Saturday, March 7, 2015

Doodlebugs Five For Friday on Saturday

I know it's Saturday, but I am linking up with Doodlebugs for Five for Friday.

It has been a crazy busy week, but super fun!!

On Monday we kicked off the week with a Dr Seuss celebration. Our fourth grade buddies came over   to read and share  some Seuss snacks with us! We started with a cute Cat and the Hat Glyph. Then when they were finished they went around the room to complete the Dr.Seuss QR codes.

So I have been testing out the StitchFix on and off for about a year. It has taken 4 or 5 times to get some things that I really like. I was super excited for my latest Stitch Fix because the previous one had been pretty good, but I was just carrying some extra lbs. (I have lost some of those so I was excited for something new.) I was pleasantly surprised when it came a few days early. However, when I opened the box I was a little disappointed. I had asked for some sassy fun tops for a girl's night out or a date with the hubby. Now I am 44, but I try to think I stay hip and current with fashion. 
I got this gray and navy v-neck sweater that wasn't flattering to my body and this creme top with a pale choral and blue stripe. No shape either. SAD FACE.  But I did love...

There were some cute black stretch pants with leather piping on sides and waistband, but too big.

Decided to join the Worksheet free Wednesday linky. My kids loved making giant sized clocks and teaching the class how to solve word problems.


We finished off the week with our Polar Cap Party! Parents came to check out students Penguin reports and videos! It was a huge hit. Every single student had a parent or more there. Parents were so proud and amazed at what their second grader had completed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

No Worksheet Wednesday

I am super excited to link up with Primary Chalkboard for the first No Worksheet Wednesday in March!!! 

I try as much as I can to limit worksheets with hands on activities, task cards, group projects, etc.  But I am not going to lie...the worksheet does make a visit to our room. 

Our day starts out pretty typical with our Daily 5 routine. We really do not have a lot of worksheet action going on during the first two hours. Here is my guided reading group practicing their vowel sound book by Reagan Tunstall. Love these!!!

We were  very fortunate to get a grant last year that allowed us to purchase 30 iPads. They are shared between myself and my teaching partner. Below is one of my cuties scanning a qr code to pull up book to listen to about Abe Lincoln and George Washington during the technology choice. They still love listening to stories especially nonfiction.

Raz Kids is a big hit in my room as well. I am amazed at how many kids have made improvements with their reading and comprehension. I love it because I can check to see what skills they are missing or need help with by looking at their comprehension quiz results.

 My work on writing group was doing a Happy Birthday note to our Super "G". (She is a grandma of one of my former students and a  retired teacher who volunteers twice a week in the classroom.)
 My work on words group was playing BANG with their spelling words. We put our own little twist on it. Actually, my students put their own little twist on it!! The weeks spelling words on printed out and laminated. I usually try to add a thematic graphic to make it a little more appealing. They kids love this. The cards a placed in the silver bucket shown below. The student draws a card and reads the word on the card. Here comes the twist...then they close their eyes and spell it out loud for the group. If they spell it correctly they get to keep it. If not, they put it at the bottom of the pile. When they draw a card that says BANG or You've been Seussed!!...that was this week's theme...then they must give their cards to the person on their left. I am amazed at how they get so into this activity. This week's words dealt with changing the y to an i and adding es. So when they drew their card today they actually gave the singular word for the plural word they drew.

During math I decided that on Wednesdays I am going to have my students start teaching the class on how they solve word problems. We did a sample together and then I picked 2 students to teach and work through a word problem with the class. While the student was at the document camera the rest of the kids had their white boards out. They were all so engaged and eager to share their knowledge with the "new" teacher. They were agreeing or disagreeing and supporting their answers. Let's just say I was one happy teacher!!

 During math today we floor sized made clocks! I got this idea from Reagan Tunstall. The kids were put in groups of 3. Once they made their clocks they quizzed each other on making different times on their giant sized clocks.

Come join us all at Primary Chalkboard to see what everyone else is doing for NO WORKSHEET WEDNESDAY!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Currently

Hello March!! I can't think of a better way to start the month off then linking up with Farley

LISTENING: The last load of wash is finishing up in the machine! I exciting!

LOVING: Tomorrow our 4th grade buddies are coming over to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. We our doing a cool Cat in the Hat art project, I made some QR codes with passages from Dr. Seuss books that the students have to figure out which book it is from, we have cool snacks, and some prize gift bags!!

THINKING: Now that I have finished my 21 Day Ultimate Reset I need to get back into my workouts. I need to get a quick one in before bed.

WANTING: Everything in my closet seems so boring. It is definitely time to update with some fun new outfits!!

NEEDING: We are ready to hit telling time to the 5 minutes and fractions. Need to update some of our activities for this.

SPRING BREAK: It is not until the end of the month. Heading for some fun with friends in Palm Springs. My birthday is during Spring Break too!

Have a great Monday!!!

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