Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dinosaur (Place Value) Freebie

We've had testing this week. Yuck! Today was the last day for students in kindergarten, first, and second grades. So, we are done. Yeah! I can get back to my blog.
While I don't enjoy testing, it does make me reflect on my teaching and that's always a good thing. Testing makes me think about what areas to review and enrich throughout the last few weeks of school.
The kids are bouncing off the walls energetic after testing. So, learning needs to be especially engaging to hold their attention. Games are perfect for this time of year. I'm working on making a few for my kiddos. I'll share some of them with you too.
Here is a free matching activity that reviews place value. It's done in a dinosaur theme. You can set it up as an independent activity or play it like concentration or memory. Students would pick one of each type of card. You can grab the freebie by clicking on any of the pictures.

The graphics I used for this freebie come from Just So Scrappy Too and The 3AM Teacher.
Oh, I want to be sure you know about the fabulous linky party going on at Little Minds at Work. It's dinosaur themed. You could put together a mini unit just from this linky party full of dinosaur themed stuff.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Games & Tag

So, today I did something I don't usually do and it caused a stir in my classroom. All, and I do mean all, of my students stopped playing in the middle of recess and started screaming at eachother to look. Why? Well, I snuck on to the jungle gym with them while they were busy playing. I went down the slide, played chase, and climbed right along with them. They were so excited! The rest of the day kids kept walking by me and hugging me as I passed. One kid declared that first grade was more fun than kindergarten. Today we worked hard and we played hard. We even played tag.

Speaking of tag, I got tagged by Ms. Jessica at A Turn To Learn. Just like any good game this one comes with a set of rules. 1) Post the rules. 2) Answer the 10 questions that the tagger posted for you. 3) Create 10 questions of your own to ask the people that you're about to tag. 4) Tag 10 people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!)

I'll start with the questions I was asked and my answers.
1) What was the best thing that happened in your classroom this week?
I've got to cheat here and pick two things because I can't pick between hearing my students beg me to let them read to me and seeing my students' joy when I played with them.
2) When did you first know that you wanted to be a teacher?
I wanted to become a teacher when I was a child. Then I went into child psychology and finally I got my head screwed on right and went into teaching.
3) What is your favorite subject and/or topic to teach?
My favorite subjects are writing and science. I love experiments and I love to do projects with writing.
4) When did you first know that you wanted to be a teacher?
I am not sure when I first knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I've wanted to work in a job that let me help children since before I can remember.
5) What is your favorite teacher program that you use either with your kids or to create things?
I love Power Point to make things with and I've used it with my students before too.
6) What is your favorite book to use as a read aloud?
I love to use any book by Mo Williams. They are great fun!
7) What is your favorite book to read yourself (a teacher book or a book for fun)?
I read alot of profession development books, but I don't have a favorite. When I am reading for fun I like to read historical fiction, Harry Potter, or fiction.
8) What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Don't wait for someone to show you how. Ask for help when you need it.
9) How do you balance blogging with teaching and with family?
Let me know if you've got this one figured out. Please, tell me the secret. My husband got me a laptop and that has helped alot. I can work on a blog post or product on my laptop while I am waiting for my daughter's activities to end. I also blog while she is watching television or while I wait for her to fall asleep. Mostly, I sneak it in when I can find a few minutes.
10) If you had won that 640 million dollar mega millions jackpot, would you still teach?
I think I would, but I might take some time off while my daughter is little to just be her mommy. I don't think I could stay out of the classroom for long though because I really do love it.

Now, here are my tags.
1) LMN Tree
2) Teach123
3) Hopkins' Hoppin Happenings
4) First Grade Teaching Tales
5) One Teacher's Take
6) Teaching With Style
7) Lessons With Laughter
8) The Teacher's Cauldrin
9) Erica Bohrer's First Grade
10) Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

Here are my questions for the fabulous bloggers I've tagged.
1) What is your one best organizational tip?
2) Do you have a favorite lesson or classroom activity?
3) How do you manage indoor recess?
4) What is your favorite classroom product you've found this year?
5) Why do you blog?
6) When is your last day this year?
7) Do you have any plans for the summer?
8) Has your district started Common Core yet? If so, what do you think of it?
9) Do you have any pets?
10) What is your favorite way to relax after work?

