Friday, May 23, 2014

Start Your Engines!

Indiana Teachers $1 Sale!  
It's that time again when we are all excited for the Indy 500.  This event is right before the last few weeks of school!  Wow!  This year has gone by so fast.  Although I am not one to pass up a summer vacation, I would be content staying with my class forever.  They are pretty awesome!  I hope you're having a great school year, too!

I am SO glad that you took the time to check out this awesome $1 sale.  When you live in Indiana, the Indy 500 is a big deal, and what better way to celebrate than to give other teachers an opportunity to snag some great deals?!  Check out the amazing products below.  The sale runs from May 25-May 26, so hurry, quick - and get your deals TODAY!

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Flip-Flop Blog Hop

Summer is almost here, and this awesome Flip-Flop Blog Hop is adding some excitement to my classroom! :)  I was fortunate enough to be paired with two outstanding teachers that have some fun creations that you can find at their TPT store.  If you visit Kelly and Kim's Kreations on TPT, you can follow their store.  This way you can get the latest updates on their newest products!

The product that I was able to swap was a fun Ocean themed rhyming activity.  This was perfect because I have been teaching my students all about the ocean the past couple of weeks!  Please check out my blog post about the Oceans of Fun we have had fun learning about ocean life!

Here is the cute product from Kelly and Kim's Kreations!  You can find this product by clicking on the image below.  It will take you right to their TPT store!

We practiced this rhyming words activity during our I/E time.  This is our intervention and enrichment time.  I was able to work with a group of students on this fun activity.  It was perfect!  The words were not too hard, but not too easy  They provided each student with the opportunity to answer some rhyming words correctly to build their confidence, but the cards also caused students to struggle with a few allowing them to broaden their vocabulary words and strengthen their phonemic awareness skills.  Check out the fun we add while playing this neat matching game!

I hope you take the time To visit Kelly and Kim's Kreations on Teachers Pay Teachers.  They have some phenomenal products and were really fun to work with!  

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Since you are taking the time to check out our fun Flip-Flop Blog Hop, I am offering you one of my rhyming activities for FREE!  Click on the image below to receive your free copy today.  I hope you enjoy!  

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dads and Donuts

Do you remember what it was like as a little kid to get SO excited when your mom or dad would come to school?  Then, do you remember when you were in high school and you didn't want them around anymore?  It is so funny how things changes.  However, in Mrs. Brosey's class on Friday, May 16th - my students were pumped for their dads to visit for our annual Dads and Donuts event!

In order to prepare for this event, we had to complete various activities.  We wanted this day to be special for our dads.  In doing so, we made "Dad Rocks" tags that they could hang anywhere they want - car, refrigerator, office, bags, etc.  Students also illustrated "If you Give your Dad a Donut" book.  Then, during the event - the students read this book with their dad!

We also made Donut cards for the dads, as well as placemats with their footprints.  I LOVE things with their hands and feet.  They are so darn cute!  We made coke cans for the dads that said there were the best pop ever!

What fun things do you do for your moms and dads?? :]

Oceans of Fun!

The past two weeks we have been learning about the ocean.  I find it so fascinating!  The kids also loved learning about the different ocean animals!  When the end of the year comes, I try to do some fun and exciting activities to keep the students engaged.  Let's get real - I do it to keep me engaged also!  :]


For writing, we focused on two different topics.  Our first topic was about how to survive in the ocean.  The students did a fabulous job writing.  We started by writing a list of ways to survive in the ocean.  I am able to have several students write their own list independently which is always fun because they are able to come up with their own ideas.  However, there is still a small group that requires that we come up with ideas together.  After they have completed their list, they begin their four square writing prompt.  I generally split up the four square writing into two days - the students complete the topic sentence and two of the four squares one day.  Then, they complete the other two squares and the conclusion the following day.  Students use the four square to write a rough draft and once they edit their work, they complete their final copy. 

We painted seashells to go with our writing this week.  My students always love to paint!  So, I try to give them the chance whenever I can.  Honestly, they do a great job, and they are always eager to help me clean up!

Check out our awesome writing!

We also wrote about what we would do if we found a box of treasure in the ocean!  I love hearing what the kids will do with their treasure.  Some are really funny!  For example, they will say that they want to pay bills with it or buy food with it.  We completed this writing piece using the same process as above.  At the beginning of the year it would take us 2 weeks to complete writing following this process, but now we can successfully complete it in 1 week!  WOW!


