Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Be the "best lady ever" at school tomorrow!

These are the ingredients to be the "best lady ever" at school.


I got this thermos dispenser on Amazon for 30 bucks a while ago.  My mother-in-law "to be"  put me on her Amazon Prime account and it's pretty much the best thing ever.  Free shipping...usually one day shipping!  I rarely leave the house to shop anymore. :)  When I do, I get annoyed and wonder why I didn't order what I needed online!
Anyways...we were supposed to go on a field trip today to the pumpkin patch but "Sandy's" winds had other plans.  Plus, all of the area school systems were closed, except ours.  We never close.  Ever.
So I knew my babies were disappointed about the field trip and their lack of a "wind day" so I picked up some pumpkin donuts yesterday afternoon and we did hot chocolate and donuts this morning. The thermos dispenser made it so easy. I just heated the chocolate milk on the stove this morning and poured it in my dispenser.  YUM. It kept it really warm all morning!  It was so easy to dispense and make their drinks.
They sat around with their hot chocolate and read books all morning.  They were beyond excited.  They looked little grownups sitting at a coffee shop.  Too cute!
When the reading specialist came to pull one of my kiddos out for small group, she had some students from another class already with her and I felt bad when they looked in and saw the the hot chocolate and all the goodies so I asked her if she minded if they took some to group. 
She told me later that when they got to her room one of the boys said "She is the best lady EVER!" 
I don't think I've ever been called the best lady ever.  Wow.  I'll take it. 
Is there anything that makes a first grade teacher happier than seeing kids engaged in a book together?  I think not.
(Being called "the best lady ever" might be a close second.)
PS - Several of you have asked how my date with Josh Lucas went. 
It was SO COOL to see the farm out in the middle of nowhere turned into a movie set.  So much equipment and so many people making everything tick.  Very neat experience. 

Josh was filming a scene the whole time we were there so we didn't get to officially meet but it was really awesome to watch!  Andy's mom even got put in a scene in the movie with him!  How cool is that?  A real live movie star in the family.  I absolutely can't wait to see the finished product!
I stayed quiet and followed directions because I was terrified I was going to be the one to make noise and mess up the scene! 
This was a major improvement from my last encounter with a celebrity, so I'm proud of myself.
You best friend, Maegan, and I *may* or may not have become Bon Jovi groupies for a short while.

And we *might* have traveled to 5 states over the course of a few months to go to different shows.'s *possible* that we may have joined the Bon Jovi fan club for a short while and won some pretty fantastic tickets to a show in Denver.
Wow. That's embarassing to type.
But that's not all.
There is also a slight possibility that there are some YouTube videos floating around the internet with some footage of us dancing and touching his leg...repeatedly...while he tried to sing.
No. I will not be providing links to those videos.
I WILL, however, provide you with a few free things. :) Click on the pictures to download free from my TPT store.
Here is a subtraction mat I made to help my babies who are still struggling with subtracting without manipulatives. 
Start in the green box.  Slide whatever you are taking away to the yellow and slide down your answer or "what's left" to the red. 
Grab yourself a copy of this "one less" game board and you have a math station ready for next week (or tomorrow!).  You just need two dice and something to cover the numbers.
And lastly...I know there are a million copies of this out there for grabs, but just in case you need a desk fairy's one you can use.  Sprinkle some glitter on there and you're good to go.
The desk fairy that visits MY classroom has been extremely busy and she JUST made her debut last week.  Sheesh, desk fairy...get it together. ;)  She is going to try to come more often from now on. 
May your halloween be filled with lots of sugar and tons of giggles tomorrow. 
Ahhh...nothing like halloween in a first grade classroom.  I gotta go rest up! 
*My heart breaks for everyone affected by the hurricane. I am praying hard for you to have some peace in your heart and for you to be safe and warm very soon. I am saying extra prayers for all of the animals affected, too.  I always worry about them when things like this happen.  Don't forget to add them to your prayers!*

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hollywood, Pumpkins, and a Freebie...Oh my!

Guess what I'm doing tomorrow after school?
Having a conference with a parent?  Faculty Meeting? Staff Development?
Nope.  Something *slightly* more fun. Just slightly.
Give up?
I'm (hopefully) going to watch this handsome guy film a movie.
Remember him from Sweet Home Alabama? LOVE that movie.
"Hollywood" has invaded my fiance's little family farm in Giles County, VA. :)
 There is a movie being filmed there and we are going to head over tomorrow afternoon and see what it's all about.  I'm looking forward to seeing how everything is set up and watching them do some takes.  I'm hoping we make it in time to see some of the action.
Unless I get discovered tomorrow on the set and run off to Hollywood...I'll be studying PUMPKINS with my kiddos this week.
So, basically...I'll be studying pumpkins with my kiddos this week. ;)
I'll be using several things from my Fall for All Math & Writing Pack.

