Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Book Report Freebie!

October is here; let the holidays begin!!!  I love teaching during this time and using the holiday themes to make everything more fun.  This month we are doing an at home book report in class.  Below you will find the information.   Click here or the image to download.  It is also available for free in my TpT store.

The students will pick a fiction book with a great character.  Read the book, complete the "Story Web"
and character spider.  (I have included the printables in the download at the top of this post.)

 They will then create the characters.  My favorite option I gave them is to turn and artificial pumpkin into the character.  I can't wait to see what the students will create, I will keep you posted.

Looking for some more fabulous FREEBIES???  Check out Classroom Freebies and Manic Monday!
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Thanks for stopping by and hope you have fantabulous week!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Clifford Character Traits and Super Easy Pumpkin Muffins!

This week Clifford celebrated his 50th Birthday this week!  I love teaching with these books.  The stories are great and the lessons are BIG!  We read many Clifford stories this week, and I really mean "we"!  The kids love reading these stories and are so proud of themselves to read a "real" book.

I taught Character Traits this week with our good friend Clifford.  I love how my anchor chart turned out.  A funny story and bonus lesson: When making it, I was drawing Clifford with one of my favorite Mr. Sketch smelly markers and I messed up twice.  After throwing away those charts, I went to the trust erasable pencil!  So my class learned the bonus lesson of draw lightly with pencil first and then draw over it with markers.  In addition to the bonus art lesson, my kids really got Character Traits!

I have a great idea for an at-home "Character Traits" related book report for October.  Check back on Monday and grab the fabulous FREEBIE!

On a totally non schools related topic, I made my favorite chocolate pumpkin muffins tonight.  The are super simple, healthy and tasty!  Combine one can of pumpkin and a Devil's Food cake mix (Spice Cake is good too).  Mix just the two ingredients together, put in muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  They are amazing and even I can make them :o)

Have a Fabulous Friday!!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Classroom DIY, Addition FREEBIE, and new product!

Yay! I was featured Sunday on Classroom DIY!!! This is a great site to add to your daily reading list. There are some amazing and "why didn't I think of that?" ideas you can make for your classroom.

Classroom DIY

I just finished a fun addition challenge for students to encourage and help them become fluent in their math facts. It is "Additions Math Masters"! Students will earn their belts as the conquer their math facts. There is a sample preview at my TpT store if you want to try it out. My students are working so hard to earn their belts. At the end of the challenge I am giving them bracelets with colored beads for all of the levels they earned.

It is Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies! Here is a quick little FREEBIE, just add dice and you have a great center activity. The kids roll the two dice, draw the dots on their dice, write the numbers and add. Great practice and fun too. You can use it again and again! Click HERE to download it for free!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Friday!

This Friday was a great day! I was contacted by Charity Preston at Classroom DIY and found out I will be featured very very soon! This is a great site with so many amazing and fun ideas. Keep checking to find out more about my "golden spark"!

It is hard to believe we have been in school for just over 4 weeks and it is already progress report time. Fridays are always full of test! The kiddos work so hard all week, do their best on the test and then deserve a little fun. My students spend Friday afternoon engaging in S.T.E.A.M. activities. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) What do you do in your room on Friday afternoons???

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