Monday, November 17, 2014

Gobble Gobble!!

Hello Everyone!
I just wanted to send out a quick post tonight and show you how our little turkeys turned out!!  After reading a couple of the books I suggested last time, Turkey Trouble and Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, the kids had a blast brainstorming together all the things that we could eat on Thanksgiving instead of turkey.  After writing a little message from Turkey, they created their turkeys. I love how each one turned out a little different. 

Want the patterns?

So, from our little classroom to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!! 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Talkin' Turkey- Number Bonds and Craft Connection

Hello Everyone!
Brrrr! It's chilly here!!  I've got some yummy soup going and just took out my cranberry pumpkin bread.  It's beginning to smell a lot like Thanksgiving!  
The next few weeks will be crazy busy for me as my youngest graduates with two degrees from UTD.  Lots of company coming in, meals to prep, house to clean, announcements and pics to send out, and so much more!!  So this post is very quick. 
 I wanted to show you some fun stuff we were doing in math, what's coming up in math, and a cute little turkey my kids are going to love to make! 
 We have been working hard on composing and decomposing, beginning addition, etc. in math. We played a fun whole class game which helped the kids understand number relationships. It was called Turkey Trouble. I made a giant turkey and used 10 of my candy corn pieces from other games.  The kids took turns closing their eyes and one kiddo would hide some of the candy under the turkey (Turkeys love candy corn!) When the kids opened their eyes, they had to guess how many pieces the turkey got! Such a fun way to use concrete and pictoral clues for number sense.

  Next week I was going to go on  and teach the addition strategy of making a 10 and adding, but realized last week that we need more work on number bonds for 10. Sooooo...I had to create something quick to use as a class activity and something to put in math tubs for practice and automaticity.  This is what I came up with.

Then I wanted one more little turkey project for my kiddos to do.  There are so many great books out there about the troubles turkeys have this time of year. There are also so many hands on visuals out there. 

 I wanted to recreate my turkey from past years. Here's what I came up with! 

I think he turned out so cute!! I know the kids are going to love making him and putting their own personal touches on him!!

Hope these mini sharings are something you can maybe use as well!
And I hope you have a wonder-filled week!! I'll try to grab some pics of our week...making butter, Thanksgiving Retelling bracelet, and of course our feast!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day Unit- Thank You Veterans!

Hello Everyone!
A super quick post tonight.  I realized that I had not posted my Veterans day unit update.  I added a few things from last years unit. If you are still in need of a few extra things to do tomorrow as you celebrate and remember those who protect and serve, you can find the link at the bottom of this post.
Here are a few pics

THANK YOU to all the Veterans who gave and continue to give so selflessly. You have our hearts!!

Have a wonder-filled day tomorrow!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Legend of the Five Kernels of Corn

Hello Everyone!
I love this time of year.  I love learning about the trials and successes of the small group of Pilgrims who traveled so far and lived through tragic times...all for freedom. I love sharing with kids the differences in the wants and needs between our generations. I love learning and teaching about the different environments and settings. for many of our kids, the stories of the Pilgrims are just that...stories.  I often wonder if they realize that most of what we read about from that time period really happened. There is a legend out there that I came across many years ago, The Legend of the Five Corn Kernels.  It is said that the Pilgrims endured such hardship that there were times when all they had to eat were five kernels of corn each per day. When times got better, they continued to serve the five corn kernels on their plates to honor and remember those hard times.  Many families of original descent continue this practice.  From my research, there is no telling if this was in all actuality something that absolutely occurred, but it is still a wonderful tribute to the trials and remembrances of those people.  I want to introduce this visual to my students.  I put together a little unit to help describe the legend.

Here's to remembering and celebrating history.
I hope you have time to enjoy this little legend in the next couple of weeks.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thankful for the opportunity to share!

Hello Everyone!
This is a super quick post tonight.  I'm Taking my sweet mom out for her birthday!!  Happy birthday, Mom!!!  My mom and dad were my first teachers.  They taught all five of us kids the value of sharing what we have been blessed with.  They both gave the best of themselves every minute of every day. I'm dedicating this post to them tonight. I am simply sharing a couple of quick units. They will get me joyfully through the coming week with my kids.  One unit is focused on the Native Americans who welcomed the Pilgrims to America so long ago, sharing their knowledge of living in this land.  The other is a set of 5 addition math tub activities with a Thanksgiving feel.

I hope you can use parts of these to help your kids next week.  I appreciate the opportunity to share my love of teaching in a hands on way with you!!

Now off to celebrate the woman who raised me to have a heart for giving. 
Have a joy-filled week!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Splat the Cat Fun and a little November Composing and Decomposing

Hello Everyone!
PHEW! We made it through a very busy week! We have been studying objects in the night sky this week (among MANY other things!!!) and after reading a couple of Splat the Cat books, especially Good Night, Sleep Tight, we decided to make a sweet treat inspired by that cute kitty!! This idea is an embellishment on the Black Cat Oreos on the Party Pinchers site.  Thank you for the fun idea Party Pinchers!!! 
They turned out so cute! And they look like Splat!!

We celebrated our annual literature appreciation day with Starlight Reading (also went along with our study of night time sky!) and dressing as Splat!!! 

We are always up for fun!!

We are now gearing up for a big study on composing and decomposing numbers in math. It being November, I decided to create a little unit with a Thanksgiving feel. Here are some quick pics.

The unit contains 29 pages of whole group learning opportunities and math tub practice opportunities. 

Now, off to enjoy this beautiful day!!!  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by to take a peek at what we've been up to!! Questions? Comments? Concerns? Don't hesitate to let me know!! This blog and I are still a work in progress!! Stay tuned!!