Saturday, October 31, 2015

Five for Friday

Hey Friends!

Thanks Doodlebugs for your weekly Five for Friday!!!

Halloween week, how exciting!  I'm so glad our party was on a Friday.  Way better than starting the week off on a party high.  Don't you agree?

Here was my week...

1 - We completed the Skulls and Bones graphing activity.  I found out that my kiddos were good at making the graph but the interpretation of data was a different story. We'll have to focus on that several more times throughout the school.

2 - This week we took off soaring with bat-tastic learning!  We started the week with a blank anchor chart and recorded our schema first.  Of course, this took some teaching about schema.  Once the students got it, they were using the word! 

I like adding the students' initials on the schema section.  They really take ownership and want their initials to be recognized also.
While seaching Pinterest for some anchor chart inspiration I found a chart on  this site - 
I would like to thank Lindsay and give her credit for inspiring me!

We continued the week with some bat poetry and added to our chart.

We ended the week writing a short non-fiction piece about bats.  I was so happy my classroom volunteer was in our room on Thursday to get our painting done.  
Mrs. Hoida, you're the best!!!

Here is our great hallway display!
If this is your painting idea please let me know so I can give you credit.

3 - More math activities...
While at the grocery store a while back I grabbed a bag of ghost marshmallows.  Of course at the time I just knew I would create a cute graphing project.  Well, as you know life happens and I found the bag of ghosts tucked safely inside the cupboard.  Since I didn't want these little guys to just get stale in the cupboard I had my math class graph them!  
Win, win, win! - great math lesson, tasty treat, and the ghosts are out of my cupboard!

We also had a chance to play some great math games.  Sorry but I don't know where these wonderful games came from.  If they are your product, give me a shout so I can give you credit.

4 - Okay this was from last week but I didn't have a chance to post a 5 for Friday last week.  To conclude our spider-rific learning we made these cuties.  (Thank you Pinterest!)  How cute to see everyone engaged in creating their own spiders.  There were smiles all around when they were able to finally eat these little guys.

5 - Busy weekend with family.  We were so happy to have my niece, her husband and their two girls visiting us for the weekend.  At one point there were toys all over!  If you know me that is not a usual look for my house.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Tomorrow is the big day!  The first classroom party of the year.  Everyone will be so excited.  Our school is allowing the students to come dressed in their costumes (school appropriate)!  We've never allowed students in their costumes all day so this will be interesting to see how it all works out.

Below is the list of items I came up with our classroom charades game.  Just print and cut apart.  I'm not going to laminate mine because it is so easy to print the slips of paper again next year.  And I won't have to store them and then remember where I put the slips of paper.

Just a hint for the day after or few days after Halloween stop by your favorite Family Dollar store to grab Halloween items for next year!  I did this last year and scored a bunch of cool things (erasers, squishy bugs, etc.) for our party this year all at 75% off the regular price.  Also, remember to check the clearance candy section for some good deals.  I like to have treats around for the occasional bingo type games we play in class.

Here is another thrifty idea to lead up to Thanksgiving...

Many of you do estimation jars.  This year my estimation jar will have a little twist.  Here is a list of what will be in my classroom estimation jar:

~ acorns
~acorns and candy corn
~candy corn
~candy corn and turkey feathers (regular colored feathers)
~dried corn kernels or popcorn kernels
~corn kernels and turkey feathers

All of the items are free or very cheap.  I like to put two different items in the jar to get my kiddos looking at the items in the jar in different ways and focusing on different objects.  I've never put more than two things in the jar but maybe that would be a challenge.

The student who guesses correctly or closest to correct will earn a space on our classroom bingo board (it's a PBIS thing) or sometimes I hand out a candy treat.

Finally, I have a favor to ask...
if possible could you please click on the link and vote for my school?  We are trying to win a technology grant!  I would really, really appreciate it. 

Our school is Coleman.  
Right now we are in 5th place but hoping to move up in the rankings.
Thank you so much!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends,

I'm here with a some not so original ideas.  Instead I would like to share a few Halloween party games that I found while searching the web.

I found four different activities and if your school parties are like mine, there really isn't time for too many games.  You can relate to the super excited, costume clad, too much sugar grade schooler!!!

Well anyway, last week I gave you my two favorite games, here are the freebies I found for you.  Check out all the great bloggers and their ideas!

I love the use of candy corn for marking the bingo spaces. The site has different bingo cards.

2 - Mr. Bones relay & Throw Me A Bone - scroll down the page to find the 2nd-3rd grade games.
I think we will try the Mr. Bones relay this year.  All I have to do is print and cut out.  This will be great job for my classroom volunteer.  I will enlarge the picture to make it easier for the students to handle.

3 - Halloween Charades - here is a great list on charades ideas.  Just print and you're ready to go.

4 - Mummy Bowling - So cute!  I've used pumpkin bowling in my classroom but mummy bowling is way cuter!

Enjoy these easy, no/low-prep Halloween party actitivies!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Five for Friday

Thanks for the great linky party!

