Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Break Sale

Have you done your taxes?  I'm a lucky girl!!  My husband does them for us (phew, one less thing to think about).  We seem to be paying in now every year.  Not sure how that happens but it does.

Everything in my store is on sale today and tomorrow!!  Enjoy the sale.  Take a peek at my store (TpT Store).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good Readers Visualize

Last week our Mini Lesson was, "Good readers visualize."

I also complete this unit with poetry.  We highlight important words that help to paint a picture in our mind.  Then the kids illustrate.

Last week, students worked with the poem, "Bod, My Fat Cat."


I also introduced Homophones.  We brainstormed a list so during Daily 5 they can write and illustrate homophones on pears.

Blast Off to Outer Space

Another week is about to begin and I haven't even filled you in on what we were up to last week.  The days are just flying by.

Would you go to outer space?  Most of my kids said they would if they could.

We finished up our Moon Unit and I always wrap up with some space art.  To complete this art you need LARGE white paper.  The kids have to follow my directions on creating themselves as astronauts but after that it's ALL their own creativity.

Students worked with a partner to trace their feet at the bottom of the page.  Then then traced their hands in the middle of the page.  I gave some quick instructions on how to create the rest of the body.

Once they had their outline done they went over it with crayon.  I placed black paint around the room and they laid on the floor painting. I even heard a kiddo say, "This is so much fun!"  Love it!!

Here is their artwork.  I love how unique and individual each one is.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Noun Town

This week we've focused on nouns.  We even went on a noun hunt around our school listing people, places, and things.

Today we brainstormed what we wanted to add to our Noun Town. Every year I'm ALWAYS added to this lovely town!

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I was laughing out loud as I watched some of the kiddos adding their pics to the mural.  We have Taylor Swift next to me and Justin Bieber. If you look closely he's holding a mic and what's that?  A donut?  Yes indeed, for when he gets hungry on stage.  Maybe in-between songs.

New to our town this year.  Abe Lincoln!!  I love the bubble speech Abbie added to her picture ("I'M ON A PENNY!!).  It appears he's holding a boombox too.  I wonder what type of music he listened to? Maybe he'd listen to Justin Bieber if he were alive today!

All I did was glue the roads to large green paper and the kids did the rest.  As the kids added their illustrations I added white stickers so they could label.

I love how Noun Town turns out each year.  The kids are so creative and take ownership of their work.  Throughout the day I found them gazing at and reading the labels on their newly created town!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Informational Writing

We've begun looking at informational writing more in depth.

Students have completed Investigations all year and have enjoyed that process.  Last week students spent time writing about themselves.  They wrote about what made them special.


This week we talked about biographies.  Working with a buddy, students interviewed each other.  After their rough drafts were complete they filled in their final drafts today.

Here are some kiddos at work.


You can check out my Biography Writing at my TpT Store.

Next up...looking through informational texts for nonfiction features. Students will also be picking an animal to research.  We'll wrap up the year by writing animal reports!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Who Doesn't LOVE a Great Sale?

Who doesn't LOVE a great sale?

Today felt more like spring.  When I walked out around 6:20 this morning it was SO nice not to have to start my car.  Even though it's suppose to be spring winter is holding on strong.  I know I have some spring cleaning I'd like to get done.

Enjoy the sale from March 28th to the 31st.  EVERYTHING in my store is 20% off.

Monday, March 24, 2014

In Summer with Olaf

After reading Tammy's post, In Summer, (Forever in First) I knew I had to do something with Olaf!!  Frozen has been the rage in my class and kids are often humming or singing the songs from the movie.

Today, I showed the kids the video (In Summer Video) and of course we watched it more than once!!  After the song I had kids create their own.  This wasn't a guided drawing.  I quickly sketched the shapes and told them to go for it.

I wanted them to also create some writing with their art so I decided to add flowers.  On the stem they wrote, "In summer I like..."  On each petal they had to write one thing they liked about summer and in the center they had to decorate their names.

All I did was add the grass to our lobby wall and I let them create. They added their Olafs and flowers to create this ADORABLE art.

All day I was continually saying..."In summer I like..."  HmmMmm, hoping summer arrives soon (or at least the warmer temperatures). Looks like we might be getting another winter storm.  Blah, I've had enough already.

At least this brightened up our day.

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Mission Complete for Space Race

We finished our Space Race!!  In order to move to each planet students had to read 3 books.  Once they made it to the sun they earned a "SUN"dae party.

Students made and enjoyed their sundaes Friday afternoon.

To finish up our unit, students picked their favorite planet.  They wrote a riddle and created a puzzle to go with it.

Here they are sharing their riddles and checking their guesses by putting the puzzles together.


Next up, we'll be learning about the moon.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TpT Sale Until Friday

Hi, I'm having a TpT sale!!  I started uploading products a year and a half ago (even though I was extremely nervous and scared) and even though I'm not making millions just knowing other teachers are using my products warms my heart.

Sooo, my store will be on sale (20% off) until Friday.  Thank you SO much for reading my blog and purchasing products.

Here's a link to my store (Teachers Pay Teachers).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky Leprechaun, Green Staches, and Shamrock Shakes

Where did the days go of just wearing green on St. Patrick's Day?  I tend to do a bit more because I know these are some of the memories kiddos remember of school.

These would be the three topics today my students would want me to share with you!!

We set a trap on Friday hoping to catch the sneaky leprechaun who was leaving coins and shamrocks in our room.  

This is how the trap looked Friday afternoon.


We lifted the trap today and the kids couldn't believe HOW MUCH the leprechaun left behind.  Jocelyn read the note he left.  Lucky Leprechaun was quite impressed with the trap but he ate the marshmallows and found a way to escape!


Next up...GREEN STACHES!!  These were a hit and I will admit I even wore one for a bit.  Here are some CANDID pics of the kiddos.



Last up...we did some How To Writing.  We wrote How to Make Shamrock Shakes.  Of course, some were convinced I added shamrocks (clean, of course) to the recipe.  



Happy St. Paddy's Day!!