Archive for the ‘“Can Do” Kids’ Category

Some of the “Can Do” Kids Take a Writing Class

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Wendy FrontWendy is the “Can Do Kid who loves to write. She writes every day. That is why Wendy is so good at writing.

Most of the other “Can Do” Kids do well with writing but…Bobby, Eulyn, Maria and Yundi, Wendy’s brother, need to get better at writing. When the community center announced that there would be a beginner writing class for young kids, in the early grades of elementary school, their moms enrolled them in the class.

Maria and Eulyn were willing to go every Saturday morning for 4 weeks. They knew they needed help with writing.

However, Bobby and Yundi were really unhappy about having to take the class. After all, it was baseball season, and they were on the team. How would the team get along without them?

Eulyn, Maria, Yundi and Bobby were thrilled to discover that their teacher was Miss Pat! Miss Pat was concerned that the “Can Dos” were having problems with identifying the main idea in stories. So she started the class with the following story to help them recognize the main idea . Read the story and see if you can pick out the main idea of the story

The Story:

Mark trys to be friendes with Jim, the new boi in school. First, Mark smils at Jim in the lunch room. Mark has a dog. Mark plaes with Jim after lunch.. Finalliy, he shares a seat with Jim on the school bus.

When the  “Can Dos” finished picking out the main idea of the story, Miss Pat gave them directions for doing other things with the story. Just follow the directions and correct the errors in each sentence.


Underline sentences that have details that say more about the main idea.

Cross out the sentence that does not belong to the main idea.

Circle the words that are misspelled or need to begin with a capital letter.

Why not get busy writing an ending for the story?

Be sure and have your parent or older brother or sister check your work to see how you did.

Have fun!


The “Can Do Kids Learn About Environmental Health Sciences

Friday, May 24th, 2013

It was just about the end of the school year; tests were over, books were packed and the “Can Do” kids were restless. They were anxious start summer vacation.

kidsTeacher Pat was having a hard time finding things to keep the “Can Do” kids interested. She announced, “Everyone go to the computers in the back of the room and let’s explore some environmental health sciences.”

” Huh,” said Bobby, “what’s that?” Teacher Pat smiled and said, “Just go to and you can see for yourself!”

“Wow!” yelled Annie,” this site has games, and stories and activities about our environment. It is really cool.”

The rest of the class session passed so quickly as the “Can Do” kids explored a new, interesting site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Boys and girls, be  Can Do” kids and discover for yourselves all the interesting things there are to learn and do on


Delmar’s First Christmas

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Coach Campbell kept his promise; he came to show and tell and told the “Can Do” Kids about Delmar’s First Christmas.

Here is what Coach had to say:


First, we took Delmar to the plaza, to help us pick out the perfect Christmas tree. He has a very good sniffer, so he was able to let us know which tree was the freshest.

Once we had the Christmas tree, we went home and decorated it with lights and ornaments. We had to make sure that the ornaments were not hung too low, or they might get knocked off by Delmar’s tail. Puppies wag their tails all the time, and we didn’t want him breaking anything. Also, no tinsel! Puppies love to eat it, and it is not good for them.


Then, once the Christmas tree was just right, it was time for Delmar to put on his special Christmas sweater and have his picture taken. Normally, he loves having his picture taken, but I am not so sure he was excited about wearing the sweater.


Finally, after all that work, Delmar had to take a nap. Ever wonder what a dog dreams about? I know I do, and it was a few days later I had an idea as to what he was dreaming about on this special day of Christmas tree getting.

Turns out, Delmar picked the tastiest tree!! Look at what he did one morning when left alone with the Christmas tree.


I guess Delmar wanted to help “trim the tree” by trimming off a few of the bottom branches.

Delmar was not left alone with the Christmas tree again.

Note: Delmar’s First Christmas was written by Ned Campbell, a teacher and coach in Brooklyn, NY.



Pick-Up Sticks

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Can do kids are sitting around tables in the classroom waiting to play P0ck-Up Sticks “Class, we are going to play Pick-Up Sticks”, said Miss Pat.

Willie moaned and Hector groaned and Jay rolled his eyes. Miss Pat ignored them calling on Eulyn asking, “Do you know how Pick-Up Sticks is played”? Eulyn shook her head no.

Orrie called out, “I do, I do my grandpa taught me to play Pick-Up Sticks.”

“Oh Orrie, You’re such a show off,” said Kathy, “You always know the answers”!  Orrie gave her a look and said, “Can I help it if I’m smart and always look things up in Wikipedia”?

“OK class, that’s enough”, said Miss Pat. Everyone settled down and Miss Pat invited Orrie to demonstrate how the game is played. She handed Orrie a bunch of sticks that she had in her hand. They were about 6 to 8 inches long.  Picture of hand holding for Pick-Up Sticks

Orrie said, “Okay, this is how Pick-Up Sticks is played.”

Then he took the sticks and dropped them in a pile on the table. He told his classmates that the object of the game is to remove a stick from the pile without moving any of the other sticks. The person that has the most sticks when all the sticks are gone is the winner.

The class lined up, waiting to take their turn. Kathy made the pile of sticks move the first time she tried. Annie was doing well for awhile and then she was out of the game because she made the sticks move. It came down to Jay and Maria and…

Maria won Pick-Up Sticks!


Common Nouns Jumble

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The “Can Do” Kids are studying common nouns. Miss Pat made a word jumble of common nouns just for fun.

Why not print out the jumble and find the words listed below in the jumble?