Sunday, November 30, 2014

TGI Cyber Monday

I hope yall are ready to shop! Tomorrow kicks off the big TPT Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale! Everything in my store is marked down 20% and TPT is giving an additional 10% off! Just use the code TPTCYBER at checkout! This is a great time to stock up and save lots of $$$! 

My life is CRAZY right now! If you follow me on Instagram you know that we are moving to DALLAS! 

(This was our best attempt at a family selfie with two crazy dogs)

We are SO excited and really looking forward to this new opportunity! BUT, we have a never ending to do list for the next few months! We are trying to find somewhere to live, sell our house, I have to find a new job and keep everything running at home and school! Not mention packing, cleaning out, have a garage sale and CHRISTMAS! 

This is how I feel...

Typically, I create most of the materials I use in my classroom. However, I am SO grateful to have TPT for great resources when I am running around with my head chopped off. Make sure and check out my store to see if there is anything that will save your sanity! I will definitely be loading up my cart with resources to help me get through the next few weeks! : )

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Creating MEANINGFUL Class Books

I have always LOVED making class books! They are always a favorite in the classroom library and it is so meaningful for the kids to share their writing and illustrating with their peers. It is my goal this year to have enough classroom books that every kid has one to take home at the end of the year. AND that I will have a few of my favorite to tuck away : ) 

Here are a few tips for making classroom books effective and meaningful in your classroom! : )

I would love to hear about how you use class books in your classroom! 
Enjoy your Thanksgiving week! I only have a day and a half of work and then I will be stuffing my face! : ) Gobble, gobble. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving FREEBIE

Can you believe it's almost THANKSGIVING?!? This month has just FLOWN by! 

Last week was full of assessments (groan) so I don't have many fun things to share : ( BUUUTTT, I do have a Thanksgiving Freebie! This week we are starting double digit numbers, so last week I threw in lots of of review activities for numbers to 10. My little friends love any activity that gets them up and moving around the classroom. So I am always trying to make everything very interactive, especially math!

This FREEBIE includes everything you need to review ten frames! 
Just print and play! : )

Each students will need a recording page and a clip board. Tape the ten frames around the classroom and students will count each set and write the number next to the correct picture. 

Super easy and fun! Click HERE to download it for FREE in My Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

This week we also celebrated Veteran's Day! We had a lot of fun making these cute little veterans! 

The second graders made this AMAZING flag to hang in the hallway! On the inside of each loop they could write the name of a veteran. We took some really cute class pictures in front of it. It was a beautiful reminder of the importance of Veteran's Day. Thank you to everyone who has served!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Listen to Reading Book Organization and Halloween Fun

Who in their right mind starts organization projects in the middle of the school year?  Crazy old me, that's who!

My students this year have absolutely LOVED my Listen to Reading Center. Like more so than ever before. I think it's because I have finally built up a huge collection of books on CD and I change the books out weekly. I have always stored my books and CDs like this...

The book and CD together in a bag.

Then shoved in a filing cabinet by month : / 

At least everything is together in a bag, right? It was a big mess! Every time I tried to put books away and get new books. All of the bags would fall over and I couldn't find the bag I needed or the books I was looking for. Meet my new system...

I bought the hanging folders from Sam's Club. It was $10 for the box of 50, plus the tabs were included! : ) I wrote the title of each book on the tab and then put the books and CD inside the hanging folder. I placed the tabs according to month or holiday so I could easily open a drawer and pull from a section.

It has really helped me stay organized and keep track of what books I have and if they have been in the center or not. I was also lucky enough to receive a grant from my local chapter Delta Kappa Gamma that helped me buy even more books with CDs.

Here is my Listen to Reading Center (prior to the school year starting)...

Only 2 friends can go to the center at one time. The friend on the left is the captain and the friend on the right in the assistant. The captain touches the CD player. The assistant choose the books and puts them away. I have a three drawer organizer that hold the books. In each drawer there are two books and the CD. They only have those 3 book choices. I also use zip ties to keep the headphone cords from being tangled. The headphones go on the chairs when it's tine to clean up. Stickers on the CD are also helpful so they know what buttons to push! : )

Looking for more listening center ideas? Check out this post from Katie and Mrs. Decatur's Little Gators to see how she organizes her Listen to Reading Center. 

We had lots of fun celebrating Halloween last week! So much fun in fact that I didn't get to post ; ) Here are a few pictures...

It was so exciting that our pumpkin plants started to grow!

We made observations in our science journal...

We also tied in Halloween to math!

We have been working on comparing numbers, so I made these little mats so we could compare how many M&Ms the ghost had and how many the pumpkin had. 

We also read some of my favorite books! : ) My ALL-TIME FAVORITE Halloween book is The Halloweiner. It makes me laugh every time. We also read Where is My Mummy and talked about the characters in each story. Thanks Deanna Jump for the idea!

And of course no Halloween is complete without Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

This precious craft came from First Grade Blue Skies

On Halloween day we took our first field trip of the year to the farm! We went through a corn maize, rode the cow train and learned about farm animals.

Most of my little friends were out on the way home..

It was too cute!

On Halloween night, I always love inviting my kids to come trick or treat at my house. Lexi enjoyed it too! : )

My little pumpkin!


Tomorrow is FRIDAY! Hang in there! : )

Monday, October 27, 2014

Decomposing Spider FREEBIE

I love when things just naturally tie together! Last week we were learning about spiders and I was inspired to create this little spider to review decomposing the number 8. Here is what I came up with...

I bought a spider web at Dollar Tree and BOOM! A easy math hallway display!

I chose to use red and yellow as the leg colors because we have been using the red and yellow two-sided counters. If you would like to download this FREE activity in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store click the picture below!

Enjoy your LAST week of October! Can you believe it? 


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Community Helpers

We had so much fun learning about community helpers and fire safety this week! 

We read lots of non-fiction texts about firefighters and wrote about firefighters together. 

We also made firefighters! These are from my Firefighter Craft on TPT. 

I even made a big fire truck for the hallway. I was pretty excited about how it turned out! 

The local firefighters even came to visit! 

I was so glad that my kids were able to see a firefighter in full gear. They can look scary in all the stuff! He was even nice enough to take a picture with every kindergarten student!!!

 This little friend was a huge fan!

We also checked out the inside on an ambulance and peeked into the fire truck.

It was such a fun experience for the kids!

On Friday, we talked about a special community helper we have in our school...The chefs in our cafeteria! Our kitchen manager was sweet enough to come visit our classroom AND bring cooking gear for everyone!

We learned about the importance of wearing hairnets, aprons and gloves when preparing food for others.

They looked SO PRECIOUS in their cooking gear. They kept asking, "Do we get to take this outfit home?" 

We even learned how chefs use science tools like thermometers for cooking! Here we are checking out a thermometer and watching the red line in cold water.

We even enjoyed a healthy snack!

Have a GREAT Saturday!