Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Grouch Freebie!

Well, I'm at home with a sick little girl today.  She's doing so much better, but isn't quite 100% just yet.  While she was taking a nap I decided to get things ready for our Christmas Party on Friday.  Our grade level does a Grinch theme... We watch the cartoon Grinch movie, order a Grinch cupcake cake from a local bakery, have Grinch floats (made of Sprite and Green sherbet... in a green cup, of course!), and wear Christmas Grouch hats that fit the theme!

So, today I prepped the materials we will need to make our hats on Friday.  Whoever thinks a teacher gets to be "off" when they are absent is all kinds of crazy.  It took me all day yesterday just to prep for my sub today AND I'm working at home.  Who needs R&R anyways?!!

Here's a little example of a Christmas Grouch hat...
This is easy peasy... just a few pieces to make the face, then glue onto a sentence strip or cut strips of paper.
 Here are the pieces that I prepped for my class on Friday!  You can get this Christmas Grouch Freebie HERE!  We just have to add the hair and draw the frown :)
I have been wanting to try these Rudolph directed drawings for quite some time now.  Joelle was feeling a little better so we gave it a go this morning.  Unfortunately we only had crayons at home, but they still turned out cute!  
And that's a wrap for today!  1 1/2 more days of school and then let the Christmas Magic begin!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Whole Lotta Christmas!

 I truly can't believe it is only Tuesday.  I've literally been at work for a 1 1/2 days this week and it feels like we have accomplished a week's worth of activities!

We were able to wear jeans and a holiday shirt on Monday to start our week.  That was a nice treat!  Here is my sweet girl with her Rudolph shirt from Zulily.
 I had to take the morning off to update my fingerprints for our current adoption.  That meant I got to eat lunch with Joelle for the first time ever!!!  Jared and I surprised her with a little Chick-fil-a and made her the happiest little girl around!!!

The staff at our school wore ugly Christmas sweaters for our staff party... I ended up running out of time and just grabbed one at Target.  I tried to accompany it with a few tacky accessories, but it ended up not being so bad. #illdobetternextyear #runoutoftimeandenergyeveryyear
Our grade level planned a bunch of fun activities and rotations for our kiddos to keep everyone super busy this week!  We want them to be so preoccupied that they forget to have bad behavior, ha!

On Monday and Tuesday we did Christmas book rotations.  Each of the six teachers read a Christmas story and did a quick activity.  We only had each class for 30 minutes so it had to be brief!  For my rotation I read "Sad Santa" and we made these Santa stars from Christina Bainbridge.  The kids always love making these!
 Once my class was back and settled we made Christmas cards for a local nursing home.  I decided to do fingerprint light-strands and they turned out pretty cute!  Idea from Meet the Dubiens!
I don't do a lot of painting in my classroom because we just have zero time, but this was the perfect amount!  Plus nobody made a mess!!!  #score
They wrote sweet little notes on the inside.  This one says, "I hope you live for a long time" hahahaha
Over the weekend I finally decided on which ornaments to make for our parent gifts.  It literally took me weeks to filter through Pinterest, blogs, and Instagram to finally settle on a couple of options.  Once I *finally* went shopping I couldn't find ANY of the materials that I needed!  So, in the middle of Hobby Lobby and Target I scoured Pinterest again... and landed upon Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees and easy-peesy Rudolphs (I just bought brown glittery ornaments... literally only have to glue on the eyes and nose, then add antlers)!  Joelle was my guinea pig on Saturday... we made ornaments in our pjs :)
Today my class made the Christmas trees and they turned out so cute!  I found all of the liners at Hobby Lobby for a buck per pack.  I think I bought 7 packs and some sticker jewels... super cheap and fun! 
You can find the tutorial for this project HERE!
 I'm going to be absent tomorrow because my sweet little girl is just as sick as can be :(.  This is her first experience with missing school, having a fever, and just feeling cruddy!!  I feel so bad for her, but plan to give her lots of cuddles tomorrow (when she's not so contagious, ha!).  While I'm out my students will start our Grinch activities.  They will read the story and make this Grinch (inspired by The First Grade Parade).  On Friday we will end our Grinch fun with green candy canes, the movie, and a GRINCH party!
Not even knowing that Joelle was sick, I decided to plan for January while I was at work yesterday.  PTL that I got ahead of the game because I would be running around like a crazy lady on Thursday and Friday had I not!  I prepped all of our Penguin materials so that we can have all kinds of fun with these waddling wonders when we return from Christmas break!  Penguins and Telling Time is what we have coming up!
Now all I have left to do is make Rudolph ornaments, prep for the Christmas party, wrap parent gifts, pick up party goods, and get my little girl feeling well!  Happy Tuesday, everyone ;)!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deck the Classroom! {Join The Linky Fun!}

Hey y'all!  I've kind of slacked on the blogging lately, so I thought I'd host a little Christmas party!  We've been busy having all kinds of holiday fun in the classroom, and I'm sure you have too!  So, let's show off what you do to get your students in the holiday spirit!  I want to see your favorite Christmas activities, decorations, student gifts, etc!  Tell us all about it!  For those of you who can't celebrate Christmas in the classroom, I'm sorry!!!  Show us your winter or Holidays Around the World ideas!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of my favorite holiday things already, but I'm going to break it down a little further here :)

I LOVE Christmas books... and I have tons of them!  My students get to read these books when they finish work early or during read to self/someone time :)

