Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Blogger Match-Up Giveaway Winner

I want to thank everyone who entered my March Blogger Match-Up giveaway!

Congratulations goes out to Meredith!  I hope you and your students enjoy the Sign Language Sight Word Bundle!

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I will be back soon to share how I helped my students practice proper discourse.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 20, 2015

March Blogger Match-Up Giveaway

Well, unfortunately my Eastern Washington Eagles didn't win last night.  They were ahead there for awhile, and I was rooting hard for them to win.  However, my loss is your win.  Enter below to win my Sight Word Sight Words Bundle.

My students love doing this activity during literacy centers!  I'm sure your students will too!

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I hope the team you are rooting for is still in the tournament!  Personally, I can't wait to watch the KU-Wichita State game!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Blogger-Matchup

Are you a big college basketball fan?  I grew up right in the middle of Kansas Jayhawk country, so you can only imagine what March was like around my area and school.  I'm not kidding when I say that we had TVs in our library to watch in between classes and in our lunchroom to watch during lunch time.  My poor husband had no idea when the KU was playing in the championship game and they were making bad plays that he might have to replace the TV due to me almost throwing the remote at it.  Thankfully, I came to my senses before that happened.  lol

Being away from Kansas for March Madness time has dwindled my basketball craziness, but I still try to keep up with the goings on with my Kansas teams.  I was super proud of Wichita State getting into the final four in 2013!  It should be interesting if KU and Wichita State win their first round games and play each other.  That will be a game that I will have to try to catch if it happens.

Ashlyn from The Creative Classroom decided to have a fun Blogger Match-Up that corresponds with the basketball tourney!

Each blogger is paired up with a team in the tourney.  As the teams win, the bloggers mover up in the brackets.  At the end there will be a blogger winner along with the National Champion.

I was paired with Eastern Washing University.  They just started playing as I type, so cheer on those Eagles!

Even if my team loses, you can still be a winner!  I will be giving away my Sign Language Sight Words Bundle if my team loses.  I will keep you updated!

Check out all of the other blogs that are joining in on the fun!

Learning with Mrs. Langley cheering on Belmont
Second Grade Stories cheering on Indiana
The Neat and Tidy Classroom cheering on UC Irvine
Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten cheering on Coastal Car.
Miss Johnston's Journey cheering on Maryland
The Creative Classroom cheering on San Diego State
Fifth in the Middle cheering on Wichita State
Lessons with Coffee cheering on Arkansas
The Kinder Garden cheering on Notre Dame
Exploring Elementary cheering on NC State
Inspired Owl's Corner cheering on Oregon
Frampton's Fundamentals cheering on New Mexico State
Learning in the Little Apple cheering on Michigan State
NC Teacher Chick cheering on Utah State
A Tall Drink of Water cheering on Baylor
Sara J Creations cheering on Oklahoma
ELA Everyday cheering on Duke
The Blessed Teacher cheering on Lafayette
Mrs. 3rd Grade cheering on VCU
Rock & Teach cheering on Albany
Create Teach Share cheering on North Dakota State
One Happy Teacher cheering on Gonzaga
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! cheering on Iowa State
First Grade Roars! cheering on SF Austin
The Learning Chambers cheering on Hampton
Teaching is Sweet cheering on Eastern Washington
Sounds Like Fun cheering on Louisville
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie cheering on Cincinnati
Year2tastic cheering on Kansas
Sparkling in Second cheering on Wyoming
Making Meaning with Melissa cheering on Purdue
One Sassy Teacher cheering on Villanova
Brittany Kiser cheering on Texas
Coach and Teach 24/7 cheering on St. John's
Hardcore Teacher Resources cheering on LSU
The Whole Wheat Class cheering on Oklahoma
Mixing It Up In The Middle! cheering on Mississippi
Teaching Maddeness cheering on UAB
Its Elementary My Dear cheering on Ohio State
Live Love Serve Teach cheering on Providence
 Education Kingdom cheering on North Carolina
A Dab of Glue Will Do cheering on Dayton
Learning to be Awesome cheering on Kentucky
Technology Timeout cheering on Harvard
Kovescence on the Mind cheering on Butler
Blossoms of Blue in 2 cheering on North Eastern
Mrs. D's Corner cheering on Robert Morris
Where the Wild Things Learn cheering on Buffalo
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers cheering on North Iowa (UNI)
A Trendy Teacher cheering on Valparasio
Lucky to Be In First cheering on Wisconsin
O-H So Blessed! cheering on Virginia
Tales of Teaching with Tech cheering on Woffard
Very Perry Classroom cheering on Arizona
A Kindergarten Life for Me cheering on Georgia
First Grade Buddies cheering on Iowa
Miss Case's Classroom cheering on Georgetown
A Grace-Filled Classroom cheering on West Virginia
Third Grade Cupcakes cheering on SMU
The Class Couple cheering on Xavier
More Time 2 Teach cheering on Georgia State
Owl-ways Learning cheering on UCLA

