Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I am so excited!

I sold my first item on Teachers Pay Teachers today!  I am so absolutely over the moon that somebody wanted to buy my product!  I am really proud of what I created- I printed out several of the activities out today at work, and they just look amazing.  I can't wait to laminate them and cut them out so that I 
can use them with my students.  I have soooooo many other ideas just swimming around in my head, I can't wait to have time to work on them!  :-)

Just in case you missed it:

You can find my post about it here and the product on Teachers Pay Teachers here.  Please take the time to check it out.  It's only $3 (on sale for $2.40) for 9 awesome Common Core Math Centers.  And there isn't a single Santa Claus on any of them. :-)  

:-)  :-)  :-)  I love feeling liked! :-)  :-)  :-)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Deck the Halls!

I'm finally finished!

So instead of working on any of my homework for my grad school classes the past few days, I've been working very hard on my Christmas Math Centers unit.  I wanted to get it up in time for the big sale TPT is throwing for Cyber Monday, and I did it!  It's up!  I'm also going to try to work on some Language Arts centers, a Polar Express unit, Gingerbread activities, and Holidays Around the World.  I may have bit off more than I can chew, but since I haven't started any of it, I guess not!  I'll see what I can get finished- but first, I have like 4 papers to write for grad school! :-(

Anyway, here is my Christmas Math Centers unit.  There are 9 activities, all aligned with Common Core.  I have so many more things I want to add, and I may later, but for now, it has 9 activities!

You Can't Catch Me! Sums and Differences:  Match the addition or subtraction problem to the correct answer.

Stockings Full of Place Value:  Match the number to different place value representations.


Sweet Treats Skip Counting:  Skip count by 2's, 5's and 10's.  This also has a few extra recording sheets I am considering using as review or homework on their own.

Holly Jolly Operators:  Determine if an addition or subtraction operator completes the equation.

Very Merry Missing Parts:  Students find the missing part of the equation.

Pepper"minty" Measurement:  Measure the items with peppermint rulers.

Perfect Presents:  Match subtraction equations to the difference.

Elves Equal Equations:  Change the order of addends to match the equal equations.

You can check out this activity as a freebie here!

"Plus Ten" Trees:  Add 10 to a single digit number.

This unit can be found here at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!   It is priced at $3 and is on sale for 20% off.  If you use the code CMT12, you can get an extra 10% off tomorrow (Monday) and Tuesday!

Guess I should go work on that homework now... ugh. :-(

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Liebster Blog!

Here is how the Liebster Award works. It is given to bloggers that are up and coming and have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated and to help spread the word about new blogs.  I was nominated by Faith from First Grade Fantabulous!

The rules:- You must post 11 random things about yourself.- Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.- Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.- Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.- No tag back (but please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you)!

11 Random Things about Me:
1.  I have a dog named Molly.  I've had her for 2 years.  She and I live alone.
2.  I love fabric, but I can't sew.  I go to fabric and craft stores and I think "I'd like do make something with this" but I can't actually sew.  Well, I can sew, but I don't have a sewing machine, so I don't have the means to sew!  Instead, I just drool over the fabric and wish I could make something with it!
3.  I am in grad school currently, and I have about 5 classes left.  I am working on a Masters in Reading.  When I finish, I will be qualified to be a Reading Specialist, but I have no desire to actually do that!  I just wanted to have a stronger foundation in reading.
4.  I hate the word "craftivity".  It makes me crazy.  I like doing them, but I hate the name!
5.  I love shelter magazines (magazines about houses, decor, etc...)  I subscribe to a few and I love to read them.
6.  My favorite animals are monkeys.  I have a 3 1/2 foot tall sock monkey I bought last year at Walgreens.  I dress him up in silly costumes and bring him to school with me.  The kids love him.  He has dressed up as a pirate, a pumpkin, a rabbit, and the Cat in the Hat.  He also rolled up his jeans for the 50th day of school!  I love finding creative ways to dress him up!
7.  I have 2 sisters who are 13 and 25.
8.  I fall asleep to "Friends" every night.  It's on Nick at Night when I go to bed, so I turn it on and sleep.  I've seen it so many times, I can quote pretty much every episode, so I don't actually need to watch it!
9.  I drink sweet tea all the time.  I take some to school every day and drink it.  I am so addicted, and I know it's terrible!
10.  I bought a house 3 years ago, and my parents and I have done a lot of work on it.  We refinished the hardwood floors, installed tile in the kitchen, painted every single surface in the place, took down unsightly electrical lines and stove vents, and built a pergola.  It's still not finished yet, but I love it!
11.  I love sushi.  It's my favorite food.  Every year on my birthday, I go to the hibachi grill and get sushi too.  It's expensive, but my sushi loving friends get sushi and my non sushi loving friends don't have to!  Right now my sushi buddy is pregnant, and she can't eat it, so I haven't had it in awhile!  It makes me sad!  My other "sushi buddies" live in Virginia now and I rarely see them.  Looks like I need a new sushi buddy!

