Saturday, April 23, 2016

Five For Friday: April 22nd

This has been a fun week!

My kids are independent enough to work on projects. And they LOVE it.

This week was life cycle week. We used what was available in our science books to take notes, and then the students chose a life cycle to create out of Crayola Model Magic.

They turned out really cute!

Like most primary classrooms in America, my students put some beans in a bag to watch them grow.

I went to Target and picked up three bags of beans. One being black beans. I'm usually a lima bean kind of girl.

Do you see that black bean?! Grew right through the bag!

Needless to say, the black bean is the new lima bean.

Thank you Scholastic Book Club for dollar books! I'm reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume to my kids. It's the prerequisite to Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. I loved this book as a kid.
I cannot stand the word lazy nor can I stand laziness.  It just really bothers me.

Unfortunately, we're having some issues with that in class. For things that should be considered fun.

So, we are now using the word industrious.

"Are you being industrious?"

Which reminds me, have you shown your class these adorable Class Dojo videos? This one is my absolute favorite!

It's about a little monster that is giving up on something new to her.

She finds out that she's in "the dip," which is where we all get stuck when we're learning something new.

This is the conversation I heard this week:

Girl: This is hard!
Boy: It's OK, you're just in the dip.

Not a long conversation, but cuter than anything I've ever heard!
I wrote a post about my top 10 favorite read alouds (for now). You can read it here.

I love hearing what other teachers are reading, so I thought I'd share some of the books I love.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Ten Classroom Read Alouds

I love to read.

And by that, I mean I love to read children's books.

I would rather buy new books than new shoes. It's true.

So I thought I'd share my favorite books. . . right now. Things change.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a book that never lets me down. It's a story about a friendship between a boy and a tree.

I love to read it to my 2nd graders. I love to watch their emotions change as I read it. At one point the children realize that the boy has taken all the tree has to offer and these sad faces appear on my students. This book always makes me sad.

That poor tree just gives and gives and gives. And let's be honest, that boy takes. A lot.

Life lessons in this book.

OK. I'm going to be honest. I read this book for the first time about a month ago.

It never "spoke" to me. I judged this book by its cover and title. I thought it would be boring. I know, bad teacher.

But a few teachers were talking about how much they loved it. So, I bought it. I read it.

I couldn't believe how much my kids loved it. They loved it more than other well-known chapter books geared toward 2nd graders. . .

I think they loved The Boxcar Children because it was four kids living on their own. Without parents and school and homework.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming is just cute. That's it.

I love to teach writing using the 6 Traits of Writing. This book is great to use for teaching word choice.

It's about a farmer, his garden, and some rabbits. Those stinkin' rabbits keep eating his vegetables. No matter what he does, those rabbits get in.

Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Enough said.

These books are hilarious and great for beginning readers.

This book just touches my heart. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev is about a little boy that is excited about going to a Pet Club meeting with his pet elephant. When he arrives he sees the sign "strictly no elephants." He's heartbroken. On his way home, he finds a little girl that wasn't let into the meeting either. Together, they decide to make a clubhouse that allows everybody.

It just makes me think about the kids who say "you can't play with us."

I love this book! If you haven't read it, you MUST read it.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is told from the point of view of some disgruntled crayons. It's great for teaching voice and letter writing. 

This is a must read.


This book was a gift. The BEST GIFT!

This story is just so cute. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, is a story about friendship. Kids love it. I love it. We all love it!

This book puts a spin on The Little Red Hen. Armadily Chili by Helen Ketterman has beautiful illustrations and gives me a reason to use my awesome southwest accent.

What can I say? This is just one of those favorites from my childhood. Every kid should hear Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

I'm noticing a theme. I love books about friendship.

Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller is just the sweetest. Not only is it about a friendship between a caterpillar and a gosling, it is a great book to read when teaching about life cycles.

So there they are, my favorite read alouds (for now). As a type this, I just thought of another book I L-O-V-E.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Five for Friday: April 1st

I've never been so happy to have the flu! I don't have to listen to kids tell me I have a spider on my head all day long!

It's hilarious!

I already gave away number 1. I'm home with the flu. It's all good. Like I said, I get to miss April Fools' :( It's so sad.
Spring Break was last week. We were able to have a nice relaxing week at my favorite winery in Temecula. There was a spa day, food, wine, and lizards. There were lizards everywhere.

My adorable central message posters were printed and posted in my classroom this week. I had a smaller version before, but I wanted to make them a bigger piece of my classroom.
I Didn't Learn This in 2nd Grade! I wrote a post about a skill we're teaching our 2nd graders, but we didn't learn about. Unless I was sick that day and it was never revisited again. Find out how I use those posters in #3 in my classroom.

So, as I mentioned twice :), I am sick. I'll be ok, thanks. Anyway, I didn't get to take a picture of the most adorable Easter basket I was given. I took it to school and, well, I'm not there. So, this one will have to do. It's a Poky Little Puppy pail! Do you remember that book?
I hope all you teachers had a fun April Fools' Day! I'm sure a lot of you are good sports. I am not. I think it's a trust issue.

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