Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for some Five for Friday fun! 

1. Today we worked on synonyms. I LOVED the turkeys Cara from The First Parade posted last year, so I knew I had to tie them in to something this month! Synonyms it is! I added a pilgrim hat to the top for the students to write their word on. After making a list of different synonyms for each word, they wrote their synonyms on the feathers! 

Don't Be A Turkey! Use Your Synonyms!

2. Texas weather has turned into a winter! 50 or below and I feel like I am in an igloo! I am in love with this cardigan I got a few weeks ago from Pomp and Circumstance Boutique. It is so warm! The boots are oldies, but still a very favorite of mine. 

3. We painted our parking spots at school for a fundraiser to raise money for a sweet coworker and her son. We used water based paint so it will come right off. I had the cutest little helper painting with me! 

...and I'm going to throw 4. and 5. together! We have already started decorating our house for Christmas. I think we started before Halloween! I recently ordered this sign for our mantel and I cannot wait to get it. 

I have ordered several signs from this precious shop for our home. The owner is absolutely precious! My favorite is our verse that we have clung to since January 28 of last year. She does amazing work

You can read all about our angel's story here

and there you have it! My 5 for Friday! Check out Doodle Bugs to see what others faves are from this week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All about them blends!

We have been all about them blends, bout them blends, bout them blends! And the kids are having "no trouble" with them...{see what I did there?!?!}

We have worked non-stop finding the blends in words, matching them to pictures, writing blends, and  just about anything that deals with blends....we have done it! 

We sorted words that have final blends - and words that do not. 

We also created a Feast of Blends with baked turkeys

You can find the turkey craft here for free. The final blends pack can be found here for free and the S Blends pack here

And there you have it!

I am off to pick up the house a bit before our angel baby's PT gets here! Christmas decoration boxes are EVERYWHERE!!! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Balancing Numbers

Hi friends! It's been forever! Life is crazy busy 'round here! 

Today we worked with balancing numbers! Oh boy! Such a tricky little concept. 
We started off thinking about different ways to make numbers and created a list for numbers 0 - 10. 

I had students choose an equation from the board. We put the number on our mini math balance and then looked at another equation that would equal out our balance. The kids LOVED this! I love to use these balances because they are perfect for showing kids what the equal sign is all about! We did lots of practice with the balance finding equations that were equal and ones that were not. 

Next we played Is it Balanced? on Kahoot! Seriously if you do not Kahoot! GO NOW and sign up! It is ah-mazing and completely free

To wrap things up, the kids created their own balances and picked two equations that were equal.

...and sorted equations for desert when they finished their work!

You can download the activities above here!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Time Freebies!

Math was all about time this week. Our district follows TRS (old C-Scope) for math so we only worked with time to the hour this week. We will work with time to the half hour later on in the year.

We started off very basic – relating a clock to a number line. I used index cards and string to create a very simple number line to 12. We talked about how a clock is indeed a number line – just in a circle.

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We hung it up on the board, I would call out a time, and the kiddos had to help me move the hour hand and write the digital time. I just attached the hour hand to a clip on magnet – makes it easy to move around.


Afterwards, we followed up with some independent practice in our math journals.


And this friend decided to put the times in order from least to greatest just like the number line! Smartie pants!


You can download this sort plus a few more by clicking the picture below.


Once we got the hang of it, we created sunflowers with the analog, digital, and word form of time.

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You can download the craft by clicking on the picture below.


One of my rotations during our math stations is the teacher table. We always just practice and extend more on the skill that was taught during whole group during this time. We sorted times on to TRUE or FALSE mats and matched analog and digital times.

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These will now go into our station tubs for next week.

You can download these sorts by clicking the picture below.

Slide1 and here.

The other kiddos worked on reviewing skills from earlier this year during their stations. Graphing, finding the missing part, and fact families.

How’s that peace sign for a nice photo bomb?!!

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You can download all these plus the clock match by clicking on the picture below.

Slide1  And there you have it. Our math this week in a nutshell!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sequencing and Adjectives with Apples!

I am always looking for ways to bring in some cute crafts that focus on our weekly skills. Last week in reading we learned about sequencing. Since we use a basal in our district, we read the basal story to introduce our skill for the week and take a comprehension test on Wednesdays. That gives us Thursday and Friday to bring in other books for that skill and any cute crafts! On Thursday we made applesauce! We talked about how we were making it, the ingredients that we put in and we really focused on time words like first, next, then and last.

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Afterwards, the kiddos ate up the deliciousness and created this apple craft writing the sequence of how we made the applesauce. You can find the craft here.


We also created a graph on whether or not we like applesauce.


This week in language arts we are learning about adjectives. We started off with a quick Brain Pop Jr. video and then got down to business. Each table got an apple. They had to write down words on their plate that described their apple (we focused on 5 senses). Then of course they got to eat their apples!


Then they each got a few apples, wrote their adjectives on them and added them to our basket full of apples. My adorable team mate has the apple craft here.

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I’m headed to pack the car for Houston. We head out tomorrow for check ups on our angel baby. Please pray for good results and safe travels.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Short Vowel Bingo FREEBIE!

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend with your families! We took miss priss to Urban Air, an indoor trampoline park, and let me just say that I am WAY too old to jump off in to a pit or play dodge ball on a trampoline! Way too old!!! My entire body is sore!

I am popping in real quick to share a freebie with you! I created this Short O Bingo game to play with my kiddos this week since we are reviewing that sound.


You can download it for free by clicking below!

Slide1…..and if you are looking for more vowel Bingo, I put together all the vowels here!

Slide01  Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five 4 Friday

I’m linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday fun…on a Saturday that is! It’s going to be short and sweet because we are about to head out with family to take my priss to an indoor trampoline park! She seriously cannot wait!

This week we worked on character traits! I always try to push this skill in any time I read a book to get my kiddos familiar with it. We read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon and then created a {{not so cute}} anchor chart to describe her along with a fun little craftivity.

photo 4You can download the craftivity by clicking below.

Slide1In math we are working on composing and decomposing numbers to 10. We learned about lots of different strategies for adding. One of their favorites was the “Flip Flop” Strategy. We used Amy’s craftivity and cards to practice. I think the flash on my camera caused the number sentence to not show up on the flip flops!

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And, we practiced a LOT with this skill during math groups.

Slide1For decomposing numbers we used goldfish! Subtraction is always so tricky for our kiddos so my team made things yummy and exciting with lots of goldfish, cubes, and writing on desks.

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You can download the goldfish mat by clicking below.

Slide1 One of my literacy stations is Word Work. The minute I saw Reagan Tunstall’s Word Work pack I fell in love and knew I had to use it in my room! Every week we do the same word work activities. I love it because it is consistent and the kiddos are so independent at it! Her pack requires very little prep work. The class favorite is the book. They LOVE using our glitter bingo markers! You can find the markers here on Amazon.

photo-10And…I saved the best for last!

Our angel baby turned 3 months old this week! He is getting stronger every day. His sissy has a LOT to do with that! She plays and talks to him constantly!


Visit Doodlebugs Teaching to see what others are sharing for their Five for Friday!