Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hundreds Day

Say what?  It just kinda hit me in the head that it's tomorrow!  Our school doesn't do much with it.  Actually, not many schools around my area do much with it.  But my firsties are excited when we do calendar.  They love seeing how close to 100 we get.  So THANK GOD for Target.  I saw these today:
YAY!!  They even have a 100 on them!  I've also noticed the 100s snacks with foods (not the 100 piece, but the ones that have you make the number with pretzel and donuts, or circus peanut and gummies).  These oreos will be our zeros, and we're using a pretzel stick for our one.  Not real creative, but hey, they will love it! :)

I did type up a few things that we will most likely do as whole group on chart paper, but here's a student version.  They could use it to make their own book.  The writing at the end of the first file I thought would be cute hanging with those ADORABLE 100 year old people that are floating know the ones that look like this:

I found this one from Jenn at Finally in First. 
Here's a download of 100s day activities (writing 100 words, using tallies, counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, and the writing that I mentioned too).  The poem I just did quickly--but I liked it! :)  Click here for some activities if you'd like:

Here's a 100s day poem that I love adding to their Poetry folders. 

Off to will be a C-R-A-Z-Y week (notice how I drew out all the letters??? It's going to be a long one just like that....hundreds day, Valentine's Day, SNOW DAY????---okay, maybe not the last one....but ya never know! :)

You know you're a Teacher When....

Jeannie from Kindergarten Lifestyle has a great linky party going on....You know you're a teacher when....

I agree with ALL the ones I've read so far!!  Here are mine!

Head over to 
to join in the fun!!! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

If at first you don't succeed

We all know that tomorrow, we will try again.  I swear I've worked on place value for AGES....but maybe I'm just getting old and all my years are running together?  Anyhoo--my kiddos had a hard time with 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less with our math lesson.  I tried showing it by modeling, using a hundreds chart, looking for patterns in the numbers--but about 1/4 of my firsties looked at me and just smiled. I've seen those smiles....I said, "Do you get it" They just smiled back and told me no.  So back to trying again tomorrow.  Anyone have any GREAT suggestions on teaching this?  I've been out of first for a while, so I'm open to suggestions.  I hate when my little guys don't get something.  I want them all to feel successful. 

I made up this worksheet for extra practice.  You can click on the image to grab it. (Gotta love those cupcakes!!)

I also want to let you in on a FABULOUS giveaway. Jeannie from Kindergarten Lifestyle  has a BUNCH of Awesome goodies for you.  Make sure you check it out! :) 

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 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:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spendin' the Day in Jammies!

Yep!  That's what I did!  Call it lazy.  Call it comfortable.  Call it whatever ya want.  But I did and I liked it!  With little dude still being sick (*sidenote--he went to doctor, had no fever when he went this morning--back to running a temp in the 101-102s after he came home...UGH), I knew we weren't going anywhere (and boy do I want to get out and shop), but I think I kinda needed a do-nothing day.  The housework was done, the laundry was done-so what else was a girl to do but play on pinterest, right?  AND if ya know anything about my pinterest boards, I have WAY TOO MAN sweets on there.  Cucpakes, candies, desserts (and a few "healthier" options but who cares about that) I'm a woman, and a teacher and I NEED my chocolate!! I found this recipe today. You can click the picture to head to the blog that the recipe (and picture) came from ;)

I've made Reese Cup cupcakes before, but these were filled and used a different frosting. I topped mine with reese cups though.  These were "good".  I think I like them better without the filling but this frosting OH MY GOODNESS!!  I could eat it by the bowlful! They are now tucked away in my freezer so I don't lick the frosting off of all of them! ;)

I guess I did get some other things accomplished today.  Last night I posted a sight word game, and some long U/silent e activities.  You can see it here. Today I made some activities to go with the actual stories in  Treasures.  This will be for June Robot Cleans Up. 

Here are the story questions I will send home for homework.

Here's the story quiz--using some questions that came originally with the series.

I have a few more things to share with you, but first, a couple of things from a couple of blog readers.

From Gordon---he posted a couple math riddles onto his website.  They were interesting.  I thought I'd share his link.

From Christi--(she has started a blog, but is a busy mom to 3 boys and we all know how that is)--she added to the Football Workstation Activities that I posted.   Here it is:

And just a few more things for you.....I had made these games earlier in the year, and it fits PERFECTLY with what we're doing in math now.  I thought I'd repost them.  

I've also had many compliments and have noticed several pins of the homework tic-tac-toe boards.  Here are 2 more.  One for language, one for math.

Thank you to all my fabulous followers.  I never imagined having more than a handful of followers (and I thought they would be family and co-workers)--so thank you.  I hope that you have found many things on here to use (or give you ideas to implement/change in your own classroom).  I truly enjoy making things for my students and to share with you!  The comments are always so nice to see too! 

