Thursday, June 25, 2015

Five For Friday

Happy Summer everyone!  This Five For Friday is brought to you thanks to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching!  Don't you just love the relaxing pace of summer?  Ahhh....so nice! Here are five things I love doing in the summer.




We have been having very unusual warm weather this summer...remember we live in the Seattle area where it rains a lot, and is cool a lot....but not this summer!  What better way to cool off than to get out and do some "yakking."  I LOVE this kayak that my dad made for me a few years ago.  It is a very special treasure made with lots of love and African okoume wood.  And since we live right next to the Puget Sound, we can be on the water in five minutes and spend as much time as possible there. Here is the view from the kayak three days ago! Such a beautiful part of the country, no?



Summer also means lots of time spent with my grandbabies!  Here is our oldest grandbaby, Lindsey's daughter, relaxing at Grammy's and doing some summer reading! This picture makes my heart say...Ahh....Life is so good!



And of course summer means more time to play with the furrykids!  They are such clowns and make us so happy! Our two newfs and our golden just love it when the BarkBox comes because it means new toys for us to play with.  The June BarkBox arrived just in time for summer fun!



Another great thing about summer is lots of uninterrupted time to devote to making TPT projects! Here is a sneak peek at the new series we are working on. I don't know about you, but we sure do need a ready to go resource for guided reading! We are having lots of fun working on it!



And of course....working on TPT projects requires appropriate brain fuel!  Umm...yes...that would be ice cream!  My husband brought this home for me and I dove into it immediately  I carefully pondered the pros and cons of the calorie load in this baby before thoroughly enjoying it.  Hey...it makes my products better!  I'm sure of it!  And that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Ha!

So there are five things I love about summer.  How about you?  How is your summer going?

Summertime Smiles,
Kristin

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 1: Makeover Madness

Happy Tuesday friends!! We are linking up with some great bloggers, Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second and Peppy Zesty Teacherista, for their awesome TPT Seller challenge. We definitely needed a little motivation now that we are on summer vacation and this is such a great way to achieve that!!

This week's challenge is a product makeover. We went straight to one of our first products, Back to School Conversation Club.


We love this packet because it gives the kiddos a chance to get talking. It also gets them thinking about goals they want to set for themselves for the year. Each kiddo gets a role and each kiddo also has the opportunity to speak. It's a great way to build community while conversing in an academic way. It also hits a lot of the speaking and listening cores...BONUS!!

To see this product and snag it while it's on SALE click here or here!!

Happy Summer Friends!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday friends!! It is FINALLY the last day of school!! This year has been good but I am more then ready for a little rest and relaxation! What better way to celebrate the last day of school then to link up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!!





 I'm sorry for this picture but I HAD to post it! We are finishing up our ocean research projects...still...and this one was too funny to pass up! To clarify, this kiddo did say that turtles eat SEAweed when she was presenting...apparently that was left off the slide! I'm telling you...you never know about those turtles. They are a rowdy bunch!

My kiddos had the choice of how they wanted to present their info. This kiddo chose to make a poster.




To end our ocean unit we always watch Finding Nemo. I am not a "movie in the classroom" fan, but this movie covers so much and we really get into it. We tend to talk throughout the movie about the zones, different animals, currents and when they see their own animal they get REALLY excited! While they are watching the movie they also have a packet of work to do. In the packet they compare what happens in the movie to what they have learned in our unit. They really get into it!



This super cute scuba kid comes from Classroom Creations by Melissa's Fun in the Sun Packet. Isn't it cute?!?!? Of course I copied it all on white and they had to color ALL OF IT!!! This gave me some time to clean and them some time to chill out and focus on the project.

My closet was a HOT MESS!! When we moved at the end of last year I threw my back out. So it was really more of a "shove it all in the closet and deal with it later" type of move. Finally, I cleaned it up and got it organized! One down, two to go.




This girl got a trophy for t-ball and you would have thought she won the lottery!! She has been carrying it around and it is the MOST important thing in her life right now!! Up next...recital...




These are the kiddos' end of the year gifts. The sunglasses are their favorite part! I ordered the books from Scholastic, you sure can't beat $1.00!! The super-cute Reading at Home page comes from All Students Can Shine and the awesome Getting Ready for Third Grade booklet comes from Amy Lemons. This year our team sent home bookmarks with the kiddos' reading levels so that they can take them to the library and get books at their level. Let's hope they use it!!

I hope that you all are enjoying your last few days or your first few days of summer!!!

