Saturday, 1 March 2014

Five for Friday

It is the last day of February. Can you believe it?? I only have four more teaching weeks until I am off on maternity leave. I can’t believe how quick it is coming. I still have report cards and parent teacher to get through though!
It has been FOREVER since I linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching, but here I am with my Five for Friday. It’s a quiet house right now… dogs and cats are sleeping, the fiancĂ© is at work, and I’m just watching some Twilight. Who doesn’t love some teenage vampire love story??
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February was a crazy month. First we had Valentine’s Day. I didn’t do anything too crazy. We made simple brown bag card holders… gave the kids construction paper scraps and foam stickers and just let them go to town. We did some candy heart graphing and had a little party at the end of the day. It was actually a pretty calm day, especially for a Friday!
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Next up, 100 day! It was a crazy-filled day. We made crazy 100 day hats (using colourful dot stickers) and of course fruit loop necklaces. I think that was the quietest my class has ever been this year. Of course we threw on some Olympics while we were stringing our fruit loops together. We watched the end of the Women’s gold medal hockey game. Sorry USA readers, but go Canada go!!! :)
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We also did the adorable writing and craft to go with “When I am 100 years old…” Some of them were super funny. My favourite was: “I will be a grandma. I will give grandpa some coffee. I will love being 100.” Bah ha ha!
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We also did four fun, math centres: Roll and Tally to 100 (from Mathwire), What’s Missing? (freebie from First Grade Blue Skies), Hop by 10s (brilliant skip counting hop scotch by Kinder-Craze), and 100 chart puzzles.
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Then we ended the day with some delicious, gluten-free cupcakes made by yours truly. Yum! Definitely a fun, but exhausting day.
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I don’t know if you were big into the Olympics at your school, but it was craziness at ours! February is I Love to Read month, so we went with an Olympic theme. Each morning some older students read some Canadian athlete bios during the announcements. We had a dress like an athlete day and a read with a torch (flashlight) day. We even had our own Winter Olympics activity afternoon with broomball, floor hockey, luge, and snowboarding! We read medal winning books. We set reading goals each week and could earn our own gold medals. Here’s the fun display we made. Like the Olympic athlete I made? I used some adorable winter Melonheadz clipart as my inspiration! Turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself!
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We did a few fun Olympic crafts. The athlete with flag came from here and the moose (the Canadian Olympic team mascot Komak… go here if you have never even heard of him!!) was designed by a kindergarten teacher at my mom’s school. So cute! I actually left that for a sub one afternoon and they had a great time putting it together!
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The neat thing about the Olympics this year was that in January I had a new student arrive. He actually just moved to Canada in October from Russia (somewhere near Moscow). In our Social Studies curriculum one of our units is about “Connecting with Others” and talking about diversity and similar needs of people all across the world. So we are learning a little bit about Russia. It’s so fun to connect our students’ real lives to our curriculum. They love learning about other places!
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Before I left school today, I got my room already for March! I took down the Valentine’s Day stuff and put up my March decorations. The March calendar looks a lot less busy than February did…
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Lastly and totally un-school related…. the baby room is complete!! 5 weeks until my due date. The room is done, the car seat is bought (but not installed yet), the hospital bag is packed… now just to finish report cards and I will be ready for her to come! (Ignore the ugly insulation in the window…. we live in a trailer and it’s to save heating costs in the winter… lol… it will be removed when spring finally comes!)
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That’s it for me tonight! Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

3 Million Member Sale!

I'm sure you've heard already, but Teachers Pay Teachers is having a huge sale February 27th and 28th to celebrate 3 million members! How exciting! Everything in my store will by 20% off and if you use the promo code TPT3 at checkout, you get an extra 10% off. Have fun shopping! Click the picture or {here} to visit my TpT store.

(image credit: Rachel Lamb for Blog Hoppin')

Saturday, 1 February 2014

February Currently

I finally made it around to link up with Farley's Currently! I missed the last few months, so this is pretty exciting for me! :)


Of course you can tell that I've got baby on the brain! Well, the truths are... yes, the baby's nursery is purple with owls. It's almost done and is looking super cute! I'll post pictures once it's all complete. I just love going in there and looking at some of the cute baby clothes I've gotten already. So precious... :)

And yes, we start our first prenatal class next week! Nine weeks to go and counting... I'm starting to get a little nervous!! :)

And the fib... no, the car seat is not installed yet. lol. It hasn't even been bought yet! I am having a heck of a time deciding on which one. Hopefully we decide before she comes! Otherwise we won't be leaving the hospital... lol

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Happy New Year! {Math Freebies!}

I know, I know.... it has been almost two months since I last posted! This is my first post in the new year, can you believe it?? I hope there are a few of you still out there keeping tabs on my poor little blog. If you are, well lucky you! I'm here with a few fun math freebies that I hope you can use!

