Friday, March 28, 2014

A Little Spring Cleaning, anyone?! SALE!

I heard through the 21st century Facebook grapevine that a few awesome bloggers are having a sale this weekend, so I decided to join the fun! My shop will be 20% off until Monday! Click below!
Thanks for the button, Krista!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Growing Graphemes FREEBIE!

Hello friends!

I'm not gonna lie... today was ROUGH.

We are knee deep in way too many when can I teach again  my brain is fried how in the world are the kids handling this Quarterly Assessments.

AND grade cards.

AND the day before Spring Break.

AND the movie party the kids earned two months ago that they are FINALLY getting their reward for, didn't happen. My school computer wouldn't connect to the projector. I didn't bring my computer from home today. FAIL.

SO this is going to be SUPER short. I have a FREEBIE for you. We are working on and assessing the graphemes for the 5 major vowel sounds.

You can have it.


Just click below.

That is all. :)
Rest assured, I WILL be back tomorrow night (errr, um, maybe Saturday?) to update you with ALL of our Three Little Pigs fun we are having between assessments!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Three Little Piggies :)

Yesterday was a pretty great day back! You never really know what to expect when you've had to have a sub.... but they received a great report! Last night my son was feeling better- so this Momma crashed early when he did! So this will be a little short and sweet this morning! Yesterday we continued with our Three Little Pigs study.

We started off with using felt board pieces to retell the story of the Three Little Pigs.
Next, we made a story elements house! They kids love making these little crafty story elements organizers- and I love making them! Win, win!

So I was a little hasty and forgot to snap completed pictures once they were stapled- I'll have to do that today! We also read The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf yesterday. We completed a whole group Venn Diagram to compare both stories. They always surprise me with the details they catch!

We completed our -it Word Family RAN board. They loved discovering that the colored the word -it when they were finished!

We continued working on measurement in Math by measuring lines with bricks.
No, not REAL bricks. Pictures of bricks :)

I was grading spelling tests from Friday last week and ran across this little oops! that had be rolling! It was supposed to be the word "this". At least he included all of the letters! Hahaha.

Finally, a little inspiration for your day! Never give up! :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Peek at my Week- Three Little Pigs!

As promised, I'm back with a peek at our week! I had to make a few adjustments due to my absence today. Just click either picture below to head over to my Google Docs.
We are venturing into our second Fairy Tale this week- Three Little Pigs! Here are a few of the versions we'll be reading.

The resources we will be using this week are in my Three Pigs unit- and it's on sale for only $4.00 through tomorrow!
I'm ready to get back tomorrow and finish our last week before Spring Break strong!

Weekend hiatus...

You may have noticed a little weekend hiatus... I'm actually home today snuggling my little man who has not been feeling well this weekend! My "Peek at my Week" post will come later today, as I have to revamp my plans for this week due to having a sub today. I'm excited see how my little Who's do today and how much they love our Fairy Tale this week! We are working on the Three Little Pigs tale. I didn't get a chance before, so I'm going to post the finale of our St. Patrick's shenanigans from Friday last week!


We finished our -or Hunk and Chunk focus with using our beloved BINGO markers to find the Hunk and Chunk in words.

We also concluded our -et Word Family study with this fun Word Work sheet from here. We love these from the Moffatt Girls!

We also read and sequenced the story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! Check out Friday's blog post here for this freebie!
In the afternoon on Friday... I began to sweat a little bit... I the leprechaun planned a treasure hunt. We ended up having to go into a partial lockdown on Friday, and I was a little worried one of the kids would find a leprechaun clue, or that the lockdown would last all afternoon and we wouldn't go on the hunt! (Before I sound insensitive brushing off a lockdown, I have no idea what the lockdown was for, or what caused the partial lockdown. We weren't notified about the cause, so I'm assuming it was something medical related or a parent.) Before I go off on my soapbox....
The lockdown ended.
All was well.
We found a clue.
We hunted!

