Monday, May 7, 2012

Real Quick....for Mother's Day!

Hello all!

  Just going to type up a real quick post on what we are doing in our room for Mother's Day.  First, we wrote our Moms a Cinquain poem using Cara Carroll's amazing planning sheet for cinquain poems.  We will be gluing these onto our gift bags (a.k.a. a brown paper  I will post the template we used to make them look all cutesy and such. 

Then, we made these SUPER cute sun catchers which we EXTREMELY easy to make and a great time filler.  All you need is an array of torn/cut butcher paper, a sheet of wax paper, a clipboard, a glue stick, and a heart print out.  Lucky for you I did remember to download my pattern onto Google Docs.  What you have the kiddos do is take the heart print out and wax paper and clip it onto their clipboards.  Then have them spend a countless amount of time gluing piece by piece of the torn/cut butcher paper until their is not more sunlight shining through the wax paper.  It is VERY IMPORTANT to let them know to overlap the pieces so when you pull it off the wax paper it does not fall apart.  Once their heart is completely filled out with no more empty holes, you can SLOWLY peel it off of the wax paper and attach the hanger that says "I love you to pieces."  I hope this makes sense and isn't too confusing.  I will try to post pics tomorrow of a finished heart to give you an idea of what it would look like.  OH and I laminated mine so they would hold up better.

Here is the link for my sun catcher heart pattern.

We will also be making this week a fabric flower corsage.  Here is the link from Pinterest where I found this great idea.  I CANNOT wait to make them. 

Here is the link for the flowers.

Also, instead of a pom pom center, we are going to use the Crayola magic dough to make a small circle thumbprint heart for the center.  Will post pics as soon as possible.

One last thing, the card!  We made ones like the picture below.  They turned out super cute!  Be sure to check out the link!

Here is a link to the card website.

Hope you enjoy and it's not too late!  Come back tomorrow to see some pics!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Good for nothing...

I know, ladies (& the occassional gent), I have been MIA for what seems to be forever!  I am basically good for nothing!  I have a few things I have been meaning to post and just haven't had time to spare to get it done.  How in the world some of you blog every day is BEYOND me!!! 

I should have posted this back before Valentine's Day and I was tempted not to post it at all since it is a good month later but I thought some of you might save it for next year.  I am sure by now everyone has seen the cute little love monsters that have been floating around Pinterest and blog land.  Well I created a template for you all to have in one document.  Just click on the picture to enjoy this little freebie.  I hope to have more coming very soon!

Click HERE to download the Love Monster Set.

Thanks for sticking around!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Say WHAT?!?!

Did you know that you must have permission to pin things to Pinterest??  If you did, you are one step ahead of me because I had no clue.  Please, feel free to pin anything you see on my blog that you like.  It is here to!

Check out Laura's blog post to find out more and grab this button for your blog.

Friday, January 27, 2012


So for some strange reason all week long, my stupid computer would not work with blogspot.  It kept telling me to download Google Chrome and well to be honest I didn't want to because it is just ONE more thing on my desktop.  Long story's back to working.

So for all of you who have stuck around from my dry spell of blogging, I have a freebie for you!  This week we basically just reviewed all of the coins (penny, nickel, dime, and quarter).  We decided as a team to just kind of refresh our sweet firsties! We started each lesson making anchor charts very much like the super cute ones from The First Grade Parade

Then we proceeded to fill out our coin collection book to keep us on our toes.  The kids did great and you can definitely tell it is one of their favorite things to talk!  So I have posted the Coin Collection Book below along with our exit tickets we did daily with each coin.  We use our exit tickets as quick assessments to see who might need a little extra time with that particular skill.  Hope everyone enjoys the freebie and have a FABULOUS weekend!!!

Click here to download the Coin Collection Book
Click here to download the Exit Tickets

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Short /U/ Pumpkins RTR and some visualizing!

Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE blogging!  Boy how boring would teaching be without great ideas from others.   I have to admit that although some things are my original ideas, most of the stuff I post about is things I have found on other blogs and just had to share. 

