Saturday, November 22, 2014

Five For Friday: November 21st

Holy Moly! I just looked at the date of my last post and I stink y'all.  I'm so sorry.  This life gets so busy sometimes and I can't even breathe.  In fact, I was teaching yesterday and was overcome with such horrible pain, I could hardly breathe, so I left to have the ER check me out.  It just so happens this teacher mama had a kidney stone on conference day. So we got that all diagnosed and rushed back to school for my conferences.  I mean who has time to be sick? But I'm back in action and here with my 5 for Friday.

After break we'll go back to 3 weeks of celebrating the holidays.  I'm getting ready now.  These holiday products below are all 20% off for the weekend.  
I'm especially excited about my Merry, Merry Mistletoe centers.  They are differentiated and there are several levels for each center.  You can check this pack out below. 

I posted my conference form on instagram and had some requests to share it. If you'd like the form, click below.

Every year our sweet counselor Mr. Kist heads up Everybody Counts week.  
First grade always learns about being blind. 
We learned about Braille and Mr. Kist makes all of their names in braille. 

 They also learned how to guide each other to complete a task.
 They did not find it easy when they couldn't see.

 Trying to identify objects.
In addition to these activities, I was given a book that was absolutely perfect for our week of Everybody Counts.  This book was not only great for teaching about how someone who is legally blind gets help from a guide dog to navigate, it also was great for teaching point of view.  This book is told by the guide dog. The kids fell in love with Sammy.

When we return from break we'll be doing our Holiday Express Unit. I've done this for the past 14 years and its one of my favorite times of year.  Below are my plans for the next two weeks.  
I'm also pretty excited to have our elf join us again this year.  My elf unit listed above will be put to good use our first week back. I also love the ideas Maria of KinderCraze shared last year. She made the experience magical for her sweeties and I can't wait to do the same.  If you want to some cute elf activities this unit is on sale.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Five For Friday- Oct. 31st

Happy Halloween! Are y'all as tired as me?  Thank goodness Halloween fell on a Friday but, oh my, it was 45 degrees and rainy! Can a girl catch a break? I mean all day in a classroom full of sugar happy children and then you get to trick or treat in the freezing cold! I am so happy to be in sweats on the couch right now. I thought I better get back to this thing they call blogging.  I feel like it's been forever, because it has.  I had a few crazy weeks. I presented for my district on Formative Instructional Practices, then had a sick kiddo, report cards and Halloween.  I'm also planning a future 5 year olds Ninja Turtle party.  And here is my 5 for Friday!

First, here are my sweet boys in their costumes tonight.  I also have a few of Landon at our school today.  For one year he's at school with me and it's so fun to see him all day. He's the classroom right across the hall.  

Last week our class had tons of pumpkin fun.  We did my sweet friend Cara's Pumpkin Investigation and a few other cute pumpkin activities along the way.  
We also read one of my favorite books, Too Many Pumpkins. Then we had our annual pumpkin party.  Just like Rebecca Estelle in the story, we ate tons of pumpkin treats.  One of my parents even made pumpkin manicotti.  

This week we had a bunch of Halloween fun.  Our centers were some of my kiddos favorites.  I found these cute grabbers with vampire teeth. My students got to grab balls with our sight words for the week and graph their word. We are also practicing making 10. I bought some cute eyeball erasers and  pumpkins and cauldrons.  The children had to find different ways to put the 10 eyeballs in the pumpkin and the cauldron.  
 They also did my Spooky Vowel Sort and of course listening center needed some fun glasses. 
Our Shared Reading this week from the fabulous Tracy Tegeler of Creekside Teacher Tales. We love her ebook Wendy the Witch and the Missing Socks.  On this day, students made predictions, read her story and then went and got their book boxes, to practice what they learned.  They chose a book from their book box on their level, that they hadn't read before. They had to use the cover and title to predict what the book would be about and then read to confirm their predictions.  
We also practiced prepositions with my little Spider's Stroll book.  We all love a good spider ring when reading. 

How cute is my staff?  The majority of the staff were the characters from the game Guess Who.  

Next week, we'll be celebrating our 50th Day of School. I have a mini-unit that will be posted by Sunday for this fabulous week.  We'll also read The Littlest Pilgrim for Shared Reading.  
Here is my unit for you all to download.  

Here are some of my new favorite things! 

My new favorite eyeliner! 

My mom just bought be these and I love them! 

I'm in love with these reclaimed wood signs. If I could move to a farm house tomorrow I would.  

I'm loving this phone case. I think I need it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Re-do of Reader's Workshop!

One of my best sellers is a unit I created a REALLY long time ago.  If you all have been blogging for a while and selling on TpT for 4 plus years, then y'all feel my pain when you look at old products. I'm not kidding, the other day someone bought my Reader's Workshop Response pack and I cringed. I wanted to scream through the computer, "NO.....let me give you, your money back!!" I'm not kidding. Is the content good? Yes. Is it cute at all? Oh goodness NO!!! So I had to redo the whole darn thing! I just couldn't take one more person buying such ugly response sheets.  If you already own this product, PLEASE go download it again. If not, it's great if you do Reader's Workshop and follows very closely with  Debbie Miller's book Reading with Meaning.  
Happy Reading!