It's Raining, It's Pouring, My Students Are LEARNING!

Hi everyone,

I'm here to show you what we did with our RAIN theme last week! What a blast it was!!

It was perfect timing because it rained ALL week... One might say BOO HOO to that but this teacher was very excited ;)

We started our week with a class survey. 
My students walked around the room asking each other if they like playing in the rain. 

Want to know how I keep the chaos to a minimal during surveys and read/write the room activities in my class? Simple! My students transform into MIMES :)
I taught them to tap on a friend's shoulder and have them point to their choice in the survey sheet. They are so cute when they are doing this... It is COMPLETE silence in my class and they are hard at work! 
It's priceless! 

We worked on an ABC order activity with our new rain vocabulary words. 
ABC order is always a hit in my class ;)

Our writer'S workshop was SO much fun this week!
We read a book about rain (see picture below) to get our creative juices flowing for our class story. 
Then, we wrote a story together using all the rain words from the book. 
Take a look at our class story!

After writing our class story, we got to work on our own stories.
I"m SO impressed with how amazing they are at writing... They started the year not knowing their letter sounds and now look what they can do!! AMAZING!

We took a little step back to last week's theme to complete 
this page in our interactive notebooks.
These little learners were so excited to work in this page 
but we just ran out of time last week... 
It happens ;)

This interactive notebook activity is part of my plants FREEBIE. 
You can grab it HERE.

The BEST part of our week? Our science experiment, of course!
This was so much fun!!

Here is how we did it:
First, we put water in a clear cup (about 3/4 full).
We then put shaving cream on top. This acted as our cloud.
We then used a second cup to make "water" by adding a few drops
of food coloring to water. 

 The kids took turns using the eye dropper to add water to our cloud. 
Once the cloud started getting too "full of water", it started to rain!
It was like MAGIC!!

The looks on their faces was priceless ;)

We used a prediction sheet to guess what would happen before we put the experiment to the test. 

You can find everything you see above (and more) in my "Raining Cats & Dogs Craftivity".
Here are a few previews:

This week we will be making this pretty little craft :)
I can't wait!!

Later gators,

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Wordless Wednesday - Spring Themes

Hi everyone,

I'm joining the fun this week for Wordless Wednesday!

I've been really looking forward to themes like this one...
What themes do you do in your class during the last months of school?

You can link up, or check out the other Wordless Wednesday posts by clicking on the picture below.

Later gators,

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Missing Pieces - Mystery Solved!

Hi everyone,

I'm here to share a little tip with you today!

As you may already know, I love making crafts with my class. I just love how they motivate my students to write great stories. They are a great way to spark their imagination!

I usually am pretty flexible with rules during our crafting periods. Some of our "stricter" classroom rules fly out the window during craft time... as long as the project gets done ;)

I do, however, have ONE rule when it comes to crafts in my class. 
This all started with the case of the mysterious missing craft pieces...

I used to have so many instances when mysterious papers would just DISAPPEAR before our crafts were finished. I used to run to the photocopy room to make extra pieces for those kids who were in tears because their craft pieces had MYSTERIOUSLY taken off...
Well no more, my friends! No more!

NEW RULE: My students are NOT allowed to throw away ANY of their scraps until their craft is completely finished!
I just don't have the time to run to the photocopy room in the middle of our craft time to make my kids more arms, feet, or whatever may have "disappeared".
My new rule has MAGICALLY changed our crafting experiences ;)

This took some convincing but together we have come to respect 
the "NO recycling until you're done" rule! HA!

What do they do with all those scraps during the crafting process? Simple. 
They keep them on the corner of their desk.

Some of my students like to work standing up, so they use their chair for their scraps. Whatever works. I'm not picky. 
As long as there are no tears for missing pieces, I'm good ;)

I also use this rule when we work in our interactive notebooks, when we do "cut & paste" activities, and whatever other activities consist of cutting and gluing!

So there you have it. A simple trick.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 

Later gators,

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SO Many Spring Activities & A Freebie!

Hi everyone,

I'm here to show you all the fun Spring things that have been going on in my classroom this past week!

We have been BUSY BEES, working on our spring centers, reinforcing literacy and math skills with some fun Spring activities, and working hard on our Earth Day crafts! 
We even got to start our plant observation books :)

My students have been LOVING my Spring printables! These activities have been perfect for reviewing skills that we learned this year. I was able to easily spot what concepts need a little more revision and which have been mastered. It's that time of year when we look back on what we have taught and reflect on our students' learning. I'm so proud of each and every one of my kiddies this year. They are so eager to learn!

We worked on our Earth Day crafts a couple of weeks early because I wanted to have them hanging on our classroom ASAP! These little bears are from my favorite craftivity: Give The Earth A Bear Hug.

Every time we start a craft, the control freak in me gets very anxious with the mess on everyone's desk! HA!

I don't worry much about noise anymore, thanks to this new app!
It has been a gift sent from teacher Heaven! ;)
** You can read all about the apps that I use for classroom management HERE **

I have one simple rule when we work on crafts:
Students are NOT allowed to put ANY of their scrap papers in the recycling bin until they have put their craft together. This avoids pieces making their way to the recycling bin too early. 
Less tears = happy teacher!

Look how beautiful they turned out!

There's nothing like a great craft to get the kids excited for upcoming writing activities :)

A couple of weeks ago, an AMAZING mother brought these tiny plants to our class for our Mother's Day crafting. I, of course, used them to start our plants unit too! 
We have been watching our plants grow every day and we even planted some seeds of our own!

Can you see what peeked out on Friday?

Do you see it now? ;)

We started our seed observation books and we have been recording our observations as time goes by. 
I completely forgot to take pictures of our seed books but I promise to take some tomorrow :)

We also added a fun page to our interactive notebooks!

They had a blast working on this page and they kept asking when we are going to do the second one! 
I guess this means I better get myself to the copy machine tomorrow morning ;)

You can grab this interactive notebook page for FREE at my TPT store!

We finished off our week with this fun Spring activity from my Print & Go Pack

This week, we'll be working on some more Spring activities and we will continue to use our seed observation books. I can't wait to see if any more seeds have sprouted this weekend... Fingers crossed, I don't really have a GREEN thumb! HA!

If you like what you see in this post, take a look at these Spring items in my teacher store.

Later gators,

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