Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hope you have "room" for just one more!

I forgot all about the Pumpkin Packet I finished too!  

Here is the "freebie" for this packet.
Click here!

Do you have room for one more?

I wish I had more time to do one more but the weekend has come to an end.  It sure was a wonderful one even though my favorite team lost our first Big 10 game.  Booooo!!  Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader. But as far as getting my October items ready I finished up Room on a Broom!  You gotta love this story.  The packet contains a Reader's Theater, Craft and lots of Activities.  Tomorrow I will post a "freebie" from it if you stop back by.  Bet you'll have "room" for one! Let's take a vote.  What one thing from the packet do you want for free?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A "trick or treat" delight and a "freebie"!

So October is approaching and my "spook"tacular plans from the past are just that!  Spooky!!  So I am starting to update lessons so that they fit with our new Common Core Standards.  I hope you like the "freebie"
And now a "sneak peak" at the entire days activities.  Perfect for Balanced Literacy, Mathematics and Safety.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Last day of September for the "kiddos"!

We read one of my favorite stories today!
After spending the week discovering about houses, neighborhoods and communities this was the perfect ending.

And these will be hanging in our classroom to welcome fall!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday "freebie"!

I know it's only Thursday night but I have a very busy day tomorrow and don't want to miss sharing the "Friday freebie" with you!  This week I finally got all my record keeping pages all put together for parent helpers and for me during conferences with students.I am sharing them with you.  Hope you find them helpful!

Monday, September 24, 2012

My House

Today starts our unit on Communities and Community Helpers.  I just love this first project.  Following a homework assignment that helps them to gather data about their house and their neighborhood the children each prepare and illustration of their house.  These are displayed right next to our illustrations of our families.  
Junior Achievement came today and did lesson one on families and the neighborhoods they live in.
It is always exciting to have members of the community come share with us. Do any of you take advantage of this organization.  The materials they share are fabulous.  Michele

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A "freebie" for you!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is so cold here today and rainy.  The only good thing is that I got 16 loaves of pumpkin bread made and created this for the upcoming season.  Tomorrow I have a "HUGE" tennis tournament I am in.  Trying to keep the butterflies flying in formation.  So  see you all Monday.
Eight pages of activities on hibernation and migration!
A sample of the word work activities.

A camping we will go!!

With the coming of fall I thought this seemed like a good time for this mini lesson.
We will spend a day camping!
Students will bring their sleeping bags and flashlights.
Think it will be a day I wish we could do "s'more' of!  

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's fall ya all!! SALE

It's fall with apples, pumpkins and leaves on the ground.
To celebrate I'm having a sale.
All items 20% off no matter what you pick!!
My Store

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Friday "freebie"!!

Today we used our imagination and did some investigation. I read the story about the Little Red House.  following that we found the star.  On our investigation page we made an apple print of the star.  The children found it "magical"!!
Following this we made yummie applesauce.  Click below if you would like a copy of these pages.  Happy weekend. Michele

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Johnny Appleseed

What a delightful group of characters.  This week we are celebrating Johnny Appleseed and apples for our trip to the orchard.  We also watched a wonderful "free" video from Brainpop Jr. on Johnny Appleseed.
Brainpop on Johnny Appleseed

Sunday, September 16, 2012

...and for the parents...a "freebie"!

Because I felt even my parents are not aware of "what is the Daily Five" in my room I created this for them.
You are welcome to download it here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ahoy Matey...Daily Five Pirate Theme "freebie"

Ahoy Matey!!  Front and back of my classroom door.

These are the words for CAFE...Students earn blue ribbons(they have a pirate on them) for  demonstrating one of the four.
The rotations are here.  I use student pictures and a word chart for easy moving of groups.
This is a sample of  what the signs for each station look like.
And here is the "freebie".
Free Packet

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Apple printing...messy business BUT!

Next week we are off to the apple orchard.  Each year we print apple shirts for the entire class to wear.
They work as name tags, a fun project and makes it easy to spot our students.
Apple printing is messy business BUT...

The end results are awesome!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monkey Business "freebie"

A friend of mine asked me to create a "behavior" system similar to the I Spy... I use in my room.
Her theme has a monkey so... the results are below.
If you like them click and download.
Monkey Business Click Here

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Grandparent's Day Luncheon

Well the Grandparents lunch was a huge success.  I have 23 students in my classroom and I had 50 grandparents, 2 parents and 3 preschool children attend the event which was in my tiny classroom.
As you can imagine it was a tad crowded but exciting.
They were greeted with our "hugs and kisses" as well as their grandchild.  I took their picture and then they took a minute to look around the classroom.

We had fun looking at all of the changes that have taken place since they were in school.  ( I must say some of those grandparents looked awful young.  I am not getting old am I? LOL)
Next I gave prizes for:
The grandparent who came the farthest. (Italy)
The grandparent with the most children. (11)
The grandparent with the most grandchildren. (28)
The most "mature" grandparent. (92) WOW!!
We then took a look at my website and they were asked to sign a release so that I could post a "smilebox" of the event on our calendar.
My Website
The day ended with my favorite song I Thing You're Wonderful from Teaching Peace.
Listen to the Song
And from my heart it is true...My goal with the students is to have them feel special and wonderful each and every day they are in my classroom!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Christopher Columbus and a "freebie"

I really should be focusing on our Grandparent's Lunch tomorrow but instead here I am once again looking ahead at an upcoming date and what I plan to do.  So...since the weekend was a bit chilly, yep fall is in the air and I even purchased a few pumpkins, I sat at my computer.  The results were:
and a little sneak preview for you for free!

If you would like a copy click below.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Firefighters...tomorrow a freebie!

With fire safety coming up in October I am anxious to complete this during my Daily Five.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Freebie!!

This was some of the Clifford activities for today.  We made  Clifford.  Had some cute dog bone "cracker" snacks I found at the grocery and the a red treat as we practiced red.  My packet on TpT contains a number of other activities we did during our literacy centers and math.  I posted these two because click below and they are a "freebie" for you!
My this week went so fast and on top of that we were trying to get some Grandparent projects completed for our Grandparent lunch on Monday!  Here is a little picture of what we are doing for them.  It can be found in my Grandparent packet on TpT.
The little "I love you" notes on the bottom of the kisses were from the freebie I gave you.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and if you are a "grandparent"...Happy Grandparent's Day!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Recess Queen

This is a must read to your class.  Adorable!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Down on the farm!

 I had so much fun making this packet.
Each activity is designed to meet a Common Core Standard.
Can't wait to present this to my class.
 Got the idea for these cute animals from the Scrappin' Doodles Clip Art.
This is a great way to build vocabulary as well as develop writing skills.