Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Is Coming....and So Are the Freebies!

That's right! This is your chance to get 12 days worth of fabulous freebies in time to celebrate the holidays with your kiddos. 

Thanks to Ashley from MeAndMarie for the fabulous blog hop button!

Each day there will be a different freebie or craft highlighted on a blog for you to visit and enjoy. I will also be hosting a linky party for the entire 12 days so you can link up with your own Christmas freebies and crafts.

The fun starts on December 1st so make sure you check back in...and be on the look out for more fun holiday blog hops I will be promoting!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Blog Hop Bloggers Wanted

I am working on putting together a Christmas blog hop of freebies/ideas/crafts etc and am looking for bloggers who want to join in the fun.

Please email me at if you want in on this collaborative project!

Friday, November 23, 2012

If you were listening at my classroom door today... would have heard this lovely exchange.

The conversation in my class today-
Me: "Anyone know which holidays are coming up soon?"
Student: "Christmas?"
Me: "Yep"
Student: "Christmas Eve?" (Thought Christmas kinda covered that one?)
Me: "Okay, what else?"
Student: "April Fool's Day?"
Me: ".....umm, no. That's in April."
Student: "St Patrick's Day?"
Me: "How about I just tell you?"

How many weeks till the holidays?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jelly Bean Data Management (Freebie)

My students and I are still working our way through our Number Sense and Numeration concepts...and it's not taking forever, but I thought it would be good to spice things up a little with another math strand (also, because I need to get the other 4 strands done too!!). Data Management is always a fun and interesting unit, no matter what grade you teach. 

On a separate note, I decided my shelves were looking a little messy so last week after a full evening and morning of parent-teacher interviews I decided to fix them up.

Then I decided I wanted more "wall space" to hang anchor charts in my class, so I put up some sticky hooks on my shelves and ...presto!! More space to hang chart paper. 

Keep reading below to see the charts I hung here. 

I've decided that graphing and sorting will become the main focus of our math stretches, math tubs and hands on activities but that I will continue to teach the needed number sense concepts during my guided math lessons. 

We have been doing a variety of different data collection math stretches since the school year started and have created a few graphs together. We discussed the parts of a bar graph, and created an anchor chart for a frequency table, pictograph and bar graph using the same data. We also wrote some statements about our graphs to analyze the data.

Ta da!!! Data management charts hung on my shelving. 

And finally....the freebie!! Enjoy.

I plan to create a second activity to go along with this one so check back soon. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Teachers Helping Teachers

Are you interested in helping the teachers affected by Hurricane Sandy?

Click on the image above to be directed to The ESOL Odyssey and learn how you can help!
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