Sunday, December 13, 2015

Winter Festivities and a Freebie

Room 13 has been very busy! We only have 5 more days until winter break (not that I'm counting or anything).  

I am on the Winter Program Committee along with two of my teacher besties.   This year we decided to host Pictures with Santa as a fundraiser.  This was such an amazing experience.  So many of our students took pictures with Santa.  Our Santa and photographer were pretty amazing! 

We learned all about Reindeer and wrote an informative piece.  I've really been into directed drawings so I decided to do one for our reindeer writing. This directed drawing is from ARTventurous.  I just love how different and cute their drawings turned out.

This past week we wrote an opinion piece about Santa's Favorite Cookie.  My teacher bestie, Jamie, has the most adorable Santa craft that goes along with the opinion piece.  This was the first time I've let them cut all their own pieces.  I'm going to be honest, I was very nervous.  This OCD teacher likes nice straight cut lines.  I'm so happy I let them cut their own pieces.  They did amazing and they loved cutting their craft :)  What do you think?!

In preparing for this week I created, Do you want to Build a Snowman? goodie pack.  I just love this and it's so easy to put together. All you need is 3 pretzel sticks, 2 brown mini M&M's, 3 colored mini M&M's, 3 marshmallows, and 1 candy corn.  They can build their own little editable snowman.  Here's your free template {Click Here}

I found these amazing customizable holiday tags on Pinterest.  There are so many different options and colors you can choose from.  {Click Here} to get your own.

This time of year is my favorite! I'm one of those people that puts my Christmas tree up right after Thanksgiving.  This year I decided to do something a little different.  I found the most amazing paper that says, Happy Holidays, in a script font.  I am obsessed with the paper.  This is by far my favorite tree.  

That's all for tonight. It's time to get ready for tomorrow and my last week of school before winter break.  Hope you all have an amazing week!! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thankful Thoughts...

It's been way too long but I'm finally blogging.     Tomorrow is back to school after a week off.  I'm excited to get back and see my Littles.  Before we left for Thanksgiving break we had to make some turkeys.  I just love First Grade Blue Skies turkey craft.  I change the feathers and use stationary card stock instead.  I have to say it's one of my favorite crafts.  What do you think?!

We also did a directed turkey drawing.  I decided I would let them paint the turkeys and I just love how different they are.

This has been a week of relaxation, reflection, and thankfulness. I am thankful to have the opportunity of being a teacher.  It's been hard this year but I am THANKFUL.  I am THANKFUL to have to opportunity to make a difference.  I am THANKFUL for each and every one of my students.  I am THANKFUL for things not always being easy because at the end of the day I get through it.  I am THANKFUL for my colleagues that make me a better teacher because they are AMAZING!!! I am THANKFUL for my husband that supports me and listens to me when I just need to vent or talk about my day.  I am THANKFUL for the blessing of being a TEACHER! 

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and go into this week with smile and heart of thankfulness. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Elmer, Apples, Donors, and iPads

Here is my Five for Friday, on Sunday. I can't believe we are going to start our 7th week of school.  I've been very busy with some very exciting news.  


One of my favorite back to school units is Elmer.  Elmer is a special and colorful elephant.  I just love this book and craft that goes along with it.  I got this idea when I was student teaching.  My Master Teacher, Sheri Johnson was so creative.  I've used this every year since I've been teaching and I've shared it with my grade level and some of them do it too! The lesson in this book is that we are all different and special in our own ways. 

I decided in the beginning of the year that I want to decorate my door each month.  September is all about APPLES! Here is our door.  What do you think?! I used all Melonheadz clips.  You know I just love her clips :)

As I mentioned above, September is Apple month.  We read all about apples and also watched a PowerPoint on the Apple Life Cycle.   We wrote a narrative and then created a cute Apple Craft.  The PowerPoint and Apple Craft can be found in my TPT Store. 

Are you ready for the most EXCITING news?! Our class has received not one but TWO iPads from Donors Choose!!! I am beyond grateful and my students are so excited.  I finally created a project at Donors Choose.  My first grade bestie, Jamie, created her first project last year and received an iPad.  This inspired me to try.  My project was funded within hours.  I was so excited so I created another project.  This one was funded within a week.  I've had two projects fund in less than a month!!! 

My students are so excited! I'm currently working on my third project.  If you would like to support our classroom through Donors Choose or want to see what Donors Choose is all about click here

As soon as my first project funded from Donors Choose it was time to do research.  I spent hours on different blogs and Pinterest.  My goal in having iPads inside my classroom is to help students do research on topics we are learning about, become better writes, readers, and speakers.  

This week was our first week with iPads. We were reading and learning about Johnny Appleseed. During centers each group did research on Johnny Appleseed.  They used YouTube Kids and a reading app called EPIC.  It was so amazing to see them research a topic.  While they were listening to videos and reading they reordered their new findings on a recording sheet.  This sheet allowed them to write down words or draw pictures.  I have to say they were very engaged.  


