Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oops...Better Late Than Never

I'm a little late on this one. I was cleaning out my email inbox and noticed I had forgotten to post about this. I received a Versatile Blogger award earlier this month from Haley over at Following Optimism. It was very sweet of her to give this to me.

After accepting the award, you are supposed to follow these rules.

1. Thank the person who gave it to you. 
Thanks again, Haley! Thanks for thinking of me and my lil 'ol blog!

2. Share 7 things about myself. 
-I am a native Floridian, and I hate cold weather. I wear flip-flops year round. No joke!
-I have been teaching for fifteen years. I have taught both first and second grade.
-I love creating teaching materials on the computer. 
-I started a Walking Club at my school. I get paid to exercise.
-I love buying things from Amazon. They make it too easy.
-My brother is a teacher, too!
-My favorite band of all time is the New Kids on the Block. 

3. Pass this award on to 15 other bloggers who deserve such a great award!
Oh, goodness! I have to find 15 bloggers that didn't already get this award.
Sounds like a challenge to me. Stay tuned!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Capitals Anchor Chart and FREE Valentine Making Words Activity

Oh, how I just love pinterest! I made an anchor chart for my kiddies to refer to on when to use capital letters. I had pinned a couple of capital letter anchor charts and combined things I liked from each to make my own. Here is how it came out.

Here is a freebie for ya! I created a Making Words activity for the word {valentines}. You can find it at my TPT store HERE.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January Is Flying By!

Here's what we've been doing since we came back from winter break. First up is our New Year's resolutions. We reviewed what a resolution was, brainstormed some goals for this year, said what we needed to do to achieve our goal, and told if anyone was going to help us.

Last week, we read tons of stories about Martin Luther King, Jr. The students were really interested in learning about him and had lots of questions. I had the students write some important facts about MLK, and then had them complete the TLC-inspired portrait of him. I always love how each one looks slightly different than the rest. The mustaches always get me!

Another activity we did was read the story, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. We used lots of different skills while reading this book, including making predictions, inferring, and using our schema. After we finished reading the book, we wrote an ending to the story about what Peter and his friend did after the story was over.

I looooove how they turned out! I used the snowsuit patterns from The Snowy Day unit from  The Chalk Talk blog. You can find the patterns for free here. The writing part was from Finally in First . You can find the writing sheet here.