I love when the reading centers match our theme for the week!  Check out the reading centers my students completed below!  Students picked various writing topics to write about in their writing journals.

We also practiced making sentences using ocean words.  The sentences also shared various ocean facts!

Students reviewed punctuation.  You can find my punctuation packet in my TPT store!  

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We also used our Ee/Ea Packet that you can find in my TPT store.  I love the book that highlights ee/ea words, and there is a comprehension compare and contrast activity that goes along with the book!  
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Students also reviewed rhyming by completing the fun ocean rhyming activity!  At the bottom you can find the various resources I used from TPT. :) 


Students love math centers that include hands-on materials!  So, I give my students what they want!!  I have 6 different math centers.  There is one center for each table.  This helps my students stay focused.  If they complete a center during their center rotation (during Math Workshop) then they can go to another center.  My students were so excited about the different centers.  Check them out!

*This center helped students practice their addition facts.  They used the fun containers to add dice together and color in the seashells.  You can find this product for FREE in my TPT store!

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*My students LOVED this math center!  They practice exchanging coins using this fun tray.  It is perfect.  You can sort the coins in each section - then save two sections for your bank and your partner's bank.  You can use the middle cup to roll the dice in.  This is perfect because the dice don't roll all over the place or make too much noise!  Students roll the dice, get that much money, and exchange the coins until they get 4 quarters to equal one dollar.  The first person to one dollar wins!  For some reason my students flocked to this center!

*Greater than and less than is a great concept to review.  Students would pull a foam mat and count the ocean animals on the mat.  Then, they would use the sign to show if it was greater than or less than.  They also recorded their work.

*Place Value Noodles!!!  Students would close their eyes while their partner would set out the noodles.  Then, their partner would open their eyes and state the number the noodles represented.  The one long noodle counted as ten and the small pieces counted as ones.  Check out my TPT store for your free worksheet that helps check for place value understanding!  

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Sunglasses Subtraction was a fun center where students could wear fun sunglasses while they practiced subtraction problems.  They would pull a card, write the numbers, and subtract them.  You can find this fun center in my TPT store!

I also used a sand bucket with balls that had numbers on them.  Students then had to scoop out the balls and write addition facts using the numbers on the balls.  They enjoyed scooping out the balls during this center!  What do you do during your math center time??  Please leave me a comment with a link so that I can follow your blog to learn about your math time!


Students learned all about jellyfish, and I learned a few things too!  We made our jellyfish and write jellyfish facts to help us comprehend what we read.  Look at how great their jellyfish turned out!  Of course I had to add glitter to them!


We learned about fish and how they survive in the ocean.  I swear, I learn something new every year! I find it all so fascinating!  We then made an addition problem using the fish.  We added shiny spots to their fish bodies and added the dull spots and the shiny spots together.  I had the students add the shiny spots and paint the fish before we did the addition problems, so many had very large numbers to add!


Crabs are really neat!  Did you know that they walk sideways?  We read a book about crabs and wrote down text evidence from the book.  Then, students practiced writing details about crabs using commas in a series of three.  I believe this is great practice and helps them not use the word and over and over and over...


Foodie Friday treat with goldfish! YUM!


Whales and sharks are ginormous creatures of the ocean!!  I have no desire getting close to either one of them!  My students are a little scared, too.  We made whales and sharks to help us remember what facts we learned about each animal.  We read 2-3 books on each animal and recorded important facts that we learned.  We then compared and contrasted whales and sharks.  My students are getting really good at this!  Check out the chart we made together, as well as their own writing that highlights similarities and differences between whales and sharks.


Turtles are such fun reptiles!  We enjoyed reading about turtles and really enjoyed making a turtle Foodie Friday treat!  Yum!!  It was so simple and FUN!


The ocean is a great big place.  We learned about the four different oceans and played a game on the globe where they had to spin the glob with their eyes closed.  Students would then point their finger anywhere on the globe.  When they opened their eyes 8 out of 10 times students landed on water and not land.  This helped students understand that our world is made up of more water than land!  This was a great visual!!

**Check out these resources to find some of the ocean activities I did!

All About the Ocean by: Kindergarten Smiles

Under the Sea by: A Cupcake for the Teacher

Ocean Unit by: Victoria Moore

Ocean Unit for Early Elementary by: Once Upon a Creative Classroom

I hope you had a wonderful week.  What are you working on in your classroom?  Now that I am done with our ocean fun - we are going to move on to camping!  We have two weeks of school left and we're going out with a bang in Kindergarten!!