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Silas - Orphaned World Citizen

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Greetings Leaders, How is National Love People Day treating you?  I must admit, it is not always easy to show people love, and typically the hardest ones to show love are the ones who need it most.  So, kudos to you for going the extra mile and taking the effort to show someone you care.  Currently, when I'm angry at someone, or it's really hard for me to show love, I visualize peering into their eyes and seeing God.  He's always there, if you look hard enough, and if you remember to look.  That's the hard part for me, anyway. Here, at Wolfe Stew, we try to show our love for people by offering educational resources to make your life a little easier and maybe even more enjoyable.  We'd love to serve you better by making you Made-to-Order Quizine .  Head on over to that tab, and place your order.  Just shoot us an email detailing which kind of plates you wish we'd offer.  Think of topics, structures, purpose, etc.  We are working on an order form, so keep

Diving with David

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Welcome Leaders, Today is National Brave Day!   Did you and your learners do something brave today?   Did you talk about people who exhibit bravery?   What it means to be brave?   We hope you did.   We hope you took the plunge and free fell right off that scary diving board – hypothetically speaking of course.   Or, maybe literally. If you did not get a chance to be brave today, maybe tomorrow is your day.   It’s National Good Neighbor Day.   In the current digital era, we typically do not connect with our neighbors as previous generations did.   Maybe tomorrow you will be inspired to change that in your neighborhood.   Ride the waves of bravery from today and invite your neighbor over to dinner.   Say, “Hello,” when you see them outside.   Or even pick a piece of trash up out of their lawn.   Whatever it is that inspires you, maybe still requires a little bit of bravery, and honors the intent of National Good Neighbor Day. To honor the intent of toda

Universal Vocabulary Pack

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Happy Johnny Appleseed Day Leaders! Did you and your littles participate in apple-themed activities today?  Did you tell the story of Johnny Appleseed?  Maybe you and yours crafted a modern day tall tale to solve a problem in today's world.  Whatever you did, we'd love to hear about your adventures! Tomorrow is National Brave Day.  Consider using it as an opportunity to talk about bravery.  Throw down a bravery challenge.  Give mini-bios on people you consider brave.  Make brave collages.  Share with your littles times when bravery is hard for you, why you know you must act despite your fear, and what you do to overcome it. Take chances, make mistakes.  That's how you grow.  Pain nourishes your courage.  You have to fail in order to practice being brave. - Mary Tyler Moore  Today's featured item is the Universal Vocabulary Pack.  Once side dishes in the  Meet Silas Wolfe Pack  and Bot Bedlam Wolfe Pack , these activities now star as the main course.  The cour

The Big Five for 2nd & 3rd Grade

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Greetings Leaders, Welcome to Wolfe Stew!   We are glad you chose to spend National Math Storytelling Day with us!    A day to combine literacy and math - what a fun way to approach math for our learners who are more literary minded. One of my favorite math books is Math Curse by Jon Scieszka.   I read it with my niece in fourth grade.   She shocked me when she used the escape plan from the book as her own in a hypothetical situation imposed upon her by the Mr.   Without hesitation, she responded to the scenario of being locked in a cage with, “Oh, that’s simple.   I’ll take a piece of chalk and break it in two.   A half and half make a whole.   I'm out.”   I died laughing.   The Mr. chuckled too.   I don’t think he was expecting her to stand tall in the face of his scenario of doom.   What math books or math storytelling have you used with your learners?   It is so fun seeing them connect with and live in the world of numbers.   When they begin to discover math ev

An Idea for Everyday - October

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Leaders, Can you believe that OCTOBER is less than a week away?  Where has the time gone? To help you with your October learning, we're serving up our An Idea for Everyday - October 2019 Edition.  For each day in October, we chose a national day to celebrate from nationaldaycalendar.com .  Then, whipped up multi-grade activity suggestions with selected link pairings. Many of these activities require little to no prep, while others need some advanced planning. Consider printing this calendar and keeping it near where you plan to spark ideas.  Or, bookmark the link for easy access. This image is non-interactive.  Find the interactive calendar at the link below. Click Here to Get an Idea for Every October Day There are a lot of reasons to celebrate October.  Sure, there are the expected ones - Columbus Day and Halloween - but did you know there is also Techie Day, Mental Health Day and Color Day?  October is going to be fun, leaders!   We have a wide array

