Saturday, January 10, 2015

We Want SNOW!!

It's FREEZING COLD here in Alabama, so much so that we even had a delayed start on Thursday morning, but NO snow yet! Now I know our neighbors to the north get a little tired of the white stuff before winter is over but for this southern girl it is still very exciting! AND Snow Days are the BEST! If we are lucky we might get one or two a year.

Soooo, we do our best bring on the snow by spending a week or two immersing ourselves in snowmen stories, writing, math, and art! Last year I bought Listening Sets for Snowmen at Night, Snowmen at Work, and Snowmen All Year. The firsties adore these books. TpT has tons of activities to go with them.

We graphed how many students had actually made a snowman. (Thanks to a good snow last year, most of them had schema for this!) For about six years we didn't have any snow at all and we actually had kindergarteners and first graders who had never seen it. It was tough for them to "get it"! Made me feel sorry for the Florida teachers.

After reading Snowmen at Night we charted the activities that the Snowmen liked to do in the book. Then the students completed a writing activity in Literacy Stations that said, "My snowman likes to _________________ at night."

One of our favorite Snow activities is making the Snowmen at Night Glyphs. They always turn out unique and adorable!
Here's a pic of my bulletin board.

There's a couple of things I love about this display! The snowman on the far left at the bottom is crying and sad. Kailey said she made her that way because the sun was out and she was about to melt! I also love the ones that are doing the splits!! Then there is the one in the middle! Finlee made her legs super short because she wanted a Snow Baby (and she thought it would be cute to have her hold the heart!!)

Click on the pic below to preview and purchase our
 Snowmen at Night Glyph
on TpT.

Snowmen at Night Glyph with Writing Options

Another easy and fun art project for "Snow Week" is Snow Globe Pointillism. Found this one on Pinterest. All you need is blue and black construction paper, acryllic paint, and q-tips. Students use dots to make their picture. To give it extra sparkle, spray with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and sprinkle with Twinkle Snow!!

Before we made the Snow Globe art I showed my students this darling video by Pixar Studios on You Tube. 
It's called Knick Knack.

Like all you smart teachers, I hit up the after Christmas sales to stock up for my students for next year. I already have my stockings, Santa hats, and giant Christmas coloring books for next year's class (half price of course!!!) This year I happened upon these cute Snowman Cookie Kits that I'm going to make for a treat to wrap up our snowmen activities. They were marked WAY down after Christmas. SCORE!!

Here's hoping all our snow activities bring a few flakes to our neck of the woods ya'll! Stay warm!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday (And Tuesday!) Sale!

Time to click on that wishlist!
These will be the lowest TpT prices of the year!
Almost all TpT sellers will have their products on sale.

It's time for Gingerbread!
In first grade, we LOVE making Text to Text connections between
all the different versions of the Gingerbread Man stories.

We'll start tomorrow by reading the traditional version of the Gingerbread Man and then (this is the best part!!!) having a little taste. We'll have to graph, of course! I use the Little Debbie Gingerbread Cookies for this! This is our graph from last year.

Then in the afternoon, we'll make this little 
Gingerbread Glyph!
Click on the pic below to link to our TpT store for the glyph.

He's actually not little at ALL! You can always shrink the
pattern on your copier if your display area is small, though.
The kiddos LOVE how big he is!

This is how I usually display the Gingerbread Boys and Girls!
The firsties adore our gingerbread house, and it makes
an awesome backdrop for holiday pics!

These make me happy!
Can you smell the gingerbread?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Scarecrow Fun

We had the best time during our scarecrow unit!!

   We made our own scarecrow book. They named
    their scarecrow and wrote about what he liked and
    what he/she didn't like!

After we finished with our unit- we ended it with a Scarecrow Day. I read the book Barn Dance to start it off. We invited our parents for snacks and songs. We even did a little Square dancing!!!  All the kids dressed up as scarecrows! They were so stinkin' cute!!

   We munched on crow cookies, haystacks, and
    Scarecrow crunch!!!

The parents loved it!!


     We displayed the books in the hall. I had color copies made at Staples, on regular paper, to add to the display!!  
Much cheaper than printing 5x7's!!!

You can click on the pic below to go to our TpT store
and purchase the patterns for this Scarecrow cutie!
Happy Fall!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Classroom. Kindergarten 2014

This year I moved schools and am going back to kindergarten. It has been fabulous!!
Here are some pictures of my new room-which is still a work in progress!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Monkey Cupcake Love

We SURVIVED the first week of school!
That calls for a celebration, right???
Well, if you are in Mrs. Smith's Safari Class 
then you celebrate with...

It's a great time to practice following directions. 
I baked and iced the cupcakes the night before, 
and then each first grader assembled the 
monkey decorations themselves.

Here's all you'll need for these cute little guys:
Cake Mix (I used yellow)
Chocolate Icing
Vanilla Wafers (for face)
Mini Vanilla Wafers (for ears)
Eye Candy Decorations
Red Gel Icing (for mouth)
Black Gel Icing (for nose)

They were a HUGE hit with the students and 
fit perfectly with our Safari theme!

I also found these adorable monkey paper plates to serve 
them on at Dollar Tree 
(only a $1 for a dozen).

Have you seen our Lion Glyph?
Click on the pic below
to take a look.

Painted accent fruniture

       Adding painted pieces of furniture to your classroom and gives it a special touch!
        I found this bench at TJ Max!  Just added the black and red!! (And bows)

      I painted the tops of the cubbies!!

     I got this bench from Hobby Lobby and added swirls and polk-a-dots!!!

                                          This is the top of another set of cubbies!!

                             I had a black desk just begging to be painted!!!

     I found this old trunk and had to have it! I painted it black and added the alphabet and 
      Numbers. This is where we keep our rest mats!!!

                                               Classroom pictures coming soon!!!