Thursday, May 29, 2014

School's Out for Summer!

Now that summer is here my blog kind of turns into more of a personal journey and less of a school spot.  To start off summer I got a new Kia Sonata!  After hubby totaled my car a few weeks ago it was time for something new.  Upon visiting the lot I fell in love with this one.  I named her Betty White.
 After picking her up we went over to a friend's house and went swimming!  The water felt so good and with Meghan's new swimming body float she could swim all over without me having to hold on to her.  SCORE!!!
The next day was NOT so good.  The boys went fishing and May and I went to take naps.  She woke before I did and this was the horror scene that I found upon waking.  Yes, that's her HAIR, that was almost to her buns, cut off and laying in the floor.  Also an Eddie Bauer sleeping bag that she was told not to touch.  She at least put a half-dozen Band-aids on that!  She cut her hair TO HER EARS!!!!
Fortunately we were able to make it look pretty cute for now while it grows out.  A little summer bob.  She used to call herself Rapunzel with her long locks, but not to worry, she's told me she's still Rapunzel because Flynn Rider cut off her hair at the end and she gets short hair......and according to her "it was easy to do!"

Day 3 of Summer Break we hit the beach!  It was awesome getting my toes in that pretty white sand. (Couldn't get any of my pics to upload.)  The kids played in the pools around the pier and in the waves of the ocean.  My friend Belinda and I cooked like fried chicken on the shore. It was such a nice and relaxing day though and I can't wait to go again.....after my school cools off! :)

How are you starting off your summer and what plans do you have?  Hopefully we'll have many more beach days, picnics, swimming days, play dates, and fun times together!  I can't wait!!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Three Pigs and Three Fish Comparison

When planning for the 2nd to last week of school I wanted to still do some actual teaching and not just "surviving" so I planned three days of Pigs and Fish.  This week I decided to go with an old favorite and a newer version that was easy to compare and contrast for a Venn Diagram.  My choices?
On Monday we read this version of the book from Reading A-Z and did a story map.

On Tuesday we read The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.  If you haven't read this before you should try to find a copy because it is SOOOOOO cute!!!!

We did the same kind of story may with this book.
So, on Wednesday I made a big Venn Diagram and they told me the things that were the same and different about both books when compared together.

After we finished our Venn Diagram I asked them to each write about which book they like the best and why.  They jumped right on this and enjoyed writing about their favorite.  It was pretty even, but to be honest, The Three Little Fish is MY favorite.  Here are some of their writings.
Five more days to go...This week we are grouping our kids and trading classes for fun centers on Monday and Wednesday, having Movie Day on Tuesday with the end of the year party, and on Thursday (because I think we lost our minds a little) we will be going on a field trip!  Friday will be survival mode and the honors recognition ceremony.  How many more days of school do you have?  Good luck finishing out the school year and I hope you have awesome summer plans!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Thanks to all the teachers

Just stopping in to say how much I personally appreciate all you teachers who are out there working hard to be a positive influence on the lives of all the children you come in contact with.  Thanks also for all of you who create such amazing products that help me and other teacher like me give our students wonderful learning opportunities through your creativity and willingness to share it with others.  In honor of this I am throwing a sale at my store offering 20% off but you get an additional 8% off if you use the code below.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wonderful Worms

To conclude our unit on plants today we did a fun activity that I blogged about last year as well.  We learned about WORMS!  We started off with a mystery bag of (oil covered noddles) worms that the kids got to feel and then they drew what they THOUGHT it was before drawing what they found it ACTUALLY was.  I didn't tell them ANYTHING about what we were doing or learning today so I was surprised that most all of them actually guessed noodles!!  I only had about 2 that guessed worms.  We read the book Wonderful Worms by Lisa Glaser to learn a little more about how worms help the plants that we've been studying.  They are such an integral part of our ecosystem.  
I found a non-fiction e-book about worms where the kids got to see LOTS of pictures of real worms of all different kinds and sizes.  We also read some facts I found and learned that in some countries people EAT worms.  
Thus the writing activity that came next..."How do you eat a worm?"  I let them give me ways that they could eat a worm.  They yelled out "with HOT SAUCE," "grill them, toast them, cook them, boil them....," "put them in tacos," "put them on a hamburger," etc....  We used the awesome recording sheets from First Grade Fever from when she did this activity.  You should check out her blog about it too and grab your FREEBIE sheets!!  The students had to write First, Next, and Last sentences about how to eat a worm...and then came the fun part.  They each got a REAL WORM to hold and play with for a few minutes.  While they were playing I had them hold it over their mouths for some adorably funny pictures to go with their writings.  (Gummy worms were available for those too scared to hold a real worm.)  When we were finished we went out in the yard and let the little guys go so that they could do their job and help the plants grow and refresh the soil.
 This one wanted to do it, but didn't want to HOLD it...LOL 
We wrapped up by printing out the pictures and finishing our writing assignment, complete with pic and labels.  
They were really proud and loved sharing their completed projects with their friends.  It was a WILD and CRAZY day, but I think it's one they won't soon forget. PLUS now they know that worms are good for more than just going fishing!! :)