Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Minion Measurement

Last week we were busy working on lots of new concepts in math.  One being measuring to the nearest inch.  My kids are in love with the minions from Despicable Me so I decided to use it to my advantage.  I found this adorable clipart and decided to make a measurement hunt for minions, goggles and all! Check out this cutie!

The kiddos cut out their goggle template and stapled the glasses to a sentence strip.  They had to hunt around the room for minions to measure and write their measurements on their recording form.  They LOVED this activity.  I added a quick check sheet to do with the kids for a quiz or morning work.  They all did pretty good and the activity had 100% engagement.  They all wanted to wear their goggles to recess and lunch ; ) LOVE it!

You can grab your copy at my teachers pay teachers shop or by clicking the image below.  


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

3 Digit Addition & Then Some

This week has been a very busy week full of testing and review work.  I am not the biggest fan, but have managed to make some fun little math activities and some partner games.  Hopefully you can find some use for these in your classroom. 
We just introduced 3 digit addition this week.  This seems to be  tricky for them, but they are excited to learn it.  I created a flip chart with some sample word problems to do together and then I made little math story problem booklets for them to use on their own.  They liked these a lot and the work I got out of them was great!  They love drawing pictures to match their problems! 

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I planned on letting them play a little partner game this week instead of math sheets or “real work”.  They enjoy these a lot!  The graphics I used were from my cute graphics.  Love this site and they free to use if you are not selling!

Click the game board below to grab your freebie.  If you really want to be the best teacher let them cover their jellybeans with jelly beans!!! Have a great week!  Feel free to share great math games you do in class.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Published Writing Party!

The day finally came where we got to celebrate finishing our published piece of writing from the Lucy Calkins writing series.  We have been working very hard to finish our information books and the kids really did great.  I had to work pretty hard to get all the books laminated with gold stars, but the kids loved them. 

Check out this great group of authors! 
I was brainstorming with my kiddos what they wanted to do for their celebration party and the ideas were pretty out there.  This is where the kids get to share and read each others stories.  It is a HUGE motivation for the kids to finish with their best work. The kids decided they wanted to have popcorn, juice, and build forts.  My first thought was, "Forts......not happening!" I soon realized that with flashlights and a little trust it would all be great.  I let them bring in flashlights, sheets from home, and a stuffed animal.  I game them 10 minutes to build forts with teams and it was some of the best teamwork I have ever seen.  They loved it and actually were reading the whole time and having fun.  Check out some of them in their forts. 

I am happy to say that the craziness of building forts in a small classroom is over, but it was sooooo worth it!  Now, off to opinion writing.  I wonder what they will come up with next? Do you do anything fun for publishing writing in your class? If so, share please! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Principal's Day & Freebie

 I am pretty blessed to work with an amazing staff everyday and one person in particular makes our school extra special.  Our principal has really molded our school and staff into the amazing workplace it is today.  I can not say enough wonderful things about her.  We wanted to do something extra special for her this principal's day.  Our class knows how much she loves her Dr. Pepper (right around lunch time everyday) that we decided to make her a Dr. Pepper "cake" and a book to match.  Check out what we can up with...Can someone say cute?!

Her book said "Pop! Pop! Fizz! Fizz! You're the Best That There Is"....we figured that we would whip up a quick insert for the kids to fill out to make it extra special.  Needless to say she loved it.  Too bad that she gave up Dr. Pepper for Lent. : ( I am afraid she will have to wait to enjoy. What cute ideas do you do for your principal?

Here is a fun freebie you can use in your classroom.  We use Saxon math and this week we will be reviewing congruent shapes.  I thought this would be a fun and cute make and take.  Click the images below for your freebie!
Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Easy as Pie Grading

After visiting a school this past year I saw something that was truly mind blowing.  One of those moments where you think why didn’t I ever think of that?  It really is as easy as pie.  I teach from the Treasures series and at the end of every unit there is a large test the kids must take…don’t we all just love giving and grading those? Not this girl ; )

Here is a picture of my nice pile I took home to grade.  I quickly graded all of them and then brought them back to school.  Attached to each test was a strip.  The kiddos took time to look over their tests and reflect.   They circled or highlighted the numbers they got wrong and then glued them onto the folder I had placed at my back table.  This took all of 5 minutes max. 

After all the slips were glued, it gave me a really quick look at how my kids did in one quick snapshot.  I could see the patterns of the most missed.  Now it was time for me to reflect and see what needed to be taught as a whole group and who I could pull back for a quick reteach. It really was as easy as pie.  Now I know that I will be pulling a few kids to reteach main idea and I will be re-teaching –es endings as a whole group.

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I am finishing up some long vowel game boards for a fun Friday freebie.  Be on the lookout! Happy teaching.  Here is a cute pic of my little lady who will be one in April.  Who doesn’t love some baby smiles?