Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like .... Shopping!

Yes, my friends, it's that time of year...
    time for family, friends, food, and fun... and of course, shopping!!!!

I'll admit it, I'm usually a Black Friday shopper. Well, I'm a Black Friday browser. I honestly don't usually buy a lot but there's just something about getting out and about with all the crazy that makes it feel like the season. The past few years, my mom & I have done the "midnight madness", and last year, I sat on the floor... yes ON the FLOOR of a WalMart for 2 hours to get a TV.

I think that might have done it for me. WalMart.  Floor.  Yeah, you get the idea. 

But, I did get an awesome TV for MB, and yeah, I tend to bring that up every once in a while just in case my sacrifice for upgraded, fancy television viewing has been forgotten. 

This year, we're not foraging our way out into the cold with the masses, but we are heading out at a normal hour and doing a little piddlin' around. Cute little boutiques and antique shops where we might find some treasures...and where the nutballs that come out of the woodwork might NOT be..  :)

That all being said, my favorite day to shop?? 

I mean, no lines? no grown ups acting like tantrum-throwing children over a blender?  no worn out, exhausted sales people?  Ain't nobody got time for that!

What, oh what, did I do before the Internet??

Anywhooo.... TpT has answered the call for Cyber Monday goodness with a fabulous SALE!

Yes, yes,... it could be said that MOST of the goodness this sale brings is self-indulgent. I mean, don't we all want and need new stuff for our classrooms? But, you could get something for your favorite teacher friend.... Buy an extra license & save all the awesomeness to a CD wrapped up just for them... I think I would LOVE that!

So, I'm linking up with Ideas by Jivey to share some of my favorite feedback on some of my most popular products, and the fabulous finds on my own wish list!

All of my products will be 20% off on Monday & Tuesday... plus the discount from TpT & you can get it all for 28% off! Whoop! Whoop!

Two of my best sellers are...
 My monthly homework packets. 
4 weeks of nightly homework PLUS reading comprehension for the whole month!
Check out my favorite feedback...
 Product #2 is my monthly Guided Math Centers.... they are a great way to incorporate Guided Math into your classroom and addressing all the components to it :)
 Thank you to everyone who has been so kind as to leave such thoughtful and productive feedback. I can't tell you how much it's appreciated! Oh, and if you notice YOUR feedback in this post, email me so I can get you a freebie prize :)

Now, onto MY want ..I mean, WISH list.  
That thing is in the triple digits, friends... TRIPLE digits..
There's just so much FABULOUSness out there....

Christina from Sugar & Spice has this amazing packet of Text-Based Evidence Reading Passages. Her fall edition is on TpT now, and it even includes passages about Christmas, so it's a must have, and I absolutely can't wait to get my little hands on it! It is such an amazing resource to teach reading strategies through nonfiction text!! 

The always amazing Lisa at Growing Firsties has her Building Star Readers pack on TpT that I want..want...want! I have her Finding Proof pack and it is AMAZEballs!  Can you tell I have reading on the brain??  I've got to get my kiddos to start comprehending what they read!

And lastly, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING from Melonheadz... seriously, I could spend a fortune in this store alone!

So, that's it, friends....  get your carts ready & don't forget to enter the code for the extra discount. And, if you have some fabulous finds you'd like to share, head on over to Ideas by Jivey & link up!

And before I go... I just can't miss an opportunity to share my Thankful-ness, so...

    I'm thankful for my faith & God's grace...
        for my family....
           for my friends....
              for my job.... and all the wonderful babies I get to work with every single day..
                 for my health, and for all the goodness that surrounds me..

   And, I'm also thankful for YOU.  If you don't get told enough, THANK YOU... for reading this little ole' blog, for all your sweet comments, for your friendships, for your kindness, and for doing ALL you do for children. YOU are amazing, and, whether or not you get told enough, there are a LOT of folks out there thankful for YOU! :)

  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Five for Friday & December Homework

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!
The clouds have parted and the the angels are singing - it's officially Thanksgiving Break!!
Woo hoo!!! :)

We had such a crazy, fun and super fast week, but I am so stinkin' excited that we are out of school for a week!  But, can it be true that when we go back it will be December??  Holy moly, this year is just flying by!

