Rewind and Retell: Wind Socks!

Last week was the beginning of my new linky party, Rewind and Retell! We read about some creative ideas and lessons that teacher-bloggers had done in their classrooms. Read on to find out more about this linky if you haven't heard about it yet! Also, I changed to length of time you all can link up. Now, the linky will be open through Saturday afternoon (4pm Central), and my Periscope to recap the post and tell you who won the giveaway will be Saturday night! 
Thanks to Melonheadz for the great clipart!! 
This link-up is for us teacher-bloggers to write a new blog post about something you have done in your classroom that you haven't shared yet. You could "rewind" to nine months ago, or nine days ago; then, "retell" what you did, how it went, and anything else you want to share! Maybe you made a TpT product for the activity, or maybe it was a TOTAL FAIL! We want to know! I know that we all have those random pictures on our phones/computers for a "really great blog post" that never became one! I hope this linky party gives you motivation to get your thoughts and ideas on digital paper!! 

The really fun part of this linky: there's a GIVEAWAY involved! #teacherslovefreestuff...RIGHT?! Each week I will be giving away either a product from my TpT store OR a souvenir of my picking from Tanzania!! It is the winner's choice!! AND I'll be giving the winner shout-outs on my social media that week!! Definitely a worthy reason to participate!!

So, how do you win?!?? You must link up a blog post that you RECENTLY wrote with Rewind and Retell in mind. Please grab the button above to put in your post!! 

Every THURSDAY morning I will be posting my Rewind and Retell blog post. You will have until Saturday afternoon to link up. When you link up, you'll be automatically entered to win!

I will announce the winner on Periscope Saturday night, when I do a little recap/teaser of my Rewind and Retell post! Make sure you're following me on Periscope @allieelliott to see if you win! I will also email the winner after the Periscope.

If you have any questions, leave them in a comment below! I hope you're as excited about this as I am! I hope you link up today and every Thursday! I want to see what you do in your classroom. 
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Today, I'm sharing about a really fun, simple craft that my firsties LOVED-- windsocks! It's a great way to integrate science and art; and have a hands-on experience with wind! We studied weather for a good amount of time this spring, and we took a day or two to explore wind.

I really loved this craft because it uses things we had around the school, and allows for the students to be as creative as they want! Each student started with a blank sheet of paper, and they got to work with crayons and markers (WHAT?! HOW SPECIAL!! -- my firsties' thoughts whenever we bring out the markers) to draw a picture, designs, or whatever they want.

While they were drawing, my assistant teacher Sarah cut the crepe streamers (six per student). I let the kids choose their colors, but you could also just do one of each if you want to keep it simple. Once the kids were done drawing, they flipped over their papers, and glued all the streamers on one of the long sides. Then, we helped them glue the paper together to make it a cylinder. Finally, we added a piece of yarn at the top. I recommend hole punching the paper and stringing the yarn through it, but I had left mine at home that day.

Once the craft was finished, they rushed outside to play play play! They explored how best to make the windsocks fly. They ran, jumped, threw,...and had fun! They didn't want to put them away!


I had one of my sweet kiddos come up to me and we had this little convo:
Student: "These are AWESOME!"
Me: "I'm glad you like the windsocks!"
Student: "I don't like it,...I LOVE it!!"


It always amazes me how the simplest activities are the ones they love the most!!
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Now it's your turn to rewind and retell! Use the hashtag #rewindandretell if you post about your post on social media! I can't wait to to see what you write about this week!!


Much Love, Allie
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What I'm Doing and Donation Information

Welcome everyone!! I hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!! I've been working hard on fundraising and getting things ready for when I head back to Tanzania!! I am loving the smartphone app, Periscope, right now!! It's such a great way to connect with other people (for me, it's mainly other teachers) and show the personality behind my blog!! A lot of my viewers on there have asked about what I do, where I teach, and a little bit about my adventure teaching in Tanzania! They have also asked about how they can donate to me, for which I'm so grateful! So today I thought I'd share about what teaching in Tanzania looks like and how you can partner with me and my mission.

