Five for Friday (2/26/16)

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Happy Friday! It's been a bang-up week over here (literally) and I am thankful for a little weekend rest. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for one of my favorite linkys: Five for Friday!

We've been learning about Texas and US symbols this month, so as a culminating activity, the kids made their own personal symbols book. They had to decide what animal, flag, song, etc. would represent them and draw and write about it in their books. You can get your own copy of it here.

Tuesday, we had a data meeting so we actually got to GO OFF CAMPUS FOR LUNCH!!! Can you believe it?! A real lunch like "other people" have!

We went to a local taco place and everything was great until…dun, dun, dun…I stood up. Yeah that's it. I stood up, rolled my ankle, and went down with a bang. My ankle swelled up almost instantly and it's all blue and purple now. (They should have named me Grace!)

Being the resourceful person I am, when I got back to campus, I stuck an ice pack on it, tightened up my pants leg, and used a binder clip to hold it all still.

Yes, I know I'm a nerd.

Being that I couldn't walk on it by the time I got home, I put in for a sub and stayed home Wednesday. I got so much done on the computer! Check out my newest math centers set. It's the perfect balance between baseball and beauty.

Included in this set are centers for: base 10 comparison, telling time, adding 2 numbers, adding 3 numbers, subtraction, coin identification, measurement, number bonds, missing numbers/sequencing, graphing and data analysis, and adding 10. Each center includes recording sheets as well.

I also made a spring version of my number order task cards. Ninja Bunnies anyone? There are four different levels to meet all your students' needs as well as two different recording sheets. 

Thursday was the school's Black History month performance. My class has been very focused on equality and civil rights so they sang Respect from Aretha Franklin. So. Stinkin'. Cute!

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

Five for Friday (2/19/16)


OMG! What a week! This is one teacher that is thankful for weekends! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday linky.

We've been working hard this week on our Valentines math centers. I know Valentines is over, but with a super hero theme, we're stretching it out for all of February. And they love it! Math center time is when they are the most engaged, and I have seen amazing growth this year!

We've been learning about fractions whole group, at they are loving using Skittles and M&Ms to find parts and wholes. 

We have flexible seating in our classroom, but this ball did not make it out alive. Pencils and stability balls do not mix. Good thing it was only $5. 

We are one big happy family in our classroom and I let the kiddos work pretty much anywhere as long as they are actually working. Yesterday, they hijacked my horseshoe table because they all wanted to work with me. <3 One asked me if I'd be his 2nd grade teacher next year. (Melt my heart!)

We've been testing reading levels and skills pretty much since we got back from winter break. But yesterday, I FINALLY finished! The last of the DRA testing is complete! I was so impressed with how much some of them had grown. It's amazing!

We've been learning about Texas symbols and significant people this week. We put together a book about some of the state symbols. They L-O-V-E-D making a book to take home and show their families. 

We did a write the room activity to learn about more Texas symbols...

…and made a cowboy/girl glyph to go along with it. (Check out more of my Texas resources here.)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a fabulous week! Now swing over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun.

Five for Friday (2/5/16)


Oh my word! What a busy week! There was some kind event every day this week and this teacher is wiped out! This week was full of live and learn lessons. Keep reading for some real teacher talk.

We began letter writing this week. If you've been following my blog this year, you'll know my class is a tad bit...ahem…creative.

In math, we've been working on 3D shapes. We tried to make our own. We were mildly successful. Some were able to put two shapes together on their own. Many needed help. Three cried. It took an hour. We colored after that. #somedaysarelikethat

Tuesday was Groundhog day. We used this freebie from First Grade Blue Skies and made it into a puppet. (This year, we LOVE puppets.) It helped offset the trauma of shape folding.

Wednesday was our 100th day of school. Our district scheduled training for this day, so I missed the first half of the day with my kiddos. :( When I got back in the afternoon, we made these super cute cupcakes with 100 sprinkles. Confetti/sprinkles are just like glitter: think long and hard before you get it out. #confettieverywhere It was still the "best day ever" even though they had to clean up all their messes. I'm thinking next year, we'll make sprinkle donuts instead of cupcakes.

We also started our Black History Month research. I used this set from Amy Lemons to introduce the topic with The Crayon Box That Talked. Later, we researched Rosa Parks and made these adorable buses with facts about her on them. This year's class is VERY aware of cultural differences and passionate about equality. We have had the most amazing conversations about civil rights.

Today, we'll be enjoying a few football themed activities in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl. I love this day each year and I'm not really a big football fan. I guess it's my way of through a Super Bowl party in a girly, teachery way!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun! Happy Friday!

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