It's been a while since I've linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday, but since I'm in the mood for celebrating...and because we've really done some fun stuff this week... I just had to join in the fun!

Okay, let's get this party started!! ! :)

 Contraction Pop!!!
I got this FABULOUS idea from Heather at Heather's Heart.

We have been studying contractions, and when I found this, I just KNEW my kiddos would love it. The song we sing tells us that the contractions POP out!

So, I blew up 22 balloons...each one labeled with two words on the outside, and the contraction rolled up on the inside. The kids took turns sitting...jumping...bouncing...on the balloons to make the contraction 
So much fun!!  The kids were laughing & having a blast. And the best part?
They got it!! 
And it was my formal observation (eek!), but it all turned out well :)
 Shape Pizzas!!!
Our math focus this week has been on flat, 2D shapes. 
Our culminating activity was to make Shape Pizzas!

We had just read Turkey Trouble, where the turkey dresses up like a pizza delivery guy at the end of the story to avoid getting eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. So, we decided we needed to make pizzas for Mr. Turkey to deliver to the farmers! :)

You can read the original post about this fun activity <HERE>.
 Pigeons or Turkeys?  The perfect disguise!
This idea comes from Linda at Around the Kampfire.
She has the cutest packet on TpT that includes all kinds of awesome writing activities for this.

We already had been working on the pigeon books with our 4 Sentences Unit (the original blog post last year about this unit can be found <here>)

So, this was a perfect way to bring it all together - pigeons AND turkeys!

We talked about different disguises for Mr. Turkey, and decided that a pigeon would be a PERFECT disguise. I mean, who eats a pigeon for Thanksgiving dinner?

So, we took our pigeons from our sentences study & made them into turkeys!! 
Hilarious!!! :)

 Thanksgiving Celebrations!!
 Today was our big Thanksgiving Celebration!  In lieu of our traditional feast, we decided to stick with a simple snack. One of my WONDERFUL parents made these SUPER cute cornucopias out of waffle cones & we filled them with runts ('cause they look like fruit!), and some corn chex, m&m's ('cause you gotta have chocolate!), and juice boxes. How cute is this?!?!  

I'm definitely thankful for amazing parents....and for Pinterest!! :)
Then, we had our annual performance with the Kindergarten. 

The K students dress up like Native Americans, & we represent the Pilgrims.
Each group sings 4 songs, and it was just absolutely precious.
And yes, these ARE the CUTEST pilgrims in the world!  

They did such an amazing job, too. I wish you could see their sweet faces, but it was just a fun, sweet day for everyone. And, the kids always get a kick out of their "costumes"...i.e. construction paper hats and collars.  The little bonnets always get me :)
 December Homework is UP and EARLY....well maybe.... too!!!
I worked on my new December homework packet all week, so I could TRY and get it up in time for everyone. I'm a day late because I had really wanted to get it posted yesterday before most (??) of us got out for the break, but I did get it up today!  

It's the 5th monthly set, and the reviews have been so kind.
I am HUGELY thankful to all of you for previewing, downloading, purchasing, and leaving such sweet words of encouragement. I hope you enjoy this month's set.

If you haven't checked this out, it includes homework for all four weeks of December...with 4 nights for each week PLUS a reading comprehension passage for each week, too. And, it's all Common Core aligned.

You can download the preview at TpT & it comes with a free week's worth of homework so you can see what you think!

So, that's it, Five for FRIDAY!!!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by.
I also want to take the time to say a big THANK YOU to all of you....

....for following this little ole' blog of mine
....for being amazing friends and colleagues that I learn SO much from
...for EVERY single thing you do each and EVERY day for children
....and for just being YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 
(a little early, but hey, I'm in the spirit!)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Take Me Back Tuesday - Even Street & Odd Avenue

The fabulous Hope King at Second Grade Shenanigans is hosting an awesome "Take Me Back Tuesday" linky & I just had to join in. I can't tell you how many times I've gone back through my blog to remind myself of activities we have done for certain standards. It's like my own little memory album!

