Monday, February 21, 2011

I wish my camera was working!

Hey bloggy friends! I wanted to share my new Dollar Spot find with you, but something is wrong with my SD card. :( It's a good thing we have Winter Break this week so I can run out and get a new one! Anyway, photo or no photo, I found some adorable* fly swatters in the dollar section at Target this weekend. They're brightly colored and have big flowers on the back of the "swatter" part. They will be perfect to brighten up my "Read the Room" center for spring! Things don't last long in the $ section around here, so run out and get one (or three!) before they're gone!

Hopefully I'll have my camera working soon so that I can add a photo of how cute they are.

*Seriously? Only a teacher would look at a FLY SWATTER and think, "Isn't this adorable?!"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Accessory Swap!

Need some new accessories for spring? Join me over at Elisabeth's blog for an accessory swap! Who doesn't love new necklaces, earrings, and scarves and getting mail that's not a bill?!


Check it out!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I love Kohls.

I went to Kohls today to pick up the Eric Carle books and stuffed animals. You really can't beat $5 for a hardback book by an author you love. Plus, I'm pretty sure the caterpillar is the cutest stuffed animal I've ever seen.

The only reason I do NOT <3 Kohls? I went in there with the intention of buying the books. $160 later, I have a new spring wardrobe. It's like Target. I swear these stores have a secret cover charge. I never just buy what's on my list. Impossible.


I love our math series. I really do. I think it builds a strong mathematical foundation for my students and they really seem to be grasping the concepts well. The only thing I dislike? I felt like all we did the first half of the year was add and subtract. Now, this isn't true. We graphed and interpreted data, we learned about place value and comparing numbers, but it seemed like every other chapter was addition and subtraction. SO, I was VERY happy to turn the page and find we were finally doing something else! My kids and I really enjoyed our geometry unit, and I thought I'd share a couple of the activities they enjoyed the most.

Shapes All Around Us

Picture Perfect Shapes

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I or Me?

My firsties have been having a little bit of trouble deciding whether to use "I" or "me" in their sentences, so I made them a little practice. Just have the kids cut out the I's and me's and the bottom of the page and glue the correct pronoun into the blank. Nothing fancy or exciting, but it was useful for us. :)

I or Me

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Check out the link below to get today's great Groupon - $10 for $20 at Barnes and Noble! I wish I'd found this yesterday! I was just there! I guess I'll just have to go buy some more books. ;)

50% off at Barnes and Noble!

This link takes you to the main Atlanta page. Look on the right side under "More Great Deals Nearby".

Happy shopping! :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

If you'll be my Valentine...

I love Valentine's Day in first grade. I found this adorable book today and couldn't resist picking it up for the 14th.

If You'll Be My Valentine is written by Cynthia Rylant and is a book of valentine poems written by a little boy to different loves in his life. I created a writing activity as a response to literature and I can't wait to see who my kiddos decide to write to!

If youll be my valentine writing connection

I'm going to have them draw a picture of the person they're writing to in the heart frame and write their poems on the lines below.

I put the hearts on the end of the second and fourth lines to remind my students that the last words in those lines should rhyme. :)

Sources of Light

I'm new to the teacher blogging world, but I've found so many great resources on other blogs that I thought I'd share a couple of the things I'm creating.

One of our Georgia standards is to understand light and shadows. We started this unit with a lesson on the different sources of light. I created this little book for the kids to make to read to their parents about the different sources of light.

Here's a copy of my book. Note - Staple it from the top. This is the first time I've tried creating my own book and I didn't leave enough space on the sides for it to staple nicely. Live and learn!

Light Book