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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pulling My Hair Out - with a Math Freebie

A story for you first...

As I was holding my hole puncher waiting to punch someone's (behavior) card....

can you guess it???

A COCKROACH crawled OUT of my hole puncher and onto my ARM!!! 

Really!??!

C'mon!!! Yesterday - one crawled out of my "neighbor's" paper towel dispenser and onto her arm!! ahh!!!

So this is why we have to pack EVERYTHING!!!

I'm serious - EVERYTHING.  Even our pods, which houses the junk that has been there since I was in grade school...lol..They think they're breeding behind our bulletin boards and such, so they're even taking those down over the summer....

It's good we're finally "forced" to purge, but now I'm feeling even more pressure for the end of the year - bc I don't like going in on that last teacher planning day....

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So this week, we've been working on my Goldilocks Unit - they kids are having a lot of fun!!

Although....today we started writing our letter as Goldilocks....I about wanted to PULL MY HAIR OUT!!!

It's like these kids FORGOT how to write a sentence.

"sleeping in your bed"

yes.  That is an example.

"broke baddy bear chair"

Another FINE example.


Yes - you can picture this as me...I finally just said "OK! Put everything BACK into your writing folder - we're DONE!" (yes, done - not finished...that's a pet peeve of mine, but today we were DONE like a turkey! ahhhh!!! lol)
Anyone else feel like that right now?!? PLEASE tell me you do - lol.

Anyway...onto math centers - they've been practicing word problems...


And graphing/analyzing the data....


And Ordering and Comparing numbers...


This math center isn't part of my Goldilocks unit...I found this (a whole class set already copied off - apparently, I never got to it last year) while trying to clean out BOTH of my filing cabinets...yes, I have TWO full filing cabinets. What? I've been teaching for almost 10 years, and I've taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th! Although, I don't ever want to go back to 4th and 5th - I love the littles (most days), so I'm weeding out and passing it on to my friends :)

Sorry - back on track.  I actually did this at my teacher table - we use decks of cards and they create either the smallest or greatest number, whatever the directions tell them to, and then they compare the numbers.

Click the pic to download the FREEBIE!! And at the bottom of this post there tons of other freebies from other wonderful bloggers!
(don't forget to leave feedback...and some lovin' here! :) I seriously PUFFY HEART comments! hehe)

The pack contains pages that are 1 and 2 digits, 2 and 3 digits, and 3 and 4 digits...so you can use them all year, differentiate, or just use the ones that fit your grade level. :)

My friend and I created these a few years ago - you know her...she's my science and art and craft guru that I always talk about?? lol

Speaking of her....

Last week during FCAT, she had her students do some art...

You know the American Gothic picture?
I'm sure you do - it's this one...

Anyway - she had her students create their own versions!

This one is hers...isn't she so skilled??




I love the universe one (this was actually made by one of my students I had in 3rd!)


And the cheerleader is cute on this one! ha!!


Ok, must go start my nightly routine...hope to make a dent in the 190 posts on my google reader too! :)

Hope y'all had a Terrific Tuesday!





17 comments:

Holly said...

Now that we're moving to the core it's hot and heavy into count and compare numbers...thanks bunches.

Holly
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

Angie said...

Oh, I'm feeling ya! I think I've had that conversation with the kiddos a few times in the past few weeks! Today's wasn't writing related--but we were learning a little more about the forest habitat and what's there... we watched a brainpop jr... then discussed. We were making a list of what forests can have and my one little guy says, "They can have man eating bears and they can not have them." Ummm.... not quite sure which Brain Pop HE was watching! Then when he was drawing the Desert habitat----he drew Egypt... Pyramids and all............ sigh....

Thanks for the freebie! Good luck with those bugs! :|

Angie
Rulin' the Roost

Hilary Lewis said...

I can sooo relate! I love the pic of the hair pulling! That was totally me today while trying to teach science! I just want to know . . . why can't 2nd graders stop talking and listen to ME! I'm the boss, right? Hmmm...Thanks for making me laugh! I love your blog's look! Very fun!

Have a better day tomorrow!

Hilary
Rockin' Teacher Materials

Ms. Rachel said...

I got goosebumps thinking about that cockroach, I could barely focus on the rest of your post! !!!!


Rachel
Ms. Rachel’s Room

Elizabeth said...

Your picture had me rolling. Yes, I've been there, too...to the point of saying we're DONE, too.

(One of my pet peeves, too.)

I feel your pain of packing up. For the last 10 years I've had to pack up EVERYTHING at the end of EVERY year. I'm hoping with a new principal this year that maybe we won't have to....we'll see.

Elizabeth
Fun in Room 4B

Sandra said...

AHHHH!!! Cockroach!!!
Yuk!
I almost had a kid puke all over me... good thing I have super fast reflexes! My papers, table, and carpet weren't so lucky! ha!
❤ Sandra
Sweet Times in First
sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

Sandy said...

I feel DONE too! :) Thanks for the freebie!!!!

Jennifer said...

Cockroaches are NASTY! I had completely surprised my cockroach-in-class experiences. The cockroaches in Texas are GIANT!
Rowdy in First Grade

SunnyDays said...

Ok, if a roach crawled onto my arm today, I'd be blogging from my hospital bed because I would surely have a had some type of cardiac episode. Ah, the joys of being a Floridian! Thanks for the freebie - this will be great for our morning centers!

Denise
Sunny Days In Second Grade

Emily said...

Yeah, I look in everything before I use/move it. Gotta watch out for my portable pets/pests.

Stick a fork in me I'm DONE, too! =)

Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

Miss Squirrels said...

You know some "young'uns" are wondering about that "done and finished" thing.

Cakes are done. Pies are done. But people are finished or through...ever hear that one? That is too funny- I'm getting old.

I, too, am "done" though...lol
....19 days!!!!! 19 days:)
Staci

Going Nutty!

misssquirrels@yahoo.com

Suzy Q said...

Cockroaches disgust me! Our old school was filled with them, which I was lucky enough to see every morning when I turned on the lights. (Joys of being the first one in our hallway to arrive!) But the worst was the time I opened our construction paper drawer and found a whole pack/herd/slew of them! I stopped keeping any paper scraps after that.

Barbara said...

YES! We are DONE, too. I'm having to get really strict again because their listening skills are totally non-existent.
Ya know what? I've never seen a cockroach. I guess the Great White North is too cold for them -- ha ha.
Take care.
❀Barbara❀
Grade ONEderful
Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

Traci said...

First... cockroach/arm... I. WOULD. HAVE. DIED.
You are a brave soul.
Seriously. They'd be peeling me off the floor.

Yep. DONE over here, too. I have been saying that and "Seriously guys?" SO much lately.
❤Traci❤
Dragonflies in First

Erin Sample said...

I totally know how you feel! Last Friday, I had to be "done" during a read aloud. Apparently, they had much more important things to share than listen to a story! I don't think I've ever had to stop a read aloud before. Anyway,sorry you are having to deal with the cockroaches! Hope they fix your problem! AAhh..my head is crawling now! :)

meadowt said...

I am with you, I think it's just that time of year--we are all done!! Fifteen days for me!!! I love the freebie thanks for sharing!
Barbara
happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

Kelley Cirrito said...

OMG!! I am totally grossed out! Yuck! At least they are going to hopefully fix it!