Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Fun Friday Activity: Benjamin Franklin

How cool is this!  A few of my kiddos made Benjamin Franklin with pattern blocks.  Do ya'll see the key?  They even included the lightning:)

These are a few of the books we used .  Then my students took their own notes. 

They copied their notes onto kite shape lined paper.
Then they glued it to the back of a kite shaped tagboard.  

The kiddos divided the front of their kites into 4 parts and drew a picture of Ben Franklin's accomplishments in each part.  They added a real key to the string of the kite.

Here are a few samples of our finished kites.

 Lots of good writing!

 I also love their pictures!

We hope you enjoyed our Fun Friday project!

We will be involved in a Blog Hop for Teacher Appreciation on May 5.  Hope you will check that out!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Mood Lifter #13

Happy Monday Teachers!

Thought this would be a fun one for you.  How do y'all deal with tough parents?

BIRTHDAY BUNDLES:  I am celebrating my birthday by putting all our bundles on sale for 50% off just today.  That is including our brand new Plant Bundle with our rocking plant song and coloring book.   Ya'll can check out all of our bundles under "Bundles" under custom categories at our store.   Have a Great Monday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun Friday: Great Egg Drop Experiment for Your Kiddos

Happy Fun Friday Teachers!

There's a great science experiment that we would like to share with you.  We tried it with ages 4-7 and they all did a great job!  The objective is to build a container that protects an egg when dropped from a high place.  We discussed how the container has to be hard, but the surrounding material has to be soft.  We talked about how objects in motion stay in motion and the egg would then crash into the container and break.

The kids broke into groups and came up with team names.  One of the teams even added a parachute to theirs!

Here are their finished products.  2 out of 3 kiddos kept their eggs from cracking!  Team Eggies, Eggers, and...Charles :)

Feel free to share your egg drop stories with us.  Our kids really enjoyed it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


We are so excited to be involved in this Great Give Away!  We are giving our 100 page Plant Bundle with our fun Plant song and coloring book away.  Just check the picture with yellow Grade 1.  Then you can enter all the other GIVE AWAYS.  Good Luck

Here is the link.

You can get the rest of the Give Away Links Here :  Just look in the comments:

Here is a sample of what you will win with our bundle:)

Here is one of the sheets in our bundle.  You can grab this one for free with 3 others on our Face Book when you enter.  It is under Face Book Fan Freebie.  Enjoy!

Here is another sheet in the bundle.  There is one for all 5 vowels.

Here is a fun color code.  We also have a butterfly one.

This is a page from the Plant Song Book.  I cut it up to make a Big Book since my kiddos love Big Books!   There is also a coloring book like this for your kiddos to color and follow along.  Then we have a sequencing sheet on plants and a fill in the blank sheet where they can use their books to answer.  There is 2 scoot games on missing addends,read around the room cards, word sorts and more:)

Here is where you can see more in the bundle:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Mood Lifter #12

Good morning teacher friends,

Hope this makes you smile:

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -- Helen Keller

How do you maintain hope and confidence when you're having a tough day in the classroom?

Friday, April 11, 2014

FUN FRIDAY Activity- Sunflower/Writing and FREEBIE

We wanted to share a few sheets from our Plant Bundle.  We hope ya'll will leave us some nice comments if ya'll like the sheets.  Remember to check out the full bundle if you want a fun recorded Plant Song and coloring book along with lots of fun things to do, including scoot games and task cards.

This was the final thing we added to our sunflower.  We added a 3-D butterfly or bee.  You just have your kiddos tape a pipe cleaner on the back of the butterfly or bee and poke it through the paper and tape it on the back.  My students thought this was awesome!:)

Now it was time to write about what we learned.

 We are done! Yay!

 This is a great Big Book on plants.

 These are a couple of more books we read.

We are celebrating Spring Break so we are offering this 100 page bundle with a recorded song and song book that the kiddos can color and follow along with you for 50% off April 11th and 12th.  This has 2 scoot games, word sorts and read around the room cards with Quentin and fun ELA/Math Print and Go sheets that are great for morning work.

We hope you enjoyed FUN FRIDAY with the finishing touches of our sunflower activity and you will check out our new Plant Bundle of fun activities:)

We will be on Spring Break next week so we will see ya'll for FUN FRIDAY in two weeks.  Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brand New Math/ELA Bundle and Fun Sunflower Activity

We are so excited to share this plant bundle of activities! Right at a 100 pages!  Lots of ELA and Math print and go sheets, 2 scoot games, word sorts, and read around the room cards.  We just finished recording the Plant Song and our kiddos love it!  There is a book with colored pages that has the words to it and a coloring book for your kiddos to color and follow right along with you.

I just cut the pages and made a Plant Song Big Book because my kiddos love big books!

Here is just a page from the book.  The kiddos got a black and white copy to color.

This is one of my kiddos using their coloring book to answer one of the worksheets that is included.  My students loved coloring the book that has the words to the rocking plant song!

This is one of our color coded math sheets that are great at math time or as a morning sheet.

One of the 5 Print and Go Vowel Sheets

 There are 2 Fun Missing Addend Scoot Games or there is cute manipulatives you could use in a center to help the kiddos answer these math task cards.

There are Read Around the. Room Task Cards with our mascot, Quentin the Quality Penguin.  My kiddos love to see Quentin!

 These are a sample of the 21 word families that your kiddos can sort in Reading Groups or in ELA Centers.

These are Task Cards that can also be used in a center or as a Scoot Game.

You can get this sheet and 3 more on our Facebook page as a Facebook Fan Freebie:

This is a fun math sheet that we did after we talked about roots.  My students thought it was cool!

That's enough advertising for now:)

Now on to our sunflower project.

So, we decided to start Fun Friday a couple of days early because this sunflower project is taking us a few days to complete.  But it will be worth it.  First you fold a large piece of blue construction paper at the bottom so your kiddos will know where to glue tissue paper and brown construction paper.  We just had the kids tear it to give it a textured look.

Then you give them a stem to glue or ya'll can just have them cut one out themselves.  Give them a rectangular green piece of paper the width of the blue paper and show them how to cut it to make grass.  remind them not to cut all the way to the top.

Next they can curl the pieces with their fingers.  This makes it look more like grass.  Then they will glue the grass at the top of the brown paper.

Give your kiddos a folded piece of green paper to make the leaves.  Show them how to cut on the fold to make 2 leaves.

We talked about the seed's coat and how it splits  and showed them how to split a sunflower seed with their teeth so they could see the seed in the middle.  They loved doing that!  Then they glued the pieces at the bottom of the stem.

We gave the students a piece of yarn they cut into 3 pieces and glued for the roots.

We will let all of that dry and we hope ya'll will come back tomorrow and see the next part of our sunflower project.  It's going to be awesome!:)

Welcome Back!

 We gave the kiddos a folded piece of yellow and orange paper and this petal pattern to trace.  They traced it two times on the folded paper.  Then cut them out.  This gave each student 8 orange petals and 8 yellow ones.

Then they glued the petals in a pattern on the stem.

We gave them a black circle to glue in the middle and sunflower seeds on the black circle.

Then we labeled the parts and the needs of the plants.

We will write about our picture and add a fun detail that will give us a 3-D effect.

Be sure to join us tomorrow and see the final product:)