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December 16, 2014

Polar Express, Pajamas, and a Freebie

Every year we snuggle up and watch the Polar Express  in my first grade classroom. You do too? That’s because you are AMAZING! I am gearing up, shopping, and running copies- including this little freebie.

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I am also unpacking my most favorite jammies ever! 

Tips for the Best Ever Pajama Day2These were sent to me from my friends at Chasing Fireflies. Here is why I love these jammies: They are comfy and slimming. I ALWAYS end up running all over town in my PJ’s on pajama day. I forget I am wearing PJs, so I am super confused when people look at me strangely. But let me tell you, now that I have “teacher” on the front of my jammies, I don’t get crazy looks from people at Starbucks, the grocery store, or Target. Now I get joyful, twinkling-eyed smiles and people asking, “So it’s pajama day at school, huh? What grade do you teach?”  Seriously, people are warmer and kinder, and they seem to come out of their shells when they see my teacher jammies! I am not kidding! You want these jammies!

I cannot recommend Chasing Fireflies jammies enough. My son has quite a few pair and the quality and fit cannot be beat! He wears them all the time and gets really excited when he sees a Chasing Fireflies box at the front door!

My hubby wants a pair of jammies now too. Maybe next year I can get a family jammie picture for our Christmas card! Until then, I am loving every minute of “train week” in first grade.

In preparation for the movie,  I am reading this book which you can buy on Amazon {here}

I am also shopping away and filling my basket with the following goodies:

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Here is a little tip for making cocoa. DO NOT USE THE PACKETS of DRY MIX. Instead buy gallons of hot cocoa and warm them in a crock pot! So much easier!!! Watch the temp sicne it can get hot fast. I warm 1 and 1/3 gallons, and I keep 2/3 in the fridge to cool off the cocoa if it gets too hot. This is so so so much easier than the dry mix!

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You can download all these goodies and more from {here} for free!

Freebie for the Best Pajama Day Ever from Teacher to the Core

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I hope that you enjoy the freebies and that you try gallons of chocolate milk instead of the dry mix for your cocoa this year!!

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December 1, 2014

12 Days to sing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

What a fun fun event to be a part of! I am teaming up with 40 Amazing friends to be a part of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’s 12 days of Christmas!!!!!

I am part of Day 1!

Zip This is going to be FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To enter to win click the graphic below!!!!

zip 2 Yes! Just click the graphic above and you shall be entered to win!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 15, 2014

Bright Idea Round Up!

Good ideas are like treasures. This blog hop is like striking GOLD. Here are some of my bright ideas from Feb 2014-through now!!! Enjoy!
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Next year when you are cutting up your apples for apple day, try doing the apple cheeks method!
How to cut an apple the safe and easy way- Teacher to the Core
If you are looking for a SUPER cool use for you desk you can watch my You Tube video, by clicking the picture below.
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If you are anchor chart handicapped (like me) the tip below might be a life saver!
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Now this little trick I LOVE! This is how I make BIG BULLETIN BOARDS!
How to make super big bulletin board displays
Then I enlist my students or son to color them in!
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Easy Peasy!
Now if you need some GREAT art ideas click the picture below or click {here}and see 4 common art problems solved!
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Throwing a class party for the holiday season? Of course you are! This Valentine post gives you a few great tips for staying sane on party day!
Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity 
If you need a storage tip, try storing you papers in plastic sleeves! Staple several together for large units!
Organize entire TpT units in plastic sleeves -then staple and file- EASY
This post shows a few other storage secrets! Click {here}Organization tips from Teacher to the Core
Well that’s all for now! Enjoy the posts below from my sweet and talented friends!