Okay, first, I'm going to take us back to where it all began. Last summer, around this time, is when I applied for this position. I had received a forwarded email from a friend about this school called Hope International School located in Moshi, Tanzania. To be honest, I didn't even know where Tanzania was, besides the fact it was in Africa!! So I looked it up, prayed about it, and decided to apply. And, within a week of applying, I had a Skype call, and got the email that said they wanted me on board!!

The CRAZY thing was, I accepted the position LESS THAN ONE MONTH before I had to hop on a plane and start my adventure! It was quite the whirlwind. I was a first-year teacher, setting foot in a new country, not knowing anyone or anything, but knew that this was where God had me!

Once I arrived and got "settled" within a couple of days, we started to get ready for the kiddos to come! I found out I was teaching first grade (another first), and was so very jetlagged excited! This year has definitely been one of great growth and learning, through many ups and downs professionally, personally, culturally, and more.

So, here's a little synopsis of what I do: I am a volunteer missionary under the Global-Effect organization. It's a non-profit org. that's main mission is to impact families and communities and empower the forgotton and unvalued so that every tribe will know Jesus. Hope International School is one of the projects under Global-Effect, along with several other projects around Moshi.

Hope International School is a private Christian school that educates students from many different cultures, lifestyles, and backgrounds. It was started as a place for missionary kids to go to school, so their parents can work in their ministries without having to homeschool them. It has evolved into a school with native Tanzanian students, missionary children, children of ex-patriots, and more! We teach in English with American curriculum. My main role is being an elementary schoolteacher at Hope, and I will be teaching Kindergarten this year.

Though my main purpose is teaching, I also am able to support the other missionaries in their projects, and help with ministry on Sundays when our team goes to churches in the villages around Moshi. We encourage the congregations, give a message, worship with them (which includes lots of dancing!!), and end with a time of prophetic prayer and ministry. We have the opportunity to build relationships with the pastors and members of the church, as well as witness the incredible miracles that God is doing!

Life in Tanzania is always an adventure, and I absolutely love it! It's definitely not an easy life- with all-day power outtages, being "uncomfortable", etc. But it is 100% worth it to shine the light of Christ into the lives of people there, showing them how much God loves them and how valuable they are!

As I mentioned above, I am a volunteer. This means that Global-Effect provides my airfare, visas, housing, and a small monthly food stipend for me, but I must provide everything else. This is my sole job, and am looking for support to continue to be able to be God's hands and feet in Tanzania. There are several ways to support my mission, if you feel called to do so.

1. The main way I am looking for support is financially. My goal is to have a monthly support of $500, which ends up being $6000 per year. So, if I had 50 people giving $10/month, I would be at 100% of my goal!! This is able to supply my food, internet, phone, transportation, savings, as well as allows me to bless those around me in Tanzania. If you would like to give, click this link (http://bit.ly/1M2pExC) and follow the directions below to donate online. Your gift will be tax-deductible!

2. If you are a teacher, but may not be able to give financially, this outlet is for you! I am wanting to take some great teaching tools and resources back with me to use in my classroom! If you have overbought, or have things you may not use this year, consider mailing them my way!! Below you'll find a list of what I'm looking for. If you have something you would like to send, email me at alliethegypsyteacher@gmail.com so I can give you my address!
  • Classroom Decor
      My theme: Jungle and Bright Colors 
      Inspiration:
       *Any Bulletin Board decorations (borders, letters, paper, cutouts, etc.)
       *Tissue paper puffs
       *White twinkle lights (battery-operated)
       *Chinese lanterns
       *Labels
       *Fabric and ribbon (scraps, big pieces, whatever you may have!)
       *Fake vines and leaves
       *Animal cutouts (monkeys, especially) of all sizes
       *Jungle-themed Nameplates (at least 15)
3. The third way you can support me is through prayer! If you would like to be part of my email newsletter, sign up below! I will be emailing a newsletter every couple of months, with updates, prayer points, etc. I would so appreciate your prayers as I continue to teach, minister, and live in Tanzania!!

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Thank you so much for supporting me and my mission! I fell in LOVE with Tanzania, and cannot wait to continue being a missionary there! If you have any more questions for me, please leave them in a comment below or email me at alliethegypsyteacher@gmail.com.

