Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shapes and Shape Monsters

We have been learning about shapes the last 5 days in school. These are firsties so I tried to keep as age friendly as possible. They love learning about shapes. Especially since we can do fun things to learn about them. We started the unit on shapes with a Chart that was students/ class made of shapes we knew some things about. I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I didn't :(. We then talked about the different shapes. They also had had explore time during center with the shape manipulatives.
I have a daily math power point I do in which videos are embedded into. I can't upload the power point due to clip art terms of use, but I will but the links for all the you tube videos we used to help in our discussions and learning about shapes.
Other basic shape videos:
 We just focused on these 7 shapes for now. We then made a chart together as a class. The students wrote the numbers in for the sides and corners.
We had a discussion about how the different shapes are different. We talked about how a circle really is an odd ball. We then made shape monsters with the polygon shapes only. I made mine first to show the class how to make them. They had to include one of every shape except the circle. I had di cut squares, triangles, trapezoids, and rectangles. I then just printed out pentagons and rhombuses to have them cut out as they made their shape monsters.
Before they could get their large black paper to glue their shape monster down on they had to show me they had all the shapes in their monster. They could use the charts at the back of the room for support. This was a great way to informally assess them!
They then could glue their Shape Monster down, and now it is in the hall on display! :)

Thanks for stopping by!




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Classroom Peek!

Can I just preface this by saying I am still working on this classroom. Setting up a classroom all over again is hard. I feel like this year was harder than my first year! Switching grade levels, states, schools has thrown me for a LOOP! It has been crazy, but I am lovin' it!
Okay when I saw how this bulletin board was set up outside my classroom, I was like what the what!? This is going the total wrong way, but I have chosen to embrace it. I got this cute toad Idea actually from a mom who did it for teacher appreciation for one of my colleagues last year. The toad heads are just circles folded in half. The hands were made with a di-cut. The tongues are just stripes of one inch paper. My kiddos totally love it!
The large toad is actually a toad from a DJ Inker bulletin board set. It can still be purchased on Amazon if you are wanting it. :).
Mmkay. So this is my teacher desk area, The tree was just made from butcher paper. I actually got the stuffed animals from a thrift, It kind of grossed me out getting them there, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money. SO they were doused with disinfectant spray. They were like a buck each. SO the tissue pom poms some were bought at Hobby Lobby, while others I made them. Because I realized hey I can do this!
I am obsessed with my teacher chair. It was 34.99 from Big Lots, and is worth every cent! SO comfortable, and much needed! Makes me feel happy when I have those grumpy moments in school and I can sit in it for 5 seconds, and be all "Ah! Life is okay!"
My calendar are is in the corner kind of hidden right now.
My class made alphabet will go above.
The adorable wire basket by my chair is from Ross they were on clearance!

View From The Door. 

Okay my focus wall is at the back of them room this year. Why? Because then I can pull from spelling word cards or high frequency word cards during small group instruction at the back table. Everything though will be originally be presented at the front of the room during a rug time before it is posted on the focus wall. By the way those pocket charts I got at target in the dollar deal section. I LOVE THEM!!!
My birthday pin chart is actually FREE in my store click here
Okay my library is still a working progress with the labeling of the book bins. Its a process. The board above is for student work. I got my classroom labels from The Price of Teaching she is wonderful! I love her clip art and school items. Click Here to get her classroom supple labels for free!!!
My calendar area is at the front of the room. I got my calendar supplies from Lakeshore. They weren't free, but I love them ;).
This is my second year using this pin chart. My Students LOVE IT!!! I use it with my discipline and reward system. Which is kind of complicated to explain so I will have to post about that later. But if you want to get this ADORABLE clip chart it is FREE from Haley O'Connor. You can click here to download
Okay I will edited this post as the year goes. Incase you haven't noticed I haven't posted about my word wall. I will do that later! Hope y'all are having a wonderful year!!!


Sunday, July 27, 2014


When I found out I was moving to a new state, and was going to get a new job I was worried about something. What if I have to teach a different reading program?! I LOVE the Journey's program that Houghton Mifflin has. As many of you know I have created many units based off of the sequencing of Journey's. Well I won't have Journey's next year, and honestly it seems like I will have to be really diving into my own curriculum skills. So I am taking some of my Journeys craft and making it so they can be used with ANY BOOK. My mom is really excited too as she will be able to use as well (she doesn't have that reading program wither. The fabulous thing is these pack REALLY lay everything out for you with whatever it's focus is. My first focus I have compiled is the reading comprehension strategy: STORY STRUCTURE!
Teaching story structure has always been something I enjoyed. I have packed this full with posters, a poem, graphic organizers, interactive journal pages, worksheets, AND SIX CRAFTS!!!
CHECK IT OUT! I am really pumped about this! I know it is going to make me an even BETTER TEACHER!


