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This week in the Land of Learning

Howdy, howdy!

Time has really slipped away from me.  I took lots of great pictures from our Dr. Seuss week and I WILL share with you!  It was too cute and fun not to!  Besides, we ended the week with Stick Horse Rodeo and that was so much fun!  Y’all need to see what you missed!  But in the mean time, here’s what we’re up to this week:

First up is math.  We are going to working on fractional parts- i.e. parts of a set and parts of a whole.  Since this will be a generally new concept (actually teaching it besides seeing it on Lone Star Math- more on that later) I’m not ready for this to be in my stations.  Stations need to be as independent as possible as I’m working with a small group.  So I keep the stations to all previously learned topics.  I’ll do a post about how math block is done in my room/school a little later.  Now, while we are doing fractional parts during learning time, math stations is going to be tricked out in St. Patrick’s Day!  This is like the first time I since I started teaching that remember being at school on this green day so I’m excited!  So here’s the line up:

In bucket number 1 I’ve got the following:

Now this has a math and a literacy station and I’m using both.  So happy about this!  The math station is matching up subtraction sentences that have the same difference.  This is great because my kiddos definitely need subtraction practice and we’re going to be doing another addition and subtraction unit after fractional parts.  I’ll explain the literacy station below.  Click the image to go get it yourself!  🙂

In bucket number 2 we have:

I love Heather!  She was one of the first blogs I ever started following and have loved reading her journey through teaching!  This is another combo math and literacy pack which is another win for me!  For math I’m doing the Lucky Math Sort where they sort number sentences by their answers- equal to 6, less than 6, greater than 6.  Love it!  And yes the literacy station will be featured below.  🙂  Click the image to go grab this great set and leave Heather some love!

Bucket number 3:

Who doesn’t love Ashley Hughes?!  I love all her work!  I love how this will help my kiddos keep on their graphing toes.  I laminated the dice and then folded them up.  Hopefully the kiddos will be gentle with them.  If they are, I’ll just remove the tape to store them flat.  Fingers crossed it works!  Click the image to snag this up!

Bucket number 4:

Just another great chance for my kiddos to practice their addition and subtraction skills.  I can tell some really need it.  Click the image to get this yourself!

Bucket number 5:

Now I was a very lucky girl with this one!  Michelle at Teach123 did a giveaway for this great new pack and I won!  Woohoo!  You can click the image to go this yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!  While it was created for older kiddos, I was able to use bits and pieces to take care of a bucket so I’m happy!  🙂

Bucket number 6:

Okay no this one isn’t St. Patrick’s Day.  I know.  But this activity is exactly what I wanted for my kiddos.  Money can never stop now that it’s learned.  Who agrees with me?  It was a concept that many had to work really hard to learn and I’m not about to let their hard work go away.  Some are still struggling with it.  And since the first day of spring comes this week (on my sister’s birthday no less!) I knew it was a perfect fit!  Click the image to go get it!

So that’s math.  What about reading?  Well we use HM Journeys, Texas edition.  We are on lesson 20.  We will be covering compound words, cause and effect, prepositional words and phrases (so hard too!), and continuing to improve our fluency rates.  We were blessed to get the flip chart stations that went with the program so that took care of 3 stations right there.  I will explain my reading block in another post as that is such a big animal by itself.  Again, I prefer to use my stations as a review to help with the independence.  But some do cover the skills we are currently learning.  That’s mainly the flip charts and spelling station.  But some of the other stations I will be using include the following:

Pocket Chart- Rainbow Antonyms out of the Lotsa Luck St. Patrick’s Day Centers pack mentioned above.  This is for review.

Word Work- Lucky Leprechaun Order out of the March Freebie Fun mentioned above.  They are putting March words in ABC order.  Another great review skill some of my kiddos need.

Word Wall- now this one I’m really struggling with this one for some reason.  Right now I pick one of the words and just give them the letters.  They have to figure out my “mystery word” and turn in their guess.  Those that guess right get a ticket (more on that later).  They are also finding all the 6-lettered words and writing them down.  I want more for this station but I’ll just have to continue brainstorming and looking through the resources I’ve got.  I’ll get there eventually!  🙂

Read the Room- I found this great activity from Stephany Dillon on TPT and I’m changing it to be read the room.  Instead of them just sorting the cards in one spot, they will travel the room and write their sort on the recording sheet.  This is a review from our last Journeys lesson.  They really need this.  Click the image below to go get it!

I’ve pulled a couple other activities for my small groups to work on as well.  Since this post is already so so long, I’ll wait and share what I’m using where in a day or two.  I’ll try to make those visual plans next time around.  So there’s my week!  Hope your week is good if you are not on spring break!  And if you are on spring break- enjoy!!

Happy Teaching!

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Where have you been?!

