Five for Friday...Check out our Talent!

TGIF!  Now, I know many of you are saying thank God it's Summer, but we aren't there quite yet.  One more week.  I think I can!  I think I can!  Some good news though is that I have today off, so we have a 4 day weekend.  Too bad it's kind of cold outside :(  I'm linking up for Five for Friday today.
1. I have to share this video of our school talent show.  This is one of my favorite days every year!  I LOVE seeing our students perform their talents.  Too cute!  The teachers always do some type of "act" every year.  This year was TOO much fun!
{I'm the one on the left side in the hot pink shorts and blue shirt...doing the handstand later on.}

I love my coworkers!  As we say, we work hard and then play hard.
2.  Today I will be enjoying my day off, but also filling my day with cleaning, laundry, and prepping for my almost 6 year old's birthday party.  {Shed a tear...I can't believe she's almost 6!!}
3. They are renovating our school this summer.  Most of the school has moveable walls, so they are putting in real walls and doors.  My room is in a "new" part, so I have walls, but no door.  The only renovation for me will be new carpet.  It will be nice, but it also means we have to pack up EVERYTHING :(
I do have a lot of storage space, so most of it can be put away in my own classroom.  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that they get it done quickly and we aren't setting up our classrooms the night before school starts. 
4.  The last two weeks of school can be chaotic anyways, but you add packing up your classroom to it, and it has the potential to be out of control.  These packets have definitely helped.

5.  I think I've procrastinated long enough.  I have a date with these guys.
Have a GREAT weekend!


End of the Year Gift Idea

I know many of you will be finishing up this week.  We still have one more week.  The end is near.  Even though I am definitely ready for summer, it is always bittersweet to end another school year.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at Dollar Tree picking up some things for our Mother's Day celebration.  I came across the pinwheels.  I have purchased these in the past and used them for reading.
This time I wanted to do something different with the pinwheels.  I decided to buy one for each of my students.  I wrote each child's name on one of the petals.  Then on the remaining petals, I wrote character traits of that child.

I plan on putting these in the ground by the sidewalk outside of our door on the last day of school.  Then students will be able to take them home at the end of the day.  I think they'll love reading about each other.  It's a fun, feel good gift for your students.


Indiana Bloggers Blog Hop FREEBIE

When people hear Indiana, one of the first things they usually think of is racing and the Indianapolis 500.  This famous race always takes place during Memorial Day weekend.  I have to be honest with you.  I don't like racing!  I may be banned from the state, but it has just never interested me.  I've been to the Indy 500, but it still didn't do much for me.  However, I'm more than happy to participate in this fun Indiana Bloggers "racing themed" blog hop.
So, "Ladies and Gentlemen. Start your engines" and lets get moving through some great freebies!
I created this fun freebie to use last week with my kiddos and they LOVED it!
 I printed off two copies of the sight words and spread them out across the carpet in two rows.  Students were grouped into two teams.  They took turns racing through their sight words.

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They had so much fun racing each other that I don't think they had any idea that they were practicing their sight words.

You can download this freebie by clicking on the cover page above or by going to my TpT store HERE.
Now it's time to continue on through the Blog Hop.  You may have come from Twenty Something Teacher Tales.  If not, you can go back and visit her.
If you are continuing through the blog hop, your next stop is my good friend Rebecca!
Thanks for stopping by for our Indiana Bloggers Blog Hop!

Summer Activity Calendar

Can you feel summer?  It is getting so close.  Even though it's hard to imagine on days where it's 34 degrees in the morning.  Yuck!  I need some warm weather.
Even though it may not feel warm yet, I know summer is coming because my firsties are seriously getting some summer fever. 
To keep my student's brains engaged over the summer, I will be sending home this calendar of activities.

Just click on the picture above to download it from TpT.  I have included a dated calendar as well as a calendar without dates.
So, can you feel summer yet? 


Mother's Day Celebration

Today I had a Mother's Day Celebration in my classroom.  It's the first time I've ever done this and it was great!  This will definitely be a new tradition in my classroom every year. 
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Throughout the week, we worked on some things for our mothers.
First, we completed this Mother's Day Booklet. {Click on the picture for the free download.}
We also completed some activities from Cara's packet.
It was amazing how hard they worked on these!  All to impress their mothers :)
We also made these vases with our fingerprints. {I found this idea on Instragram from Fabulous in First.} I just bought the vases from Dollar Tree and we used acrylic paint.
I purchased two dozen roses this morning so I could put a rose in each of the vases. 

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We also practiced poems all week to read. {Click on the picure below to download the poems that we used.}
When the mothers came into our room, they were able to get a snack and a drink with their child.  Then I gave each child a "Mom, Let's Talk" bag.
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Each bag contained questions that mothers and their child could discuss with each other.  It was so amazing to listen to the conversations my students were having with their mothers.  They had the biggest smiles on their faces listening to their mom tell them stories.  Too sweet!
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{Click on the picture below to download the questions.}
After the students had conversations with their mothers and gave them their folders, it was time to read our poems. 
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To wrap up our celebration, I made a slide show with each child's picture and a quote.  I had asked each student to tell me the best thing about their mom. 
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It was such a wonderful morning!

How I Teach Science {Be a Fly on My Wall}

One of the biggest questions for any classroom teacher is "How do you have time to teach Science and/or Social Studies?"  The answer is: "Integrate, integrate, integrate!"
The past two weeks we have been learning about Space.  It worked out perfectly because space was our weekly theme in our reading series so we were already reading fiction and nonfiction books about space.
We also used my space themed fluency passages from my April Packet.
Our writing this week was themed around space as well.  We wrote narratives about a trip to the moon.  We also did some informative writing about the sun.  {I forgot to take pictures.}
Our stations were space themed as well.
The students work on stations everyday while I work with small groups.  Last week, I was pulling individual students for end of the year testing.  Unfortunately, that will be the routine for basically the remainder of the school year. 
In our spare time through the week, we completed many of the activities in my Space Unit.
We made silly sentences to learn the order of the planets.
 We read about the sun, the moon, and the planets.
 We learned all about moon phases.
 We made constellations out of marshmallows and toothpicks, then we wrote about them.
Do I have time to do all of these extra things for science each week?  Unfortunately, no :(  But, I try to integrate it as much as possible and include the fun activities as often as I can. 
How do you teach science in your classroom?



Hello May!

It's May!!! I have to say, I love May!  The weather is finally getting warmer, school is wrapping up {bittersweet}, the grass is green and the flowers are beautiful, and my daughter's birthday is in May {again, bittersweet.}
Here are some of the things we are doing this month.

Now, the real question will be, can we fit it all in along with all of the end of year testing? 

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