Friday, January 29, 2016

Five for Friday and the 100th Day of School!!!

Thank you Doodle Bugs for another week of Five for Friday! It's been a while, but I'm back!!
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  Here we go with the highlights of the week:

 I finally got around to finish my unit on "The Little Mermaid", just in time for our field trip next week. We are going to see this wonderful musical, presented at a local high school!!! I am so excited! My class can't wait to see this show and sing along the songs! Hope my students enjoy these activities as well! By the way, this unite is in sale for $1 for a limited time!

 Another thing I've been working on was a unit based on the book "The Hat" by Jan Brett. We had read "The Mitten" and now was time to introduce my second favorite book.

This week was our 100th day of school! It's hard to believe that we have only 80 days left! Wow! Time really does fly when you are having fun!
We had to work on so many things, so many preparations for the big day! One of the big hits was making the 100th day necklace with 100 beads, of course! I got pony beads in 10 different colors, and it worked perfectly. We used tipped laces from Oriental Trading, which made it really easy to pass the beads through. These necklaces came out really cute!

We cut these vests our of bulletin board paper and sent home for students to decorate with 100 things. This was one of the best! The kids wore the vest for our 100th day parade. So much fun!

Finally this week I got around to hang up our penguins! They came out so cute, but I couldn't find the time to hang them up! Now they look so happy looking down at me!

The prompt was: "Penguins are great because..." students came out with really good sentences, but my favorite probably was: "Penguins are great because they huddle together to stay warm." By the way, you can find this craft and prompts in my store...just click on the picture.

It was really fun to work on this post for "Five for Friday" again. Hope it was fun for you to read it too! Thank you very much for your time! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Where did the Winter Break Go?

My goodness! This winter break went so fast!!!  I wish everyone has a terrific 2016, filled with fantastic memories to last a life long.
Now, it's the last chance to start thinking about next week, if you haven't done that yet!
Do you have your plans, books, activities, materials, etc. together? Are you ready to come back to school?? I think I am ready-ish...
These are some of the things I've been working on during this break which I plan to use during the next several weeks.

First, things first. We'll celebrate the arrival of 2016 and we'll work on this New Year brochure, crown, and  super easy to make craft:

For journal writing, my class have been using monthly bookmarks with theme words and pictures that help them to read the words. These bookmarks are very helpful, and after a few modeling sessions, my students work with them on their own. As a matter of fact, that is their morning work: writing on their journals using the words from the journal helper. However, these old bookmarks lacked space and I really wanted more room to include sight words and vocabulary words we might be working on, so I came up with these new Monthly Journal Helper Bookmarks:

I'm truly excited to present this enhanced tool to my students! They already know how to use the old ones,  so I'm sure they'll have no difficulties using these!

One of my favorite themes coming up is SNOWMEN! I had to make a flipbook to add to my collection of related activities. This flipbook includes a cut and paste sheet with pictures showing each step to build a snowman. Students cut the pictures and glue them in order, and then, they write about each step, describing what it is in the pictures. Easy and simple!

Of course, winter wouldn't be the same without a unit based on The Mitten, by Jan Brett. I decided to make a book report in a brochure format and fun retelling, hands-on activities:

Last, sometime this quarter we'll be working on nouns and verbs, so I made these interactive brochures:

Hoping that you enjoyed this reading, and that maybe I gave you some ideas, I'm closing this post with a Goodbye and a See You Soon! Let's hope 2016 it's the year we all have been waiting for! The year we all can look back and say: this was my most successful year yet!

 Thank you so much for reading!