Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday and a Freebie!

Happy Good Friday!  (I can't believe I have school!)  Anyways I am linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching Five for Friday once again.

I was so excited to get an e-mail this morning with this exciting news!

The featured blogger on todays TBA Friday Freebie!  It made me hop up, run in here and write a post.  (Hubby was like "Really, that's all it takes to make you get up quickly?  I am so not a morning person!)  This Friday is starting out Good for sure!

This week I went back and updated my very first file I created for TpT.  I can say, I have deffinitely improved over the years.  It went from this...

To this...!
Not only is the cover way cuter, but I also added several more things to the pack.  Then I recreated about half of the pages because of all of the "not quite perfect" things that now bug me immensely!

This week I finished up the graphing and data analysis with a the best, tried and true math activity for the skill, graphing M&M's.  I found this great graphing sheet free on TpT from Mrs. Henke! (I also realized one more reason I love TpT and the internet, it is so much easier than digging through my resource books and files to find things!)

Do you Go Noodle?  We do and we LOVE it.  As I prepare for two weeks of inside recess due to state testing for grades 3-6 at out school, I cam across this fun site.  It is FREE and have many great brain breaks!  They even have them broken down for you as calming and energizing.  My students love it.  Another one of our favorites is Adventure to Fitness, also FREE for teachers!

Now a freebie or two as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day! I hope you enjoy them.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday and a Freebie

Happy Friday!!!  I am linking up for Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday.

Check out my newest addition to my Lego classroom!!!

I am so excited!  The dad of one of my students works at our movie theater.  I know it is big, but it is so much fun.  My plan is to use it to display "awesome" student work.  I need to cover the bottom and add clips for students to display their work.
Target Dollar Spot finds!  I am planning for S.T.E.M. week at our school.   We are going to start with these pull back race cars to help us understand force and motion with equal and opposite reaction play.  
Then I found these fun balloon rockets.  I can't wait to see the students exploring and learning with these.  They will have so much fun outside with balloon rocket races.
Then I am going to put these two things together and make balloon powered Lego cars.
I was able to candle my little eggs this week and happy to see little ducks growing in many of the eggs.  Every year seeing this amazes me.
By the way did you know the overhead projector works great for candling eggs?  It is the only time I use one all year!
 We have beautiful weather forcasted all weekend!  This is where you will find me come Sunday!  I will work tomorrow to play the next day.  Love living in Florida!

Now a Freebie for you.  Drawing conclusions is a tough skill for firsties to grasp.  This is a graphic organizer I made and it really helps students understand to look for clues while we are reading.  Doing this and drawing conclusions will help us understand what we read.  Click here to grab it free!

Looking for more freebies, check out Teaching Blog Addict's Friday Freebie.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3 B's

I have used the "Bee" rules in my classroom in the past.  I have always used something like
  • Be Ready
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe

I have also seen
  • Be a Hard Worker
  • Be a Good Listener
  • Be Kind

I was just watching the new series Crisis (which is a really good new show) and heard a new version of the 3 B's that I fell in love with.

  • Be Smart
  • Be Careful
  • Be Curious

I think I am doing to start to use these in my class.  I love the "Be Curious" one!  Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it sparked the child's imagination and creativity.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Egg-citing Freebie

It is just another Manic Monday!  Did you see the great "Tech Tips for Teachers" freebie in the TpT newsletter.  I was happy to contribute to this, and even more excited to read all of the great information from the amazing 40+ contributors.  The eBook is meant to be viewed on the computer, not printed (wow the ink it would waste!).  Also make sure you are viewing it in Adobe, not Preview to make sure all of the hyperlinks work.

Inside you will find a informational tech tip from each contributor.  I must admit I learned several new things.  Each author also has a freebie for you!  Make sure to download you copy today!

Speaking of Tech Tips, have you checked out my new blog?  It is Technology with Class.  My latest post is a quick tutorial video showing you and easy and safe way to share a YouTube video with your students.  Click here to stop by and view it.

I have more egg-citing stuff for you!  Here is a few fun pack of activities & centers for the kiddos.  Click here to get it.  My students love these Easter themed centers so much they forget they are learning.
Want more Freebies?  I'm linking up with Classroom Freebies' Manic Monday.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!! I'm linking up for Five for Friday at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

My eggs arrived!  I hatch eggs every year; it is one of my favorite units and an experience the students remember forever.  A friend brings the eggs to me and "just found them out walking and has no clue what they might be."  Then the fun begins.  We start brainstorming what might hatch from our eggs.  Some of the kids guesses this year include: alligator, sea turtle, eagle, flamingo, turkey, chicken, snake, ostrich or maybe a buzzard!  Who knows what will hatch from our eggs?  (Of course I do, they will be sweet little ducks!  Hopefully, the temperature was a little off at the beginning...  I will know more in a few days.) 

