Tuesday, May 29, 2012

State Regions Project, 11 More days, and MOVING!!!

Okay, so there is so much going on right now! My head might explode if I'm not careful.

My students recently worked on state projects. Each of them picked a state to research and then searched their little hearts out for fun facts. It was a really neat project, and my students worked really hard to find good information. I had seen many templates for finding information on other blogs, but none had exactly what I was looking for. So, I created my own combining categories I'd seen on other templates (and in my true form I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw other worksheets). Below I linked two PDF documents. One is for the majority of my students. One of the main categories we focused on was culture as I was trying to teach my students how each state has their own culture and customs based upon its history and location. The second document is almost identical, but for my learning support students. It has fewer categories overall, and less information per page.

My kiddos then took their information to create some amazing projects. Their guidelines were to use their information and a cutout of their shape to create a project that displayed the uniqueness of their state. 

So, the coolest part was hearing them share their projects. The pride on their faces was PRICELESS! The next step was to put their states together to learn about the regions of the US. We have two regions left ... and 11 days in which to cover them.

That's right .. 11 days, but I digress...
Nope, I don't. 11 days! I guess I'm freaking out because I've decided to move, and that means packing! The past few months I've really been thinking about moving closer to my family. I'm only an hour and a half away, but the drive gets tiresome. Moving would also mean being closer to my boyfriend, so it's a win/win. 
Anyway, I put out some applications, not expecting many bites as the job market in Pennsylvania is not the best. With the state budget being severely cut, teacher jobs are also on the chopping block. So, when I got a call for an interview, I was floored. They had 500 applicants and interview 80 candidates in the first round! I made it through 3 rounds and was one of 6 new hires. It's crazy because it's all going so fast. Now I have to sell my house, pack it up, pack up my classroom, and shimmy myself down the turnpike back towards Philadelphia. I keep asking myself, is this really happening? And I think it is! EEK! 

So, any advice for packing up my classroom in an organized fashion? I'm thinking my stuff is going to move from my classroom, to my basement, to who knows where from there until I can get into my new digs. A lot to think about, ridiculously nerve wrecking, but exciting all at the same time. 

Is it summer yet? 


  1. Wow! You do have a lot going on, don't you?! Congratulations on your new job and I can't wait to hear some brand-new adventures in your new position. :)

    Mr. B's Beach Brains

  2. I am in the middle of state projects too! I thought it would be engaging as we count down the days. I wish I found your fact sheets sooner. (I will save them for next year) I am actually going to have them make Shoebox Floats and have a "State Parade." I just found this idea on Pinterest. I will blog when I am done.

    Good luck with your move and new job...Changes are a good thing!

  3. I have snatched up this project idea. Thanks.Great blog. I'm your newest follower. Please check out my blog "Calling Plays in 2nd Grade".