Friday, January 30, 2015

Let's Raise A Stink To Make A Difference With Well Aware's Shower Strike!

Children in Africa lose more than 400 million school days a year because they’re drinking dirty water and getting sick.

We have the opportunity to do something about that, have fun, and teach our students some great lessons. Please consider being part of the Iowa 2nd Grade Shower Strike for Well Aware.
It happens the week of April 17, 2015.

If 30 2nd grade classes Shower Strike, our kids will have a life-saving water system named in their honor. And they don't have to be 2nd graders....Anyone can take part in this amazing campaign!

Second graders in Dawn Scholtens class at Sunset Heights Elementary in Webster City have gone on a Shower Strike three years in a row.

Dawn shares, "They love it, their parents love it, and the media love it. Students commit to not showering (sponge baths and other “work arounds” encouraged) until they raise $1500 as a class.

We personally thought it was crazy at first but gave it a try and for three years my class has very enthusiastically raised over $2,000 each year in less than a week! The kids have SO much fun and really begin to understand that THEY can change the life of another 7-8 year old in Africa."

This is not your ordinary fundraiser. You’ll be provided simple instructions, phone support, T-shirts, messages from the kids you’re helping, and lesson plan ideas.

We will get in touch with you very soon with simple instructions to set up your fundraising page and get your fundraising kit (Kids love the T-Shirts!).

People all over the United States participate in Shower Strike each year, but Iowa is the first state organizing its students to fund an entire water system that will impact thousands of lives.

And the kids in Iowa want to include kids from all over the world to make a difference in the lives of others!

For every $15 raise, Well Aware can provide water to someone for decades. Let's all raise a STINK to make that difference together!

Thank you,

Dawn Scholtens and her 2nd graders,

Julie Graber @jgraber

Shannon McClintock Miller @shannonmmiller
Check out how the 2nd graders at Sunset Heights Elementary in Website City, Iowa made a difference with the Shower Strike last year. 
Starting in a few weeks you can sign up for your own campaign here.
Let's all raise a STINK and make a difference together.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Look What Flocabulary Has For All Of Us! A FREE 90-Day Trial!

One of my favorite online resources is Flocabulary.
As their website states,

Flocabulary is Educational Hip-Hop!  I like to compare it to School House Rock for todays students and teachers.  It is so much fun to learn along with everything Flocabulary has created.

Flocabulary offers more than 500 educational hip-hop videos for grades K-12, plus lessons and activities for every subject includes math, science, social studies, ELA, vocabulary, current events, and now life skills (which features a full series on financial literacy, plus units on social & emotional learning).

Their Common Core Guide can help teachers find what standards they're meeting with the ELA and math content. It can be found at
Right now they have a 90-day free trial available for schools and districts.  This 90-day free trial provides unlimited access for all teachers, staff and students at a school or district!)

Here is the school trial link:

Here is the district trial link:

Schools and districts can sign up for the trial until February 28, 2015.  

Their trial page for schools and districts will then go back to the standard 30-day trial, so this is a limited-time trial offer!
Flocabulary is creating new content all of the time.  You must check out one of their latest videos for Natural Resources.  

Sign up today and make sure you share this great news with all of your friends.  

I just know your students and school community will love learning, moving, and singing to Flocabulary too!