Monday, September 17, 2012
Apple Goodness, a Freebie & a little vent!
Happy Monday, Folks!
I want to share some of my apple unit with you, but first, can I have a minute to vent??
I don't usually take up blog space to do this, but I am sure most of you can relate just a little bit.
So, I come back to school today after being gone a whole week. Of course my kids had a sub. Now, usually, I am a HUGE supporter of subs & really appreciate all they do for the little money they make. But, today, when I walked in my room . . .I about lost it.
The sub had rearranged my furniture. . . yes, moved desks around so she could put my rocking chair in the middle of the room and hang out (I guess??)
She did not do ANY of the lessons left for her, but instead . . .
went through my filing cabinet where I keep some old sets of worksheets that I had made copies of in the past & never got to ( I keep these "Just in case") She pulled stuff out, stapled them together & made a packet.
A packet full of stuff my kids had never even done before. They had NO clue!
Then, she went to my book center (where I am a WEE bit anal retentive about its organization) and just passed out stacks of books for the kids to look through & just laid them on top of the other books . . . NOT back where they went. Argggghhh!!!
Add on top of that the comments from specials teachers & even the lunch ladies like "Wow, your kids were awful last week" and " Your kids were so loud in the lunch line, we had to come out here and monitor them!". Embarrassed :(
Now, I was a little perturbed with my kiddies but they are such sweet children . . . and they are CHILDREN, so I couldn't really blame them. Especially, 5 weeks into school. Ugh . . . anyway, had to vent. Thanks for listening. I feel better now. Breathe. Breathe.
NOW . . . on to APPLES!!!
I absolutely LOVE doing our Johnny Appleseed unit every year. It's one of my very favorites. This year, I took to Pinterest & came up with some great things to do. I wanted to share them with you! Plus, the cutest thing I've seen in a LONG time is at the end of this post :)
So, we started the week with a poem and some read alouds
Then, we graphed apples, which the kids always love. :)
Then, we hung them up in the classroom. Thanks to Alycia at Scholastic.com for the display idea !!! It's 3M hooks & sheet protectors so the work can be changed out all the time. Love it!
The First Grade Parade & her drawing is MUCH better than mine, but I tried :)
Kathleen at Growing Kinders.
Okay, and then the VERY BEST idea I have seen in the longest time . . . the APPLE RICE KRISPIE TREATS!!!!! :)
Again, since I was out, I didn't actually get to do them (yet!!) so I don't have a picture of ours, but we will do them this Friday just for snack since the kiddos didn't get to make them last week.I just had to put it on here because I was so super excited about them :)
I just love them & can't wait to make them, so I'm figuring out a way to put them in the plans. We're continuing our focus on tall tales & folktales, so it kinda fits right?!
This picture and recipe come from Mandy at Gourmet Mom on-the-go. Just add red jello or food coloring, a tootsie roll and an Airhead (I'm not awesome at icing . . . ) and VOILA! Cuteness :)
Lastly, we made number lines from apples. You can pick up my freebie here
Okay, so thanks for listening to my rant & for stopping by for some apple goodness. I will be back later in the week for what we've done with tens and ones. Yay! I'm just ready to get back into the swing of things :) Tomorrow is a half day conference day, so maybe Wednesday it will all start falling back into place. Fingers crossed !! :)