Thursday, May 19, 2016

Here I am!!! A Little Bit of This and That!

Holy smokes....has it been a while since I've blogged?!?!  Yikes!  This year has flown by and the past few weeks have been consumed with testing of some sort and I have had a full plate and a, this post is gonna be a little mix of a few things we have been up to lately and maybe, you will find something you can use;)

We only have 5 student days left!!!  Are ya'll about the same?  Leave me a comment and let me know when your school year ends:)

We made these great tiles for Mother's Day.  I have done them for the past few years. Just simple tiles from Home Depot and permanent markers.  I usually spray them with a glaze to "set them".  But this year, I saw a few people baking them, so we gave it a try:)  It worked great!  For sure will be doing these again next year:)  I love how unique and meaningful each student made theirs.
We have had some fun with visualizing and "stop and draw".   This book is the best because usually my kids haven't heard it before.  I put the book in a folder so they can't see it.  Each student gets a piece of paper.  I have them fold it to make 8 little squares.  Then they put their heads down, close their eyes and listen.  I read and stop at 8 different places in the book.  Each time I stop, I say "draw".  I only give them about a minute and a half....they are to sketch quickly. 

It's so fun to "see what they see as they are listening to the book".  When I finish, I read the book again, showing them the pics.
This book is The Story of Frog Belly Ratbone by Timothy B. Ering.  Great read aloud to add to your library!  Another great one I discovered from my friend Farley
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish!  Awesome book!  This would also be a wonderful one for the visualizing activity!
A fun way to learn the phases of the moon is with Oreos!!
I have done this for the past few years too....I know we all have those "go tos" that we use every year!
I normally do them on a paper plate but then my teammie found this adorable form from Khrys Bosland.  Here is the link to it:)  Phases of the Moon

I also had to break out the V.I.P. table this week!  Last two weeks of school = changing up things for classroom management;)  I actually set this up last Friday....when my kiddos came in they were dying to know what it was and I didn't say a thing!  
All kinds of goodies and fun found here!  Some of the things I have here are:
- gel pens
- glitter glue
- stencils
- post its
- finger flashlights
- mini highlighters
- fun pens
- and gum shhhhhh;)
I chose my V.I.P. for Monday.  I was planning on doing that again  and then my teammate (who is also doing this) said she lets her kids nominate.  So, I tried it and I have to say, the nominations are dead on to who I had in mind:) 
The adorable signs are from the sweet Ashley at Teach Create Motivate!!!

So there's a little catch up on me and my little classroom!  I promise to be better about blogging AND of course with the summer coming.....well, you know what that means!!!!  Get those TO DO lists ready!!!
Hope you can join me then!!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Area/Perimeter Practice & Fun Bugs

My spring break is hours from coming to a much coming up with state testing and the end of the school year will be here before I know it!  I am popping in to share some great activities we did the Friday before our break started.
The first was a GREAT area and perimeter activity I found and had pinned from a great lady that I can say I have met and is a friend, Meg from The Teacher Studio.  This activity was a post she shared on the All Things Upper Elementary blog.   I'll let you go to her blog post about the complete description of the activity HERE.  She explains it all very well.  Basically you give the students rules to create 3 different rectangles.  Once they do, then they literally make them with strips of paper and then glue them onto a bigger sheet.

The final product is really fun to display and the activity itself is wonderful for review of practice;)
I used neon Astrobrights paper for the strips.  They are going to look so neat hung up!
Another thing we made were symmetry bugs.  I have done this before and the kids just love it!
These turned out really fun too!  Great little fun lesson before break!  Complete directions for this are HERE if you are interested!
Hope you can use one or both of these activities:)  If you haven't visited Meg's blog, YOU NEED TO!  It is FULL of amazingness and she has some fab math activities that I will be using in small group this week and next as we prepare for the state math test!
Have a great week!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Made It - February

Eek!  As I sit down to type this, I realize that the last time I posted was last Monday Made It....ugh.  Life is cray, I will try to get better!

