Monday, March 2, 2015

Let's Celebrate Reading Day 1

After a two week snow vacation we finally made it back to school today! I left this little sweetie behind this morning... and he was not a happy camper to see me loading up my school bag this morning. Love his heart! 

We returned to school just in time for Let's Celebrate Reading week aka Seuss Week! Today we were all about The Cat in the Hat in Room 4! Here is a little look at some of the things we did.

We made these silly cats today for our hallway bulletin board.

We read The Cat in the Hat and then brainstormed a list of adjectives to describe the cat. Students then picked out four of the adjectives to use in complete sentences about the cat.

We read The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and used a venn diagram to compare and contrast it with The Cat in the Hat. We also imagined what it would be like if we met the cat and completed a little writing activity. And we ended our day with a yummy Seuss inspired snack...Cat Hats! 

Well friends, that's all I have for today! I can't wait for Day 2! 
Have a great week!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How To Writing!

Happy Sunday! Normally I would be getting things ready for work tomorrow.... but I'm still on snow vacation here in Tennessee! That's right... the snow, ice, sleet, and super cold temps we had last week has carried into this week. Many areas have been without power and roads are still in bad conditions, so we are still closed as of now Monday and Tuesday. Since there is no school tomorrow I'm staying up later and getting a chance for a little blog time! Yay!
This snow vacation has given me lots of extra time to go back and give some of my very first products some much need love and updating! One of my most favorite products, but also one of my very first products (I started it in 2011 and got it posted in early 2012), is my How To Writing Pack. It was in very, very bad need of new fonts, graphics, borders, etc. So I gave that little jewel a good shining and she is sparkly and ready to be used in a classroom near you! ;)

This How To Writing Pack is filled with 43 how to writing sheets, 18 corresponding craftivities, 2 thinking maps (a how to brace map and a how to bubble map) and a mini How To Writing poster and there is also some examples and explanation of how to use this pack. You can check it out HERE!

I'm prepping the How to Catch a Leprechaun now and we will be doing it in the next couple of weeks.

Here is a pic of that project from a past group that I had.

{please ignore the bad photo quality! This group of sweeties are now 4th graders!! so it's an oldie pic...but a goodie project!}

I will post some updated pics with our new ones when we make them in a couple weeks.

 Want to win a copy of this updated pack?? Leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing to have your kiddos write about. As always, the 1st, 5th, and 10th {if I can get that many! ha} commenter will get the pack for free. Please remember to leave your email address. I can't send it to you if I don't have your email address. I'm also giving some away on my facebook page! Head over there for some extra chances at winning. While your there be sure to show my little page some love by liking it if you haven't already! :)

Have a fabulous week! I've got a date with my sweet Dexter dog the next two days! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Let's Celebrate Reading!

It's SNOW week here in middle Tennessee! We got so much snow and ice and the temps have been so cold that most schools have been closed so far every day and some for the remainder of the week too! My district is closed all week. This has given me some extra time to work on some planning for upcoming things at school. One thing that is just right around the corner is Read Across America day. I love this time of year because there is sooo much you can do to get students excited about reading! I turn this into a week long reading celebration. Each day we read a specific book and then complete activities that revolve around that book. We have dress up days, special snacks, and do lots of reading and writing, reading responses, and graphic organizers. It really is a magical week jam packed full of SOOO much fun and learning! If you go all out and like to spend a week on Read Across America and not just one day, I have the pack just for you! 
Click the pic below to take you to my shop to read all about it some of the things we plan to do to celebrate reading!

We got so much snow and ice that my miller man has gotten some snow days too!!! Me and Dexter have loved being at home with him and we got in some time playing in the snow! Can't wait to get up in the morning and fix my sweet boys some breakfast! 
Fun times with these two cuties!!

I would love to hear how you like to celebrate reading with your students! Leave me a comment telling me all about it! I will pick the 1st, 5th, 10th {if I can get that many! ha} commenter and send you this little pack of FUN! Don't forget to leave your email address... I can't send it to you if I don't have that. 

Have a great rest of the week! :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Froggy's First Kiss

Love is in the air in room 04! Today we were all about Froggy and Frogilina... We began by taking a picture walk through the book Froggy's First Kiss and making predictions about what we thought would happen. We then read the book and talked about what really happened and what we predicted. Next, students worked in their reading journals to sequence the events from the story. Students had to recall the order of the goodies that Frogilina gave Froggy at lunch each day. The KISS Froggy got sure did get lots of giggles from my firsties! ;)  Next, we got busy making some super cutie patootie Froggy and Frogilinas and then we colored some color me heart cut-outs from Creative Teaching Press! My firsties love to color so those hearts were a big hit!

If you need a little pack this week for Valentine's Day you can find these activities plus so many more in my Froggy's First Kiss companion pack.

You can read more about this pack from a couple of posts from last year by clicking here and here.

Would you like to win this pack? Leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about Valentine's Day... I will pick the 1st, 5th, and 10th {if I can get that many! ha} comment. Be sure to leave me your email.

Happy Monday! Hope your week is jam packed full of love! xoxo!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A SUPER Sale and Donors Choose DEAL!!

Happy Saturday! Are you ready for some football?? We are at my little household.... we just got home from a trip to Wal-Mart stocking up on all the necessities for tomorrow's big game! My favorite part of the Super Bowl is having a good excuse to make lots of yummy foods and snacks that we get to enjoy while watching the game. Go Patriots!

To celebrate the super bowl, I'm joining some fabulous bloggers/tpt sellers and throwing a SUPER Sale in my little tpt shop! Everything will be 20% off now through February 2nd!

cute graphic from Primary Punch :)

We just celebrated our 100th day this past week... If you haven't had your 100th day yet and are looking for some fun activities to use on your 100th day my newest little pack Hip Hip Hooray! Let's Celebrate the 100th Day would be perfect to snatch up at 20% off! :)

You can read all about our 100th Day celebration here.

