Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TPT Sale and Wishlist Wednesday

Who else is excited about the TPT sale this Thursday and Friday?!?  I am participating with my products being 28% off today through Saturday using the code TPT3!  Click on the sale picture below for a link to my store.

I have so many things on my wishlist (just 407 items thanks to all of the great teacher authors out there ;)...I teach 2 grades, and although some things can go together, both grades have different needs.  Here are my top few things on my wishlist (click on the pictures for links to the products):

Social studies: My 1st graders will be studying American Symbols and between these two products, they will be reading, writing, and completing some fun projects while learning about them :)  The community unit will work perfectly for my 2nd graders as it is written by a fellow Michigan teacher and follows Michigan standards! 
American Symbols Bundle {CCSS Reading & Writing & Art Projects}

American Symbols {BUNDLE} Informational Reading, Art, and
 US Symbols and Tourist Attractions with The Traveling Tour
 Local Communities: A Social Studies Unit
 Communities Unit for 3rd Grade Social Studies
Writing: I need all of the help that I can get in the area of writing which is my weakest area.  I already bought bundle 1 for the first product and love it!
 Common Core Writing Activities Bundle #2 {January - July}
 Common Core- Writing All Year Long {narrative, information
 Common Core: Writing All Year Long in 2nd Grade {Bundle}
Has anyone purchased any of these items and care to share their thoughts?  Also, what must haves do you have for 1st/2nd grade from TPT?  I am always looking for new ideas :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

100th Day of School

Today was the 100th day of school!  There were days that I never thought that we would get here with all of the snow/ice wind chill days, it changed the date 6 times this year.  It was also election day in the area, and one of the precincts was in the music room.  Since they were not busy, they let us take a quick peak inside to take a mini-field trip (across the hall LOL) to see how people vote:)  The election workers who were mainly retirees from what I could tell got a big kick out of seeing the kids dressed up for the 100th day of school!

The kids were very excited of course:)  I invited them to come dressed up as either what they think that they would look like when they are 100, or what they would have worn if they lived 100 years ago. Sadly, I can't really share pictures on here, but they were so cute!  Some even brought canes and walked with a limp a few times throughout the day:)

I didn't get to everything that I wanted, but here are the basics:
  • -represented 100 in as many ways as we could during math, as well as solving 100 addition and 100 subtraction problems
  • -writing about what students think they will be like, wear, and do when they are 100
  • -making words out of "one hundreds day"
  •  -took breaks to do 10 groups of 10 exercises (ex. sit-ups)
  • -shared our 100 collections (below are a few)

50 rubber bands + 50 beads=100

I have a boy who loves trains so he brought in a display case with a train in the background and made tracks, etc. with 100 LEGOS
We had a lot of fun today! What is your favorite 100th day of school activity?  Do you celebrate any other days instead?  I have heard of people celebrating the 50th, 90th, and 101st days of school.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Classroom Update

We have been very busy in the classroom lately, so here are pictures of a few things that we have done...  I still feel like we are playing catch-up from our 6 days off of school due to ice/wind chill/snow in January.

Around Valentine's Day, we "sent hugs" to our friends and family who live far away.  I got the idea from a pin from Pinterest, but I needed to modify things a bit due to time.  The students traced each other, and then colored and wrote messages.  The kid really enjoyed drawing and writing to friends and family who live far away:)

As a school, we are celebrating February as being a month of friendship.  I gave each of my students in my class a buddy.  They had to come up with at least 3 things that they have in common and write about them on a heart.  Then, they got to draw themselves.  After that, I made it into a bulletin board (not my best one) with the somewhat famous (at least to those in scouts) poem about friendship.  I did not realize that the poem had this many verses!  Here is a picture:
Does anyone else celebrate "Friendship Month," and if so what do you do?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Good Stuff Snowmen

We made "Goodstuff Snowmen" the other day. We were supposed to have done it a couple of weeks ago, but with all of the snow/ice/wind chill days we are still playing catch-up.  It is based on Lois Ehlert's book:
The students brought in their bags of random items from home.  They painted their snowmen one ball at a time, and placed their "good stuff" on top of the shaving cream/glue mixture (one bottle of shaving cream and several bottles of glue were enough for 20 students).   We were somewhat limited on time due to a birthday treat, so there was not as much snow as I usually have them put on them.  Here are a few:

The kids had a lot of fun with this!  If you want to do this without the glue/shaving cream, this K teacher used a different method.

Now, off to relaxing and watching the Olympics before the Valentine's Day party tomorrow (we have our winter break extended weekend this weekend:)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Marshmallow Shapes and Football Product Deal

One of my favorite memories from middle school was making shapes out of gum drops and toothpicks. Well, after Thanksgiving I was left with several bags of marshmallows (see here for the reason why I used them then).  I decided that I would do the same with my students.  We made many different 2-D and 3-D shapes and the kids had a lot of fun!  Here are some pictures:

I found a free product from TPT to enhance this activity.

*FREE* Marshmallow Shapes! {Shape Building} 
I feel that this is a fun activity that can be adjusted for multiple grade levels!

Also...with tonight being the Super Bowl, I am placing my football product on sale for today - Tuesday at 50% off!  This product is perfect to use at either a math center, or if you make multiple copies and your entire class can play!  This partner game package includes a game board, and game pieces to practice the following skills:
-3 Addend Addition
-2-D & 3-D Shapes
-Telling Time to the hour
-Telling Time to the ½ hour
-Telling Time to the quarter hour
-Telling Time to 5 minutes
-Blank sheet for your own skill

That's 9 different games for $2!  I will give a free copy to the first 2 people who comment on this post (leave your e-mail).
 Football Math: Partner Games to Practice Math Skills
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!