story.
This Bald Eagle mini-unit with all of the ideas I used plus the Writing with Symbols materials is in my TPT store for $2.50. For the rest of this week (through 12/21/12) I will have it marked down to only ONE DOLLAR!! I would love for you to be my first customer and I hope you LOVE this Bald Eagle mini-unit.
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My students all had fun with it and the parents thought the mini stories were really cool too and many read them at home as well, score!

I have WWS mini units on the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty for sale as well. I also have American symbols (just regular clip art) flash cards, powerpoint, and "I have, who has" game all for FREE on my TPT store!

All Day Mall Field Trip

Today was our annual all-day mall trip with our special education program. We had about 30 students attend, 5 teachers, and tons of staff members. We had a blast! AND, surprisingly, everything went smoothly!

We plan to go to a mall that is about 45 minutes away, and to be honest the long bus ride is kind of nice, but that's not why we do it :) This mall also has a movie theater which makes the all-day trip go quickly!

So, we got to the mall around 9:30, broke up into small groups and shopped for about an hour. This was awesome. I love seeing my students out in the community. I was surprised at how well many of my students did with shopping for others and not asking to buy things for themselves; however, we did end up browsing through the Disney store! We did have to check prices to see if we had enough money and even asked an employee how much an item without a price cost. I took a group of 3 boys into Forever 21 to find jewelry for their sisters. They were so cute in picking everything out. And one of my students stopped as we were walking by Bath and Body works and was like, "we NEED to go here!" and he picked a present for his mom by himself (complete with smelling different options and finding a holder for the hand sanitizer). That was really cool to see. I also try to take pictures of my students picking out the gift for the parents to see.

Also, I found out another group of my (boy) students who were with an aide, wanted to go inside Victoria's Secret (and were taking pictures of the ads) and wanted to go to Spencer's Gifts! Ummm, NO! As much as I want to work on age appropriate behaviors, and I guess these would have been "high-school appropriate", and definitely more so than the Disney store, they were definitely not appropriate and not allowed! :)

Then, we went to the movie theater and saw Wreck it Ralph. I loved the movie theater! No lie, the seats were all leather recliners with tons of aisle room! It was a great break in the middle of our trip. And we got to experience getting our tickets, some students got food from concessions, and practice appropriate behavior in a movie theater.

By the time the movie was over, it was 12:30, so we went out to the food court and everyone choose where to eat, ordered, and paid for their lunch. Some students finished early and walked around the mall a little bit longer and others just waited until it was time to leave. By 1:45 we were all on the bus and heading back to school!

I love this trip. Not only are we working on such important community skills, but it also provides our students with this typical high school, hanging out with friends, activity that they usually don't get the opportunity to do. (And the students are usually so excited about the gifts they found for their family members.)

December Currently

It's December and I'm linking up with Farley for this month's currently. So, I'm kinda embarrassed that I only have one post in between this currently and the previous one - but I hope to do better with posting more often this month! Wish me luck :)

In exciting news - I ended up getting an iPhone a couple weeks ago! Being able to go on the internet whenever I want has been awesome. I love the Instagram app! You can follow me at BreezyBrieJoy. Other favorite apps are shop savvy, scramble with friends, and the Bible (keeps me on track with devotions).

I have been enjoying Christmas shopping. I love finding gifts! So far, I've done most of my shopping online, so it's a double bonus because it's so fun receiving packages in the mail too!

On Tuesday I am participating in a holiday cookie exchange with some teachers from work. I'll try to share the recipe with you all, after I make them!

Happy December to you all!

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