Five for Friday (1/29/16)


Happy Friday, y'all! What a week! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

We started the week off with the new Class Dojo videos. The kids loved them!

With this, came a discussion on what we need in our classroom in order to be successful. I asked them a few questions and had them reflect on what they needed in order to be the most comfortable and successful. Then, they were instructed to draw or write out what their "dream classroom" would look like. We researched different classroom styles online and talked about how we like to sit/stand/lay down to work. Based on their answers...we set up flexible seating! I picked up a couple stability balls from Five Below and aired them up enough that they could still sit on them but not bounce them very much.

We also lowered a tabled group to the floor. I plan on adding some rugs or cushions, but for now they're pretty happy. This has been the girls favorite spot so far.

We raised six desks to standing hight and all the boys want to work here.

I was hesitant to try flexible seating with this group, but so far it's been amazing. I watched one guy move several times during the course of one lesson and utilize each and every option. Part of me wanted to tell him to pick one spot and stay there, but the whole point was so he could work in the manner that worked best for him. For this guy, he needed to keep moving. (If you watch him anywhere, he's ALWAYS moving!)

In math, we've been working on shapes. This little dude did a fantastic job manipulating shapes to make new ones. I love having the kids show their thinking and take over the pen.

And in science, we've focused on water and different sources. The kids were each secretly assigned a water type and had to illustrate their word. We then sorted them on the board. It was super simple, but it helped me easily identify who knew the water types and who didn't.

My February math centers unit is up on Teachers Pay Teachers and it's full of super heroes and sparkly jewels—lots for both boys and girls for Valentines.

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Five for Friday (1/15/16)

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Happy Friday, y'all! Is anyone else excited for the 3 day weekend?!

We went out of town last weekend and it was so good to get away. We flew to Reno and visited family in Carson City. It was the first time the kids had ever really seen real snow. Here in the south, we only get an occasional dusting before it melts so the kids had a blast going sledding and learning how to ski. This was our first ever snowman.

We've been learning about rocks this week, so naturally, I brought some in. Texas sells these little kits that has native rocks all organized and labeled for you for only 50 cents. My dad bought me 20 sets. We'll have rocks for years.

I bought this little set from First Grade Blue Skies and we made these awesome rock people.

This one has a mini-me. 

The set also includes demos of how rocks are made. We made a PBJ for sedimentary, melted stuff for igneous, and squished play dough for metamorphic. I forgot to get pictures of the others before cleaning up.

I've been working on February Math Centers for 1st grade. It's almost done and will hopefully be posted by the end of the weekend. Follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers so you'll know when it's ready!

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Five for Friday (1/8/16)

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Oh boy! What a week! For only having four days with the littles, it sure was busy!

This week was penguin week. We've loved reading about Tacky the Penguin and having a little penguiny fun.

We made these penguin glyphs from Herding Cats in Kindergarten, did the penguin directed drawing from First Grade Blue Skies, and dressing like Tacky on Friday.

One of my littles likes to add some flair to his directed drawings. They pretty much all turn gangster. 

We also started learning about natural resources. The science workbook our district provides had this little section about what products come from different animals and this whole conversation got way outta hand!

When talking about how cotton is a plant and cotton makes our clothes: "YOU MEAN WE'RE WEARING PLANTS?!?!"

When talking about how sheep's wool makes sweaters: "What if the sheep doesn't want a haircut? What if she thinks she's already fabulous?!" "Let's give the sheep a mohawk!"

And don't even get me started on the part where we talked about which animals produce milk and, therefore, cheese. "Do we eat fish cheese?"

All from this picture:

I had to put my head down and regain my composure before we could continue. #mouthofbabes

We started making resolutions on Tuesday. I used this freebie from the Moffatt Girls to get them started writing. 

One of my littles wrote, "My goals are to teach people how to read and solve math problems." Then she added, "So they can be smart like me!" <3 these kids!

The desk fairy stopped by at the beginning of the week to drop a note and treat off to those friends who've been keeping their desks clean. These tiny woodland animals were a big hit! Thank you Target Dollar Spot!

With a new year, came a new calendar for shout-outs. Each day, a student is chosen for the day's shout-out. It could be for awesome behavior, academic achievement, showing kindness or leadership, or some other personal achievement. The day's student gets their name a description of their accomplishment on a calendar page along with a small trinket (right now it's stick on mustaches—adorable!).

Well, my little desk calendar from Lakeshore was out with 2015…and then I got this for white elephant:

Talk about being a hit! There were "ooohhhs" and "aaaahhhhs" from the whole room. Novelty is everything. So is Star Wars.

Well, that's our week. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below.

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Five for Friday (1/1/16)


Happy first day of 2016! I can't wait to see what's in store for this year!

We had 6 Christmases together as a family, and the kids had another at their dad's house. The only day we didn't have a big production was Christmas Day. The kids opened their gifts from us a day early since the Mr. had to work Christmas day. 

The actual Christmas day went something like this:

Making that cinnamon roll tree was about as much movement as I got in all day. It was glorious!

I took (some of) the kids to get their pictures taken at the beginning of break. We tried tradition poses and it just wasn't working. So we ended up with this:

The other two kids are getting their pictures done today. We rarely have all five of them together anymore, so we take what we can get. 

I reached 1000 followers on Instagram right at the beginning of break! Thank you all! And if you don't follow me but want to click here. Because of this, I added a little freebie to my TpT store. You can get it here or by clicking on the picture.

I also added a couple new resources to my store to get you going in the new year.

Every January, we spend AT LEAST the first week reviewing behavior expectations. This year, we're going to write and illustrate our own behavior books they can keep in their book boxes and refer back to as needed.

We'll also be reviewing math facts when we return to school. My littles are struggling with base 10 numbers, so we'll be playing Base 10 Scoot the first week back.

And to ring in the new year right, everything in my store is 20% today!

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