A little bit of this & that

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted so I’ll get you updated on what we’ve been doing in the classroom and on new products!  

A photo for father’s day!

We are hatching duck and chicken eggs!  We did this last year and it was so much fun when they hatched.  We only have about one more week until they’re supposed to hatch.  I haven’t taken any pics of them this year, but here is a picture from last year.  This is my son who was in 2nd grade then.  We had the 1st & 2nd graders trace their handprints and write a message to their dad.  Then they held a baby chick and we took a picture.  We made frames and sent them home as father’s day gifts.

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We spent last week learning about food groups.  The students practiced categorizing their lunch on Monday and Tuesday.  I just used a blank “my plate” that came with a bulletin board set.  There are also some downloads at ChooseMyPlate.gov.  I’m used to using the food pyramid for this activity so I had to get used the my plate for this year.  The most difficult part was where to put dairy.  The graphic I was using had milk written in the glass area.  I think next year I will make one that says “dairy” in small letters and gives them a place to add ANY dairy item.  There also is not a place for any sugar or treats.  I told them that means we should just have a little and had them write it somewhere on the side of the plate.  On Wednesday and Thursday they categorized their lunch and then brought another page home to write down their dinner choices.  We talked about trying to have a “complete” plate with all categories.  Many of them were missing vegetables and fruits!  I saw a parent at the grocery store on Monday and she said they were shopping so they would have good foods for lunch the next day! 🙂  Some of the kids take it very seriously!   I just realized that the Choose My Plate site has a list of videos.  There is a cute “Fruit & Veggie” Pokey one that I posted above this section.  I’ll have to check out the rest for next year!

I was so excited to list this Mega Language pack today!  I’ve been working on the individual packs for over a month now!  I finally finished the contraction pack today and was able to bundle them together for those who want (need!) them all and want to save $.  Each individual one is in my TPT store along with the bundle.  I used the pages that I had completed to work with my kids on contractions last week and they did a great job!  I’m planning on using the mini-posters this week to create a bulletin board. 

Flash giveaway (ended)

My thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston.  I have family in Boston and am so thankful they are well.  Two of them were near the blast, but left the area before the explosion. 

A few of my firsties are struggling with adding 9’s.  I thought it would be good for them to work on them with adding 10’s.  When they know their addition facts for adding 10, most of them can quickly figure out one less for the plus 9 facts.  I created a math card game for them to practice.  It has cute ladybugs and butterflies.  They turn over a number card when they draw a matching addition problem.  The first person to have all their number cards face down wins the game!  This is a flash freebie – only available for 24 hours!  Click on the picture to go to the download link.  (expired) It will be available to purchase in my TPT store.  I hope this is something you can use in your classroom!

A Winner & A New Blog Design

Congratulations to Janine Fernandez who won the giveaway for a Starbucks card and Scholastic DVD’s!  I’m considering hosting a giveaway when I reach 200 followers on my blog.  Right now, it seems like too much work 🙂 but hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be ready to tackle another project!

Spring break is going by way too fast!  Slow down!  It’s giving me a taste of what summer will be like and I can’t wait! 🙂  In the spirit of spring, here is a cute pin I found on pinterest.  I love the popsicle sticks!  I might even try this on clothespins.  I also found a blog post that says some washi tapes are transparent and you can use them on your calendar (or in your teacher binder!) to color code and write on — like the hilighting tape.  Interesting!  Have any of you ever used washi tape?  I’m thinking I might need to go get some!


The monthly winners are chosen!

As a thank you to my followers, I am having monthly drawings for a free item from my TPT store!  If you are a follower you are automatically in the contest.  Easy-peasy!   I use a random number generator to choose a follower number.  The winners for this month are…..

* teech62
* karlaheleotes – Kinder Karla

I’ve sent you an email with a link to my TPT store.  You have until the end of the month to choose your free item.  Congratulations!

Don’t forget to enter my other giveaway!  You have 2 more days to enter to win a Starbucks card and Scholastic DVD’s. Click here to enter the contest.

 Have you heard of educents?  It is a new site that is going live tomorrow.  It will offer daily discounted deals – sounds like a groupon for teachers.  The best part is that if you sign up today you still can get a $10 gift card to use at their new site!  I signed up and was emailed my gift card code right away.   Click here to sign up for your account.