Monday, September 24, 2012

Snow White and 7 S'mores

Snow White and the 7 S'mores, Santa and his Dwarfs, and One Fuzzies.

What do all of these things have in common?????

These are just a few of the things our 2nd graders are confused about this week and last.

It started last Friday. My class was working on writing a paragraph. As usual, my kids were screaming kindly asking me to write words on the board that they didn't know how to spell. One angel asked me to write warm fuzzies on the board. I wrote it on the board and one of my smartest angels said, "You wrote that wrong." I asked, "I wrote what wrong?" "You wrote warm fuzzies wrong," she said. Another bright angel chimes in, "Yeah you spelled it w-a-r-m." "That is correct," I stated. "No it isn't!" says my whole class. I ask, "Then what is the correct way to write it?" They all said, "O-n-e." HELLO, where have you all been all year. The front of the jar says WARM FUZZIES I showed them. Now you must understand I have said, "I am giving you a warm fuzzy" many times this year. I have also said, "I am giving you 3 warm fuzzies" many times. Would it make sense to say "I am giving you 3 one fuzzies?" I don't think so. Anywho.

This is homecoming week for us. My kids were unbelievable calm today considering they were dressed up for Disney/Fairy Tale day. The 2nd and 3rd grade teachers dressed up as the 7 dwarfs and we also roped in a Snow White.

One of Flo's students said, "Oh y'all are the S'Mores." "Say what?" she asked. "You know, like Snow White and the 7 S'Mores," he said. OK.

My sweetest angel, who gives hugs and kisses everyday, asked me where Santa was. UUUUUHHHHHHHMMMMM. "Say what," I said. "You know Santa and his dwarfs," he said. Alrighty then I said.

Needless to say we will be watching Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs as soon as I can figure out how to fit it in my lesson plans because Elvis (our principal) has a strict rule about watching movies that are not involved in a lesson some way.

Here is a picture of Snow White and the 7 S'Mores. Can't wait to see what they say about mine and Flo's twin outfit tomorrow. We are wearing matching house dresses, slippers, and eye glasses. Which reminds me, I must go paint my fingernails and toenails purple so they will match hers. We were going to sponge roll our hair, but seeing as how I have to go to the doctor for my yearly checkup and she has to deliver drugs we decided against the rollers and opted for shower caps instead.

Shut the front door. STOP panicking!!!!!! I can hear you. Flo does deliver drugs. Can't you tell by looking at her? (She and I are the last ones standing on right) It is her side job. Two days a week, after a hard day of teaching she heads to the drug store to deliver prescription drugs to shut ins and people who are lazy don't have time for things such as running through the drive through at the drugstore.

I just love teaching elementary. We get to have all of the fun!!!!!! I am so glad to be back in the classroom this year. I missed it!!!!!!!!

One last misconception, Flo had a picture she had drawn of a popcorn popper to hang on her board. The object was when they got enough tallies they would have a popcorn popper. She put it up during PE. When her kids came in today they all wanted to know why all that popcorn was coming out of a crock pot. The poor babies don't know what a real popcorn popper looks like.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

October Behavior Calendar

Well my son did not win his election. He wasn't upset at all and was glad he ran. 

I decided to go ahead and make my October behavior calendar before someone had to remind me.
Click on the picture above to grab a copy for free.
We just completed Unit 1 of our Reading Series.  I finally feel like I have figured out what I am doing with this new series.  I hope to create some new things to teach the skills instead of using the boring workbook pages.  I feel like I can start the Daily 5 correctly now that I have a feel for the basal. 
Words Their Way is going great.  I love it!  I have 4 groups.  They come in on Monday morning and cut out their sorts before the bell rings.  They spend about 10 minutes a day sorting.  On Monday they do a sort and read their words to a neighbor, Tuesday they do a sort and write their words in their spelling notebook, Wednesday they do a sort and a word hunt, Thursday they do a blind sort with a partner, and on Friday morning they glue their words in their notebook.  I give one test at a time.  I would like to start making some games for them to play but I think I will tackle that in about 6 more weeks.
I am going out of town this weekend and I didn't bring a single school thing home to take with me to work on.  I plan on reading a book that Flo let me borrow several weeks ago.  What books are you reading????
I also hope to find some of these out of town since we no longer have them here.  If I find some I am going to stock up on them.  These things make everything better. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Laminator Giveaway

Tarragon at My Binding sent me a laminator to try out and it is the BOMB! I have been making all kinds of games and laminating them. My kids are loving them. I haven't taken any pictures because my life has been a whirlwind since school started. The best part about this laminator is that you can laminate larger things. It will laminate 11 X17 paper. It doesn't take up much space and it is super quiet.

The good news is that Tarragon has agreed to let me give a laminator away to a follower for free. All you have to do is become a follower of my blog & my TPT store and leave me a comment including your e-mail address.

I will pick a winner next Sunday night (September 30) using a random number generator (if I can figure out how to use one.)

My son Hunter waiting to start his 1st campaign.
My son is running in the student council elections this week so I spent most of the weekend helping make posters and favors. His name is Hunter and he loves to hunt so we had to go with this slogan.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Free fonts & iFont tutorial

I love my new app. Ifont is worth every penny. I have added a couple of free fonts to my sidebar. Feel free to download and use them. Please just link back to my blog. I have attempted to make a tutorial on my iPad. Maybe it will help someone.








Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Currently

I can't believe it is already September!

The only thing I feel like I need to explain in my sleep deprived state is the Redcat amplifier. I couldn't make it without mine.

I wear this around my neck. (I have an older model so mine is actually white.)

My voice comes out of this box. I talk softly but the class can hear me loud and clear.

The kids love to red their books to the class while wearing this. I am so glad my principal has invested in these. It is one of my favorite things in my room!

I'm off to bed since I just broke a blogging rule. I didn't want to miss this month's currently like I did last month though. Sorry.


PS I just did this entire post from my iPad including the pictures!


Scoot Over for this Fun Game!

If you have never played scoot with your class, you have to do it tomorrow!!!!  My principal was joking that I never let my class move.  I admit I love to be in control.  We do not talk or leave our seats in my class without permission to do so.  When I found this game I knew it was just what we needed.  You can review any skill while playing scoot.   You just need flashcards and an answer sheet. I didn't have any flashcards with 3-digit addition, so I made some.  I also made a Statements and Questions Scoot game. 

How to Play:  Place a flashcard at each desk.  Because I am a control freak, my kids are not allowed to touch the cards after I lay them down on the desk.  (Their fingers are sticky!)  Each child copies the problem on their answer sheet that corresponds with the number on their flashcard and solves the problem.  When  you say scoot, the students move to the next seat with their answer sheet.  The flashcards do not move.  Students then solve the next problem.  This continues untill everyone is back at their desk.  The trick is to keep them moving so quickly they don't have time to play around.  I make my students stand like soldiers to let me know that they are ready to scoot. 

Yesterday we played addition scoot to review 3-digit addition because we were having a test on it today.

Today we played my Statements and Questions scoot game.

You can puchase these in my TPT store by clicking on the images above. 

I will give both sets to the first 5 people to pin these games on pinterest and leave a comment with a link to your pin here.  Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can send you your free copy.

If  you like these be sure to become a follower because I am working on a subtraction scoot game and a command and exclamation scoot game.  This is a game we will be playing all year!!!