Monday, September 26, 2016

Apple Week!

Last week we were all about apples and Johnny Appleseed in room 4. This is one of my absolute favorite units to do each year. 

We learned about Johnny Appleseed and made these cutie Johnny Appleseed crafts.

Students each brought in 2-3 apples and we used them for our apple investigations. We had so much fun measuring, weighing, and tasting our apples for the investigations.

We read a bunch of books about apples and completed a little KWL chart.
We also learned the life cycle of an apple and the parts of an apple. We made this little labeling craftivity to show off what we learned. One sweetie was munching on a apple today and pointed out the parts on their real apple. Melt my heart!

We did a taste test and the yellow apple was the favorite this year!

On Friday we ended our apple week by making some applesauce in the Crockpot. It was sooo good! Not to mention my room smelled heavenly all day! After lunch when my kids came back to the classroom they could really start smelling it, and were so excited they were saying I think it's ready for us to eat now. :) 

We also made an apple inspired snazzy trees! This is super simple... it's a sugar cookie with frosting and M&M's and a graham cracker for the trunk.

Well friends that was our apple week! Can't wait to do it all over again next year! :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Classroom Reveal 2016-2017

Hey, hey! I'm popping in today for a classroom reveal post. This year I decided to take my jungle themed classroom to a new direction. When I seen the new Woodland Friends line from Creative Teaching Press, I just knew that had to my new theme! Everything from this line is so cute, and it just makes my heart smile looking at those cute little woodland friends. Since I was changing my theme, I decided it would be a great time to paint my room. I love the new color, and it matches everything perfectly!

Up first on the tour, is my classroom library! I love how this little area turned out! I hang reading focus posters for the week on the bulletin board and use the large pencil pocket chart for our Guiding Readers reading activities. The computers are used for Accelerated Reader. Students can read a book and then hop on a computer to take a test. 
Library Book Bins are from Target Dollar Spot
Fox Rug is from Wal-Mart
Stools are from IKEA
Library Book Bin labels are from Missing Tooth Grins
Woodland Friends Border is from Creative Teaching Press
Reading Strategy Posters from Wild about Firsties

Next up, is my math focus wall. This is wear you will find all things math.... standards, calendar, days of school, clock, shapes, and more!
Woodland Friends Autumn Leaves Border from Creative Teaching Press
Strategies for Math Poster is from Really Good Stuff
Days in School is from Wild about Firsties
Go Math Focus Posters
Apple Felt Calendar from Target Dollar Spot
Pacon Fadeless Paper
Mini Shape Posters are from Cara Carroll
Bean Bags from Old Time Pottery

Next up, is my rug and Smartboard area. This is where a lot of teaching takes place. We love sitting on the rug! I'm trying hard to take good care of it and make it last as many years as possible... so I have a no shoes on the rug policy! :)
Rug from Lakeshore Learning

I love my little writing area! I store the writing papers in the large library pockets below the bulletin board. Students can choose what they want to write and then grab the corresponding paper. I love those library pockets so much!! They hold regular sized paper perfectly! Next door to the board is an area to display work and my Bubble Gum Words display.
Mammut Table is from IKEA
Mammut Stools are from IKEA (my mom made the cute little cushions.. I love them!)
Woodland Friends Extra Large Library Pockets from Creative Teaching Press
Woodland Friends Magnetic Decor Strips from Creative Teaching Press (I used this to jazz up my magnetic white board chart stand) 
Woodland Friends Toadstools Border from Creative Teaching Press
Writing Station Cards from Deedee Wills
Woodland Friends Peek-Overs Bulletin Board from Creative Teaching Press

I group my students in groups of four. Each group is a different color and I have color coordinated them. I have found that it makes things so much easier to color coordinate my groups! And I like the colors! :) The cubbies against the wall are where the students put their backpacks, coats, and lunch boxes. The extra spaces are I use to store teacher books and materials. I collect Kohl's Cares books and stuffed animals and you can find some of my collection hanging out on top.
Chair Pockets are from Seat Sack
Book Shelves are from Wal-Mart
Plastic Paper Bins from Target Dollar Spot
Caddies from Oriental Trading
Burlap Alphabet from Wild About Firsties

small group area

clip chart by me! :)

My students learn "Bubble Gum Words" (the Fry words) and earn bubble gum along the way! Each list is color coordinated, and as students master a sheet they earn a piece of bubble gum and then move on to the next sheet. Each student has a gum ball machine and as they master a sheet they color in a gum ball.

