Sunday, November 24, 2013

Peek at my little week 11.25.13

Aloha blogger friends,

This is going to be a great, short and sweet week. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

True story...Five for Friday 10.25.13

Aloha Blogger friends,

Somehow Fridays are always crazy, so I am doing this on a Thursday night. The crazy thing is that I am still in my classroom at 8:00pm because my son is at a middle school dance and we live too far away for me to drive back and forth. After school I had a meeting for two hours about report cards which fell right into a Boy Scout meeting of which I am the Scoutmaster (another story). My desk (and the floor surrounding it) are soooo messy that I think I could be swallowed by it all. My room feels like it is half of what we were working on (Australia) and then a bunch of insect, arachnid and Halloween stuff! This time of year seems to get busier and busier.

Here is my 5 for Friday for the week...


(Drum roll...listed in no particular order)


We have learned so much about insects for the past two weeks. I love how much our morning messages are helping with that. They were first inspired by Deanna Jumps chit chat messages. I love the handful that she has on her blog that are focused on science topics, so I have made one for every day of my classroom. This one was about bees. Did you know that they have 5 eyes??


After getting this idea from a Frog Street SPLASH Conference a few years ago, I am loving keeping a class science notebook...right along side of my students notebooks. I am adding our learning as well as pictures taken while we are doing the experiments...lab coats and glasses help! I love these books and they come from Resources for Reading.

Oh yes, it was my birthday this week! I am so grateful and thankful for all of my friends and family who each did something to make my birthday super special. This plant was from one of my students. I also received 1 million Starbuck's gift cards...not really!


Every year I take my students to my house to collect insects. We have a big pond and plowed fields that allow us to use nets in the grass, dig in the dirt and search in the pond. If we are lucky we may find a dragonfly nymph in there. This book Eddie's Backyard Bugs is a super fun book that combines fiction with non-fiction. I read them this book and then give them their entomologist kits. We use the paper straws to drink like a bug...only the best bug juice (sparkling cider).


I l.o.v.e Halloween...need I say more!
Happy Friday,


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Peek at my ((little)) week!! 10-7-13

Aloha blogging friends,

I am soooooo excited that this is only a three day week due to Parent Teachers Conferences. I feel like I can take a little time next weekend to make sure that I am fully preparred for the remainder of October. We have two big field trips coming up (insect collecting and going to the pumpkin patch) as well as the 50th day of school, Halloween, learning about insects, spiders, bats and Australia! I will link up to Deedee if she does her linky party this week ( I know all the cool girls were partying in #NashVegas13 this weekend...wink!)

The Australia Unit that I am using a ton this week is still a work in progress by me. I hope to have it posted in the next couple of days. I absolutley love teaching about the world around us!! Have a great week.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Five for Friday 10-4-13 (on a Saturday) Linky Party


Wow, I forget each year how busy the fall can be with holidays, conferences and after school activities, I easily get lost in all of the fun. Here is a quick five for Friday thanks to Doodle Bugs. fiveforfriday2_thumb[3]
We travele to Asutralia this week in our classroom after succesfully completing two weeks in the Texan Wild West. For a fun little snack we made Wombat Stew thanks to this recipe.


 We have a new puppy at home...need I say more. He is super sweet and smart.
Next week we will begin learning about insects and arachnids. To get my students excited I put out a bunch of fun things in our room. I overheard this little sweeting say "oh cool" on her way to sharpening her pencil.


I always loved Deanna's Chit-Chat messages so this summer I spent some time creating my messages for the year. Each months worth of messages are in their own chart book (from Wal-Mart). This one is from my soon to be published Australia unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. It comes with the words to write, picture and graphic. I can't believe how much better my students are at phonics this year because of this. I also couldn't believe that half of my class hasn't been snorkling!