Wow! What great students!  My kiddos are doing wonderful with their AR reading.  Most of the students enjoy the time to get lost in a book. It is so heart warming to see and hear their excitement when they reach another AR level.

Technically this is from last Friday but you can relate to how crazy a teacher's week can be.
Our local fire department prepared a fantastic morning of learning for our first, second, and third grade students!  These men are fabulous, most of them took the day off of work to volunteer their time for our fire safety day.  Our school is very fortunate to have our very own firefighter PE teacher.  He was the organizer of the event.  Thank you, Mr. Peters!!!

I love these new black storage cubes I picked up at Walmart super late in the summer.  I haven't put anything in the cubes yet, I'm in no hurry.

Our intervention groups are up and running!  We had so many beginning of the year assessments-aaahhh.
It is so fun to have a set intervention group.  Although it is our hope that students will be able to move from the more directed groups to the higher level thinking groups.
The Fry Words app is a great tool for my students.  Occasionally we have a few minutes at the end of our intervention lesson to work on an app or play a high frequency word game. 

Finally, here is a FREEBIE Rachel and I created to go along with the Journeys Henry and Mudge units.  The product includes poke cards and QR codes
two different products in one!  Wow!  Stop by our store to grab your copy. Click the picture.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Halloween classroom parties are fast approaching.  
I just wanted to share my tips for our classroom parties with you.

Plan, plan, plan!  I have not had successful classroom parties when I just let things happen.  That is when things happen, if you get my drift.  If you don't get my drift that's okay.

My planning starts at the beginning of the school year when I have parents sign up to bring treats for our classroom parties.  We have three parties throughout the school year - Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.

Many parents ask for treat suggestions, here are my suggestions to them:
bottled water
string cheese
cheese and crackers
sausage and crackers
chips/popcorn/snack mix
puppy chow (most kids just take a small scoop)

I have learned over the years that most cookies, cupcakes, and brownies have one bite taken out of it and the rest get tossed into the trash.  Parents appreciate when their child is not filled up with sugary treats.

Minimal set up - I have a table cloth for each of the holidays and I pick up the paper plates and napkins from Dollar Tree (my favorite dollar store).  The dollar store table covers are easily rolled up and tossed in the trash - super easy clean up!

Activities - bingo games are my go to games.  I have holiday bingo games for each of the parties.  I used clip art and created my own bingo cards.  
Pictionary type games are my second favorite.  Often parents show up and want to "visit" the party.  When they stop in for a visit I always have a list of holiday words ready.

Here is my twist on Pictionary - I use my Eggspert!  The class is divided into two teams, one player from each team comes up to the Eggspert.  (I only connect two of the buzzers.) The parent starts drawing as soon as they know the answer the player pushes their buzzer and answers quickly.  Since  many students like to shout out the answer they may be giving the opposing team the answer! When their opponent answers before they do the shouting out usually cuts down because they do not want to give answers.  When we are using Eggspert there is no discussion about which team said the answer first.

The weekend is coming!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thrifty Thursday, Friends!

Halloween is fast approaching and you know how the kiddos in your class like to talk about all things Halloween!

On one of my almost weekly trips to my favorite dollar store - Dollar Tree 
I found these great skull and bone candy packets.  Of course they are perfect for a math class graphing activity.

To go along with the candy packets I created this freebie for you and your students.
Stop by my TpT store to grab your freebie.  

Have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thrify Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Friends!  
It's Rachel again...

Our/my days are hectic! 

For me the day starts between 5-6 AM with the baby waking up. Then I have a couple hours filled with getting the baby ready for daycare, feeding the dogs, feeding the horse, packing lunches, getting my husband up and going (wouldn't we all like a few extra minutes cuddled in bed), and finally getting myself ready to go to work. 

Then it's time to head to work for the day. After a long day at work the last thing I want to worry about is what to cook for dinner that night. 

Since having a baby and going back to work, the crockpot has been my best friend for dinner.  Like many of you having dinner ready when I get home from work is a blessing, so much better than running through the drive-thru.

All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in before you leave and like magic you have an amazing dinner all ready when you get home. 

This recipe is not only really good but, also really thrifty dinner to make and a great comfort food. This is Pinterest inspired recipe and if it is your recipe let me know so I can credit you.

You only 4 ingredients -  a can of cream of mushroom soup (.60 cents on sale this week), a can of cream of chicken soup (.60 cents on sale this week), a packet of ranch dip mix ($1.00 at most places or I'm you could use spices to make your own like my mom does), and some pork chops.  The two cans of soup work best for four to five pork chops. 

First, spray your crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.

Then place the pork chops on the bottom.

Sprinkle the ranch dip over the pork chops.

Sprinkle with a little rosemary and add a bay leave (remember to remove the bay leave when you serve your pork chops.)

Then dump both of the soups on top of that.  Do not add water.

Put your crockpot on low for 6-8 hours and like magic you have dinner ready when you come home.  Don't you love the smell when you open the door to your home at the end of a long day!

We add rice or mashed potatoes and green beans or corn to make it a delicious hot dinner. 

Until next time,