Yes you’re looking at your computer screen correctly.  No I promise this is not a mirage.  I’m really here.  No seriously.  It’s really me. 🙂

My goodness have I missed y’all!  I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted ANYTHING!  But it’s not like I don’t have a good excuse.  In the pictures below you’ll get an idea of what I have been up to in my long, extended absence.  Add that to the fact that I worried about burn out before I reached summer vacation and you have a blogger on hold.  This year has been a roller coaster for me just at home.  That’s not even including what has happened in the classroom.  Yikes!  I’m hoping that now that things have settled down, I’ll be able to get back into things and really get this blog moving and grooving in a big way.

So first, a little bit about the happenings during my absence.

Alrighty starting at the top and going left to right:

  • First 2 small ones on top of each other are my living room.  We shoved my kitchen into so we could have new tile laid.  Long story short it should have been done before we moved in but I just won’t go there.  The large sheet of plastic is to keep the dust of demoing the old floor from spreading.  My hubby and I slept on the couches as our room was blocked off.  Fun.  I was without a kitchen for a week.  Sigh…
  • Next up, so far my only casualty from this whole moving around ordeal.  1 corningware dish.  No biggie.  Easily replaced.
  • Gorgeous, fragrant magnolia flower a kiddo gave me.  I could not help but smell that thing all day.  Loved it!
  • My last bulletin board of the year!  We did Surf Buddies by Corinna Gandara over at TPT (follow the link- it’s free!) and I had the kiddos tell me what they wanted to do over the summer.  It turned out great!  Such an easy activity!
  • Right underneath that I ordered a clipart CD from D.J. Inkers with a deal from Educents!  It was so easy and I’m glad I waited to use that $15 gift card from their start up promotion.  I can’t wait to use the CD!
  • Okay the next 2 pictures and the next 2 on the bottom row are all from the last day of school.  So I teach at a very small school outside the city, specifically on a prairie.  It’s a tradition that some upper classmen boys ride their horses to school.  So cool!  I was finally able to get photo evidence for those off the prairie that never believe me.  And just as I snapped, one large kiddo decided to STAND on the saddle while riding (I hope you can see that).  Scared me but it was still cool.  Then there’s my empty room and my overstuffed storage spot.  I hate packing up.  😦
  • After that the next four pictures.  My hair.  I have been growing it out for some time.  I even mentioned cutting it to donate here.  So yeah.  I finally did it!  Love my new do!!  Sending hair in to charity soon!
  • And then lastly, my parents came in for the weekend after school let out.  This is my dad and my daughter playing a very serious game of This Little Piggy.  Loved every moment with them!

So yeah.  Glad that’s all behind me now!  Now to look at the future!  One of the things I’m super excited about are a couple of book studies being hosted at some other blogs I follow (or will be following very shortly here).  More on that later.

So as I’m wrapping all this up and getting ready to look to the future, I realized something.  My blog is a year old.  Over a year old technically (if you’re counting the days).  While it’s not as big some of my favorites and I don’t have a shop anywhere (I’ll say yet because you just never know…), I have to say I’m proud of my little blog here.  I’ve got some followers and I’ve got new passion in what I do.  I think my intentions behind this project are being met.  I’m taking this venture very slowly so y’all bear with me!

Anyways, in light of my blog-iversary (and the fact that you’re still reading…I hope), I’ve got a couple of freebies that I made and used in my classroom this year.  I know it’s way late in the game for these, but there’s always next year!  Anyways, I hope you enjoy them and please leave me a comment if they work for you!

Classroom Freebies Manic MondayStay tuned for new things to come!

Happy Teaching!

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Ups and Downs

Wow!  What a week!  It was only 4 days but it sure felt longer!  This week has been a true journey.  It started with great sadness and ended happily.  It drained me and encouraged me.  Quite frankly though, I’m glad it’s over and that my 3-day weekend has started.  So to fill you in just a bit…

The great sadness was the loss of a beautiful family in a bad accident.  We lost 2 sweet students who were taught by my wonderful doormate.  It rocked my school’s community.  But instead of falling apart, we just banded together.  The community my school is a part of quickly joined hands and has done nothing but take care of the family members and the sweet kiddos affected by this.  It’s been an emotional roller coaster for many around me and I know this weekend will help many get back on an even track.  Please join me in praying for the family and friends who are mourning this big loss…

Thank you for that.  But like I said above, while we started this week in sadness, it ended with smiles.  Thursday was our Easter celebration and we had loads of fun!  We did an Easter Egg Hunt and then capped off the celebration with popsicles.  Yum!  Then (as always) I sent kids on sugar highs home for a nice 3-day weekend.  🙂  My parents really love me!  😉  Below are some pictures from the festivities:

Eggs numbered and ready to go!  In this picture there are 12 per kid.  I numbered 4 more sets the next day and then found 2 MORE sets just before we went out to hunt.  Yep.  They left loaded with eggs.  🙂

A hunting we will go…A hunting we will go…

I numbered the eggs to go with their classroom numbers.  They had to find their numbers and help others around them.  It was funny watching on student be called by 3 different ones in all directions saying they found their number.  They couldn’t figure out where to run to first!  Haha!

