Sunday, January 27, 2013

Owl Craftivity

Here is the last craftivity from my Owl You Need is Love file.

If you would like the template for this craftivity as well as 3 more, you can click the picture below and it will take you to my file on TPT. This file also comes with four writing templates that you can use with these cute little owls.

Owl Treat Bag

There are so many cute Valentine holders that it was too hard to pick just one. I ended up making my own because this is a very quick and easy activity to do with your kids the morning of your Valentine's Day card exchange. All you need is a paper bag and some construction paper.

If you would like this template as well as 3 others, you can get it in my file over at TPT, just click the picture! :-)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Weekly Recap {Jan 22- Jan 25}

I hope everyone had a nice short week. I definitely had a very short week. Tuesday was the 100th day. As you guys already know I was at jury duty so I left a few things for my students to work on while I was gone. The most exciting thing was their 100 years old writing. We brainstormed on the Friday before. Then they completed the writing on Tuesday while I was gone. When I returned on Wednesday, they made the art project.

I didn't make my students a template to follow since I didn't have too much time to prep for this activity. I basically just modeled it for them, gave them construction paper, and just let them go.

This one was my favorite. She even drew glasses with a little chain. She came up with the idea all on her own. Who would have though!?

I also got around to putting up our snow globe writing. I bought all of the materials for adding the fake snow and plastic plates, but due to time I left that part out. I still think they came out really cute.

We finally wrapped up our study on penguins. My students were extremely sad to see this unit end. It is a favorite of my students every year. 

We even used Deanna Jump's idea of trying to walk like a penguin with an egg on the top of your feet. The kids had a lot of fun with that one. Especially when the egg fell and they had to get it back on top of their feet without using their hands.

Some more happy mail came for our classroom from Donors Choose. We got some new books for read alouds. My students are looking forward to some future author studies.

Last, but not least, I would like to share with your our amazing new carpet. Again, from Donors Choose. I have been wanting a classroom carpet ever since I started teaching 5 years ago. Now I finally have one and I love it. Eventually I would like my whole classroom to follow this color scheme. One step at a time.

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Small Valentine's Mailbox

This week was a very short week, but I had no time to blog... once again! I need to make a time schedule for myself to be able to fit everything in. :-) Like I promised though, here is another one of my craftivities that you can find in my Owl You Need is Love file.

If you would like the template fort his craftivity and 3 more, you can find it in my file over at TPT just by clicking the picture. This file also includes letter templates and envelopes that are owl themed.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Groundhog's Day Freebie

Groundhog's Day is coming up next week and I will be talking about it next week. I've found a few cute activities that I am planning on doing with my students, but none of them had any facts about groundhogs. I went ahead and made my own little groundhog informational booklet for my students. I am giving it away as a freebie. Click on the picture to get the file for free. If you end up using it your class, let me know how you and your students like it.

I am linking this post over at Friday Freebies!

Freebie Fridays

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Large Valentine's Day Mailbox

Well, the 100th day is over and it turns out that 6 of my students were absent! I guess that's what happens when cold and flu season comes around. Good news for my sub!! Jury duty came and went. I was out by 11:00 because the trial was 3 weeks long and I definitely couldn't be out for that long. Luckily, the judge agreed. Yesterday I promised that I would be back with a how to video of one of the four craftivities that you can use in your own classroom. 

Today's project is a Valentine's Day Mailbox. I wrapped a cereal box in butcher paper and then I completed the craftivity around it.

You can find the template to this activity, as well as three others in my newest file on TPT. Click on the photo to go directly to the link.

Also, this file will be 20% off until the end of today!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Owl You Need is Love

It feels like Sunday, even though it is Monday. I love 3 day weekends. Tomorrow is the 100th day of school and where will I be? I won't be at school if that's what you were thinking. I have jury duty!! Seriously?! Why do they call teachers in during the school year? I know that many people have excuses, but I really wouldn't mind going during summer break. Just getting out of the house is a relief in the summer. Oh well. I left some fun 100th day activities for my students to do while I'm gone. I figured I would recap last week before I get too far into this week.

