Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Mitten Play!

Last Thursday was our performance day for The Mitten.  It went soooo well!  My heart is full of pride and joy for my littles.  If you want to watch it, check it out here:

We performed this show as a fund raiser for Polar Bears International.  We were only accepting change so we could make a "change" for the polar bears.  After collecting all of the coins, we needed to sort the types of coins.  This is one of our state standards, so it made coin sorting meaningful for them.

We are so thankful to be able to help the polar bears!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Adding up the fun with polar bears!

Happy Thursday!  I am so excited that today is the day my class will perform our play to raise money Polar Bears International.  I made this little invitation for our families and sent it in an email a few weeks ago.  It's made with Adobe Voice.  This app is so simple to use and can be used for so much.


As for our play, it's one of Heidi's AMAZING resources!  It's a play for primary aged children based on The Mitten.  Everyone of my littles has a part and each part is simple and fun.  In order to come and see our show, families will bring change to drop in polar bear buckets so we can Make a Change for the Polar Bears.  We also invited the campus to attend during the day, so we also supplied each classroom on my campus with a polar bear collection cup.

Here are some of our costumes:

We have also been learning about addition so we added some polar bears to the fun.  We learned there are three ways to solve addition number sentences:  draw a picture, use objects, or use a number line.  I made this little area in my room so students could freely choose the method that they preferred.

Click here to grab the posters for free in my little shop.

When we were learning about adding with number lines we used these polar pals.  I found them at Ikea years ago.  I hot glued a magnet to each polar bear on their paw and provided students with a polar bear, an ice plate that had "food", a number line, and a recording sheet.  Each "food" was folded in half and had a staple in it for the polar bear to be able to catch the food.

Students walked their polar bears to the ice plate and let them grab a food.  Then they recorded their addition number sentence on the recording sheet and walked their bear on the number line to solve the problem.  I wanted to see what would happen with 0+0= and this cutie wrote "nufen".  Ha ha!  So precious!

You can see one of my cuties using the number line by clicking here.

I have a few more addition ideas to post soon, but until then, wish us luck on our performance tonight!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Can you build this?

Hiya peeps!  I was sent a little message requesting these blocks be added to my store, so here they are.  Just click on the picture below to grab some free visual discrimination cards for your block center.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Greetings to You!

Happy "howl"idays from my little fur babies!

I have been a little busy over the last month because I got engaged to this guy!

 Our wedding will be on March 5, 2016, so we have been busy bees making tons of plans.

Sprinkles to us!

When we returned from Thanksgiving break, my littles were welcomed with a package under the tree.


Inside of it was our kindness reindeer named Snowflake.  Each day she delivers a letter from Santa about how we can show kindness to others at home and school.

We also learned about reindeer and had some reindeer races to see who should pull Santa's sleigh.

We raced the reindeer with balloon jets to see who could get to the finish line first. 

I love glyphs and tied reindeer fun into this little glyph.

Another polar animal we learned about were polar bears.  We learned how they stay warm with a blubber glove.  I added my fun little light ice to our freezing water.

We created dioramas of the arctic for our polar bears to live in.

One lesson we did really touched my littles.  We placed a polar bear on a block of ice in a cup and watched it throughout the day.  At the end of the day we saw the bear in a cup of water.  I explained that this is what is happening to their homes - they're melting away.  My sweeties were very upset about the truth that the polar bear's homes are melting that we wanted to make a change.

We decided to do a fund-raiser play by Heidi Songs based on the children's book, The Mitten.  We are inviting families to attend and bring any change to donate so we can make a change for the polar bears.  We are only collecting change so that we can sort it and master those coin TEKS as well.  ;)  All of our money will go to Polar Bears International.

I will be posting more about our play soon!

Next week is a Holidays Around the World week as we round up the semester and begin Christmas break.  We will be making our little suitcases tomorrow for our travels.

Snatch this freebie up from my store!

Have a merry week!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fabulous 50th Day of School!

Wow wee wow!  Today was fabulous!!  I love the 50th day of school.  We had a blast and learned so much!

We started our day with comparing the 1950's to today with this little reader.  Then we had a sock hop.

For a little extra literacy/printing practice we played Spin the Record from Kathleen's packet.  To play the game, students spin the record and record the matching beginning sound.

One game we played that was the bee's knees was sight word bowling.  I prepared my 6 sets of pins with ten different sight words.  Then the littles bowled and recorded the pins that fell down.

We continued our day with a hula hoop contest.  Then we made "hula hoop" necklaces with Froot Loops.  To help my littles be successful in creating their necklaces, I provided them with a sorting mat with five circles.  The littles then placed 10 Froot Loops in each circle to have five sets of 10.  

We are 50 days smarter!  I can't wait until next year's 50's day!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween fun with Oriental Trading!

Happy October!  It is a good feeling to be in the month of October.  The air is cooler, Kindergarteners are in their routine, and, of course, Halloween!

I was asked by Oriental Trading to review some of their fabulous goodies and picked some fun items for my Halloween party.  It is going to be a Red Carpet theme.  Take a look at this awesome stuff!

These items are the table ware.

These little stars and streamers are for decorations.

The Oscar trophies are for costume awards.

These will be used for the red carpet entrance.

If you love these items and all of the other goodies at Oriental trading, enter this spooktacular giveaway!

Visit www.spooktaculargiveaway.com today and enter to win our weekly prize -- $250 in Halloween products of your choice from Oriental Trading. Plus, we’re giving away a $25 Oriental Trading gift card every day! Contest ends October 17, 2015.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Retelling with Pete the Cat (and a Pete freebie!)

To all of my fellow school teacher peeps - Way to go on making it through the start of the year!  I am in my 12th year of teaching and I always forget how hard it is to get the year going and get into routine.

One of our first week lessons is about retelling a story - which is one of the three ways to read a book in Daily 5.  One of the ways to help littles on the third day of school understand this way to read is with our favorite feline - PETE!

We listen to the story of Pete the Cat - I Love my White Shoes and retell with my felt Pete the Cats pieces.

Then we used these buckets to walk through and kinesthetically retell the story. Students walked in a circle and stepped in each bucket then out of the bucket and onto the colored shoe.  Before students completed this activity I acted it out and changed my shoes with each bucket.

If you want the printables for this, click here.

After my littles understood retelling the story, they worked as a table to make a poster of each of the items Pete stepped in.  I love seeing my cuties work hard together, especially on the third day of school!


I also found this awesome Pete retelling activity but could not, for the life of me, print it off.  If you figure it out, please let me know.


Blessings to you this year!


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