School's Out







I get so excited for things like the last week of school!  Everyone seems happy and like we are on the verge of something amazing happening.  Like summer!  Although it was fun, my last week of school was CRAZY!  





On Tuesday we had our dance festival (my kids were so cute!) and indoor field day.  Yes, INDOOR field day.  Right after the dance festival it started pouring and our sweet PTA reorganized all of the field day activities so they could be done inside in our classrooms.  Kids were kind of wired, volunteers a little stressed, but I think we all had fun.











On Wednesday I held a big celebration for my first graders and we invited their parents to share in the joy.  I gave each little one a job and a badge (things like "welcome committee", "usher", "snack manager", and "pre-show joke-teller".  The kids LOVED having their own jobs and it honestly made my life a whole lot easier.  As I was introducing our two MCs to the parents I told them that I spend a good majority of my life in front of people talking and that today I was going to give myself a break and let the kids run the show.  Turned out to be a great decision!  We shared a few projects from the year, ate some cookies, and watched a slideshow of pictures that I've been saving up.





Today, our last, was short and sweet; I had a precious hour and a half with my little darlings.  I wasn't prepared for the showering of generous gifts and cards, the sweet little tears, and the great big hugs.  This class has been so hard for me in a lot of ways, but I sure do love them and will miss them!!!





After a couple of trainings next week it will be summertime for realsies!  Huzzah!






School's Out


I get so excited for things like the last week of school!  Everyone seems happy and like we are on the verge of something amazing happening.  Like summer!  Although it was fun, my last week of school was CRAZY!  

On Tuesday we had our dance festival (my kids were so cute!) and indoor field day.  Yes, INDOOR field day.  Right after the dance festival it started pouring and our sweet PTA reorganized all of the field day activities so they could be done inside in our classrooms.  Kids were kind of wired, volunteers a little stressed, but I think we all had fun.



On Wednesday I held a big celebration for my first graders and we invited their parents to share in the joy.  I gave each little one a job and a badge (things like "welcome committee", "usher", "snack manager", and "pre-show joke-teller".  The kids LOVED having their own jobs and it honestly made my life a whole lot easier.  As I was introducing our two MCs to the parents I told them that I spend a good majority of my life in front of people talking and that today I was going to give myself a break and let the kids run the show.  Turned out to be a great decision!  We shared a few projects from the year, ate some cookies, and watched a slideshow of pictures that I've been saving up.

Today, our last, was short and sweet; I had a precious hour and a half with my little darlings.  I wasn't prepared for the showering of generous gifts and cards, the sweet little tears, and the great big hugs.  This class has been so hard for me in a lot of ways, but I sure do love them and will miss them!!!

After a couple of trainings next week it will be summertime for realsies!  Huzzah!


Budding Blogs!





I'm very excited to participate in the May Buddy Blog Linky from i (heart) recess!  I've only been blogging for a few weeks now, but I am really loving having a little place to write down my thoughts and happenings from my classroom!  As part of the linky we are to answer a few questions to share a little bit more about ourselves! 






 





1. Why did you start blogging?


I make a lot of my own resources for my classroom and I thought it would be nice to have a means of sharing them with others that might be interested.  I love the whole blog idea because you can do so much with it!  It is so fulfilling for me to be able to share with and connect to other teachers near and far!





2. What is your favorite subject to teach?


This is a tough one!  I love teaching all the subjects to my little darlings, but this year I have really developed a love for writing!  With our district's recent adoption of the Language Arts Common Core I have been putting my heart and soul into our writing activities.  We have had such fun exploring a variety of genres and purposes for writing!





3. Describe your teaching style.


Not perfect :).  But I try hard!  I keep very positive and happy with my students and love to teach with a lot of excitement and fun hands-on activities.  In my experience it is opportunities like this that help students retain the information they are working to internalize.  Plus, being peppy even when I don't feel like it somehow makes me happier and my day can totally turn around.





4. Give three interesting facts about yourself.


Not sure how super interesting these are, but they are definitely me:


I love anything Jane Austen!  I have 6 sisters! I married my high school sweetheart (aww).





5. Do you have a TPT store?


Yes!  Holy cow, TPT is amazing!  I love seeing what other teachers have created.  It is honestly kind of a dangerous place for me because there is so much that I want to buy!


And, it is way fun to sell and share a few of my creations with you all!  You can check out my store right here!





Well that was kind of fun!  I'm off now to checkout and support some of the other budding bloggers.  Hurray for us!

Budding Blogs!