And now that Hope has created this linky, we can get a little glimpse into all of our favorite blogger's best memories, too. I just LOVE finding new ideas, and revisiting ones I have been meaning to do!

So, here's a blast from the past.... Originally posted 3/18/13.  Our curriculum map changed this year, so instead of working on place value with even and odd in the spring, we have been working on it this month. This post reminded me of a great activity for reviewing and bringing this all together.... Here you go!


...We have been working on place value & even/odd numbers. I found the cutest activity on Pinterest.  Thanks to Tiffany at The Lemonade Stand for the awesome inspiration :)

We have been working with hundreds, tens and ones & counting to 120 using our base ten blocks.

We read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs ( I LOVE when I can incorporate literature into math!!)
We talked about the strongest and weakest houses & compared them.  Then, we used manipulatives (base ten blocks) to make our own withstand the powerful sneeze of the Big Bad Wolf!
Next, we used paper versions of our base ten blocks to create our houses..  I gave them 1 rule: They could not use more than NINE of any one type of block.

I think they turned out awesome!

Then, we figured out our "address"... using the number of hundreds, tens & ones it took to build the house. 
They wrote it on a sticky & then on a label for their house.

The kiddos LOVED this!!  They kept talking about THEIR house wouldn't blow down :)

So, today, we moved into our study of Odd & Even.  We read Even Steven and Odd Todd & sorted our numbers...

The kids then had to highlight their "address" to indicate even or odd.
Lastly, we created Odd Street & Even Avenue in our hallway.  Too cute!

In hindsight, I really should have put these in numerical order (and will probably do that tomorrow), but for now, I think it turned out great. The kids loved every minute of it & were even telling people in the hallway to come check out our "neighborhood". haha :)

We finished up our math lesson today with a cut & paste for Odd Todd & Even Steven...
This, along with the Odd Todd & Even Steven posters... AND a sorting math center...can be found in my Even & Odd pack on TpT :) Just click the picture to go & get it !!

As always, thanks for stopping by & I hope you had a great Monday day! I thought I'dleavee you with a little funny, so here's today's favorite...
Hee hee! Ain't it the truth?? ;) But, I keep telling myself that NEXT Monday, I don't have to set an alarm or anything...Ahhhh.. I'm ready for the break :)

Have a good one, folks :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Math Monday Linky - Shape Pizzas, a FREEBIE & a Sale !

Happy Monday, Friends !
   Can you believe we're already coming up on the end of November?  We are out for the whole week for Thanksgiving, and it dawned on me today that when we get back... it will be December.... WHat?!!?!   Everything just keeps creeping up on me this year!

   I have to admit, I did decorate my house for Christmas this weekend. Yep, right down to the tiniest ornament on the tree. 

  Mind you, I only decorated the INside... I decided it was best to keep crazy in the house, and not advertise my way-too-early decorating on the outside until after Thanksgiving. haha!

  Anyway, today I'm linking up with A Burst of First for her Math Monday Linky...

If you've been reading my blog, we have been working on even and odd numbers. We've also been building numbers and identifying the "biggest" and the "smallest" numbers we can create.

We did this little activity last week & my kids really enjoyed it. Plus, it was a great way to assess a little mathematical literacy with number sense. Score!
 The kids each get a stack of number cards , 0 - 9. 
They lay them flat down on their desk and pull two random cards.
 Then, they have to record the two numbers, the smallest number they can make with those cards,and the largest number they can make.
 And, since we've been working on even & odd, the kiddos had to identify if their "biggest" number was even or odd!
Most of us have number cards lying around somewhere, so it was a perfect little activity to wrap up on number unit.  Click the above picture if you'd like to grab this FREEBIE :)

And now... THIS week....
  We are diving into shapes!  I gave a pre-test to see just how much my kiddos knew about flat or 2D shapes, and I was super happy to find out that most of them really KNEW their shapes. Yay for K teachers!
So, we made shape pizzas...
 I gave out the "toppings" to each table, and each kid just picked how many of each they wanted. 
I wanted each of the pizzas to be unique, so this was perfect for that.
After making the pizza, they had to record how many of each shape they used.
I reminded them that the pizza itself (the crust) was a circle, too!
 Then, I worked with the kids on this matching center.  There are 8 pizzas with varying toppings, and my firsties had to match the pizza to the correct description.
 It was definitely challenging, and I worked with my lower babies to assist them in making matches.
 My higher group had a great time working on this independently.
 All of this is included in my newest TpT pack - Shape Pizzas!

