Spring Cleaning SALE

Hello, my friends! I am a little late to the party, but I decided to put my entire TpT store on sale today! Let's celebrate the last day of March, Easter and Spring Break with a little 20% off sale! I hope you are able to clean out some of those items on your wishlists. 

Click the picture below to take you to my TpT store.
                              

 Here are some items you might want to pick up for the Spring:


Get ready for Earth Day with this adorable Recycling Frog Glyph and writing activity.


Welcome Spring into your classroom with these cute umbrella glyphs too- Spring Is In the Air!

Happy Spring, Easter and Spring Break! Enjoy!




Five for Friday Spring Break Randomness

I have LOVED having this week off from work. I had planned on catching up and creating some new items for my classroom,  but MOMMY CAMP was in full effect this week. I have spent a ton of time with my 2 boys and have been loving each minute. I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share my week of random activities outside of the classroom.
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1. First, I have been a baking queen. I love to bake but just can't find the time to always do it. We were invited to our friend's home for a beautiful Seder to celebrate Passover with them. I was in charge of dessert, which I love making. So I decided to make FOUR different kinds of matzah roca. What is that you ask? It is a high caloric amount of deliciousness. It is matzah, butter, brown sugar and toppings of your choice.After it cools in the freezer, you break it up into bite size pieces. I made sea salt, peanut butter, Heath bar and marble with white chocolate. All were a hit!

2. I was able to get my car washed this week! This may not sound like anything exciting to many of you, but it is a big deal for me. My car gets trashed with all the baseball gear and dust and dirt from the field. So, I was thrilled to get it cleaned, even if it only stays that way for a brief moment in time. My son made these while we waited for the car.

3. Last night, I had a Girls Night Out with all the moms on my son's baseball team. We went for massages and then for drinks and dinner. OH MY! What a fun night! We were all thrilled with the idea of getting out of the house and relaxing. We have already booked our date for next month! Love these ladies!

4. I took the boys to see two movies this week. We had to catch up on time lost. We saw Oz and the Croods. We had to see the Croods in 3D. I am not a fan of 3D movies at all. The glasses never fit and are heavy. The kids take them on and off. Just a mess. However, the movie was cute and the kids had a great time. Mission accomplished!

5. Spring cleaning occurred in my kids' rooms. It was awful and long overdue. When you can't dust and vacuum because there is too much "stuff" all over the place, you know it is time to purge! My youngest loves to keep everything. From the Happy Meal toy from 2 years ago to the picture he drew at school in his free time, it all means A LOT to him. It was an all day process, but we cleaned house and now I can see the floor of his room and the tops of his dresser and bookshelf!!! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend! I promise my post next week will be more school related!



Getting Ready for Earth Day and Giveaways

A quick post for today, my friends.
I can't believe it... SPRING BREAK has finally arrived!!! I LOVE waking up on my own in the morning instead of the sound of an alarm going off in my head! Even if I still wake up early, it is SO much better to do it on my own. 
I have decided to spend some of my vacation updating items in my store that I posted when I was just opening my TpT store and starting my little blog. I have learned so much since then and a few products definitely need an overhaul. The first product that has been revamped is my Recycling Frog Glyph. It is perfect for Earth Day activities. I have added some new graphics and a writing component to the packet. If you have already purchased this item, please make sure to download the new version.

We will be making these little guys when we get back from Spring Break. The kids are going to write about how they recycle at home too. 

Many of my blogging friends are having giveaways right now that are AMAZING!
My friend Kate at EduKate and Inspire is celebrating 400 followers. She has tons of great prizes and sweet bloggers helping her out. Hop on over and take a look!

Kyp at Mrs. McClaren's Little Super Heros is celebrating 100 followers with a giveaway too! Stop by and show her the love.
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Hope you are all enjoying your week!




