Tuesday, June 4, 2013

End of the Year Thank You's

We're out of school now, but in case you aren't yet I thought I'd share a little thank you that I did for my custodian. You can never really thank your custodians enough!! I just grabbed some candy and a giftcard at Walmart. Click the picture if you want a copy of the tag (there's one for Junior Mints too).

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hello Again! Update and End of the Year Thoughts

This poor little blog has been forgotten for so long, but I'm back and hoping to get going again! This school year I've been preoccupied and to be honest I haven't done anything great and wonderful that I consider worthy of sharing with anyone. I've been off work since mid February with this little nugget.

And now she's grown into this big 7 week old nugget!
 
This week she's begun sleeping 7 hours in a row at night so I think my mind is finally rested enough to get back to blogging, yay!
 
I know it's a little early to talk about end of the year parties, but that's where my mind went. I'm not returning to work until May and by then the year is pretty much over. So I've already started thinking about what I'm going to get my kids and do for our party. Dollar Tree currently has kites 2 for $1!!
23" Fun Kites, 2-ct. Packs
They may be gone quickly though (sorry friends in my town, I may have bought 30 packs of these and almost emptied the shelf). If your Dollar Tree is out of stock you can order them online but you have to order 45 packs so you'd want to go in with about 3 other teachers. I'm also going to order them each a large beach ball from Oriental Trading.
 
I usually plan a few crafts or activities for our party but this year I'm keeping it as simple as possible (that's pretty much been my theme this whole year- which is why I haven't been blogging about the wonderful things I'm doing in the classroom). So here's my plan for our simple party:
1) sign each other's beach balls
2) go outside and fly kites or play with beach balls
3) comein and make ice cream sundaes
4) watch slideshow of our year while we eat
 
And that's it. Easy peasy with minimal prep work.
 
Is anyone else thinking this far ahead or is it just me? :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

School Supplies!

I got a box of goodies in the mail this week! I was honored to try out a school supply website, MPM School Supplies, and boy am I happy with my new treats.

I got a set of three soft dice that have clear pockets on each side. I don't know what I'm going to use them for yet, but the possibilities are endless! Also, post-it notes fit perfect inside the pockets. I also grabbed some 100th day of school glasses (it's never too early) and more transparent counters that I desperately needed to use with the many many math games we play.

I placed this order last Saturday and had a box on my doorstep by Tuesday! I am so impressed with the super quick shipping.

If you have used any of my Daily Data questions you may have a need for these.
Magnetic Sorting Circles
I've got a 10% off coupon code for your first ten purchases. Just use this link if you want to make an order. http://www.mpmschoolsupplies.com/redeem/S1210QKVPXRLW
In other news...I've been neglecting my blog for a few reasons.
1) School takes up so much time, ya know?!
2) I haven't felt super because I must be one of those lucky girls who has sickness her entire pregnancy. I'm expecting my first baby in February!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Addition Combinations

Hello blog, I'm back! I'm just stopping by to share an activity I'm using next week to find combinations of 10. A friend and I were planning this week and we've been using the "shake and spill" game (see this post about shake and spill) to find combinations but wanted to change it up just a little. You know, keep the kids interested. Add some candy and you have immediate interest! This is two pages so you can print front and back.
And if you can't handle kids getting sticky hands (or if you aren't allowed to have candy at school...we'll call it a "manipulative") here's a sheet with pennies instead of candy.
The hand clip art I used came from Elizabeth at SweetClipArt. Her clip art is free to use noncommercially (read the terms of use though). I'll be heading back to her site often.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Diagram of a Listener

I have a new favorite chart! I found this on pinterest and knew it would be great to use during the first week with my new little first graders.
Amanda (the smartie who made this) from First Grade Garden graciously allowed me to share a printable I made to go along with her anchor chart. I was so busy my first week that I never got around do doing this activity with the kids, so I'm saving it for one of those days when I think they need a big reminder about being good listeners. Also, I may tie it in with a writing lesson on labeling. Click the image to download this document.
 


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Morning Work: August Daily Data

I've posted about my morning work before, but since it's the start of a new year I'm going to mention it again in case you want to use it too. I start Daily Data the first week of school and it just gets a little more complex each month. I just finished putting together my August Daily Data activities. There are five weeks worth of questions to use for August but I hope nobody's started back yet and will need all five!

Anyway, Daily Data is basically just a question of the week that the kids answer on Monday and then each day they complete an activity that relates to the data. In August we do it whole group and I model every little step of the way. So we actually complete it during math time and not during morning work time. But after about a month the kids are able to complete it independenlty so I bump it up to morning work. And once the kids know what to do it's so easy to prepare. There's only one copy a week that you need to make and very little set-up (just posting the question on the board for Monday). Here's what our first week of Daily Data will look like this year:
This month all the questions are yes/no and are answered on a T-chart. On Tuesday we make a tally chart, Wednesday we write about the data, Thursday we write equations, and Friday we transfer the data to a pictograph. And then we do it all again the next week with a different question. Easy peasy!
We'll record our data on this page which is cut in half and glued into our math notebooks.


If you're interest you can check out the pack on TPT ($2.00).

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Using Flashcards

I was reading Leslie's blog, Kindergarten Works, the other day and she had the best idea for using flashcards during her guided math groups. You know that time at the beginning of group when the kids need to sit down and get busy while you're trying to fix a dang computer, or at the end when you really need to write down some notes but the kids need to be busy too? Well this is perfect and s.i.m.p.l.e.

Leslie's kids quiz each other with flashcards and lie them down on colored foam pieces according to how well they know the answer.
green = fast
yellow = slow
red = didn't know the answer
Hop over to Kindergarten Works to read more on her post about organizing her guided math area.

I was so excited I wanted to make little foam mats right then! I hoard craft supplies but wouldn't you know I only had green foam! So I just made a document to print off and use at my table. Here's a copy if you want it too.