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Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Years FUN & freebie

We go back to school for Thursday and Friday only... SiLlY!!

I'm sure I won't have a whole class for those 2 days, so we are planning on celebrating the New Year with a day of rotations reviewing skills we've previously learned.

There are 14 stations including contractions, story problems, word work, telling time,friendly letter, graphing, money, addition, greater than, less than, ABC Order, patterned art, parts of a book, and setting resolutions.

This file contains a student booklet for kids to complete all their work in and cut down on paper.  It is also black and white clipart.  I copied each station on a different color card stock to help with organization.

I also have a few winter math game boards here for your kiddos!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Grateful for Cute Clipart

... just completing my first day of Winter Break.
It was delightful and relaxing.

My neighbor stopped by to visit and mentioned how cute my decorations were (referring to my picture frames around the family room).  I was once again reminded how grateful I am for my new, talented blogging friends.  All of my pictures were made with Krista's clipart from Creative Clips. They make for a bit of colorful cheer around the house and an easy replacement in my 5x7s. I'm a bit late, but if you can use a little color... just right click and print ;)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Preparing for Polar Express Day

After traveling around the world (through literature) we are preparing to return to the USA tomorrow via the Polar Express.  The kids get so excited for this day.
The past 5 years, my mom and I have knitted hats for the kids, however, this year...  Mrs. Evans purchased them ...(guilt!)  They are really cute and saved a ton of time and stress.  Since the kids are warm and cozy with their hats... we also serve cocoa and cookies while they watch the show and wear their bells.
I'll post more pictures asap.
2 more days until Winter Break ;)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Sandy Hook

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

 The people of Newtown are asking that everyone commit random acts of kindness on December 14th in honor of the teachers and students.  The blogging community is coming together to remember Sandy Hook by spreading their message and encouraging others to commit random acts of kindness.

 Have you ever paid for the car behind you in a drive-through?
It's a delightful way to surprise not only them, but the cashier too.
 Try it with me this weekend... it's a favorite R.A.K. I enjoy doing.
Spread the holiday cheer and Diet Cokes ;)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Time

The bad part of having a late Thanksgiving...
is not having enough time for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Polar Opposites Freebie

I purchased this book from the Scholastic book order this month and it is AdoRAble!
It even has a CD to read along with.
I created this little freebie to go along with it.
If you are interested click here!
Happy Hump Day!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Deck the Halls Linky Party

These task cards have been a life saver.  I have a handful of students that are SPOT ON!  
Their work is accurate, nice and done quickly.  They are also the type of personalities that LOVE an extra piece of work/fun.  I copied only 1 of each set ( 12 sets in all), put them on a silver ring and hung them on the wall. These 7 kids have the student booklet to record their answers and now independently complete the tasks.  I had a few students ask, "Teacher, how do I get one of those booklets?"
Another student mentioned to his neighbor on another occasion... "I'm going to start working harder so I can get one of those booklets, too!" :)

I don't hide the fact that I LOVE mathematics.  
I didn't as a child, but as an adult... somehow I learned to embrace it.
This little do-dad is just that... a fun spin on the 12 Days of Christmas song only with a mathematics spin.  This file includes a student booklet and charts for group singing.

Daily 5 has changed my Reading, Writing, Word Work instruction!  I love it!  My word work consists of 12 literacy centers that the kids must get through each month.  ABC Order, Synonyms, Antonyms, Compound Words, Prefix, Suffix, Contraction... etc.  We have mini lessons during our "regrouping periods" of Daily 5, but by January, they are on their own.  This file contains a hands on activity and assessment for each of the 12 areas.  January - June include a monthly booklet for students to complete during their WORD WORK choice.

Happy Holidays friends!!

Cyber Sale

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tornado Relief Fundraiser

Beginning December 1st, a fabulous winter file full of amazing products will be available...AND... your purchase helps out our fellow educators who have been devastated by Tornadoes.  Many bloggers have jumped on board to assist in the fundraiser.  I donated one of my newest winter printables... Brrr... It's Cold.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed and I'm sure many little hands and teachers will be grateful for your support and kindness.
Check it out here

Thursday, November 28, 2013

'Tis the Season

 Need a FREE Contraction Literacy Center?

How about a fun winter booklet to engage your students when they finish their assignment?

My own student's personal favorite...
Challenge your top students to go above and beyond. 
 These task cards are accompanied with a student booklet for easy organization

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Teacher, I'm Done!" January Task Cards

I have about 10 kids that I have given the Fall and Winter task card booklets to.
Whenever they have a few extra minutes (because they are so darn smart and fast)... they work on the task cards.  They have LOVED them.  I put each set (A-L) each on a small silver ring... then hung them on a wall with push pins.  It was totally easy and low maintenance but a fun addition.
They've been asking for the "next" set... (after the FALL set)  I was hoping to introduce the WINTER set when we were at least experiencing a cold streak... however, it's been sunny and beautiful so they got them today anyways ;)  
The January set is being printed and laminated as I type... 
thanks Krista Wallden for the cute graphics :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Banner Decor


I've promised not to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving...however, before I go home from school tomorrow... I'm going to switch out the Thanksgiving Banner in my window for my new Christmas one ;)
No one will see it until after Thanksgiving break...but it will be great fun to arrive to Christmas cheer on Monday morning ;)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Touched By My Students

We had another great... busy week...
we turned our classroom into the Norbest Turkey Farm with these feathered friends.
Only in a classroom is this chaos acceptable ;)

We've been working on counting coins in math.
I introduced them to the strategy of hairs and legs on the coins.
The kiddos are doing really well.

I received an email from a friend inquiring "hairs and legs"...
legs are worth 5 cents and hair 1 cent...
I cannot take credit for the idea... I'm just grateful someone thought of the strategy.
The students still have to be able to recognize the coins, and recall their value... it just gives them another strategy to count a group of coins.

...and added a bit of art to the Thanksgiving story.  
The kids were so excited to draw the pictures free hand. 

On Tuesday, we began our Daily 5 with a Ready Freddy, Thanks for Giving book.

 It's about a class that has a food drive to help others at Thanksgiving.  My sweet little kiddos got a wild hair... and organized their own food drive within about 5 minutes... it went something like this... "Mrs. Evans we can all bring in cans of vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy and you can buy a turkey."  I was almost teary eyed.
The following morning, cans and cans and cans of food were brought in.
Next week we only have class for 2 days, so we are going to organized the food into 2 big baskets... I'll get the turkeys and deliver them Tuesday night on my way home.
I love these kids... they constantly teach me and touch my life.
Gratitude is good!!
Have a great weekend.