Five for Friday (4/29/16)


Happy Friday! Where has this school year gone?! I can't believe it's almost May! We're starting to wind down the year and with that comes a few celebrations. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share these with you. 

We have been loving our end of year math centers. There's everything to end the year off strong by reviewing skills, playing games, and enjoying the last few days together. There are 20 centers in all and you can get your own set here.

We've been reading beginning chapter books in class to get my firsties feet wet with bigger books. I'm loving how excited and proud they are to start getting into more challenging texts! 

Because they're so excited, I ordered each of them a copy of Ready Freddy, Second Grade Rules! from Scholastic. They're only $1 each and make perfect end of the year gifts.

At my kids' middle school, they had a Kendra Scott trunk show fundraiser. Reps from the local store came and set up shop in the cafeteria and, for two hours, people could come and shop. Proceeds go directly to the school. I have to say, this is by far my most favorite fundraiser ever! It wasn't 50 pounds of cookie dough that didn't fit in my fridge and make me fat. It was't overpriced gift wrap. It was gorgeous jewelry, set up a block away from our house, and didn't make me count calories! AND it was just in time for Mother's Day!

Thursday night, my baby had her first band performance with the high school. My baby. Is going. Into HIGH SCHOOL! How did this happen?! I can't even. Can you see her? She's the one in the orange…

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekended and stop by Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fabulousness. 

Five for Friday (4/22/16)


Hello there! It's only been two weeks, but it feels like forever since I've blogged. I was so sick last week, then my son came down with it, so we've been a little out of sorts. That being said, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for TWO weeks of Five for Friday fun!
We started end of the year testing (it feels like we just did middle of the year assessments!) this week which means there are papers EVERYWHERE! I found these adorable folders in the Target dollar spot and they've been just perfect for controlling the clutter.

The top one has finished assessments, the "File and Forget" one has forms that weren't quite on level, and the "Is It Friday Yet?" one has all the ones I haven't done. Cause they take forever. And I'd rather it be Friday. 

Have you read this book yet? It's awesome! There are 300 strategies to reach every reader. 

It's so easy to find what skill you're looking for. The sides are labeled with reading levels, text type, and skills addressed.

If you don't have this book yet, find a copy and get ready to rock your reading groups!
We've been studying animal habitats (for like, forever) and this week the kids chose their own animal to draw in their natural habitat with chalk and crayons. Just say the word chalk to littles and they loose their minds. I love the way this one turned out! 

Ok, time for some #unfilteredclassrooms. We're at that point of the year where teachers are feeling like this: 

And our supplies are starting to look like this:

(Four years was apparently all it could take.) So this week, we implemented "The Great Pencil Challenge!" We have a pencil breaking culprit amongst all the other spring fever issues, so each student has their name written on their own individual pencil. At the end of the week, the people with  their pencil still in tact (not broken in half, no eraser bitten off, and they still know where it is!) get to go the treasure box. I HATE using the treasure box to bribe as incentives, but the issue with supplies is about to send me over the edge needing an intervention. 

And then, after we talked about how much time we have left together in 1st grade, I got a super sweet note:

…which made me tear up. Even on crazy days, they are so sweet and loving. Do you ever forget just how little your littles are? I do. But things like this bring me back. As much as I am ready for summer, I will miss this crazy group so much. We have 28 days of school left and my goal is to make the most of every single one of them. Here's to full moon, Earth Day, Friday crazy! It's the only one I'll ever get with them. Better make the most of it. :) (Sorry for getting sappy on you there, but this note…)

Now, go make the most of it with your crew, then stop by Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun. Have a great weekend. 

Five for Friday (4/8/16)


Hello fellow tired teachers! Have no fear, the end of the school year is near! We officially have 37 days of school left at the end of today. 37! Can you believe it?! In honor of this glorious occasion, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday fun!

We've been learning a lot about life science this semester, and in order to compare and contrast living things versus nonliving things, we did a little observing of some worms. Yes, worms. First, we explored our gummy worms—color, length, whether it moved or not—and determined that it was, in fact, nonliving. THEN, we got out the real worms and did the same thing. (Get the awesome data sheet from First Grade Wow here.) I can't even tell you how excited the kids were. My littlest little is STILL talking about the worms every chance he gets. DO THIS with your kids during your animal unit. They'll LOVE it.

To get your worms, you can go to a bait shop if you have one handy. OR you can do what I did and head over to your local Wal-Mart (sorry, Target) and pick up these babies: 

They're over there in the fishing department in a refrigerated case. (I'm telling you this because the first year I did this, I had NO IDEA where to get worms. Outside things are not my thing—unless it's having a beverage on a patio of course.)

Did you know those little window clings from the Target dollar spot stick to your whiteboard? I guess I never thought of it before. But I stuck one on there the other day just to see if it would stay okay and so far, so good. When the kids came in, you'd have thought I decorated for a party. Like we never have anything new in the room…geez!

April is national Autism Awareness month. We've discussed it a little bit by watching the Go Noodle Light it up Blue video and reading this book:

It doesn't specifically mention Autism, but it does talk about celebrating the differences each of us has to offer. It says things like, "Some monsters are quiet," and, "some monsters are like to talk and talk and talk." I have the kids stand up if the page describes them and love getting to see who else in the room is like them (as if we didn't already know who the talkers are!). 

If you haven't read this book yet, find a copy! It's simple, to the point, and well worth every penny. 

A student of mine checked out a book from the school library called A Book. I can't find an online image of it anywhere 'cause if you google "a book," well, you get everything. But it's a story of a little girl trying to find out what her story is. 

I love this book and someday I will find a copy of my own. It's great for discussing different genres of books, but I love that it talks about writing your own story. Not necessarily an actual story, YOUR story. 

If you haven't tried the Word Swag app yet, you NEED to. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I've gone a little Word Swag crazy lately. But who wouldn't when you can make images like this:

Seriously, try it. I guess I've always been a word fanatic, but really, you can't go wrong with this one. 

Thanks for stopping by! Now swing over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun!

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