Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Treats

Check out these cute shirts that I made for my coworkers.

I got the original idea on pinterest but decided to make my own version.  You can grab a copy if you want to make your own by clicking on the picture below.  There is a normal copy and a "mirror" copy.  The iron on transfers that I bought required the mirror image.  They are easy to make.  Just buy your shirt, print a copy of the clip art below and follow the directions inside the iron on transfer packet.

I added these cute tags and peeps to each gift.

You can grab the tag from Kristi over at Lucky in Learning.

Happy Teaching!


Sunday, April 6, 2014


One of my coworkers alerted me to this site this week and I have to share.  It is a video encyclopedia.  You simply type in your topic and it will pull up tons of videos about that topic.  I used it last week for solid shapes and found some great stuff!  I found 101 videos about solid shapes.  Here are a few:

Check it out if you haven't already.  You will love it!

Happy Teaching!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Random Journal Entries

I was digging through journals and found a few blog worthy pages that I thought I would share.

In the picture below, we were working on a little higher order thinking when we were learning about place value.  The problem was:  Michael has 4 boxes of movies.  Each box has 10 movies.  Juan has 8 movies.  How many movies in all?

In the pictures below, we were working on fractional parts of a set.  I gave the students some foam heart stickers and they stuck them in their journal and wrote the fractional parts of the set.

In the picture below, we were working on +10, -10, +1, -1.

The two entries below are on occasions when I let my students "free" write in their journals.  They were so silly that I had to share.  Sometimes, I wish I had the carefree mind of a first grader.
I wish my brother was a unicorn.

One time I ate a pizza and it feeled like a party in my tummy.

Happy Teaching!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Statue of Liberty Writing

My students are getting really good at writing 5 sentence paragraphs, especially about nonfiction topics.  We've been learning about US symbols and of course I had them write. 

 We did one writing about the Statue of Liberty.  We read a couple of books about the statue and watched a Brainpopjr. video about the statue.

We then made an anchor chart listing things we knew about the Statue of Liberty.

{visualize the anchor chart here since 
I forgot to take a picture}

We then did our writing and we displayed a craft with our writing that I got from Deanna Jump's America Math and Literacy Fun.

(notice in the picture above - she added a 6th sentence to her writing.  :)

Happy Teaching!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Penny Science and President's Writing

This past week we learned  about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Since their pictures are on money, we had fun doing a couple of science experiments with pennies.

First, we used droppers to see how many drops of water our pennies would hold.  Students made their predictions as to how many drops of water their penny would hold and then they tested their hypothesis.

Most of them found out that their predictions were too small.

Then we did an experiment to see what would clean our pennies the best:  water, water and soap, vinegar and salt, or lemon and salt.

I gave each student 4 pennies, 4 cups and 4 sticky notes.  They labeled the sticky note with the liquid that was in it and placed it beside each cup.  
We patiently waited 5 minutes. Students took their pennies out and dried them and recorded their results.

They then had to tell what they learned.

We also did some writing about Washington and Lincoln:

Happy Teaching!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine Science

I don't know about you, but I was EXHAUSTED when I left school yesterday.  Party days wear. me. out.

We did manage to get in a few spots of learning despite all the chaos.  

We did an experiment using the scientific method.  And best of all, it involved candy hearts and chocolate kisses!  

I got this idea and all the sheets for the activity from Primary Paradise's Packet Valentine's Day Candy Science Experiment.  It was well worth the purchase and I recommend you checking it out!

We started with this question -
Do valentine candies dissolve in hot or cold water?

Then the students made their hypothesis.  
(They will melt in hot and freeze in cold.)

Here is a picture of the candy in cold water:

Here is a picture of the candy in hot water: 

BrainpopJr. has a great video on the Scientific Method 

If you are interested in making a poster for the steps of the scientific method, you can get that for free from an old post of mine.  Just click on the picture below.

And y'all, I got the sweetest Valentine present -
You may not can tell from the picture, but the cellophane wrapper was missing.
and when I opened the lid, this is what I found:

Happy Teaching!!!!!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine Centers and a Couple of Freebies

Our Valentine centers are up and running and I thought I would share a few pictures of the centers we are working on this week.

Finding the Missing Part/Fact Families:
Students used Valentine erasers as manipulatives to find the missing part and then wrote the corresponding fact families.

Valentine Sentence Scramble:
You can grab this activity on one of my old blog posts:

Suffixed -ed and -ing:
In this center, the students roll the cube to see if they need to add suffix -ed or -ing to a base word.  Then they had to use their word in a sentence.  You can grab a copy of this activity HERE.

Counting Dimes and Pennies:
I put plastic dimes and pennies in little heart containers.  The students simply count the money and record their answer.  I think I got this recording sheet from Sheree Peterson's blog but I couldn't find the link on her blog.  If I do, I will add the link later.

At this center, my firsties were using Splash Math.

I made this little noun and verb sort for review this week.
I gave each student a piece of manilla paper.  They wrote "Nouns" on the left and "Verbs" on the right.  They then cut out the pictures and glued them under "noun" or "verb."  After getting the pictures glued, they then wrote the words on their recording sheet.  You can grab a copy by clicking on either picture below.

The cute graphics are from My Cute Graphics.

Happy Teaching!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine Holders

I got our Valentine Card Holders  made and they are on the wall waiting for those sweet Valentine cards to be placed inside.

Here are the directions if you want to make these:

To make big holders, I used two 12x18 sheets of construction paper (2 colors) and folded it in half and made a crease where the middle would be (see my finger)

Then I opened it up and made two folds (see picture below)

Take the pink at the top and fold it over 

Then fold the corners over and tape to the back.

Then draw lines to make a heart shape at the top 
(see picture below)

Cut out the lines and write names on the holders.

You could have your students decorate these with Valentine stickers or cut out hearts if you wanted to.

Happy Teaching!