Another goal in having an iPad is allowing students to publish their weekly writing on the iPad.  We had our first student do that this week.  He published his final draft for his informative writing about Johnny Appleseed on the iPad.  He was beyond excited and I was very proud.  What do you think?! 

This is only the 6th week of school and students are using iPads, doing research, and publishing their weekly writing! As a teacher this makes my heart happy.  This is all thanks to Donors Choose and those who donated to my classroom.  

This week we're going to do lots of apple science and investigating.  

I created this Apple Science Investigation Mini Book.  If you would like to purchase it click here.  

Please check back next week to see what exciting things are happening in room 13! Thank you for dropping by.

Friday, August 21, 2015

First Week Favorites!

This week was back to school and oh was it a busy week.  These are some of my favorites from the week.

Back to School Night

On Monday, we had Back to School Night.  I love all the different ideas there are for back to school.  I used my back to school pamphlet and I also created some goodies for my littles.

I created and gave each student these, re"MARK"able tags.  This is a great way to give each student a gift and not have to spend a lot of money.  

I also made them goodie bags.  I put a pencil, pencil sharpener, and a box of crayons in each  bag.  I bought my bags from Target.  Have I told you how much I love their Dollar Spot?!! I created the pencil tags using Melonheadz Clips

The First Day of School

I always forget how little first graders are when they start school.  I love taking pictures of my students and providing parents with a first day of school photo.  

I found a cute, "first day of school" chalkboard from Target.  My favorite part of the chalkboard is the section that asks them what they want to be when they grow-up. I told my littles to think about what they want to be. I didn't give them any suggestions because I really wanted it to be authentic.  Boy, it WAS!!! Their responses were doctors, nurses, chefs, police officers, teachers, firefighters, and one student said she wants to be a model.  This really is my FAVORITE first week memory.  

I put their pictures on our smile wall.  I keep these pictures up all year.  I just love to see how much they have grown by the time the year is over. 

Engage NY Math

Our school uses Engage NY for math.  This week we worked on number bonds and identifying the part, part, whole.  While I was walking around I noticed one student had labeled his part, part, whole on his number bond.  I just loved this!!! 

Kagan Structures

This summer I attended the Kagan Structures Seminar.  I really loved their strategies and structures.  I decided that this year I was going to focus on the hands up, stand up, pair up structure.  This is our first week of practice but I have to say they are doing pretty good :)

Writing and Craft

I love having my littles write. It's awesome seeing their growth at the end of the year.  This week we wrote about, what we're most excited about for first grade.  Their ideas were pretty funny!! Many of them wrote they are most excited about playing on the big playground structure (this just cracks me up). 

You know we have to create a craft to accompany our writing.  This craft is from the amazing FirstGradeBlueSkies.  I just love her crafts and packets.  The writing pages are also from her pack.  Their buses turned out very cute and my classroom is really looking like a 'classroom' with crafts and writing hanging.  

YAY it's FRIDAY!!!

If you know me, you know I L-O-V-E my coffee.  Friday's are treat day and I pick up a coffee from Dutch Bros.  I don't know if you've every had Dutch Bros. but let me tell you, it's AhhhMazing!!!  I actually thought my lid was very fitting for my week... "Get Up Early, Stay Up Late, CHANGE THE WORLD." Isn't this the life of a teacher?!

Well that's it for today.  I'm exhausted and ready to enjoy my weekend!! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five For Friday... Classroom Decor

It's that time to link up for Five for Friday!  This week was back to school for me.  No kids yet but a lot of meetings and professional development.  Yesterday, we had time to setup our rooms and I finished setting up today (HAPPY DANCE)!!!

Here are some areas of my room I just love!!! 

Here is my Back to School Door!! I got the idea from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd Grade.  I just love it!! The Kidlettes are from Melonheadz and the Composition Notebook clip is a freebie from Little Lady Violet.  

Here is my classroom library and my "smile" wall.  This is one of my favorite spaces in my room.  The "smile" banner is from Target.  Gotta love the Dollar Spot!!!  My marquee letter is from Joann's.  My table is from IKEA.   I bought my chalk paint for the table top and table at Walmart.  My book bins are from Dollar Tree.  I spray painted those turquoise because they only had red when I went to buy them.  My bulletin board paper is from GW School Supply.  

One the first day of school I will take pictures of my students and these photos will  be displayed on my "smile" wall.  

These are my morning work binders and students pencil boxes.  {If you didn't notice, I'm a bit obsessed with Melonheadz Clips.  I just love her items.} I hope they love their binders as much as I do.  My name plates are from my TPT Store.  I have many different styles and they are all editable.  If you like the name plates click here

This is my back  to school pamphlet that I created for Back to School Night.  I am going to print mine in color and also print them in English and Spanish.  You can purchase this editable pamphlet in my TPT Store.  Just click on the picture below :)

My last item to share are my Blooms Taxonomy Posters.  I created these to remind my students and myself of the Blooms Levels.  You can also find these in my TPT Store.  Just click on the picture below.

Well that is it for today.  This teacher is tried and has lots to get done here at home.  I'm back to school on Monday.  Thank you for stopping by!!