Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Scoop!

I'm linking up again this week with Kristen, Juliet, and Nikki at the Teaching Trio for their Sunday Scoop linky.  Participating always puts me in a positive frame of mind for the week!  It's just fun.

And here's a photo of the "fake tea party with no real tea"!

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack and the Beanstalk Freebie!

My colleague/team-teacher/friend and I have started a unit on point of view in reading.  We started with some texts that I'm sure many of you have used.  We started off with The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs  by Jon Scieszka.  Then, we got a bit more serious.  Students read a biography of Christopher Columbus. That was followed by Encounter by Jane Yolen, which is a fictional text telling the Columbus story from a Taino child's point of view.  There was a lot of rich discussion about the two points of view.  We also discussed character traits.  We could find evidence that Columbus was a brave man.  We could find evidence that he was a skilled sailor and an adventurous person.  We do not have evidence that he was a kind or good man. Does that mean he was a horrible person who was never kind to anyone?  We don't know.  We don't have evidence of that, either!  

Next week, we're going to use two passages telling the traditional version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Then, we'll compare and contrast the original version with Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks! by Eric Braun.  (From the giant's point of view!)  

I wrote a version of the traditional fairy tale for my class.  I checked the readability in Microsoft Word, and according to the program the passage has a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 2.9. It isn't an exact method of getting a reading level, but it at least gives a general idea. You can grab the passage by clicking [here] or on the image below.  

If you are able to use this passage, I'd love to read about it in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five for Friday

I'm SO THANKFUL that it's Friday!  It was a busy and productive week.  Now I'm ready for a rest! I'm celebrating my love of Fridays by linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

My husband, the kids, and I visited a corn maze last weekend. In the second photo of my children, they are pretending to be lost.  It's become kind of a tradition.  The last photos are of a guinea hen named Lavender and a peacock named Hemingway. Who knew that peacocks and guinea hens enjoy pumpkin?

We finished up our crown descriptions this week.  I had grand plans to get them up on a bulletin board, but it hasn't happened yet!

I'm reading aloud Poppy to my class. I've reached the part where the main character, a mouse named Poppy, meets a grumpy but hilarious porcupine named Ereth.  The kids were laughing so hard at Ereth's sassy speeches that my instructional assistant and I started laughing, too.  Do you have a favorite read aloud?

We had parent conferences Thursday and Friday this week.  On Thursday morning, my friend/colleague brought me this!  The inside of the card read, "EYE thought you might need a treat."  

Have you heard of Operation Christmas Child?  The idea is to fill a shoebox with gifts. Then the boxes get shipped all over the world.  We've started getting our boxes ready, and we're having a blast! I plan to do three girl boxes and three boy boxes for different age categories.  As you can see, I'll need to pick up more items.  I still have lots of space to fill!  You can find out more about Operation Christmas Child by clicking on the image below.  

Credits: I used a kit designed by Jen Martakis to create the photo collage.  

Have a restful weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another Great Giveaway!

Just a quick post to let you know about another chance to win some fabulous fall products.  Amy at Cahill's Creations is celebrating fall with a generous giveaway on her blog. There are products for grades K-2 from 25 Teachers Pay Teachers authors.

Click on the link to visit Amy's blog and enter. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Scoop Plus Giveaway News

I'm getting ready for a new week with the Sunday Scoop linky, which is hosted by The Teaching Trio (Kristen, Juliet, & Nikki).  The weekend sure went by quickly!

I also wanted to take a moment to tell you about an absolutely HUGE giveaway that ENDS tomorrow. Diane at Schoolhouse Treasures is celebrating some Teachers Pay Teachers and Pinterest milestones.  The prizes are generous and varied. Don't miss out. Head over to Schoolhouse Treasures to enter.

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Five for Friday and TWO Giveaways!

I'm tired, and it was SUCH a short week!  Is that strange?  We had Monday off and a PD day on Tuesday.  I'm linking up again with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky.

We've been working on using rounding to estimate.  I created a set of fall-themed story problems for students to sort into two categories: exact answer and estimate.  We folded 12" x 18" paper in half. One side was the "exact answer side". The other was the "estimate" side.  The students needed to read each problem, highlight the key words, and then decide whether to estimate or not.  They were so excited, because we used "fall colored" paper and crayons.  They are so easy to please!  

Not one, but TWO, giveaways are happening now and will end on October 20th! 

