Bat Week Decor

We started Bat Week today.  I surprised the kiddos this morning and they were so excited!!!!  I covered every table with black table cloths, and hung purple lights around.  Each table had a tap light and the kids were over the moon.  I also gave them each a glow bracelet that was waiting at their seat as they walked in.  I had bat sounds playing in the background.  Easy peasy and the stage has been set for a fun week of learning.  I’ll let you know how that works out.  

End of the Year Parent Volunteer Gifts!

I am blessed.  There I said it- Blessed!  I have a LOT of wonderful parent volunteers.  I know, I know tough problem to have.  I always want to give them wonderful gifts at the end of the year.  They deserve dinner, massages, pampering of any kind.  Yet, my teacher salary does not allow me to spoil them as they should be.  I fret about this gift for MONTHS in advance.  I am not crafty and I have limited funds.  You can see my dilemma.  This year, I think I have finally hit the jackpot.  I found a gift that I know will make my volunteers smile.
How cute are these vases?  At least I see them as vases, but really there are many uses for them.  I found them at The Dollar Store.  Boom!  Budget friendly.  I had each child add their fingerprint.  I brought the vases home and turned on some Real Housewives and got busy adding details to each fingerprint to resemble an ocean animal.  Bravo binge + paint pen = adorable budget friendly, meaningful momentos to the wonderful parents that do so much for my classroom.  I wrapped them with shrink wrap and bows from The Dollar Tree.  I added a fish themed tag I found {here}  for FREE. 

Watermelon Adjectives

Watermelon is the perfect edible for adjectives (in case you were wondering).  I made this Google Slide to get my kiddos thinking about their 5 senses and how they would describe watermelon.

Watermelon Adjectives

I started the lesson my showing this on the Smartboard and we came up with one adjective for each slice together.  Wouldn't you know it?  One of the kiddos said it would be awesome if we actually had watermelon.  That is when I produced this.
Watermelon Adjectives

The kiddos then worked in their groups to complete the Google Slide together.  Here is the final product!  If you would like your own FREE copy, just click {here}.

Lego Bag Building

As many of you know I also run our afterschool Lego club. I’m always on the look out for interesting Lego activities that will be new and different for the kiddos.  Well, my co-Lego teacher, Mr. M shared this fun idea and the kiddos had a blast. 

We used these Lego kits:

Each box has 3 different builds.  Mr. M pulled the Legos and instructions for each build and placed them in a baggie.  So.. each box will work for 3 separate builds.  

The students could take the instructions out of the bag, but NO Legos.  Students had to build the object by manipulating the Legos in the bag from the outside of the bag. 

They loved it and got pretty quick at it.  They were begging for more!!!

If I Could Turn Back Time...

If I could turn back time...

I wouldn’t have waited so long to integrate these super fun time teaching activities  nto my lessons.  Holy Cow! Game Changer!  My kiddos loved time headbandz.  One player put a digital time in their headband and their partner made the time on their analog clock.  The headband wearer read the time their partner made.  If the time they said matched the flash card in their headband they got to keep the card.  My kids loved this. Plus, there were lots of teachable moments between partners.  

time teaching activities

Looking for ‘oo’

Last week our sound was ‘oo’ as in look.  I have really enjoyed starting my phonics lessons with YouTube clips from the Electric Company.  I know I’m showing my age here, but I just love sharing these with my kiddos from “the old days.”  After the video we brainstormed ‘oo’ words for our anchor chart together.  

I found this adorable activity from Smitten with First.

Next up was making some special “lOOking glasses” filled with ‘oo’ words.

You can find the free template for these glasses right {here} from The Teacher Wife.  Then we went on a word Hunt with our new stylish frames.  The kiddos searched the school for words with the ‘oo’ sound we’re studying.  I copied them on to bright pink and hung them around the school beforehand.  The kiddos LOVED this.

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