Sunday, July 22, 2012

Have fun while you run!

I am so happy to see that so many adults have started running recently. Before I ran my first 5K, I never would have believed people would actually pay to run! It's a fad that I think is here to stay, at least among people my age, and especially because most of them are charity-based.

20 K or 1 mile run supporting music in schools...started by a teacher in mine!

Several teachers I know in different school districts have also become involved with Girls on the Run. It's geared towards helping girls gain self esteem, especially those who don't particularly like playing competitive team sports. Click on the picture or button to learn more.

As for the adults, here are some of the awesome opportunities you have to get in shape and set a good exercise example for those kids around you. My friends and I have participated in several of them. Many of them are charity-based, and they're a great excuse to travel, too!

Celebrate every kilometer you run with a dash of color! 
Kids really enjoy volunteering to help with this one.

This race helps raise money for research and treatment of childhood diseases at St. Jude's Research Hospital. The best part get a Viking Warrior helmet!

Disney Princess Runs

The good thing is that you can choose between different races, like a 5K, half marathon, or marathon. Some women even run in princess costumes! Proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Must be 14 to run.

Support the Wounded Warrior Project while running 10-12 miles though obstacle courses! Prepare to get muddy!

Garmin Oz Marathon

These races take place in the Land of Oz...Kansas!

Spartan Race

You'll definitely get battered in this one, but proceeds go to Homes for our Troops.

Great Urban Race

Teams of 2 follow clues to 12 different sites throughout a city. Examples of past clues include: Greek dancing lessons, learning how to surf, Segway riding, Tae Kwon Do lessons, bicycle racing, fish wrangling, anagrams, cryptograms, etc. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Research Hospital. Must be 14 or older to race. Prizes are awarded for costumes.

You literally run in your pajamas to raise money for cancer treatment and research!

This race supports the Ronald McDonald House charity. You're gonna need that hot chocolate - because these races take place in winter!

Who doesn't like to run to music?! This one supports a bunch of charities too!

Two of my personal favorites...

Leave your footprint on the Yankee Stadium warning track and help to stomp out cancer!

What better way to end a 5K than running into the end zone of the SuperBowl Champion New York Giants?!

...and there are TONS more races, especially Santa Runs, Turkey Trots, St. Patty's races, and even Halloween Halves!

What are you waiting for?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Producing Readers and Writers - with Movies!

Trying to keep the kids busy on a rainy or even hot summer day? We all know that many books, such as the Twilight series, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games have recently been made into wildly popular movies. Keeping that in mind, I have decided that I may try to team up with other teachers in my school, especially our basic skills teacher, to create a book club aimed at reluctant readers. If they read the book, they get to watch the movie.

I just have to figure out exactly how it would work. I'm thinking we would start a chapter of the book together, either before school or after, and have the kids finish the chapter at home... I just have to figure out a time frame that will allow for the most kids to be able to participate and the logistics of the kids getting the books, plus activities we'd use to show comprehension (other than your typical t-chart or Venn diagram graphic organizers). I'm also thinking about writing a grant to be able to purchase multiple copies of the books.

I have these movie and book combos:

(I still have the book my first grade teacher gave me!)

Books only:

Movie only:

Others to consider:

I know there are tons more that could be added (especially Dr. Seuss books), but these are probably the most appropriate for my students' age group. I myself will probably steer clear of the Dr. Seuss books as well as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory because most kids have seen the movie or read the books.

Here's a list of movies based on books: 

Tweens and Teens

I know there are tons more! Many of the movies have two different versions also. Which are your favorites?


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