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Monday, September 15, 2014

All About Johnny Chapstick.... I mean Appleseed! :)

Today we began our apple/Johnny Appleseed unit. This is one of my very favorite themes to teach each year. There are just so many fun activities to do with apples! We began with a little KWL chart about Johnny Appleseed. Today, while transitioning from one activity to our Johnny Appleseed activities, I told students to begin thinking about what they already knew about Johnny Appleseed and we would add it to our chart. While I was getting our books, brainpop, and chart all set up and ready I was overhearing my little sweeties discuss with their neighbors what they already "knew" about Johnny Appleseed and what they planned to share. One little cutie that didn't know I was listening said "well I know that his name is Johnny and his last name is Seed." Another cutie replied, "no, his last name is Appleseed." The other cutie then replied back, "no his middle name is Apple, his last name is Seed, silly!" HA  PRICELESS!

Here is our KWL chart from today.

We read some great books and we watched a Brainpop Jr video to help us learn more about Johnny. Then we added our new learning to our chart. I asked students what Johnny's real name was and one cutie literally about jumped out of her seat with excitement to tell me. She said "ooooh, oooh, ooooh I know! I know!" I called on her and she exclaimed "Miss Elisabeth it's Johnny Chapstick!!! His real name is Johnny Chapstick!!!!" HAHA Can you say PRECIOUS!?? She was so stinkin' excited because she thought for sure she had nailed it! And well she was super close. ;)

We will continue adding to our chart throughout the next couple of weeks.


Next we made this cute Johnny Appleseed craft and colored some Color Me Apples from CTP.


Here is the low down on the goodies I used to create our latest hallway bulletin board.

Color Me Apples from Creative Teaching Press {These are the perfect addition to any bulletin board! They are quick, the kids get to color and make them unique, and they are oh so stinkin' cute!!} I love using them to add a little something extra to our displays. Can't wait to use the other cute styles they offer.. pumpkins, leaves, hearts, etc.

Apple Tree Bulletin Board Set from Creative Teaching Press-- I used the tree and the bucket from this cute little fall set. There are several other super cute pieces in the pack too!! I just ran out of room.. bummer!


Johnny Appleseed craft-- This can be found in my Bushels of Fun with Apples pack. I just gave this pack a complete makeover. {it was my very FIRST unit I posted to tpt a few years ago and was in need of a face lift!} I got it posted last night. It almost doubled in size and I'm super excited about the new activities and can't wait to spend the next couple of weeks working on the fun activities included in this pack. 




You can check out the unit by clicking the pic below! Be sure to download the preview for a FREEBIE math station game. :)


Well blog friends that's all I got for tonight! Have an applicious week! :)


Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday! {September 5, 2014}

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Here are my five random things from this week.

One
This week we began learning all about main idea and details. I thought using one of our Scholastic News articles would be perfect to use for finding the main idea and details. We love Scholastic News!!!





Two
We have been learning all sorts of addition strategies these past couple of weeks. One that we have been working with is the "flip flop strategy." We made this cute little craftivity from Amy's Learning our Addition Strategies pack this week. They turned out super cute! 



Three
This week we worked with adding inflectional endings -s and -ing to root words. We practiced this is our interactive reading journals.





Speaking of interactive reading journals. I finally finished and posted unit 2 of my Reading Street Interactive Journal Printables! I will begin working on unit 3 as soon as I finish updating my apple pack.



Four
Big Event Fundraising is having a big giveaway!!! Be sure to stop by and enter for a chance to win a $250 dollar gift card to TARGET! :) I've got my fingers crossed... I can think of lots of goodies I would use the gift card for! Click the link below to visit and get entered in this great giveaway!

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Five
Have you heard about FarFaria??



FarFaria is an app that provides the perfect story time experience. With more than 750 amazing children’s stories—and five new ones added each week—story time has never been easier.

Created for children ages 2-9, FarFaria helps children develop a passion for reading and encourages families to spend quality time reading together. FarFaria’s engaging story-discovery experience encourages children to stumble into new stories they’ll love forever.

Features
     Unlimited reading from our library of more than 750 stories.
     Five new, engaging stories added every week.
     Interactive experience is fun for kids and easy for parents
     Every story can be read aloud with a Read-to-Me feature.
     Reading-level badge on every story cover.
     Offline access to read Favorite stories
     No advertising. No hidden fees.

You can try FarFaria for free. Simply download FarFaria and read one story every day for free with no obligation to pay. If you like the site and would like to read more than one story a day, unlimited access to the site is available and starts at $4.99 per month.

This app is perfect to use for a listening station or with your kiddos at home. There are tons of great fiction and nonfiction titles available! Examples: Beauty and the Beast, Chicken Little, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, Stone Soup, Bats and Abraham Lincoln to name a few.

I have the reflective software on my MacBook and I plan to project these in addition to using them in my listening station. 

One story I am excited about using this month is Johnny Appleseed and the Bear!