Marine at Tales of a Very Busy Teacher is having a giveaway to celebrate her new blog design.  

Fran at Primary Essentials is also hosting a giveaway!  She's celebrating 500 TPT Followers.  
Both giveaways started TODAY and will run through October 20th. Don't miss out! Head over to Tales of a Very Busy Teacher AND Primary Essentials to enter!

The students created crowns this week out of paper,sequins, and glittery foam shapes.  These crowns will be the inspiration for some descriptive writing.  Students planned and began to write detailed descriptions of the crowns using specific details.  We were elbow deep in glue and art supplies, so I never took pictures! 

This is my sweet friend of FORTY years. Yes, FORTY years!  She and I spent a friends' day out on Monday having lunch, getting mani/pedis, and shopping at Hobby Lobby.  I'm so blessed to have such a loving and faithful lifetime friend.

We've started our point of view unit.  To jazz things up and make it fun, we started with the traditional version of The Three Little Pigs and, of COURSE, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We also used Deb Hanson's Perspectives Craftivity. I had to adapt it a little, since it was intended for older students.  

Have a wonderful weekend, and don't forget to visit Doodle Bugs Teaching to read more Five for Friday posts.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

It's midweek, and I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice for her Wordless Wednesday linky.

My son and I have a journal that we write back and forth in.  My five-year-old daughter wanted one, too.  We took a composition book and covered it with scrapbooking supplies and then put clear contact paper over all of it.  I used glue dots to adhere a purple ribbon for a bookmark.  We've been writing back and forth.  She is so cute about it!

Tonight, my daughter came out of the bathroom and told me that she needed to add toothpaste to our shopping list.  I didn't correct her spelling.  I know I probably should have.  My son was the one who added laundry detergent and shredded cheese to the list.  

I'm having so much fun watching my little girl develop as a reader and a writer. What changes do you enjoy witnessing in your children and/or your students?

Don't forget to visit Sugar and Spice for more Wordless Wednesday posts. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Scripture Linky

I'm so thankful for Ashley and Amanda at For His Glory Teaching.  Every other Sunday, they host their Sunday Scripture Linky Party. It's such an encouragement.

Here is my scripture for the week.  You can grab it by clicking [here] or on the image. 

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday Scoop

I'm getting ready for a new week by linking up for the Sunday Scoop linky, which is hosted by the Teaching Trio -- Kristen, Nikki, and Juliet.

I've been teaching rounding and estimating.  I like teaching rounding, and almost all of my students seem to get it.  There are a couple who will need more reteaching, but they're moving right along.  I'm also teaching estimating.  It SOUNDS like a simple skill, but there are always kids who are confused.  Some of them aren't solid with solving ordinary word problems, so throwing estimating at them is overwhelming.  Our curriculum manual says we should spend ONE DAY teaching rounding and TWO DAYS teaching estimating.  I'm not sure who thought up that timetable, but it has always taken longer than that to give students a solid understanding. 

Here's a photo of my long-haired kitty.  His name is Sunshine.  

We  adopted Sunshine from a shelter.  He had been an outdoor cat, and he was attacked by something.  The shelter had the vet operate on him.  He was a little stiff and not entirely well when he came to live with us.  He was also COVERED with matted fur.  My husband deserves the credit for snipping of the mats a little at a time while Sunshine slept belly up.  Once he was all healed, we bathed him.  He was NOT happy!  Now, his fur is beautiful.  I brush him often to try and keep it that way.  He's an indoor cat now, so that helps. 

I started a multiplication/division fact families product for Teachers Pay Teachers a couple of months ago.  I haven't accomplished much.  I'd like to finish it and get it posted, and I'll also be prepping it for my own classroom.  

I'd LOVE to go a a corn maze.  I've always gone to the kiddie ones, because I'm just a bit nervous about getting lost!  Last year, the kids and I were SO BORED that we pretended to be lost to liven things up!  Every now and then, we'd stop and do a little dramatic "dismayed dance" and quietly say, "We're lost! We're lost!" We're easily entertained!

Tammy has been my friend since before kindergarten. She lives an hour away, but we are both so busy that we hardly ever get together.  Tomorrow, since we both have the day off, we've decided to meet for lunch and mani/pedis!   

Here we are in kindergarten, checking the applesauce!  1975!  We were both 4.  I'm the dark-haired one!  

Have a great week! Don't forget to pop over to the Teaching Trio to find other Sunday Scoop posts.