Space Shuttle Endeavour Field Trip

Yesterday was a big day for my sweet little second graders! We took our one field trip of the year to the California Science Center to see the space shuttle Endeavour!!! They were so excited and in awe of the experience. Once we arrived at the Science Center we had to wait a bit for our assigned time to go in. As we were waiting my kids saw this:
They wanted to know how many gold balls were hanging from the ceiling. So they started ESTIMATING in groups of 10 to try and figure it out. How cute is that?

Once we got into the museum, the kids saw a short video of how the Endeavour was delivered to the museum through the streets of Los Angeles. An amazing feat in itself, I must say! The kids also got to experience what Mission Control looked like.

And then... the big moment arrived when we walked into the hanger to see this incredible sight!

I'm not sure if the kids REALLY understood how amazing it was to see this enormous object that had traveled into space so many times. It is massive! It was crazy to see each individual hand crafted heat tile, up close and personal!  They were surprised that there was only a little hatch to get in and out of the shuttle. They were expecting a door to open like in a regular airplane. They were also surprised how beat up and mangled it looked. It wasn't all "pretty and shiny" as they put it. All in all, the kids loved it! They were completely wiped out by the end of the day. The bus ride home was very quiet compared to the way there! 

If you are in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend this experience. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity!


Math About Me FREEBIE

This is a week where things canNOT get any busier! I just got back from my school's Open House tonight. It went super well! Almost all my kiddos came with their parents so they could show off all that they have been learning. I wanted to share a project I had my kids do (with some help from their parents) for our big event. I call it Math About Me. Each child gets a foam poster board and finds pictures about himself or herself. They decorate their boards with pictures and items that represent them.Then they write captions using numbers in their life. For example, one child took a picture with all 57 books they had in their bedroom. Another child smiled in a picture to show all 8 teeth they had lost. The kids get very creative with the things they can show with numbers. Here are a couple samples of posters my kids turned in yesterday.

 This student showed the number of letters in his name, the time he gets on the bus, his age, the number of people in his family, how many books he has, his house number, how tall he is in inches and much more.
This student used numbers to show his birthday, the number of people in his family, his age, his grade and the number of Legos he has at home.


I was really proud of how well the kids were excited and engaged in this project. The parents and kids loved looking at all the posters at Open House and learning more about one another. If you would like the project directions and letter I sent home to the parents just click HERE for your FREEBIE copy.

I make sure to tell the kids that the questions are just suggestions of ideas they can use. They don't have to answer ALL of the questions. They can create their own questions and they need to make it meaningful to them. I hope you guys have fun with this project and I can't wait to see what your kids create!



Fabulous Five for Friday!

Yay!! It's FINALLY Friday! Thank goodness this week of craziness is coming to an end! I am so happy to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another fabulous Friday linky.
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Here is my week of randomness....

1. We brought some Lucky Charms into our class to entice all the leprechauns out there. Just kidding, we used them to practice our graphing skills of course. I love doing this every year and so do the kids.

2. We started our study of plants this week and read an informational text about plant parts. So, I decided to adapt some of Linda Kamp's plant unit to work for my kiddos. We made a version of her plant book. The back side has information about the different plant parts and how they help the plant grow.

3. We started place value this week in math. Everyone made a place value flip book to show knowledge of number words, expanded form and standard form of a number. Click HERE to take you to my blog post where you can grab your FREE template to use with your students too.


4. I had this deliciousness for dinner tonight with my boys. We went out to eat while dad was out at a baseball poker fundraiser. I think we lucked out! The pizza was amazing!
                                  

5. Now, I just have to do a little momma bragging. Bear with me.... my oldest son hit the season's first over the wall home run in his little league baseball game Monday night!!!! We are all so excited for him! 

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to head on over and link up with your fabulous week of randomness too! I can't wait to read what you have all been up to!






