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Monday, February 6, 2012

How do you get it all in?

Yep, that's the note that I got from my sub on Thursday.  I can't criticize.  It was her first sub job EVER.  She had just received her sub certificate the day before her call.  You have to start somewhere.  I have to say though--I HATE (that's such a strong word)...uhm....It really irks me to plan for a sub (in DETAILED plans--still not criticizing) and they not do ANYTHING you set out for them to do that day.  Okay, maybe I am being critical.  I'll try to calm down.  I'm not sure where her day went..but what can you do???  Well, you BEG your principal for another sub for Friday.  Luckily, I have an AWESOME grade level friend (who is also our Head Teacher) that helped a gal out.  I think she understands my OCD.  Thankfully she was able to put one of my favorite subs in my room. Sometimes though...I just think it's easier to it's just easier to go to work, but when your own babies (okay, they are 5 and 9, but still) are sick...ya gotta be a mommy.  Does anyone else hate planning for subs?  Enough of my sub rant......because after having 2 days off (and then the weekend) I too wondered "How do I get it all in?" HA! 

You know those cute little Groundhogs that have been floating around Pinterest and Bloggyland?  Well, I wish I knew where they originated from. (So thank you to all of you FABULOUS CREATIVE teachers!)  I saw them...cute little critters they were...and decided to have my class take a go at them.  The only pattern they used was the a circle head.  Everything else they created on their own.  I was quite proud of the way they turned out.   They look so cute hanging in the hallway....see for yourself...

Here is a picture of two of them---didn't they turn out cute?

Then today, we were discussing penguins.  I had my students write one fact that they knew about penguins and one question they had about penguins.  Here are some examples of their work.

Look at his cute little penguin!! 

She was still writing when I snapped a picture---she was saying "But I would like to know how they slide on "their" bellies."

Her question..."What penguin is the smallest?"

The next writing is from one of my little guys who ALWAYS tries his best.  He's so unsure of himself and needs that confidence boost.....how can you NOT love his penguin picture? :)

Alrighty, now to wrap up this blog post....I feel like I've been doing place value FOR-EV-ER!!  My kiddos are usually pretty good in math, but some of them just look at me lost.  I made up a practice sheet with standard, tens/ones, and expanded form.  It's a sort.  I hope someone else is able to use it.  Have an AWESOME night bloggy friends! :) 

Here's the place value sort:


  1. I love the groundhogs and their wacky teeth. Ha ha!
    We did something similar to your penguin activity today , except ours was with polar bears. They come up with such great questions, don't they?

    Grade ONEderful

  2. Those groundhogs are cute! When I read the title of you post "How do you get it all in?" my first thought was "I don't". At least it feels that way sometimes. I do feel you pain about having a sub not do anything you leave. I recently had a sub who had only subbed first grade once. That was the day I was doing a walk through with our principal and consultant. It was hard to be in my room and watch what was/was not going on. I felt for him, but at the same time... detailed plans,etc. I just had say "Oh well" and do it over the next day. Nice to hear others have the same things happen to them.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  3. Found you on Grade ONEderful. I am now following your blog and look forward to your posts (-:

    The 3AM Teacher

  4. What in the world did the sub do with your kiddos all day if they didn't follow your plan?!

    Love the groundhogs! Too cute!

    Thank you for the freebie! It seems like we've been working on place value forever.

    First Grade Magic

  5. Such cute groundhogs! Thanks for the Place Value freebie. We're okay when we do place value with our calendar, but I need to find out who really knows their stuff and who needs a few more interventions! Your freebie will be perfect!
    A Pirates Life for Us

  6. I completely understand your frustration with being out of the classroom! I have been pulled for data meetings and full day meetings and my kiddos whine when I tell them I have another meeting. I actually had a little one cry this morning when I said I wasn't going to be there. Poor babies!
    PS... love your blog!

  7. Love the place value sort. Thanks!

    I hate when subs just don't do stuff I leave. I have one sub who is my go to, but the sub caller doesn't seem to do what I ask her to do. Ugh.

    First in Maine

  8. I'm so lucky to have a "few good subs" that are usually available! Thanks so much for the place value worksheet. We are working on that this week, so it was perfect timing!!!

  9. excited to try the place value worksheet with my kids!

  10. Hope my children are excited about the place values chart as I am. This is great.


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