Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fallin' into Fall Fun :)

We've been celebrating fall in my neck of the woods lately!  Our temperatures have been bearable for the first time in about 5 months, now that's something to talk about!  I actually had a student tell me they were "cold" at recess.  It's pretty sad when 84 degrees is cold to you, ha!  

I am using Anna Brantley's Narrative Writing Unit, and I am in love, y'all!  It may say that it's for 1st grade, but my 2nd graders are benefiting from it in a BIG way!  Today, I paired one of her writing prompts with my little leaf craft that's in my Fall centers pack.  They definitely helped spruce up our hallway :)
 What I loved about this little craft is that it took very little time.  There are only 4 pieces to cut out, so within about 10-15 minutes, we were done putting them together :)
 I think I've told y'all before how I'm not the biggest fan of centers.  Well, I am jumping on the center bandwagon now because my kids are rockin' and rollin' during this time of the day now!  I will say that the more prepared I am with having materials made, the more successful our center time is!!!  I have officially moved our 30 minute center time to 3 different parts of the day.  I tried first thing in the morning, but let's face it... I'm a grump in the early hours.  Then, I tried at the very end of the day, and we all know that kids can turn into monsters at that point in the day.  So, now I have them right before recess, and that has helped tremendously!  I think I'll stick with it ;)

 
Seeing them engaged in the activities makes my heart happy :)
 All of the centers (plus lots more) and that little leaf guy came from this unit on TpT:

Now, for a freebie!  If you follow me on facebook, you know that I'm working on getting all kinds of ahead in my plans.  In about 2 weeks, my class will dig deep into studying spiders.  Last year, I had my kids make spiders out of our handprints with paint.  Well, I don't really feel like whippin' out the paint this year, so I made a little spider craftivity to display with our Spider Poems!
 I checked with Cara and she gave me the okay to make this into a freebie since I got the original idea from her blog {HERE}!  Thanks, Cara!  She also has some great spider activities {HERE}!!!  Check 'em out :)
  


  

Other than that, I am now *happily* up to my ears in adoption paperwork!  We are getting so close to bringing our little girl home!  Can't wait for that day :)


17 comments:

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

Thanks for the freebie! I'm printing and planning as I type this.

Karen F. said...

I am glad to see that you are feeling better!!! I just LOVE your crafty stuff :-) I use a TON of it and my kiddos are engaged and happy!! Thank you and keep up the awesome work
Karen

Lane said...

Thank you so much! I am planning my Spider Unit right now as well and this is a perfect little idea. Lane
http://theplemons.blogspot.com/

Amy Howbert said...

Always a ball of fun in your room! Love your fall packet, it's darling!
Amy Howbert

Little Miss Organized
amyhowbert1@gmail.com

D. Frideley said...

Amy, I featured one of your TpT products on my blog:) I didn't realize you live in TX! You're about an hour away from me....I had no clue. I'll post pics next week! My kiddos loved making your owl craftivity!

http://littlepiggyreads.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-very-1st-currently.html

vicky1970 said...

Hi Amy - I saw this freebie pop up on TPT...very cute! Love fall -- just wishing here in So. Cal it would come sooner. It was 105 here on Monday - ugh! :o)
Vicky
Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

Beth Ann said...

Thanks!!! So cute!
I can't wait to use this!
❀Beth Ann❀
Taming My Flock of Firsties
bakteach16@gmail.com

Leslie said...

I just love your blog! You are always so positive and creative. I'm blessed to have come across you! Thank you for all you do to help us be better teachers.

Mrs. Cupcake said...

SUPER cute! Thanks for the freebie!!
❤Teri
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Amie Kidd said...

Thank you for being such a great inspiration! Love this freebie - it's super cute!

I'm your newest follower :)

MsKiddsKindergarten

Traci said...

The leaves and spider are too cute!
Thanks for the freebie! :D
❤Dragonflies in First ❤

Kelsie LaSalata said...

Thanks for the freebie! This is adorable :)

http://miss-teacher-bug.blogspot.com/

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