Have a great week!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Five for Friday

Hi Everyone!  Kristin here for a Five for Friday post!  Thanks to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting it.  Being the one in our blog duo who is always thinking in themes, the theme for today's post is...You Know the End of the Year is Near When...!




You know the end of the year is near when...meetings go long after school hours!  But that's a great thing for me because it meant that due to a late meeting for Lindsey and because her hubs had to go to work, that I got to babysit the grandbabies in my office for a little while until the meeting was over! What a fabulous weekday evening treat!



You know the end of the year is near when...the assessments come out!  Here I am assessing phonetic elements with some of the kiddos in my intervention groups. (She's giving you the thumbs up, because this sweet little girl aced her test!)  But you know what? I joyously look forward to THESE assessments every year because when we're up to our ears in assessments, the end is near my friend! You can relate, I bet!



You know the end of the year is near when...one of the fabulous office ladies brings this deliciousness to school for your team!  Creamy, delicious, decadent Coconut Cream Cake!  Oh yeah, that's right! One bite and this girl was in heaven for the rest of the week!



You know the end of the year is near when...you walk down the hallway and begin to see empty bulletin boards in classrooms!  Yep!  That's a definite sign that the end of school is near. (This is fabulous Aliya's classroom by the way.  Her first grade classroom is adorbs!!!)



AND FINALLY....You know the end of the year is near when....you and your team...the support staff team...begin work on the Whole.School.Schedule for the following year.  It's a bit of a challenge and super tricky with all of the plan times, core times, ELL times, reading intervention times, math intervention times, and paraeducator support for every grade level.  Eek!  Bring on the Excedrin and the Starbucks!  It takes about a week or more to finish, but it always works out somehow and most years we seem to get it done before the end of the year.  Here is our first section.  When we are finished, it will be four times as wide and take up most of a whole wall.  I think we accomplished a lot this first day?? But oh those pesky empty spots.....Fingers crossed... (Side note to those of you who work at our school....this is in no way the finished schedule, so no panicking ok?)


So there you go!  All the major signs that the end of the school year is near!  5 more days for us...well 6 really, but who's counting today!  After all, we already got up (that was difficult) and got rolling, so I say...no counting today!  Besides....you may be reading this in the evening, which means today is already over...so I'm definitely going with 5 days left! Ha!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Smiles,
Kristin

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Poetry and Oceans!!

Happy Tuesday friends!! I have had such a productive day, I am feeling pretty great right now. Plus, I just finished watching Married at First Sight, which always puts me in a better mood AND next week is the final episode. If you haven't watched...you need to!!!

Anywhoo.....on to poetry. My last few posts have told you that we are knee-deep in our ocean unit. While we are still working on our research projects, we have spent the week working on poetry. Each day we learn about a different ocean animal, read a poem and write our OWN poems.


Our room is being taken over by ocean creatures!!!! Let's take a closer look!


We started off with this anchor chart, thank you Pinterest and whoever originally made this:) We talked about what we already knew about poems, and what we see when we read poems. I shared a few Shel Silverstein poems, just because they are my favorite.

Then we moved onto sharks and acrostic poems. This awesome project comes from the amazing Amy Lemons and you can get it here.



I always start with a poem about our topic. The students take turns being the "teacher" so we can group read the poem while they point. We know A LOT about sharks so this was the easiest poem to start with.

We have also done crabs, octopus', hermit crabs, deep sea fish and jellyfish.



I don't know where this cute crab came from. I got it from another team mate. Isn't it super cute?? We made shape poems on our crabs after we studied them.


These hermit crabs came from a book I got from my mom. They slide in and out of their shell!!! Super-cute!! We also read A House for Hermit Crab to go along with this project which inspired their creativity when decorating their shells.



When we learned about the octopus we created listing poems. We also watched this video on YouTube. It's a diver that filmed an octopus taking his camera. We had to do a little fast forwarding, there is a caption that isn't really appropriate, but if you fast-forward past it the kiddos don't even know.  It was great:)


Let me tell you...I could not find an deep sea poem. Do you have one???? We read a deep sea book but we didn't have a poem to read as a group. The kiddos worked on couplets to go with this deep sea project. 

We still have many projects to go. Seahorses are on deck tomorrow and sea turtles the next day. These last days are filled with so many projects! Anything to keep them engaged...

If you are looking for some ocean themed passages that you can use as a whole group, or even for homework in these last few days and weeks, check out our Under the Sea passages set


I hope you all are having a fantastic week:)