Monday, October 5, 2015

Today is World Teacher Day! Time for a SALE!

Hi, sweet friends! Happy World Teacher Day! My bloggy buddies over at iTeachSecond and I are throwing sales in our TPT stores to celebrate! Everything in my store will be 20% off today! Check it out!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

World Teacher Day SALE!!!

Hi, sweet friends! Did you know that tomorrow is World Teacher Day? My bloggy buddies over at iTeachSecond and I are throwing sales in our TPT stores to celebrate! Everything in my store will be 20% off tomorrow, October 5th! Check it out!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Plants and Apples!

Happy October, friends! Today finally felt like fall! I. LOVE. IT! 

In the past couple weeks, we finished up our plant unit and did some activities with apples!
We used my Plant Journaling Fun to record our learning during our plant unit. We used our science series to teach plant needs, parts of plants and the plant life cycle. We also conducted a little experiment to help us really see what plants need. We bought three plants. We gave Plant #1 sun only. We gave Plant #2 water only {so it lived under a can}, and Plant #3 got sun and water. Students predicted which one they thought would grow best, and then recorded their observations each day. The kids all predicted that Plant #3 would grow the best, but they thought it was really neat to see the changes in the other two plants over the course of about a week!

We copied our journal sheets two per side to save paper, as you can see below.

We had some fun with apples the past week or so, too! We used some activities from my Apple Fun With Johnny Appleseed pack. The only one I got a photo of this year was our sink/float activity! 

We were also working on addition story problems in our math series, so I whipped up these apple story problems on the fly. I just loved their pictures :) 

Did you all know that October 5th is World Teacher Day? My bloggy buddies over at iTeachSecond and I are all throwing a sale! Everything in my store will be 20% off that day! Be sure to check it out!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fun With Blends & Win My New Scoot Game!

Hey friends! TGI{almost}F! This year is already going by SO. QUICKLY!! Time flies when you're having fun! I just cannot get over how stinkin' sweet our class is!

This week we focused on consonant blends! I made this little blender of blends to display. I saw this idea on good ol' Pinterest! 

We used these awesome blend cards I found at the Target Dollar Spot a couple of years ago to review and practice. We have the kids say the blend, then the pictures they see. For example, "fl, fly, fl, flashlight, fl, flicker, fl, flash."

Last minute, I decided to make blenders for our kids to add to their ELA journals! Then we brainstormed words with each blend to add to our journals. 

I posted a new pack of Grammar Scoot Games to my TpT store! I am sooo excited to use these in my class! There are 8 games for your students to practice 8 different grammar skills. Skills covered are complete sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, proper/common nouns, and plural nouns {regular and irregular}. Click the picture below to check it out! Download the preview for sample pages. 

There are 24 cards per set, and each set includes student directions, student record sheet, and an answer key. Here's a look at some of the cards! I plan to print them on bright, colorful cardstock!

Wanna win a copy?? Leave a comment with your email, telling me your favorite grammar skill to teach! :) I will pick a winner soon! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Back to School Photo Dump!

TGIF, right?! Today is our 12th day of school, and so far, so good! I feel like we are starting to get into the groove and routines are starting to fall into place. We've got a really sweet bunch this year! I am looking forward to a long weekend, though! There is no tired like back to school tired!!

We have been working hard on getting our Daily 5 routines going, and really, these kids are pros already! They can already do Read to Self for a good 20 minutes! PTL! I've loved being able to conference with kiddos and really hone in on some of those CAFE strategies we have been modeling. 

So, I just LOVE back to school read alouds! If you haven't read Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, you need to! It is such a cute book! It's about a little rat who can't say his R's. I don't have any activities to go along with it, but just thought I would throw that book out there because it is one of my favorites :) 

After reading, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, the kids wrote about why they liked themselves! We had a great discussion about how we are all unique and special in our own way!

Of course we read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes!! We graphed the syllables in our names, then made our cute little name writing craftivity!

We also made our iPad craftivity, Apps All About ME! This one was a huge hit with the kids :)

Our hallway looks pretty stinkin' cute right now!

We also did a lesson on bucket filling. You can read all about it on my blog post over at iTeach Second! We spend a great deal of time building our classroom community. If we have to put the basal or other things aside for a few days, we will. Because if our students only learn one thing this year, it is that we want them to be kind and empathetic towards others. 

I hope your year is off to a great start! Enjoy your three day weekend-I can't wait!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to School Night!

The first day of school was August 20th, and our Open House {aka Back to School Night} was on the 18th! Amy and I got to meet all 48 of our kiddos, and they are a really sweet bunch!! Our school theme this year is "We are the Wave of the Future!" Here is the outside of our classroom. We used scrapbook paper to make little surfboards with our kids' names on them!

At Open House, kids get to meet their teachers, drop off supplies, and the parents fill out some paperwork! The night goes by super fast, and it really feels like a blur! We give each family a checklist of what needs to be done at Open House {where each form should be turned in, which supplies to label, which supplies to keep at their table, which ones to sort in tubs, etc.} Our parents seem to appreciate the checklist, and it ensures that everything gets done! One of the BIGGEST things we worry about is making sure kids get home the correct way on the first day! So we have our parents write it down in a few places :)

These forms are ones I have had for a few years, so I am not quite sure where they come from! The pink "Helping Hands" comes from this pack.

We have two classrooms, so while parents are filling out paperwork, students go next door to sort their community supplies into baskets! It is SO easy to just store the baskets and replenish supplies as needed! The four green baskets also turn into stools for the students to sit on. Killing two birds with one stone :)

I forgot how tiring back to school can be, since I was on maternity leave last year {that was a whole other kinda tired!!} We've put in some long hours, but I can tell it's going to be a great year with this sweet group! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Do ya want some MORE?!

That's right, TpT is throwing one MORE little back to school sale so you can get some MORE goodies for your classroom!

On August 19th, everything in my store will be up to 28% off using promo code MORE15 at checkout! Click HERE to shop!

I have had several requests to offer my iPad Craftivity from my Back to School MEGA Pack on its own, so it has been uploaded!!