Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Favorite Things

The wonderful Jodi at Fun in First Grade started a Favorite Things Linky party and I've been wanting to post my favorites all week. Finally, I have "me time" to do it!!!

1. Starbuck's Breakfast Blend Coffee = LOVE! Seriously, I can't function in the morning without it!

2. Reality TV! It's my guilty very favorite are the New Jersey Housewives:) I'm also a huge fan of the other housewives, Jerseylicious, Jersey Shore, Wife Swap, etc.

3. Dansko clogs- These shoes are soooooo comfortable! I don't know what my little teacher feet would do without them:) If you are on your feet all day, they are a must!!!They come in a variety of cute styles and patterns! I like the black because they go with anything:)

3. Moroccan Oil hairspray- Not only does this hairspray hold your "style" without weighing your hair down, but it also gives a nice shine and smells sooooooo good!

4. Haribo Gummy Bears- YUM! The Best Gummy Bears. EVER.

5. Weight Watchers - I joined back in July and have lost 33 lbs! I'm only 4 lbs away from reaching my goal and becoming a lifetime member, which means I'll no longer have a monthly fee...yay! Good-bye baby weight:)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rounding and Money Practice

We've been reviewing previously taught skills in math this week. Yesterday, we worked on rounding to the nearest ten. Here's a game I call "Drop and Round" that my students LOVE! All you need are counters, 100 charts, marker boards & markers! Students drop a counter ( I like to use the small clear counters shown in the picture) on the 100's chart. On one side of the marker board, they write the number their counter landed on. Then they write the nearest ten on the opposite side of the board. You can pair your kiddos up or let them play independently. This week, I let my students play this independently while I walked around the room to observe/take notes. It was a nice formative assessment!
Here are a few pictures.....

Below is the recording sheet that was used to play these games. Very easy- have your students fold a piece of white paper into each box they write a number and it's nearest ten (they wrote the nearest ten in colored pencil to make it stand out).

Today, we practiced counting money and making fair trades. We played two different games - "Money Drop" and "4 ways". They are very similiar to one another.

Money Drop- Students drop a counter on a 100's chart and turn it into an amount of money. For example, John's counter dropped on 66 so he would use 66 cents. Once they have their number, they show it in four different ways on their Fair Trades Board (a large piece of laminated construction paper divided into four sections.

Four Ways- I give each student a coin combination card. They count the coins and write the amount on their board. Then they show that amount in four different ways on their Fair Trades Board.

Lastly, I want to share something with you that has nothing to do with money or rounding...ha :P! I'm almost done with my "book basket project". I had a few AWESOME classroom volunteers help me sort my books last week. I found the baskets at the $tree....All I have left is a w.h.o.l.e lot of labeling....thank goodness, I love labels:) Anyhoo, I'm so excited about this and had to share:) Can't wait to show you the finished product next week!!!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Thanks so much for visiting! I'm so close to my goal of 50 followers this week! 15 more and I'm there....Please share my blog with your friends! THANKS:)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bartholomew and the Oobleck!

This is one of my FAVORITE Dr. Seuss books to read to my first graders. It's about a young boy named Bartholomew who must rescue his kingdom from a sticky substance called Oobleck! After reading the story with my kiddos, we make Oobleck. Here is the easy recipe- 2 cups of cornstarch, 3 drops of green food coloring, and enough water to make the mixture thick like the texture of pancake batter. I usually mix equal amounts of water and cornstarch, but make sure you mix it in slowly. Once the Oobleck is made, I give each child their own sandwich bag full of Oobleck and let them explore it, which is oh so much fun. Every year, Oobleck is a BIG HIT! Knowing that Dr. Seuss would want us to have fun on his birthday, it's the perfect activity!!!

Some fun things we do with the crazy green stuff are...
  • Discuss how Oobleck is a solid and a liquid- we call this a "soliquid" :)

  • Oobleck does not bounce.
  • If you make an Oobleck ball and throw it in the air, it will lose it's shape and become flat in the air.
  • Oobleck can be molded in a container, but it loses it's shape as soon as you take it out.

  • If you fill a balloon with Oobleck, the air forces the Oobleck back out.

  • When you leave Oobleck outside in the sun, the color evaporates, it turns hard like cement on top and is like jelly on the bottom.

I also made a graohic organizer for my sweeties to illustrate, write describing words, and a sentence about Oobleck. Click on the picture below if you would like to download it.

I'm SO excited about reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck on Tuesday!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

This weekend had been quite busy with a wild toddler, lesson plans, and a bunch of grad school work, which means that my Spring/Easter center packet was put on the backburner for a bit...can you relate? I will get it posted later this week:) If you need centers for St. Patrick's Day, you can go grab my St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy center packet on TpT HERE for only $5.00 right now!

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