Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Where has the time gone?!

Hey bloggers!

Is it seriously already April?! This school year is flying! I can't believe we are already on spring break! Unfortunately, my husband and I have different spring breaks (his was last week). So that's a bummer. This is what my kitchen counter looked like when he was home alone with our little guy all week...

Anyway...now that I have a little free time I can update you on the happenings in my classroom!

In math we have been working on measurement! The kids have been measuring pictures on paper and items around the room. So far they have been measuring with paperclips, unifex cubes, and mini erasers. Here is a picture of a measurement station that they worked on last week! This one they used erasers from the Target Dollar Spot.
And another picture using paperclips.

They have also been working on missing addends in math!
This activity can be found in my TpT store! The kids chose an equation card and used their blank 10 frame & mini erasers to find the missing number.

We also made some adorable bunny art projects. These are great for easter or just for spring in general! They traced the bunny template onto white construction paper, colored the ears pink, and then glued cotton balls all over the white parts! Then they colored the feet pink (I had these already printed and cut) and glued them onto the cotton. They glued a picture of their face into the center of the bunny's face as well. They turned out really cute :)

My school is connected to a junior high school in our district. The week before break, the junior high kids were having a competition among their "teams." The last few years they have let the elementary kids join in on the fun. We go to a few of their assemblies and get to participate in the games one day. The kids love it. Here are a few pics of the junior high kids helping our littles.
There were obstacle courses, leap frog competitions, relay races, and more. They had a blast!

AND, I totally missed the April Currently with Farley. So here ya go!

We have spent a lot of time in my room representing numbers in multiple ways...if you are looking for some extra practice with this, you can check out my Number Match Cards {they are free!}.

Have a great week!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Classroom Library Organization!

Hey bloggers!

This is my 5th year in my classroom. When I took over the room, the library was set up a certain way and I just left it...it was way too big of a job at the time (I was hired about 2 weeks before school started). This year, I have a student teacher so I have some extra time to finally organize! It was originally set up with fiction books in green, yellow, and red tubs. They were supposed to be easy, medium, and hard respectively. I found that they were not actually organized that way, which made it hard for my students to find "just right" books. So, I organized the books by their reading level!

I used the app "Literacy Leveler" that I purchased on my phone. It was $2 or $3..and SO worth it!
I started by printing colored labels. I printed colored rectangles on regular Avery labels.
Then I decided what levels the colors would represent.
Then, I used the app to start leveling the books! The app was great because I could scan the ISBN number or type it in and it would give me the info! You can also search for books by title, author, etc.
It took awhile, but eventually I got the books all leveled! I put the labels on the spine of the books so that they are showing when the books are on the shelves. I debated whether or not I would put the books right on the shelves or in the tubs...I decided to put them in the tubs because the tubs can be pulled out so that the books can be looked at easier.

I used to have my nonfiction books organized by themes in these tubs, so now I need to figure out how I want to arrange those in the shelves. I'm just glad to have the fiction books done though!

How do you organize your classroom library?!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Valentine's Craft, Dr. Seuss, Dental Health...Oh My!

Hey bloggers!

It's been awhile since I have posted so I have a lot to talk about today! It has been a busy February!

1. Adapted Valentine Love Bugs from First Grade Blue Skies
There are also some cute snowmen in the pic above! They had a circle for each letter in their name and then a circle for the head! :)

2. Dental Health Art
We spent the last week in February reading books about teeth & oral hygiene for dental health month! This is the chart we came up with after reading the books and the art project that we did at the end of the unit! They turned out super cute! :)

3. Dr. Seuss Week
We are celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday with theme days this week! We also have books to go with each theme.
*Monday: Hat Day (Cat in the Hat & The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins)
*Tuesday-Stuffed Animal Day (Put Me in the Zoo & If I Ran the Circus)
*Wednesday-Wear Green Day (Green Eggs & Ham)
*Thursday-Crazy Sock Day (Fox in Socks & The Foot Book)
*Friday-No School, PT Conference
I also found these at Walmart, if you are looking to pick up some new books!

4. Student Quote
I had to share this student quote. It was just too cute :)
He really thought EVERYTHING used to be black & white.

5. Citrus Lane Review
We have been subscribed to Citrus Lane for a year now! We have loved all but one of our boxes. February was another great one! As a teacher, I love the ABC flashcards for my little guy! And he loves taking baths and playing ball so the Hoops for the Tub are perfect for him! He hasn't mastered drinking from a straw yet but I love the Skip Hop brand so I can't wait to use the cup! Looking forward to the next box...we were able to personalize an item so I know we have a cute little bow tie on the way! :)

They also offer mystery boxes like the one above. I knew the Cloud B Octo would be in there, but everything else was a mystery! I love this box! We use the Octo every night at bedtime. Little man loves the maracas and truck, and I love the Tea Collection shirt! The bath toys are a little old for him but they will be put to good use later! So I'm happy with this box too! :)
I have to get the little man ready for bed now...but I will be back later this week with a post about how I reorganized my classroom library!
We were off school today because of hazardous roads due to ice. So it's a short week for us.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

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