Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Tropical Paradise Activities

We're not out until June 18th so I'm trying to find creative ways to keep my students engaged in learning!  We have a tropical theme this week in my room.  We're dreaming of warm weather and no rain.

I just uploaded some new tropical paradise word work, writing, and math activities to my TpT Store.  Check them out if you'd like! (Tropical Paradise Activities)

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Oh my!!  I came in this morning to find this.

I thought all our chicks had hatched but I was wrong.  It looks like there will be 4 more.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chick Life and New Shoes

The Lyons' chicks have arrived.  We now have 7!!

We've had SO much fun watching them and YES I'll admit that we have sat in a circle with them running around for a good chunk of time.  This has also helped to keep my sanity (can we say that Summer Fever has taken over my class even though it was cold today)!!  The room quiets down (because you have to be quiet as to not scare the chicks) and everyone is happy and getting along.  No squabbling, arguing, or grumpy students.  Everyone is giggling and just loving the chicks.  Ahh, maybe I need to keep the them in my room until our last day, June 18th.

Here are some pics of them hanging out and of students picking the chick they wanted a picture with. Click to enlarge.

Oh yes, and I also had New Shoes in my title.  Yesterday, I heard it. Small whispers in my room.  The girls in the corner on the mat whispering back and forth.  In my head I kept going back and forth on what they could possibly be talking about.  

"Did I have something in-between my teeth?"  
"Was my hair out of place?"
"Did I have something sticking to my shirt that I couldn't see?"
"What were they whispering about and why was it spreading like wildfire?"

Then I heard it.  A sweet little girl piped up and said, "I really like your shoes!"

Oh, to have their approval!  Here's a picture of them.  I just ordered them and LOVE the pop of color.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our FIRST Baby Chick

Here's our first baby chick.  He/She arrived this afternoon.  Of course we all stopped what we were doing to watch.  Our 3rd grade reading buddies also got to watch.

We'll name our baby tomorrow!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Is it June YET?

SO I'm sure you've seen this...

And this...

And this...

My first thought is do we REALLY look like this?  I'd like to believe I hold it together pretty well even though I have an ever growing list and more coffee is involved.  I know everything will get done but we're all running around that hamster wheel just trying to survive the day.  

Plus the kids know vacation is fast approaching and they're itching to be done.  I have to remind them on a daily basis we're not done until June 18th.  Yes, I just said JUNE 18TH!!

I'm now taking each day as it comes and thought I'd add a picture of what a real teacher looks like in May.  If only I were getting a back massage as I napped here.  Hope you get a good chuckle!!

Do You SEE them?

Do you see them!  The BIG black dots?  Those dots are the eyes.  Yes, a baby chick's eye!!  Today we candled our eggs and we saw 12 black eyes.  They seemed to be dancing around inside the eggs.  There were lots of "Ohs," and "Ah's" as I placed each egg on the light.

Keep checking back for updates.

We're also keeping a Dear Diary.  Students are going to pretend they are a chick inside the egg.  They're going to record what's going on and how they're feeling.  Here's an entry for today.  Check out my TpT Store if you're interested in this diary.  It's FREE (Diary of a Chicken)!!