Five for Good Friday


Happy Friday, y'all! Why is it the short weeks always seem to take the longest? At least we're out of school today and there's time to recover before Easter. :) I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday linky.

Monday was our first day back from spring break AND we had a field trip to the rodeo. On the plus side, the kids were too tired from getting up early to cause any mayhem. On the down side, I was too tired from getting up early to stay awake past 7:30 that night. But we had a great time seeing pig races, watching a monkey on a dog heard cattle, and visiting the petting zoo. There was even a llama, an alpaca, and some kangaroos there!

Yes, that really says, "Where weird meets western." (Austin's slogan is "Keep Austin Weird." And it is.)

The rest of the week, we worked on place value in math. I bought this set from Reagan Tunstall and we made place value pictures on Tuesday. I thought they came out pretty cute.

My favorite part of the day sometimes is calendar. This is when the students take over full responsibility for running the classroom. I really feel like it develops leadership skills and confidence, even in my shyest, quietest ones. We have a sign up sheet where students get to sign up for different days to run the calendar. Everyone gets a spot and turn at teaching each other.

The highlights from Thursday were our classroom egg hunt and our bunny directed drawings. I used this set from Greg at Kindergarten Smorgasboard for our CVC word hunt and this bunny directed drawing from First Grade Blue Skies.

I finally finished my end of the year math centers. I know it's not quite the end of the year yet (you know you're counting down!), but this set is designed to take you through most of April and May. There are 20 centers which review most of the skills covered in 1st grade including addition/ subtraction, adding 3 numbers, missing addend, fact families, number comparisons, base 10, coins, graphing, time, missing numbers, adding 10 and more. Check it out by clicking here or on the pictures.

AND you can get it 20% off this weekend during my Easter sale

Enjoy your weekend and stop by Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun!

Five for Friday: Spring Break Edition


Happy Friday, y'all! This week we've been on spring break. For the first time in several years, we didn't do anything amazing this week. No trips, no flights, not even bowling or movies. Know what? It was absolutely everything I needed! I won't need a vacation to recover from this vacation. I just may have problems getting up early on Monday. :-p

I did get some things done though, and I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday to tell you all about it.

I have all of my teacher files at the house now because of a lack of storage in my classroom this year. At the beginning of the week, I went through ALL OF IT. Every box, every binder, every everything. It only took two days but what a difference! It looks like such a mess, but it really is organized. (My next house WILL have an office!)

I have binders organized for each month of the year, plus a separate one for math, writing, and science. I need new ones for social studies and reading too, but that will have to wait for now.

I keep class sets of things I didn't use, extra copies for interventions, copied books, and centers in bins that are labeled. I cleaned all that mess out. I'm sure the guys who pick up our recycling are not going to be happy with me. 

I finished printing off the baseball math centers, task cards, scoot games, hide and seek games, and all the little things my firsties will be using next week. There's just something about fresh laminating in the morning…ahh…

I've also been working on the next unit of math centers. When I'm done, it should have enough centers to take you through most of April and May, depending on how often you change out your centers. I tend to leave the same centers in there for a couple of weeks so the kids have time to enjoy them and  review the skills they're working on. Hopefully it will be ready by the end of the weekend, so if you don't follow my store yet, get on it so you don't miss out!

Next week, our class is going to the rodeo. I'm sure it will be wonderful and the kids will have a blast. Our little city kids don't have much experience with farm animals and the country (even though it really only takes 15 minutes to get out of the city—without traffic) so this should be a great learning experience for all of them. I haven't made it to the rodeo in years and can't wait to show them around.

And finally, I came across this image the other day, and I really think this is something we need to ban together and enforce:

Who's with me on this?

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you're up to in the comments below then head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun! Have a great weekend!

Five for Friday (3/11/16)


Oh boy! Spring fever has sunk in in my classroom! It seems like each week is crazier than the one before it. It's okay though because spring break starts TODAY! To celebrate, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the always fabulous Five for Friday.

We started our Baseball Math Centers this week and the kids are loving them! These centers cover a little bit of everything, including addition, subtraction, number sequencing, measurement, time, and more. 

We're wrapping up our measurement unit and integrating a few fairy tales with it. We read Rapunzel on Tuesday, made a picture of her complete with crepe paper hair, and measured her hair with tiles. They turned out really cute!

I also found this most awesome Scotch tape that looks like a measuring tape. We read "How Big is a Foot," then I gave the kiddos a foot long section of tape and had them work in pairs to find things that were longer and shorter than a foot.   They loved this! And they were so focused! (That's a hard thing to do on a rainy day!)

Wednesday was stormy and dark all day. What better way to spend a dreary day than by doing a little flashlight reading? I grabbed some mini finger flashlights at Halloween so there were enough for everyone to have their own. The kids were in heaven.

I started reading Ron Clark's The Excellent 11 this week and I LOVE it. If you haven't read a Ron Clark book yet, go do it! They are great, easy, inspirational reads and you won't regret it.

This afternoon is the beginning of spring break. I see pajamas, a TLC binge watching session, and takeout in my future tonight. Can't. Wait. (It's funny how when you're 20, that's a really lame evening, but when you're a teacher in your 30's with kids at home too, that's pure heaven!)

How was your week? Let me know in the comments below then head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun. Have a great weekend!

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