Friday, April 6, 2012

Currently, Tag! You're it!, Photo Dump

Well it is that time again! Join me in linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.

I just love to watch "Friends".  I have seen them all hundreds of times and most of the time I can say the lines right along with the gang. Lame, huh? But I LOVE it! My husband is an also bluegrass guitar player and I love hearing him play. :) Everyone say a prayer for our testing next week. I know my kiddos will do fine, but we would love the extra support. Thanks in advance! As for my "super power", if I had a button that I could press to instantly clean and straighten up my house, classroom, vehicle, and anything else that may need to be put in order, my life would be SOOO much easier. But then, wouldn't everyone's? :)

I have been tagged by Becky at Teaching, Learning, and Loving.
Here Are The rules:
* Post these rules
* Answer the 10 questions that the tagger posted for you
* Create 10 questions of your own to ask the people that you're about to tag
* Tag 10 people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!)

Here are Becky’s Questions:
1. What grade do you teach?
Fourth Grade….this is my third year
2. What is your favorite unit/theme to teach?
Food Chains/Animal Habitats
3. Who is your favorite tpt seller?
First Grade Blue Skies
4. Do you have any freebies on your blog?
Yes! And more to come, so come check them out J
5. What are your top 3 favorite blogs to visit?
6. Do you have any kids?
Yes, a 14 month old daughter named Rylee Claire
7. Where is your favorite place to travel or vaca?
The Great Smoky Mountains
8. What is your favorite place eat? And what do you get there?
Logans; usually the tilapia
9. What is something easy you do for dinner when you are in a hurry?
Hot wings and fries
10. Do you have a teacher tip for us?
Listen to your kids and try to understand them so that you will know how to reach them. Don’t take for granted that your way is the best way….sometimes their ideas will surprise and inspire you!

My questions for you:
1. What is your proudest teacher moment and why?
2. What is a moment that you are not so proud of and why?
3. How did you know that teaching was “it” for you?
4. How do you find the time to work on “teacher/blogging” without taking time away from your family?
5. What do people say is your greatest strength as a teacher?
6. What do you think is your greatest strength?
7. What do you think is your biggest weakness as a teacher?
8. What is the highest degree you have earned and do you plan on trying for something higher?
9. What grade do you teach and how long have you been in that position?
10. Do you have a teacher tip for us?

Tag you’re it!

I have been a little slack in my posts this week. I have been super busy and my daughter hasn't napped at the right times. I know, I know excuses, but we all have them! Here are some pictures of some of the things we have been doing this week:

Anchor Charts for Figurative Language

Student Examples of Figurative Language

Anchor Chart for Multiplying with Two-Digit Numbers

Hope you enjoy! Next, week we begin our ARMT+ testing. Ugghhh! The bright side is that we will be able to do fun stuff in the afternoons! Hopefully, lots of fun pictures will be coming. ;)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Break is Over :( & Customary and Metric Units of Length Foldable

Well, my Spring Break officially ended today. (Insert sad face) Getting up, heading out the door, and leaving my sweet baby girl was super hard. Although I had missed my school kiddos, I really enjoyed being home and playing with my best girl. Oh, well 36 school days left.....I guess we can make it. =)

Today during math we made foldables to organize the different units for length (both customary and metric). Here are some examples of our work and a short how-to on making the foldables:

 I just had to show off my precious baby girl!

Step 1: Get your paper. We used copy paper for ours, but construction paper will work.

Step 2: Fold paper hamburger style.

Step 3: Fold the top flap back toward the fold.

Step 4: Flip the entire foldable over and fold the (new) top flap back toward the fold.

Step 5: Turn horizontal with the folds at the bottom. Write the topic along the fold. Write the subtopics along the flap (#'s 1-4). Cut between each subtopic.

Step 6: Write the details or information for each subtopic beneath each flap.

These can be used for any subject area, and I hope you can use them in your classroom. If you have any questions, please let me know! I hope I was clear in my instructions. =)

Have a great Tuesday everyone!