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27 January 2013

Writing Activity Using Superlatives

   I follow a lot of the writing activities using the five different writing traits. One of the activities I do with my class is a writing activity based on the story - Things That Are the Most by Judi Barrett.

After laughing and discussing the words and images, we come up with our own silly sentences. Here is a sampling of some of their sentences.

The silliest thing in the world is a pie dancing in a cup.

The silliest thing in the world is a school flying.

The funniest thing in the world is a dragon dancing in school.

The silliest thing in the world is a pencil reading a book.

Huge Giveaway!!

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22 January 2013


  I love graphing activities. Graphing is fun for children as it provides hands-on fun and great for inferencing and analyzing. I found this rainbow graphing activity on pinterest - it comes from Lisa over at Live, Laugh and Love to Learn Blog - get it here.

We have also been doing snowmen glyphs. I picked this activity up from I Heart Kindergarten blog.

 Get it here:


I also do a weekly graphing activity in my classroom. It is part of my Smartboard Daily Activities that you can buy at my TPT store: Get this graphing template free for your smartboard here.

This was a roll and graph activity using shapes. I merely taped a shape to each side of the die and the children recorded their roll on their graph. I picked this graph up from Ms. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots -  Get it here

The last graphing activity I found was another shape graph, however this time I used pattern block shapes. The children worked with a partner and "grabbed" a shape and recorded it on their graph. Then the sheet included many questions for interpreting the graph. A bit of a challenge for some, but a fun activity. Pick this graphing activity up at Peterson's Pad - First Grade Fun here:

As you can see lots of great graphing ideas that are fun and provide good informal assessment.


09 January 2013

TPT Store Giveaway!!

Teresa over at Second Grade Pigpen - love the name -  is giving away her entire store to one lucky winner - check it out here!

Snow Globe Writing

We spend alot of time writing in our classroom and always encouraging the children to write when they can. If I can find a great writing prompt to help them along, they are even more encouraged to do the writing.

I found this great writing activity about what it would like to live in a snowglobe. Instead of Santa, we pretended we were snowmen or snow women. Check out the cute writings here.

Click on the link here to get this fabulous activity from Amber Polk's Sunny Days in Second Grade!!

08 January 2013

Win a $25 Gift Card!! - Woo-Hoo!!


Win a $25 Visa gift card. Head on over to Mrs. C's Classroom for all the details. She has a new blog  - check it out -  only a few days left to enter!!

07 January 2013

Love my New Blog Look!!

I have to give a shout out to Dreamlike Magic Designs for tweaking this blog and making it so much better. Please check them out here if you don't already know about them. She offers freebies on her site as well.

Leibster Award

Thank you so much to the following 4 bloggers who nominated me.

I have to admit, I am very late with 3 of you. I apologize.  Thanks very much for the nomination, now I can pass on some love to other great newbies too!!

This award is given to new bloggers with 200 followers or less.

And the rules are:
1. Post 11 random things about yourself
2. Answer the questions the nominator set for you
3. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers to nominate and link them to your post.
5. No tag backs, but please leave a comment on this post if you were nominated so I can learn more about you and see who you nominate.

11 Random Things About Me......

I once had a coffee shop.
I am living my dream of living in France
I love flea markets and brocantes
I love a bargain
My children always make me smile
I love cheesy movies
I could eat chocolate 24/7
I do mail art
I spend way too much time on the computer
I love to sleep in
Spring is my favorite season

1. Do you sleep with or without socks? - depends on how cold my feet are
2.  Favorite ice cream flavor? - mint chip              
3. How do you eat an Oreo cookie? - middle first
4. Commercials - hate them or love them? - hate them
5. Do you read the end of the book first? - end
6. Crust or no crust? - no crust
7. Do you like driving? no
8. Snow or rain? snow
9. What is your favorite day of the week and why? Wednesday - 1/2 way to WE!!
10.  Cat or dogs? - Dogs
11.   Which do you do first: wash your face or brush your teeth? - face

Now my nominees: - I am sorry I know I don't have 11, I am working on it, this is what I have so far.

Brainy Apples
Literacy Without Worksheets
Shut the Door and Teach 
Right Down the Middle  
Digital Anthology
Bilingual Teacher Clubhouse
Meatballs in the Middle
Miss Whimsy's Blogging Tips and Tricks 
Mrs. C's Classroom

Now My Questions:

1. Do you read before going to bed?
2. Do you have a bucket list?
3. A favorite city you would like to visit.
4. What is your favorite expression?
5. Disco or rock?
6. Favorite beauty product?
7. Least favorite thing about teaching?
8. Favorite snack?
9. Has blogging helped you?
10. McDonald's or Burger King?
11. Who would you like to prepare a dinner for?

For all those nominated make sure that you copy and paste the above instructions (all the way at the top of this LONG post) and my questions to you on your blog. Don't forget to leave me a comment when you are done! 

Pin it to Win it!!


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06 January 2013

200 Follower Giveaway!!


 So it's your lucky day... Not only do you get to enter into three separate giveaways, but you'll get to meet some amazing bloggers and TPT sellers along the
 way! Enter here to win some fabulous prizes for grades 1-3.

Flash Drive Giveaway!!

Flash Drive Giveaway going on here at Rockin' Teacher Materials. She has a great blog by the way!! Check it out.


04 January 2013

BDAY Giveaway!!

   Check out Teaching Maths With Meaning Blog here for a great giveaway!! - She's giving away 3!! Ten Dollar gift certificates to TPT!! Hop on over - only a couple hours left to try and win!!

I am having a 15% sale off certain items in my TPT Store. Click here to go to my store!!

01 January 2013

Two More Great Giveaways!!

 Two more great giveaways are going on - one over at Payton's Precious Kindergartners. Click here for details. The giveaway ends in 3 days, so be sure to hurry on over for some great products!!

The other is at First Grade in Foxwell Forest - click here for details - lots of goodies here too!!