Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr.




This mini-unit is a perfect way to teach your students about Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the great things he did for human rights. 

Include in this mini-unit are:
Tree Map
Was, Had, Wanted Graphic Organizer
Describe Dr. King
The Life of Dr. King Book
The Life of Dr. King student mini-book
Peace Means... {writing}
Dove Craft
Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand craft and poem
Vocabulary cards 
Vocabulary game
I have a dream craft and writing

This mini-unit is for K-2, but don't worry my upper-grades friends... Natalie is working on mini-unit for the upper-grades and will have it posted soon! YAY!




Click {here} to check it out!



Are you thinking this clipart is adorable?!?! You can snag it up in Krista's TpT store! Here is the link to her Peace & Friendship clipart and then her Martin Luther King clipart. She's AMAZING! While you are there, follow her store and check out her clipart and fabulous products!


I'll give this away to 2 random people who comment and leave their email address!
Winners have been notified! Thanks to all who left comments!
Didn't win? Buy it HERE.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Are You Getting a Student Teacher?

I AM!  Well... she started in November to do her practicum work and now she's going to be my student teacher in January.  Her name is Carly and she ROCKS! She seriously is so fabulous, great with the kiddos, and so eager to learn. :)  I gave her the Student Teacher Binder early because I just couldn't wait.  AND, the fact that her friends saw the binder on our blog and spilled the beans to her!!!! ;)

She used it A LOT during her practicum and she'll use it even more during her Student Teaching.


Ready, Set, Go! Getting Your Student Teacher Off to a Great Start!

This customizable packet is full of resources to compile and put in a binder for your student teacher {or for yourself, if you are a student teacher}. What a great way to show your student teacher that you care? They will feel loved and organized and a lot less overwhelmed! Each page comes in color and black/white!


Included in this student teacher packet:
*Binder Cover {2 options}
*Welcome Letter
*Schedule Form
*Lesson Plan Template
*Helpful Hints Form
*About our Class Form
*Class Roster
*Behavior Management Idea Forms
*Weekly Planner {To-do list}
*Website Resources
*Bright Ideas 
*Student Teacher About Me Page
*Student Teaching Survival Kit {Gift Idea}




** This packet comes in a zip file with a PowerPoint {customizable} and PDF file!





This is a gift idea that is in this packet! It's called the Student Teaching Survival Kit:



Click {here} to see more!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Minute Christmas Craft {for home or school}

First, can I tell you that I'm FREAKING out!!!!  I will be presenting for the very first time in Kansas in January! PLEASE, if you live near Wichita, come say hello! I *might* be SO flippin' nervous. BUT, I'm so excited!


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I was contacted by Spangler and they offered to give me a pack of Dum Dums and Candy Canes.  WHOA! They weren't kidding! Thank you so much Spangler! Look at what they sent me:





I decided to do a holiday craft with my kiddos that I found on their website {here}!

 

We cut a slit in the reindeer and stuck in the Dum Dum. Then, we taped down the candy canes to cardstock and glued on the reindeer head.  They turned out darling and my students oohhed and ahhhed over them!
You can download the pattern for free {here}!


Check out Spangler TODAY for some cute crafts and great pins on Pinterest!!!!!


After doing our craft, we learned about Caribou {reindeer}.  I posted these last year and I thought I'd show you them again. :)  Enjoy!!
















Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Adding Ten

Can you believe this isn't a Christmas post?  We are *actually* doing "regular" math around here {even though I'd much rather be sorting green and red M&M's}.

We've been practicing counting by tens, place value, and adding only one ten to a decade number.
For this partner game, I have my kiddos use plastic plates and dry-erase markers.  One partner puts an amount of tens cubes in the left spot and only one in the right side.  The other partner writes the number sentence.





And then we did this quick assessment:


Clic {here} to download!

What I love most about this is that it can be adapted to so many things... addition, missing partners, subtraction, place value, and so much more! Thank you to my old teammate, Jessica for the great idea {Miss you, Jess}!
Have a great week!  We are still in school until the 21st. :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tech the Halls {What iWant for Christmas}

You might have seen {this} post by sweet Reagan.  She sent me her Techy Santa Pack and I told her we MUST do bulletin boards with the name "Tech the Halls". I love a good play on words! ;)

My kiddos loved the craft!  I think next year I will scale it down {maybe resize it on the copy machine} so I can fit more on my bulletin board.  Our head custodian is not loving the ones that are stapled on the sides. HA! The glasses are TOO cute and my kiddos tried to wear them around the classroom!





Go check out Reagan's packet!  And if you'd like the letters for your bulletin board, 
click {here} for a freebie.  To see my Christmas bulletin board last year, click {here}.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Holidays Around the World

I'm so excited to start our Holidays Around the World next week!  We are going to visit many far away lands and see a glimpse into how they celebrate the holidays.

