Friday, February 28, 2014

Five for Friday

Alright, back in time for Five for Friday! We had TWO storms this week so it has been quite an adventure! I almost forgot that today was the last day of the month! 

Did everyone take advantage of the TpT 3000 Million Seller Sale? I sure did! If you haven't yet, the sale doesn't end until midnight today so make sure to go! 

Here are the products I got... 
(click on the image to see the product on TpT)

Can you figure out what our next ELA unit is going to be?? I'm kind of excited!!!

We wrapped up our unit on camouflage this week with a fun activity! I told the kids to look around the classroom and find a place where a butterfly could camouflage. Then I told them to think about what size their butterfly would be. I gave them blank paper accordingly (based on the size their butterfly was going to be). As a class, we drew a butterfly together on our paper and then the kiddos got busy coloring them so that they would camouflage in the classroom. Then we placed them there! Some of the kiddos got really creative!

One of the most creative ones!

Of course, you can't just go hiding butterflies...we HAD to go on a butterfly hunt! I made the class wait a day so that the butterflies could have some time to settle down and blend in with their surroundings (ha..ha..). The kids had a blast!

Science was all about sand! Last week we washed some sand and created silt. This week we read about how sand was created. Like my lovely illustration to go with what we read? :)

One of my student's mom and grandmother (both educators) came to do a presentation on Ruby Bridges in honor of Black History Month. They did such a great job!

Today was also our school's oratorical event. I just have to say, I am SO proud of my class! They did such a great job! Unfortunately, I don't have a recording of our performance since I was accompanying on the piano. But I do have an audio version of one of our class rehearsals.

Poem - Riding the Bus with Rosa Parks by Latorial Faison
Song - If You Miss Me At the Back of the Bus by Pete Seeger

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Mine is going to be occupied with report cards. UGH.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3 Million Teachers Strong TpT Sale!

Missed out on last week's Five for Friday for I hope to be back again this Friday!

Until then...just want to say that my store (and the few products I have made) will also be participating in the TpT sale this Thursday and Friday! 

Click the image to get to my TpT store.

I'm already loading up my cart. I hope you are too! :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Five for Friday...Sunday Style?

Oops, didn't get this post written in time for Friday but I guess Sunday will just have to do! :)

We did a zoom through unit on money this week. We spent the first trimester talking about coins during calendar time, which included coming up with different coin values to correspond with the number of days were had been in school. The fun part of actually focusing on money for our math unit was that we got to go past a dollar! That was very exciting for the kids. :)

 We had an all day field trip scheduled on Valentine's Day so our party got moved to Thursday instead. Thursday is usually one very busy day with weekly computer lab. I also needed to fit in a whole bunch of math stuff since we are starting a new unit next week. Unfortunately, that meant that there wasn't any time for Valentine centers, which is what I usually do for Valentine's Day. But at least I was able to find some time to make our valentine holders. Since we are the Outstanding Owls, it's only appropriate for our holders to be owls too! :)

Our Valentine's Party consisted of making a very cute craft, a love monster (pictured below)! We also played some games and enjoyed some delicious treats. My parents are the best with parties because they organize everything...craft, games, and food! :D

On Valentine's Day, we had a field trip to a nearby Science museum, the UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. (They also provide the Science kits we use at school.) We watched a 3-D film, took a class on geology, and visited exhibits. 

observing different kinds of rocks
Going through stations to test rocks for different things.
Can this rock scratch glass?
Going over the answers!
Visiting the exhibits...the first favorite one among the class.
Second favorite....building with Keva planks!

Now I'm in Monterey with the boyfriend for the long weekend just to relax! Yesterday, we wandered around Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey (I think). We had quite an eating adventure, a whole day of eating seafood. 

The plan for today is to go to the aquarium and maybe catch a movie too. Guess we will see what happens! :)