Leaves for Learning 2

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Happy First Official Day of Fall, Leaders! Perhaps today you talked about the meaning of the first official day of fall with your learners.  You discussed the autumnal equinox, and how the seasons occur because of the tilt of the earth on its axis and our shifting position relative to the sun.  Perhaps, you also used our  Autumnal Equinox Manipulative  to explain how right now the day and night are pretty close to the same length, but day will soon start getting shorter.  If not, think about adding it to the menu for tomorrow.  What a blessing to be able to share an example of God's perfect timing with our learners.  God LOVES math, and is the science behind it.  :) I have to say, there's nothing like that gorgeous fall weather to make your spirit soar.  Fresh, crisp morning air.  Leaves starting to change color. School settling into a steady routine.  Plus, it's stew season! In the spirit of the season, we recently shared with you some ways to bring leave

Silas City Run

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Leader, are you ready for this? The third activity with Silas, our Scientist,  awaits.  To prepare for this one, you'll want to tie your sneakers, fill your water bottles and do some stretches.  That's right, it's time to get active.  We're taking it to the streets. If you've already read our Meet Silas story, you know that in it Silas makes a narrow escape. We want you and your cadets to experience that narrow escape along with us. Lead your cadets as they use the design process to engineer an obstacle course based on story details.  They'll develop cooperation, evaluation, comprehension, and design skills along the way. After your cadets improve upon and build their blueprints, get ready for action!  They will become Silas as they live out the most riveting part of the story.  Will they escape?  Or will the bot beat them? Whether successful or snatched, cadets must debrief on their experience, and we've provided several options to b

The Big Five

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Have you read The Big Five  by Bella Makatini yet?  If not, we recommend you check it out. When you do, be prepared to invite these charming creatures into your lives.  If it doesn't have you hooked just from the bright illustrations on the cover, then just wait until you read what is on the  inside.  It's a charming story about a boy, Danny, and his grandfather. While spending a week together, Danny's grandfather teaches Danny about the "Big Five" animals of Africa.  Its simple text makes it ideal for younger grades, but do not let that stop you from using it with older learners. Today we're serving up ways for you to enjoy this book with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade learners.  But, soon we'll be delivering methods for grades 2 on up.   You see, here at Wolfe Stew, we believe that every ingredient holds value, it all depends on how you plate it! When you come on safari with Wolfe Stew, your learner will: act like a

Autumnal Equinox Manipulative

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Leaders, Autumn is officially a week away.  I mean, I have already been celebrating it, to be honest.  But the day that scientifically makes it autumn is a week away.  What makes it officially autumn?  Well, the autumnal equinox, of course! Mark your calendars, (well, they probably already are) and add a seasonally relevant activity to the lesson books.  September 23 is the 2019 first official day of fall! I have many ideas for you to choose from today, as well as one of my own.  I'll begin explaining the one I'm adding to the ranks.  It's a paper plate manipulative that will help your learner explain the autumnal equinox. Follow these six easy steps.  Then stew on some of my ideas for differentiation. 1.  Gather (or color/paint) a light blue and dark blue paper plate. 2. Decorate the paper plates to represent day and night. (These particular decorations are included in the download below). 3. Measure to find the center of each plate.   4.

Bot Bedlam (Meet Silas Series)

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Leaders, We have a question for you.  Have you met Silas yet?  If not, we hope you take the time to get to know him.  His introductory story is here .  It's an original story (penned by the Mr.) to help students understand the independent components of STEAM.  Silas is our scientist. If you're looking for an engaging short story (even if you don't teach STEAM) with comprehension activities, this one is sure to fit the bill.  And after you read it, we hope you fall in love with his world. Once you're trapped in his world, we're here to be your guide.  Last week, we begged you to develop a must-read  list of Distinguished Apothecaries to help Silas in his quest.  Have you not had the opportunity to help him out yet?  Sign up to help out here . This week, we're taking you on a whole new type of trial.  A trial of emotions.  We want you to really feel like you are there with him.  By using text details, the engineering design process, and elements of mus

Who Will Win?

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Happy National Encouragement Day, Leaders! If no one else has encouraged you today, we want to be the ones to do it.  We know you.  You work hard.  You toss and turn at night thinking about how to reach that one child.  How to present the learning in yet another way so they will finally understand it.  How to connect with him so he knows you care.  We appreciate you.  We appreciate all the time and energy you spend trying to reach these littles.   Thank you for ALL you do!! If you're looking for a new practice technique, check out what we have for you today.  Perhaps it will encourage you to look at practice in a new way.  We call it "Who Will Win?".  It is low prep and easy to explain.  Learners spin, then perform the action you choose.  Continue until one of the actions reach the end of the race.  This action is the winner! For us, (Kindergarten - beginning of year) our learners spin a sound, trace it, say it while they trace it, then spin again.  They continu