Sunday, January 8, 2012

Polar Bears, Penguins, and Awards!! Oh my!

I'm combining a lot into this post.  It's've been warned.  Please accept my apology by downloading a freebie at the end!  :)

 So I had every intention of creating a mini unit of winter-themed math and literacy stations.  It has taken me longer than usual and I decided last night to just post a few things separately and plan a bigger unit for next month.  Here's what has been posted so far:

 Here is another one that I'll be using as a math station activity this week:

You can get both the Antonym and Place Value games by clicking on the pictures or by visiting Tpt.

On a completely different note.....
Please, let me say a HUGE thank you to everyone for following my blog!  I have received not one, but TWO rewards this past week from multiple people! I think I'm still giddy over it! :)

Thank you to these wonderful ones for awarding me the Liebster Blog Award!
Jamie at  2nd Grade Stuff
Jennifer at The First Grade Dream 

Thank to you these sweet folks for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award! 
Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B

Sheree at Peterson's Pad

In the spirit of this award, here are 7 things you may not know about me:

1) I met my husband while working at Houston's Restaurant.  He was a server.....I was a hostess.  :)

2) Princess Bride is my favorite movie of all time!

3) My parents live in a REALLY small town and they just got internet access for the first time last week!  Whoop!  Whoop!

4) My 2 year-old daughter, Madeline Grace {Gracie}, is my absolute greatest accomplishment in life. 

5) I have a huge addiction to anything with chocolate and raspberry.

6) I have an implanted cardiac defibrillator/pacemaker and am completely pacer dependent.  (Long story but I am very grateful for it!) 

7) I am so excited about the sewing machine I got for Christmas! I can't sew a lick...not yet...but I am awfully determined to learn how!  :)

So, if I understand this award thing correctly...I am supposed to pass these awards along to other new blogs.  That means I'm looking for 20 blogs with less than 200 followers?  I've got nothing.  Well, that's not true.  I've got two.  Don't judge!  I've been searching blogs for almost an hour and a half and I am having a really difficult time finding blogs that have under 200 followers and who have not received these awards yet.  I think I am making this harder than it should be....

Please help!  If you know of a new blog that you think deserves one of these awards please leave me a comment below pointing me in the right direction!  Is that considered cheating?  I hope not!  I just need some more search time!

Here are my two fabulous finds so far....check them out!

And because you are so wonderful and made it to the end of this post....
I'd like to give you my latest Roll and Cover for FREE!  Click on the picture to download.  :)

I hope you enjoy it!  Don't forget to follow my little ol' blog and leave a comment!


  1. how hilarious! As I came to your blog to give you the Liebster award, I see that it's just been awarded to you in the post you just posted! well enjoy this one too :)

  2. Hi there, Kristen!

    My name is Laura and I run the new collective blog called We are working to give encouragement and inspiration to teachers. I stumbled on your teaching blog today and loved all your practical ideas! Especially this one on polar bears-- how fun!

    I just wanted to connect with you via webworld and let you know about a new thing we are doing our way called Teaching Tip Tuesday where people can link up a past post they've written giving a practical teaching tip! This post would work great! We are giving away some sweet stuff over there for it, and would love to have you involved if you have a sec!

    Thanks, Kristen, and I look forward to connecting with you again! The link is:

    Our plan is to run it every Tuesday, if you'd like to jump in! Have a great day!

    Laura Parker

  3. Thanks for sharing!!


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