 Website: Farfaria.com

Would you like to try out FarFaria?? I am giving away a 3 month membership to one lucky blog reader! You can enter below using the rafflecopter.


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Well that's my random five for this week! Be sure to link up with Kacey with your Five for Friday! Have a great weekend blog friends... I'm off for my nightly run. :)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Five for Friday! {August 29, 2014}

Why hello  there 3 day weekend... it's soooo nice to see you!!  I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! Here are five random things from this week.

One
Today we read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and then we did some fun activities to go along with this too cute book.


We made our first snazzy snack of the year... Pete the Cat inspired!



We made paper plate buttons. I called them by groups to come up and forming categories for their buttons by the characteristics that their buttons had in common. They then shared how they decided what went together and why.

Colorful/designs is what they said these all were.

One color with button holes is what they called this group

Buttons with writing is what they said about their buttons.

and happy face buttons... you can't tell the best but the one on the far right does have some happy faces. :)

They did so great with their ideas of how to sort and group their buttons!

Two
This year my school has began implementing workshops at two different times a day. Since all students learn at different paces and have differing abilities, these workshops allow for all students to get some extra practice in the areas of their needs. For those students who may need a little extra practice with beginning and ending consonant sounds I have been using Build-a-Skill Instant Books from Creative Teaching Press. These are a perfect little resource! We begin by discussing the sound and then we brainstorm words that begin with that sound. After we brainstorm the list together, I then have students complete one of the little instant books by themselves for the letters that we just discussed and brainstormed.

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Creative Teaching Press has a variety of the Build-a-Skill Instant Books to choose from for different skills. AND they are on sale for $2.40 right now!! Yes, you read that correctly....$2.40!!! So go getcha some...or all of them!!! ;) They can also be purchased in eBook editions from $5.99-$7.99. 

Three
In math we have have been working with number bonds. I love using these plastic plates to practice our number bonds! 



Four
We have been working hard in our interactive reading journals! This week we learned all about singular and plural nouns. This is a singular/plural sorting activity found in my Reading Street Interactive Journal Printables pack.



After we read Pete the Cat today one of my little sweeties raised her hand said "do you know what, Miss Elisabeth? When Pete had four buttons that was plural and then when he only had his belly button, that was singular!" LOVE IT!! She totally made my teacher heart happy!! I love it when things click and they share things like that with me. Makes me feel like I'm doing something right! :)


Five
There is only one day left to enter to win the Seat Sack Classroom Pack that I'm giving away! If you have not entered this giveaway yet be sure to do so ASAP.... you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to win such a great pack! You can enter below by using the rafflecopter. Be sure to check out my original blog post HERE to learn all about how I am using these in my classroom! They are such a BIG help with storage and classroom management. Seat Sacks are a classroom must have!!!







Well, that's my Five for Friday! Be sure to link up with Kacey!
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Have a fabulous 3 day weekend blog friends! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teacher Week 2014-Meet the Teacher!

It's teacher week over at Blog Hoppin'! And today is Who Monday! 

So here is a little bit about ME :)

My name is Elisabeth and I teach first grade in Tennessee! This is my seventh year as a teacher and I have been in a first grade all seven years and love it dearly! 

My Little Family

Are my guys cuties, or what!!??  I'm so lucky to have these sweet boys! LOOOOOOVE them! :) There is nothing I love more than coming home to these two smiling faces every day. I'm one lucky girl. :)


 Dexter is my sweet fur baby... and I would seriously take him everywhere with me if I could. He isn't spoiled... much! ha
  


In the summer you can find us on the pontoon. Love me some sunshine, fishing, relaxation and a good ole game of Rummy on DHL with my favorite guy!


Friends

I met my bestest friends when I was in college {the couple on the left}. I started working for them at their recycling center while I was in college. We became instant besties the first day and the rest is history. We double date, go to Titans games, and on vacations together. Some of my best and happiest times have been with these two plus Eric. They are two of the best blessings that God has ever given me and I'm so thankful he brought them into my life. :)

Love them! :)



My other bestie is my child hood friend, Steph. We go all the way back to Kindergarten. So thankful we have remained such good friends for so long....Love her!


And I'm lucky to have some great work friends as well!



Some Things I Love
 country music, sweets, cooking, crafting, the lake, fishing, traveling, children's books, purses, shoes, running, NASCAR {Go Jimmie Johnson}, football {Titans and UT}, pasta, sweet tea, Lilly Pulitzer, creative teaching press, Target, pinterest, soap operas, and my family.


And here are 10 totally RANDOM things about me...
Thanks to Amy for sharing the cute template!


And I wanted to share with you something I was excited about! Today, I was featured in an online article about my little classroom! I would love for you to check out the post here: Miss Delk’s Back-to-School Tips with Seat Sack Colorful Classroom Management

And don't forget to enter this amazing giveaway that I'm hosting for a classroom pack of 25 Seat Sacks!

You can read all about how I use them HERE and you can enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter below or at the original post.




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Well that's me in a nutshell. Be sure to link up with Blog Hoppin' with your Who Monday post!