Friday, May 22, 2015

A Year of Awesome - Week 35



Not once, but TWICE today one of my boys returned from recess with a bouquet of lilacs. For me. Awesome!
I also had a student come in with a book for me to read to the class today. I'd never heard of "I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off A Little Self-Esteem", but this is certainly one I will grab for my classroom library! LOVE the message!


Today was the first day of our Year-End ABC Countdown!! The kids were so excited when I told them about it yesterday. I think it will be a great way to motivate and make the last 26 days fun for the kids! A is for Animal Day - all the kids brought their favorite stuffed animals to school!
B is for Beach Day, but Mrs. Beattie was not there to enjoy it due to a foot injury. I DID enjoy reading a really lovely message from my substitute teacher about how much she enjoyed being in my classroom, though! How sweet!
Today was a professional activity day (P.A.Day) in our board, so teachers worked on reporting and preparing for the final weeks of school. In keeping with this theme, this week's linky is all about the end of the school year! Last year we created School Year Time Capsules, but as I have some of the same students, this year I am planning on creating a Memory Book with my kiddos.

What are your plans for the end of the year? Not sure? Be sure to pop back here on MONDAY for the beginning of a HUGE Summertime Blog Hop full of 40+ limited-time freebies and giveaways!
Do you have an AWESOME story from your week in the classroom, or an AWESOME resource for use at the end of the year that you'd like to share? Link up to 2 resources or leave a comment below! If you add a link, please share with your social media followers using the linky graphic!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Exciting News!!

Hello everyone!! I have some very exciting news to share with you! (It's not quite as exciting as the last day of school, but stay with me...!)

In just 5 days, I am teaming up with Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook and 40+ other bloggers for a fabulous Summertime Blog Hop that is chalk-full of AWESOME treats to use in the coming weeks!

Beginning Monday (that's the Memorial Day holiday for you US readers!) at 9:00 a.m. (EST), you can hop through and grab over 40 limited-time freebies AND enter over 40 great giveaways. Just. For. YOU! I'm sure you'll find some other great bloggers to follow as well.

So... mark those calendars!! The Splish-Splash Summertime Blog Hop is only FIVE days away!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Year of Awesome - Week 34


After a few tough Mondays in the past months today was a very refreshing change. It was a really fantastic day! My students were engaged, polite, respectful and ready to learn! It is what is expected of them, I know, but lately it has been rare that every one of them was set to go! I even got to recognize one of my boys with a Heart Garden Brag Tag for being especially helpful and participating so consistently. I LOVE days like this!!
 
Wind and children DO. NOT. MIX. Any classroom teacher can tell you that. Today, I am once again celebrating GoNoodle. Without Flow I may have lost my sanity today!! When my students returned from lunch recess the lights were out and that lovely, calm music was playing quietly in the background. I launched them into a couple of Flow sessions before tackling any of our afternoon learning. By the time we were finished they were settled and ready to go! Awesome!!

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Today was Track & Field day for my Grade 3s, so the 2s and I got to hang out together for the day. It the perfect opportunity to focus our attention on wrapping up our science unit on Growth and Changes in Animals. We'd finished our research projects, but I wanted to do some art to go with it and was at a loss for how to integrate the Grade 3's plant unit into an art activity.

First, the students drew the animal they had studied using the technique we tried out back in the winter with our polar bears. The idea was from this great post at Whimsy Workshop Teaching's Blog.
Next, the students painted the background. They were required to show the animal's habitat.
In the afternoon when the paintings had dried completely, we cut out the animals and glued them onto the backgrounds. They turned out SO cute!!
I introduced multiplication to the kids this week. They always love this unit because it makes them feel like "Big Kids". Today we I taught them a game from Marilyn Burns' Lessons for Introducing Multiplication.
This one is called Circles & Stars. The focus and competition was awesome! :)
Also new this week was our Fairy Tales unit. We've spent the week talking about the characteristics of fairy tales using my "Good Readers" Genre Mini Books.
We've been reading a variety of fairy tales and identifying the examples of the typical characteristics using this chart:
It isn't pretty, but it is huge and kid-driven - the best kind as far as I'm concerned. My students sit with their clip boards and a pencil while I'm reading, and they jot down the evidence. (Give a kid a clip board and some sticky notes any day and watch the magic!!) I can't wait until next week when I break out the fractured fairy tales! Awesome!

I hope you'll also pop back over to Who's Who and Who's New to check out my recent post about using technology to engage your students!

Do you have an AWESOME story from your week in the classroom, or an AWESOME resource for teaching MULTIPLICATION that you'd like to share? Link up to 2 resources or leave a comment below! If you add a link, please share with your social media followers using the linky graphic!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And The Winners Are...


I hope all of you had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! 


I know you've been waiting for this...You want to see who won all those AMAZING prize packs! Well... here they are!

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Gift card winner... 

Our Digital Prize Pack winners!




Congrats again to all our winners! If you want to get a better look at all the goodies that were up for grabs, be sure to click the pic!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Last Call!

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I'm hoping that I can make your week even more exciting! You have just hours left to enter the HUGE We {Heart} Teachers giveaway hosted at The Applicious Teacher!
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