Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gingerbread Man in Disguise

If you disguised a turkey... wait until you see what your students can do with gingerbread cookies. I have done this project for years, and now it has turned into a TPT product.

Check it out here.
Two cute examples :)  

There is a writing component to it. This teacher must integrate writing into everything we do. We usually share them during our winter celebration. Parents always love that!
Find it HERE.

I hope you do too :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take Me Back: Polar Bear Nonfiction (then and today)

Worked half day today. One more day to go! Came home. Rain. Stayed home. Blogged :)

Since I am using something from the past, I decided it was a good day to link back to Hope's Take Me Back Tuesday!


Back to 01/17/2012
Before we left for winter break we worked on creating our Polar Folders.
It was time to learn about Text Features and I wanted to make something they could refer back to at any given time in an easy way. I want it accessible. It is easier to open a file folder, than trying to search inside a composition notebook.
I taught 13 text features. One a day. We learned a definition of the text feature, but more importantly, we talked about what we learn from each text feature. I wanted them not to ignore them! They do have so much to tell.
The kids picked their own nonfiction book, based on interest and reading level.
I taught a text feature. Students looked for that text feature in their book and using the booklet sheets they recorded what they learned from the text feature of the day (no pictures). It was so nice to see them make the connection between the text feature and their actual learning.
I created THIS for our Polar Folders. Text Features are something I will review once we get back, but the Polar Bear Edition was well received :)


I hope you love it!  All you need are file folders and THIS :)

Today 11/26/2013 
My class finished their Nonfiction Folders. This is what we did today:
I gave each table a set of post it notes to cover each definition of the text feature. They got busy positioning nicely and neatly :)  How can post-it notes make everything so much fun?!

We then made labels of each text feature using our scented markers. Yeap...lots of sniffing at that time :)

Tex Feature hunting and labeling to make sure we can identify all of the 13 text features.l We used books from our browsing boxes. 

Simple, fun, engaging and full of learning. Ahhhh I love half days :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Addition Strategies- Take Your Pick!

I am so excited to share these math addition strategies with you today!  I get to link up with Deirdre's math linky for the first time. 

I should have been a math teacher. I love math, especially in the young grades when you get to see the foundations getting stronger each day. When you can show them all the amazing connections math has, and best of all, show them to LOVE math, like I do :)

I counted today. I teach 21 mathematicians -11 can add three digit numbers, 7 can add two digit numbers, and 3 need more practice. I am happy with that. 21/21 adding three digit numbers is the goal by the end of the year, but I have time, right?

So, I took pictures of our independent practice last week. I added a few notes. I hope it makes sense to you. The only thing I do not have here are hundreds charts. 
  



The kids can choose any strategy to solve equations and math problems. They must be able to explain their thinking AND teach it someone else using mathematical terms. Not such a thing as "carrying" is allowed...regrouping it is :)

Happy Math Time!  Call me, I will teach math for you any day.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Turkeys and Winners

The kids did a fantastic job disguising their turkeys.  I purchased two prizes, one for a boy and one for a girl. My grade level buddies will  help out with the judging.  



Which one is your favorite? 

And now... time to announce 3 winners. The other giveaways are still waiting for you!



Congrats girls! I have sent you an e-mail. Let me know what I can send you from my store. 

THANK you for being here!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thankful for Our Followers: Giveaway Day 6

Wooohooo!  Friday is here friends.
I am at home today. My kids are off next week and their school has a few Thanksgiving festivities I will be attending.  I never get to be the mommy I really want to be, but today, I am taking the day off without any guilt :)  




 Stop #1: Blog and TPT Store

 Stop #2: Bloglovin' & FB Page

 Stop #3: Blog and TPT store

 Stop #4: Blog and TPT store

 Stop #5: TPT store and FB Page

 Stop #6: Blog and TPT store

Happy, happy Friday!!
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful for Our Followers: Giveaway Day 5

It happened again. I got busy :(  But it is ready now.  Giveaway day 5 is up and running!

Follow each blogger choosing the links under their product...pretty please :)



Stop #1: TPT store & FB Page

Stop #2: Blog and Pinterest

Stop #3:  TPT Store  and Instragram

Stop #4: Blog & FB Page

Stop #5: Blog & FB Page


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thankful for Our Followers: Giveaway Day 4

Happy Hump Day Guys!  Two more days, two more days...we can do this.

Day 4 has arrived and this girl got into a long conversation with the Mr. yesterday. He usually goes to bed early, except yesterday. But I am ready for you now :)
Please remember to honor the blogger's requests, by following the links under their product.

Here we go...


Stop#1: Blog & Instagram

Stop #2: Blog and TPT Store

Stop #3: TPT store and FB Page

Stop #4: TPT store & Pinterest

Stop #5: Blog & TPT Store

Hope to see you tomorrow :)

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thankful for Our Followers: Giveaway Day 3

I heard about tornadoes and bad weather. I hope all of you are safe. We had a super warm weekend, but today we are down to 55. 55 is cold down south :)

Day 3 is here!
Each blogger has chosen two ways they would like for you to follow them. Please use the links below their product to do so :)
Each giveaway will be available for 3 days only. Do not miss it!



Stop #1: Blog and FB Page

Stop #2: TPT store & FB Page

Stop # 3: Blog and FB Page

Stop 4: TPT & FB Page

Stop $5: Blog and TPT Store


Come back tomorrow!

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