Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Who's Got Character??

Hello Friends!

We are plugging right along this year. I cannot believe that we are down to 29 days! What!?!? Where has this year gone??

Anyhow...

We have been busting through our character unit in reading. We have been talking about feelings, character traits, inferences...you name it & we have learned about it in this unit!

Well, to wrap up & celebrate our learning we made our character posters. 

Their assignment was to find their FAVORITE book & really dive in to learn about the character. Then, they had to make a character poster so that others can learn a little more about the character. 
Here's how some of them turned out...

 Haha! I love that he is agervating! So cute!! 


 I would have to agree, Pete IS the best!


 These turned out so nice! The kiddos really put a lot of effort into them! I was so proud to hang them in the hallway for all to see! :)


This was a super easy & super meaningful activity. They all REALLY got into learning about their characters & I couldn't be happier with the hard work that they put into this project! 

Woo hoo!! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Plants!

Happy Spring!!
I am soooo happy that all the fun spring themes have finally rolled around! 
Here's what we've been doing...
Last week we learned ALL about plants. I mean we learned about life cycle, needs, parts...you name it & I taught it! 
We wrapped up last week's learning with a little directed drawing activity.
Here's how they turned out...


 I love the variety of flower types that I got. This class has about ZERO in the creativity department so when we do directed drawings they LOVE it! 
 They are all super quiet & totally concentrating on their artwork...it has become an activity that they really look forward to. 
 Well..this week we planted our lima bean in our baggies & hung them in the window. Thank you Apples & ABC's for the cute greenhouse templates.
The kiddos are very excited to see if our little experiment will work. There was a HUGE debate about the fact that plants need soil to grow & a paper towel isn't soil. Hee hee! I guess we will have to see what will happen...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spring Time Math!

Hello Everyone!!
Well, you've been asking for it & I finally finished it!!
Here is the Spring math centers packet...
Here is what it looks like...

Remember...all you need to do is print on colorful card stock & laminate & you are ready to go!
I make these packets with the same (or similar) activities so that my students will be completely independent during center time. 
The fewer times I have to explain things the better! 
EVERYTHING has been tested on my firsties & they continue to be highly engaged throughout the center time! 
Win! 

Wanna copy?

Pin it, leave a link in the comments, & I will pick some lucky winners! :)

However, if you don't win, it's only $2
I like to keep the prices down for the poor teachers, like me! Ha! 



Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Math Freebie!

Hello Everyone!!
I have been kicked back & enjoying my awesome Spring Break!!
Buuuttttt, I still have a little teacher brain going on! 

A few weeks ago I found these in the dollar spot at Target:


Aren't they the cutest Spring-y erasers!
So I made some math centers to go right along with them!


For this one, I put erasers in zip lock bags and put them around the room. They find the bag, count & write the number, then add 10 more & write the new number. So, for example, I would put bunny erasers in a baggy & write an "a" on the bag with a sharpie. That way they will know where to record the info. 
BTW~ I try to make everything a 1/2 sheet to save on copies! 


 In this center they will choose a bag of erasers, measure each item, & record the results. I would have a baggies of bunnies, carrots, or chicks already prepared. I don't allow them to switch baggies (you get what you get...) that way I don't have any confusion & ruckus! :)


Here I will have plastic eggs labeled with sharpies for each of the letters on this sheet. Then put in different amounts of chicks, bunnies, & carrots for them to write & solve addition problems. You can do 2 & 3 digit addition problems...the possibilities are endless! 
Click HERE if you would like a copy of the recording sheets! 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT if you like them!
I am more likely to share more if I know that people are actually getting use out of them!! 

Happy Spring!! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Feeling Springy!

Hello Friends!
I made it....
SPRING BREAK!!
Two weeks of blissful relaxation! 
Yippie!!

Before leaving today, I wanted to have some Springtime happiness to welcome us back after the break.
But, what?
Here's what we came up with...
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!!


FLOWERS!!


We did a flowers in a vase directed drawing.

They were so into the drawing & super serious about it!
Here are some of the finished products...



I just LOVE how each one turned out! 
My kiddos were really proud of them. 
I know it is super simple, but sometimes they just like to have it broken down step by step! 
My classroom is happy & cheery & ready to greet us when we come back from our break!
I made a little direction sheet in case you want to do it with your class or even put it in a center!
Please forgive the primitiveness! ;)


 Have a great Friday!!
Let me know if you use it!! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Reading Got Ya Down?

Hello Friends!

I don't know about your classes, but usually around this time of year it's hard to keep that reading engagement up!

SPRING FEVER has hit!!

So, how do I put a little spark back into reading time? 

I find books that are high interest for my kiddos & I write a special little note to them about the book.

Nothing too major, but this is a hit!!

 Here are some of my secrets to build that reading excitement:

  1. Have the books on their desks as soon as they come to class in the morning.


 2. Only do about 5 or 6 students at a time...this builds anticipation for all students!


3. Make sure that the book is something that you know the kiddo really likes! I try to make it a book that they have never seen before! 

I like to keep it completely random...they never know when they will have a book & note on their desk. Also, just because a student got a book today does not necessarily mean that they won't get another book the next day. 
That way the anticipation is always building...my kiddos cannot wait to get into class & see if they got a special book & note from me. 
The are so excited to stop everything & read the book that I chose especially for them!
You  MUST be sure that everyone gets a book & note though...I made that innocent mistake once & about crushed those tender spirits! 
Be very careful that you keep some type of list to be sure not to miss a kiddo!

Go ahead..try it!
Let me know how it goes!! 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bring on the Snow...

Hello Friends!

Well, last week we had a teacher workday on Monday for President's Day. Then, Tuesday & Wednesday there was no school because we had ice. So, on Thursday & Friday we had 2 hour delays because it was cold!

Needless to say, the kiddos REALLY wanted to get a little of the white stuff. Sadly, they were left with none...boo!

My own personal 4 year old was SUPER excited when his 14 year old sister PROMISED him that snow was on the way...only to be sadly disappointed. :(

What's a mom to do???

Pinterest to the rescue!!

We made our own snow & it was a huge hit! 
 I was actually pleasantly surprised that this worked. Lately, I've had a lot of flops from these homemade concoctions!

This one was great! It actually packs together so you can make stuff, it's cool to the touch so it feels a lot like real snow, it smells nice, & it's an easy clean up.

We call that a win!  

Here's what I used: 
foil pan
2 boxes of baking soda
2 trial sized conditioners (try to get white so the snow will be white)

I spent a whopping $3 for this! That's my kind of fun! 




He was entertained for about an hour & 1/2 on this- too cold to go outside, going stir crazy, come on warm weather day! 

 BINGO!! 

This is probably the only snowman that we will be making in NC this year! 

If you are going to use this in a sensory table, this would be enough for 2 kiddos to play together. You could also add plastic spoons, lite brite pegs (that's what you see here), sand molds, etc...the possibilities are endless. 

I stored mine in a whipped topping container..I'll let you know whether or not it stays good.