So, if you haven't figure it out already, I love animals and food. On the way to school Friday morning there were two little (wild) piggies who ran out in front of me. I am glad that they are pretty much the largest wild animals around here.
Happy Friday on a Saturday...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Peek at My Week 9.9.13~Last Week of Learning About Africa

Aloha Blog Friends,

I am linking up with Mrs. Wills once again to share a little peek into my week. I have linked some of the items that I am using. Yesterday I posted the elephant toothpaste freebie for science as well as my new All About Nouns unit that is up on TpT. I can't wait to use it this week! Have an awesome week...


Saturday, September 7, 2013

I must be crazy...Which led to a new product on TpT...All About Nouns

Aloha Blog Friends,

I think I am crazy. Well, I know I am. I woke up this morning with a to-do list of great intentions. It is now 5pm and I am still in my pjs because I was looking for something new to add to my teaching of nouns next week and I ended up making my own new unit.

So, because I feel a bit guilty, I am going to kill two birds with one stone and do this {five for friday} on a Saturday style.


1. New All About Nouns on TpT!! I can't wait to use this next week...

2. We are learning about Africa for a few more weeks and on the day that I was focusing on elephants...there was a herd with babies at the watering hole on the live webcam. It was soooo coooolllll!!

3. Due to all of the excitement we had to add Elephant Toothpaste to our list of science experiments. So, here is a freebie for you!! If you haven't done Elephant Toothpaste with your kiddos, it is super fun. Just google it, there is a lot out there about it...

4. We are just on the verge of rocking Reader's and Writer's Workshop. It has been awesome to put new resources that I have purchased into effect as well as sticking to some of my oldie but goodie lessons on introducing and establishing the structure of both Workshops. I absolutely love them!

5. For number five I have to share a shot from my phone of my daily commute. I live about 45 minutes from where I teach and I love watching the sunrise on my way...(please don't mind my dirty windshield!)
Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with my {Peek at my Week}.
Have a fabulous evening!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Peek at my Week 9.3.13 Yahoo for a short week!!!

Aloha blogger friends,

 I am partnering up with Mrs. Wills again for another {peek} at my week. This three-day weekend has been heavenly. I had time to shop, cook and enjoy the sunrise. Tomorrow is back to work again. Here is a little peek:

Have a great short week!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

8.26.13 {Peek at my Week Linky} and I Like Me! Freebie

Aloha friends,

I am sorry that it has been so long since I have last posted...but, I am back. School started this past Monday and there is so much that I want to share with you! We are going to start our travels around the world tomorrow with Africa. Here is a peek at my week:

And, of course I can't post without a freebie. I love to start off the year with a whole I Like Me! unit. Here is a circle map that I love for my firsties to use.

This little cutie said "I like me because I can wiggle my ears."

Happy week!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Summer is coming quickly and in kindergarten and first grade we have been having a little fun with sandcastles. For a great kindergarten Writer's Workshop ideas our K's did some how-to writing for how to build a sandcastle. This would be great for firsties too! Also, who doesn't love sandy pudding. This snack has been around forever and here is a recording sheet for another how-to idea. I love to do the writing first and then have my students use it to make the snack.
Click here for Sandy Pudding and How-To Build a Sandcastle! I can't wait for summer...

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Opinion Writing and a Brainstorming Template for Firsties


In our kindergarten and first grade classrooms we have been doing some opinion writing. I thought that I had taken some pictures of the finished product, but I did not. The kindergarten writing is about something that all K's can identify with, food. The first grade writing is about forming an opinion based on protecting our oceans. I read some great non-fiction facts about the harms to our oceans from some of our books in our library. I did not share any of my opinions, just the facts. The Common Core Standards are listed small on the bottom and the restaurant writing could be a great intro to opinion writing for firsties as well.
Aside from writing, writing and more writing, the last two weeks have been super busy. We finished up our learning of the rain forest and started learning about our oceans. We did a great "sand lab" science experiment where students chose how they wanted to sort the sand and then went through the scientific process with their thinking.
Oh yes, and back to writing. Each week we have a thematic homework packet and this week they were asked to write an undersea adventure. To help them with organizing their thoughts we started our brainstorming in class. I made a generic brainstorming sheet for you below. In the middle is where students can put their main idea and they can surround it with their supporting ideas. This student was writing about sea turtles.