Center station where all of the station tubs and Kindles are stored. Next door is the listening station. Students sit in the scoop rockers when they are at the listening station. At the bottom of the shelf in the tubs I store the listening station books & CD's in a ziplock bag. I put corresponding recording sheets inside the ziplock bag with the book. It's hard to see, but near the door is my birthday display.
Listening Station from Lakeshore Learning
Scoop Rockers from Wal-Mart
Woodland Friends Pup Tents Cut-Outs from Creative Teaching Press
Woodland Friends Student Incentive Charts from Creative Teaching Press

Several years ago, I started doing a student of the week. This student is featured in the hallway with a an all about me poster and they are the line leader and special helper for the whole week. We also do other things throughout the week to make him/her feel extra special. This summer when I decided to change my theme I racked my brain trying to think of what to call it. And one day it hit me...Camper of the Week! :) Me a couple of my teacher friends worked on this one day this summer and I'm in love with how it turned out. I hang the poster on the door of the camper. The picture was taken before a hitch was added. So just imagine it with a hitch! ;)
Welcome Felt Banner from Target Dollar Spot
Woodland Friends Toadstools Cut-Outs from Creative Teaching Press
Woodland Friends Jumbo 10" Cut-Outs from Creative Teaching Press
Chevron Uppercase 2" Letters (on sign) from Creative Teaching Press

Well sweet friends, I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my little classroom! I sure do love my little home away from home! :)

Have a great rest of the week! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Oriental Trading and Classroom Wish Lists

Hi there! I wanted to pop in today to share with you some goodies that I'm currently loving/using from one of my favorite companies, Oriental Trading. Did you know they now have a wish list feature that is perfect to share with parents??

In my classroom I use classroom money called "Cricket Tickets" to reward positive choices, good behavior, and hard work. Students can in turn cash those tickets in on Friday to buy various things. One thing they can cash in for is goodies from the treasure box! I recently got this treasure box from Oriental Trading and my kids are going nuts over the goodies that it is filled with.
Another thing that students can purchase with their tickets is candy from the candy box. Oriental Trading is a great place to get all things candy. They have a huge variety to choose from and at great prices!

Next up, are these super cute little camping/forest themed treat boxes I found from Oriental Trading. Since I changed my theme this year I thought these would be perfect to put their Birthday goodies in. I fill them with candy, a pencil, and a bookmark and cootie catcher from Creative Teaching Press. 

Oriental Trading also has a great selection of Teacher resources. I found these amazing dry erase 120 boards. On one side the numbers are listed and on the other side it is empty. Perfect for students to use to write their numbers to 120, yet not having to use paper! It's a win, win! :)

Give students a transparent counter and these are an excellent resource to use when adding/subtracting 1 and 10.

Oriental Trading now has a new wish list feature!! Go to their website and create an account. Then begin browsing around the site and add all of the incredible items that you love or would like to use in your classroom to your wish list. Share the link to your wish list with parents your weekly newsletter. This allows parents who want to help out with classroom supplies, but aren't sure what you could use. 

Here are a few of the items on my long wish list...
These Color Your Own Bags are perfect for holiday parties! Students can decorate/color these and then fill them full with all of their goodies and treats.

I also love these All About Me Posters for my Camper of the Week (student of the week).

You can check out my wish list HERE and see all the other great items that I have my eye on for my classroom.

