Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Made It... Random Edition!

Okay so don't even ask me how I have time to blog when I have a wedding in 12 days but I think I need a mental break!  And we have been doing so much, I need to share some of it!

My first Monday Made It today is kind of a random one!

My class studied penguins during our Informational Text unit, went to the zoo to learn more about penguins, wrote books about penguins, and read "The Penguin Problem" in our Ready Freddy chapter book series!  So the next thing to do (obviously!) was to raise money to adopt a penguin!  My kiddos had all kinds of ideas ... including letting them out of school to sell lemonade on the corner!  Even though I disagreed to that, I did modify it :)  We did a 1st Day of Spring lemonade and cookie sale!

My kids did school announcements, made fliers, made posters, and advertised room to room!  They also brought in all the supplies & helped get everything ready!  During the sale they helped passed out lemonade & cookies and worked as cashiers, greeters, and "thank-ers"!  They truly did an amazing job!

Our goal was to make $25 to adopt the penguin.  My students raised $250!  We met today and are still deciding how to spend the money.  So far it looks like they want to adopt several different animals to help more than just penguins.  We will decide this week and make our adoptions!  I am so proud of the hard work they did for such a good cause!

If you didn't already know, I am obsessed (just a little) with Whole Brain Teaching.  I did things a little backwards this year but at least now I know for next year.  

I did Triple Whammy's (3 part sentences) in the beginning of the year and then did Genius Ladders.  Next year I will start with Genius Ladders and move to Triple Whammy's because it goes better with 5 sentence paragraphs (which we are going back to now).  My students are currently doing opinion writing with Topic Sentences & Conclusions!  I am so proud of their work!

Anyways, back to my Monday Made It!  We just finished up making our own Genius Ladders!  Some of these stories ended up to be very interesting but then again, that's the point!

Here is how it works...

You start with a BLAH Sentence (Article, Noun, Verb).
Then add an adjective to make it a SPICY sentence.
Then move up to an EXTENDER sentence by adding a detail.
Finally, turn it into a GENIUS paragraph by adding 2 more details.

My original close up pic of one student's work turned out blurry so I will take another one tomorrow so you can see how the student's did this.  I also differentiated by having some students only move up to the EXTENDER sentence.

Some of our ladders don't look so sturdy but their writing was impressive! :)

Okay so on top of wedding planning, we bough a house last month!  I have really struggled with prioritizing between doing wedding stuff or house stuff!  Most of the time I just do both :)

I am a Value Village addict and here are some of my latest house projects!

So our master bedroom and master bath is  still a work in progress (as you can see, I need nightstands badly!).  But I could not resist this project!  I got some ugly pictures on half price day at Value Village and took out the pictures and glass.  Then I spray painted the frames.  I got the letters at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off and of course they didn't have the "&" sign!  So I found it in white for $1.50 and painted it.

I am completely obsessed with buying glass at Value Village and painting it!  The class on half of days is usually $0.25 - $0.50 so you really cannot beat it!  I have some E600 glue that I plan to glue the mason jars onto the candlesticks to work as apothecary jars eventually but for now, I needed to fill some of this space on the cabinets!  Everything in this picture is from the thrift shop and altogether was less than $5.

Still working on the Master bath but we got one of them about done!  Sorry the before picture is blurry.  I literally just downloaded it from the website that had our house for sale.  We painted and decided on a gray and yellow theme.  The glass jars by sink are another thrift shop project that cost $1 altogether!  I didn't paint those, I just used E600 to glue them together and filled them up with gray and yellow random items.  The canvases were made with sample ($2.94) paint by my daughter and I!  They were so fun!

I really want to post some of my wedding DIY's (esp. my bridesmaid gifts) but I am going to wait until after the wedding JUST IN CASE!

12 more days until I am Mrs. Martin and 14 days until I am on a beach in Mexico!  I am so excited but have so much work to do to get ready for a substitute & the wedding!

