Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lulu Walks the Dogs

This week we finished up reading Lulu Walks the Dogs.  It's such a PRECIOUS book, especially since we read Lulu and the Brontosaurus with out unit in the 3rd nine weeks.  The kids LOVED seeing how the character that they LOVED then had grown and changed a little and we compared how she was in that book and this one.  Anyways, my favorite part was when we made character maps of each of the dogs that Lulu and Fleischman were walking.  (I just printed the pictures from the Lulu Walks the Dogs Book Companion we used - and cut them out to glue on the chart paper.)  The kids came up with great stuff for the posters.  
After we finished making out charts, we did a graph to see which dog was the class FAVORITE.  They did an awesome job and Cordelia won - by a LOT!!!  
I hung our character maps and some of the graphs in the hallway to share with others.  This is the final product.
In the book, Lulu started walking dogs so she could save money for something super special, something that NO OTHER KID had ever had, something that her parents said was WAY too expensive and they would not buy for her.  Throughout the book the author never tells you what this thing is (until the very last page), so we made predictions of what we THOUGHT she was going to use her money for.  Most all of the kids thought that she wanted money to buy a dog of her own (like Arthur in Arthur's Pet Business that we read last 9 weeks).  There were super surprised by what it ACTUALLY was - which I won't say in case you haven't read the book - **don't want to spoil it for you!  I also gave them some pictures to color and we put some of the predictions and pictures on the door beside our other work.  The kids just LOVE seeing their work displayed!
The graph we used, the character maps that they did individually, and the pictures that they colored were all part of an amazing book companion for Lulu Walks the Dogs by Funky Fresh Firsties.  If you are reading this book to your class you will definitely want to check it out!! Just click the picture below to go to her store!
Talk to you guys later!  If you haven't read this book, I HIGHLY recommend it and the other Lulu book.  Your firsties will fall in love with the characters and get so engaged in every aspect of the story!  Until later, wishing everyone a very blessed weekend!  Thankfully we are getting rain to wash away some of the MASSIVE amounts of pollen falling in our area!!!  Try to stay "sniffle" free!!! :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Georgia Bloggers Meet-Up

All week I was so excited about heading to the Georgia Bloggers Meet-Up in Macon.  I was NOT disappointed when I got there and met up with so many wonderful ladies (and one really awesome man) and was able to collaborate, make a business plan, participate in a ton of give-a-ways, and SHOP since we met at Georgia School Supply.  Thanks Ed and Diane for letting us use your warehouse for our fun day together and for sharing some amazing stuff with us!  The BIGGEST thanks goes to Jayne Gammons from Smart Kids for putting this all together so that we could have this opportunity.  The thing that meant the most to ME was that I got to meet Kelly Witt from First Grade Fairytales who I have been emailing and texting for over a year but not been able to actually MEET in person.  I am also happy that I got to share the day with my good friends from home, Stacy from Funky Fresh Firsties and Tara from ...and they all fall down...  

Here is a picture of Kelly and me when we first met!
Here is the fabulous Goody Box we got, the adorable agenda with everything laid out and ready for us, the pretend money we used at the auction of goods, and my Flower Power business plan that we drew and painted.  
It really was just an amazing day!
Kelly and I working on our Flower Power
And this is what we looked like when Stacy, Tara, and I 
were ready to leave....
The whole crew....
I had to get a good pic of all the goodies I was given, WON, or bought while on my trip.  Looks pretty cool huh?  
Can't wait to get to school to put it all in action.

Now for a little Photo Booth action to show you everyone that came and a link to their blog if you want to hop over and check them out!  I hope they all left feeling as empowered and happy as I did.  Thanks AGAIN, Jayne, Diane, and Ed!!!
Jayne, Kelly, Angie, Stacy, Tara, Valerie
The Teacher Wife
Funky Fresh Firsties

...And They All Fall Down...

Georgia Grown Kiddo's

Jennifer, Carol, Kathy, Meghan, Kim, Irma, Megan


Michelin, Jessica, Greg, Erin, Alison


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Sunday Funday :)

Random stuff I wanted to share for Sunday Funday with A Burst of First and Lucky to Be in First...
Click on either of them above to head over and link up with us!!!  It's so much fun to see what everyone has been doing that's FUN!  Here goes....

Lauren, my student teacher, found these hands (just the palms glued down) on Pinterest and used them to teach the kids to find different ways to make 10.  They LOVED this activity and all came up with tons of ways.  It helped with our practice with the commutative property as well!!  I highly recommend this activity.  The kids took them home so they can keep practicing ways to make other numbers as well!
Another activity we did was my Spaghetti and Meatballs Ten Ways to Make to 10 activity.
Click on the pic above if you want to head to my store to check it out.  It's FREE for the next few days!!!

Here's my sweet, big, fat, lovable guinea pig , Puppy, that's been getting lots of love in our house for the past year and a half.  He gets more spoiled every single day I swear.

 The busiest day of my week was Friday when we celebrated Dr. Seuss Day (yes we were late, but we had the high school football and baseball players and some cheerleaders come to read to us).  We participate in R.I.F. (Reading is Fundamental) with our local library and they pass out books to each student several times a year.  The players, Jackson Ware and Jacob Schofill, came back to the room with us and read several of the books that the kids had picked out.  They were SOOOO EXCITED to have the big boys read to them!

BEFORE all that we did some fun math and literacy activities (most made from Kelly at First Grade Fairytales) that the kids had a lot of fun doing while we did some individual testing.
Word Search
 True/False Math Facts
 Telling Time
 Noun, Verb, Adjective Sort

Lauren, my student teacher, made the kids these ADORABLE little One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish bags of candy that they ate while we watched The Lorax.  Any movie day is tons of fun!!

THEN, we have a special friend that is moving away next week so during our planning break we had a Spring Favorites party to celebrate for her.  We each brought a snack (which I forgot to take pics of) and all of us left with one of each of these awesome "favorites" from our friends.  It was a nice little relaxing part of the day! In my lemon gift was a lemon, a bottle of water, two packs of lemonade pre-mix, and a box of lemonheads.  Lauren brought toenail polish and supplies to go with that, we had some yummy Vanilla Chai Tea from Kelly, a spring scarf from Traci, some strawberry cake cookies, and my very own Starbucks cup (which will be making many trips with me to Starbucks!)  
When I got home Meghan and I tried out the new polish!  She LOVES doing multi-colored nails and I LOVE those little feet!!! LOL

Lauren and I had fun in our personal photo booth and want to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!! 

This weekend we've planned some family stuff to do, but besides cooking together and watching How to Train a Dragon (and all falling asleep together) we haven't made it out to do much else.  We were out the door for Putt-putt this morning when the rain started pouring down...Oh, well!  Will try to fit in some quality time during the week!  I hope that you have a great day EVERY day this week and would love to hear some of the things that YOU did for FUN this week!