Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seuss Sentence Sense

Seuss Sentence Sense

The winner is...

Mrs. Bleeker from 

she said, "I have admired their printables for quite some time! I especially enjoy the Peter Rabbit Bingo interactive booklet since we spend a large majority of time studying Peter Rabbit."


Wendy will let you know what to do next.  

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Seuss

I know you probably have enough Dr. Seuss stuff to last you a whole month (maybe longer).  I started looking through all of my Dr. Seuss files and downloads, and ended up making this one short and sweet!  

I downloaded Rachelle's cute Dr. Suess stuff here, and then I purchased Donna's unit from TpT (which is packed-100 pages)!  Between the two of them and stuff I already had-I am well prepared for next week!
celebrate seuss

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another Great Giveaway!

Are you as busy as a bee? 

Wendy from "Busy Teacher Printables" has a brand new blog!  She is graciously allowing me to host a giveaway for her.  If you haven't viewed her blog or web site yet, you should check it out!  The winner of this giveaway will receive a $25 gift card!

  She has TONS of interactive books and printables which would be a wonderful addition to any classroom!  She also has some great freebies and samples.  If you're interested, visit her blog, become a follower, and then post a comment about your favorite item.  Please include your e-mail address. 

The contest ends on Sunday at 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dollar deals is back...$1 ebooks @ scholastic!

Click on the link to access the site.  Hurry-the offer expires on Friday!

Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Seusville is packed with activities, games, and printables for Dr. Seuss books!

Click on the image below to view activities and prinatbles from "Classroom Jr."

These cookies are from "My Paper Crane."  Click on the picture to find out how to make them.

This site has SO many great resources including a list of books, word work, poetry, glyphs, and much more!

Take a look at all of these cute extension activities!

Dr. Seuss Crafts...

"Cat in the Hat" & "Green Eggs & Ham"

There are so many wonderful activities that you can use to celebrate Dr. Seuss and all of his wonderful literature.  I'm working on a few more activities/printables that will be posted on Friday! 

Next week, we're having "Celebrate Seuss Week."  Here are a few things that we have in store!

Cute Stuff!

For the past couple of weeks, I've had a student teacher in my classroom, and she's doing all of the teaching at this point.  It's SO hard for me to sit back and be "invisible."  Today I took a walk around the building, and here are a few cute ideas that I found. 

 "Jean-ius Work". . .

 Haiku Poetry and Art from the 4th Graders...

Typing Superstars-from our technology teacher. . .

Ice Cream Sundae Fractions. . .

 I'm also working on a Dr. Seuss unit which should be ready to go by Friday.  Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend Fun!

We have had a very busy, event-filled weekend complete with shopping, parties, and hopefully relaxation too!  

My husband's mom and Christian share the same birthday so we had a surprise party for her today!  We had a party for Christian with our family and close friends yesterday, and on Tuesday, he'll celebrate with friends from school!

We've had our share of cake this weekend!

 I have also done my share of "post Valentine's Day" shopping, and I managed to pick up a few other things (that always seems to happen to me-especially at Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Target)!  Is that a problem for anyone else???

Here is some Valentine stuff (and a few other slightly random items) that you might be interested in...not sure what I'll do with everything, but I know these items will come in handy-the life of a teacher!

a 4 pack of mini-bins...

a pirate party game and mask...

a dancing flower-the more sunlight it gets the more it moves-LOVE this for science/plants/living things...

re-usable bags (strawberry and watermelon) 

a Valentine table cloth

a pack of foam heart picture frames

a large heart container, stamps, heart hoppers, and mini-heart boxes 

I also got tons of cute notepads this weekend.  I can't wait to use the little egg one for "spring" and "oviparous animals."

This set is perfect for our "Dr. Seuss Week" during the first week of March! I absolutely LOVE studying about Dr. Seuss and all of his wonderful literature!

I hope you've had a great weekend.  Enjoy President's Day tomorrow!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Got Style?

Amber from Fabulous First Grade and Othe Shenanigans awarded me with the Stylish Blogger Award. 

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this 

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

7 things about myself:

1. I would love to take a culinary arts class to add a bit of spice to my cooking skills.

2. I am an early bird...very rarely am I still asleep at 7:00 a.m.  (This is mainly due to 2 very active fellas who will remain nameless).

3.  My favorite places to dine (in no particular order) are Pappadeaux, Chick Fil A, Pinkberry, Cheesecake Factory, and Sonic.

4.  I once played the part of "the juicer" in a 4-H skit.  We were featured on the "Mr. Food Show (which will mean absolutely nothing to you unless you grew up in East Texas)."  

5.  I love singing, but I only sing around the house while no one else is around.  I especially like to sing with a hairbrush in front of the mirror with the music turned up really loud!

6. I have been skiing twice, and decided that I was much safer (and warmer) sipping hot cocoa in cute little botiques while my family members hit the slopes.

7. One of my favorite movies is "Coming to America."

I have selected the following amazing bloggers to receive this award:



Rachelle and Natalie



President's Day

This week we have learned a lot about George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Barack Obama.  

We have been reading some great literature. . .

learning about sequencing events through timelines. . .

writing about the "Presidential Life". . .

and creating some great artwork. 

I loved the details from this student's artwork.  He drew himself as a rescue hero and giving a speech in front of a microphone while being videotaped.

You can get a copy of the timeline with events from President Obama's life from Ms. Winston. She also has LOTS of other great printables and resources!

You can also get the directions for the art from TLC .  

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Boxes

Here's a quick and easy teacher tip for those who use Daily 5 or Reader's Workshop in your classroom.  At the beginning of the year all of my students get their own "book box." Inside of their book box, are all of the materials that they will use for the entire literacy block.  Since the students have everything that they need for independent work, small group, or buddy reading in one place this really saves us a lot of time!

Of course there are books 
(on their independent reading level)...  

a marker board, dry erase marker, and eraser for independent use and during small group instruction...

a making words folder and letters...

headphones for listening to reading at the computer...

and a journal for reading responses and reflections.

All of these materials are stored in boxes (from Dollar Tree).  At the beginning of the year, they just have books.  As the year progresses and I introduce new activities they get the other items.  By the mid-year point they have a book box complete with all of their literacy tools.  We call them our "literacy tool kits."  This cuts down on getting up, roaming around the room, and misplaced items!

In the next few weeks, once my students become really proficient at using the "mini-boggle" games, we'll include those in the boxes.  I'm sure there are many other reading tools we could include.

Here are a few books that I love to use at the beginning of the year to help the students think about their reading tools and to build excitement about becoming better readers and writers. 

Do you have any time saving tips 
for teachers about small group/literacy instruction?  I'd love to hear about them!
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