Friday, July 25, 2014

First Grade!

I don't think I ever announced it on my blog... Next year I will be teaching first grade in the Seattle area. The school is going to be VASTLY different then my last school. I'm talking 80% Free and reduced lunch. Yeah... craziness! But I know I will make a difference there. I posted the below picture a few weeks ago on my instagram ( #emilyeducation ). This is what I came into. LOTS of paper covering the walls... in a room that has been a 4th grade classroom for 23 years!!! WHAT!? Yeah now it is going to be for first grade! So lots of changes in this room.

I dared the other day to begin going though my many boxes for my classroom... CAN we say hoarder? Yeah I am one. Anyways, I began unpacking the boxes I dropped of almost a month ago. My boxes are not pictured the picture above. Anyway as I was unloading I was feeling overwhelmed. Where do I put all this junk. Luckily a trash can was near by. I loaded a drawer down with my OOOooodles of yarn. My secret to yarn is one trip to the second hand store a LONG time ago. I went in one day and there was a huge bag filled with yarn for $2.00. I was like "Heck Yes I want this". This yarn is still helping me out two years later. Why do I love yarn... well if you have purchased some of my journey's units you might have gotten one with a mobile. Yeah gotta have yarn for those. Or measuring activities!!

 My mom made the comment to me the other day that is always feels better when you start to get something up on the wall of your classroom that is your own. It is so true. As I glanced at my leveled library spread about the floor I was feeling very discouraged. So in my unpacking I came across some cute light polka dot fabric and found this border in my new classroom. I thought hmmm.... interactive alphabet here we go! I have been hearing about these and have been wanting to try one in my classroom. I am going to do my own version so I will keep you posted how it goes. Day 1 of school it will begin! Anyway it really did feel good getting it up. Also there is just something powerful about using that staple gun ;).

Well thats all for now... more coming soon!!! 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Animal Research

I finally finished compiling my Animal Research project that I do with my kids over the last couple years. My students always LOVE doing this. It is an absolute blast. It is also something they are so proud of to take home at the end of the year. I have supplied you will all you need to do this unit. All you need to add is the non-fiction text. I even have examples of the different pages! If you are worried about doing the "Keyword Outline" (a way to get them note taking) with firsties don't fear! It works! I have watched my mom do it in her own first grade classroom year after year. Mind you she is at a Title 1 school so you know she doesn't have it all that easy ;). Anyway to check more of it out click the below picture it will take you to my store.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Moving and Visiting Mrs. Guptill's Classroom

Whew the year is over. I have now moved into my new place in Lynnwood, Washington (suburb of the Seattle area). It was such a whirlwind having the last day of school then moving the very next day. I am so excited though for my next adventure at a school in a new state, new district, new school, and new classroom!! Yahoo!
The drive was long my cat Penelope did surprisingly well on the 13 hour drive to our new home. She is now happily settling in. I think she is missing all the boxes from unpacking though. See below:

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day in my mom's classroom. She teaches first grade and is FABULOUS! Right now they are studying the ocean. I thought I would post some pictures of some of the activities they have done.
They have all sorts of math with those crabs below. How many pinchers (counting by twos) legs, legs, eyes, ect. All they are made of is painted paper plates then attach the legs. The sea star quilt is surrounded with facts about Sea Stars!

 The craft below is so simple. Just sponge painted paper folded in have with tissue paper glued to it for tentacles. Then stuff it with recycled paper and staple! What fantastic Jellies!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Mysterious Tadpole

We have been having SO much fun with "The Mysterious Tadpole" by Steven Kellogg. Above you can see their Multiple Meaning Frogs we made. Doesn't the one with the tongue just put a smile on your face. Inside they wrote down words that had multiple meanings.
Below you can see our "Story Structure Frogs" where they practiced what the characters, setting, problem, and solution was.  I love the wiggly arms! Also, again the tongue on the one. I just love it!
Click on either of the pictures, and it will take you to my teachers pay teachers store. There you can find my pack for "The Mysterious Tadpole".

If the Easter Bunny Never Came!!

What is the Easter Bunny Never Came???!! We contemplated this in class the other week. Their reactions in their writing were HILARIOUS to read. I strongly suggest doing this writing prompt with you students if you want a good read. ;)

Half-Chicken- Antonym Chickens

"Cluck, Cluck". Another fun activity we did just recently. They are antonym chickens that are laying eggs filled with antonyms. I let them choose how they wanted to make the nest that they laid their eggs in. Love how all their little minds work :).
Click the above picture to check out my whole Half-Chicken pack at my teachers pay teachers store by clicking the picture above.

