Friday, March 17, 2017

Five for Friday

 

Another week has flown by!  How is it already the middle of March?

Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!  

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I normally hate pictures of myself, but I think this is a pretty good one!

                                                                                                      
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St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans - I found these cute headbands at the dollar store.  I couldn't decide which to get, so I got month. (I know I am a big spender!)  While the students were at lunch and gym, I switched headbands and pretended nothing happened.  My normally unobservant students were quick to notice the difference!


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PARCC Testing Fun - We spent a lot of time preparing for the PARCC test by playing with the tools on the practice tests.  I wanted them to get play time out of their systems before testing next week.

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Donors Choose - Have you tried Donors Choose?  I love it!  I have a current project up.  Right not, I am getting a little worried about getting it founded.  I only have 15 days left to get it funded.  If you are interested in helping or want to check out Donors Choose, click the pic below!

Thank-you photo

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My Beautiful Niece - I love this pic of my niece doing her tummy time!  She is the cutest!  



Friday, March 10, 2017

Five for Friday

 

 Last week felt very eventful.  This week not as much.  While we got a lot done, I must admit there was nothing super memorable.  It flew by in a haze of test prep and dealing with behavior issues.  Lucky me.

Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!  

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Read Aloud - I decided it was time to throw in another chapter book into our daily read aloud. February was full of picture books, so it was definitely past due.

My students actually are the ones to choose which book we read.  This week was spent reading the first chapter and looking at the covers of four different books (Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  All the books had something very important in common - there are movies that accompany them.  We will be forced to watch the movie after PARCC testing (timed just right for the finish of the book). Darn! 😀

* For anyone interested, my students voted on The Boxcar Children.  They were immediately obsessed by them!
                                                                                                             
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Laminating - Try not to be too jealous of me, but I have a fun night of laminating and cutting out these task cards so they will be ready for next week.  This is a great review for my low students. Interested in your own set?  Click the pic to get your own set.


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Women's History Month - I love using these sheets to teach my students a fact about a woman that has made a difference in history using math skills.  They have brought up great conversations.

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PARCC Testing - We finally got the PARCC Testing schedule.  I am first to test.  My luck keeps growing and growing.  The fun begins in 11 days.


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New Toy for my Fur Babies - My fur babies got a new cat stand from my dad.  They are on it all the time.  Unfortunately, Lemur has become a hog.  Poor Kiwi is stuck on the kitchen chair.



Friday, March 3, 2017

Five for Friday

 

 Tornado drill, bloodiest paper cut I have ever seen, tons of lost teeth, Dr. Seuss' birthday, new mandatory computer program, blah blah blah.  This was my week.  Now it's the weekend!  Woo-hoo!

Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!  

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Dental Health Month - I may have waited until the last two days of Dental Health Month, but I got my favorite Dental Health Activity completed!  We took hard boiled eggs and put them in pop overnight.  On day 2, we used a toothbrush and toothpaste and cleaned our eggs.  This is always a favorite activity and really shows my students why they need to brush their teeth!
                                                                                                             
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Dr. Seuss' Birthday - This year we didn't have as much time to get into all the Dr. Seuss activities that I would normally have completed.  Oh well, at least I got to wear my fabulous Cat in the Hat jewelry bought through my Etsy addiction! On another note, I may or may not need to enter an Etsy-anonymous rehab program soon.


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If I Ran the Zoo - I should have read this Dr. Seuss story this week.  It could have been an autobiography...

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Paczki Day - Fat Tuesday is Paczki Day!  If you have never had a Paczki, I highly recommend them! Yum!  I just felt the need to brag about my food! 😊


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Casimir Pulaski Day - Do you live outside the Chicago-land area?  If so, you probably never heard of him.  Growing up in this area, I always loved the guy, because I got the first Monday in March off of school.  I never took the time to know who he was or questioned why we got the day.  

Flash forward to when I became a teacher.  I felt the need to teach my students all about him. Unfortunately, there is not much out there.  I made my own product to help teachers show students what an amazing man he was!  Click the pic below if you want to check this out.

Casimir Pulaski Mini-Unit

Friday, February 24, 2017

Five for Friday

 

 Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!  Please note, this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation..

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Henry's Freedom Box - My favorite activity this week centered around Henry's Freedom Box.  I had a couple of boxes that they could choose to sit in for a minute to get a small feeling of what Henry must have felt.  It was the first time they showed any empathy during our Black History Month activities!

                                                                                                             
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Game Boards - Do you ever have too many materials and forget some of the things you have?  This happened to me with the game boards I had made.  I finally pulled them out this week and used them for fact practice review in math.  You would have thought this was the Holy Grail of math activities. I told my students that they can make their own boards the next time we had indoor recess.  I have also never seen so many down faces when we had outdoor recess all week (even though it's been in the 60's - unheard of here in the Chicago area in February)!




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Dr. Seuss - I have book envy.  My mom created this display for the library at the school she works at. I have requested this too.  Alas, I may actually have to make one myself!  Love it though!  Perfect for Dr. Seuss' birthday!


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Fluency Through Music - It's been awhile since I added music to our fluency folders.  This week we added Lean on Me.  Today we are making a musical big book of the song.  I love doing these with my students.  Click HERE to see the entire Fluency in Music Blog Post and get all the songs we have done already formatted for you to use in your classroom.


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Black History Month - Finish of Black History Month with a fun review activity.  Check out my task cards highlighting some famous names.  Great wrap-up activity (just one of the many uses)!  Click the pic below to find out how else you can use them!

Black History Task Cards

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday

I have missed Show and Tell Tuesday for awhile but I am glad to be back today!



This past weekend was my niece's baptism.  I am officially her godmother!  Isn't she beautiful?  The pic shows my sister Patti, Addison, and me.




Only 12 students showed up for President's Day.  Made for a fun day!  My favorite activity was Scholastic's If You Were President Activity.  My students got to make many decisions and read about them in a newspaper at the end.   They loved to try making new decisions to see how things would change.


This may seem crazy to have but it's my teacher toolbox.  I am by no means handy, but this little sucker has the tools I need to fix minor issues in my classroom.  Current fix - my bookshelves.  The backs do not stay on them very well.  Thanks to my dad for putting this together for me!


Black History Math (Addition and Subtraction)      Black History Addition Freebie

Teaching my students about Black History is huge in my school!  With that in mind, I have been creating a lot of new products to use in my classroom.  My favorite is this Black History Math.  My students answer the questions and find the name of the person that matches the clues at the bottom of the paper. This is a growing bundle, so if you are interested, get it now before the price goes up by clicking the pic.