Friday, January 24, 2014

Week 21- Taxing the Colonists, Bucket List, & 100th Day

I've had a few emails about my photos not loading correctly on my blog so I'm trying something a little different this week. Thanks to those of you who let me know. I'll also be working on getting a new design to help solve the problem. If you have suggestions of where I can find some cute blog designs I'd love to hear from you. I really want red, black, and white with polka dots to match my classroom. I truly appreciate the fact that I have followers and I'm excited that I can share things that other teachers want to use in their classrooms.

This week we started Pasta for Pennies. We are raising money for leukemia and cancer research. We had a visitor come to the school and talk to everyone about cancer. He had volunteers wearing red caps (red blood cells), white caps (white blood cells), and purple caps (cancer cells) to demonstrate cancer and chemo.The students who represented chemotherapy were dressed similar to Power Rangers.

The white and red blood cells were just hanging out until the cancer cells came in and pushed them all together. Once the chemo was injected they came in and "killed" the cancer cells. It was a really neat demonstration and presented in a way that all the students could understand.

We also learned how the colonists felt when they were taxed after the French and Indian War.

We used Skittles for money and each student had 18 of them. King (or Queen in our case) George and Parliament decided what to tax. Then the tax collector went around the room collecting taxes. Our tax collector was not a very popular person after she had to collect taxes on jewelry, glasses, pants, and other items. This helped the students understand how the colonists felt about being taxed. 
Friday was the 100th day of school so we had a little fun! Some of the students dressed like they were 100 years old.


We wrote a Bucket List of things to do before turning 100.



I displayed these in the hallway along with pictures we made. I found an app called Aging Booth. I took pictures of the kids and it ages them! Needless to say, this was a huge hit. No one liked their picture but we all looked old. Check out a few of them.


I even had them do one for me (I didn't like mine either). 

As you probably know, we had been doing random acts of kindness for a few months. My students have really embraced this and done nice things for people. Several left thank you notes for their mailman and others have been leaving notes for each other. I even had several special notes left for me this week. They really made my day!

STUDENTS: Did you show a random act of kindness this week? Share what you did and why. Why is it important to do good things for others?


  1. What an awesome set of activities you did with your 5th graders. Love the idea of using skittles as money. We just celebrated our 100th Day, wish I would have known about that app. How cool! My 4th grade students would love it. I may still do it.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  2. i helped one of my neighbors bring up thier trash can.I think helping each other could change our world by miny ways like making merica a better place. did you guys get the merica part it was from kid president.kid president is the most awesomest person,i think the goodest way to make merica better is to HELP PEOPLE and eat more CORN DOGS and last but not lease DANCE! Love,jenna

  3. my 100th day of school picture is really bad

  4. I put notes on desk .
    It made them very happy.
    it also made me happy to hear the word thank you.



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