Wow! This turned out to be a long post. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I love followers and I love comments. Please make my day & let me know you stopped by!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Earth Day Freebies

Earth Day is April 22. I am hoping to have some fun with it and I'm starting to plan activities. We are going to start with this word search I made for our morning work. We don't do a lot of word searches, but my students love it when we do.

Later, we will probably do a read aloud and plant seeds. I went to the bookstore yesterday to look for a book to that would be good to read. Amazingly, my bookstore had nothing at all that would work. If you have any suggestions for a read aloud please leave a comment. We are also going to do this writing "craftivity" on how each child can help the Earth. I've noticed my students are much more into their writing when we pair it with a "craftivity." They even write neater than usual.

You can grab a copy of the word search and the writing "craftivity" by clicking on the pictures. The download includes complete directions for assembling the "craftivity."

In math, we're going to incorporate some graphing with one of the Earth Day themed graphs from my Graphing Through The Month of April unit. You can get the recycling freebie for Earth Day from my unit by clicking here or check the whole unit out on TPT by clicking the picture.


 If you're looking for even more ideas for celebrating Earth Day in your classroom hop on over to the Earth Day Linky Party at Sunny Days in Second Grade.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Linky Party, Graphing, & A Freebie

Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? I must have today, because I'm grouchy.
It could be that my daughter found my blush and put it all over her babydoll that was sitting on my couch. Hmm....between that and her oobleck making attempt earlier this week...I may be getting back out the childproof locks.

Anyway, I could use an attitude adjustment today. So, when I saw the "What Went Right Today?" linky party going on, I decided to join in and try and get back my good mood. The linky party is going on at Confessions of a Teaching Junkie. You can check it out here.

My car is finally clean inside and out. That has been on my to-do list for an embarassingly long time and I am so happy it is finally done. I also got an early birthday/aniversary present from my husband. Yeah! Now, I can blog on the go or on the couch!

My final thing that went right today is that I finally got my daily graphing unit finished. It is the first one I've made and it is 97 pages long. So, it took me forever all of Spring Break to make. Since, ya'll are awesome and reading my blog, you can grab a freebie from the unit that would work for Earth Day by clicking on the pictures below. Of course, if you want to check out the complete unit at TPT that would rock!

I'll also email it to the first person to leave a comment with their email address below. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It makes my day!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Little of This and That

Here in Georgia, it is Spring Break! Of course, (me being me and all) I went into school today. Our school is never open on weekends and we don't have keys to the building. So, getting to spend time in my room without the kiddos is awesome. I spent today cleaning and reorganizing the classroom. I still have a bunch to do, but I'll post some pictures when I finish.

After cleaning up the classroom, I had to clean my livingroom. My preschooler made obleck at school today. She is a little go-getter who wants to be a science teacher when she grows up. So, she decided to repeat it at home. Only she did it in the middle of the livingroom by herself and used powdered sugar instead of corn starch. What a sticky mess!

I also am working on finishing up a new set of graphing activities to use with my students. I'll be posting them on TPT and sharing a freebie here when I finish. They are aligned with the Common Core Standards because I am trying to start preparing myself for the transition. Are you getting ready for the new standards? What do you think of them?

Monday, April 2, 2012


This is just a short and sweet post for the April linky party. Today is the first day of Spring Break for me and I have a ton to catch up on this morning. Ha ha, I'm excited to have a week off to catch up on everything that's been on the back burner! 

This post is a part of the linky party going on at Oh, Boy Fourth Grade. Stop by to join the party.