Whatta day!

I'm pooped--and I've even been home the past two days.  Mommy duty calls and my little dude is running fever.  I called our pediatrician's nurse line, and of course they say just wait....but this momma is taking him in if he's still running fever tomorrow. So say a little prayer for my little dude.  It is definitely nice being home with him, but not when he's not feeling well.  I had a little bit of time to make a few freebies to share with you.  We will be working on long u/silent e next week in our Treasures Reading Series. 

 Long U/Short U Sort---duplicate pictures to save on paper ;)

 Long U shape boxes with Riddles

Long U/Short U task cards (There is a set of 24) :)
I also posted a couple things in TPT today.  Here's a Preview.  You can click the image to see it on TPT.

I just love the clip art for the next set I's so cute!! :)
This one's been in the store, but it's coming close to Valentine's Day! :)
And if you've made it through me shamelessly plugging my store, here's one more freebie for you called Cops and Robbers---it's played just like Bang! :)  Enjoy!  I am headed to bed---late night here--hope to wake up to a healthy little dude in the morning and some sweet comments to get me through my day! :) 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EGADS--tomorrow is February

Where on EARTH did this year go?  We're about two weeks away from hundreds day...tomorrow is the first of February...I feel like I just took down my Christmas tree.  School will be over before I know it....ohh feels like SPRING here.  (Is it wrong I've prayed for snow days? We've had NONE, NADA, ZILCH.  I live in Ohio people---I'm supposed to have snow days!) Ahh, well, whatever, what can ya do? 

Little story for daughter took market rabbits in 4H this past summer.  We told her that we'd get her a pet one (as selling them was hard on her).  Well, her one pet rabbit made my son he got one of his own too.  The one we purchased was crippled.  We called the store and they exchanged but offered us the crippled one too...we decided why not.  One rabbit turned into 3.  I asked the pet store to make sure they were all girls.  They assured me they were whenever we checked out with one, though I thought differently.  Whatever...they are supposed to know this stuff right?  So we have a lionhead dwarf named Lilly, a New Zealand dwarf named Snowball, and a Netherland dwarf named Daisy---which we have now changed to Dave.  Yep....we found that out the hard way when our daughter came downstairs and said there's something little and squiggly in the cage.  We had NO CLUE she was pregnant, plus our rabbits were supposed to be all girls.  SOOO---3 babies (we lost one :( ) and 3 rabbits....LORD HELP US! 

Okay, how 'bout some freebies?  Here's a February word bank and a few journal prompts. Click the bear picture below to grab it.

Or for my Treasures Reading Series's a few worksheets/questions to go with the guided books of Unit 4.1 (Pelican Was Hungry).  You can click the picture below to grab them.

Here's hoping to a less eventful evening tomorrow ;)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Oh, no---it's not supposed to be there

So---while lining up to go home, one of my firsties (as sweet as can be) said,  "Does your hair always look like that?" 
Me--"Like what?"
Her-"That color--I mean is that your natural  color" lol---where is this conversation going?
Me-"Well, yeah, minus the highlights."
Her--"So that gray is your highlight?" AHHHH!!---guess it's time to get my roots done lol ;)
Me--thinking  (but not saying) no honey, that's not supposed to be there.  I sprout a new gray hair every time y'all choose to act up....
Gotta love their honesty, eh?

Okay, so today's math lesson was going really well......or so I thought.  We watched a video, we did a few sample problems, we worked on the front and back together---they all seemed to be doing really well.  Then, my boys....uh....I don't get it.  EGADS!  Those words hurt my we worked through some more, did a little one-on-one, small group, retaught and modeled it again.....they just smiled at me like I was a crazy woman. ....which I am, but that's beside the tonight I made a practice sheet to make sure they get it.  My kiddos LOVE rolling dice.  So here's a quick review sheet if you wanna download it.  It's on tens, ones, and expanded form.  I demonstrate expanded form like it's an elastic band.  It STRETCHES out the whole number.  We even put numbers on the band so they could see the "longer form."  Here's hoping for a better math day tomorrow----and I need to get my "do" done apparently!

Click the pic for the practice sheet.  Just remember, comments are so sweet!! :)
Earlier this summer, I posted a football workstation for both math and language.  I thought with Super Bowl coming up, maybe you'd want to check it out! Click the picture below to download.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bloggy Tag and a Few Freebies

Tag--I'm it! What a great idea---BLOGGY TAG! Megan at First Grade Magic tagged me in the game.

Here are the rules:
 1.  Post the rules
2.  Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3.  Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4.  Tag 12 people and link them in your post.
5.  Let them know that they have been tagged.

