Five for Friday.....Black Friday, New Graphing Unit, North Pole Breakfast, Christmas, Oh MY!!!

Friday, November 29, 2013
Happy Black Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for one of my favorite posts, Five for Friday!! 
Are you out shopping today or like me...still in your pajamas relaxing on the couch looking for online deals?!? Today my Blog Hoppin' friends and I are putting our TpT stores on sale!! Everything in my shop is 20% off:) Check it out {here}!
 I'm so excited to finally have my newest math unit ready to share- Just Graph It! This graphing unit {common core aligned} focuses on organizing, representing, and interpreting data in a variety of ways! Your students will have hands-on practice all throughout the year creating tally charts, bar graphs, and pictographs. You can use the activities in this packet in math tubs, small/whole group lessons, and/or as formative assessments. It's posted in my TpT shop and 20% off during the Black Friday sale. For more info about it, click {here}!
 I'm gearing up for the holiday fun when I go back on Monday... it's the best & busiest time of the year, isn't it?!?! We will have a week of all things gingerbread, followed by a week of holly jolly fun! Crazy, but we only 14 days before Christmas break....14 days....ohhhh, I have so much to do!!! You can check out the activities I'll be using by clicking the pictures above. 
And here's a gingerbread math tub treat for you! Click here to download!
 For the first time in my life, my Christmas tree was put up before turkey day. Why? Because my sweet four year old had been asking for days for his Christmas tree. I have to admit starting Christmas early was too much fun!!! Love this time of year!
And this morning, magic happened... Our sweet elf traveled all the way from the North Pole with a very special breakfast for P....Rudolph pancakes, snowballs, hot chocolate, new jammies, & sweet treats, oh my! So much fun. Thank you, Sonnie {our elf}!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration yesterday! My day was full of gratitude, family, and LOTS of good food!! Just wanted to let y'all know how thankful I am for you. You inspire and help me every day to be a better teacher!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love & support:)

Activities Like.....Blog Hoppin' Linky Party {with freebie}

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I'm excited to join my friends over at Blog Hoppin' to share a couple of activities I like love using in my classroom! These activities are super easy to prepare and keep my students engaged in their!

 First up...Roll & Retell
Let's face it, checking for understanding and answering comprehension questions can get BLAH real quick! To keep my students engaged in answering and asking questions about key details {R.L.1.1}, I have them play a dice game called Roll & Retell. My kiddos play this game during Daily 5, guided reading, independent/partner reading, as well as sometimes after they have listened to me read a book. It's so much fun that they want to read more just to continue playing it! You can download your own copy of Roll and Retell {here}:)

Math Journals
      Math journaling is also a big deal in my classroom! 
It's a wonderful way to understand your students’ mathematical thoughts, problem-solving strategies, misconceptions, opinions, etc. An open-ended style math journal also acts as a differentiated assessment tool, as well as documentation of your students' growth! Can't get much better than that, huh?!!?

My kiddos use their math journals for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of our math segment. It's a special time for us to stretch our thinking and celebrate multiple solutions & strategies to work out a problem!
You can check out the prompts that I use {here}!

Don't forget to link up your activities like....over at Blog Hoppin'!
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Five for pics, Halloween, pumpkins, shapes, and more!

Friday, November 1, 2013
Happy, Happy Friday!


The cotton field down the road from my house was a perfect spot for our fall family pics. The cotton was in full bloom and gave the illusion of a soft blanket of snow! Can you say Christmas card pictures?!?! So excited!!!
Pumpkin Time!
Enjoyed every single moment of pumpkin carving and decorating with my sweet boy this week! He is currently obsessed with all things ninja turtles, so making a Leonardo pumpkin was a MUST to match his Leonardo costume. The things we do.
Photo: Pumpkin Love!!

And here's a snapshot of Parker on Halloween with my nieces...HA!

Book Character Pumpkins
My first graders brought in their book character pumpkins to share this week! I was impressed- too cute and creative for words!
Johnny Appleseed Play
My sweet class and I went on a fun field trip to see a play about good ole Johnny was wonderful and fit in perfectly with our folktale hero standards!

 Shapes! Shapes! Shapes!
We continued to explore 2-D and 3-D shapes in math. 
Here are pictures of few of our favorite activities!
2-D Shape Monsters
Geoboard Fun!
 Building 3D objects with marshmallows and toothpicks!

My students loved listening to Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes!

And the Greedy Triangle!
For more shape activities that I used, you can check out an old blog post{here}!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend...I'm super excited about having time to work on my "Graph It" packet tomorrow...with conferences and report cards it got put on the back burner for a minute, but I can't wait to finish and share it here soon! Stay tuned:D