Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

June Close Reading Freebie

Yes, I know. We're still in April. The heavy downpour that is flooding my backyard is reminding me of that. However, I just saw this great link-up over at {A Tale of 2 First Grades}.

I am currently working on a set of June close read texts. I'm personally not in school then, but some of my FB followers have requested that I create them for schools that are and for those who want to use them in summer school.

I'm sure that many of you are also help {Krista Wallden} to celebrate her 10,000 followers by taking advantage of her freebies. So the ladies at A Tale of 2 First Grades decide to have a linky with freebies made with Krista's clipart. Since I happened to get a set of pearls from one of her freebies this week, and the cover is made with her magnifying glass, I decided to make the first set of texts from my June product as a freebie.

Click below to get it!

As always, positive feedback is appreciated. Make sure that you also follow me on TpT so that you know when the full product is ready. I don't always share my new products here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday - April 11

Another week has passed (mercifully - it was testing week!), which means that it's time for another installment of Five for Friday!

On {Tuesday}, I reviewed the awesomeness that is {GoNoodle}. It is a great resource for free and engaging brain breaks. If you have any need for a brain break, I highly recommend signing up for a free account and trying it out for yourself!

Tuesday and Wednesday were taxing days. In more ways than one. But in one specific way, I was the Queen of England and my class was made up of my loyal (and some not-so-loyal) subjects. I hired two Parliament members and two tax collectors (by conveniently drawing the names of my most well-behaved students), and we taxed the bajeesus out of those poor colonists. Mwa-ha-ha! Here is the free resource that I used.

The only adjustment that I made was instead of handing out the candy, I handed out plastic counters and told them that they represented candy. Didn't want all of that candy to be handled by nasty hands.
Whatever they had left, they could trade in for that many M&Ms. (I ended up giving them all equal amounts after the simulation was over. Not in the mood for a parent encounter this week.)

Wednesday we started our poetry unit using Erin's {Interactive Poetry Notebooks}. I really liked this approach to teaching poetry. Lots of fun foldables and themes.

Got my shipment notification for my next Stitch Fix. Did you know that if you log into your Stitch Fix account after you get the shipment notification, you can see all of the names of the pieces they're sending you? Then you type those names into Pinterest, and you can usually get a good idea of what you're getting. The color isn't always the same, but you can see the style. Of course, some of you can wait. I do not happen to be one of those people...

I love this shirt. I wore it for testing yesterday, and I MAY have told some of the kids that they were the answers. Luckily, no one believed me ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - April 9

When is your testing?
(Update: Got a little paranoid. Same topic, different picture)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tried It Tuesday - GoNoodle

We have our state testing this week. It doesn't sound as high-stakes as many of the tests that some of your students are taking, but the data is still used to report on the district and look at individual progress.

A while back, I was introduced to {GoNoodle.com}. You may have seen others blogging about it. GoNoodle is a website with free brain breaks that my students really enjoy.

First, you pick a Champ.

From there, you get to choose a variety of brain breaks, ranging from calming, breathing exercises to Zumba workouts. I will mention here that if your building blocks YouTube, you won't be able to use all of the breaks at school, but there are enough other activities to keep your kids moving and engaged.

Your Champ is pretty hilarious...

The more activities you do, the more your Champ grows. When you have maxed out one Champ, you get to pick a new one.

Any need that you could possibly have is covered by one of the brain breaks. Feel like a sing-along? Watch the drama as they sing with "Let It Go", complete with lyrics and a bouncing snowflake! (I think that my own kids have maxed out the Champ with the video alone! See {yesterday's post} about the Elsa capes...)

I feel that GoNoodle does an awesome job of finding brain breaks that are fun for students and focus on topics that are currently popular. Here is another favorite. Gotta love those minions!!

When you have found some that you like, mark them as your favorite so you can easily find them again.

I know that my students really appreciated these brain breaks. They would also be great options during spring when you need to have an indoor recess because it's raining. And this site is 100% free. Click {here} to go sign up for a free account. There is a Common Core-aligned upgrade, but the free version does offer so much!

Let me know which activities are your favorite!

Disclaimer: {GoNoodle} is compensating me for writing this review, but the opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Made It - Elsa Capes {Revisit} and May Close Read

I actually have something crafty to share. But, it's not school-related. Please forgive me ;) I actually shared it already, but they're too cute not to share again.

I made these Elsa capes for my two girls. I need to attach the snowflakes accents, but my girls love them! I am pretty sure at this point they can reenact every scene...

The colors in this pic are horrid - the one on the left is light pink and the one of the right is light purple.

I got the buttons sewn on. I found these fantastic sparkly snowflake button at Joanne's. Well, they are almost snowflakes. They do have eight parts, but the girls don't seem to mind the inaccuracy.

{Here} is where I found the easy tutorial. I actually did it myself instead of together because I'm a little (lot) OCD...

I have also been working on more monthly close reading for older kids. I just released May at 25% off. If you are interested, click {here} or on the picture to go take a look!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

March Madness Winner!

The winners from last night's Final Four games are:
Ms. Wilke's Perfect Bracket (leader)
Nicholas's Neat Bracket (random)

Ms. Wilke also wins the $40 gift card because no one had UConn or Kentucky in the final game! Congrats!!

You can still win something by entering this Rafflecopter through Monday night:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Reposting that I need some suggestions of some blogs to share with teachers in my district who are just starting to read blogs. Any that you would recommend? Please don't include ones that do a lot of self-promoting for TpT. I have a pretty good list of upper elementary, but I could use more primary, middle school, and high school ideas. Thanks!

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