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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do you Woozle?

Math is my thing.  The one thing I wish I could teach all day, every day.  I love writing and reading too, but math is my thing.

The county I work for, has a math department that provides tons of professional development. This idea came from them.  I just added a few things here and there to make it fit my style.
Organizing data using a three set Venn diagram  is an easy task since I learned this new trick :)

I used:
3 Venn diagrams, 3 copies of the Woozles (different colors) and tons of modeling.
You can download the Woozles here :)

We made a chart with possible attributes to sort our data (Woozles).

I modeled how to choose three attributes. We used laminated Wozzle cards and the kids came up to the white board (I really want a smartboard!!!) to tape them. They were sure to check that each Wozzle was placed in the correct spot.

Then kids worked in teams of 4-5 members.  Each team had a pile of Woozles to work with.  They decided what attributes to use for their poster and got busy taking turns / voting for the attributes they wanted, choosing who was cutting them , choosing who was gluing...

We created statements that described our data. The kids created statements for their posters too.

Each team created a poster including their statement cards.
Woozles are always a big hit!!

Oh Yes!  Math is my thing.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blogger Exchange Goodies

I came home and found this on the kitchen island.  It just made me smile.

Who does not love a red envelope?

The Teacher Blogger Exchange hosted an exchange inpired by Pinterest.  I am not so crafty, but I had fun making something for Emily.  Let's just say that Modge Podge and I are not friends at all.

Thank you Emily!   Not sure if I should use my clipboard or hang it. I'd liketo admire it everyday when I come home.  I truly loved everything you made :)
Gracias... Muchas Gracias.

Check out Emily's blog you will love all her ideas.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thumbs up, Elbows back...

I am in serious need of technology help here.  I used the random generator for the first time, and I cannot figure out how to get the button onto my blog. 
I pinkie promise I counted and recounted before I found who the lucky winner is:

Mrs. McKown...please e-mail me your address to send you your goodies.

Thank you for playing along.  I have found some new friends and more awesome blogs to follow :)

Baths, study guides and Dancing with The Stars are waiting for me. Night, night!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mother's Day Coupons (Freebie)

Made these coupons to include with our Mother's Day gift. I have a few ideas for gifts, but I have yet to decide.
Feel free to download them .  Would love to read your honest opinion :)

Do you make anything for your students to take home to their moms?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dr. Jean Giveaway!

I was once obssessed with Dr. Jean.  I attended one of her workshops (cannot find my picture with her!) at the convention center and danced silly to a lot of her songs.
I honestly do not use the CDs anymore. So I thought I would give them away:

Disclaimer: These four CDs are not brand new. The fifth CD is a video of her cheers and celebrations.

I hope you do not think is cheap to give away something semi used (in great condition!).  My wish is to find someone who can use them and love them as much as I did.

This is how you get a chance (or three) to win the five CDs:
- Follow my blog (or let me know you already do) - 1 entry
- Follow my TPT store (which has one thing in it) - 1 entry
- Blog about the giveaway  (a link to my blog and a short sentence will do) - 1 entry

Winner will be announced a week from today - 04/23.

A tooty ta, A tooty ta. A tooty ta ta. :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Linky Party Galore! ... and a question.

What is it about linky parties that I enjoy so much?!  I honestly do not know.  They are just plain fun!!!

L I N K Y Numero Uno
Little Ms. glamour Goes to Kindergarten  is hosting this cool linky party.
Coming up with only five choices was a challenge for me.  
 How about 5 more?
- An electric hole punch (We hole punch everything for our data binders)
- Binders
- A variety of color pens
- Pocket Charts (Daily Five rotation and vocabulary)
- Tons of stickers and note pads.

L I N K Y Numero Dos
Soaring Through Second  is hosting a Furry Friends Linky.

Here is our first baby. 

We found Chena at a local shelter back in KY. She was our 6 moth wedding anniversary present.  By far the best $25.00 we have ever spent.
Chena is a very gentle, patient dog. She celebrated her 14th birthday back in February.  

