Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine's Day Close Read and 100th Day Acitivities!

February will be here before you know it and with it comes the season of love...so I decided to revise a Valentine's Day craft pack from back in the day and add a close read and some super cute, updated pages for that day of love! <3 
 The close read is not as detailed as my typical ones, it's just a bit of history about the traditions and holiday itself.  Find my Valentine's Day Pack {HERE}  If you've already purchased it, PLEASE go download it again...you won't be sorry!
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During this VERY long 4 day week, we also did some other things....
We made these super cute Snowflake Art creations from my friend Lyndsey at A Year of Many Firsts:
Our 100th Day was last Tuesday and we had SO much fun!
Here are some random pics from the celebration:
These pages and the banner are from my 100 Days Smarter Pack {HERE}

 We had a TON of goodies to count out for 100!  PLEASE don't comment about how unhealthy it looks!  It will be OK!!!  It's only once a year!! Take a deep breath, my kids survived!  That's how I roll, deep breaths, serenity now!
We made predictions about if 100 licks would make our sucker disappear... I got this from a super cute pack of freebies found {HERE} from First Grade W.O.W.
 We also finished up our Storytown story this week, Snow Surprise, and made these adorable snow mice!  Check out the awesome snowflake design on the green mouse at the top!!
It's been a busy weekend, here's to hoping the coming week is calmer!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PENGUINS, 100th Day, Crystal Experiment, and Snow Globe FREEBIES

We learned about penguins this week....we read about them with my Penguin Close Read, we made the cute ones shown below from my Penguin Pack, we did a directed drawing {found HERE for free}  and don't forget that we watched penguins on the penguin cam, too!

But that's not all we did, we also learned a little about suspensions while we created the most amazing crystals!
I boiled a jar of water and added 1/2 cup of Borax...then dropped in a blue pipe cleaner bent into a 6 sided crystal shape tied to a string and hung from a pencil.  The next day, we saw the most amazing transformation! If you'd like to get printable below: {HERE}
I also needed to update my bulletin board in the hallway and decided to create snow globes! We used crayon to draw on the globes and then blue water colors to paint over it!  The effect was so pretty!
We created snow globes, here is the pattern and printable {HERE} in case you'd like to do it! =)
AND that's not all!  I updated my 100th Day Pack to include an EDITABLE version of the banner!  Our 100th day is Tuesday, so I will take pictures and share them soon!  You can find my 100th Day pack {HERE}
I am loving the weather today and REALLY need to go for a walk...but I have tomorrow off, too, so maybe I will take the walk then! Let's all have a great week!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

STEM Force and Motion FREEBIE

Earlier this year, we worked on force and motion which culminated in a STEM lesson complete with cheap cars from Wal-Mart and cut up pieces of boxes, blocks, and paper towel rolls.  One of my students' went home and told his mom that "school is so much fun!"
Isn't that what we want most? ....for out kids to love school?  This was a simple and fun way to achieve that goal.  Hope you can use the freebie!   
The first page is a planning page where they will make a prediction and then come back after the experiment to summarize. The second page is a recording page for which ramp or creation made their car go the best (and also two other combinations).  I let mine draw their creations, as well as describe it.
 Get your FREEBIE {HERE}
Jack had a blast, too!
This week we'll be using my Penguin Close Read to learn all about our favorite flightless birds 
 This is one of the pages from the pack that we will be doing =)
(btw, we went to the movies yesterday and saw the Penguins of Madagascar and it was REALLY good!)  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!  I have laundry to fold and yes, I STILL need to take down our Christmas trees #wishIcouldwigglemynose


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Contraction Surgery {FREEBIE}



Earlier this year, we worked on contractions and performed "surgery," which you've seen before, but I had to share a freebie I made for the activities AFTER I placed them in a station.  
First off, I purchased two contraction surgery/bones packs...one by Kelli Pepper 
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and another one by First Grade Fever
 HERE.  
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We used a combination of both packs in class...complete with surgical masks, gloves, and bandages...the whole deal!
To use the activity in a station, I purchased a First Aid bag at Target on the clearance rack.  For the station, I used the bones shown above, cut up and placed int he First Aid bag.
I printed the band-aids at like 15% and placed them in an Altoids Tin and also added to the bag.

Next, I added masks, scissors, glue-sticks, and gloves...along with the FREEBIE below.  The freebie is a list of word combinations and the contraction that they will combine to make.  You can use it in the station as a "cheat sheet" or a way for kids to check their work after they've "fixed" the bone.
Get your FREEBIE {HERE
Jack LOVED being a surgeon!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Polar Bear Close Read & New Year {FREEBIE}

Yay!  I finished the Polar Bear Close Read just in time for me to go back to school Tuesday!! (Monday is professional development/work day....hooray, right?)
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Anyway, if you'd like to find the Polar Bear Close Read ,you can see it {HERE} on TpT!

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I also created a fun FREEBIE for New Year that you can find {HERE
and an oldie but goodie Pack of just REVISED FREEBIES for the New Year {HERE}
Hope you can use one or both of them!!
Have a great week! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Penguin Close Read, Freebies, & More

I don't think I would have ever said that penguins were my favorite animal...but they may be my favorite animal to teach about (especially after realizing how many packs I have devoted to them!)
My latest?
A fabulous (I hope) penguin close read.  I am loving how it all came together!
You can find it {HERE} on TpT

Of course, I want to share a little revised freebie with you, too! It includes a directed drawing!
 Get the revised Penguin FREEBIE Pack {HERE}
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 And just in case you're looking for some penguin art/glyph activities, check out this pack:
Find the above Penguin Glyph Pack {HERE}
If you teach Kinder....
the Simple, but Cute Penguin Pack {HERE}
Apparently, I must really like penguins!
If you are into penguins, too, and want a chance to win my latest penguin close read, leave a comment below!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Top Fourteen in '14


I'm joining in with a few of my friends for the 14 in '14 Linky.  This year has been great, I reached some personal, TpT, & blogging milestones.  I am proud of myself for all the work I have put in and hope to keep it up in 2015.
{one}
Getting a diagnosis for Jack.  You can read more about that {here} but I have to say that it is the biggest thing that happened this year, knowing that something more was going on with him and being able to respond appropriately...priceless.
 {two} 
I got my ring...finally. (Yes, we've been married for 7 years, but it was worth the wait!)
 {three and four}
Maggie turned 5 and graduated from Preschool!
{five}
Jack graduated from Kindergarten....yes!
{six} 
Our annual vacation to Gulf Shores...simple and relaxing.
{seven}
Jack turned 7.
 {eight}
We resolved to start spending more ALONE time together and STOP feeling guilty about it.
 {nine}
Flying to Vegas with my bestie, Angela from Daily Alphabet
 {ten}
Meeting up with my Freeblielicious Girls...FINALLY!
 {eleven}
Presenting at the first ever TpT Conference. I have never felt so not worthy!
 {twelve}
Teaching Jack this year has been a gift.
 {thirteen}
Emma turned 13, got braces, and started 8th grade.  Time flies.
 {fourteen}
Our trip to Puerto Rico. I did NOT want to come home.  Best trip EVER.



 I hope 2015 has more of this (see photo below)...
That was my year.  Link up {here} and share your year!