October 29, 2012

Election freebie #2

 
Freebie #2 is a little addition to my previous Election Fun Freebie #1.

Help your students to congratulate our President,
 
and practice their letter writing skills all at the same time.

Each year my class writes to the President, and we always get a form letter and photo back.
 
  I never promise this to my students, just in case he is too busy... you know... running the county!
 
But I am 13 for 13 years.

Happy letter writing!



 
 
Get Both Freebies from this blog post
 
 
I am teaming up with Patti over at Primary Practice. She has the cutest blog ever.
 
You'll want to go get her freebie too!
 
I just know it.
 
 
Check her out {here}
 
 
Thanks for visiting our blogs!
 
Love Ya! Katie and Patti!
 
 

October 26, 2012

Off Track

Well now, how can I say this delicately, so as to not make anyone jealous…
I’m off track.  That means for the next 4 weeks I don’t have a class to teach.  Before you get too jealous, bitter, and want to unfriend this blog……..It also means I had to make my room look like this…..
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Yes, down to the last staple, I have to make the room a bare canvas for the next teacher to come in and work magic.
She gets:
a flag
globe
boom box
furniture
phonics sound cards
sight word cards
blue paper on the walls with white border.
curriculum
Oh and a dry erase easel, that does not erase.

And a nice note from me welcoming her back. I am sure she cherishes these notes.

I snapped these photos half way through cleaning. 
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If you notice, there is an entire 8 foot table full of curriculum. I had to pull it off the shelf, wipe the shelf down, and put it all back. But now that it is done, well, I turned in my keys, and told them to forget my phone number.
They already called me and asked me to come back on Monday for a school site counsel meeting.
I said hell no!  ok. . .
I’m such a sucker!
I also go back for two trade days. What is a trade day? It is a SWITCH day. I can plan days to switch with off track teachers where we work for each other instead of calling a sub. In December we are taking our Little Bear on this …
Polar Express
So instead of calling in {cough} {cough} (sniffle) (sniffle) “sick”. We just trade days. So I am going to be teaching 3rd grade for 2 days. Ill tell you all about it.
I have so many things planned for the next few weeks. The categories are Home Improvement, Domestic Goddess-ness, Teachers Pay Teachers, and some serious napping!

Home Improvement

Smart, Stylish Products
Paint a dresser for Jackson
Dr. Seuss bathroom for Jackson

Domestic Goddess
Make treat bags for Little Bear’s Halloween Party
Plan some fun family events. (see question below)
Convince my husband to let me put up our Christmas tree the week of Thanksgiving. I’ll post more on this later, but this has been a 10 year “discussion”. My husband always win this argument. But not this year! I’m going to win. I can feel it.


Common Core Transition
There is not enough informational reading in my student’s lives.
I am changing that one unit at a time.
TeachersPayTeachers  - Lesson Plans,Teaching Materials and Other Teacher-Created Resources
My new unit is half way done. Perfect for snowy days…
But it has nothing to do with Santa.
Its going to be Science…
Have I made you curious yet???
I’ll be posting it after a few teachers have edited it for me.
I just can’t see the mistakes in the midst of it.
My husband and I edit like maniacs and then HE misses something and I
have to reload and it freaks me out. OK we both miss the mistakes.
 
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Thanksgiving
Do you have anything magical things that you do with your children for Thanksgiving?
I want to be a magical momma for my little guy.
I need ideas… do you have any?

Do you love these fonts?
Gingersnap print
Gingersnap Peanutty
ginger snaps
They are free {here} 
Ok, remember my question… Thanksgiving magic…
Can you help make me a Magical Momma for my 5 year old.
 

October 24, 2012

Happy Happy! Joy Joy!

Hello, my Sugar,  

Hello my Honey,

Hello my rag-time gal!

Why am I singing?

Because I am going off track in two days. Just in case you might not know what year round is (lucky duck), it means every three months, I have month off.  This sounds great until you have to change rooms every three months. Yep. Down to the last staple in the wall, I have to take my stuff, box it, and find a spot for it.  Then unpack it all again in 30 days. LaMe  LAME lame. But the vacation part is fab-boo!

So in this last week of school we have been hitting American Symbols hard! The kids take their social studies test tomorrow.
Here is what I am loving! In two weeks of teaching I have 4 Social Studies grades! 4!  Can you hear me scream for joy???!!!

Social Studies is hard in my district because our books are written at second grade level for first graders. The kids can't take the books home to practice. It is awful! But But BuT BUT! We have been using these informational reading pages. Then, they have been taking them home to practice with! My students fluency has gone th-uh-roo the roof! We are taking this test tomorrow!



They are going to RoCK it like Bon Jovi! 


If you want and need social studies information reading for your students, if you want a full grade book, then you want this unit

You can find it {here} 


We did our nouns tree and I am dying. For those of you who were Botany majors - avert your eyes. I know candy corns do not grow on trees, but they do in my classroom. Each section of the candy corn talks about a fall person, place, or thing.

My candy corn said this....
Person: The salesman at Sees candy
Place: Candy Isle at Target
Thing: Skittles

The kids were more focused than me, and their candy corns turned out pretty cute and pretty sweet. I call most of the art I do Smart Art, because I want everything my kids make to make them smarter...even art.


Last month my tree looked like this.


Here is a close up of this little bit of sweetness!
Huh? Why is it sideways?



Each art activity has a work page that goes with the skill on the art.




In November the kids will make these. Before you think I am crazy to tie 30 bows, I use the bows over and over and over again. The bows never go home. EVER
 
The focus of this learning page is: What sound does 
the "s" make at the end of the word?
kids /z/
presents /s/
They love it, and it makes them smart.



If you can't live without a great fall unit on Nouns, then get it {here}

 
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 You can also get winter nouns from TpT   


Last week, we made these from Amy Lemons
You give the kids two Popsicle sticks and a white piece of paper.
They create their own monster. The little monster eats the big monster! ><= Heaven! I only displayed a few, because every kid wanted to take theirs home. I had to bribe these kids with candy for letting me post them up for 1 week.


We are getting ready to see who has reached their October Goals.
I finished this last night! Black Frame + Paper letter= Cuteness.
This little guy is modeling the kind of pictures the kids bring home to their families, if they reach their October Goals. His mom allows me to post pictures of him. How cute is he?


Well friends, Reality TV, Pinterest, and Mr. Wonderful await me.
Do you set monthly goals in your classroom? It is a new concept for me. How do you like it? What do you do? Tell me everything!

October 20, 2012

Election Freebie

Hello voters.
 
Don't freak out. We are not talking politics today.
 
I NEVER discuss politics or my pants size.
 
I am just giving you a little freebie for
 
some election season class fun!
 
 
 Full Directions
 Fluency
  Class Vote
 Your choice of Tally or Bar Graph for showing data



Cut and display to make a Chart or a  Bulletin Board.
This is one of the 9 new activities

I uploaded today to this HUGE unit of fun!



Grab the Entire American Symbols Unit from TpT {here}
 
 
Download the Freebie #1 {here}
Download Freebie #2 {here}

I am dying to know what you think of the graphics that

 Nikki from Melonheadz drew for me.

Isn't Nikki just the "most-est" ?

Here is what Nikki drew for my new signature line for this blog. . .

It's me.  I'm dying. I love it, and her. What do you think?




 
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