What have I learned from her (linky requirement)?  
- I have learned to enjoy the little things... like a walk in the woods.
- I have learned what true unconditional love is (she is always happy to see me!).
- Pure contentment. She does not ‘more’ of anything… she is a happy caring animal that
  has brought our family more than we could ever give her back.

L I N K Y Numero Tres
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie is spreading positive thoughts.

And now the dreaded question:
I follow a ton of blogs on reader.  Do bloggers know I follow them if I do not sign up via Google friend? 
I have been following and unfollowing blogs since I can't figure it out.  Please help!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My New Look!

Even though I am getting a haircut tomorrow... I'd like to present to you  my new look tonight.

Erin from Creating and Designing put together a master piece that makes me SMILE :)  It is bright, happy, teachery, cute... just perfect.

I will be playing with fonts tonight, and admiring esta hermosura (this beauty).

In Love,

Monday, April 9, 2012

"Give me an A!" (Freebie!)

My student's parents have asked me about ways to practice spelling words at home.  The funny thing though, is that we do not have spelling words nor spelling tests.  Long story.
So, I quickly come up think of fun ways they can practice at home. I have had this list forever! Sometimes I include it in my Open House packet, sometimes I add ideas in my newsletter.
I have cutiefied (that is a word, right?) my list of ideas to share with my fabulous 25 followers (so excited!!) and all of you who come across this list.

"Give me an F"  ( you know...for Freebie).  I think I need some pom poms.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Diez are IT!

I have been tagged by Erin from Creating and Teaching and I am so excited to play along. 
Here are Erin's 'tagging questions':

1. Meals or snacks? Meals.  I grew up eating heavy meals for dinner. No breakfast for me though.  I seriously avoid breakfast foods as much as I can.
2. Soda or water? Soda.  I need some suga' everyday.  A glass or a can of Coke is all I need :)
3. Mountains or beaches?  Mountains... I guess.  I do not swim. I am terrified of water! 
4. Cats or dogs? Dogs for sure.  
5. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla. 
6. Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Both.  Starbucks Frappuccinos and donut holes could be my perfect breakfast :)
7. Movie theater or renting? Renting. I am pretty sure Netflix raised their prices after all the movies I have rented from them. 
8. Pool or ocean? Pool.  The beach terrifies me!
9. Car or SUV? Mini van :(  I miss my CRV so much!!!!  
10. Early bird or Night Owl?  Night Owl. I am much more productive once the kids are in bed. 
                                                              TAG YOU ARE IT!

Dos- Christina (Mrs. Baindridge's Class)
Tres- Jennifer (Hello Literacy)
Cuatro- Angie (Myers Magnificent Moments)
Seis- Michelle (Teach123)
Siete- Heather (Heather's Heart)
Ocho- Keri (Teach- Play-Smile)
Nueve- Lauren (The First Grade Diaries)
Diez- Lynda (Curls and Smiles)

                                           Here are your questions: 

1 - What is the one thing you must carry in your purse (besides money) at all times?
2 - Fiction or Nonfiction books?
3 - One of your best qualities is...
4 - How do you celebrate your birthday?  Any special traditions?
5 - When was the last time someone did something nice for you?  What was it?
6 - How many hours do you devote to blogging?
7 - Massage or Mani and Pedi?
8 - Favorite snack
9 - Are you better at talking to other people of listening to other people?
10- Last blog you started to follow

The Rules: Answer my 10 questions, then tag 10 friends. List 10 questions for those friends to answer. 
Don't forget to leave a comment on their blogs letting them know they have been tagged!

Thanks Erin!!! This was fun :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Family Vacation and April Currently

We just came back from a short five day vacation to...
Puerto Rico!  

It was my first time visiting La Isla del Encanto (The Island of Enchanment).  The food was great. The weather was fantastic and we made all of our flights without any problems.  I LOVE track out!
Do you have any vacation plans?

April is here, Easter is around the corner and ... did I mention I am tracked out?!

Currently  hosted by Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade!

H A P P Y   T U E S D A Y :)