Here's how we'll prepare our suitcase to travel:

Download the suitcase cover {here}


Inside of the suitcase is a Passport and our Holidays Around the World book {available in my packet}:



Here's a better look at the passport {I seriously just stamp their passports with whatever stamp I can reach in my drawer...hahaha!}:



Download the passport {here}... oh and I made a Canadian page for my friends in Canada, too!


So, there are 12 countries available in my bundled pack, but I can only get to 8 this year! DANG IT! Here's an example of what the next 2 weeks will look like:





And PLEASE don't forget to head over to Sarah's First Grade Snippets for a FABULOUS map for Holidays Around the World. She even has a download for a  map with no countries listed on the side, incase you want to fill in your own. AMAZING! Oh, and see how cute her suitcases are! LOVE!




One last and VERY important thing! If you've already purchase my Holidays Around the World Packet, please go and re-download.  I had one *small* mistake! I accidentally typed the St. Lucia date wrong!  But, if you are like me and already printed your books, I'll just have my kiddos cross out the wrong date and put in the new date {Dec. 13th}.  LOVE YOU ALL!


P.S.  The winner of my impromptu giveaway for this packet {who could guess one of my two favorite Christmas songs} was Bren P. because she guess the NSYNC Christmas song "Merry Christmas"! My other favorite is O Little Town of Bethlehem.  I sang that as a solo at church. Whoaaaaaa! ;)

{Editable} Sub Plan Template Freebie

I've had the idea to share my sub plan template for quite a while, but for some reason I always felt a little silly about it. It's really not the most special thing I've ever made, but at the same time, I think some of you might like it. 



Here's the product description:

Your sub plans tell a lot about you as a teacher. Here is a simple template that will help you write nice and organized sub plans. It is editable, so you can fill in all the necessary info yourself including special notes to the sub, your daily schedule, and lesson instructions. It also encourages your sub to write comments about your class and rate their behavior. Jazz it up adding your own cute fonts and/or clip art. 

My favorite thing about this format, is that it asks your sub to rate your class on a scale of 1-5. (1 = the worst class you’ve ever seen, 3 = average, and 5 = the best class you’ve ever seen.) I love that this encourages my class to be on their best behavior. I have set it up so that if my students get a score of 4 or 5 they get some sort of reward (I use class points towards a mystery motivator reward), and if they get a score of 1 or 2, they have some sort of negative consequence.) 


This is a FREE download, so head on over to my TPT store to grab your free copy!


Think you can use this Sub Plan Template? 
Do  you have any secrets you use to help your students behave for your sub?
Leave a comment and let us know!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Reindeer Job Application



A few years ago I got this cute Rudolph idea. I got it from LoveTwoTeach. Even though her idea was made for 1st graders, my 5th graders LOVED it! I adapted the job application to make it more appropriate for 5th graders. 

Here are how some of my reindeer turned out:
 I made one too! Hehe!

Some of kids wrote the funniest things on their application. Here are some of my favorites...

Qualifications: What talents and skills do you have that would help you be a good employee?
  • My skills are either playing video games or being lazy.
  • I have a unique scence of fastion.
  • I am good at resisting boredom
  • I found some pixie dust the other day so I can fly really good.
  • I believe in Santa and I have a shiny red nose.
  • I'm kind of a night person.
  • I love carrots and apples.
  • I'm actually kind of immortal.
  • I'm a fast thinker, I could get you out of some situations.
  • I love milk and cookies so I could help santa out.
  • I have very good math skills and can do multiplication, so that might come in handy.
  • I'm good at dodgeball.
Why do you want to work for Santa?
  • I want to know who he is and if he's real.
  • Well... to be honest, I want free toys.
  • I love Santa. Probably my favorite thing about him is he's sososo sneaky.
  • Well I believe in everything - Santa, Heavenly Father, tooth fairy (kind of.)
  • I'd also like to get to play with magic everyday.
  • I don't want Christmas to be cancelled.
  • I'm never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever busy on Christmas Eve.
Why would you make a good reindeer? 
  • I've watched all the reindeer movies.
  • I hate brussel sprouts.
  • I will not whine, cry, be mean, or eat chocolate bars before or while flying.
  • I do not show off and I'm not bossy.
  • I would help Santa, like if he needed me to move a couch I would move the couch.
  • I'm kind of sneaky and I can keep a secret.
  • I've never been on the bad list or gotten any coal.
  • I think I'd be a good reindeer because I can read signs (that are in English).
Once we made our reindeer and filled out our job applications, I got out my student laptops (yes, I have a half classroom set - I'm an eMINTS teacher...) and my students started making an audition video to send to Santa. I am teaching them how to use iMovie to film and edit a video of themselves. If I have enough time, I might even turn this into a persuasive essay project and have my students write a 5 paragraph essay on why Santa should hire them. 

Thanks for the great idea, LoveTwoTeach!


Be ready for a post from Rachelle for a behind the scenes look of Holidays Around the World with her class {with free downloads and an outline of her lesson plans}!
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