Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hello Sunshine Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first giveaway!  We are so excited to be starting this collaborative blog together.  Stay tuned for much more fun to come!  :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cheez It Math

Last week we worked on our partitioning standard.  

2.G.A.2  Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.  

I needed one more activity to make sure my kiddos understood.  
What better way to practice than with Cheez Its!  

We had a great time building rows and columns and problem solving with a yummy snack.  
Click here to grab this freebie!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hello Sunshine!

What happens when you combine beautiful weather and inspiring teachers?

An AMAZING, new, collaborative blog!
I'm beyond excited to be joining forces with 11 other fantastic teacher bloggers from here in sunny Arizona!  We are here to bring you ideas, inspiration, resources, and a little sunshine.  :)  

To kick off our new beginning, we are hosting a HUGE giveaway!  You will have the chance to win fabulous prizes from each of us, along with the HUGE prize at our Hello Sunshine blog!

Not only can you enter to win a $100 TpT Gift Card, but we are EACH giving away a $10 gift card to one of our favorite places and $10 to spend at our TpT Stores through a fun blog hop!  

Now on to MY giveaway.  
I love watching movies.  I love watching them in my sweatpants while lounging on my couch even more!  That's why I love RedBox.  I'm giving away a $10 Gift Card to RedBox and $10 to my TpT Store.  

Click on the button to visit Hello Sunshine.  Then, be sure to hop on through all the blogs to enter the giveaways.  When you come to back me, you know you'll have hit them all.  

Have fun!  :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reading Under The Stars

Every year our school hosts a night called "Reading Under The Stars".  It is a fun night celebrating reading!  We get about 4 or 5 special visitors to read a fun book to a group of students.  They rotate through the stations, and earn prizes based on how many stations they visit.  We also have a few other stations set up. One always involves telescopes for people to look up at the stars.  This year I was in charge of the Ranger Station from Usery Park.  He brought all kinds of creatures and items from the park... including a SNAKE!  Lucky me...  The kiddos loved hearing him speak.  And they all LOVED petting that snake!  They tried to get me to, but I would have nothing to do with it.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Queen for a Day

Today I got to dress up like a Queen!

We have had THE BEST time in Math this week.  

To start off, I had an AMAZING substitute yesterday who really helped set the whole stage for this impromptu lesson.  We are in the beginning of our measure unit.  To start off, she told them that she was going to read them the story of a king who wants his apprentice to make a bed for his queen.  They discussed questions the apprentice would have to answer in order to be able to make the bed.  Then she read them the book, How Big Is a Foot?   

From Amazon:  "The King wants to give the Queen something special for her birthday. The Queen has everything, everything except a bed. The trouble is that no one in the Kingdom knows the answer to a very important question: How Big is a Bed? because beds at the time had not yet been invented. The Queen's birthday is only a few days away. How can they figure out what size the bed should be?"

After reading the book, they discussed the importance of using feet (as in the body part) versus using the standard units of measurement.  She then told them that they were going to attempt to make a bed fit for QUEEN VAN ORMAN.  They worked in small groups using a 12 inch ruler.  They were told to create a bed that is 6 feet long and 3 feet wide.  When they were finished, they decorated their beds and hung them on the walls.  

I LOVED the decorations!  A couple of the groups did an AMAZING job coloring and decorating their beds to match my taste.  They know I love chevron, so they tried to draw it.  

not birds - HA!

So sweet!

My substitute also left me this adorable note in order to finish up the lesson the next day.  

Today, when I was back at school, I pulled out my Dollar Tree Royal Crown, Earrings, Scarves, and Glasses and got my Royal Ruler ready to inspect their beds!  

Two of the groups made PERFECT beds for me!  The others were close, but it led us to some great conversation on how we line up rulers, why it's important to know about different tools of measurement (ruler/yardstick/measuring tape), appropriate times for standard/non-standard units of measurement, etc.  

It really was the best day ever!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

LOVE is all you need!

We had a blast celebrating Valentine's Day yesterday!  Like I mentioned earlier, it is definitely my favorite holiday to celebrate at school, and I loved every minute of it! 
We started the day with reading centers.  I chose 5 activities from Amy's Valentine's Day Pack and Hi, Valentine pack. 
I Adore ABC Order

Making Words Sweet

This little boy was SO adorable while playing this game!  :)
Special Sentences

Cute Contractions

Stay Sweet Compound Words

During our reading intervention block, we went on a Valentine Scoot for prefixes and suffixes.
Check it out here.
Everything is more fun when you draw hearts around it.  :) 

In computers, I showed them some of the fun Valentine's Day games on Starfall and Abcya.  Then I let them play whatever they wanted.  It was the best computer time all year! 

For math, we did the typical conversation hearts activities.  We had just finished our graphing unit, so I was happy to review all the types of graphs in a fun and delicious way!  Well, the kids think they're delicious.  To me, Jimmy Fallon said it perfectly.
 I made up my own Valentine's Day graphing activity to incorporate tally charts, picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots. 
You can check it out here

 One of my parents brought in some pink paint chips, so I had my classroom aide cut out some hearts and then spontaneously decided to have my class write a Valentine's Day note to another teacher at our school.  I let them decorate and design their cards however they wanted, and write whatever they wanted.  I totally let them have control.  It was SO not like me!  But they loved it, and ended up writing some very sweet notes.  One teacher told me after school that the note she received was exactly what she needed to hear after a rough week.  Made her day, which then made my day.  :) 

Finally, the time had come for us to look at our Valentines!!  We made Love Monsters from The Teacher Wife last week to hold their Valentines in.  I let them pass out Valentines throughout the week, so we didn't waste any time or chaos doing that. 

I passed out my Valentines. 
This year I bought them highlighters and attached this note
Then, I passed out their bags and they spent the rest of the day assembling their books.  I started having them make Valentine books my first year, and I will never stop.  I love it!  I stapled the cover to about 4 or 5 pages of blank paper.  I told them to take one Valentine out of their bags at a time, read who it was from, write their name, and glue it down.  I made a front cover last year, but of course wanted a new one this year.  Click here to download it.  The poem is from Rachelle.  :) 

Before I sent them home to their families, all sugared up, I told them all about the very serious, LOVE POX.  I love this idea from The Teacher Wife.   I spread my Love Pox to them by giving them a high five or a hug.  After they left school, they were supposed to spread their Love Pox by doing the same. 

 It was a day FULL of love, happiness, and fun!
Happy Valentine's Day!