Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hooray for our 100th Day!

Meet Granny Lirette and Granny Morris
Phew!  I. am. exhausted.

Today we celebrated our 100th day of school.  My team decided to dress like old ladies for the occasion.  We didn't tell the kids so they were completely surprised as we greeted them at the door.  Hilarious!  Some of them didn't even want to go in the classroom because they couldn't quite figure out who we were and what was going on.  Here's a pic I took with my adorable student teacher {right}.
Last week I asked for some help with 100th day ideas on my Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who commented! Julie R. suggested a "scavenger hunt" with Hershey's kisses.  We tried it today and it was SO much fun!  All you do is take 100 kisses and program them with numbers 1-100 on the bottom.  I used dot stickers so the numbers show up more clearly.  After scattering or hiding the kisses around the room, have your students find them and match them up to the correct square on the hundreds chart.  Super easy and it got the kids moving.
Our skip counting caterpillars turned out super cute and our fruit loop necklaces were very colorful.

We also made yummy snack mixes of 100 items and attempted 100 cup structures.
Hundreds Day would not be complete without 100 year old portraits!
"When I am 100 years old I will look like this.  I will be handsome."
"When I am 100 years old my hair will be gray."
I leave you with my sweet one.  
She will join us for the 100th day of K next year!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fab 5 for Writing! Anchor Charts and Student Rubric

My sweet friend and co-worker asked if I would put together a kid-friendly rubric for writing.  Seeing as today is her birthday (Happy birthday, Beth!) I made it a priority to get this done this evening.

I've been using my "Fab 5" model for years but have never thought to pair it with a rubric that the students can use as a checklist as they are writing.  I can't wait to try it out this week!

 You can get the posters and rubric (HERE).  I'd love to hear what you think.  :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow Buddies Sight Word Practice! {FREE}

I realize a good many of you are being blanketed (or even buried) in snow right now.   This is NOT the case for my hometown.  How can it be this cold in Memphis with not so much as a flake of snow?? I want to build a snowman!  In my moment of sulking I created a new sight word fluency game with some of Nikki's adorable Snow Bunch clipart.  Adorable, right?
Do you follow my page on Facebook?  If so, all you need to do is visit the tab at the top of the page to head on over and download this freebie.  If you do not yet follow…no worries.  Just swing by and "like" the page and you will instantly be able to download the game for free as well.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year! {2 festive FREEBIES!}

Happy 2014 to everyone!  I rang in the new year with my family in Disney World!  We just got home and I'm missing it already.  Sigh.  Whipping up a new activity for stations next week made me feel a little better.  I'd love to share it with everyone!  It is similar to November's Patriotic Rhyming Words Write the Room…same concept…new rhyming pairs…new year theme.  :)

 Grab it for free {HERE} or by clicking on the pictures.

If you didn't grab last year's Roll and Cover games you can download them for free too!  Click {HERE} or the picture below.

 Anyone already back to school?  Teachers have an in-service Monday and kids start back on Tuesday, January 7th here in Memphis.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Polar Express Roll and Cover FREEBIE

I've taken a much needed hiatus from the blog so far this month. Please forgive me! I have tons of ideas and pictures to share with everyone. Hopefully things will settle down soon so I can get back into my groove. :)

My kiddos absolutely adore roll and cover games! I put together a Polar Express version for this time of year and will be putting it to good use while I'm wrapping up some loose ends next week before our winter break. I hope you can use it too! There are 3 versions to meet the needs of your learners. Click on the image to download your copy of all 3 versions for FREE.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Bubble Wrap Queen!

Have you heard of Julia Cook?  She is an author and she is fabulous!  No kidding…I've read at least 5 of her books in the last month addressing everything from tattling to listening!  I'm excited to be participating in Laura Candler's book review.

The Bubble Wrap Queen was unfamiliar to me so I found a copy and read it to my class last week.  I should probably mention that you could hear a pin drop as I read the book to them.  My kindergartners LOVE these books and they keep their attention until the end!
If you haven't read the book before, I will give you a quick run down of the plot.  The book is about a girl and her highly overprotective mother.  The mom's one true mission in life is to protect her daughter…from everything.  She proceeds to wrap anything and everything in bubble wrap so that she can keep her daughter safe.  One day she runs out of bubble wrap.  She goes to the store to buy more but the sales associate tells her that there is no more bubble wrap period because she has bought it all.  No more in that store, the other stores in the city, the state, or the nation.  The mom tells her daughter that she is left with no choice but to go back to the B.A.S.I.C.S.  {Be Aware and Safe In Common Situations}.  The mom teaches her daughter the importance about playground safety, bike safety, poison safety, etc, and the little girl overcomes her fear.
The discussions that followed this book were downright hilarious.  I now know all about how my students' mothers do not let them ride their bikes without shoes, or jump on their beds, or throw things at their baby sisters' faces.  :)  We talked about how our moms definitely want us to stay safe but want to teach us the importance of safety rather than just shielding us from everything.  Moms can't be everywhere all the time even though "they are like superheroes sometimes."

You can visit Julia Cook's site to find out more about how she is approaching tough subjects with kids through her writing.  I read many of her books multiple times throughout the school year…especially the ones on personal behaviors!  Head to her site {here}.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Some Writing Journal Pics

I was asked to help out a friend with some writing samples for K so I took a few pics from October journals.  I'd like to share a few with you.
I was a Minnie Mouse.
I love my Mom. ("I love Mommy" in the speech bubble)
I love my dinosaur.
I like to play badmitton.
I love my gecko.
The bat can hang.
I love Mrs. Lirette. Riley. Mom. Dad. Lelu. Haley.
If you asked my kids they would probably tell you how mean I am during writing time because I have been refusing to spell words for them.  We've been segmenting and blending our hearts out lately so I've resorted to a little tough love.  Things are going pretty well, though.  We've come a long way in the last 3 months!  Clearly we need to work on punctuation still….  :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Visual Plans: Bears and Veterans!

With October behind us, I'm backtracking a little in our reading series to cover some stories we put on hold during the craziness of pumpkins, spiders, bats, and Halloween.  This week is going to hopefully be a little calmer as we attempt to get back into routine.  ;)

Here's the plan:
{Click to enlarge and download so the links are hyperactive.}
There is a festive rhyming words freebie in the plans that I posted about the other day.  I hope your kiddos enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Patriotic FREEBIE for Rhyming Words!

Tomorrow is Halloween which means Veterans Day is just around the corner!  I've put together this write the room activity for my kids to use during stations next week.  It will give them some practice with recognizing and producing rhyming words (CCSS K.RF.2a).  Click {here} or on an image to download your own copy for free.  I hope someone else can use it too! :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Few Halloween Station Pics

Here is a peek at today's stations!

 You can find these activities and more here:
 (Old Lady Roll and Cover is FREE!)