Saturday, May 26, 2012

There Are Still Helpful People Out There And A New WInner

What a week it has been! We have been out of school for almost two weeks and I have done nothing. It is time for me to get on the ball and get all those house and school projects started and completed.

Sometime don't you wonder if there are still helpful people that would still assist a stranger in a pickle? Well I experienced not one but two wonderful, helpful people this week. First, I was coming home from a friends house and got a flat tire. I quickly turned into the first gas station I could find and called my husband. He was no where to be found!! Luckily I remembered I have Triple A so I called them,"It will be about an hour." They said. In the mean time this nice man tapped on my window and offered to change my tire for me. All dressed up and everything!! Second, As I was pressure washing our deck I ran out of gas. I loaded up the gas cans and headed to the gas station. Well, let me tell you about gas containers today, they are ADULT and CHILD PROOF!!  I was trying my hardest to get the darn things open- thinking I am a teacher I know how to figure things out, surly it can't be this difficult? Another very nice man hollered from a distance, "Looks like you could use some help." I gladly took him up on his offer. He showed me how to open, re-close, and pour from this gas container. So I just want to say a huge Thank-You to all the helpful people out there who are not afraid to help a stranger in need!!!

Now on to the new winner. The original  winner never contacted me so I drew again. The new winner is .....
Kelly B AKA Queen Bee!! Please email me with your e-mail address and I will get you your TPT gift certificate to you.
 Everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

And The Winner Is.....

Thanks to everyone who entered our 100 follower giveaway. It was so exciting watching the followers number go up!!  The winner of the $25.00 TPT gift certificate is...

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Anyway #3 is Stephanie Moorman-- please contact me with your e-mail address so I can send you your gift certificate.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Working on 100 Followers Giveaway!!

It's getting close, we almost have 100 followers!!  To celebrate, we are giving a $25.00 dollar gift certificate to one lucky follower. Once we have 100 followers we will randomly draw a name and send you your prize. In order to be eligible you have to leave one  comment saying you follow our blog and TPT store.


Friday, May 18, 2012

And The Fun Begins!!!

Welcome summer break! Our students last day was Wednesday and teachers last day was yesterday. It has been a very long time since we have been out of school this early. I owe it all to NO SNOW DAYS!! We do not go back for almost 3 weeks, what will I do with all that time? 

It was a very trying year and as much as I love my students, I am very glad to see it come to an end. With a few weeks of rejuvenation I will be ready to start thinking about next year. I am hoping to create lots of activities and freebies to share over the summer.

I won a Smart Board on closing day! I never win anything so I was so excited. Where is the best place to find resources? 

I hope everyone has a great end to their year and a safe and restful summer break. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

A Wonderful Mother's Day And A New Unit

I hope all mothers had a wonderful and relaxing day yesterday, I sure did. It was nice to have the family over  for a very low key meal and great conversation. 

With 3 days of school left, we have a short amount of time to review our skills learned this year. I put together this pirate unit to end our study of the ocean. I think this has been the unit that we have had the most fun with. Maybe because its the end of the year and I have the beach on my mind. :)  If you are interested click the picture below for a look at the preview. I will send the first 2 people that comment on this post the unit for free.

Enjoy your week!



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

6 More Days and an Ocean Freebie!

It's  hard to believe that this school year has come to an end. In 6 days my little darlings will be 2nd graders! It has been a fun and exciting year and as the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end."

 To end our year we have been studying the ocean/beach. One of our favorite books has been Big Al and Shrimpy. Here is  some activities we did with this story. First we went over some vocabulary words from the story. Next we read the story, and then we played a game called Line Them Up. Here are the directions for the game:  Review the vocabulary and read the story so it is stale text. The next day- give each child a copy of the vocabulary cards ( you can pair students to reduce copying). Tell the children that you are going to read the story again,when they hear a vocabulary they will line the words up in the order that they hear them. After you have read the story and the vocabulary cards are lined up, call on a child to read the order of his/her words.  Here are some variations: call out the definitions and use in a sentence,but leave the word out. My kids love this game.  I have also included a beginning, middle, end, and problem solution graphic organizer. Click on one of the images below to get your copy.


Wow, This Is Exciting!

Wow, what an exciting e-mail!! I opened up to find out that we have been nominated for the 2012 Most Fascinating Blog, voting starts May 14th. You can vote for us by clicking the "Vote For Me" button on my sidebar.  Congratulations to all the outstanding blogs out their for their nomination!! 


Friday, May 4, 2012

Thank You TEACHERS!!!!

We are sure you have all heard about the Teacher Appreciation Sale that TPT is having. As a way to say thank you to all of you who have shared ideas, activities, resources etc.. We are joining this event with 20% off our products.Click on the sale banner to check us out.

On another note we have been studying the ocean using Common Core Standard 1.RL.6 Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.  One of our activities was riddles- I wrote riddles in first and third person, the students had to identify the ocean creature and tell me what person was telling the riddle. They had a ball with this simple activity. Here are the riddles that I made if you would like to use them. Click the picture below.