Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fairy Tale Ball

VaLeNtInE's DaY is my favorite celebration of the school year- what a great time for a Fairy Tale Ball!!

Where is Cinderella when you need her?
Getting ready for the ball..
At the end of Halloween, I send out an email letting parents know of our upcoming Fairy Tale Ball- then they can look for sales at the end of the month of October in the Halloween departments.


Before the ball there is always lots of work!
Students used tissue paper to make their Valentine bags.




How can you have a Fairy Tale Ball without a magic wand? But, because it was Valentine's Day... It needed to be a heart wand....
I baked up some delicious tasting wands!




Two days before the ball, we worked on our Valentine Castle Scrapbook.... Gray for boys and




pretty in pink for girls!
The day before the Fairy Tale Ball, students delivered their Valentines!
Then we added them to our Valentine Scrapbook!!! 

(Link for Scrapbook is at the end of this post!)













Gann is showing his excellent 
"stitching" around the castle.





When the ball began, we had all the parents seated and then I announced their arrival!






I had a photo booth background in 
place to capture the moment! 







































We practiced how to dance and change partners before the ball, so everything went smoothly. After they danced with each other, they danced with their parents. It was sooooo stinking cute!!





We enjoyed snacks and shared our Valentine castle book with our parents.
I got these cute heart glasses at The Dollar Tree.







They said this was the best day ever and 
wanted to know when we could do it again!



To purchase our 
Valentine Castle Scrapbook 
patterns and pages, click on the picture below.












Saturday, January 31, 2015

It's Game Time!

Time for
SALE!
a 20% OFF, 
EVERYTHING MUST GO,
 SUPER BOWL 
SALE!


It's a great time to pick up resources like these
for President's Day and Valentine's Day:
(Just click on the pic)

Abe Lincoln Writing Project



George Washington Writing Project for Elementary Students



Puppy Love Glyph with Valentine Scrapbook



Valentine Heart Glyph
   


Whoo Do You Love? A Valentine Scrapbook

And don't forget that Read Across America
is just around the corner!

Elephant Glyph for Read Across America



Fish Glyph



Cat Glyph

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!