I also LOVE Air Wick's Mrs. Claus' Apple Pie scent!  My teammate introduced me to it, and I may keep it around all year... it's just that good!
Our Santa letters are still hanging proudly on display...
On our lockers you will find a little writing activity that we did as morning work last week.  This was a great way to incorporate some Holiday Cheer WITH Language of the Day writing!  Why not spice things up every once in a while??!  This present template is in my Christmas Craze unit :)
 We have also been responding to reading by using simple Christmas crafts.  These things don't take long to make at all!  Seriously, this sweet Rudolph only has 6 pieces that my kiddos had to cut out... easy as pie!
 One way I motivate my students to finish their work is to have them complete their writing FIRST, then they get to make the craft!
 After reading Arthur's Christmas we wrote about what would make this the BEST Christmas EVER!  I loved seeing their responses... everything from getting 1,000,000 gifts to spending time with their family.  Each little writing piece definitely showed their personality!
 I was going to add some ribbon to make it look like I "strung" the lights, but I decided this was good enough :)  I stopped doing all of the leg work in my holiday decorations long ago!  Now, all of my holiday decor is kid-made :)  Saves me tons of time and energy!
Well, I do have this Christmas banner!  You can grab this FREEBIE Here!
For student gifts this year I decided to get a chapter book from Scholastic (Ready Freddy Second Grade Rules... they were 1 buck!) along with a little reindeer from Oriental Trading (on sale during Cyber Monday!).  Thankfully I have a sweet girl who loves to tie bows!!  I'm just too lazy to wrap 20 books these days, ha!
The Christmas cheer doesn't stop at school... it seems like every night we are busy prepping something for Christmas whether it's wrapping, decorating, baking, or planning holiday events!  Here's my favorite family picture from our Christmas card photo-shoot!  If you are in the Dallas area, I highly recommend C's The Day Photography!  She's the BEST!
Link up below to show us what Christmas looks like in your classroom!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Consistency

This time of year (you know... the time of year when kiddos tend to go crazy and teachers are tired) I like to keep things very consistent.  I am still introducing new topics, and unfortunately, I don't have the time to tie everything into the holidays... BUT to save my sanity I keep my lessons and activity formats very similar to one another. 

So, this post will look very much like Monday's post because today I used the same format to teach Polygons that I did for Quadrilaterals :)

We started with a quick chart that I made...
We sang along with this Polygon song that my teammate shared with me!
Then, my students worked in partners to complete a Polygon Flapbook

 After working with partners it was time to work independently... so my students glued these Polygon flaps into their math spirals.  Underneath they simply wrote yes or no :)
At the very end of our math black my students wrote a reflection.  They answered the question:  What is a polygon?  I also asked for an example and non-example.  This little sweetie went above and beyond my expectations... she explained in detail!
So, my word for the day is:  CONSISTENCY!  Thankfully they aren't bored just yet ;)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What I Bought {so far}!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' tonight to show you what I've bought during the Cyber Sale!
If I am just going to be honest... this is just a fraction of what I actually bought.  I have a shopping problem.  It's true.  But, these are a few of my favorite things!

I buy almost ALL of my clipart right from TpT... and I especially stock up during the sales!  Here are a few of the packs I got from my favorite clipart artists!  

Did you find any good deals?!  I'm always looking for fun, new things to implement into my classroom so let me know below OR link up with Blog Hoppin' and show off what ya bought!

Possessive Nouns

Apostrophes... sigh.  Most adults (on Facebook at least) don't even use them correctly!!  Is it just me or do your Facebook friends have the worst grammar known to mankind?  Did they go to school??!!  Or maybe they just slept through those classes??!  Totally kidding... kind of ;)

I'm not grammatical princess, that's for sure!  And, I also don't claim to spell correctly all the time... you'll see mistakes on charts I post on here, and I definitely make errors when creating units, but I like to think that I know most common grammatical and spelling practices.  At least I sure hope so since I'm teaching our future leaders, ha!

This week we are talking about possessive nouns during English.  I made this little chart to display for the week.  Now that I went on a grammar rant I'm sure there are 100 errors below ;)
And, I also made a few printables to share with y'all :)  You can download these possessive noun freebies in my TpT shop!
Don't forget... today is your last day to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

What's a Quadrilateral?!

Well, I'm back to the daily grind...teaching and such ;)!  How was your first day back?!  Some very fortunate teachers out there said they always have the Monday after Thanksgiving off.  Which means they have a 4-day week.  Which means I am 100%, totally, completely jealous right now.  Do you know how much shopping I could get done IN my bed today??!!  Everyone deserves to have the holiday of Cyber Monday off, right??!!

Since I did, in fact, have to work today... and I didn't forget totally how to be a teacher after 9 days off...and it was a Monday...I introduced my class to a new word (call me Productive Patty!)

I used this chart (that I made while my students were completing their morning journal entry...because this teacher did ZERO work over the break!) to introduce quadrilaterals to my class.
We also watched this music video a couple of times... it's kinda cheesy and has some spelling errors in it, but the kids loved it!
My students worked with their partner to sort shapes into two categories using this flapbook...
This flapbook sort is in my Shapin' Up unit!
Then, my students used these shape flap-ups to identify whether shapes were quadrilaterals or not.  This actually served several purposes... naming shapes, identifying quadrilaterals, recognizing the number of sides and vertices!  We used our math spirals to record all of the information!
 These flap-ups are also in my Shapin' Up unit!
 You can get these resources and a lot more on sale!  Take advantage of the Cyber Monday/Tuesday sales!!!