I have a Donors Choose project that I would really, really, really love to get funded! I have until February 2nd to get any donations MATCHED when using the code SPARK at check out. Will you help me?? For donating $10 to my project I will in turn GIVE you $25 worth of regular priced products from my tpt store. All you have to is donate $10 and email me at with your Donors Choose name that you donated under and include the names of the $25 worth of products you would like! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy??

You can check out my project HERE.

Have a fabulous weekend blog friends!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray! Let's Celebrate the 100th Day!

We are officially 100 days smarter in room 04! After missing several days for snow and sickness we finally celebrated our 100th day of school today and boy did we have SO.MUCH.FUN!!! 

Our day was jam packed full of fun and we were all about the number 100! I set up 8 stations for my sweeties to rotate through. Stations included 100 legos creation, 100th day trail mix, 100th day kid craftivity, 100 tangram creation, 100 piece puzzle, 100th day tower, 100th day questionnaire and race to 100 game. Most stations had a recording sheet that had students to write and draw about their creations.

I hung balloons from the ceiling {like I do each year} and in each balloon was an activity. As we would finish a rotation, I would randomly select students to pick out a balloon for me to pop and then they would read the activity that we were to do. They were in such suspense to know what the activities could be and couldn't wait to find out! Activities included counting to 100 by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's, a 100 second dance session, 100 glorious seconds of silence, 100 high fives, 100 leg lifts, 100 sit ups, 100 jumping jacks, touch your nose 100 times, etc. SOOOO much fun! One sweetie said he sure hoped we didn't have to do anymore sit ups! HA  After we popped a couple of balloons and completed those activities we would then rotate to our next station. Students each had a sticker chart that they would take with them as they went to a new station. Waiting for them at the station was stickers for them to add to their sticker chart. They loved it and it went soooo smoothly!!  

Students were invited to make a special 100th day shirt at home with their families. I sent home a note a couple weeks in advance to ensure that families had enough time to participate. They did such a fabulous job with their shirts!! We had some special judges come around to our K-1 classrooms to pick a grand prize winner {everyone got a Hawk Bill for participating-this is school money} The grand prize winners in addition to their Hawk Bill got a 100 grand candy bar and a soda of their choice! ;) You would have thought we were giving away millions! :)  They all did such a great job.. I wouldn't want to be a judge! Tooooo hard to pick! 

Here are a few of my sweeties and their shirts. AWESOME JOB!

The wild about the 100th day one is mine! :)

To end our day we enjoyed our trail mix, special 100th day cupcakes, and a juice pouch. What's a celebration without cupcakes??? :)

Today was a super fun day and my teacher heart came home so full of happiness. Days like today are truly the ones that they remember. I still have a student from a few years ago that I had in first grade say to me from time to time "hey, Miss Elisabeth, do you remember that one time you were making applesauce for Johnny Appleseed day and that mouse jumped out at you and you screamed???" That student is now in 4th grade. I don't know if it was the mouse that was so memorable or me screaming. But it was all because of Johnny Appleseed that we were celebrating that day. I'm thankful for school celebrations and the awesome learning opportunities that they give us. I'm so thankful to be able to teach such sweet children each day and year. I hope that something I do leaves a special mark on their heart and goes with them throughout their lives and they look back and remember me and our class and fun times we had together. I remember like it was yesterday my 3rd grade teacher transforming our classroom into the rainforest and the ocean that year. She influenced me to become a teacher with her enthusiasm to bring learning to life. I hope that I can bring some of that magic to my students that Mrs. Gibson gave to me that year.

Thankful for these sweet teacher friends who I get to work and have fun with everyday! :)

Well friends, that's our 100th day! Can't wait to do it all again next year with a new group of firsties! All of these activities that you see and that I've talked about can be found in my new pack Hip Hip Hooray! Let's Celebrate the 100th Day!.

Have you celebrated your 100th day of school yet?? Leave me a comment telling me when you celebrate or if you have already have and I would love to hear how you celebrate. I will pick the 1st, 5th, 10th, and hopefully the 20th {I never have that many comments! HA} commenter to win this pack for FREE! :) Don't forget to leave your email in your comment!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Let's Go on a Magical Learning Carpet Ride! {Donor's Choose}

Hi blog friends! Schools were closed this past Friday and today for sickness. The flu has hit our little district hard and there are so many who are battling the flu. They decided to close for a couple days since attendance was so down. So, today I've worked on prepping things for our 100th day celebration... it's supposed to be tomorrow's currently snowing it's not looking too good for celebration tomorrow. 
Another thing I decided to work on today was a new project for Donor's Choose. I had one funded last winter for a listening center and was so excited!! We have gotten so much use out of the listening center. I tried another project last summer and didn't have any luck with it. I thought I would give it another try. One thing that is on my classroom wish list is a nice classroom carpet. So much magic and learning can take place on a classroom carpet. I currently have a small rug and it's gotten old, ratty, and dirty. And with 24 first graders it just isn't big enough for all of them. So there hasn't been a whole lot of circle time or morning meeting that has taken place on the rug this year. And that makes me sad. :( A nice, new, bigger rug is just what we need!! If you would like to learn more about this project you can check it out HERE. For the next week by entering the code SPARK at checkout they match your donation up to $100!! If you know someone who would like to donate please send them my way! I would so love to have this new carpet for my classroom so we can take magical learning carpet rides! :)

Do you use Donor's Choose??  Have you had a project funded? I would love to hear about it! :)