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. 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five for Friday...or Saturday

Hey ya'll!

So I am here to link up with Doodle Bugs for the Five for Friday..although today is Saturday that's ok! I was exhausted last night all I wanted to do was eat an amazing salad from my favorite salad stop, drink a Sonic Dr. Pepper (not even diet! the hardcore real kind), and lay on the couch to watch a movie with the hubs.

I am trying so hard this year to have an even more organized guided reading block. I have 6 different groups this year and only can get in 2 rotations in the morning schedule. I also have time in the afternoon during our "ELT" extended learning time to pull 1 more group. I will project this on the smartboard and the kids will know where to go without me having to really do much. I have infinite cloned the images so I can just pull over different ones if needed. I have made one for everyday AM and ELT so its already done each week and each group hits each spot at least 1 or 2 times. I hope it works! It sure looks pretty haha but we all know how that can go. (clipart from My Cute Graphics)

We have been learning about Community Helpers this week. I made a chart with them about what they already "knew" and then we watched a video and read some books and they added what they "learned" in a new color. This lets them see clearly what their new learning is. 

We wrote why we loved living in the USA on Patriots day on 9/11. This kid cracked me up. 
" I like living in the USA because we can have a lot of chillin (children).

Working on complete sentences in 1st grade is never ending. I am by no means an anchor chart guru and I am sure the ones I make are not "pinterest"material haha but I think it gets the point across and they can use it as a reference on the wall throughout the year. 

To introduce writing workshop this year I read "Rocket Writes a Story". They absolutely love this book! In the story Rocket has a word tree of words he knows and can write about. So after reading I quickly threw together a word tree for us to use when writing. I then stapled different picture icons of things they can write about: sports, swimming, summer, cars etc.

We are also plugging away at word families. I try to incorporate a few different things each week with our poems. They always include the word families (one of my teammates is a genius at writing these poems for us!) we also will focus on grammar and conventions as well as poetry aspects. An example of the week might be:
M-build the words from the word families
T-introduce poem and read it together clapping when we say and hear a word family word.Give poem to the kids and they put it in their poetry folder to practice at buddy reading or read to self
W-Read the poem again and circle the word families as well as number the sentences-kids highlight or circle the word families in their own poems
TH- Read poem again and maybe look at punctuation, nouns etc
F- Have S visualize and draw on their poetry sheet

I found these printouts from "Teaching in the Tongass". They are think time sheets. If a child is having an issue with participating, working appropriately or interacting with others they can use this to reflect. I put them in bags (boy/girl) and put a dry erase marker in each bag. If needed, I will point to the think time bag and they can go grab the appropriate one, go to my teamies room next door, fill it out, reflecting on the problem and how to solve it, and come back to discuss it with me. 

We have been studying the body organs:stomach, lungs,brain,heart. Every year for the past 5 years or so I have let my kids make a brain.  They get a brain template and we staple it onto a sentence strip. They color the brain and then glue macaroni on top. I always tell them the macaroni represents all the new things we have learned in first grade so far. They seem to think that's cool. After it dries we make a hat out of it and they wear it during the day. 

Another project I have been doing for awhile now is the body shirt. (I blogged about it last year) We ask the kids to bring in a white t shirt. We use their hand to create the different body organs we have studied. They look so cute when they have the shirt and the hat on!

Well I am so proud of myself for blogging this week, because it has been an exciting 4 weeks of school this year ;) Until we meet again, have a BLESSED weekend!

"So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you. Patient endurance if what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36

Don't know about you but that's all I need to know and hear to keep the faith when things get rough. :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

1 week down! A new product! 3 day weekend!!

So a week of school has flown by! Needless to say I am perdy tired. Thank goodness the three day weekend arrived so quickly! I am thankful to be able to be off and relax but the hubs had to work today :( So thanks to him and everyone else who had to labor on this labor day.

I really need to be better this school year about not forgetting to take pictures during the day. Things get so busy I always forget then do it after the fact or just don't do it at all. That is my new school year resolution! Now ya'll hold me to it! haha.

New year means less time to create goodies. However, I have a folder on my zip drive called "In Progress" that I can go to during those times the Mr. is playing Super Nintendo. Yes folks, that's correct, old school in tha house! Well, when he is occupied it gives me a chance to work on the computer. I am trying to balance the "have to do" list for the classroom and the "in progress for TPT" list.

I had put this together last year for us to use when we taught place value. I wanted the kids to have a more concrete way of showing their work and seeing it with manipulatives.

Click HERE to explore it!

I also wanted to share a few other things I have made!
My font notebook! I wanted to be able to keep up with all the fonts I have and know which ones I need to add credit for and which are free etc. 
I just typed the name of the font using the actual font and categorized it.  I then created a cover of course "cutesified".

New earring holder:
I finally spray painted the cheese grater I bought! 

Since it was labor day and I am trying so hard to be a proper house wife and Martha Stewert....well maybe more Betty Crocker?...I decided to go to the grocery store on my day off by myself....that normally only happens in the summer time, I usually make hubster go with. Well I thought to myself, "I bet everyone went on Sunday so they could grill out for Monday." I was way was ridiculous...I mean don't people work?! in the midst of the battle of the carts and the "I'm going to talk on my cell phone and stand right in front of the exact product you need" I forgot many things on my But I did get fresh blueberries! So I made a blueberry dump cake/tart/bars...easy peasy! I got the recipe from my mom who got it from online (go figure) 
Here goes:

Literally what you see is all you need...although the sugar is optional and I didn't add it this time. The cake mix already has sugar in it so its a bit healthier leaving the extra out. 
1. pick any fruit (I have had it with strawberries too and it's DELISH)
2. Put fruit (washed) into bottom of a pan.
3. Sprinkle some cinnamon and 1/4 C. sugar(if you want the sugar) over the fruit.
4. Pour the cake mix over the fruit (I didn't use all the mix either so it would be less "cakey" and more fresh fruity) 
5. Melt the butter and pour over the cake and fruit.
6.Set oven for 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
7.Take out and let cool.
8.EAT! You can also spray cool whip on top if you like that.


Have a BLESSED short week!!

Be the hands and feet of Jesus. If he calls you, he will empower you.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Classroom Organization 2014-2015- Am I ready?!

Well the time is here! Monday is my first official day back with the little's! In the midst of getting everything ready I managed to take some pictures of my room this year. I will be adding more as the year goes on and we get more things on the wall!

Check out my library cards I made from a training over the summer. These will help manage your classroom library this year!

On another friend and teamie just opened her own TPT store!! Yay!! Go check it out! :) I am sure you will find some goodies to help with your year.

My hubs idea of fun...look closely.. two things misplaced..and he thinks I won't notice ha!

I am not sure he is happy with his daddy for the attire ;p 

Well I am off to finish a million other things before this day is over and I wake up at 5:30!!

Have a BLESSED start of school!!!!

 “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Deuteronomy 32:2