November 9, 2014

Movember- Using Mustaches to Introduce Fractions

On the heels of breast cancer awareness, we turn our attention to all things men’s health in November. This movement is officially called Movember. To celebrate this amazing cause my little students are encouraging their daddies to go to the doctor. 
Slide1 I used these adorable post cards from Creative Teaching Press for my students to write their letters.  
Slide3 Because I teach first and their printing is so large, we did not try to mail these home, rather, they went home in their folders, but if you teach upper grades this is the perfect time to teach all things “address related”
  • Capitalizing first and last names, street names, cities, states
  • Abbreviations (Mr. and St. Dr. CT. etc.)
  • Commas between city and state.
Aside from the capitalizing, we don’t hit most of these things until the end of the year in first grade, so we just skipped the address part.
I wanted to cover some fraction skills with my own little man at home! The idea of fractions is so fun for kids!  He had never heard of fractions before and I love introducing new concepts! So this was particularly fun to plan with him in mind. Slide4
I wrote up some words on mustache labels that we come across in the world of fractions, half, halves, 1/2, third, thirds, 1/3, fourth, fourths, 1/4. We just took a minute to do a sort. Sorts are such a cool way to introduce concepts and topics.  He sorted them into groups he thought went together. He did fabulous!
I every so gently just asked what do you hear as I say, fourth, fourths, and 1/4? I asked gently because I wanted this concept attainment and not direct instruction. I have a pretty sharp kid who is naturally inquisitive, so he was all over it. “4!,”he yelled. Volume control is not in his wheelhouse recently. He is loud, everything is loud, joy is loud, frustration is loud. The TV is loud, videos are loud. God help me everything is LOUD…. I digress…
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Then I handed him 10 zip ties and said, “So let’s lay these on top and make fourths”. No information beyond that… just a “Try it!” moment.  Too many zip ties and not too much information. Just him and his thoughts, making meaning. In class I would do this in table groups the exact same way. I used CTPs Mustache Mania Bulletin Board Set for the giant mustaches.
First a sort, sharing of ideas, a little information, and some exploration.
We explored a bit and then I gave him some mini mustaches to actually cut up.
Slide6Until a boy (or any child really)  can destroy/create something the learning is not complete!  It was also the perfect time to introduce the way to write in numbers what we say with our words. I love CTP’s number and letters. They are so easy to use and make boards look amazing!
Slide7 Jackson has been saying he is 7  and a 1/2 for the last 5 months. So all of a sudden he said, “Now I know how to write it!” He wrote it and then paraded around town showing his name tags telling everyone he was 7 and a half and could write it too! We loved the little name labels from Creative Teaching Press.  He ran off with the rest of the name tags saying, “No walls or furniture, I know mamma.”
IMG_3680For all the men in our lives we love you. Please go to the doctor INCLUDING THE DENTIST. Poor dental health can lead to heart attacks.  Please take care of yourself. We love to take care of you, dress you, boss you around, and organize you, but we cannot actually make you go to the doctor. Please just go. We want you around for a GOOD LONG TIME!
If you want to do this fun activity with your students please download this little freebie!
Teacher to the Core freebie on fractions
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November 1, 2014

Feather-Crisp Sugar Cookies

I am obsessed with these cookies. I mean seriously easy, delish, and very impressive! I took some to a party and people freaked over them. “WHERE DID YOU BUY THESE?”, the mommies all asked. Here is how I did it!
Slide1I got the idea a few years back and it’s so easy and fun. I have made them quite a few times and my son and I adore them. My hubby likes thick sugar cookies that you REALLY have to chew on and that can hold half a tub of frosting. These are not that kind of a cookie. They are so light and crisp you can almost see through them. They are amazing!
Slide4 To make these little babies:
  • Freeze your store bought dough for 30 min
  • Use a serrated knife to thinly slice
  • Fill the tops of Starbucks cups with sprinkles
  • Press in disks
  • Tip cup and cookie into your hands (over a sink is best)
  • Place on cookie sheet (spray or use parchment paper)
  • Bake at 350 for between 4-7 min. depending on your oven
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Slide5 Slide6 Slide3 I have something really magical to share. It’s my new favorite cookbook! Have you heard of Bake at 350? I love this blog. BIG love!
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Bridget Edwards is the author of the blog and book and let me tell you this lady is all kinds of fun! I want to show you what she taught me and offer one of my readers her book! Look at what I learned! Slide14
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You want this book. It’s a great gift to yourself or the cookie baker in your life! I just like looking at the pictures even if I bake nothing!
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Slide15 To win this book enter the copter below! Good luck cookie lovers!

October 18, 2014

Bats On My Brain~ Freebie!

Haunted house and bats, say no more! The kids were hooked! I love teaching in October! The content is JUST delicious!IMG_9832 On Wednesday morning, I woke up and thought OH MY GOSH what if my “Batty About Verbs” bulletin board included a huge haunted house???? The best part was my room mom (who loves all things decor) was coming that day. I knew she would be crazy enough to want to help me!!!! So instead of ME projecting, tracing, and cutting, SHE did it!!!! YES, I am a lucky girl. When I told her my plan she was on it!!!! In less than an hour this was done!!!
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And now we are even battier about verbs!!! We used the moon, stars, and clouds from the prior year to create the look we wanted.
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If you want to do this too, pull up any image on your computer, turn on your LCD, trace, cut, and VIOLA! This year I made the bats brown. Its more realistic and the haunted house was purple, so the bats could not be purple.
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We created a circle map in class of things bats do (bat verbs). We used this amazing book by Lily Wood. 

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 I read this aloud and the kids raised their hands when they heard the verb. Very few sentences in this book had helping verbs, and when they did I just changed the sentence around a bit.

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  The kids loved it. Then they chose two words and wrote 1 on each wing.

Depending on how you staple the bats, you can give the effect of them flying.  I stapled all the bats in these 3 ways: flat, wings folded in, and body bowing out a bit. You can see above and below what I mean.

IMG_9832 This is what I did last year. I think this is JUST as cute and there is no need to be insane and make a haunted mansion.  BUT I do love my mansion.

If you want my bats they are {here} in my store for free!
There is also an alternate art project included in the download. You can see it in the thumbnail on the bottom left. 
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If you are really batty and want to win this tile for your home or classroom, enter the copter below! My amazing room mom makes these tiles and other vinyl goodies too! My little man is loving this count down and the chalk erases so cleanly off the chalkboard vinyl!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway XOXO,
Your batty friend, Katie
 
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