Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Mood Lifter #3

Happy Monday teachers!  We know it will be extra difficult coming back to school for a full week after those snow days.  Here are some uplifting words to help you start your day.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin

What are some ways you involve kids in the learning process?

Friday, January 24, 2014


Here we are for another Fun Friday activity!   I started out by reading this book and discussing the idea of groups.  The kids in the story end up building 2 snowmen that each have 3 balls.  We drew the pictures of the snowmen on the whiteboard so the kids could see 2 groups of 3.  Then, we talked about how that would be 2x3=6 and how we could break it down into 3+3 or 2+2+2=6.  I also drew a third snowman and asked them, "How many snowballs do we have now?"  They could see the groups of three.
Next, I gave them our Build a Snowman File Folder Game.  You just stick velcro pieces on the inside of a laminated folder,velcro on the snowman pieces, and give them the question sheet, and they are ready to go.
Now they get to start building their snowmen in the folder.  This is a 2 ball snowman.

This is a 3 ball snowman.  They will draw more to help answer the questions or you can give them more snowman pieces to help them answer the questions.
Now we can answer our questions after we build the snowmen.  The students will start to see how groups are formed for the beginning of multiplication.  Some of my students were actually ready and excited about writing a multiplication problem.  This little girl said"Oh, I see, the snowmen are in groups of 3 and I made 5 snowmen so I can do 5x3=15 snowballs."
She also decided to write a problem for the sticks she drew on the snowmen.  "I have 5 snowmen and they all have 2 sticks so 5x2=10 sticks.  That is also counting by 2's Mrs. Beckner."

What a fun way for your students to start learning the beginning of multiplication as they build snowmen and see groups forming!

We have this file folder game ready to be cut out and used.  It is only a dollar this weekend so you can grab it for next week.

We hope this will be fun and educational for your students!
Remember to check back next Friday for FUN FRIDAY!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Mood Lifter #2

For those of you that are off today, enjoy a nice relaxing day.  If you are teaching, here's something to lift your spirits:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Snowmen At Night

So, this is our first FUN FRIDAY post.   Every Friday we will post something fun!  It may be a video, game, or activity.  We hope you will enjoy it!

This is one of my favorite winter books!  I read it to my class today and then I gave them black and white construction paper to create their own snowmen.  We also used fun things like sparkle pieces, pom poms, google eyes, and foam pieces.  My students loved this!  They even enjoyed writing about what their snowmen did at night.

These are some pictures of the creative process going on.  Wait until you see the final products.:)

What fun things have you done with this book?  We would love for you to share!

We hope you will visit us next Friday for "Fun Friday"

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Monday Mood Lifter #1

Here is an inspirational quote to start your teaching week right:

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

How do you inspire hope and confidence in your classroom?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How do you encourage your friends?

These are samples of what my students did with "January Word Activities."  I was so proud of what they wrote for the bonus question of how they would encourage their friends.  I think they are "Quality Students."

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Classroom "Store": Hands on Learning

From Brittany~

My aftercare kids came up with a fantastic idea this month.  We turned our room into a Target.  Our Target has a Starbuck's in addition to a cash register.  We spent 45 minutes brainstorming what the children want in their Target store.  We talked about the different items inside the store and vocabulary that is centered on retail.  Kids learned the words "retail," "product," "employee," and "policy."

 The kids used our wooden blocks to create products for their store.  They wrapped them in butcher paper and drew products on them.  They also took additional paper and made price tags.

The best part of this project was the "Employee Checklist" we made.  We brainstormed responsibilities for the kids and they have fun performing them as part of the dramatic play.  We "reshelve," clean floors, and do other productive tasks.

"Quality Students"

The word for today from our January Word Calendar was "quality."  One of my students that I had the pleasure of having last year in kindergarten got all excited when she saw the word.  She said," I remember when we made a big book about quality students last year."  Other students commented that quality was from our song called 'Quality Students."   They were excited to see it on their January calendar.  It was a good time to remind them how we need to remember to act like quality students all the time.

  My student went over to our books and picked up the book and showed other students her page, and she started showing some of the other pages and calling kids over that had a page from last year. and then the kids asked if we could do a big book this year about "Quality Students."   I was surprised to see the students wanting to do this again.  The little girl said that this book could show them as quality students in first grade.  Yes, we definitely will do this!   

How many of you have gotten the opportunity to loop up with some of your students and what benefits have you seen in doing that?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January Word of the Day

I was so happy to see how having a word a day from our January Calendar had such an awesome response today.  The word was "habits" I did a little demonstration on how to show bad habits and how to show good habits.  The children laughed and we had a great discussion about good work habits.  The best part was when students started showing me their examples of good habits.

"Look, Mrs. Beckner, I have finished my math and now I am reading."  "I am showing good habits."
"I am working quietly."
"I am staying in my seat."

It is so great to see how focusing on a word for the day can have such a great response!

Please share what you do to get your students to show good work habits.

Monday, January 6, 2014

January Word Activities

Today one of my ELL students was taking an IStation Assessment and made the comment."Look,this is a wreath. That word was on our December calendar." She was so excited that she knew that. My students are learning so many new words with our monthly calendar words and with our activities. Here is a picture of our January Word Activities. And it is on sale today:)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Oh Mondays!

The Good News is we are having an End of the Winter Sale throughout Monday.  We hope you have a GREAT WEEK!:)

End of Winter Sale

We know most of you are returning to school this week, so we decided to have a sale to help you get started.  We hope you will check out our new and fun winter games.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Christmas Idea:)

So, I went to visit my father who is almost 80 and he decided to have a"Christmas Chair" instead of a tree.  He also added a little song "Oh Christmas Chair, Oh Christmas Chair How festive you are sitting there"
He said he may add more decorations next year.  I can't wait to see what he will come up with next.
I love you Dad!

What are some of the new ideas you have?