Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Nutty Week & 5 For Friday!

This has been a week I will never forget! The weather has been crazy, my allergies have been crazy, and my firsties have been STIR crazy! We even had a coyote on the playground one day...Is it a full moon?!

Today, I'm linking up (one day late, because I needed a break last night) with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 things from this week in my classroom:

1.  Froot Loops graphing: Throughout our CCSS unit on interpreting data, my students had the chance to get hands on with some Froot Loops the day we introduced bar graphs. Gotta love the collaborative work! (And Froot Loops are peanut and tree nut free for those of you who need that!)

2. Hundreds Chart: Also during our "interpreting data" unit, we practice the concept of more and less. Here, my students are using a *giant* hundreds chart to find patterns in the numbers and find "one more" and "one less" than given numbers. They LOVED being able to choose a number themselves and quiz their friends.

3. Dice Game: After using the ginormous hundreds chart, we broke off into groups to roll dice and find "one more" and "one less" of the numbers we rolled. These foam dice are so fun and CHEAP! I use them in centers, during math time, and for free time as well! Find them, along with a lot of other cool, cheap manipulatives { here }!

4. Another great resource for teaching about the hundreds chart can be found { here }!!
I use these interactive hundreds charts in my room to reinforce concepts. The "splat square" hundreds chart is a *favorite* of my students. It has fun sound effects and lots of colors to point out patterns on the chart and show more and less in a very concrete way!

5. This last one's for me: I started setting up my Halloween things this week. My favorite holiday is only a month away! I'm just starting but here's how my mantle looks so far.

Talk soon!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day!

What a day on Friday! We had a 1/2 day of school *and* celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday. His actual birthday isn't until September 26th, but we always celebrate the Friday before.

Not only did we do the usual "dress up as Johnny" and "wear a pot on your head", bring an apple for snack, but we also did some super cute activities from Cupcake for the Teacher! You can check out her Johnny craftivities { here } !

We started the day with an apple experiment: smell, touch, taste, sound, and feel. Then we hypothesized which liquid would preserve an apple from turning brown best: water, pop, lemon juice, or milk. Our results were......LEMON JUICE!

We then watched a Discovery Education video about Johnny Appleseed.

Last, we created our own Johnny, complete with facts and a page that students wrote "I think Johnny Appleseed was important because..."

My favorite was "because he planted apple seeds and was a good guy."

We created a Johnny Appleseed hat and ended the day with a graph: "How Do You Like to Eat Your Apples?" Obviously, apple pie was the winner!

Talk soon!

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Oh. Em. Gee. It's finished!!!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT MY NEW BLOG DESIGN!!! Thank you so, so much to Christi at Designs by Christi for making my new design *so* adorable! I can't wait to connect with more teachers!

Happy (soon) Friday!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Read to Parter and Base Ten Fun

Welp....we're back in the routine. I just wanted to send a quick post of two first grade successes so far.

My firsties have been working hard on building their stamina for "Read to Self" (we're up to 10 minutes at a time!!!!!!!)

Today, I introduced "Read to Partner"! They were so excited to practice!! Here are a few shots of my hard workers:

*tear*...such a proud teacher!

We also just wrapped up our first unit on tens and ones this Monday. Here are some pictures of them working hard at the SMARTboard and doing q-tip ten frame painting.

Hope everyone is on the route back to sanity!!

Talk soon,

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Motivation 9/16/13

Hello everyone! Another week has begun and another Monday is here!!! I'm linking up with Principal Principles and First Grade Buddies this week to bring you some good juju for the week!

I have always been a huge Harry Potter fan (the first book came out when I was in 6th grade and I fell in *love*!) That being said, I'm starting this week with a little J.K. Rowling motivation!!! 

Starting a brand new reading series , aligning to the common core, being collaborative and creative, new firsties getting into the routine - it's all starting to take its toll! I know that if I keep up my nerve...I CAN DO IT! 

EEK! I can't wait for my new blog design to be up *hopefully* this week! Keep in touch!!

Talk soon,

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Budding Blog Post 9/14/12

Today I'm linking up with I {Heart} Recess to (hopefully) help get some more followers for my little blog! Just in time for my *new* blog design to be revealed! Keep tuned in!!!

Here goes!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to help share some of my creative ideas and as an outlet to reach out to teachers that aren't in my district.

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
My favorite subject to teach is science because I love watching my student doing hands on experiments! They always seem to have those wide eyes during science!!!

3. Describe your teaching style.
I'm a hands-on, everyone-is-unique, routine and consistent, rule follower kind of teacher! 

4. Give three interesting facts about you.
1. Halloween is my favorite holiday. My classroom becomes transformed! 
2. I love Harry Potter so much, that I have "expecto patronum" tattooed on my shoulder.
3. I'm a vegetarian and my favorite recipes to make are vegetarian soup and vegetarian chili!

5. Do you have a TpT store? 
YES!!! { Here } you go!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Motivate Me Monday!! 9/2/13

I'm linking up *twice* today with First Grade Buddies to bring you my Motive Me Monday, and also with Principal's Principles for Monday Motivation! ! 


I know the beginning of the year can be hard for all, so please take the time to find your inspiration and the true reason you became the incredible educator that you are! And now for some motivation from Kid President....

I'm also linking up to Oh Boy, 4th Grade to bring you my "currently" for the month of September!

Here goes..

Have a great day off and an even *better* week with your kiddos!

Talk soon!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday Morning Thoughts, and lots of pictures!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit! 

Happy September! My favorite season is upon us! I've been filling my house with pumpkin scents and pumpkin drinks! I'm so happy to have this long Labor Day weekend to spend with friends and family, too!

Today I wanted to share a few photos in a sort of "Sunday Smorgasboard" sort of way...

{First} - I had the pleasure of attending a housewarming party last night for my friend of 13 years! Since she and her husband had already lived together for several years, I wasn't quite sure what to bring. HOME GOODS TO THE RESCUE!! I found this great ceramic lantern for her to use in her *huge* backyard! I attached a bow and a note and voila! She loved it!

{Second} - The hubs and I are headed up to Michigan today for another little *lakehouse* housewarming/Labor Day party, so here is the second adorable lantern I bought! Two birds, one stone...just the way I like it!

{Third} - I recently received a Yankee Candle coupon and ran to the store to purchase an electric tart burner. I've wanted one for so long, but it kept slipping my mind every time I was at the mall! Isn't it cute?! Double score, the tarts were all on sale for $1.00 each. "Cozy Sweater" is a great fall scent and brand new for the season!

{Fourth} - If you know me at all, you know I love two things: 1.) Halloween 2.) Harry Potter. I'm such a Potterhead that I *may* even have a tattoo of a Harry Potter spell (gasp!)....While shopping for bracelets for some children in China (long story), I came across this Hogwarts bracelet. I'm obsessed and I know my students will love it, too! 

{Fifth and last} - Last Sunday my husband and I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago concert at Ravinia (in Illinois). Long story short, we had VIP access and were able to watch the show from the side of the stage. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WAY TO END THE SUMMER!!! Here's a shot of me and my friend, Jennifer! 

Talk soon!!