Earlier this week my kiddos did a little project to get us in the Easter spirit- painting paper eggs with shaving cream and paint!  One of my parents helped me set it up after she saw my doormate’s class do it.  So she loaded me up with cans of shaving cream and pre-cut eggs while I pulled out my old paints.  Now I learned some valuable lessons in all this:

  1. Older acrylic paints clump up and clog the lid of the bottle.  After some almost paint explosions I figured this out managed to keep the spatters very small and contained.  New paints are on the shopping list for next year.  😛
  2. While it’s great having choices of colors, don’t let the kiddos pick more than 2-3 really.  I had 6 colors.  Some picked all 6.  You’ll see why below in the pictures.
  3. Make sure you demonstrate how to swirl the paints around in the shaving cream- not stir.  Fortunately I did this and most of them got the concept.
  4. Make sure they scrape off ALL the shaving cream.  Some eggs didn’t turn out as good as they would have if I had seen early on that there was still a fine layer of shaving cream.  Once it dried it was stick.  This leads to a side lesson- use fat popsicle sticks to scrape.  Easier that way.

So below are the pictures of the eggs as they were drying.  Some of them swirled quite nicely.  Others are obscured by the shaving cream.  If you were in front of the eggs themselves and could look closely, you would see the swirled design under the shaving cream clumps.  So it did work.

See the swirls?  That’s the good part.  🙂

I really did like this project and plan to do it again next year.  But this time with fewer colors, new paints, and more diligence.  🙂

So that’s all for now.  I’m working on some other posts that will be popping up soon concerning stations and a neat link up.  I can’t wait!  See y’all soon!

Happy Teaching!

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Merry Math Stations!

So now that Thanksgiving is done, it’s time to get into the season.  The Christmas season that is!  So I was bound and determined to have as many Christmas themed stations as possible.  So thanks to my awesome doormate, TPT, and the awesome bloggers out there who create this stuff, I was able to do it!  So here are my math stations for the rest of the time until break.  Let’s start with…

Bucket #1: Snowball Fact Families

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Those bears are too cute!  This came from Chery at Easy Peasy Primary Resources at TPT.  It’s a sample activity from a mega pack she created.  Chery makes awesome activities!  She is one of the first stores I started following and I’m so glad I did.  So anyways you can get this sample pack here.  You might want to check out her whole store.  She’s got some great stuff in there!

This leads us to Bucket #2: Roll a Santa

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I love this activity!  It’s sooooo cute!  It’s another freebie from another great TPT store, Kinderglynn by Donna Glynn.  My kids instantly fell in love with this activity and are having a blast.  What I love is that there are 3 different roll sheets for them to play.  Love it!!  Get it here!

Okay now Bucket #3: Christmas Lights Patterns

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So this is one that my doormate came up with.  We just finished a unit on patterning and we both felt that we needed something to cover it in our stations for at least a little while.  We also wanted to keep within the Christmas spirit/theme.  Whala!  I give total credit to her as I was exhausted and had no brain power left.  So the kiddos trace the tree and then draw strings of lights.  They then color lights in patterns.  Now my doormate used our die cuts and gave her kiddos actual Christmas lights.  I’m so going to do that for the second rotation.  I frankly ran out of time and it was either they draw or wait.  None of us wanted to wait.  😉  I’ll show you how they look with the lights when we do that.  🙂

Bucket #4: Roll a Christmas Tree

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Someone on my team found this last year and we all just L-O-V-E-D it!  It’s so simple and yet the kiddos just can’t get enough of it!  I make it harder by saying they can’t draw any ornaments until they have the 3 triangles to make the tree.  Hehehehe!  They love a good challenge.  So I had to scrounge around to find out where it came from and I was successful!  It’s at Little Giraffes (formerly known as Mrs. Flanagan’s Kindergarten- The Little Giraffes) and you can get it here.  Go here so you can see all her Christmas ideas too!

Bucket #5: Envision topic games

No pictures of this one.  These games are from our topic openers from our math program.  We use Scott Foresman’s EnVision Math.  It’s the one station that never changes in that it always has theses openers.  I just change them out as we go through the topics.  Hey I need 1 no brainer out of the bunch!  😉

Now last but not least is Bucket #6: Christmas Tree Number Sentence Make and Take

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Remember my turkey mat activity?  Well this is the Christmas version!  Once again my brilliant doormate was the one that had the aha!  moment!  Love her!  So anyways they roll the die one time and glue that many red ornaments on.  Then roll the die again for the green ornaments.  They then write 1 addition sentence and 1 subtraction sentence about their ornaments.  Oh and the ornaments?  Bingo counter die cut.  🙂  Below are some examples from my great kiddos!

