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Friday, January 30, 2015

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Here in New England we have been digging out from Winter Storm Juno. Two snow days and 24 inches of snow later and we were back to school today!

All of my kiddos and the second graders knew that whenever we headed back to school, we would have a Snow Party! Last Fall we sent home a school calendar and a prediction paper and asked our first and second grade families to predict when they thought the first snow day would be. We consider a snow day to be a full day off from school due to snow.
 

So today was the big day and my kiddos were so excited when I met them at the door! We read some of our favorite snow books like Sneezy the Snowman and The Snowy Day. Then we made the cutest snowman! I just love the food crafts you find on Pinterest! These snowman were pinned from worthpinning.com





After we made our adorable snowman we put the kiddos to work making words out of the letters in snowman. They are so smart! I thought this would be hard for a lot of my kiddos, but they did great. 














One of my little guys even came up with the word woman. I was so impressed! 

We played a cute snowman game called, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? There are lots of different versions of this game. I made a key for the kids to follow and a sheet for them to draw their snowman on. Basically, they take turns rolling a die. The number it lands on tells them what to draw. The first person to finish their snowman wins the game.



We ended our party by watching The Snowman and the Snow Dog by Raymond Briggs. It is a wordless picture book just like The Snowman. They loved it! Since I found it so late last night and didn't have time to get my own copy we watched it on youtube.


The two snowman games are available for free at my TPT Store and you can download it by CLICKING HERE

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You can also get my Snow Day Packet so you can make your own snow day predictions by 


Or my snowman printables by CLICKING HERE



We are having SNOW much fun! Good thing, we are expecting 
4-8 more inches tomorrow!!!!

and maybe another snow day.......





Sunday, January 18, 2015

Giveaway Time!

Hey Everyone!

I've joined up with Celeste over at The Education Highway for a giveaway. She is celebrating 300 followers and has several giveaway packages with over 40 TPT sellers donating $250.00 in products. I've included one of the prize packets here. All you have to do is enter the giveaway.


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If you would like to enter other giveaways, hop on over to The Education Highway by CLICKING HERE

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Five For Friday




I'm joining up with Doodle Bugs for her weekly Linky party sharing five of my favorite things for this week. My kiddos were excited to be back and had lots of stories to share. We also welcomed a new little guy into our classroom on Monday.
   
                                          

 
   


On our first day back we took these pieces and made the cutest snowman. This was the first time my students had done a glyph and they loved it! I decided to photocopy the pieces onto colored copy paper so they just had to think about what their answer was to the question and cut and paste. Here is the finished result.


                                 


                                

                                        Aren't they adorable?


                                      
                                      


                              Three of our favorite Snow books that we read this week!




                                    
                         
                                       

                                      

        
                                   

This week we worked on long a. We used these cute snowman to do a long a word sort.
           
    
                                 


      

                                         
I finally broke down and bought myself a laminator to use at home. I LOVE it!!! It works great and now instead of sitting at school for hours laminating I can do it at home. The best part was that I got it on sale and only paid $16! Can you believe that?? It sells regularly for $80. I love a good bargain!


                                
                                        

Our favorite app this week is an app called Math Slide: Tens and Ones by Math Adventures Education. My kiddos loved it! Four students can play at a time so I broke my class up into groups and gave each group an iPad. If you only have 1 iPad in your classroom you can use this game for early finishers or as a center for 4 students. If you are familiar with the app Futaba, then you will understand how this app works. Four students join the game. Once you push the start button a number will appear in the center box. Each player needs to find that number and push it into the center box before another player. The great part about this app is that the number is on 2 dice, fingers, might be a math problem, it could be in any form. Great for subitizing. If you purchase Math Slide: Place Value School Edition there are numerous games that get harder and harder. I shared this app with the K-5 teachers at my school because they can all use it. 

       

       






I know that across the U.S. the temperatures were a record low and here in Maine was no exception. The kids were not able to get out for recess most of the week because it was sooo cold BUT despite that we had a great week and they learned a lot!