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  Today is my my 3rd Blog Anniversary!  I will be having a separate giveaway for that when all of the fun March Blogger-Matchup fun is over!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Did you have a leprechaun visit your classroom today?  Usually our leprechaun visits us and wrecks havoc in our classroom, but he was a little subdued today.  He left gold glitter all over our classroom tables, necklaces at each spot, and traded in all of our pencils for green pens!  He was fast too!  He did this all in the time it took me to turn around and open the door from the playground.  ;)

My students had so much fun writing with their green pens today!  One of my Kinders wrote about his pen today during writing time.  Can you say precious?

We have pens.  Our pens write green.  Yay!  My favorite color is green.
Another Kinder brought me this very sweet and very green gift!  It was filled with yummy green treats!

I hope you had a fun day with your class too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What's New in Room 2!

So, how are you doing?  Did you think I disappeared again?  I really can't blame you.  I mean it has been about a month and a half since the last time I shared anything here on my little piece of the web.  Well, tonight I decided to jump right back in and write up a little blog post about what's been going on in Room 2.

Community Helpers
We have started our community helpers unit.  Every year I have students draw pictures of what they would like to be when they grow up.  I love the pictures that I have gotten in the past, and I have not been disappointed in what my students have drawn this year.  I love how the patients in the doctor picture are sad (but the doctor is happy), the details on the scientist picture, and of course, the teacher picture.

Listening Station
For the past few years, I have just had my students listen to a story over and over again until time was up.  A few months ago, I realized that I really needed my students to do some kind of response to the stories that they were listening to.  Now, I didn't want anything complicated or with a lot of writing.  I just wanted a little something for them to do after they had listened to the story the first time.  This past week our story at the listening center was If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.  I thought it would be fun for the students to pick something that they would like to give the cat.  Here are some of the responses that I got.

St. Patrick's Day
We have been doing some fun activities to gear up for St. Patrick's Day.  On Friday, I handed my students a shamrock with a variety designs on it.  The students then had to color it using only using green, yellow green, and green yellow crayons.  I thought they turned out so great!  Here is what one of the shamrocks looked like when it was finished.

We have also been playing a favorite game with a St. Patrick's Day twist:  Bump!  This version of Bump had the students working on their long vowel sounds.

The girls who were playing when I took this picture let me know that they keep bumping each other off of the bow.  That is, of course, until the one girl froze the spot.  :)

Would you like a copy of St. Patrick's Day Bump for your classroom?  You can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers storeor you can get it for free until 7 a.m. PST Monday morning on my Facebook page as my gift for sticking around.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hey Diddle, Diddle Flipbook {Freebie}

I hope you have had a wonderful start back to school after Winter Break!  Overall, my new year has been going really well.  Last week, my school had a fire drill during Kindergarten lunch.  My class rocked it out!  It didn't even phase them to go to a different spot outside.  Proud teacher moment, for sure!

I want to share an activity that my Kinders completed last week.  Do you use nursery rhymes in your classroom?  Each week my bestie and I pick a nursery rhyme to focus on.  We use it to identify popcorn words, rhyming words, and to work on reading fluently with one-to-one correspondence.  On Friday, we put the nursery rhyme into our poetry journals and usually do a fun activity to go with it.  Well, two weeks ago our nursery rhyme was Hey Diddle, Diddle.  We started this project on Friday before the three day weekend, and finished it up last Tuesday {It took a smidge more time than we had planned for - oops!}

I love making flipbooks with my students!  Oddly, we hadn't made one yet this school year.  So, off I went to prepare a fun flipbook to go with Hey Diddle, Diddle.  First I folded a 12 X 18 sheet of construction paper lengthwise, measured out four sections of 4.5 inches each, and drew lines with my sharpie.  I then made copies of the nursery rhyme and matching pictures.