Things in my life have been super busy and this growing little girl inside of me is taking up a lot of my time, energy, and thoughts. I can't believe she will be here in less than 10 weeks! {Or later if she's as stubborn as her momma.} I only have 8.5 more teaching weeks until I take my maternity leave! I keep telling people I'm not sure what I'm more worried about... having a baby or leaving my classroom for such a long time! :) I can't guarantee I will be posting much once the baby comes, but once things settle down a bit, I hope I will be able to take some time to do some postings and maybe throw out a few new products.

Here are just a few simple math activities I've been using in our math centres...

First up, Hockey BUMP! We had some local junior hockey players come visit our school during Numeracy Month to do some math activities with our students, so I whipped up this little BUMP game for them to play together. I thought it would be fun for anyone doing an Olympic theme this month... or if anyone has some hockey fans in their classroom. I know I have a bunch! {Me included! Go Jets Go!} If you have never played a BUMP game, it will soon become a class favourite! Each player gets 10 unifix cubes. Player 1 rolls the dice, adds the numbers together, and places their cube on the correct number. If another player's cube is already on the number, they may BUMP it off and place their cube instead. If Player 1 already has a cube on the number, they may place a second cube on top and "lock" it in place, meaning no one can BUMP it off! Then the next player goes. The first player to place all of their cubes is the winner!

{Click the picture or here to download Hockey BUMP.}

Next up is a little domino adding centre. You can use regular dominoes, but I found these cute Ladybug Dominoes in the book order one month! I can never pass up cute math manipulatives like this! For the centre, students choose a domino and draw the spots on their recording sheet. Then they write the addition sentence below the picture. Easy peasy!


{Click the picture or here to download Ladybug Domino Addition.}

This is another fun domino activity, but for partners. It's called Spot the Dots. Each player gets their own gameboard and some unifix cubes. They take turns flipping over a domino, adding the dots together, and placing a cube on their gameboard. The first player to get three paw prints in a row is the winner!


{Click either picture or here to download Spot the Dots.}

Last up is a game students can play alone or with a partner. The student rolls two dice and finds the matching ten frame. There is a colour version that students can cover up with unifix cubes or a black & white version that students can colour! My students love to colour, so this is a fun game for them to play.


{Click either picture or here to download Winter Warm Up.}

I hope you have a had a good January! Ours has been super cold... three snow days and countless days of indoor recess. I honestly think the kids have gone outside for maybe two or three days this month.... They are getting restless and so am I! Hopefully it is an outdoor day tomorrow! Stay warm friends.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

December Currently and Christmas Spirit

Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m a little late to the party, but here I am with my December Currently.

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There are a lot of Christmas traditions that I love…. getting a real Christmas tree to decorate together, Christmas baking, dinner with families. I love Christmas movies and probably watch a million of them each year… Elf is my favourite. But I also love The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, The Grinch, All I Want for Christmas, and Love Actually. Oh, there’s so many more too!! Just not enough time to watch them all.

This Christmas is pretty special to us because it’ll be the last one with just the two of us. Next year it will be us and our new baby girl (yes, just found out it’s a girl!!!) starting some new traditions. Can’t wait!
Here’s a few pics of our classroom from last week. I actually put up my classroom decorations the last week of November. I was too excited! Winking smile

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We started our gingerbread study with this big gingerbread house story map chart. Looks pretty cute!

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We made these adorable shape & pattern Christmas trees from Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits cute Christmas Art Projects Pack. It was a fun and simple art project with a little math thrown in. You can clearly see some of my peanuts are not grasping the whole pattern concept… lol

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This was actually spur of the moment decision… I wasn’t sure if the classroom elf was going to make an appearance this year, but alas a brown wrapped packaged addressed to our class was left outside our recess doors! The kids were pretty excited. We unwrapped it together, read the story Santa left for us, and had to decided on a name. Well, one of my students had been playing with some “What is your elf name?” iPad app over the weekend and discovered her elf name was Glitzy Festifingers. Well of course that name made it to our list and was voted most popular, so Glitzy Festifingers it is. It really makes me laugh. Better than the usual Elfy. Smile with tongue out

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Here’s Glitzy in some of his hiding spots of the week:

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Last up I just wanted to share my Christmas cake pops with you. I took them to a potluck last night and they were a big hit! My snowmen looked a bit like snow-ducks, but they turned out pretty cute! And were delicious!

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