Hmm...12 (fun? I dunno?) facts that I haven't already blurted out to y'all?  Here goes
1.  I've been told I sound like a little kid when I talk.  I guess when people call MY house and ask ME to talk to MY mommy, maybe there's a little truth in it.
2.  I am slightly OCD.  I can tell if things have been moved and not put back right.  It drives me CRAZY nuts.  My husband will go around sometimes and rearrange things just to see how long it takes me to fix it. 
3.  My favorite color is purple---though I rarely wear purple.
4.  I love making things and sharing them on my blog---I hope that others are able to use the things I post.
5.  I am seriously content in staying in my jammies ALL DAY.  Some people view it as lazy...but it's so relaxing.
6.  I have never worn lipstick that I can remember---I guess I'm a glossy girl.  Actually, I don't wear much make-up at all. 
7.  When I was a little girl I wanted to be a paleontologist.  I was a little bit of a tomboy.  I loved digging in the dirt, rocks. My mom used to get so mad at me for dragging in HUGE rocks from the creek with imprints on them.
8. I say if I ever won the lottery, I'd quit working and be a stay-at-home mommy and homeschool my kids.  Hubby says that I'd never quit my job---he seems to think that even when I'm able to retire, I'm going to keep going until I can no longer go.
9.  I don't like to cook.  I LOVE to bake--not cook.  Cooking involves way too much time.  Give me a new cookie, cake, cupcake recipe and I will be gone in a blink of an eye.
10. My high school didn't offer many sports.  We had cheerleading, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, track and Cross Country.  Yep, that's it.  I guess we didn't need much as we were a small school.  I only had 39 kids in my graduating class. 
11.  I have a brother and a sister.  I was lucky to get one of each. My sister is one of my best friends!
12.  My new addiction is Pinterest.  I have to limit myself to 30 minutes or I go into my own little world and you can't bring me back.

 Okay, now I'm going to Answer Megan's questions she has for her 12 friends.  Here they are:

1.  Do you have a pet?  Yes, we have 2 cats and 3 rabbits.  I also have 2 kids and a husband, does that count?
2.  What is your favorite type of food? Junk food!  I love me some reese cups!
3.  Do you have a phobia of anything? Yes--it's called Glossophobia.  I hate public speaking, speaking in front of groups, speaking in front of a big group of coworkers.  Silly, huh?  Give me a group of little ones and I'm good to go---put adults in front of me and I get all shaky.
4.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? besides, Disney?  Australia
5.  Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks? hmm....combination? 
6.  What did you want to be when you grew up? Besides the paleontologist, I wanted to be a teacher.
7.  Where did you go to college? University of Rio Grande--small college in Ohio
8.  When did you realize that you wanted to be a teacher? 1st grade
9.  What is your favorite grade level to teach? 1st
10.  What subject do you like teaching the most? Reading, though I'm beginning to like Math too
11.  What is one thing in your classroom that you feel like you can't live without? My projector/mimio
12.  What is your favorite part about blogging? Sharing with people and hoping they can use the stuff I make--and the comments are always so nice to hear.

Christina at Mrs. Bainbridge's Class
Amy at Krazy about Kiddos
Sandra at Sweet Times in First
Deb at Oh My Little Classity Class
Heather at Heather's Heart
Delighted at First Grade Delight
Hadar at Miss Kindergarten
Hope at 2nd Grade Shenanigans
Kara at Treadwell's Math Adventures
Megan at Learning in First
Melissa at Life's a Teach
Sandra at Literacy Minute

MY TURN to ask questions. :) My questions are:

1) What is your favorite recipe? (Would you like to share?)--oops that's 2 questions.
2) If you could have a profession besides teaching, what would it be?
3) Are you a sports fan?
4) Do you have any hobbies outside of blogging and school related things?
5) What is something you won't leave home without?
6) Where do you like to vacation?
7) What is your favorite movie?
8) Do you have a special talent?
9) Who is your favorite CHILDREN'S author?
10) Do you think technology makes things easier?
11) Would you ever participate in extreme sports?
12) What do you like most about teaching?

Okay....long post, but I have to add a few more things. Here's a few freebies for you.  We will be working on Long o/silent e this week.  I've made a few things for to use.  This is the pattern for their spelling words too for the week.  I introduce the words on Monday with a pre-test, and we talk about the spelling pattern, and the sounds.   We do the sorts on Tuesday as their morning work.  The shape boxes we do on Wednesday or Thursday as morning work. Scoot is never "planned" we just do.  It usually falls on a  Thursday though.  You can click each image to get the different activity/worksheet.

Long O/Short O Picture Sort

Word Shapes with Riddles

Would you like the Task Cards?
Or how about an I have...who has?
But we are also continuing working on place value with tens and ones this week.  I've already posted some things to use for that, but I did make a Tens/Ones I have who has. 
I know this has been a long post.  I hope I didn't bore you too much...and hopefully you found something you can use with your kiddos!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! :)

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