Sunday, July 31, 2016

B2S Sale!!!!!

Can you believe it's already time to go back to school? Summer absolutely FLEW by! 
It's also time for the TPT - B2S - site sale! My store will be 20% off and when you enter the code BESTYEAR, you'll get an extra discount!!! 


Click on any pic below to check out some of my Back to School Units:






All About the Number... Common Core Aligned!

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Happy Shopping!!!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pet Rocks Rock!!!

Following our dinosaur and excavation activities, we examined rocks.  Each child was supposed to bring a small rock to school.  We have used this cute unit for several years now and it always turns out great!

Unit by Renee at:








These were just a few of our new friends.  Aren't they adorable!?!?!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dinosaur Excavations and Fossils

We read "Mister Bones - Dinosaur Hunter" last week so we decided to do some excavations!  We used chips ahoy cookies and the kiddos had to use toothpicks to try and get the "bones" out of the cookie without breaking them.  They LOVED this! It was super fun watching them do it too.  Most of them took this very seriously and tried their hardest. 







I have a student teacher this semester - Mrs. Franklin (Who is WONDERFUL by the way!).  She decided to let our firsties make some dinosaur fossils to go along with our story as well.  These turned out great!










This was such a fun activity and of course - the kiddos are ADORABLE!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Plants - One of my Favorites!!!

I LOVE springtime in the classroom!!

We have a TON of things going on!  Plants, rocks, dinosaurs, and butterflies just to name a few.  I always give my firsties a choice of which seeds they want to plant.  We put them in a baggie with a wet paper towel and tape them in the window so we can watch the roots come out.  We then took them out, planted them in pots and we now have them outside the classroom lining the wall.  We plan on taking care of them, watching them grow, writing about them in our journals periodically and then they will become their Mother's Day presents.




We also did a whole unit using my Plants Unit.  Click on the pic below to check it out!



Monday, April 4, 2016

Big Announcement!

It's been how many months?
Geez!!!! It was October the last time I posted.  I am totally embarrassed BUT----- 
I do have a CRAZY good reason! 
Meet the newest member of our family:

Allie Beth Rowland

Yes - it's finally official! It's been a long and crazy 2 years coming but we are now a family of 5!



We now have a 15 year old and 2 eleven year olds.  The youngest 2 are only 8 months apart.  It's definitely been an HUGE adjustment juggling 3 children now but we're getting the hang of it.

I'm hoping to post more about things going on in the classroom soon.  I LOVE springtime in the classroom.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Creepy Crawly Spiders!

I LOVE this time of year.  Fall is by far my FAVORITE season.  I don't get into Halloween too much but I enjoy learning about spiders and bats.  We worked on spiders last week and are learning about bats this week.  Most of the pics I have for you are what we did with spiders but most of these activities will be done again using bats.

Here is our Science display wall and books:


We were also learning about suffixes -ing and -s last week.  (There are more pics later that go along with this.)


Each day of the week we read books about what we're studying.  Here's a little outline of how I like to teach our Science and Social Studies along with writing components.
Mon - labeling
Tue - Describing (adjectives)
Wed - Can, Have, Are chart
Thurs - Take the Can , Have, Are chart and produce our "real" writing
Fri - Art project




We also did this SUPER cute activity! Love it!
(Amy Lemons - Spider Craft and Poem)
Spider Craft and Poem




Here was our Math center:
~Spider addition using tens frames~

This came from my Bats, Spiders and Ghosts - Oh My! unit
You can check it out by clicking on the pic below.

Bats, Spiders and Ghosts - Oh My!





Not only were we learning about suffix -ing, we were also learning about the ing "chunk".
We just had to talk about the King of Ing!
(This is from Susan Jones' King of Ing Unit)
The King of ING! {a freebie}





This is what I was talking about earlier in the post.  I took the suffixes and incorporated them with our study of spiders.  My firsties came up with these verbs.  :)

I hope you are enjoying your week before Halloween!

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