Sunday, April 15, 2012

Where Have I Been and a Freebie

So much for my plans for my last few days of Spring Break. I have been laid up with terrible migraines for the last 3 days.   I can't do much but lay in a dark room, with a cold compress over my eyes, can't read, computer, tv etc, just enduring major pain and trying not to vomit. {Sorry, probably a little too much info there.} The first day it felt like I had an arrow through my eye socket and out the back of my skull. Today's was more of the "I must have a tumor at the base of my skull/spinal cord" variety and I was wishing for an ax to chop my whole head off...I often say it feels like my head is in a vice so I thought this picture was fitting.

I went to the dr. AGAIN and he gave me something new to try. After about 7 hours of torture I am now up and have the residual after headache but can at least function. I should not be on here since the computer could trigger another episode but I had the below post already written so I am rationalizing I will be quick.  I had grand plans for making some insect literacy centers and an Earth Day craftivity  but that doesn't seem likely now so I may have to risk a visit to TpT later to see if some of my bloggy friends can save my bacon.

If you are a healthy person, take a second to be thankful. I try to look on the bright side that I usually only get two migraines a month and I don't have cancer or something life-threatening that would take me away from my boys. My 4th grader, Quinn, was so sweet taking care of me this morning (the other two are camping.) He brought me meds, coffee, cold compresses and made sure to talk in a quiet voice. SO sweet!

Below is the post I had saved...I better get off here!

Here is another activity we did before Spring Break that I didn't get a chance to share. I had ordered this book from Scholastic and made a writing prompt and art project before it even came.
To be honest, instead of inspiring creativity from my students, it listed so many ideas, many students just copied the author.

I think next year I will change the prompt and use this Jan Brett book which is of higher quality. I was very pleased when we read it that my students made a text-to-text connection with Horton Hatches the Egg BEFORE I even asked!!!! Love those moments when you feel like what you are teaching is actually sinking in!

I made these bunny templates so all the kids had to do was cut out the pieces and add the details. They loved using the chalk on a cotton ball trick for the cheeks!

Anyway, here were the samples I made for the kids with the scrapbook paper bow in different places to make it look like a girl or boy.

Many of my fashionistas decided the girl's bow looked better on the ear :-)

and of course long eyelashes are a must.
A couple of the boys decided they wanted to put the bow on top even if that meant it was a girl. GASP! We are forward thinking here in California so that was fine by me. My girl who ALWAYS wants the "boy" stuff was absent or I'm sure she would have had a bow tie. :-)

I also wanted to let you know I uploaded a new book club packet for on-level firsties! I bought a six pack of this Little Critter book from Scholastic because my on-level group is super envious and has been asking if they can do book packets, too. Love that first grade enthusiasm asking for harder work! The AR level says 1.2 (which I don't always agree with) but with the packet it should be challenging.

Questions on story structure, inferring, antonyms, etc...

Sea animal ABC order cards
 And since you stayed to the end of this long post, your gift is this syllable cut and glue for FREE. Just download the preview on TpT.  The whole packet is just $2 if you'd like to try it with your kiddos.



  1. Aww I hope you feel better soon :)


  2. These are super cute!! I'm glad you're feeling better.. migraines are the worst!! :(
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. Have you ever seen a chiropractor/holistic Dr for your migraines? I have a friend who had debilitating migraines and she ended up doing a detox through a chiropractor and found out she had an aversion to gluten. It is something to think about. Hope you are feeling better.

  4. Oh, Jenn!!! I feel so terrible for you!!! I hope you feel better very soon and that your doctor can help you find the right medicine.
    Your Easter Rabbits are the absolute cutest -- I love that little girl rabbit who's face is mouth is tilted to the side. SO CUTE!!!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. Those are the cutest rabbits I've seen.

  6. I hope you feel better very soon!! Thanks for the CUTE bunny templates!! Love them, can't wait to use them next year!

    MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

  7. You poor thing--that is terrible!! I hope you are feeling completely better soon!

  8. I'm so sorry that you've been so sick! I hope you start feeling 100% soon. I love your Easter bunnies. They are adorable!

    Swimming into Second

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your migraines. That's just awful. I hope you can get some relief. As for those bunnies- they're about the cutest things I've ever seen. And I just love your syllables activity!
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  11. Jenn! I totally relate! I too get terrible migraines, and have wanted to chop my head off several times. Don't do it! :) No, jk, but I just wanted to send you my love. I completely understand your pain :( hang in there! I'll be thinking of you and being grateful that at least there's another teacher out there who knows what it means to teach full-time and suffer from excruciating chronic migraines. Love!

    Tangled with Teaching

  12. So sorry you've been ill! Hope you feel better soon! Lisa

  13. I hope you feel better soon!! You're blog is so cute! Glad I found you- I'm your newest follower :) Your Quinn sounds like a sweetheart!

    Let's Teach Something

  14. i had 3 days of migraines during my spring break too! just thankful they were NOT during school time...hate to burn my days.
    hopefully the new meds will help!

  15. Nothing worse than a migraine. Hope you're feeling better. Love the syllable freebie. Thanks

  16. Yikes! I hope you feel better soon. Migraines suck!
    Your bunnies are a.dor.a.ble!!!
    Dragonflies in First

  17. Bless your heart! I hope you feel better!! Loving that picture, though. Careful Midge! {or is that Teresa??} I used your Pete as a model for my own drawing and it came out ALMOST identical. I may as well as have saved myself the drawing trouble and just traced yours! lol I hope you don't mind, I just thought it was a great idea to draw your own Peteish instead of spending money on a different blue cat. ;) I gave you credit of course! Come snag the freebie...maybe you can use it tomorrow?!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  18. Those bunnies are ADORABLE! Did you have a template? I'd love to try that next year. Hope you are feeling better! That's so hard with the kiddos. First graders don't know how to be "quiet!"