Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Testing Treats Freebie!

The other day, we signed up to be buddies with the intermediate grades for their FSA testing days. For some reason, I thought my buddy class was taking the test the week we got back from Spring Break. I got my fabulous volunteer to make all the testing treats for them so I could send them over this week. 

Well, wouldn't you know it. They don't take the test until the 2nd week after we get back..ha! Oh well. At least I'm ready for them already!

I'm not much of a candy person, so the typical Smarties and Blow Pops, I don't really do. Something about giving kids candy during a test. It could also be something about me not wanting my own kids to have candy all the time... I know, I'm weird.  (p.s. I realize that Kisses are candy, but I feel better about them than the other kind..ha)

So, here's what I have, for now. 

This is one of my favorites.... did you know that sucking on mints actually helps you focus?!  I always kept a bucket full in my room when I was in a testing grade.

Here are the chocolates....that aren't really candy. lol

Another "treat" I've done in the past is to make Pet Rocks for our buddies!  They always love them! I get rocks from a local sod and landscaping depot type place. Then the kids paint them and give them hair with yarn or a pompom. Add googly eyes and poof!  You have a pet rock!  I got this idea from Reagan and her rock post a few years ago. Except I got mine from a "store" and she got hers from her yard. ha!

I can't remember how many testing days my buddies have....but I also have the bananas and oranges waiting to go! I am just waiting a little closer to the time so they don't go bad.

If you want them, click the picture below to grab them!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rainbow Similes {Freebie}

Doesn't that just make you happy to look at?! I just love seeing it when I walk in the room!

This was our rainbow pictures!

We read A Rainbow of my Own. They always love this story. Then we summarized it.

I always love to see their illustrations of this story. Some of them have some great visualizations!

You can get my summarizing cards freebie {HERE}.

For our writing we did another round of similes. This time we did them with color. I love doing this activity. I do it every year!

First we brainstorm things that are the different colors of the rainbow.

Then I did my example on the chart paper. Yes, I realize I didn't draw a Smurf for that sentence. I can barely draw. I don't trust my skills. ha!

Then it was time for them to write out their similes. They wrote their "sloppy copies" in their learner's notebook, then after I approved it, they got their neat paper.

 After they wrote out their neat copy, I told them to go over it with a Sharpie. It's amazing how much they love using Sharpies - such a motivator!

When they were finished with that, they got to work on their rainbow.  I cut up a whole bunch of colorful strips about 1/2 inch wide and then they tore the strips to glue down.

They cut out the rainbow and glued the rainbow and their writing down to blue paper. I just love them! They came out so cute!!

If you want these freebies, click on the picture to download them.

Another activity we did real quick this week, was to do our Pot of Gold writing. The template came from The Teacher Wife, and the writing paper I made to fit the pot. They just wrote about how they found the pot of gold and what they did with it. We added some glitter to their gold and it just made them come to life!

THEN, we added them to my back board! Oh. My. GOSH. I just LOVE this board!! I am never taking it down. Well, I will, but for the rest of the year, it is staying up. The pots will come down (and my big pot), but the rest will stay up. I just love this rainbow. I got the idea from A Cupcake for the Teacher. It just makes the board so much more vibrant than just using my actual bulletin board pieces. I love it!

I hope this posts makes you as happy as it make me... I mean the colors are just so happy!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Getting Ready for March! {Freebies!}

I can't believe I'm saying it already! I'm getting ready for March already. Wow...does time fly, or what?!

Another month of OH-SO-MUCH planned! Honestly, I don't know how I am going to get it all done! But I did the same thing for February, and I got 95% of it in! 
psst - Did you see my Getting Ready for February post? No? Check it out {HERE}.

And yes, I do hibernation in the spring, when they are waking up from their hibernation. I have a hard time thinking about hibernation in the fall, since we don't really have a fall here, and the kids don't get why they would need to hibernate when it isn't cold. But by now, we've had a few cold days, so now they get it! :)

I do Knuffle Bunny around now because that's my version of the Easter Bunny. haha!

So here are some things that I'll be using in March - you can click on them to check them out!

The Math with Fish is perfect to use with Dr. Seuss week, after reading Red Fish, Blue Fish.

2nd grade centers...

I don't have the 1st grade bundle ready yet because I'm still working on the math centers! Ahh! Hopefully it'll be ready by the end of the weekend!


Grab these bookmarks for FREE {HERE}


And of course, we always use my Spelling Dictionary - read more about it {HERE}


You can grab my monthly poetry covers and writing journal covers for free by clicking on the pictures!

Get the Calendar for free {HERE}

Check out my post on my plans for themes for First Grade {HERE}

Don't forget - the BIG TpT sale!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

All About Worms!

Last week, we did one of my favorite themes - worms! The kids always love this theme too.  We started it off with our small groups reading from the Reading A to Z books.  As soon as they saw the cover they got all excited. I love that. Excited to learn. Imagine that.

In our whole group, we read a few different books. Here some of the books we read during the week.

As we read, we added details to our planning page. Then, we wrote our "sloppy" copy for our "All About Worms" writing activity.

We also compared Diary of a Worm and Wonderful Worms. This picture doesn't show it, but we found a LOT of ways they were similar...and of course how they were different. They kept finding ways that the fictional book was still true. 

We also made a worm habitat!  They wrote out the steps of "How to Build a Worm Habitat."

Then we made it!

We made our first observation. They were so excited that even after one day, there were all kinds of different tunnels.

Then, today we did the 2nd observation.

The poem in my Worm pack lends itself nicely to reviewing adjectives

Our skill this week was measurement.  I started off by reading Inch by Inch by Leo Lioni

Then we read our Inchworm's Trip poem. It came from {THIS} book.

Then I passed out some worms for everyone to measure.  I love using these worms. These are the worms that we used.


The next day, the kids got to use the worms to measure different items in the class.

This activity comes from my All About Worms pack. If you don't have a bucket of these worms in your class, I included some worms in the pack that you can print and laminate to use for this activity.

He was totally amazed that it took that many worms - ha!

Then it was time to break out the rulers!

By the end of the week, I was able to conference with the kids on their sloppy copy writing so they could write their neat copy. While the writing activity comes from my All About Worms pack, the oh-so cute craft comes from Rowdy in Room 300- her worm glyph pack.