Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from my family to yours!  I hope you all have a very fun, relaxing, and safe holiday break!  I will be taking a much needed blogging break for now but will be back to ring in the New Year with some teaching goodies so be sure to check back in January!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Moment of Silence and LOTS of Prayer!

Please take a moment today to say a prayer for those little ones and their families!  My heart goes out to all those families and the community!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa Sequencing and more Freebies

I love this time of year!  So many activities planned but I find it so hard to fit it all in this year!  Our last week is next week and I am still trying to fit it all in!!  I wanted to share a few activities I have been doing with my class this week.  There are also some freebies to help get you through your last days before the holiday break.
I have loved the book "Santa's Stuck" by Rhonda Gowler Greene and have seen some activities posted on Pinterest.  Cara at First Grade Parade has a cute one from last year.  Here's the one we did.  The students have been learning sequencing in their writing so they wrote about what happened in the story starting with First, Then, and Last.

CLICK HERE to grab a copy of this activity for your students.  The clip art is in my newest set available at my TpT store.

We also did an activity with Santa's New Suit by Laura Rader.

The students colored, cut, and assembled Santa.  Then they wrote about how they did it.

CLICK HERE to grab a copy of this activity for your students.

I'm having an end of the year sale at my TpT store Friday (Dec 14th), Saturday(Dec 15th), and Sunday (Dec 16th).  Click the link below.

  Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Grinch,Gingerbread Cowboy,and a Freebie!

It's been a busy couple of weeks!  I've been getting ready for the holidays by doing tons of shopping and just about the same amount of decorating!  I feel just as busy in my classroom!  One of the traditions I started last year came from an idea I found on Pinterest (SO ADDICTING!!).  It was posted at What the Teacher Wants.  My students love coming into the classroom to check their boxes for notes.  Each student has a box.  I got these boxes at Michaels.  As they finish their assignments they can get a small paper to write a nice note to someone in the class.  The idea is that since the Grinch's heart is 2 sizes too small, we will try to make his heart grow bigger by saying nice things about each other.  Each week we notice the Grinch's heart growing a little bigger.  They love it!!!

This week we finished up an activity I have in my Holiday Literacy Center Unit.  They love the Gingerbread Cowboy!  It is a favorite here in Southern Arizona!  After reading the story, the students came up with a different ending to the story.  Here's how a few turned out!

You can download the Gingerbread Cowboy activities and other literacy center games and activities by clicking the picture link below.

We also got started with the Christmas Math Centers!  Here is a fun game that they love!!  They are learning how to add 3 digits so they play this Gingerbread game for practice. 

You can download it by clicking the picture link below.

 If you are needing more Math center games you can check out my Holiday Math Centers.  Just click the picture links below.  The 3 digit Gingerbread math game is part of this larger unit. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!