This blog post is dedicated to my OKC Thunder team and our injured Russell Westbrook.
I’m not a huge sports fan, but I am most definitely a HUGE OKC Thunder fan! There is nothing better than being from a small state in which nearly everyone owns a Thunder shirt. I read this blog post a while back, and I feel that it sums up a lot of what our Thunder team is all about and their healing efforts since the OKC bombing. Read it here.
Before every home Thunder game, they hold fun activities for fans in what they call “Thunder Alley.” My favorite part of it is that they give away a few pairs of tickets to the game to people who sign up. Going to and from work, I drive right by the Cox Center where the Thunder plays. This last January, on our way home from school (after cheer practice), my daughter and I decided to go sit outside the Cox Center and try to win a pair of those tickets. We did win, and had a wonderful time on our spontaneous little journey. What a blast we had!
Here is a picture of my daughter Lawren and me at that game, right after we won the tickets.
Last year during the playoffs, I made a couple of coordinate graphing pictures. One of them was for my team, OKC Thunder and the other one was for my blogging friend, Rachel, in San Antonio. Her blog is Sub Hub, and you can go check it out here. Our teams were playing each other, so we had a little rivalry going on. I decided since we were in the playoffs again, I needed to pull them back out. This is a perfect activity for times like now when testing is over and kids just need a little fun. These coordinate graphing pictures are excellent for students with special needs. They will sit for long periods of time engrossed with plotting points. Here is a comment left from my friend Rachel this year after she pulled it out for her fourth graders.
One great thing you can do with these graphing pictures is to hide the heading and not tell your students what they will be drawing. I’ve had several teachers who have bought and used the Mockingjay picture say how excited their students were when they started figuring out what it was they were drawing.