I also stumbled upon Jennifer's awesome pumpkin freebies (over at First Grade Blue Skies) tonight.  I think I'll have to squeeze a few of these things in too.
My favorite part of the week will most definitely be watching "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" movie.  Usually I run around like a mad woman while the kids are watching a video...getting things done, pulling kids to make things up, etc.
I can't ever tear myself away from Spookley, though. It's ridiculous.
Love the book, love the movie...and I'll have the song stuck in my head for days.
I can't wait to make our "Spookley Inspired" pumpkin patch, too. 
 I love how different they all turn out! I'll be sure to post pictures of them when we're finished.
The directions and template is included in my Fall for All pack as well.
As I was grading spelling tests today, I happened to think that someone might be able to use my spelling test paper. 
I use word study in my classroom.  We sort and do all kinds of word work activities during the week. At the end of the week, I call out words like a traditional spelling test for the front of the test.  On the back, students write review sentences that I call out loud.
For example, this week we are working with ot/og/op word families.  So I will call out mop, top, jog, fog, hot, shot, etc. for the front of the test.
On the back I will call out sentences that use all of the past word families we've studied as well (at/an/ad/ag/ap/it/in/id/ig/ip, etc.)
This cat can jog.  My mop is in the van. Dan is a pig that likes to nap.  etc. 
I like to make my sentences extra weird to make the kids giggle.
That's just how I get my kicks.
Click on the picture to get your free copy!

 Happy teaching to you!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Boo to you!

Here Are The Rules
1. Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!
2. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else),or freebie(s) that you love!
3. Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers and don't forget to let them know they've been bood!
4. Link up {here} so that others can find you and read about your October ideas! And while you are there... check out the other great blogs!
How fun is that??  Sweet Stephanie over at Falling Into First "Boo"ed me!  I am so glad she did! 
My Photo
Here are some of my favorite October "things". 
I wish it was like the favorite things show on Oprah when I could give you all a new car. 
Sorry, you'll have to settle for some spider webs and slime.
(Stephanie posted a cool SLIME recipe she found on pinterest....check it out!)
Here are some of my favorite books to read before doing these fun spider activites.
I posted about how to make these fun, easy spider webs in my previous post here.
I also posted about making "Spider Diaries" after reading "Diary of a Spider."
We made these super duper cute monsters last week.
They are so simple to make.  I let the kids go wild with them.  I gave them different color shapes, strips for arms and legs,  and white die cut circles for eyes.  For everything else they used scrap paper (and their imaginations). 

We are still working hard this week to write some descriptive sentences about our monsters.  Here are some freebies to help your darlings do the same!
I also found this little video on pinterest to go along with "Go Away Big Green Monster."
My absolute favorite bat story (and one of my favorite stories of all time) is Stellaluna!

Love. Love. Love.
I am going to use some of the fabulous ideas from the fabulous Cara over at The First Grade Parade to work on story elements and sequence this week as we study bats.
I think the fire marshall might have to deal with these guys hanging from my ceiling.  They are a must.  My fiance is a firefighter...I should get one free pass, right?
I also plan to make these ADORABLE bats from Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher.  She has the best craftivities! Best news of all? FREE.
Yep. Free!
Next week....pumpkins!
I'll be back next week to show you all of the gooey pumpkin fun we get into.
 I CAN tell you that we will be reading this book.
I also noticed in the last Scholastic catalog that there is a new Spookley book for Thanksgiving!
I do have my brand new FALL FOR ALL math and writing pack posted in my TPT store.  There is a Spookley craftivity/writing project included if you are a big fan of Spookley like I am...check it out!
It also has writing templates for:
-Silly Fall Sentences (practice writing simple sentences with adjectives)
-Halloween Night (personal narrative)
-Mixed Up Fall Sentences
-Spider Diaries




& Math Games:
-Addition Concepts
-Writing Number Sentences
-What's the Missing Part?
-Parts of 10
-Part/Part/Whole boxes
-Dot Patterns
-Ten Frames
-Comparing and Ordering Numbers
I am sending a big ol' BOO out to these ladies. Check out their blogs and see what they're up to this October!
(I tried to find some friends that hadn't been "Boo"ed yet...but I think I was late to the party. If I missed ya and you want a "boo"...get in touch! Plenty of "BOO"s to go around.  That made me giggle a little when I typed it.
Wow.  I think that means it's time for bed.
Happy teaching to you!!