Sunday, March 24, 2013

Night in Jail and a Easter Egg Center Freebie

Congratulations to Monica Mize on winning my Easter Bunny Craftivity!
Did you do anything cool this weekend? I didn't either but my husband and two boys did. They got to sleep on Alcatraz Island in a prison cell last night!

Notice both my boys are in dire need of haircuts but they keep saying long hair is cool and can I just trim it for them? I wish I could find a hairdresser who got what they wanted but every time we try they end up with the typical boy cut and they are SO MAD.

While they were gone I got myself a haircut, mani/pedi and leisurely walked around Target. It was heaven! I bought some new baskets for my Easter Egg Spelling center this week.
 Last year the kids drove me batty because letters would be found and they didn't know which egg it went to. This class has even more trouble taking care of things so I knew I had to come up with a better system this year.
I put the number that matches the egg on each letter tile and I color-coded the frame to match the color of the basket! I am going to explain this system to my class with hopes that the leaders will be able to help the others. 
Click on the picture to download.

I'm sure you don't have the same spelling words but I did make my recording sheet available as a free download if you can use it.

Now I have to go finish the laundry. I am listening to The Host on audiobook which makes chores seem less painful. I read the book many years ago so I thought it would be good to refresh before I see the movie. Any other Stephenie Meyer fans?
 As much as I want to see The Host, I may end up seeing G.I. Joe:Retaliation first. Surprised? Well, I'll see anything with Channing Tatum but the real reason is I taught the director when he was in middle school (back when I taught at a small private school.) I still remember the day in 7th grade when he started adding the middle initial to his signature, Jon M. Chu, so it sounded better when he was famous some day. :-) He was making movies even back then and we knew he was destined for great things. In high school he wrote this spoof on Romeo and Juliet based on the Mac and PC war that was big back then that I thought was extremely clever.  Jon is one of those rare people who have that elusive "it" factor.
You may not have seen Step Up 2 or 3D or Justin Bieber: Never Say Never but I bet you have seen his commercial. Okay, enough dating myself. Enjoy the rest of your night my friends.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Easter Bunny Craftivity Giveaway

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! For the first time in many years the leprechauns did not visit our house and I have to say I'm a little sad. My boys are growing up. Thank goodness I teach 1st grade so I can still enjoy the magic.

Easter is early this year so it is time to start thinking bunnies. I blogged about this bunny craft and writing last year but never made the templates available. I added more writing ideas and aligned it to the common core.

I included picture book suggestions and a choice of three writing activities.

Picture book: The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
1. Opinion: Do you think the Easter Bunny picked the best egg? W1.1

  2. Text-to-Text: How did The Easter Egg remind you of Horton Hatches the Egg? RL1.9
Picture Book: If I Were the Easter Bunny by Louise Gardner
3. Narrative: Students write what they would do if they were the Easter Bunny. W1.3

Click on the picture below or {here} to go check this packet out.
As always, I will give a free copy to one of my loyal followers. You can earn 3 entries below.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patty's & a Fashion Emergency

Wow, this was a busy week! Progress reports due, conferences, a visit from the leprechauns...

It was St. Patty's Day fever in my room this week.

We read Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato and used our Potato Craftivity pack I posted about last week. Congrats to Amy S. who won that giveaway.
We read That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, wrote about what we would do if we caught a leprechaun, and of course made another cute TLC craft. Anyone else noticing how bad the fine motor skills are these days? I have SO many kids who are terrible with scissors, complain how hard it is, and some still hold the scissors wrong! Is it the excessive standards put on Kinders now or the electronic age? Combo maybe?

 We played Pot O' Gold in math to practice our addition strategies.

The kids made leprechaun traps for homework and brought them in on Thursday. I wish I could show them all but here are few...
This smarty made a Starry Night background and included a battery powered candle under the roof!
Many people believe drilling a hole in coins is illegal so I got a chuckle since his dad is a cop.
Can you see the slit in the path the leprechaun will fall through?
"He will get stuck on the sticky hand!"
"The cup falls down to trap him."
 The leprechaun visited our room on Thursday night and made a mess. I forgot to take pictures but it was similar to previous years. We didn't catch him but he left each child a note and some chocolate coins.  I had a blog reader request help with the leprechaun note.  I had previously uploaded the one I use to SCRIBD but I know some people have trouble with that so I put in on Google Docs. Click on the picture to download.
I forgot to post last week that  I won {woohoo, I never win anything} Elizabeth's cute craft pack Let's Celebrate Reading!
We wrote homophones on the socks.

Do your girls make eyelashes on EVERY art project? LOL
After his baseball game on Thursday night my middle school son says he has nothing cool to wear for free dress day, will I take him to H & M? I am dead tired but you know how important looking good is at this age so I take him. He wants bright green skinny jeans for St. Patty's day! We end up in the mens section so the skinny jeans aren't that skinny but he was happy with his outfit complete with beanie. When he got to school, his girlfriend had on the same color jeans so people thought they planned it. Ah, middle school...
Alrighty, off to watch my two boys play baseball. The weather has been beautiful this week so I think I need to go find the sunscreen!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

St. Patrick's Potato Craftivity

I'm home today with a sick kiddo. Nothing brings out the mommy in me like high fevers and vomiting. I've been flying solo since my hubbie has been out of town but thankfully he gets home in 4 hours {not that I'm counting or anything.}  :-)

Anywoo, I finally had time to get this St. Patrick's craftivity done!
My teammate Toni shared this craft with me a few years ago. I told her last year she really needed to put her cute stuff up on TpT but she is not all that comfortable with the computer. So this year we decided to work together.

 The kids get so excited by the shamrock sticker nose and orange freckles! It cracks me up when 30 potatoes start dancing around when they are done. :-)
As we transition to the Common Core we are making sure everything we do is aligned.
So, I created a few different reading response sheets to use after reading Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola.

This packet includes:
*St. Patrick's Potato craft templates & directions
*Sequencing cut and glue RL1.7
*Story Structure RL1.3
*Describe the character Jamie O'Rourke RL1.7
*Beginning, Middle, End RL1.2
*All answer keys

As usual, I will give a FREE packet to a lucky loyal follower.  Enter below and I will pick a winner Friday.  Click {HERE} to go check it out in my store. Any blog comments saying how cute it is I will be sure to share with Toni!
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