Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap Year Sale

I'll be having a Leap Year Sale on all of my TPT products. Every item in my store will be 20% off on February 29th only. Don't forget to use this promo code from TPT to save even more- L2P9Y. Click on the link below to get to my store.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day

Today was my favorite kind of school day. It was a Teacher Work Day, which meant no kiddies today! I was able to finish up my report cards, change desks around, fix up my reading group plans from the last six weeks, file papers from my "file pile," and plan some things for this week and next week.

Tomorrow when the kids come back, we're going to be learning about George Washington. Here is an art project I usually have them do. I'll have them write a short paragraph about George that I'll attach to the bottom. I've been doing this same George project for about the last ten years. I believe it was from a Mailbox arts & crafts resource book that I used to own. It is one of my all-time favorite crafts. I love the addition of the cotton balls and the doily.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What do Lincoln, Sundaes, and Goods & Services have in common? They're all included in this post!

President's Day is officially on Monday, but we started our president's day unit last week. We kicked it off using one of this month's Time for Kids on presidents. I added some extra information about the presidents found in the magazine and one of my kiddies asked me how I knew so much. That made me smile! They were all fascinated with the fact that the teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt. We haven't gotten to Lincoln yet, but I wanted to share this cute craft with you. The three pages underneath the cover have blank lines under them so the students can list facts they learned about Lincoln.

On Valentine's Day, my students got to make ice cream sundaes for their special treat. I did this specifically because we are learning to write "How To" stories in writing. The students wrote their own version of how to make an ice cream sundae. Here is a word bank I used to help them use better word choice, especially since they like to overuse the word "put."

Here are their edited versions of their ice cream sundaes, which includes their topic sentence, three details, and a conclusion. These look so cute hanging in the hallway for everyone to read.

We just finished up our unit on Needs & Wants and Goods & Services. Here is an activity we did for Goods & Services that I tweaked from an idea from Mailbox magazine. We brainstormed a list of places under the headings Goods and Services before we began this activity. The students made two streets out of black construction paper and used a white crayon to label them Service Street and Goods Road. I had them attach them to a piece of manila paper. Then the students were to draw three buildings on each road. I, also, had them fill out a sheet I had typed up so they weren't just doing a coloring activity.

Now there you have it! Did you ever think Lincoln, Sundaes, and Goods & Services had anything in common before? Unless Lincoln went to an ice cream shop and used money to buy a sundae! It could of happened. Right?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cute Picture Frames

Well, since we live in sunny South Florida, my students never get to have a real snow day. The first grade classes decided to create our own snow day. The student dressed up in their winter gear: jackets, gloves, hats & scarves. We had hot chocolate and snowballs (white powdered donuts) for a morning snack. We read "The Snowglobe Family," made snow globes out of construction paper, and wrote & drew about what we would do if we lived in a snow globe. We made snowflakes out of paper. Many winter-related books were read as well. We even had a snowball fight with cotton batting! My favorite thing about snow day is having the students make a snowflake decorated frame. I take each kid's picture in the "snow" to put in it. I attach a magnet to the back so they can be hung on the fridge.  I bought the foam snowflakes from Oriental Trading and just used an oval die cut to make the frame from black foam. They always turn out so cute! See for yourself.

Another great picture idea that I do is one for Valentine's Day. My students completed this one today. I took pictures of the kiddies wearing heart sunglasses in front of a red background last week and had them developed. I bought red foam hearts, valentine's ribbon, and self-stick foam hearts and sayings to make the frames. All of these items were bought at the $1.00 spot at Target. So, for only $6.00 we were able to make these terrific Valentine's frames as presents for our parents. All I had to do was punch a hole at the top of the heart, loop a ribbon through, hot glue the ribbon, use a circle cutter to cut out the pics, and glue the picture to the heart. The kiddies then decorated them using the hearts and sayings (love, kiss, hug, & xoxo). Look at these adorable frames!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

100th Day Done...Only 80 More to Go!

Last Friday was our 100th Day of School! Phew! This school year is just flying by. I finish planning one holiday or special day and another one's around the corner. I'm already behind on getting my Valentine's Day stuff out. Anyway, one of the easiest and most creative things we did on the 100th day was making pictures using the numbers in 100. Here is my favorite one. The little girl who created this picture told me it was a boy lifting weights and that his face was all red because it was heavy! Too cute!