Did you know that the eggs also need it to be quiet for them to hatch??  (Well not really, but my kids sure think so!)  Now all I have to say is "eggs" and everyone immediately quiet down.  So perfect at the end of the year.

This was our first week back after Spring Break.  Of course, this weeks weather was gorgeous and our break was cold and dreary.  On the bright side, we only had a 4 day work week!  We also started our last 9-weeks of the school year.  

I had a week of recognition for my hard work.  It started off with my Brick Builders Club being recognized at the county school board meeting.  Then our superintendent brought a state representative and Frank Biden (Vice President Joe Biden's brother) on a tour of my classroom to see how my little guys were integrating technology.  Then I had the opportunity to talk with them about my thoughts and feelings as a teacher.  It felt so nice to be recognized.  It is amazing how much a few kind words is worth. 

My oldest daughter competed in her first cheer competition with her new team and they rocked it!  I also just found out that my youngest daughter's state gymnastics meet and oldest daughter's last cheer competition are not on the same day!! (There was a chance they would be on the same day in different cities.)  So glad I won't have to cut myself in 1/2 now!

Finally, I had a great lesson today with data collection and graphing.  The students collected data and then I showed them how to enter it into excel to create beautiful graphs.  I really didn't think they could do it, but figured I would try it.  The students worked in teams of two and amazed me with the outcomes.  Look for more information on this lesson to come!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fun in K/1 turned 2!

My little blog, Fun in K/1, turned 2 already!  It happened on March 19th and I was so busy, I totally forgot.  I was hoping to do something big, and it just seemed to sneak up on me.  I will have to figure out another reason to celebrate soon.

I am lucky enough to be enjoying Spring Break this week.  The weather is a little cooler than I like; it is going to be in the 40's in the morning and not get above 70!  (Now I realize my friends up North will have no sympathy for me.)  We are also expecting rain.  I guess that is Mother Nature telling me to get things done around the house!  I did manage to get in one good beach day so far.  I will have to say my Spring Break has been full of Scandal!  I may have been the only person on the planet who hasn't watched it.  Now thanks to Netflix, I am enjoying binge watching it!  It is amazing and lives up to all of the hype I have heard. 

When we return to school, we will  only have 9 weeks left.  I am sure some days it will seem like the longest weeks ever and other days it won't be enough time to finish everything.  Either way, 9 weeks and so much to do!

We also have those stressful standardized test.  I try everything I can to avoid stressing the students out.  I want them to know they are ready for the test.  I like to give them encouragement notes each day.  I also make these notes for my daughters classes. 

I thought I would share these sweet notes with everyone in hopes of reducing stress for even more kiddos.  Click here to download them from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

One of Those Days!

Today was one of those days!  One of those amazing days!!!!!  My day was jam packed all day, but I accomplished so much and the children learned so much.  It was one of those "this is why I teach" days.

My day started off with a before school meeting of my Brick Builders (Lego Club).  We had about 60 kids in attendance and we started learning about robotics!  I quickly introduced them to the Lego robotics and simple machine kits.  They broke up into small 4 people groups and learned through exploration.  This was the first time we have done a project with the club that involved them following building directions.  It was something totally new, and they had no problem figuring it out.  In fact, the biggest problem we faced was learning to work together in cooperative groups.  This is such an important skill, and so hard for kids today to learn. 

We also had a crew filming the students during the learning process and interviewing the students.  I loved hearing what the students had to say about their experiences this year at Brick Builders.  Then I got to tell the students we were going on a field trip to Legoland!!!!  The cheers and smiles on their faces made it all worth every early morning.

My amazing day continued with my class.  The students enjoyed their Super 6 learning centers today.  They were "teched out" and we had a group from Apple and neighboring counties visit to see what the students were doing.  (I really wish I would have taken pics!)  Students were exploring the sky with the "Sky Walker" app.  We were programming our classes new ROMO robot.  On the iPads students were practicing at their differentiated levels with the awesome Front Row FREE math app.  Just a great day.  Every student was fully engaged and challenged. 

On March 1st I challenged my students to earn 100 reading counts points together as a class by March 21st.  I told them if they did we would have a "Frozen" Pizza party.  Well they reached this goal last week, so I added dessert if they could earn 50 more points.  This afternoon we exceeded this goal too!  I just love seeing Firsties turn in to avid readers right before my eyes.

At the end of the day I worked with my enrichment discovery learning group and we finished our life cycle claymation projects.  Just a great day all in all! 

I know tomorrow is going to be even better!  It is the day before Spring Break!!!  WooHoo!!!
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