Monday, October 13, 2014

Five for Friday!

Happy Monday! I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday..or for me the Five for Monday. I honestly don't know how people blog multiple times a week. I am barely scraping by to get a post during the school week. Anywhoo, here we go!

If you haven't been able to tell yet I'm a tad OCD ;) I also like my classroom to be that way too. I try to teach organization for my kids desks, imagine that. If they can keep their desk organized and clean they can earn a clean desk award coupon and stickers for their sticker chart. I used to do the desk fairy and keep it a mystery but then just got to the point where it was no mystery how OCD I wanted that to rub off on my kids haha. So one strategy to help with that is color coding. Basically, I got two different colored labels and placed them on each side of the desk. I then labeled everything inside the desk with a color. This way when the kid is putting things back into their desk it is easy and fast to match the colors and the items have a spot always and don't get shoved in. This has helped some of them be able to stay a little more organized than they normally would be and it keeps my sanity for a bit longer as well.

We have also been hitting addition and subtraction. I threw together these anchor charts these past two weeks with the kids. We discussed key words for each and what the equation looks like etc. as far as the names, it was literally on the fly. I liked "Add"ison addition because it was catchy and the kids were able to connect easily with it. As far as Shubert it was just because it started with an s. Nonetheless the kids had fun with me:)

Non school related, I found these protein bars. I like trying out different kinds because I get bored easily. Oh my word people! If you like Girl Scouts thin mints then these are for you! For real! I took one bite and was like "mmm pretty tasty" but then I put it in the freezer like I do with thin mints and it was like heaven in a wrapper! I promise if I closed my eyes I wouldn't have known the difference. The even better part is that they are packed with protein and low on sugar. They are very light and wafer-y (I think I just made that word up), not heavy and too chewy. I also got the peanut butter one and seriously tastes like nutter butters. Simply amazing!

Back to math: we have also been working on even and odd numbers. I had this book in our planning room and decided to give it a try. It was perfect! As we read I stopped and we created this anchor chart to show how we know each number is odd or even. Now I am not an anchor chart queen by any means so this is what you get in my class haha. Yes the OCD in me wants to remake them afterwards, but somehow I have been able to avoid this.. Maybe because I have sooooo many other things to do. We read the entire book and went all the way to 10 with the chart. I then discussed how to do double digit numbers . When we don't have time to draw a picture to check for odd or even I teach them how to look at the number in the ones place and once they determine that number they know what the entire number will be.

I have a problem happy habit with having to make things our planning room cabinets were boring...plain....not ok. So I made these little signs to put on the outside so it makes them pretty but also identifies what is in them so people can find what they need easier!

Have a fabulous BLESSED week!
"I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me." Psalms 16:8
What a powerful verse! If that is not comforting I don't know what else is.