What's the Value? FREEBIE

I am not sure about all of you, but this has been the LONGEST week ever. We changed our clocks for daylight savings this past weekend and it has completely thrown me in a tizzy! I don't know if I am coming or going. YUCK! I wake up and it is pitch black. I question what day of the week it is. I realize I am a day ahead in my mind (not cool). Then I lose track of time in the evening. Seven o'clock rolls around and I finally realize I haven't even fed my kids. What is this? Anyway, Friday is upon us and maybe I can get my act together!

This week we started a new unit in math on place value. This is a concept that most of my kiddos grasped pretty quickly. I wanted to assess my kiddos understanding of standard form, expanded form and number words with a quick and fun assessment. They created place value flip books.

Everyone chose a number between 199 and 999. They wrote the number word, its expanded form and standard form in each of the labeled sections.



During the week, I also had them practice the same concepts on this worksheet for our focus wall. They also had to draw their number using hundreds flats, tens sticks and ones cubes. 



I love that both these activities are quick, easy assessments that only take a few minutes to complete, but give a large value of data and understanding of the concepts being taught. If you would like a copy of the flip book template and/or the place value assessment worksheet you can download them for FREE by clicking on the pictures.

I hope you can use these in your classroom. If you download them, I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of them. Thanks so much everyone! 









Spring Is In the Air!

I can't believe Spring is here! In less than 2 weeks I will be on Spring Break!! Can I get a H-O-L-L-A??? However, in order for me to get to my vacation, I first have to get ready for Open House, which is only ONE week away! We just finished report cards and now...Open House! Gotta love it! So, in getting my room ready for the BIG evening, my kids just finished their Spring Umbrella Glyphs. We are currently working on the writing that goes along with them, but I wanted to show you our work in progress.
Each child answered their glyph questions on their individual white board (saves paper and copying). Then they were given a specific number of shapes based on how they answered each question about what they liked about spring.

Here is our glyph key and data charts about how our class answered the spring glyph questions. They are posted next to our glyphs.

I used some tissue paper and cut out a few raindrops to create the "scene" for all our umbrella glyphs. Today  I gave the kids a choice between two topics they could write to accompany their glyphs. Some students chose to write a persuasive letter to our principal to close school if there was a wild thunderstorm,while other students pretended to be an umbrella and write about their adventures on a rainy day. I like giving the kids a choice of writing when possible. It makes it more meaningful to them.

Hopefully you can use these activities in your class with your kiddos too. Click on the picture to grab your copy.




And the LUCKY WINNERS Are... + a FREEBIE

Thank you to everyone who entered the Are You Feeling Lucky? Giveaway! Two winners have been chosen and they are:
Congratulations ladies! You should be receiving emails shortly with your prizes!

If you were not one of the lucky winners, Aimee and I have put both our items on sale for 20% off all weekend,  in case you would like to grab a copy for your classroom.



Also, I would like to thank everyone for entering our giveaway. A giveaway wouldn't be a giveaway without a party favor, so here is my St. Patty's FREEBIE gift to all of you....


Just click on the picture to grab your own copy. There are 16 math I SPY cards and a recording sheet. I hope you can use it this coming week. Enjoy!

Five for Friday Time!

This is the one post I look forward to writing each week because it means the weekend has finally arrived! Make sure to join in the fun and link up your week too!

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1. This week we got into the St. Patty spirit and started making our leprechauns. After my kiddos made their leprechaun, they wrote about how they would design a trap to protect their gold. It was so cute to read about all their creative inventions.

2. We also made our own pots of gold. We wrote about who was worth more than gold to us. Thank you to the Teacher Wife for this great freebie.



3.We also began making our beginning, middle and end books to go with the story Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato. Here is a pic of the cover. 

4. I pulled up this YouTube video, of the same book, that I played for the kids. They loved watching the book come to life.

5. My sweet friend Aimee and I are hosting an Are You Feeling Lucky giveaway right now. It ends tonight at midnight so head on over and enter if you haven't already. Winners will be announced tomorrow morning.
Now, if that is not enough St. Patty spirit to get you in the mood, I don't know what is! Have a great evening!