Sunday, March 31, 2013

Foam Centers and Bubbles

It is a sad, sad time, in our building right now...no more colored ink for the printers.  What kiddo wants to play with black and white centers these days?  I'm not about to sit there and color each game piece.  Thanks to an idea from Pinterest and a little Easter gift from my teammate, we are trying out a new idea.  Foam centers!  Yes, it means I have to write out the cards, but no laminating and no cutting!  (I am trying really hard not to obsess about my ugly handwriting!)



Check out the new math and literacy centers I just posted!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Break? How about TPT catch-up?

Apparently, I'm on spring break.  Who knew?  I have been working like crazy on a variety of fun stuff for TPT!

I have been contemplating posting my reading and writing units for some time now and finally decided to dive right in.  Here is the first writing unit!  I am so excited and feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders!


  

     






It is 10:30 at night and I rode 4 horses today.  Even the dog is begging me to go to bed.  Good night!



Saturday, March 16, 2013

Symmetry and Sundaes

 Our principal agreed to let his beard grow all year long and the top readers from each room would get to shave it off.  Our kiddos quickly passed the goal that had been set, so our P.E. teacher graciously volunteered to turn herself into an ice cream sundae as well.  The kids LOVED it!  It was so much fun to watch!  This year has been rather stressful due to a lot of changes happening, common core, administrators, etc.  We needed an afternoon of fun more than anyone could ever realize.
 We just finished up our unit on geometry and the final lesson is about symmetry.  We made these symmetry monsters to help make the concept more concrete.  I folded a piece of card stock in half and cut out a random "blob" shape.  The kiddos came up and used popsicle sticks to dab paint on one side of the fold.  They folded the shape in half and rubbed to spread the paint.  Once they were dry, we added some eyes and voila!  I saw symmetry butterflies online, but with the majority of my class being boys, I thought monsters might be better.




Sunday, March 3, 2013

St. Patrick's Day and Reading A-Z

I have a tendency to assume that I am the last to hear about anything, which makes it hard for me to come up with blog posts.  I have decided to just share anyways, because maybe you forgot about some of these resources.  One of my favorite websites is www.readinga-z.com.  It is a paid site, but you can sign up for a free trial.  The company has put together 30+ books for each guided reading level.  They also have books for fluency, phonics skills, sight words, and nursery rhymes.  Books range from Kindergarten all the way to 5th grade.  All books are available in PDF format.

I had to combine March and April for my writing center because of Easter jumping around between the two months.  I didn't want people to be upset if they got Easter material in both.  So I made one big pack.


  

 

St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching so I made a few things that might help you out.  "Unfortunately" our school will be on Spring Break for this holiday, but I think I will get over it. :-)