Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm Walking On Sunshine!

Yes, I am walking on sunshine after getting this comment:

Chrissy said...

I love reading your blog and seeing your creative ideas.
I'm giving you the Sunshine Award.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 Chrissy

First Grade Found Me
November 23, 2011 12:12 AM

Thank you, Chrissy!!

The Sunshine Award rules are
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

* Favorite Color?  red
* Favorite Animal?  cats and dogs
* Favorite Number? 628
* Favorite Drink?  coffee
* Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
* Your Passion? My family.
* Giving or Getting Presents?  I love giving gifts, especially when I it's something they love!
* Favorite day? Saturday. Even though I work most Saturdays, I like knowing I have one more day off.
* Favorite flowers? ?? I don't really have a favorite!

Here are 12 blogs I have chosen to pass this award on to:

The Corner On Character
Grade ONEderful
Teaching First
First Grade Delight
The Teaching Thief
Inside The Classroom
2nd Grade Ponderings
First Grade Exploration
Runde's Room
First Impressions
4th Grade Frolics

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 58

Some days, I think....
WOW!  It's ALREADY the ____ th day of school! 

Today is not one of those days.
Today I am thinking, is it ONLY day 58??!! 
That means we still have 119 days LEFT??!@#@!?

Don't get me wrong--  I love these kids and I love what I do,
but I have quite a group this year! Here are my list of gripes:
~They cannot/will not sit still.
~They cannot/will not be quiet.
~They cannot/will not get their work done!!
~They cannot/will not get along.
~They cannot/will not __________!

I am exhausted today.  Who am I kidding?
I'm exhausted/frustrated EVERYDAY!

Okay, I think I'm done venting.  Thank you!

Onto some good news. 

Our district Math coordinator visited
my classroom last week and LOVED what I was doing.

 Very simple, but effective.
The kids GOT IT, and that's what is important!

Plus, I got this ticket (sorry it's blurry!)
because the coordinator
"Spied Marvelous Math"

She wrote:
Love the "10" chart.
Great activity.
Great questioning.
Love the journals, too!

Now I'm entered into a drawing for free Starbucks.
And that, my friends, puts a smile back on my
exhausted/frustrated face!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blog on Fire? Mine, really??!

I want to give a great BIG thank you to Rebecca at

Teaching First

for nominating me for the Blog on Fire Award!!

As part of accepting this honor, I will tell you seven things about myself. 
I'll try to make it interesting, but I cannot guarantee that you won't fall asleep while reading them! 

1.  This is my 12th year of teaching.  My first 9 years were in 4th grade, and the past 3 years have been in 1st grade.  I've been lucky enough to have been at the same school the entire time.

2.  I've been blessed with a great family and we moved around a lot when I was younger.  I've lived in Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Spain, and Germany.

3.  I went on a 19 mile bike tour in Amsterdam.  I only fell down once, after I ran right into someone else. 

4.  While visiting Paris on a bus tour with my friend, we had a little snafu at the Eiffel Tower...... We bought tickets to go all the way up to the top, so we (and several other tourists) rode the elevator up, stayed for a few minutes, then decided it was time to head back to the bus.  The driver had already warned us that he was leaving at 5:00, and he would leave whether we were there or not.  Well, there was the slightest problem......the elevator that we rode up on was no longer working.   It was almost 5, so we decided (along with the other peeps from our bus) that we needed to make a run for we did!  We ran all the way down the stairs to the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, then kept running until we got to the bus.  We made it, but with only minutes to spare.  Whew!!! 

5.  I've been to Disney Land, Disney World, and Euro Disney.  I want to take my son to Disney....someday!

6.  I work waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to much!  Ten to twelve hours on school days, plus I have worked EVERY Saturday since August, not to mention all the school things I work on at home.  I'm EXHAUSTED!!  Plus, I'm a single mom to a very active 9 year old boy! 

7.  I am so thankful for my fellow bloggers!  You give me so much inspiration, and I feel I have become a better teacher because of YOU!  Thanks!!

And now, without further ado, are my nominees for the Blog on Fire Award:

The Resource(ful) Room! PhotobucketFirst Grade Blue SkiesPhotobucket

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chutes and Ladders

 Do you remember Chutes and Ladders?
 I loved it when I was a kid! 
Well....I loved the ladders, but the chutes....not so much! 
Anyways, one day while browsing   
I came across Snakes and Ladders. 

My kids LOVE this game!! 
If we have a few extra minutes at the end of the day,
I pull it up on the SmartBoard, and VOILA,
the kids are excited and talking about numbers--
and where the frog is going to end up --everyone is happy!

We are currently studying addition and counting on,
so I decided to take the concept of Chutes and Ladders,
and turn it into "Race to 100"

I had my kids play with their table groups (3-4 kids).
Each child needs a 100s chart and a game piece.
The group shares one die.

Each child starts with their game piece on 1.
The first player rolls the die and moves their game piece
that many spaces on their board.
All players watch their friends to make sure they are not cheating
 moving the correct number of spaces. 
The goal is the be the first one at your table to reach 100,
or be closest to 100 when time is up.

You could also add a few of your own rules
to make the game more interesting, such as:
~You get an extra turn when you roll a 6.
~If the die rolls off the table, move back to 1.
(I added this rule after some dice went flying across the room!)

You could also make it a little more difficult by using 2 dice,
so the kids would have to add the two numbers
before moving their game piece.

On your mark,
get set,

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Help! We're All Mixed Up!

After reading The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle, we decided to have a little fun!

I took a "before" headshot of each student and printed out 2 copies.  The first copy stayed in one piece.  I cut the second copy into four strips, and mixed all the pieces up.  The students got one strip of themselves, and the other 3 are from different students.  Check us out!