Friday, May 9, 2014

Five For Friday

I'm excited to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday! 
I was sent these lovely flowers by my grade-level.  I completed BTSA this week, which as you know is SO exciting.  I have the best grade level co-workers! They also threw a potluck for me on Tuesday. 

As I just mentioned above, I completed BTSA.  It was a long 2 years but I am done...Yay!!! 

This week was all about Mother's Day.  We decided to make some notepads for the moms.  I used clips from Melonheadz. (I'm slightly addicted to her clips.)  I actually love the way they turned out.  I found some super cute bling pencils from Michael's that we included so they hand something to write with.  

The second part of our Mother's Day gift was a picture and a magnet.  I made a Happy Mother's Day chalkboard sign and the kids took a picture holding the sign. The magnet was so cute and very easy.  I bought some clothespins and covered them with some cute polka-dot washi tape.  We glued a magnet on the back and a cute rhinestone on the front.  

For the card I decided to do something a little different.  We created a card that folded and tied.  On the inside the kids wrote a message to their mom.  I used different types of card stock that I had.  They made a matching Mother's Day Tag that we put on a popsicle stick.  We used this to hang out of the gift bag.  I was very happy with their gifts and they were ecstatic! 

Finally, it was Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our Admin Staff made these awesome gifts for us and also provided a breakfast.  I have some awesome Admin and Co-Workers!!

That's all for now. Check in to see what Room 13 is up to next week.  Have a wonderful and restful weekend!! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

A ZOO-tastic Week

We had a Zoo-tastic week! On Tuesday, our class went to the Chaffee Zoo.  My students' had so much fun! I on the other hand was a complete stress case.  It's a little nerve wracking accounting for 21 little ones that get excited and jet off.  Don't worry when we got back all students were accounted for :)  

They loved seeing all the animals! There were so many too.  I hadn't been to the Chaffee Zoo in years and couldn't believe how big it is.  

They loved Sting Ray Bay

This was truly our favorite. Sea Lion Cove was

When I saw this it cracked me up. I'm on the same diet as a turtle :)

I created a Zoo Guide/Emergency Contact book for my students'.  I loved the way they turned out.  I was amazed to see them actually pulling out the map and using it.  It was very cute! Oh how they have grown so much.   

I put their Zoo Guide and snack in this ziplock bag.  Each student wore one.  I loved this idea! My teacher friend, Jamie Huerta came up with it. 
Since we took a trip to the zoo, it was only fitting that we write about our experience.  This week I had my students' peer edit their paper.  I have to say I was so surprised at how well they did.  I was so happy with the final product and did I mention they peer edited (As you can tell I'm very excited about this)! 

Lastly, we are working on nonstandard units of measurement.  For the math lesson it required that each student use paper clips.  As you can imagine that could be a little crazy for first graders (and probably extremely stressful for this OCD teacher).  I figured sine I have measurement clipart by the AMAZING Melonheadz I would put it to use.  I created  paper clip rulers for each student.  Each student received four rulers, two for in class and two for at home.   I also created a pencil ruler as well.  

That's all for now.  Have a wonderful weekend and remember to check back next week to see what Room 13 is up to! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Open House, Easter, and a Giveaway...

I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I've blogged.  So much has happened.  I will start with Open House.  

I decided to take a different approach for Open House.  I had my students' take the lead and guide their parents around the room.  I created a Ticket, which served as a passport.  On the back of the ticket there was a checklist for different sections of our classroom.  I have to say, the kids loved it! It was so much fun to see them take charge.  I used Melonheadz Illustrating clipart for the ticket, so as you can imagine it was so cute! 

I also had a gift basket giveaway.  Students and families that came were able to guess how many jelly beans there were in a jar.  It was so much fun to see families working together!

I used clips from Graphics From the Pond. I just love her Scappy Kids :)

I set up a station where parents could color a bookmark for their child.  This was something so simple but the parents loved the idea.   

This just made my night! One of my student's brought me these beautiful roses from her house! Aren't they just beautiful?! Our classroom smelled so good :)

I created a slideshow for parents.  I couldn't believe how many pictures I've taken this year.  I had over 350 pictures.  It was so awesome to see how much my students' have grown. 