Last week started with duty. I had duty all week, morning and afternoon. It was the coldest week of the year. No I take that back, it was the coldest week in 30 years. It was in the mid 20's last week. This week it is in the high 40s in the morning. I wish this week was duty week. :-)
 This is cheating a little. I didn't do this last week, I did it the week before. I didn't get pictures until last week so does that count? I have two HUGE windows in my room and I love using it as an extra display. I'm in an outdoor school so it's like I have my own little display cases. This activity is from A Cupcake for the Teacher.

 We have been working on fractions for a while. I do Saxon Math so we are always spiraling. We have done a ton of fraction activities, but Amy Lemons' pizza was by far their favorite.

 I bought myself a new camera. It's the Canon Rebel T4i. I love it so much. I've seen a ton of people on YouTube using it as well as other bloggers.I've always heard great things about Rebels, but I never wanted to spend the money. After my friend got one though and I was able to use it myself, I knew I had to have one. Here is a picture of my adorable little wiener dog (Dachshund) Pippin!

You guys want to hear something crazy? My husband and I were getting food from our local Mexican restaurant (my favorite food ever!) My husband saw something and he thought it was a bat or something very strange looking. We pulled up closer and it was an owl! I was so excited. Owls are one of my favorite animals and I was freaking out! It looked at us and I scrambled to get my camera out. I was lucky to get this shot because some guy scared it away. I will never forget those sweet little eyes.

 Speaking of owls...I have been working on a new file for the past couple weeks. I am so excited to be finished with it and be able to share it with you.

 I love owls and I love Valentine's Day. It's probably one of my favorite holidays. There is so much pink, purple, candy, and love all around. I can't help but be happy on Valentine's Day. Also, The Beatles are my favorite band of all time. No joke! I can't express how much I love them, especially George Harrison. :-) They were a major inspiration for the name of this file.

This file comes with so much. There are four crafts included as well as letter and writing templates. I will be showcasing a new craft each day this week including a how to video on each one. You will not want to miss out! For the early birds I am having a sale. You can pick this file up for 20% until the end of tomorrow.  I hope you enjoy!!!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Before Pictures

Many people that walk into my classroom think that it is such a clean and organized room. Clean... yes. Organized... NO WAY!!

Here is what everyone sees my classroom as...

I love my room and I spent a lot of time rearranging it to make it fit my needs as well as my students' needs. It is a very functional classroom, aside from the organizational piece that is missing. Today I am going to share with you my "secrets". Are you ready for them? I must say that they aren't pretty. Be warned, you are about to see my BEFORE photos. 

 This area looks fairly organized, except for the fact that I don't use ANY of it. I ocassionally lift up the fabric to get the students' reading books and a binder here and there, but other than that, these shelves are taking up prime real estate. 

 One of my few cabinets that lock is filled with supplies that don't need to be locked up.

 Math centers that have never been used because I still have no clue how I want to organize them. Without organization I'm afraid they will turn into a complete mess so instead they just sit in the corner.

 Movies that I hardly ever watch with my class (maybe three a year) as well as old journals and folders.

 Two drawers that are my "junk" drawers. I know houses have junk drawers, but a classroom... really!?

 My math cabinets. Surprisingly, this is pretty nice compared to what it used to be.

 Under the sink, don't get me started. :-/

 My main source of supplies, all crammed into four small drawers.

 Two cabinets that house extra books or materials that aren't used.

 A bookshelf that I bought to solve the issue of limited space. I love how everything is stored away, but I hate the fact that I would like these things locked up since Lakeshore stuff is so pricey!!

 My desk. I try to have a little organization system in place. I think I outgrew it already.

 Yet again, another locking cabinet that houses materials that don't need to be locked up.

 My teaching easel on a good day. By Friday it's packed and today is only Monday.

I hope I didn't scare you with all of my disorganization. I know it isn't too bad, but to me I find myself wasting more time trying to find things then actually teaching. If I had an organizational system in place, it would make my life so much easier. Not to mentioned I would never loose anything again... maybe.

I'm linking up over at Clutter Free Classroom. You can follow my process of organizing my classroom as well as play along with us. Check back later in the week when I do challenge #2, planning.