So what are you waiting for?? Head over to Oriental Trading and start making out your wish list and share them with parents! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Look Whoo's in 1st Grade!

Long time no blog! Boy am I super behind on blogging. I don't know where the summer went....July was crazy busy... and then we started back to school and well time to sit down and blog has just been far and few between. But I wanted to pop in real quick and knock the cob webs off of the ole blog and share with you a little back to school craftivity I did with my new group of firsties.

Students made these cutie patootie owls and then filled in the blanks on the "whoo am I" writing paper. I attached it to the owl and students wrote their names underneath. Then you can lift the flap to reveal the mystery student. I thought these turned out super cute and were perfect for my woodland friend/camping theme classroom. 

If you still need a back to school craft you can click on the pic below to check it out in my little tpt store. This is perfect for K-4 and I have included additional writing papers for grades K-4 in case you don't want to do the guess whoo writing attachment. Students can write about what they hope to learn about in their new grade or they can write all about their self, etc. 

Well friends that's all I've got for tonight. Stay tuned for a classroom reveal post coming soon and what I'm doing for classroom management this year since I changed my theme. 

I hope you are off to a great year so far! :)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Five for Friday! {July 8, 2016}

I can't believe that it's already July. I just knew I was going to blog more this summer and sadly I have failed at that. So, I'm popping in today to get caught up and share some things that I have been doing school wise lately. I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday! 

I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm changing my theme for the upcoming school year to a woodland friends/camping theme. One thing I've done for the past several years that has worked very well for me is having a student of the week... This sweetie is featured in the hallway with the an all about me poster and they are my line leader and special helper for the entire week. My first two years of teaching I had a classroom job chart and my helpers and leader changed daily. I wasn't the best at changing the chart out because let's face it teacher's have 1 zillion things to do each morning. So the summer after my 2nd year I brainstormed some ideas that would help me with that and I decided to do a student of the week and let that student be the helper and leader for the entire week. And if more than one helper is needed for a job, I let my student of the week pick friends to help. It has been a game changer!!! That year I did a rock star theme and called my student of the week a "rock star of the week." I did that theme for a few years and then changed to a jungle theme. When I changed my theme to jungle I called my student of the week a "top banana." So here I am this summer with a new theme and I thought what can I call my student of the week?? I decided to go with "camper of the week." And that's when this little baby was born in the hallway! Isn't she cute!!??? I plan to hang the all about me poster on the camper door. I've still got to add a hitch to it. Gosh... I love how cute it turned out!!!

On one of my visits to Target this summer I found the best bins in the dollar spot. They are colorful and sturdy. And that first day I just bought a few because at that time I thought I would use them in my groups. After I got home I was kicking myself because I really wanted to use them for a classroom library makeover. My bins I had were not holding up well and were mismatched. So after going to and calling several targets trying to track these bins down I finally got enough for my classroom library! 
Houston we have a Target Dollar Spot bin problem!! haha
Then I thought... But I really need enough for my manipulatives and supplies so all of my bins match in my classroom. So the hunt was on again. This time I got some help from Eric's brother who was tracking to Louisville for a work trip. He stopped in E-Town and picked me up a case and finally I think I have enough. #teacherproblemsolved  

Speaking of Target... Have you seen these awesome little felt games?? I picked these up for inside recess days! I thought they would be perfect. I also picked one up for me and Eric because I thought they would be perfect for lake days! :) 

A new theme also means I need to redo my student take home binders! And when you don't know who is in your class just yet, well you use your fur baby's name instead! ;)

It's stormed on and off all week, so I have been busy printing and laminating centers. Today the electric was out for awhile so I got busy cutting my back to school centers out. One less thing to do in August! :)

Well friends that's my Five for Friday! I hope everyone is having a restful and fabulous summer! Enjoy every second because if yours is anything like mine, it's going by WAY TOO FAST! Don't forget to link up with Kacey with your Five for Friday!