Friday, April 13, 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and a giveaway

I can't believe my break is pretty much over!  I had a great time milling around with my kiddos and spending time with my family.  Today my 3 are excited about eating lunch at McDonalds with my Grandpa. We never eat in McDonalds do you?  Regardless my terror squad will be making an appearance.

Anywho I am sitting here planning for next week and realized I have five more actual teaching weeks left!  EEEK!  Not sure how I will get everything I want done but the pressures on!  We actually have 7 weeks left but my school does an arts festival in May and that is 3 days gone and then the last week is half days so that's a wash too. So here is what I've come up with as my plan to finish the year...

Something Old:  Our story next week is The Kite (chapter from Days with Frog and Toad), we always use this as an intro to reading chapter books.  I will do this again this year but read the whole book as the first book club for my on level readers.
Something New:  I have never done book clubs before but have wanted and with my principals approval I am going for it!  I am going to use Jenn Bate's Save the Earth Packet  with my above level readers.  With my early on level readers I will read Mercer Mayer's It's Earth Day! and move into Days with Frog and Toad.
Something borrowed:  While looking through blog land for book club ideas I found this post from the fabulous Cara Carroll Brown Bag Book Club and am borrowing to use on Friday.  I may try and find a way to include our buddies on this but I don't know yet.

We will still read our HBR (hardback readers) and focus on problem and solution in all the stories we read.  I have two craftivities planned to use in reading this week.  We will also make a toad peak over to answer a problem and solution writing prompt.  To incorporate poetry they will use a kite template to write an acrostic poem.  In March my firsties had such fun coming up with  Limericks using Abby's unit I am sure they will love writing the acrostics.

The Giveaway:  If you read my blog you have realized I don't come up with much original stuff.  Honestly there is such great stuff out there and why not use other peoples stuff from TPT or blogs?  It leaves me with more time to spend with my own kids.   But I do want to thank everyone who has helped me by sharing their awesome ideas so I am going to give away a copy of this book:

AJ and I picked it up at BN last week and fell in love!  It is by the same author of Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day  and the illustrations are hilarious.  I read a couple pages to AJ and then she took over.  It would be a great addition to any library and also a be a great chapter book read aloud.  Lulu is a not so nice girl who is convinced she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday and wont' take no for an answer.  I asked AJ what her favorite part of the book was and she said two things; that she could pick from 3 endings and that the author let her read a chapter from the next book in the series.

So if you'd like to enter here's how:

  1. follow my blog (leave a comment)
  2. blog about the giveaway (leave a comment with link)  
Since things get 12 kinds of crazy for me when school starts I will end this on Saturday at 10 pm and announce the winner on Sunday evening.  

Good Luck!  


Monday, April 9, 2012

Open Tag

Christina at Mrs. Bainbridge's Class issued an open tag that I am accepting so I can keep posting each day of spring break :) 

So... if you want to accept my tagging... please answer the following questions:

1.)  Do you scrapbook?  If so, what's your favorite tool?  If not... why?

       I use to before I had kids :-(  I no longer have time but more than anything my husband packed up all my supplies when we turned my scrapbooking room into #2's room.  

2.)  Favorite 80s TV show
      Hard one let's see, Punky Brewster, Small Wonder and Three's Company

3.)  Do you keep your toenails painted?
      Kinda in the summer yes, during the winter I keep the last polish I used on until it comes off all on its own the start again.  Weird I know.

4.)  What is your favorite bean?  (Mine is lima, in case you're curious!)
       Umm green beans

5.)  What was your favorite doll's name as a kid?  (Meggie Kay!  And I still have her!)
       I had Kirsten from AG and she was my fave, but I really wanted to have Molly.  

6.)  Coffee or tea?
       Iced coffee

7.)  Bath or shower?
      Shower, I think its weird to sit in your own filth in the tub.
8.)  What is your favorite item in your classroom?
       My smelly markers!
9.)  Funniest classroom moment summed up in 10 words or less...
     For family rule child wrote no semen drew x over mouth 

10.)  Either one name you'd NEVER name a child or one name you'd LOVE to name a child based on students you've had in your class... and you don't even have to tell us if it's a NEVER or a LOVE... just the name!  ;)

          Ellie (multiple students)

If you want to participate head over to Christina's blog :)


Sunday, April 8, 2012

April Currently


April Showers

How did you all decorate your doors this month?  My aid came up with this one and I love it!  I just told her I wanted rain boots and an umbrella.  It says Lovin' These April Showers.  She always executes my ideas so well.  I am very lucky to work with someone who is artistically gifted!  

Together we made this gumball machine to welcome a new principal to our school.  I was able to fit all the 2 first grades and their buddies in the machine.