Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Hey blog friends! Last week we read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use my newest Kwik Stix (Thin Stix) that I just got in the mail for a little paint project! Students created a Snowmen at Night painting and then completed a writing prompt about what they would do if they were a snowman at night. 

So what are Kwik Stix?? I've blogged about them before, but in case you missed those posts or haven't heard of them I will tell you a little bit about this super, amazing product that I was introduced to last year. 

Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds. (FABULOUS!!) Kwik Stix look like a glue stick and work very similar.... simply uncap, twist, and get busy painting! No water and no brushes necessary! Kwik Stix make painting projects so much quicker, easier, and mess free. I love that I can incorporate more projects like this into my week because Kwik Stix take up very little time and no prep! All I do is get out the container and some paper and they are good to go.
Kwik Stix work great on regular paper, construction paper, card stock, poster board, cardboard, canvas, wood, and more. Kwik Stix are AP certified! This means they are non-toxic and perfectly safe for young children.
Kwik Stix are available for purchase on Amazon and come in 6, 12, and 24 packs of classic, assorted, neon, and metalix colors. Kwik Stix is now available in a new version called Thin Stix! Thin Stix have all the same wonderful qualities as Kwix Stix, except they give you the option to paint with finer detail. One sweetie said "Miss Elisabeth, I think I like these thin ones better... I can use it easier." 

My firsties give the new Thin Stix two thumbs up!! We love them and look forward to using them for more projects in the future! Would you like to win a set of Thin Stix for your classroom??? AND some snowy resources to go along with them? You are in for a real treat! I'm giving away to ONE lucky winner a 12 pack of Thin Stix.... plus my newest little pack Snowman Shenanigans... AND a 4 pack of the Snowmen books by Caralyn Buehner! Enter the rafflecopter gadget below. Good luck friends! :)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dig it Up Dinosaur Eggs Review and A BIG Giveaway!!

One of our reading basal stories we read is called The Big Circle. Since this story is about dinosaurs,  I thought it would be great to get these Dig It up Dinosaur Eggs from Mindware Toys. However, the week that this story fell on I ended up having to miss a few days and we didn't get around to doing them. Sad city!

These were too darn good to wait until next year to use, so I decided to use them with my 1st and 2nd grade after school program students. We spent about a month on this project since I only see them two days a week. First, we excavated the dinosaur from the egg. Whichever dinosaur they got was the dinosaur they would research in the computer lab. Then we spent some time in the computer lab researching the dinosaur. Lastly, each student took turns presenting their reports and telling us the cool dino facts they learned about their dinosaur. They loved this project and had so much fun learning all about dinosaurs.

The super cute writing paper is from Abby's Dino Centers pack. Her pack is the perfect addition to your dino learning fun! :)

I would highly recommend the Dig It Up Dinosaur Eggs to fellow teachers! Each box comes with 12 individually wrapped 3" clay eggs with instructions and chiseling tool for each egg. Every egg contains a different dinosaur which was perfect for our reports, because this allowed for us to learn about a variety of dinosaurs. Plus it made it so simple on who was going to do what dinosaur rather than everyone wanting to do it over the T-Rex for example. The box also comes with an excavation guidebook. Mindware even offers a FREE lesson plan HERE!! The excavating was simple... all you need to do is soak the egg in water and then carefully chisel away the shell to excavate the dinosaur inside. The kids went nuts when they began to see their dinosaur. And they felt like theirs was extra special because everyone had something different.

These were perfect to use for reports and they loved the mystery behind which dinosaur they would get and absolutely could not wait to see which dinosaur they got. My after school students would see me in the hallway during the day and say "hey Miss Elisabeth do we have you today!?" "We want to work on our dinosaur reports." I was so happy to see them get so excited about learning and doing these research projects. I know it was all because of their total excitement of excavating the dinosaur from the super cool eggs. They really loved this project and I know your students will too! I will definitely have to do this project again! SO MUCH FUN!!

For more great products, ideas, and more you can check out Mindware Toys at the following:    

I have a HUGE giveaway for you! I would love to give one lucky winner a set of the super cool Mindware Toys Dig It Up Dinosaur Eggs so you can do these research projects with your students too!! PLUS the winner will win a copy of my Dinosaur Shenanigans, Abby's Dino Centers, AND Cara and Abby's Science of May pack (it's FABULOUS!!) which includes DINOSAURS!! SAY WHAT!!??

Enter the giveaway by using the rafflecopter gadget below. GOOD LUCK!!!!

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This review of the Dig It Up Dinosaur Eggs from Mindware Toys is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Gingerbread Week!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I've been such a slacker pants lately on my blogging. I must do better!  So, I wanted to pop in today to share with you some of the things we did during our Gingerbread week! 

We made Gingerbread boys and girls and imagined we were the real gingerbread boy or girl and wrote about what we would do. I think the little sweetie below has a great idea!!! :)

We ate some yummy gingerbread cookies for snack and made a quick little graph to see which part we bit first. The arm was apparently the tastiest part to bite first! HA This idea came from Deanna's Gingerbread unit.
I told my students that I just couldn't understand why the Gingerbread man just didn't swim across the river instead of hitching a ride on the fox's back. So we decided to do a little experiment to see what would happen if the gingerbread man tried to cross the river. They were very clever with their predictions! :) I found this great recording sheet here

We read several different versions this week. Students wrote which version was their favorite and had to explain why. I loved this little sweetie's thinking! :)
We compared and contrast the boy version of the story to the girl version.

Run, run as fast as you can to check out my little Gingerbread Shenanigans pack if you like the activities you see here. I'm having a flash sale and you can snatch this fun little pack up for $1.00!
The craft, venn diagram, and favorite version writing paper are all included plus more! :)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Sale! It's a BIG one!

Hey blog friends! I thought in honor of my 31st birthday (shhh don't tell anyone because I'm really 29! Ha!) that I would have a flash sale! Everything that is normally priced over $3.00 in my little tpt shop (including 2 bundles) is on sale for $3.10!!! Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Contraction Magic!

Happy Monday blog friends! This week we are learning all about contractions in room 4. I made our lesson come to life today by dressing up as a magician. The kids LOVED it! Isn't learning soooo much fun?? :)

I got the cape, wand, and mustaches at the Dollar Tree and the hat at Party City.
After discussing what contractions are watching a Flocabulary video and Brainpop, Jr video. We dived into the lesson. I had some special helpers come up and read two words to the class. They then dropped them into my magician hat, borrowed my magic wand, and let the magic happen!
My helper then went to the board and wrote what the contraction for the two words was and turned and told the class what they wrote. 

Then they got to try it out by making these Contraction Magic books. Their pencils became magic wands to help them with this little task! ;)

And we finished up with a little craftivity! Students were given two words and they put them (pasted) them in their hats, took the magic wand, and poof! We had a contraction just like that! 

These activities are in a new little pack of mine called Contraction Magic! If your interested you can click the pic below to find out all about this fun little pack.

Have a fun, magical week blog friends! :)