Thursday, October 16, 2014

Getting Festive for Fall with the Virginia Bloggers

Thanks for stopping by!  Welcome to the Getting Festive for Fall with the Virginia Bloggers Blog Hop!

Your freebie is a Halloween subtraction unit.

We have student choice math centers on Fridays.  One of my new favorite activities are clip cards.  I have some support during my math lessons, so when clip cards come out, any adult walking into my room knows exactly how to help!
There are 6 pages of clip cards (one page is shown below), totaling 36 cards.
 I have also included 2 subtraction I Spy printables.  Just print and go!  Provide the children with a magnifying glass and they will be set!  Answer keys are included.
Ready for another great freebie?  Check out what my friend Andrea, from Reading Towards the Stars! has for y

Friday, September 19, 2014

a peek into our week ...

We have been busy!

I'm linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for my

Here's a look into our week ...
 Our reading series, SuperKids, comes with nonfiction magazines for each unit.  My kids jumped right in on the first magazine and loved to read about different kinds of shoes!
 I am loving math centers this year!
 We jumped into reading groups this week, too!
 One of my reading groups was reading about different seasons.  We are writing about the different seasons in the blank books from Target's dollar section.
 We are adding using beads ...
... and number lines.
Yesterday at recess I realized that with the 4 adults outside, we had five radios!  Just made me laugh!
 This weekend is our second weekend for The Way's production of "Trapped: Human Beings Are Not Objects."  This is a 90 minute walk through drama.  The picture above is a peek into the Heaven scene.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

SLANTbox Exchange

Have you been part of the SLANTbox Exchange? It's a lot of fun!!  Check out Jameson's page from Lessons With Coffee to learn more!
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I was matched up with Sarah from Learning by Hart.

Sarah and I have a lot in common!  We love Mr. Sketch markers, the color pink, pizza, and sports!  
Jameson's theme for August was hometown.  Sarah is from Boston and sent me Necco wafers (manufactured in Boston), kids book of things to see and do in Boston along with some history, notepads of her favorite team - Boston Red Sox, a Mason jar tumbler, and York peppermint patties (because they're my favorite!).

If you haven't done a SLANTbox Exchange, follow Jameson's blog so you know when the new sign ups are online!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday {September 5}

Happy Friday!  It is time to link up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for my

We use the enVision math series in my district.  A game is included at the beginning of each unit to send home for the children to play with their family.  We played this one at school with a partner before sending it home.  Quick review activity to use a number line to find which number is greater.  We had all 33 kids in my room playing together!
I love my magnet punctuation marks!  It makes fixing sentences fun!  One thing I don't like to cover with my littles is talk about an intruder drill, but unfortunately we have to.
 My friend and co-worker, Leah, and I didn't plan this!
 Our church hosts a walk-through drama each fall.  This is a sneak peek into the heaven scene from our dress rehearsal last night.  We kick off next weekend and will have several thousand people come through.
 We planted grass seeds today.  I shared last week that we were going to plant the grass seeds in cups and attach the child's picture to the front of the cup so it will look like they have grass hair!  After we had finished, there was a little bit of grass seed left that I didn't want to take home, so our behavior specialist took it around the playground and spread it.  It will be interesting to see if we get any new grass out of it!  The kids' cups are adorable!

Have a great weekend!  I am going to enjoy not doing any school work this weekend since I am all caught up!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five for Friday {August 29th)

It's Friday!  So that means it's time for
I am linking up with Kacey for my Five for Friday!

My nephew turned one this week!
 Micah is such a joy to our family!
We have been working on digraphs.  Here's one of our activities.
All grades in our school administered Interactive Achievement assessments in reading and math this week.  It has been a crazy week!

the sign in the middle of the door is my testing sign ... "Shhh!  We are testing.  Please come back later!" 
Our school librarian is doing a reading challenge for the 4th-6th graders and in our faculty meeting this week, she gave the challenge to us, too!  Read 40 books this school year.  I'm getting started now!
We begin our plant unit next week.  On Tuesday we are going to do this!  I took pictures this afternoon of the kiddos making funny faces.  They are going to love this lesson!  Click here for the pin.
photo of: Springtime Science with Seeds at Kindergarten Rocks via RainbowsWithinReach
I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Five for Friday {August 22}

Happy Friday!  I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for my 

Here's what has been happening this week ...

My family spent some time together on Saturday.  We swam at the pool where my grandma lives.  Here's my niece with her great-grandma.
 My birthday was last week, so along with the swim, we had a picnic.  Katie loves having her picture taken!
 I watched my niece and nephews for a little while last Sunday evening. Micah screamed every time I put him down, so instead I received lots of cuddles!  You can see the tears on his cheek!
 We started working on nonsense words this week.  My first graders are fabulous readers already and have been rocking this out!  I am so proud of them and kudos to our kindergarten teachers!
We read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? yesterday.  Then we colored buckets and attached them to the front of pocket folders (no space in my room for buckets!).

We LOVE Maximo from GoNoodle!  He has been part of our Morning Meetings this week!
Our classroom teachers have been going through training by Responsive Classroom in the last couple of years.  During the training we had this summer, the concept of student choice was brought up.  During a vertical team meeting at the beginning of the school year, the kindergarten and first grade teachers decided that we could do student choice during math centers on Fridays.  We took the plunge today!  The children could choose where they wanted to start - 3 centers and 15 minutes at each center.  There could only be 5 at each center (because I had 5 iPads to use).  I randomly chose name cards and they chose their center.  The ones at the end were excited that they were at the seat work center with me because that's what their first choice was!  Such sweet firsties!

We have a lot of math apps on the iPads.  The students could choose which one(s) they wanted to play.
 Clipping numbers after counting the pictures - game center.
 Count the image and glue the number that corresponds - seat work center with me.
The moms of two of our staff members have recently learned they have breast cancer.  One of the moms had surgery this week and we wore pink to support our co-worker and her momma.  We took a staff picture this afternoon.
 With the para in my room - she's fantastic!

What a busy week!  I hope you have a great weekend!