Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Recycled Robot

I love Wednesdays! I'm linking up again with Christina at Second Grade Sugar and Spice. 

This little cutie happens to be in 3rd grade now, but she used to be mine and I still can't make it through a day without a visit from her. She made this robot with some help from her Mom and every single thing on it is recycled or reused. Isn't it awesome? 
Do you reuse things from home in your classroom?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easy Easter Craft? I Got"Chick" Covered!

Are the weeks just flying by for you right now? Me too! And since most of us will be celebrating Easter this weekend, I thought I would share with you a really easy Easter craft. This idea actually came from a student. She saw it on Pinterest and it is irresistibly cute. And most importantly - EASY.
Here it is…

Isn't that cute? All you need is a large oval for the body of the chick, we just used a tracer (made from cereal box cardboard). Your kids just trace it onto yellow construction paper, then cut it out. For the wings, have your kids trace their hands and cut out. The legs are orange construction paper strips folded over fan style, the nose is a double triangle. And the bigger the eyes, the cuter the chick. I hope you'll give it a try. I'd love to hear from you if you do!!

Have a great week.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday:Finding Time to Organize

So, I'm linking up with my friend Christina at Second Grade Sugar and Spice today for her Wordless Wednesday Linky.

Without another word, here it is
Need I say more? This is one of my drawers. Finally fixed it and I feel so much better. 
Is there something in your classroom that you've been wanting to organize?

I wish you a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Bear Wants More…Can You Blame Him?

My kids go nuts for these Bear books!! It starts in the Fall with Bear Snores On, then Christmas with Bear Stays Up and now Spring and Bear Wants More.

I have to admit I love the stories too. They are so sweet and charming and my kids love to talk about the characters and how cute they are. I created a pack that can be used in conjunction with the story. This time I included a favorite character graph, which my kids had so much fun doing. It's great to watch them go around the room and ask each other questions, then record the responses. They have become so independent!
Here's a quick peek at it! There's some Bear themed Math practice with ten frames and simple addition and for Literacy, we explore the story by making connections, re-telling, building sentences and just plain character fun!
We're just finishing up the Bear story this week and moving onto this little nugget of a topic next. Pollution! Gearing up for an Earth Day full of awareness.
And we just finished reading this great story about Oil Spills. My kids felt so bad for the birds and the animals. But, it really got them thinking about what they could do to help the planet. 
I'll be back soon with more Earth Saving ideas! You can check out Bear Wants More here.
Hope it's showing signs of Spring wherever you are.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day and Some Really Good Stuff

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I've been a bad blogger. Where do I begin? I'll go back as far as the 100th Day of School, which we celebrated in February. Got these cute 100th day hats at Really Good Stuff. They have awesome stuff there, guess that's why it's called Really Good Stuff right?
We, of course, brought 100 things to school that day and helped each other with the counting.

Since Dr. Seuss' birthday was right around the corner, I also got these - 144 of the cutest Cat in the Hat
pencils ever!!
And we did this fun Seuss writing - Would you let the Cat in the Hat come to your House? Most of my cuties said YES!

Since March is kinda sneaking up on me, I have these 2 March Packs. You can check them out below. If you wanna leave me a comment, I'll choose a lucky person to give them both to.

I've also got a Great Giveaway to tell you about, you can check it out here. Tabitha is celebrating 10,000 followers on Pinterest and she's giving away so many amazing products. 
I wish you a great weekend, hope you're seeing signs of Spring:)

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Count On and a V Day Freebie

I am in the middle of testing my kids in Math. And I have tried hard to prepare them for this. They have to be expert counters. They have to be able to imagine that everyone in their class (including the teacher) is having hot chocolate and each person needs 3 marshmallows in their cup. The marshmallows come in bags of 90 and they cost $2.00. So, of course, I did a money unit prior to dealing out this mega problem test cause they need to determine how many bags they're gonna need after all that counting and how much it will cost. And I gave them as many related problems as I could to get them calculating. The day of the test, I finally decided that we would all just write on the floor. I knew it would help. I had done it a few years back with a kid who had trouble counting. So, in our class there are 22 kids plus the teacher -23, they drew 23 circles right on the floor and put the cubes in them.
A bit unorthodox I realize, but sometimes the learning just has to be hands on, nitty gritty, down on the floor. Plus I know from experience the marker will eventually fade. But, it's amazing how much easier it is to count this way, as opposed to drawing marshmallows on a paper. Plus it's fun, plus we actually ate marshmallows after.  I always like my kids to have cubes at hand, ready if they need them for counting, patterning, etc…and I finally found a practical way to store their cubes. These are old Excel gum containers. The cubes fit in perfectly and they are so easy for little hands to carry around.

It's the 100th day of school for us on Tuesday, so we'll be doing a lot of counting then. Here's a quick word search if you can use it. Just click right on it to download.

Since Valentine's Day follows so quickly after the 100th Day, I wanted to be ready, so I have a cute Freebie for ya. Hope you can use it, it's got a little Math practice with addends and tens, some letter writing and sound sorting too. Just click and GO!
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Daily 5 on the 5th

Just wanted to share my Read to Self Bubble Space posters one more time and, at the same time link up with Foxwell Forest for her Daily 5 on the 5th.
I've been working hard with my kids on bubble space, finding it, keeping it and then enjoying it with a great book. And they are getting better. I keep these bubble space posters hanging in my room, so they are a constant reminder.

So far, I would have to say, there has been an improvement. Most of them are able to get into that space and stay there, so I've been increasing the reading time slowly. Hope they can help you. Click on either image for the download. If you have any great Daily 5 tips, link them up with Mrs. Foxwell, I'd love to hear them.