Here are the 11 questions Faith asked me:
1. What made you decide to start blogging?  I love the community that has been created by teacher bloggers, and I wanted to be a part of it!  I love getting great ideas and sharing great ideas!
2. What is your favorite holiday? Why?  I love Christmas because it's so happy and joyful.  And there are so many activities you can do with it!
3. How long have you been teaching?  This is my 5th year.  I have taught 3 years in Kindergarten and this is my 2nd year in 1st.
4. If you could take three items to an island, what would you take?  My laptop, my camera, and my dog!  If she doesn't count, then, food?
5. What is your favorite snack?  Chips and queso or salsa or guacamole.
6. Where is your favorite safe spot (Place where you can be you)? My house!
7. What was been your best TPT purchase?  This isn't a fair question!  I love The Turkey Wants a Hot Dog craftivity, the Cara Carroll's 50th Day of School pack, and Babbling Abby's Learning "AR" with Pirate Mark pack.  I've used all three and I loved them.  I've bought a few other things, but I think those have been my favorite because they either a.) feature the pigeon, b.) allowed me to wear a poodle skirt to school, or c.) dress up as a pirate and take my students on a wild goose chase for chocolate bars and pirate eye patches!
8. What is your favorite thing to do on Saturday?  Something crafty!  I like to do something for my house or something fun.
9. What's your favorite movie?  I don't really have one...
10. If you could eat dinner with 3 people (alive or dead) who would you choose to eat with?  Right now, anybody who would go get sushi with me! :-)
11. What's your favorite online website to visit?  Facebook!  Ha!  I like Pinterest and blogs too.  That's how I spend most of my online time.

I am nominating these 11 awesome blogs for the award:  (Some of them were nominated by others too, but it was hard to find new bloggers that weren't!)

My 11 questions for you are:
1.  Why did you decide to start blogging?  (I stole this question because I liked it!)
2.  What is your favorite thing to do on a snow day?
3.  What is the first thing on your Christmas list?
4.  Do you have any children?  (pets count!)
5.  What is your favorite book?
6.  What is your favorite activity to do with your students?
7.  What is your favorite place to go on vacation?
8.  Is your Christmas tree real or fake?  Colored lights or white lights?
9.  Are you a morning person or a night owl?
10. What is your favorite food?
11. What TV show is your favorite?

Can't wait to learn more about you!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Freebie Alert!

I am working on a packet of activities for Christmas, and I decided to make my first activity a freebie!  The rest of the packet is coming very soon, and I hope you all love it!  This activity is called Elves Equal Equations.

Here is a little preview of the freebie for you:

This activity allows students to practice the standard 1.OA.3- students can change the order of addends to make equal equations.  Plus, it features the adorable elves from Melonheads Illustrations!  I love her stuff!

