In the words of Skippy Jon Jones "Holy Guacamole!" It's been a long time since I have blogged. I have been all kinds of busy and this little blog has been put on the back burner so it would seem. I really, really, really hope I can get back in a good blogging groove because I really do love sharing what we've been up to in room 04 on this little blog.
So let's back this bus up a bit and take it back for a little rewind post shall we....
In October I got to meet up with my sweet friend Cara for a little dinner date at J. Alexander's. Cara is one of my absolute favorites!! Not only is she a teaching genius and a domestic goddess ;) but she is also one of the sweetest people I have ever met! I admire this sweet girl in so many ways and I am so happy that I can call her my friend! :) I love her to pieces!
I also got to see Cara present at the SDE First Grade Conference in Franklin! This girl seriously has the BEST ideas! I learned so much and was so inspired by her creativity... I couldn't wait to get back and start implementing her amazing ideas that she shared! If you haven't had a chance to see her present... you are missing out! She is amazing!
Speaking of Cara.... a couple of weeks ago we were learning all about compound words and her Cookin' Up Compound Words pack is the perfect pack to use when teaching about compound words. It's packed full of great activities! Here are a few pics of some of the things we did from her awesome pack.
I gave each student a compound word... they read the word out loud and then decided whether or not it was a real compound word or nonsense and then they added it to our little chart.
For this activity, students worked in their groups. I gave each group a baggie of words. They worked together to make compound words. They wrote the word they made, illustrated it, and then used it in a sentence. Once everyone was finished I let each group share a few of the words they made. I did a little formative assessment by asking the rest of the class to put a thumbs up if they agreed it was a compound word, thumbs to the side if they weren't sure, and thumbs down if they disagreed.
We did a little unit on Dinosaurs... Here is a little writing craftivity we did.
This activity is in a dinosaur unit that I started working on... but I got to busy and haven't had time to put the finishing touches on it. It is on my to-do list and I hope to get it finished soon!
Eric and I went to Savannah for a little weekend trip with our favorite little couple, Steve and Cindy.
photo booth fun!
Me and a few of my teacher friends dressed up at school as Ninja Turtles for Halloween. :)
So I decided Dexter needed to be one too! :)
Is he not the cutest Ninja Turtle or what???
For Halloween our guidance counselor hosted a pumpkin decorating contest. The theme was favorite book character. This was the one I did for my class. Not only was Wilbur special in the book.... but he turned out to be pretty special at my school! We won FIRST place!! YAY!!
My little Dexter turned 5! We celebrated with a Scooby Doo party! Fun times! Love his sweet little heart! I hope we have many, many, many more birthdays to celebrate with this little fur baby!
We went to Jamaica a couple of weeks ago and had a fabulous time. Love this guy sooo much! We have a blast together!
And do you remember above when I mentioned about my Wilbur pumpkin??? Well while we were in Jamaica... he decided to rot in my class. YIKES!! I heard it was pretty stinky!! haha
Recently in reading our skill was compare/contrast. I thought it would be a great time to pull out some of my fairy tale books to use for this skill. I love fairy tales! Here are a couple pics I snapped of some of the stories we read.
I am finishing up my Ed.S and have been working on my final paper... that has taken up *a lot* of my time lately. Guess what.....One more week and I will be finished and will graduate! Yipee! Hopefully, once I'm finished I will be able to get back on track with my blogging and tpt products. I have a long list of products that I have started, but had to put on the back burner due to being so busy. I can't wait to finally get those finished!
I did manage to whip up a new Junie B. Jones companion pack for the book Junie B., First Grader Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S. So Does May.) while we were off on Thanksgiving break. We will start this tomorrow and I can't wait!
So, I think I'm now up to the present. I can't wait for the BIG Super Cyber Savings Sale that is happening on TpT on December 1st and 2nd! My little shop will be 20% off for the next two days. My cart is full of clip art and amazing products from some of my favorite tpt sellers! I can't wait!!!
Well blog friends... that's all I have for tonight in this little... well who am I kidding, this LONG catch up post. haha I promise to be back sooner than later! :)
Have a great first week of December!