Much Love, Allie
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Rewind and Retell | A Brand New Linky!!

For the last few weeks, I've been thinking about all the blog posts I want to write about things I did in my first grade classroom this past year, that I didn't have time to write about then. I have also learned not to content-crowd a post with ten different topics. So, I wanted to create a space on my blog to reflect and share ideas from something I did six months ago! And, "Rewind and Retell" was born!!
Thanks to Melonheadz for the great clipart!! 
This link-up is for us teacher-bloggers to write a new blog post about something you have done in your classroom that you haven't shared yet. You could "rewind" to nine months ago, or nine days ago; then, "retell" what you did, how it went, and anything else you want to share! Maybe you made a TpT product for the activity, or maybe it was a TOTAL FAIL! We want to know! I know that we all have those random pictures on our phones/computers for a "really great blog post" that never became one! I hope this linky party gives you motivation to get your thoughts and ideas on digital paper!! 

The really fun part of this linky: there's a GIVEAWAY involved! #teacherslovefreestuff...RIGHT?! Each week I will be giving away either a product from my TpT store OR a souvenir of my picking from Tanzania!! It is the winner's choice!! AND I'll be giving the winner shout-outs on my social media that week!! Definitely a worthy reason to participate!!

So, how do you win?!?? You must link up a blog post that you RECENTLY wrote with Rewind and Retell in mind. Please grab the button above to put in your post!! 

Every THURSDAY morning I will be posting my Rewind and Retell blog post. You will have until Friday afternoon to link up. When you link up, you'll be automatically entered to win!

I will announce the winner on Periscope Friday night, when I do a little recap/teaser of my Rewind and Retell post! Make sure you're following me on Periscope @allieelliott to see if you win! I will also email the winner after the Periscope.

If you have any questions, leave them in a comment below! I hope you're as excited about this as I am! I hope you link up today and every Thursday! I want to see what you do in your classroom. 
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Now for my first Rewind and Retell! Like I mentioned above, I taught first grade this year. I teach at a school who has only been established for three years, and is in Tanzania, East Africa. It is founded and run by Americans, so we have American curriculum. But, with our math curriculum this year, I needed to do a whole lot of supplementing to meet the First Grade Common Core standards. One of the really fun and hands-on activities we did for telling time is called, "Tick, Tock, Get on the Clock!"

I was sitting in my classroom during our 15 minute morning recess racking my brain (and the web) for a hands-on way to practice telling time. My students were improving, but still needed some practice. I searched in Pinterest, and found a picture of this idea, shut my computer, and ran with it! Unfortunately I can't remember who I got the idea from. If it was you, please leave your blog post in the comments so I can give you credit!!

All you need for this activity is chalk!! I drew a big clock on the concrete before class with a big dot in the middle, and the numbers of course. To contain the students and keep them in one place, they had to stay on the curb unless I told them different! Then, I explained our activity.

The goal of this activity is for your students to practice their teamwork and their telling time skills. I was working with my first graders on the :00 and :30 times. I would call two students (I tried to choose one taller student and one shorter student), and assign them which hand they would be on the clock (the hour or the minute). Then, I called out a time and the students laid down to try and make the time on the clock! In the picture below, I asked the students to make 12:30, and they did!

To keep the other students engaged, they checked their peers' work. They were suggesting where to lie, and using problem solving skills if they didn't get the time correct the first time. I made sure everyone got to be the hands of the clock a couple of times to help everyone practice. Now, when they are trying to figure out what time it is, they have schema (background knowledge) from being the hands of the clock!!

You can modify this activity to your needs! If you have older students, you can call out times to the minute. If you have a large class, you can have multiple clocks! There are endless possibilities for this simple full-body and mind activity!

I hope you learned something new today, or got some ideas for this next school year! Feel free to PIN and share this post! I would love if you did!

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Now back to the link-up! I can't wait to read all your fabulous ideas!!

Don't forget to spread the bloggy love by reading and commenting on the other posts!! And join me on Periscope tomorrow night (Friday, 7/17) at 7pm!
Much Love, Allie
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