Wednesday, February 26, 2014

it's a sale! it's a sale!

Did you hear?  Did you hear?

Everything in my store is on sale--and with the promo code, you will get EVERYTHING for 28% off!  WOW!  That is everything below!

And I'm also looking forward to spending some money on some fantastic purchases myself.  These are the things on my wishlist right now:

1. Creative Clips Kids Bundle - I LOVE Krista's clip art.  It's all over my classroom these days.  It's brightly colored and engaging!

2. Kristen Smith's Guided Reading Made Easy - Kristen's creations are fantastic, and I've been feeling like my small reading groups are getting a little dull lately.  I'm hoping this is exactly what I'm looking for to wake them up!

3. Kari Bolt's Christmas Around the World Australia/England Clip Art - I'm planning on using this clip art for the All School Unit in March.  I have to teach the school about holidays in Australia--definitely need some warm weather Christmas clip art!

4. Scrappin Doodles' Australian Critters - More clip art for the All School Unit.

What are you planning on buying?  Anything really great and exciting that I shouldn't miss out on?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

one hundred days smarter!

Can I be completely honest for a minute?  Confession:  This is one of my LEAST favorite weeks of school ever.  It's chaos.  Why?  It's Spirit Week.  Each day has a different, fun theme for the kids to dress up for.  Today was backwards day.  It was also the 100th day of school.  In case the kids weren't crazy enough already.

Oh well.  I bring it upon myself.  Since it was backwards day, we did our whole schedule backwards...  morning snack was in the afternoon, our afternoon P.I.L.O.T. time was in the morning and our morning meeting was the last thing we did.

But it was also the 100th day, so my friends arrived to find this on their desks:

I made them fancy pants 100th day pencils, they got to color fancy 100th day glasses and they had to countdown from 100.

It may be too late for you to make your kiddos those fancy pants pencils, but just in case it's not, or you want to save them for next year--two different versions of them are available in my TpT shop.

In addition to those oh, so exciting activities, we also completed 100 math problems and wrote down 100 words.  The 100 words is my personal favorite--I love seeing the different places my kiddos choose to find words.
(second picture from the left--check out that backward ponytail!)
I broke out the chalkboard I made over the summer and wrote "100th Day" on it and had my students pose with it for their portfolios.  Decorated the doorway, jumped 100 times...  yes.  It was crazy.

Monday, February 10, 2014

winter games and medal graphing

I am LOVING everything about the Winter Olympics this year.  I mean, they're not the Summer Games, by any means (love gymnastics...), but it is still so exciting!  I am also a huge fan of the learning opportunities they are presenting for our classroom.

We started today by introducing our class medal count.  I used predictions from the Wall Street Journal to guide my choices for countries to keep track of--I wanted countries with many, many medals.  We have a giant poster out in the hallway so we can keep the rest of the school informed!

So yes--we're keeping track of Norway, Germany, the United States, Canada, Russia and... Australia.  Yes.  Australia.  The whole school is studying Australia next month for the All School Unit--so the kindergarten teacher and I thought it would be good to tie this in with that, too.

One of my first graders thought keeping track of Australia was odd.  After I introduced each country and we had found them on the map, one of my friends raised his hand.

"Mrs. B, I noticed that all of the countries we are keeping track of are in the Northern hemisphere, except Australia.  It is in the Southern hemisphere.  Why?"

Love teachable moments--we briefly discussed the differences in climate and the reversed seasons in Australia.  The whole class is rooting for Australia to get some medals now and are super excited for March!

Before we went out to the hallway, we read this (freebie!) interactive reader from Erin Palleschi of Once Upon a Classroom to help us learn about the Olympics.  My first graders loved this reader, and we will be keeping it at school for the rest of the Olympics to read a few more times.

I also have plans of using figure skating scores to help us talk about greater than and less than (and breaking out our Number Eating Alligator) and doing some of our own versions of different events.  What are you  doing in your classroom to get into the Olympic spirit?