Saturday, August 9, 2014

Successful Project!!!! Glass Magnets

I have seen these adorable glass magnets all over and I finally took the challenge to create my own!  I'm so excited about how cute they turned out and can't wait to use them in my own classroom.



 I got my supplies at JoAnn's Fabrics (love the teacher discount and 40% coupons!)  Bag of approx. 77 glass tiles, E6000 glue, and button magnets about $13.00 before discounts.  I read other blogs about laminating and how bad they turned out - but they were using modge podge.  I decided to try the laminated paper with E6000 glue and it worked perfectly.  This whole project did not take me very long at all - about an hour.


If you would like to make these yourself, please feel free to grab my templates at my Teacher's Notebook store!  They include 20 Melonheadz Girls and 20 Melonheadz Boys.  It is even editable and you could type your student's names or any other wording you'd like to use!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A New Year! 2014-15

Well, I have set many goals for this new school year.  One of the big ones are to get back into regularly posting on my blog.  I have neglected it way too long:)

We still have one week left of summer vacation and I've already started planning.  I'm proud to say that I've gotten my welcome letters written and printed - yeah me!

My Welcome Letters turned out so cute - thanks to Melonheadz clipart.

I like to send a little "Get to Know You" sheet home with my students.  Every year I say I'm going to reuse the old one... and I end up making a new one:)  I use this sheet at the beginning of the year and read the responses throughout the week to get the students to guess who each other is.  I also saved them all year (it was a miracle that I didn't lose any) and reread them.  The kids had so much fun guessing who everyone was now that we had spend 180 days together.


Good Luck with your back to school preparations!  Check back for more:)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Native Americans

We just wrapped up another successful Native American Unit.  My students had a lot of fun and were very engaged in learning about the 5 different Native American Regions.  Here is a peek at our projects:


Here are all the projects we created as we studied Native Americans.

 Each Region had its own page in our mini- Interactive Notebook.  Students complete a chart with facts about the region such as which tribes lived there, food they ate, homes they lived in, etc….  Then they did partner research with an additional article (I got from Evan-Moor) about a specific tribe from the region.  They then created a foldable with facts.  Finally, we ended each region with creating an artifact that matched.





 We made these Parfleche (Friendship Bags) to hold all our materials and artifacts.


Our Totem Poles from the Pacific Northwest

Straw Loom Weaving - My students had so much fun with this!  This was even easier then last years paper plate looms.  Even my not so coordinated students were able to weave with very little help!  The end result turned out beautiful and some of my students are still wearing them as bracelets.  Another idea would be to only use 3 straws and they could make bookmarks.

Their Teepee's turned out awesome this year!  I'm very proud of the details they put into them.

The Resources I Used:


McGraw Hill: Who We Are As Americans Textbook

This was a great resource.  This is where I got the Buffalo Page from.  I also used reading passages from Evan Moor to complete the foldables.

The Foldables came from:
This is a great resource from Teach123





Thursday, January 2, 2014

Starting Off With Journey's

Wow has this school year been very, very busy!!!!!  Our district adopted new Reading and Math series so it has taken a lot of my time planning and getting familiar with the new material.

Here are a few activities from the beginning of the Second Grade Journey's Text:

Henry and Mudge Sequence and Craftivity:
We had so much fun making these and sequencing the events from the story.





Many of the stories in the first unit were about pets or taking care of pets.  So I created this little research/ extended learning project for my students.  We completed this over a few days and it gave me time to squeeze in the end of the unit assessments.











Check back… I will be loading even more Journey's extended learning projects:)

Patterns and activities to upload to my Teacher's Notebook Store Soon (Sometime in early January)!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back To School Prep...


Wow!  Hard to believe summer is coming to an end.  I have been enjoying all the blog posts around and they have really inspired me these past few weeks.  I am really looking forward to the start of the new year.  It's gonna be another busy one for me as my own children will be in 1st grade and full-day PreK VE. {Not to mention new Reading and Math programs…plus Common Core - oh my :o}

Here are a few things I've been working on…

Birthday Straw Balloons:

 I just love how these turned out!  I used my Cricut to cut balloons out of scrapbook paper, some ribbon and printable tags.  You can grab the printable tags for free at my Teacher's Notebook Store.  



Welcome Treats

I am addicted to the Dollar Spot at Target {I can only imagine how many $1's I've spent in that section over the years…}  Well, I have been struggling with what to give out to my students as a welcome treat.  I usually put together this little bag with a variety of things - but I just don't have the energy to hunt down all the items all over town.  So I was ecstatic when I saw these adorable lollipops at Target this week.  And so the idea was born…  {And boy was it quick and simple:)}

I think they turned out so cute!  If you are like me and sometimes can't locate the cute things you see on blogs in the dollar spot, you can easily get some smarties and use the same tags.  If you'd like the tags you can grab them for free at my Teacher's Notebook Store.


A "Messy" Project
 I had a wonderful parent make these for me a few years back.  They were finished just in time for the school year so I didn't get a chance to paint them.  I always wanted to…just couldn't ever find the time, go figure right???  Well you can see they were in desperate need of a coat or two of paint.  (I didn't even realize how much my little angels from last year enjoyed drawing on them…ugh!)

I won't even tell you my first plan of attack was to use black spray paint…ugh turned out in a disaster as one can didn't even cover half of one shelf but managed to cover both my hands black.  {Still have black fingers - very embarrassing}

So on came plan b… semi gloss black paint.  And 3 hours later I couldn't be happier with how awesome they turned out!


I've been working in my classroom… pictures to come soon!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Out with the old… In with the new….

After 9 exciting years of teaching Open Court/ Imagine It, I will be retiring my binders and starting new ones.  My district has adopted HM Journeys.  I went to training this summer and all I can say is WOW is this series packed full of components.  I'm not sure how its all going to work but I am excited to be reading/teaching some new stories.  I'm sure I will also be busy creating some new story projects.  

The first project I created was my weekly spelling word cards.  I display these on the board (using magnets) but you could display them in a pocket chart or pinned to a bulletin board.  I copy them on color card-stock using a different color for each unit.  



You can grab a copy at my TN Store!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Catching up… End of the Year WrAp Up

Wow!  I'm so embarrassed it's been so long since I've posted on my blog.  I had a very demanding class this year and my daughter started Kdg. (so she took a lot of my extra time).

I would like to share my Learning Cafe with you.  All year long I save my students' projects and then have them share their portfolios with their parents.  
I love how our stained glass butterflies turned out.  They were also hanging on the windows inside our classroom.


We turned our classroom into a little cafe.  I had a few extra desks brought in (boy did we get a little crowded).

We did a little writing activity about how we've bloomed this year and hung them from the ceilings.  


 Ice cream shop poetry writing.





"Cooking Up Great Memories"  I used the chef patterns from: Miss Kindergarden.  I added some cute scrapbook paper to add some color:)  Then I created my own student cookie memory book for students to write in.  You can get a copy of the cookie book at my Teachers Notebook store. 




 My students wrote letters to their parents welcoming them to our classroom.  I had my students use scrapbook paper as the background - thought they'd look cute on the "tables" as the parents came in to sit down.


Here is the menu for our Learning Cafe.


Students gave their parents a little trivia quiz - they enjoyed being able to grade their parents. 



 My students wrote a recipe for their family.  We brainstormed different traits that make up families and then they wrote it into a recipe.  I was so proud at how hard my students worked on their recipes and how creative they were!


 The dessert table.  (They students were very excited!)


 Our room full of "customers!"  We had 100% parent support.  My students had so much fun sharing all the things they've learned in Second Grade.