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Name Those Flowers!

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

During school break, some of the “Can Dos” went on a day trip to the Botanical Gardens to view the spring flowers on display and learn their names. 

The trip was sponsored by the “Can Do” Street Community Center. Some of the members of the Seniors Club went along as chaperons. Since some of the members of the Seniors Club kept flower gardens, they made excellent tour guides.

Once at the Botanical Gardens, the “Can Dos” were broken up into small groups of four. Each group had a senior tour guide.

They made there way through the beautiful displays of flowers, stopping to smell the flowers, learn their names and how to take care of them.

When they got back to school after the break, Miss Pat asked the “Can Dos” that went on the trip to share with the rest of the class about what they saw and what they learned.

That evening, Miss Pat decided to make a matching game about spring flowers. Well, it was tough, because not all the class was familiar with the names of the flowers and how to spell their names. Miss Pat had to help out more than usual with this matching game.

Guess who did the best. Nope, not Orrie. It was Willie. How come? Well, he helps his grandpa, Grandpa Dooley, plant and care for his flower garden, so he knew the names of all the flowers.

Okay, your turn. Go to the “Can Do”Club House…choose games and choose “Spring Flowers.”


Counting by 5s

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

countingMiss Pat noticed the “Can Dos” were getting tired of all the counting exercises she was giving them to do. She decided to make a few counting games they could do on the computer.

The counting games were not as easy to do as the “Can Dos” thought they would be but they were more fun than doing counting problems on paper.

The counting games are all about putting the numbers in the right order. It took some of the “Can Dos” longer than others to get the counting games right.

Guess who was first to finish the counting games and to get them right? Nope, not Orrie but Annie. She is really good at counting!

Why don’t you try? Go to The “Can Do” Club House and choose games, then choose…counting by 5s.



Those Pesky Punctuation Marks!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Miss Pat decided to make a matching game using punctuation marks after teaching punctuation for the past few weeks.

Most of the class knew the names of at least two of the marks, but were still having trouble with the names of the other punctuation marks.

Why don’t you go to the “Can Do” club house, choose games, choose punctuation game and see how you do matching the names of the punctuation marks to the marks?


The Food Plate

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

When the “Can Do” kids entered class on Friday morning, they noticed there was a paper plate at each one of their places around the table. There were also crayons at each of their places, but, wait a minute, everyone got the same five colors of crayons!

Hector started smiling. Hmm, he thought, crafts the first thing in the morning….how cool is that? It was as if Teacher Pat read his mind. She smiled at Hector and the other “Can Do” kids and said, “Although it looks like an arts and crafts project, it is actually a very important lesson on what to eat and how much to eat to be healthy.”

plateMiss Pat waited until everyone was seated to give each “Can Do” a plate that had four different colored sections on it and a separate circle that had blue in the middle.

Then Miss Pat asked, “Does anyone know where this plate, this guide for good eating, comes from?” Well, of course Orrie knew and he shared with the class that this plate guide comes from the US Dept of Agriculture, which is sometimes called the USDA for short. He went on to share that the USDA had a whole site called and it explains all about what food belong in each section of the plate and in the blue circle.

The room grew quiet as the “Can Dos” first drew on their plates, then colored them in to match the colors on the example that Miss Pat had given each of them. They also colored in the small circle in blue. Then it was time to use a marker to fill in what belonged in each section they created and colored. Red was labeled fruits. The orange section was labeled grains. The green section was labeled vegetables, which made sense since so many veggies are green! The purple was labeled protein. Well that would take some explaining. The kids knew what fruits and vegetables look like. But, grains…well they were not quite sure about them. They didn’t have a clue what a protein looked like! Most of the “Can Dos” knew what would go in the dairy…things made with milk.

When everyone was finished she gave out a homework assignment. “Bring your plate and dairy circle home with you today. Ask a parent or other adult to to go with you to the USDA site at and get some ideas about what foods belong in each section of your plate and in the dairy circle. when you come back to school on Monday we can all share what we learned from going to the USDA site.

Why don’t you visit the USDA site with your family and discover what needs to be on your plate to grow healthy and strong?


The Homophones Quiz

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

homophones quizWell, just as she promised, Miss Pat gave the class a quiz on homophones.

Why not print out this page and take the homophones quiz that the “Can Do” kids took and see how you do.

If you played the Homophones Matching Games found in the games section of the “Can Do” Club House you will know what words to use in each sentence of the homophones quiz.

The Homophones Quiz.

Directions: Fill in the blanks with the right words.

1. Use way or weigh in the following sentences.

Mary needs to …………….. the fruit before she pays for it.

Jimmy takes the same …………..home from school every day.

2. Use be or bee in the following sentences.

Hector needs to ……..quiet.

Orrie loves to be part of a spelling…………..

3. Use see or sea in the following sentences.

Mickey cannot………..

The ……….is rough today.

4. Use hear or here in the following sentences.

Sit …………!

Annie wears something in her ear to help her……………..

5. Use no or know in the following sentences.

I said…………!

Do you…………where you are going?

6. Use stare or stair in the following sentences.

It is not polite to ……………at people.

The library …………is chipped.

7. Use right or write in the following sentences.

Doing the ……….thing is always a good idea.

Did you ……… your cousin today?

8. Use meat and meet in the following sentences.

Not everyone eats………

We said we would……… in the library.

9. Use weak or week in the following sentences.

When you are sick, you may feel……………

Next…………I am going to visit my grandma.

10. Use whole or hole in the following sentences.

Hector got a stomach ache after he ate the……………candy bar and didn’t share.

Bobby threw the ball and made a ……… his neighbor’s window.