The Goat in The Rug

I feel like life has been so crazy lately. I decided I was going to post a little more this week so everyone can see the work my class has don't. This is from the story "The Goat in The Rug". They weaved main ideas and details. Which was amazing to tie in with the story since the weaving of the goat rugs was one of the main things discussed! They had so much fun weaving, and keep begging me to come up with another weaving activity. I'm trying I just wish I had more time in my day! Click the above picture to check out my pack at the teacher pay teacher store. That is stuffed full with other activities that are tied in with the story.

Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend Idiom Craft

We did these sweet Idiom Kites a little while ago, but I never had a chance to post them. I took a quick picture though before I took them down today since they were being replaced with frogs. This was a cute way for them to practice their Idioms. One of the boys in my class often gets done early, and asked if he could make a "box kite" with the kite pieces. I though why not :). Didn't it turn out cool??? Love it when I can let them use their own ideas in their work. He was so proud of it. You can purchase this "Idiom Kite" from my teacher pay teacher store. It is part of a pack that is full of other ideas. Click on the above picture, and it will take you there.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Groundhog's Garden Grew

Whew! I feel like these last few weeks have been a whirlwind! I am in the process of applying to elementary schools in the Seattle area. Yup, this girl is moving back to beautiful Seattle area! It is so stressful, and I am so sad to leave my amazing school and 2nd grade classroom. Who knows what grade I will be teaching next year :/. Ahh! Oh well for now I am still busy creating, while also studying for Washington tests, applying to jobs, getting ready for the big IRI state test, and teaching!!! Oh and my sister-in-law is getting married this weekend, also my husband just graduated with his degree last week. AGAIN Whirlwind!
Okay enough complaining onto what you want to hear about. Last our second grade was on the story "How Groundhog's Garden Grew".  (If you have the 2014 version of Journeys you would have been doing "From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons) I was especially excited for my sequence of event activity, and they really did turn out adorable!!!  They are now going all the way down our second grade hallway. Which brings a little ray of spring with the occasional snow flurries we have been receiving :/.  Don't worry it is getting warmer!!
When I did this activity I had them do a rough draft before writing it on the carrots.  The top picture is actually of one my colleague's students. She had them add the bugs since that was one of the kids favorite things about the story. HOW CLEVER!
You can see my bulletin on the second picture. I let them draw their own back grounds. Some chose to add rain and clouds to represent that gardens need water as well as sun.
Anyway this groundhog pack is packed full, and for only $4.00 who can pass it up. Click on any of the pictures to purchase the product at my teachers pay teachers store.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Let's Talk Penguins

I had an absolute BLAST creating for this penguin unit. I love that it is cross-curricular. I am teaching math, science, writing, reading, and the list goes on!!  SO much fun. We got to measure out the 5 different penguins. We learned all about them through research and poetry. Finally they picked one wrote about them, then made them. I decided to add on something fun. They got to create the habitat they lived in to put the penguin they created on. Click on any of the pictures below to check out more about this amazing unit at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
 Little Blue
 Little Blue


Monday, March 10, 2014

Penguin Chick Journeys 2nd Grade

I love doing this story during the school year. Seriously it is the best! I especially love because we get to pair it with a non-fiction study of penguins.
During the story we are writing about Main Ideas and Details. Check out our adorable main idea and detail penguins that helped us during penguin chick. Click the image below to purchase my pack for Penguin Chick. This craft is included! :)

Journeys 2nd Grade Dex: The Heart of The Hero

What a fun story this was! We loved reading all about Dex and his courage. We imagined ourselves as superheroes. It was so fun to see their clever writing. Click on any of the below images to buy the pack from my teachers pay teachers store. It is packed full of great ideas to accompany the story including the adorable craft and writing and activity.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rosa and Ruby

I have loved doing both these black history units. I have attached some different pictures so you can see Ruby and Rosa projects from different classrooms then my own. The kids seriously have loved these!!! The ruby bulletin board was done by a first grade class in Bothell, Wa. While Rosa was done by a second grader in Mrs. Thayne's classroom of Rexburg, Idaho.
Click either picture, and it will take you to the web page to purchase the units.

Journey's First Grade

I have loved making these units for Journeys First Grade... Dare I say it almost makes me want to move down to first grade!? The first grade teachers at my school have been implementing the supplements into their week. I love hearing how much their classes have been loving them!
Here are some pictures of what they did with the craft and writing from "The Big Trip". I love now hey turned it into a watercolor project. So Cool!!!!!!

If you click on the pictures it will take you to all my journeys first grade supplement units.