  This past week, we have been working on the short u sound in Reading.   Before we start each new sound for the week, I head over to Youtube and see if they have any videos from Hooked on Phonics for that sound.  Here is the one for short u and trust me your kiddos will love it.   Mine can't wait to hear it every day.

I also created a little read the room activity with short /u/ pumpkins.  I saw this on First Grader At Last and just had to do it!  Here are the pumpkins I made for my room and the recording sheet I made to go along with it.

Short /u/ RTR Recording Sheet

Our skill was visualizing for last week too!  I found so many great things on Pinterest for this skill.  The kids totally got the skill after these activities.  The first one we did was "The Green Giant" from Mrs. Williamson's Kinders.  They turned out so cute and so very different which was one thing I really emphasized to my kids.  Not everyone sees the same image.

The other visualizing activity we did was during our station time and sorry I don't have a picture of that but I do have the printable I created for it.  I saw this idea on Snippets By Sarah but I tweaked it a little to be more kid friendly for my kiddos.  I used the poem by Ding-A-Ling by Jill Egglton because it had words I knew my kids could sound out on their own.  Here is what we did...

Mental Image Printable

Enjoy Ladies!!!

Hocus...Pocus....Fairy Tale Fun!

We did our week long Fairy Tale unit the last week in October and I wanted to share a few things we did for fun.  Sorry there are no pics...I totally forgot my camera.

First, we read Rapunzel and did this great activity I found at Mrs. Tabb's First Grade Awesomeness .  The kids loved making the tower with the long hair.  We did make a little bit of change to our tower.  We wrote the things we would do in the tower and created one person we would let climb up our hair to hang out with.  They were cracking me up with who they would let climb up their hair.

Next, we read Cinderella and created her a new slipper that would definitely not fall off as she was leaving the castle.  I got this idea from Amy Lemons blog.  My kiddos came up with the same kind of ideas just like her kiddos.  Many of them created sticky shoes or fancy shoes with laces.  Every girl's dream!

Then, we read The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and discussed the differences between the two.  We also talked about the different points of view from which the stories were written and who we thought was actually telling the truth.  I told my kids we were going to make wanted posters for the pigs or wolf, whoever they thought was lying.  They did such a great job!

Wanted Poster

The last thing we did was discuss our favorite fairy tale of the week.  We read so many that it was very hard for them to choose just one but most of them liked Hansel and Gretel.  I think it is mainly because they had never heard it before.  I created this little sheet for them to review their favorite fairy tale and they did an excellent job.

Fairy Tale Review

Hope you all can use some of this stuff!  Sorry it is late for those of you who have already done it!

Remodeling Noun Town!

As I mentioned in my previous post, my class made a Noun Town for one of my observations this year.  Our town turned out great...especially once we created proper nouns for all of our common nouns. 

Since we were down with Nouns, I hated to trash our town so I hung on to it and I am so glad I did!  We moved on to verbs after nouns and we began a little remodel on our town.  First we watched this School House Rock video on Verbs...which they LOVED!

Next, we went to Noun Town and did a little remodeling.  We went through the town and talked about all of the verbs/actions we could do at each stop.  They thought this was just madness that we could do so much in our little was super funny!  I have attached the verb pows we made in our town.


Verb POWS!
After we went through our town, I gave each child an action card (I cannot take credit for this co-worker did it for her observation).  Without talking, each child had to act out their card and find their partner in the room.  I don't think I have ever laugh so hard!  It was hilarious!
Action Cards!

After the action cards, I told the students we were going to create our very own action heroes (thanks to The Teacher Wife).  They were SUPER excited!  We made a circle map and discussed all of the actions a hero can do.  Then, we created our own heroes and let's just say they are MEGA cute!

Sorry I don't have the hero to download.  I had to free hand it from a picture I found online but check out The Teacher Wife...she has printables in her TPT store.
Here's a close up!

I know this seems like a lot to do in one lesson but it went super fast I promise.  Enjoy!