You can find this freebie here.  I hope you love it!  Please share with your friends, and leave me some feedback!

If you would like to purchase the rest of this awesome unit, you can find it here.  It is currently on sale for 20% off and TPT is offering another 10% off Monday and Tuesday with the code CMT12.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Election 2012

On Friday, we learned about the election process.  First, we read a book about voting (which was really way too hard for them, so I skipped around a lot!  I need some good voting books for next year!)

After we read the book, which talked about registering to vote, I let my students register to vote.  Holy cow, they were excited!  You would think I told them we were having Christmas right then and there, they were so excited!  Each kid filled out their registration card, drew a picture of themselves, and "signed" it.  They called them "drivers licenses" until I corrected them.  Too funny!

Here are a few pictures of my kids registering to vote.


Then we read some books about characters running for president, including Duck for President and My Teacher for President.  The kids really got a kick out of comparing me to the teacher in the book. :-)  Then they created posters for the character they liked the best.  I made them give one reason why they would vote for that character.  My favorite was the student who said they would vote for me because I'm "peritey and nice" among other things.  I forgot to take a picture before I left work, but I will take one on Monday and post it because it is pretty much awesome.

My students worked really hard on these posters!  They loved that I told them to make them bright and colorful!



Then they got to vote for their favorite character using a ballot I created.  We put the ballots in a ballot box.

Once we finished that part of the day, I let them (of course!) vote for President on paper ballots.  The students had to vote for their favorite candidate, fold the paper in half, and place it in the ballot box.  

Here are our results: 

I have 20 students in my class right now, as we are a small class size school with 20 students in each class 1st-5th grades.  It's great!  One of my students has been in another placement for the past 5 weeks and will be coming back on Wednesday, so I'll be back up to 21.  1 student was absent on Friday and 1 left early, so we had 18 students vote.  I guess the kids in the class knew one of the kids who voted for Romney, because when I pulled that vote out, they all yelled her name.  I had to explain that voting is a private activity and you aren't supposed to tell who other people voted for.  I don't know who my other friend is who voted for him, and obviously the other kids don't either, so that student didn't get their name yelled out when I pulled out their vote.

(I used the stars from The School Supply Addict to decorate my graph- I don't remember where I got the pictures for the graph- but I think they are so cute!)

The best part of the day for my students, I think, was going out into the hallway to vote for President.  I created a voting booth out of my refrigerator box, and the kids loved it!  We stuck a desk with a laptop in there and the students voted on a website called National Mock Election.  As a teacher, you can go in and create a ballot for your class that is specific to your state.  For example, I could have my students vote for members of Congress, President, and other local elections in my district.  I chose to keep it simple and just have the students vote for President.  All the candidates, including those from third parties, were on the ballot.  The first grade assistant stood out in the hallway to help the kids from all 3 classes vote.  One of the girls from another class actually stood in the booth and helped the kids type the codes in, since our assistant was a little bit too bit for the booth. :-)

This is my beautiful refrigerator box booth. :-)  It was a hit- all the teachers in the building were coming to look at it and even the ladies in the office came to see!

This is our first grade assistant showing the students the website they would be using to vote.



The second child in the booth was helping the kids log on to the website. 
 Going in!

  They waited their turns patiently...

These are my students flashing their voter registration cards! 

And voting! 

You could tell by the smiles on their faces that they loved it!






Yep, it's official!  We thought voting was a thumbs up! 

Once my students finished voting, I gave them an "I Voted" sticker that I printed on cardstock.  I couldn't find any sticker paper to print them on.  We attached them using double sided tape, but you could also use a safety pin.  Since I don't know how to embed things using Google Docs (anybody want to teach me?!), I just added them to TPT for free.  You can find them here.  There are 2 versions to choose from.


I'll be back another day to show you some examples of the cute posters my students made!  And maybe even a post about the 50th day of school, which was Thursday.  What a busy week!
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