Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday

It is has been a while since I have blogged with even summer almost at end. I have been extremely busy! I am working to expand my Learn With ME facebook community. Please join me on Facebook for updates too! Anyway, one way to get back in the swing is with Five for Friday from Doodlebugs Teaching

These pics are beginning stages of this year-I moved classrooms this week and starting setting up my new room. I am revamping quite a few things including classroom library and labels (Sometimes it's the little things that make a difference.) I'm ready for a little change.

I went shopping for some items and I have a few projects to create!

I learned from Megan's Tutorial at I Teach What's Your SuperPower how to create a watermark for my photos. I created it step by step as she was explaining. I had to pause, but it was a success.  I am super excited!

This pull has survived many moves and classroom. Barksdale Elementary is where I learned what teaching is ALL about. I learned from the best mentors! Proud to have been a Barksdale Buccaneer!

Date Day with my Love and our friends!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five for Friday

Another week of teaching fun! This week began with a Teacher Workday after a week of Spring Break! 

This is one the main reason I was happy for Teacher Workday on Monday! I was still in vacation mode. Relaxing and fun in Caribbean.

Reviewing for Time and Money is so much fun using Scoot!  We played Time Scoot on Tuesday! 

Telling Time Scoot

Happy that is wasn't a full moon this week, nor school the day after Easter (candy overload)!
 (taken on our cruise during Spring Break)

Wrapping up the school year, yes I am counting down this year! My teammate and I have also decided to take a twist with the last couple of days of school and have our educational, fun activities centered around an acrostic to
Summer safety, sunglasses, and shades
Under the sea-Ocean fun shells, birds, safety and summer sand"bucket" list ( I will link copy of th the freebie soon)
My games from home-board game fun with our kiddeos!
Minecraft fun with our kiddes
Eat-Make ice cream in a bag
Recess and Read

We are super excited!

Friday is Friday Night Lights at my house. My teammate and other friends all join at my house. Out kids play while we socialize and have fun! Tonight my daughter made guacamole! Yummy!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Teachers Are Heroes Sale at TpT

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a HUGE sale Wednesday and Thursday, February 25 and 26!  

I've recently added several new items in Math!  Be sure to check them out by clicking Math!

Here are some that I have been using lately!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veteran's Day

Do you use national events, holidays, and celebrations as teaching tools?

Tomorrow is November 11-Veteran's Day. Each year I use Veteran's Day as teachable moment. During this time of the year we focus on traditions and customs. Therefore, we discuss Veteran's Day during this time. This year my plan is to watch the video, Holiday Facts and Fun: Veteran's Day. This short video discusses the Responsibilities  of America's Armed Forces, the holiday's history, and how people observe Veteran's Day. I will also have students create Thank You posters, (I will display these on my next post.) use the word search and math practice from Kathy Law at First Grade a la Carte, and a Veteran's Day poem that I found at here. Of course, I found many fun activities on Pinterest, This is my favorite board.

Here are some posters created by the students:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Five for Friday-Linky Party July11, 2014

Another wonderful week of summer fun!  I love sitting in my sunroom, enjoying my Blueberry Clusters cereal, feeling the breeze from the fan, and reflecting on my week through blogging!

Family time is so fun. On Sunday, the weather was nice-not too hot or humid (and that is rare in the Charleston area in July). However, we took advantage of the weather and went downtown. Charleston has so much history. We went on our third zillion (is that a word?) carriage ride, visited the Provost Dungeon, and had our own walking tour. I should have used my new app MapMyWalk to see exactly how much we walked. Our boys even walked (most of the time). Daddy and sissy carried them only a small amount of time. 

We moved from Georgia to South Carolina My middle child loves sports. He loves the Georgia Bulldogs, and we love hearing him cheer, "GOOOOO DAWGS!" Well when we moved to Charleston we didn't realize their minor league team was the Riverdogs. It is so ironic. He can still cheer for dogs and shout, "Let's Go Dogs!" with the crowd. Love our family fun!

 My boys earned their Summer Reading Rewards! (My daughter has too, but she only realized this week that there were awards for her age group. She signed up this week and will definitely receive her prizes next week. She reads continuously-novels-thick novels.)

 Healthy eating is part of my family's lifestyle. This week I tried a grilled eggplant recipe from Pinterest and it was yummy! I also bought a bike (I have not got on a bike in probably 20+ years, but I got on and have been riding like a charm.) I use the app MapMy Ride and each night my hubby and I have ridden about 5-10 miles.  I love this beach cruiser. It does make you actually "workout" because I have to pedal the entire time, but its fun. It doesn't seem like a workout or exercise at all and that is what I like!

 I talked to my sister many times on the phone this week and my kids Facetime with her and their cousins often. They are definitely what I miss most about moving from Georgia. She and I have never been this far apart in our lives. She is my best friend-love that girl! (And she is coming to visit me in a couple of weeks, and then I'm going "home" too to visit.)

(Yes, I know soon I will have to begin placing my thoughts toward school and the end of summer break. Next week, I will feature some prep for next year.)

Don't forget to head on over to Doodlebugs Teaching and tell us about your fabulous five!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Critical Thinking-Throwback Thursday

At the end of the school year, all the teachers at my school had to pack their classroom because the school is being reorganized. Our community is growing and portables are being added for next school year. Therefore, we are all anxiously awaiting late July to get back into our classrooms. I have been critically thinking of my new classroom arrangement and getting ready for the new school year. Therefore, I thought this post from August 1, 2013 was fitting for Thursday's Throwback post. 

Common Core is all about evidence (just at Bloom's Taxonomy and Marzano). In my classroom, you will hear me say--
"Show me"
"How do you know"
"Why do you think so"

Here are some cool websites that can spark critical thinking:

Wonderopolis provides a wonder each day. Students can write, debate, discuss.....the possibilities are endless

Writing Prompts at Tumblr has a new writing prompt each day. There are even Common Core standards on the prompts. Again, the possibilities are endless.

Be sure to check out my Critical Thinking board on Pinterest.

I created Question Stems

Click the picture to grab your Freebie!

If you haven't check out Educator's Guide to Quick Critical Thinking List, I recommend taking a quick peek.

Don't forget to refer to the Depth of Knowledge Wheel

Happy Questioning!

Be sure to join in the fun over at Hope at Second Grade Shenanigans