Included are all the templates to make the pizzas, the matching center with recording sheets, and 3 additional practice worksheets. 

You can download the preview to check it all out in action!
Just click the picture or right <HERE>!

 My November Guided Math centers are on sale for 25% off !!  Looking for something to do with your kids for this last stretch before the holiday?  Check it out! :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Feeling a little ODD...or is it EVEN? Plus, a freebie!

It's beginning to feel a lot like.... Winter?
So, as anyone in the south knows, the weather down here is as unpredictable as...well... Miley Cyrus? 
Yeah, it's crazy, friends... on Monday, it was 70 degrees.
     Kids wore shorts to school...we had some sweaty kiddos at recess...and jackets were stuffed in bookbags instead of being put on bodies.

Today?  We woke up to a breezy 27 degrees.  BRRRRRR!!!!  My little firsties were bundled up like the kid from a Christmas Story & the kids... yes, the KIDS voted to stay inside for recess. 

Plus, our principal gave us a "free jeans" day because it was so stinkin' cold this morning.  I have to say "jeans day" makes for a much happier teacher! Not "twerking" happy, but pretty darn excited, that's for sure!

I read about other folks that get to wear them all the time, and all I have to say to that is ....
So there!

Anyway, this weekend, it's supposed to be back close to 70, so we're all feeling a little ODD- a little "what in the world am I going to wear" odd - and I'm definitely read for it all to EVEN out. Just pick one, Mother Nature..just pick!

So, now that you've made it through my weather rants, let's talk about more odds & evens...

Some odd and even numbers!

We have really been working on sorting numbers by even & odd & I came across this super cute activity that I had to share!

First, we started with ONE HUNDRED post-it notes labeled from 0- 100!  
 That's a lot of stickies!  I put them up all over the room & then divided the kids into two teams -
The Evens and the Odds

Each team had their own cheer to get started..
0,2,4,6,8...even numbers are great, great, great!

1,3,5,7,9...odd numbers every time!

Then, I explained to the kids that there were Number Ninjas!
They had to go around the room on a Scavenger Hunt and find all of THEIR numbers.

The Evens could ONLY pick up even numbers.
The Odds could ONLY pick up odd numbers.

And, because there were ninjas, they had to be very quiet!
Folks, this worked like a CHARM! 
Seriously, I just sat back and soaked up the quiet cooperation :)

So, on their mark, get set, and GO! The kids were off, grabbing numbers, and sorting them on their assigned tables...The evens had a space & the odds a different one.
 The Odds!
The Evens!  
Whoops! There's a problem.... 

After all the kids had all the numbers sorted for their teams, went back to their huddles for number talks, I set the timer for 2 more minutes, and they had to go back and find any mistakes that were made.
(Out of 100 stickies...only 3 were out of place...woo hoo!)

Then, the ninja teams had to put their numbers in order from least-to-greatest.

After all the stickies had been ordered...the kids got to cut & paste their own odds and evens.
This was a great little assessment to check for individual understanding and mastery of the concept.

I put them together front-to-back so we could hang them from the ceiling.
Simple, yes, but the kids really had fun with it!

The Number Ninja Hunt was the biggest hit of the day, so I'm sticking that in the "Win" column :)
 Click the picture for the Odd & Even FREEBIE!!

 Yesterday, we also made this little Even & Odd Turkeys, so if you want them one, click this picture :)
We are quickly running out of construction paper, so I ran these on white & let the kids color them.
They really are a lot cuter on construction paper, but a teacher's gotta do what a teacher's gotta do.
Can't run of construction paper before Christmas!! haha :)

Alrighty friends, hope you can use these little freebies & hope the activity goes as well for you kiddos as it did for mine!  Happy Wednesday & here's to some "normal" weather, too!!

Thanks for stopping by!