Each student was given a prepared piece of construction paper, a copy of the nursery rhyme, and a copy of the pictures.  The students first cut on the black line to make the flaps for their books.  They then colored the frames and pictures.  Once the frames and pictures were colored, the students cut them out and put them in order with the nursery rhyme on top of the flap and the picture under the flap.

I was so pleased with how they turned out!  They look great out our bulletin board in the hallway!

If you would like to make these Hey Diddle, Diddle flipbooks with your class, click on the picture below or go to my Freebies page.

I would love to hear what kind of activities you do in your classroom with nursery rhymes!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 Insta Pics of 2014 Linky

Do you Instagram?  I joined Instagram about a year and a half ago.  I added one picture of my son's Earth Day crafts for school.  About a week later, I added a couple more pictures from my classroom.  Months later I added a picture of my son going down a water slide.  To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what I was doing with Instagram.  The hashtag thing confused me to no end.  Well, I finally bit the bullet in about April and really started to add more photos.  I became a little more confident in my hashtagging (verb?).  Now, I don't know what I would do without it.  I find it to be so much fun to share my pictures and to check out other great teachers!

This morning I was looking over my blog feed and saw that Natalie from Teachery Tidbits started a fun linky about her top 10 Instagram pictures.  I decided to jump in on the fun!

I just put my binders together, and I'm ready to get organized! 
#organization #ihopethishelpsme #tpt #blog #lessonplans
 #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers

Sadly, I have not used these as much as I would have liked.  However, I plan to dust them off and get going again!

So my bestie ordered us some crayons for our classrooms, and they shorted us one box.
This is how they sent our one box of crayons. lol
#schoolsupplies #bts14 #teachersfollowteachers #teachersof instagram
A little overkill on the packaging, don't you think?

One of centers for this week is our picking apples letter tracing center.
Of course, it's even better when you get to use markers to trace the letters.
#handwriting #iteachtoo #iteachk #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
My students loved this fun activity!

Save the Clock Tower!
#backtothefuture #delorean #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
We had the opportunity to go to a Delorean meet-up.  My son had an absolute blast!

I'm working on a new write the room activity for my students.  They just love this center!
#writetheroom #literacycenters #differentiation #teachersfollowteachers
#teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo #iteachk
I really started back up making activities for my students to do.  This was one of my favorites from this fall!

The real reason a teacher goes to Sam's Club.  Never mind all the stuff I
 needed for Thanksgiving, I needed this more!
#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo

I just broke into the cardstock yesterday and haven't opened the laminating pouches yet.  I have them when I need them though!

This is my classroom theme for the upcoming school year.
I'm so excited!
#classroomtheme #iloveclipart #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
I'm still excited about my classroom theme!  I love the colors and the birds!

My husband ad son ordered a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Love it!
#charliebrownchristmas #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo

Who doesn't love a Charlie Brown Christmas tree?

My son has Autism and uses a communication device at school.  On the right is his old
Galaxy Player with Sonoflex.  On the left is his new HTC with TalkTablet.
So much better!  I'm so excited for him!
#talktablet #autism #htc #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo

My son has used a communication device at school since he was 4 years old.  He started out with an iPod with Proloquo2Go.  He then went to the Galaxy Player with Sonoflex.  Now he has his HTC with TalkTablet.  By far, the HTC is the best device he has to date.  He only used it for about a week before Winter Break, but he was very happy with it.  His teacher was too!  I'm so proud of him!

Cute apple craft my students made yesterday.
@smittenwithfirst - Thanks for the great freebie!
#apples #fall #crafts #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #iteachk

I just love how these cute little apples turned out!

Thanks for joining me for a little trip down Instagram memory lane.  I would love for you to follow me - @teachingissweet!

See you soon!

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