Oh and let me throw this pic on my MMI #3...  my bridesmaids made this for me!  Such an amazing, creative idea and it makes the countdown so much fun!!!

Before I go, here is one last Monday Made It!

I was sick of having my kids bring me their writing with missing grammar...especially since we have been doing oral writing since SEPTEMBER!

So, I made these AUTHOR CHECK cards.  We reviewed them for several days and I modeled how to use them!  I made them simple to use for my non-readers!

You can get your copy for FREE in my TpT Store!

My students keep these in their writing folders or crayon boxes and so far it has really helped the students be able to check themselves before they bring their writing to me!

Okay thats all for today!!  I will talk to you all after my wedding and honeymoon and update you with lots of wedding photos & WBT information!  As soon as I am back & won't have wedding planning to do, my focus will be back on my WBT Certification!

Happy Monday!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Five for Friday!

Welcome to my first Five for Friday of 2015!

My first BRAIN BOX!  I just ordered these and I cannot wait to get them and try them with my students!  We watched Child Genius and the kids on there would play games like Q-Bitz to help train their brains.  Then there are games out like Luminosity for brain training and even the show called "Brain Games"!  Which I have watched several times and each time I realize my brain definitely needs more exercise!  

So, after that episode of Child Genius, I started shopping on Amazon (as usual) and found so many fun games for brain training!  

I also started thinking....

Incorporating brain training with Whole Brain Teaching could possibly do some amazing things!  I am excited to get my Brain Box and start this with my students!

And I would love to know if any of you have tried brain games in your classrooms!?

We bought a house!!!  We are mostly all moved in to our new place and we couldn't be more excited!  This is our first home and it is more than I could have ever asked for!

Which brings me to number 3.....

So yes, we did buy a house 2 months away from our wedding!  We are down to less than a month!  So now that it's March, house stuff is on hold and wedding stuff is in full gear!!!  

I am doing mostly DIY stuff since I am addicted to thrift shopping and projects.... (like I have time for that)?

Anyways... my favorite thrift shop is Value Village and I always go on half price days.  We made a special trip up to Milwaukee to their Value Village to find this gem!

Some guy ran after us to try to get us to give it up because it is a Hartman and I guess it's a high end brand?

Anyway.... it was $2 so we were definitely taking it!

So I got some scrap paper and lace and tried to figure out what I wanted to do!

I ripped out the insides and started with the hot glue gun!

And this is what I have so far!  Not a finished product and I am still trying to line the inside with the lace but it is coming together!

A friend of mine mentioned that this might not be a good idea because people might try to steal the cards?!  I had not thought of that but I can't give up on this idea now!  I will entrust in our guests that they would never do that! :)

I am doing a ton of wedding & home projects right now so I will be posting more of my DIY's soon!

Fact Families!

I finally started Fact Families last week and it was so much fun!  I got this idea from Primary Paradise and I just love it!  I made my own houses and I brought in a tie (for dad), a scarf (for mom), and a rattle (for baby).  I made up number cards and had students be mom, dad, and baby to act out the fact families!  Then we put our families in a house & I think this really helped my students understand this concept!

We talked about how you have to figure out where dad goes first.  If you are adding, dad can go last but if you are subtracting dad has to go first!  

After that, mom and baby can find their spots and switch but dad can NEVER move!

When I picked my family members, I told them they had to have a family meeting to sort themselves out and stressed putting dad first!  While they were meeting, the other students had to whisper to their neighbor and say what they thought the family should do.

The kids were SO into this!

CCSS 1.OA.3 .... CHECK!

We are approved to attend the National Whole Brain Teaching conference in June!  It ended up to be the same week I have to go to Oshkosh for STEM training but my STEM instructors were nice enough to let me miss a couple days to attend this conference!

As soon as the wedding is done, I will be devoting all my time toward my WBT Certification!  I hope to be in the 1st 25 teachers to get this honor!

The conference is FREE so if you LOVE WBT, sign up HERE!