Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Great Beginning Chapter Books

Happy Christmas vacation, Friends!

     Like so many of you I am enjoying family, friends, time off, and just a change of pace.  It is also a pleasure to have extra time to work on new materials for my classroom.

     During my extra time I have been working on materials for my reading time.  Several sweet girls in my classroom have the goal of reading chapter books and earn additional AR ribbons and jewels.  The girls are a bit below grade level and I would love, love, love for them to achieve their goal.

     Our school has the Accelerated Reader (AR) program.  As part of the AR program, students earn ribbons and jewels for the many books they read.  As students read higher level books they earn more ribbons and jewels.  Generally during second grade students really get into the groove of reading and earning AR ribbons and jewels.

     To help my students achieve their next goal I searched my classroom library for chapter books at their level.  I found several Patricia Reilly Giff books perfect for the girls and students just beginning their chapter book reading journey.

     Here are two new book packets that I will be using with my sweet girls.  Visit my TpT store to get your copy of All About Stacy and B-e-s-t Friends.

     I would love for you to check back often for new products, Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style post, and Five for Friday!

     It's almost ready - Popcorn Solid Read Aloud!  Stop by tomorrow for more!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Oh what fun!  This week we spent a little time creating and enjoying the season!  If you have read my posts during the last two weeks you'll remember that I'm giving my students 12 days of Christmas gifts.

On the 7th day of Christmas my teacher gave to me a special creative project.

The price of this gift $0!!!  

I was able to grab all the supplies from my stash of Christmas leftovers.  I didn't think I had enough green pipe cleaners, my paraprofessional suggested using white.  Several students selected white and created beautiful trees.

The expressions on the reindeer faces is priceless!

I found the tree on Pinterest and the reindeer was an oldie but goodie that grabbed from my stash.

A few students struggled with bending and twisting the pipe cleaners into the correct shapes.  With help from their friends and me everyone was successful.
Oh those sequins!  I have used and used my stash and they just seem to multiple.
Why not take a look at your stash of tidbits and create some thrifty fun.

Until next time,

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Five for Friday on Saturday

I know that Kacey isn't hosting this week but here are my five things from the week...

This week ended my first five days of the Twelve Days of Christmas gifts for my students.  You can read about the Twelve Days here

My students are really getting into the little gift each day.  So far they received a pencil, an eraser, two fancy stickers, they got to chew gum in class, and had hot cocoa while watching Polar Express.  This first week cost me about $7.00.  Not bad for the gifts so far.  Oh, I also was able to use up some leftover items from last year.  Win-win for me, I emptied out a little space.

As the students come into the classroom each day I have a message on the smart board...

On the first day of Christmas,
My teacher gave to me...

a holiday pencil!

Hopefully this will help them remember that they are only getting the small gifts and experiences rather than one larger gift.  My co-worker said one of her students stated, "What no big gift."  I probably would have taken away his gift for the day!  Life as a teacher is really hard sometimes.😩

Check back next week for a recap on days six through ten.

Glitter, glitter, glitter!  It's beautiful!  I really do love glitter!  I love when the kids work on this project. 

Every year the Senior Citizens dinner is held in conjunction with our elementary Christmas program.  For the past several years the second grade students have made two-sided stand up trees for the centerpieces.

Each student makes one tree.  Then my classroom volunteer glues them together around a paper towel tube or maybe a tp tube which the students painted brown.

The kiddos are free to glitter away!

On tasty treat day we made our reindeer snack.  Perfect learning opportunity along with our caribou unit.

Interesting listening to the students say these are all girl caribou (they didn't say reindeer).  When asked why, they explained the female caribou keep their antlers all winter.

Don't you love when they make connections to their learning!

Friday finally came and I was off to co-host a table at our church's Festival of Tables event for ladies.  All the tables were beautiful!  Here is our table.  Disposable plates and silverware made for quick clean up when the event was done.  Our centerpiece was grabbed from my coffee table.  Super easy decorating, I just walked out with two shopping bags while others carried out boxes and boxes of decor.

Shopping - finished!!!  My husband has to order a few things on line but that is his thing, I'm done with my shopping.

I was so excited about this deal...
At a local department store I gathered up many gifts.  The total came to $125.  I set out a handful of coupons and asked the very nice clerk to use what will give me the best deal.  She was super polite!  As she figured everything out, I was hoping to get the total under a $100.  The super nice clerk announced my total $42.92!!!  Whhaatt!  I was shocked.  I quickly paid so she couldn't say she made a mistake.  And my next thought was, "Why didn't I buy more!"  Merry Christmas to me!

Until next time,

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


     Christmas is fast approaching, the number of school days between now and vacation are shrinking, and the kids are getting antsy!  Did I say the kids are talkative, forgetting all the expectations, restless, and just plain fidgety!!!  All these things make our jobs difficult.

     So to make your job easier...

     Here's a freebie for your math class!  The board game is called Name It Measure It.  Players work to name 2D and 3D shapes and measure line segments.  The game will be perfect for center activities during math workshop time.

     Visit my TpT store to grab your freebie.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy December 1st! 

How is that even possible!  Christmas decorations are popping up around the school.  I put mine up yesterday after school with the help of three students who have parents that work in the school.  It was such a big help!

Today's thrifty idea is all about student Christmas gifts.  Over the years I have tried many different gifts for my students. Some students appreciate the gifts they get and others seem like they could care less about the gift or even "wrinkle their nose" at the gift.

This year I've decided to give my students 12 Days of Christmas gifts.  Why?  Because I will spend less money, make each day special, and incorporate some activities that we would have done anyway.  Now those classroom activities are part of their Christmas gift!

Here is a list of the gifts I'm giving my kiddos.  These are not in any particular order.

-Christmas pencil
-Christmas eraser
-Christmas stickers (I'll give each student one fancy sticker to decorate their folder)
-hot cocoa and holiday movie
-lunch in the classroom with a holiday cartoon
-extra recess
-Christmas bingo (with starbursts for prizes)
-candy cane
-chew gum in class
-homemade Christmas cookie
-Christmas tree cake (little debbie type)
-Christmas bouncy ball

Many of the gifts I found at my favorite Dollar Tree store!  Love that store!

I'll let you know how my 12 Days of Christmas gifts work out in my classroom.  I would love to hear what your give your students for Christmas.