Friday, November 28, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have been enjoying the time off.  A big thank you to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting the Five for Friday linky.

I am NOT a Black Friday shopper. Too crazy! I like to stay home in my sweats, hang out with my family, and drink hot tea with honey.  I AM sometimes a Cyber Monday shopper, though.  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide Super Cyber Monday sale on December 1st and 2nd.  My entire store will be 20% off. If you use the code TPTCYBER at checkout, you get an additional 10% off. I've already added some great reading fluency products to my cart that I want to purchase, print, and laminate.  

Our students earned another whole-school reward. This time, they voted for "blackout day". Students who wanted to participate wore all black.  I wish I could show you the kids' faces in this picture, because they are priceless.  The class has really come together as a community that cares.  It's a wonderful thing to see!

We've been taking notes in our math spirals.  I like that the spirals serve as a reference.  It's sort of like having a notebook with mini anchor charts. Next week, I plan to use some of Blair Turner's interactive notebook activities.  If you haven't seen these, you really DO want to check them out.  I've also created two different solve-the-room activities for multiplying one-digit numbers by multiples of ten.  The Christmas version can be purchased in my store.  The winter version is a forever freebie, which you can also get in my store. If you are interested, just click on the images below to take you to the products.  

To introduce the concept of multiplying one-digit numbers by multiples of ten, I placed materials around the room with directions on sticky notes.  Examples:  
  • Show 30 x 3 using beads and pipe cleaners
  • Show 80 X 5 using tiles and plates
  • Show 30 x 4 using the links
  • Show 20 x 4 using buttons and cups
The children worked with partners to figure out how to show each equation using the materials. Then, they had to solve the problems on dry erase boards.  I gave as little direction as possible. It really showed me who had a strong grasp of the meaning of multiplication and who didn't.  Above, you can see the work that one student did on his dry erase board.  On his own, he realized that 40 x 2 and 20 x 4 have the same product. 

Happy Birthday to Gabrielle! She turned 6 on Tuesday.  She was born 4 days after my birthday.  I always say that she was my birthday present and Thanksgiving blessing, all rolled into one!  She chose Fruit Loops, bananas, and pineapple for her birthday breakfast.

Don't forget to visit Doodle Bugs Teaching to read more Five for Friday posts.  Have a wonderful weekend!  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Selfless Challenge

Krista Wallden, my favorite generous and talented clip artist, has issued a challenge!  Krista is offering free clip art and is encouraging us to do something kind for others.  Here are the details:

I chose to use the adorable images to create a poster card for someone that my children and I visit at the nursing home. It will hang on the bulletin board in his room. 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five for Friday

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love getting together with family and having a four-day weekend!  Oh, and I love turkey.  A lot.  I'm celebrating Friday by linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

It's my birthday today.  I thought throwing a sale would be a fun way to celebrate.  My entire store will be 15% off from today until November 24th.  If you're interested in any sale shopping, click on the image for a quick link to my store

On Tuesday, we had a fantastic assembly.  Some puppeteers from Red Herring Puppets came.  The show they performed was called Adventures in Folklore, and it was excellent. They performed several stories. I was thrilled that they shared The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk.  In a prior post, I explained how we used these traditional tales and some NOT so traditional tales to explore point of view.  

Our Christmas Shoeboxes have been dropped off for delivery.  Gabrielle and Seth each made 3 cards to place in the shoeboxes. I'll be able to find out where my packages went after they are shipped. That will be exciting.  If you missed the post about Operation Christmas Child, you can click here to read about it. 


A very efficient and delightful parent volunteer came into my room from 1-3 on Tuesday.  She cut, laminated, and then recut ALL of my Christmas-themed center materials.  Wow, right?  I am so thankful.  I'm also thankful that I created the materials last year.  This year, all I had to do was get them prepped. You can find "Christmas Math and Literacy Activities" and "Christmas Subtracting Across Zero Practice" in my store.    There's also a spelling practice FREEBIE, which you can get by clicking [here] or on the image below. 

We're doing all sorts of activities related to turkeys and Thanksgiving this week. 

The art teacher had the children make those extremely cute turkeys out of pinecones.  

My coteacher/friend and I are reading some nonfiction about the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, and the Wampanoag. On the first day, we brainstormed a list of items that would be necessary or important to bring if you were traveling to a new land.  They came up with some great ideas.  Seeds, gardening tools, and axes were a few of the items.  There were three students who insisted that one of their stuffed animals needed to come along for comfort.  One student said that his stuffed animal had been a gift from his great-grandmother, so he could not leave it behind. Another day, we had them squish into a taped-off space on the carpet and read about the voyage on the Mayflower. With partners, they took notes on post-its about the challenges the Pilgrims faced during the voyage.  We shared and made a whole-class bulleted list of "hardships"on chart paper. 

The children are FINALLY finishing up the final drafts of their turkey expository pieces.  It was SO QUIET as they worked. I almost felt guilty. Hardly anyone needed me!  I didn't quite know what to do with myself. 

Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving!  Visit Doodle Bugs Teaching to read more Five for Friday posts. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Scoop

It is COLD here in Connecticut!  It's 21 degrees F outside! Brrrr.  I'm linking up today with Kristen, Juliet, and Cassie at the Teaching Trio for the Sunday Scoop.

As always, there's laundry to do!  

Our math curriculum isn't bad, but I find the layout of the textbook pages kind of visually distracting. I've selected some problems to type up in a simpler format with somewhat larger text. 

I purged my kids' drawers again. I purged my clothing as well.  I think it multiplies. Seriously.  I'm not a big shopper, but it seems that there's always too much stuff in my drawers.  My trunk is half-full of bags that need to go to Goodwill one of these days!  I should just go today and get it over with. My kids and I always like to check out the books while we're there. 
I usually make myself a calendar each year, and I also make calendars as gifts.  It's almost December, so I need to get started!  I'd like some updated photos of my nieces and nephew so I can do that.  

Have a great week! Head over to The Teaching Trio to read more Sunday Scoops. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Freezing Five For Friday

Okay, at the moment it isn't TECHNICALLY freezing.  It's 37 degrees Fahrenheit.  I'm pretty cold, though.  Maybe before I finish this post I should go and put on my sweats and an extra pair of socks. It's Friday night, so I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

We've had our first snow.  This is a picture I took right before I went and cleaned the snow off of my car this morning. The roads were totally fine as I drove in.  I was glad to not have a delay. For one, I don't want to get behind in math. Also, the second grade unit prepared a staff breakfast this morning. I would've hated for that to get canceled.  Each grade signs up to do a breakfast each month.  We always have chocolate.  Always.

I was sitting on the couch reading my Bible this morning.  (Actually, I was using my phone to read some scripture on the website.)  My daughter woke up and came to snuggle. You'll see that Orange Kitty is wearing a LOVELY robe.  Those are my daughter's new fox slippers.  We were all very cozy.

My students' leaf projects were due today.  They had to choose at least 8 leaves, identify them, and write some details about them.  They needed to display the leaves and the related information in a creative way.  Students created all kinds of projects:  posters, displays, mobiles, leaf identification cards, and albums.  They were very excited to share their projects with each other.  Next week, 1st graders will be coming in to view the projects.  

One of my student's parents brought in birthday cupcakes today.  I was given this cute little turkey! It's the solar kind that moves when the sunlight hits it.  Cute, right?

Just for fun, I'm sharing this pin from my Thanksgiving Pinterest board.  

Have a great weekend! To find more Five for Friday posts, visit Doodle Bugs Teaching.