We didn't have a party on the last day of school before Spring Break, but we did have some fun.  Each student received an Easter pencil and they go to color an Easter Egg.

I found the tin bucket and pencils at Target! 

The egg is a clip from Melonheadz Illustrating.  She is one of my favorites! I just love her clips :)

The Giveaway...
I'm so excited to be participating in a giveaway hosted by Ramona Recommends.  She is turning 30 and has put together an awesome giveaway!  Without further ado....

To say thank you, I have invited my TOP 30 favorite sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers to share in my birthday excitement. A HUGE thank you goes out to all 30 sellers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my 30th birthday celebration ROCKIN! I am so excited to introduce who the "birthday presents" will be from...

Every time I look at this picture, I get excited. So! I hope you are too. Here is how the giveaway will work. It will start bright and early Monday, April 21st and go through Friday, April 25th at 11:59pm Please make sure to read this section as there are a few ground rules to enter. Because this is a huge giveaway, I broke down the presents into three groups. You may enter all 3 giveaways. Please do what is asked of you to enter. I know it can be a little daunting if there are 10003 (or 30) tasks for one giveaway; that is why I made 3 different giveaways. I just ask as a gift to me you follow the rules. I want my Top 30 sellers to get love as well. ***If you enter all three giveaways, you only need to do Ramona Recommends stuff once.***The 3 Winners will be announced and emailed that weekend (possibly Monday). Those three winners will receive emails from the donors with the birthday present they won. For example: If Rita Book entered Birthday Present 1 and WON, she would get all those treats only. So! I suggest entering all 3. You never know you; could win all three! :)
 Inside Birthday Present #1
Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd loves Parts of Speech Scoot and More
Teaching and Much Moore loves Cooking Up Comprehension
Teacher to the Core loves Comprehension and Fluency 101
A Kindergarten Life for Me loves Winner's Choice
Easy Teaching Tools loves Summer Literacy Handbook K-3
Sparkling in Second loves Spin a Modifier (Activity for Adverbs and Adjectives)
Laugh Love Learn loves Sun, Sand, and Math
All Y'All Need loves A Unit Inspired by Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
Meet Miss Parker loves Spring Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages
Mrs. Peterson Loves to Teach loves I can Statements Common Core 1st Grade
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 Inside Birthday Present #2
Ramona Recommends loves The Scoop about Close Reading
Teaching with a Mountain View loves Addition and Subtraction Task Cards
Oh Boy 4th Grade loves Winner's Choice
Melonheadz Illustrations loves Beauty Bundle 
KG Fonts loves One Font Single Font License
Ideas by Jivey loves Because of Winn Dixie Novel Unit
One Extra Degree loves GLUE IT! Multi-Step High Order Thinking Interactive Journals
The Library Fox loves Winner's Choice/$5 or under clip art set
Lesson with Laughter loves Winner's Choice
The Brown Bag Teacher loves ROOTS Hands On Activities for Greek/Latin Root Words

 Inside Birthday Present #3
The Science Penguin loves Science Notebook Activities
Teaching in Room 6 loves Is it Summer Yet Palm Poet-Tree
Free to Teach loves Figuartive Langauge Unit
Teach. Inspire. Change. loves Position Research Paper Unit 
Beach Lovin' Teach loves Mr. Brown's Precepts Classroom Posters
Fourth & Ten loves Spelling Contracts Through the Year
Sailing into Second loves Spring into Learning 6 Literacy and Math Centers
For the Love of Teaching loves Editable End of the Year Candy Bar Awards
4th grade Frolics loves Rounding, Rounding, and Ordering Too Math Activities
Where the Wild Things Learn loves ELA Common Core Review and Test Prep a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for coming to my birthday party aka 30th birthday giveaway. It was a pleasure to be your hostess. Go check out these amazing seller's blogs and Teachers Pay Teachers stores! Many of these sellers have Instagram accounts too. If you want to follow me on Insta CLICK HERE!

Side Note: There will be no Tuesday with Ramona Recommends blog post  this week, but I will post some of my new favorite picture books on Instagram throughout the week.