I did get a few things made for Monday Made It and I think I will be back later this week to link up to my own linky with a one or two more;)
My first made it is a fun little idea we did a few times last week....not sure why I didn't start this sooner.
I had these name tags from the Dollar Spot at Target sitting around so I decided to cut them down a little smaller and make them into math facts.
As the students came in in the morning, I stuck a sticker on them and told them that was their name for the day.  Throughout the day, if I pointed to them, they had to tell me "their name".  Also, anytime they talked to another student, they had to use the product of that student's fact.
They loved this and I plan to do it a lot more.  The next time I try it though, I am just going to put the math facts on computer labels...the Dollar Spot ones I used didn't stick really well and started to fall off after a while.  I am also going to make up sheets so I can just run the labels through my printer.  If you would be interested in something like that, let me know and I'll post them in my TPT shop as a freebie once they're done:)
Another thing I made were for my kiddos for Valentine's day.  My group this year LOVES, LOVES to read so I made them some bookmarks:)

Sorry my pics are kinda bad...I was in a hurry and the lighting in my house is terrible.  One of these days I will have a light box Monday Made It;)
If you would like a set of these bookmarks, they are a freebie in my shop:)  You can get them HERE.
I have seen so many cute planner, bible clips on Instagram so I decided to try and make some myself:)

These two clips are the jumbo paper clips:)

Last little project, some little cards (not done) that I have been working on thanks again to IG inspiration:)
and that's all I've got so far.  Hoping to be back later this week with some more Valentine's day goodies:)
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Made It - It's Back!!

 So apparently I can't multi-task...meaning do holidays and Monday Made  Well holidays are done and I am back with Monday Made It.  Thank you for your patience...I had several sweet emails asking when Monday Made It was going to happen.  I don't have a lot to share but here we go and I'm just gonna put this out there now....2 of my 3 made its are NOT school related, so if you are going to have a problem with that, please just stop reading now....hurtful and rude comments are not necessary.  Ok, now on to my made its:)
My first 2 made its are for my home:)  For Christmas, my daughter and her fiancĂ© made me a beautiful bulletin board out of pallets.  I just love it!
You can't really tell from the pic but it's huge!  I wanted some fun tacks for it so I found these old looking metal flowers at Hob Lob and just glued tacks on the back:) 

I love them....I'm going to pick up some more flowers and glue magnets on too:)
This made it is a major work in progress!!!  I recently started journaling which then led to finding Illustrated Faith and a journaling bible:)
Here are a few of my pages:)

then I saw bibles with wonderful tabs so I decided to make some of my own....
This tab punch I got at Hob is awesome!  You can make tabs for everything!!!

Then, since I don't like my handwriting, I printed up the tabs labels on clear labels with fun different fonts:)
Almost done with the Old Testament...taking a long time but will be well worth it and I LOVE how they are looking!
Finally, these little buggars have been on my to do list for a long time!!!  I saw these adorable little guys on IG on a few accounts.  I just loved them and had to make some for my classroom.
They are Quiet Critters. (I think...don't quote me...that the original idea came from Relief Teaching Ideas)  You need pom poms, felt flowers and wiggly eyes.

They turned out so fun and my kids are going to flip!!!  They love little things like this and believe me, little things can make a BIG difference!
Well, that's all I have for ya today!  Feel free to link up any time this month.  The only rule I have is that you don't link directly to your store.  If you want to link up a product, blog about it and link from there:)  Kind comments are always welcome here and everywhere you visit! 
Thanks for popping by!!


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Minutes in Math Make a Difference

I don't know about you but I am constantly left feeling like there is never enough time in a day to cover all that I want/need to cover....and because of this, I know that every minute counts and is really important.  One thing I added to my daily routine a few years ago was my Morning Math meeting.  I have posted about this several times so if you want to read more details about it you can check out this link:) HERE 
In a nutshell, I set up my little board with a mix of all kinds of math...some review, some new that we haven't even gotten to, ALWAYS multiplication...the kids come to the carpet and sit and solve on their dry erase boards, then we go over the answers.  They look forward to this EVERY day. 
-  it's a great way to spiral in all kinds of skills
-it gives me a quick little assessment of who has it and who doesn't
- it's quick practice
One thing I have found really eye opening is that if a student misses one of the problems, most of the time they are able to explain why, once we have gone over it:)  The best thing about this???  The whole things takes about 10 - 15 minutes.  We do this every morning at the beginning of our math block. 
Some of the MOST valuable minutes in math are right here, on this carpet, in front of this board.
Another little activity I started and wanted to share was our post it challenge.  Every morning I write a word problem on the board.  When the students come in, they unpack, do their morning routines and then get started on this.  I supply  a little stack of post its.  Once a student solves it, they post it on the board and continue with their morning routine.  This is all done BEFORE the bell rings:)  As soon as we are done with Morning Math meeting, the kids return to their seats and we go over the post it challenge.  Again, just minutes, but really valuable ones:) 
Hope one or both of these ideas are something you can use.  If you do something different that just takes minutes, I would love to hear about it:)  Comment below!