I ask my students to bring in the name of a veteran, branch of service, their rank, and years of service. If they don't know one, then I allow them to use a celebrity Veteran, like Elvis or Ronald Reagan. They transfer the information onto a black construction paper brick using a white crayon.
Then we build our wall. When I first started doing this, it was just my classes (a small wall). Now my entire grade level does it. It is pretty impressive.
(A medium size wall made by both of my switch classes.)
Here is how to play... Choose a fellow blogger that has MORE followers, one that has about the SAME number of followers as you, and one that has LESS.
Highlight their blogs and encourage others to check them out. Don't forget to let them know about the love and the linky party.
Lastly, leave them some love by offering them a goodie or a "treat" from your store, unless you don't have one, yet. (My goal for next summer.)
Here are my BOO friends...
Mrs. Rojas deserves a "BIG" thank you for creating, inspiring, and sharing her Boggle board. Check out my Boggle post to see how I use her idea. Thank you for taking time to "Create*Teach*Share".
I am having a hard time finding bloggers that haven't been "Boo'd", yet. Instead of playing by the rules, I am making up my own. (Imagine that!)
Diane is the awesome teacher, who Boo'd me! She also is an outstanding Math teacher, good friend, and former teaching partner.
Megan is a new friend, who happens to be Diane's new partner. She is an amazing teacher and blogger as well. I will soon be blessed by a new blog design, because of her. Please visit her blog design site as well.
One of my favorite blogs...the reason I started blogging...Fourth Grade Frolics! Tara has 2000 followers, at least one is a blog stalker...me. This summer I discovered her "Monday Made It" linky party.
I was so excited and inspired that I started my blog to share what I was making. Now, I check it frequently to get ideas to use in my classroom. Congratulations!
This year I have made Boggle part of my homework packet. Each week students receive a new Boggle board with 16 new letter combinations. At first, I gave them some simple guidelines.
1. No proper names (The first Boggle board spelled out Bryan Drew McMillan.)
2. Must be 4 letter words or more.
3. You may not use the same letter twice, unless there are 2 of those letters on the board.
Since then I've had to add...
4. Must be appropriate words for school. (This one was added after I graded about a dozen "fart" papers in one week. That same week I also got "porn" and "naked". I spoke to my "porn" star, and he was just using a pattern. He honestly didn't know what the word meant. I chose to believe him.)
Each week, I put up the same letters on the bulletin board as their homework.
Sensing a lack of enthusiasm for Boggle, I came up with the idea of adding a little competition. Since, I teach two classes, this was easy. Now, they are trying to come up with the "Longest Boggle word", the "Most Unique Boggle word", and the "Boggle word with the Most Vowels". After I determined the "winners", I had them write their word on a sentence strip and hang it on the wall of honor.
I use Mrs. Rojas' from Create*Teach*Share Boggle printable for homework and her letters for the bulletin board.