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Again very simple but honestly my brain is slowly turning to mush.  Only 3 weeks left, right?  😉  Oh and don’t you just love the snow on my blog?  Such a great way to celebrate the season!  Anyways I hope I gave you some ideas.  Leave a message and tell me what you think!  Here’s to surviving  enjoying the last little bit!

Happy Teaching!

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How it all turned out

So I know that Thanksgiving is all done and everyone is moving on to Christmas.  Believe me I am too!  But I really wanted to show you how those turkeys came out.  You know…the craft I was sooooo nervous about because it involved PAINT!  You can read about my apprehensions here.  Well I’m pleased to say that my students did AWESOME!  They kept things as neat and tidy as possible and their turkeys came out sooooooooo cute!  I’m so proud of them!  Okay I’m about to bombard you with pictures!

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So here is how the turkeys started out.  I tried gluing the toilet paper roll but that didn’t work so I just did tape on the top and bottom.   Much better.  Then you just paint, add googly eyes and a beak, and you’re set!

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See?  Cute right?

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Here is a student turkey.

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And another.  Isn’t this one neat with the mixed colors?  I love how each one is unique!

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And another.  His beak makes me laugh every time!

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And another.  And that’s the last one.  Promise!  🙂

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Now here is my whole bulletin board.  Thank you panoramic feature on the iPhone!  I’m still kinda shaky with it but you get the idea.  I just left the spiders and jack o’ lanterns because it’s all part of the fall season and I love having a FULL bulletin board.  🙂

Okay I have one more thing to share that I’m rather proud of.  So if you haven’t discovered Math Wire you really should go there.  It has got some awesome math games and ideas and it’s all FREE!  They have things organized by skill and even seasons.  So I went looking for some fall/turkey related things and found these turkeys feathers.  It’s simply called a turkey mat and you can get it here.  Just scroll down to Seasonal Counting and Addition Mats.  Now there’s no real directions so here is what I did.  I printed out turkeys and sheets of feathers for each student.  Since there were 12 turkeys to each page, I simply had the students roll a die.  That told them how  many feathers to color red.  They rolled the die again and colored that many feathers orange.  They then cut out the turkey and colored feathers and glued the feathers to the turkey.  They then had to write 1 addition sentence and 1 subtraction sentence about their feathers.  Below is an example.

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See?  Very simple but the kiddos loved it!

So anyways that’s how things went for me with Thanksgiving.  It got really hectic towards the start of the break as my team had teachers out sick and lots of subs so at one point, I had 4 classes in my room for a quick social studies lesson.  Yep.  You read that right.  4.  Why?  Because the lesson was mainly via PowerPoint and it was easier if I did it all at once rather than try to set up 3 others classes separately.  In the end it all worked out.  So I hope you enjoyed this!  Stay tuned for my Christmas plans!

Happy Teaching

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Check this out!!!!

Okay so I’ve really been back into this blogging stuff again and I’m loving it!!!!!  Okay while going through my blog e-mails (next to family time it’s one of the best times of the day) I came across this JAM-PACKED give-away from Blog Hoppin’!  This is a collaborative blog from some amazing teachers and the give-away is just…WOW!  So click the picture below and enter!  I did!!

The time to enter ends on Tuesday so hurry!!

Happy Teaching!!

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My hopeful plans

So I’m being adventurous in my Creation Station.  Are you ready for this?  I’m letting my students use paint.  And not just one color.  But several.  Gulp.  I hope I know what I’m doing!  But it’s such a cute craft that I can’t help myself and a personal teaching goal for myself this year is to work more creativity in my stations and class time.  I know I can do it if I get started.  It’s now or never!

So what am I doing?  Well after trolling all over Pinterest, I think I found the cutest turkey craft!  It doesn’t look that difficult to do as long as I have all the items (which as of now I do).  So if you go here you’ll see what I pinned.  And you’ll see why I’m a little apprehensive.  But once again I’m sure I can do this.  It will have to be done in 2 parts.  One to paint and the other to assemble.  But won’t they look cute on my bulletin board?!  I’ll post pictures of the board once it’s done.  🙂  It’s a fall board that currently has homemade jack o’ lanterns that I’ve decided to leave up and add the turkeys around it.  Basically I’m trying to just completely cover my wall.  We’ll see how it looks.  The board was initially set up by a great room mom.  But come November 30th it all comes down for the Christmas holidays.  Fun stuff!  🙂

So what are you all doing for Thanksgiving crafts?  Are you being adventurous as well or are you an old hat at crafting in the classroom?  Share with me please!

Happy Teaching!!

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