Monday, February 1, 2016

Free, Low Prep 100th Day Activities

Hey, sweet friends! I wanted to share a few free, low prep ideas for the 100th Day! Our 100th Day is coming up on Monday, and I can't wait!

We like for our kids to come in that morning to a banner, and butcher paper does the trick! Quick and easy, and the kids think it's the coolest thing ever! Here are a couple versions we have done.



One activity we always like to do is 100 Ways to Make 100! All you need to do is hang up a big piece of butcher paper and let the kids write 100 ways to make 100! You can do this a couple of ways... let them come up throughout the day and write their ways to make 100, or give them each a couple of sticky notes to stick up. I personally like giving them sticky notes, that way they aren't having to wait on each other and it's done a lot quicker :)



And of course, we have to make ourselves when we are 100 and then write about it! I know there are old age "photobooth" apps you can use now, but here are some easy peasy craftivities if you don't have time to print photos of your kiddos! Or you could always do both :) You just need some construction paper and cotton balls to make these cuties!





We do lots more activities all day long, but those were just some free, low prep/low copy ones :) You can read more about our past 100th Days that have more ideas by clicking here

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired... With a SALE!

Hey friends! Get inspired this new year with a SALE! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with code START16 at checkout! Click on the image below to check it out.


Here are some fun winter goodies that I am sure you and your students will love! Click on each picture to check them out :)  Happy shopping!!





Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy MLK Day!

Hey there, sweet friends! I know it has been a sweet minute since I have posted!! I miss blogging and TPTing, but my 17 month old keeps me very busy! I am trying super hard to balance everything, and boy, can it be tough! But here I am :)

I have enjoyed my day off, and felt that it'd be a great time to share how we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at school. I really love teaching about him, because he was a man of amazing character! We read several books about him. Here are a couple of our favorites:




We always start our study doing a tough lesson to demonstrate segregation. After we picked our class up from recess, we told them we were looking for the "good" kids and that we had a treat for them. The "good" kids ended up being all the girls and none of our boys. We told the "good" kids that they got to sit in the front on the carpet and that they could enjoy their treat (a few Skittles). Then we told the rest of the kids to go sit in the back. Then we read My Brother, Martin

As Amy read the book to the kids, they slowly started to understand what was going on. We stopped in the middle of the book when Martin's friends told him that they couldn't play with him anymore because they were white and he was black. That is when it really clicked, and they realized we were segregating our class. We had our boys tell us how they were feeling... They were sad, mad, and thought it was just unfair. Many of our girls said they felt bad for the boys, and they wanted to share their Skittles but thought they might get in trouble for sharing food. It was a great lesson that let our kids get a peek into how it must have felt to live during MLK's time. 

Then we used a white egg and brown egg to show our kids that we are all same on the inside. I was shocked by how many had never seen the inside of a brown egg before!



Throughout the week we read several books, and close-read biographies about him. It was also a great time to really focus on character traits. 

At the end of the week, we made our MLK craftivity. This is a no-template craftivity, and I always LOVE how different they turn out! We also added in some writing using Mrs. Prince's freebie, and just modified it a bit. They wrote about their dreams for the school, their community, and their world. It sure makes for a cute display :) 


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I Teach Second Linky-Fun with the "G" Word!

Hey there! My bloggy buddies from I Teach Second and I are linking up today to share the ideas that we love most! I decided to share about our fun with a mean, grouchy, green guy who we see at Christmastime :) This is one of my favorite units that we do all year! We are starting ours next week!

**In case you were unaware, it is against copyright to use the "G" word in any products on TpT! So if you search, you may want to search words like "mean, green" or "you're a mean one," etc.**

We always read the book, and make a chart about our mean, green guy's character traits. Then we write adjectives to compare his heart at the beginning of the story to his heart at the end of the story. I believe this idea originally came from Cara Carroll a few years ago?!


We then have our kids write about our mean, green friend at the beginning and the end of the story. They add adjectives to his heart, too!



We also work on antonyms. We use a lot of the character traits and words that described his heart and do a whole group matching game. The kids always love this!



Our mean, green friend stole gifts from everyone in the town, and he always drops the gifts off to our classroom so that we can measure them. He wants to be sure that they will fit into his sack! The kids always get a kick out of this :)



Our kids also work on fractions using the gifts that our mean, green friend has stolen!


Our kids love to make these little crafts {template originally from Deanna Jump} and write about how to be like our mean, green guy. 


By the end of the week, the mean, green guy is feeling nicer, so he brings some treats for our kids to graph. He also brings some candy canes :) At the end of the week, we watch the cartoon movie and have some yummy mean, green snacks! 




This is seriously one of my absolute favorite weeks of the year! We cover so many skills, and our students are highly engaged, which is hard to do around Christmas! What activities do you do during your "Mean, Green" day or week?! I'd love to see and hear them!

And be sure to check below to see more awesome ideas from our iTeachSecond Bloggers!



Monday, November 30, 2015

You still have time!

Hey there, friends! I hope you've been able to get some great deals today! I am sitting at home, enjoying another day off! We had an ice storm this weekend... The roads were totally fine, but the ice caused a lot of tree limbs and power lines to come down. We only lost power for a few hours on Saturday, but there are businesses, schools, and families who have been without power since Friday and are still without.

Here's a reminder that everything in my TpT store is up to 28% off with code SMILE at checkout for the big cyber sale! The sale ends tomorrow, December 1st. Click on the image below to check out my store.


Yesterday, I posted links to some of my Christmas and winter products in my store! Today it's all about novel studies and book companions! These can be used during guided reading, whole group, RTI, novel circles... My kids absolutely love the activities in these packs, and each pack has plenty of activities to choose from! Click on each picture to check them out. They are very low prep on your part, and great to have on hand, especially for a sub!







What kind of deals have you scored during the sale? I would love to see what you've bought!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winner, winner! and a BIG SALE!

Hi friends! Sorry I am posting so late! We were out and about running errands all day, and time just got away from me, and before I knew it, it was Mia's bath time! Mr. Hubs is putting her down for bed right now so I am finally getting a bit of a break!

First off, thanks to everyone who showed interest in this pack! The winner of my Christmas Read Aloud Pack is Brandy! I will be emailing you a copy shortly :)


But don't worry if you didn't win! Because TpT's BIG sale is going on tomorrow and Tuesday! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with code SMILE at checkout! Click on the image below to check out my store!


Here are some Christmas and winter packs you may want to stock up on! Click on each picture to check them out in my store!








Happy shopping!!