Saturday, February 22, 2014

President's Day and a FREEBIE!

This past week we spent three exciting days talking about President's Day. George Washington was the focus for Day 1. Check out some of the activities that we did!
We made hats to look like George Washington!
We made and read Fran Kramer's "Our First President" book. (You can pick up a copy for yourself here.) Then, we did a guided art drawing of Mr. Washington. :) This is a picture of one of my kinders drawings.
We read books and talked about George Washington all day! At the end of the day, we made a facts chart of everything we learned about George Washington. I sat at the computer and typed up what the kids had to say and then printed the facts out and added them to our chart.
Day 2 was all about Abraham Lincoln. I had copier issues with running off the book on Abe for everyone, but we still read the one copy that I did have and did our guided art drawing on a separate page.

I thought that they turned out SUPER cute!
Of course, we HAD to make hats! ;)
Again, we read books all day and then made a facts chart at the end.
Day 3 was our big wrap-up!
We filled in a Venn Diagram with facts about both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I wrote in the facts on a large anchor chart and my kinders had the facts that they had to glue into the correct spot on the diagram. The student version was part of Erica Bohrer's President's Day Printables Pack. I was happily surprised at the information that my kinders recalled. :)
We made our own Washingtons and Lincolns. I had my kinders tell me which president was their favorite BEFORE I told them what we were doing. Sometimes they tend to base their decisions on what their friends are doing and what the looks like. :)

"He was the first president."

"He stopped slavery."
The last thing that we did was write about why we the president we chose was our favorite. The kids really seemed to enjoy talking about the presidents and doing all our activities.
I made the Lincoln/Washington writing page a FREEBIE in my TPT store. You can pick you a copy to use next year here. All I ask is that you leave me some feedback and if you like what you see, please consider following my store. :)
Hope you enjoyed seeing what we did for President's Day! What are some of the things that you do in your classroom?


Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day!......better late than never ;)

After being gone from school for FOUR DAYS last week because of SNOW (this is Alabama people!), we came back today and began our Valentine's festivities. We played Valentine's Day themed math games and made a Valentine's Day craft. Tomorrow we will exchange cards and eat SUPER SPECIAL Valentine's Day snacks. :) Here are some pictures from our day!

First, we made these SUPER CUTE hats from First Grade Parade. The kiddos thought that they were the greatest thing! :) Super easy & Super fun!
Then, we played math games from a pack that I purchased from the Moffatt Girls. It is awesome! I just love print and go packs. :-) Click here to pick up your own copy!
Figuring out number bonds
 Measuring with a strip of hearts :) such a great follow-up to our unit on measurement!
Making use of my wonderful Wal-Mart find! Roll a couple of dice, add them up, and color the sum!
 Filling in Valentine's Day themed tens frames with teen numbers

My kinders had a blast today! Thank you ladies for your wonderful ideas. :)


Friday, February 14, 2014

Advice Needed! :)

 I need some advice. I am looking into getting a Nook HD Plus for my personal/classroom use. I am looking at the Nook for a few different reasons:
1. It is the only tablet that I have found that supports Microsoft Office.
2. I am getting 5 Nooks in my classroom.
3. My daughter has taken over my Nexus 7 and the Nook appears to be the biggest bang for my buck (I am wanting a larger tablet than my Nexus).

My question is:
Do any of you own a Nook with Office Suite on it and if so does the Office suite work just like on a desktop/laptop?
Thanks in advance and Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Making a Comeback! (Hopefully!)

I'm back! Again. ;) I am truly going to make an effort to get back into the land of blogging again after a LOOONG vacation (sort of). My on-the-side-almost -bit-off-more-than-I-could-chew photography business really took off this year and left no time for blogging. After finding out that my husband and I are expecting our second child (a boy due in April!), I decided that photography needed to be moved to the back burner. So, I finished up the sessions that I had on the books and took a break. Then, I got bored and decided that blogging again was something that I could do without taking so much time away from my growing family. So here I am!

Here are some pictures of what I have been up to this week while we have been out for SNOW.

Common Core Organization

I brought home my Common Core Standards Posters that I purchased from Deanna Jump at the beginning of the year to finally organize. I still have some tweaking to do, but what I did will work for now. :) I got the idea from Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies (who I happen to teach with, lucky me!). Check out her post about how she organized hers here.
Awesome Wal-Mart Find!
 On a "neccessities run" to Wal-Mart today, I found these awesome containers! I know I am behind the band wagon on using these, but I can never find them when I am out. I snatched up two packs today (all they had) and can't wait to use them in my stations!
Getting ready for St. Patty's Day :)
I have also been working on a new St. Patrick's Day Pack for kindergarten and first grade. I hope to finish it up this weekend and have a giveaway for it next week, so stay tuned!
I plan on taking some pictures of my classroom Monday to share with you all before my maternity leave starts (as of right now April 7th is the big day!). Hope that everyone has a great weekend!