Tip-toe quietly... we don't want him to know we're coming!!

I loved that on the last clue it brought us to a place of caring and the kids immediately shouted-in-their-loudest-whisper-voices-as-to-not-alarm-the-leprechaun- "Our classroom!"
When we got back to the room it was a semi-free-for-all episode of organized pandemonium... until one little friend said, "Hey! It would be pretty smart if he hid it under Mrs. Biggs' desk!"
Genius, I tell you!
So, we dove under the my desk and there it was!
The squeals!
The shrieking!
The jumping and applauding!
IT'S GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, maybe not. ;)
He did bring us delicious skittles, M&M's, chocolate gold coins, and stickers- all wrapped up in a cute little pot with shamrocks around it!

Best quotes:
"That leprechaun suuuure is nice!"
"Yeah, he knows what he's doin'"
"Wait, so we're really not getting his gold?"
Hahahaha... I wish!

I have a few new listings to add to my phonics packs and Word Family packs! I see a bundle coming soon! :)
I'm at 48 TpT followers! Help me hit 50 and I'll have another giveaway and a sale!! Just click here to start following! :)

Coming later today....

Friday, March 21, 2014

Granny loves Clovers! FREEBIE!

Good morning friends! I just wanted to make a pit stop this morning and give you another FREEBIE! There's a certain Granny who the children love... and today we are reading about her love for clovers! Click below to head over to my Google Docs and snag FREE sequencing cards and a student reproducible!
Have a fabulous FRIDAY!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Making a Liquid Rainbow!

 According to the kids, today was.....

"The best day of my life!"

"The coolest thing in the world!"


and they...

"Love coming to school!"

think "Learning is SO MUCH FUN!"

This is it people- selling the SIZZLE of learning! It made my heart happy knowing they love coming to school and LEARNING! Today our little leprechaun friend, Mac, brought us some interesting materials and bracelets! We spent all 45 minutes of breakfast predicting what in the world he was going to have us make with all of that STUFF! We also found a few tracks...

My little friend above was mortified that the leprechaun did not flush the toilet! Her reaction was adorable!! We did feel better when we saw he washed his hands!!
It just so happened our friend Mac left us a gift of bracelets! This was one of my favorite parts of the day!
THEY blew MY mind!!
All week we have been working with our poem, Luck of the Irish! When I bought the bracelets Mr. Mac made the bracelets, I he made NO connection that the saying on the bracelets matched the poem!
Of course, the kids were convinced that he was reading our poem and that's how his hat got stuck yesterday!
I'm telling you... I never even thought of that.
Not a chance.
 I would love to take credit for that happy accident....... but I can't.
It didn't even cross my mind!
Thank GOODNESS for their little minds at work! They made connections ALL OVER the place!

Our friend Mac also left us this awesome Math game lesson!
We compared these pots of gold and practiced writing the correct symbol!

Now, on to the BEST part of the day!!
Sunday I received my beloved Bloglovin' email and read every post in my email.. and was immediately attracted to the BRIGHT light rainbow! I knew right away I wanted to try this with my kids this week!! The beautiful blog post I read was from Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle. You can check out her gorgeous post on the Liquid Rainbow here. She has super helpful tips and tricks and a detailed recipe!
When I read her post, I started thinking about how I would implement this with all 29 of my kiddos. So I decided to whip up this little experiment journal to document our procedures. I thought this would give the kiddos something to keep their hands and minds busy while I was SLOWLY SLOWLY SLOWLY pouring each liquid into the container! Read below to see our step by step creation of a liquid rainbow!

And that's it! Jeannie's directions were so simple and clear- this was very easy to make, and I will definitely be doing this each year! The container I chose to use has a sealed top, so we are going to keep our rainbow in our classroom :) It did present a slight challenge because the top was very narrow, and I was already  sweating shaking carefully pouring in the liquid. Next year, I will definitely opt to get a container with a wider top! Click the picture below if you'd like to snag the journal!