If you do not know what someone wants for Christmas, get them food.
This seems to be the general consensus of most Americans, and I believe that it usually works well. As a teacher, my mom received piles of cookies, cakes, and treats from her students, and my family never complained about this multitude of desserts.
One of our favorites, chocolate covered pretzels, is the inspiration for today’s recipe.
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 banana, mashed
1 tsp. cocoa powder
sweetener to taste
handful of pretzels
In a small saucepan, bring water and vanilla to a boil.
Stir in oatmeal and banana. Return to a boil and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener.
Reduce heat to medium. Cook until you are pleased with the consistency (probably around five minutes).
As an education major, some of our required assignments are nothing more than gathering materials to use in our classrooms. In the present age, a list of web-based games is considered a necessary material. Here are ten of my favorite games that I have found this year.
Analogies – Students must determine which word correctly completes the analogies. Words will only appear twice, so they need to think quickly!
Guess the Homonym – SumSome students have a hard thyme time trying too two to determine the write right homophone or distinguish between homonyms. This game can help.
Food Chain Game – As students learn about all the components of a biome’s food web, this game can help them review and practice putting producers, consumers, and decomposers in order.
Photosynthesis Respiration Game – This game leads students step-by-step through the process of human cell respiration and plant cell photosynthesis. Students must truly understand both concepts to successfully play the game.
America on the Move – Perhaps the greatest evidence of our world’s advances is in the realm of transportation. America on the Move provides three different games that help children learn about the history of transportation.
Fruit Shoot Fractions – This game, reminiscent of Fruit Ninja, requires students to “shoot” the answer to a fraction addition problem. Because there are many levels, students of many different grades can play the game.
Pre-Algebra Addition Shootout – Children who love soccer will enjoy choosing their goalkeeper, jersey color, an skill level before solving a variety of simple algebraic equations.
Arthur’s Lunch-o-Matic – This tray needs some Vitamin A! Students must choose the food that fits the cafeteria worker’s description. The game will help children learn the benefits of eating a variety of foods.
Blast Off! – Children’s bodies are just like rocket ships–they need fuel! In this game, students fill their plate with a wide variety of foods to get enough fuel for an active day.
Beans, beans! The magical fruit–the more you eat the more you…
Uh, let me try again.
Beans, beans! They’re good for your heart–the more you eat the more you…
Well, you get the idea.
When I visited Honduras in 2010, we ate refried pinto beans at every single meal. I love beans, but after 21 meals of refried beans on hotdog buns (breakfast), refried beans with tortillas (lunch), and refried beans with rice (supper), even black beans would have been a welcome treat!
At the end of the week, they took us out for a special meal.
I must say, though, that my nails were extremely smooth and shiny by the end of that week. Maybe beans truly are magical.
Chunky Black Bean Dip
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
1/4 cup pre-made salsa
chopped green pepper (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture becomes the desired consistency