I'm very excited to participate in the May Buddy Blog Linky from i (heart) recess!  I've only been blogging for a few weeks now, but I am really loving having a little place to write down my thoughts and happenings from my classroom!  As part of the linky we are to answer a few questions to share a little bit more about ourselves! 


 

1. Why did you start blogging?
I make a lot of my own resources for my classroom and I thought it would be nice to have a means of sharing them with others that might be interested.  I love the whole blog idea because you can do so much with it!  It is so fulfilling for me to be able to share with and connect to other teachers near and far!

2. What is your favorite subject to teach?
This is a tough one!  I love teaching all the subjects to my little darlings, but this year I have really developed a love for writing!  With our district's recent adoption of the Language Arts Common Core I have been putting my heart and soul into our writing activities.  We have had such fun exploring a variety of genres and purposes for writing!

3. Describe your teaching style.
Not perfect :).  But I try hard!  I keep very positive and happy with my students and love to teach with a lot of excitement and fun hands-on activities.  In my experience it is opportunities like this that help students retain the information they are working to internalize.  Plus, being peppy even when I don't feel like it somehow makes me happier and my day can totally turn around.

4. Give three interesting facts about yourself.
Not sure how super interesting these are, but they are definitely me:
I love anything Jane Austen!  I have 6 sisters! I married my high school sweetheart (aww).

5. Do you have a TPT store?
Yes!  Holy cow, TPT is amazing!  I love seeing what other teachers have created.  It is honestly kind of a dangerous place for me because there is so much that I want to buy!
And, it is way fun to sell and share a few of my creations with you all!  You can check out my store right here!

Well that was kind of fun!  I'm off now to checkout and support some of the other budding bloggers.  Hurray for us!

Hiccups and Cupcakes



Today I was trying my best to do some great last-week-of-school-classroom-management to a child who thought it might be a good idea to pretend to be a cat and scratch the kid next to him....?  
Yeah, so not okay in my class.  Anyway, I took said scratcher aside and started having a conversation with him about this kind of behavior.....and then.....I suddenly had the worst case of the hiccups!  I couldn't speak more than two words without a great big horrible hiccup coming out of me. It was kind of the worst.  

And kind of hilarious.  

The little one I was talking to thought it was rather funny, but he made a valiant effort to suppress his giggles. So much for great management. 





In other news, I've been brainstorming a gift to give to my little darlings on the last day of school.  After much internal discussion and thought (and perhaps a few cravings...),
 I came up with these:










Yum.  I might save a few for myself.  Or more than a few. And although 1st grade was NOT a piece of cake, we all had an amazing year and we should go out on a super sweet note.  


THREE MORE DAYS! 





Interested in my little cupcake printable dealies? 
 I've got them for PreK-6th Grade.  Grab them right here!







Or, click on this picture! 
Finally figured out how to link images.  
Boo-yah!




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Hiccups and Cupcakes


Today I was trying my best to do some great last-week-of-school-classroom-management to a child who thought it might be a good idea to pretend to be a cat and scratch the kid next to him....?  
Yeah, so not okay in my class.  Anyway, I took said scratcher aside and started having a conversation with him about this kind of behavior.....and then.....I suddenly had the worst case of the hiccups!  I couldn't speak more than two words without a great big horrible hiccup coming out of me. It was kind of the worst.  

And kind of hilarious.  

The little one I was talking to thought it was rather funny, but he made a valiant effort to suppress his giggles. So much for great management. 

In other news, I've been brainstorming a gift to give to my little darlings on the last day of school.  After much internal discussion and thought (and perhaps a few cravings...),
 I came up with these:


Yum.  I might save a few for myself.  Or more than a few. And although 1st grade was NOT a piece of cake, we all had an amazing year and we should go out on a super sweet note.  
THREE MORE DAYS! 

Interested in my little cupcake printable dealies? 
 I've got them for PreK-6th Grade.  Grab them right here!



Or, click on this picture! 
Finally figured out how to link images.  
Boo-yah!

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3D Shapes and a Freebie!





We are winding down the school year and I can hardly believe it!  In some ways it feels like I was meeting my littles just yesterday.....but then again in other ways it feels like we've known one another FOR. EVER.  





I'm trying to squeeze everything that I can into this last week and half!  Academic stuff and a little bit of fun fluff stuff, too!  What is first grade without  just a touch of fluff here and there? :)  We've been working on identifying three-dimensional geometric shapes and discussing their attributes in relationship to their flat friends, the 2D shapes.  I asked the littles to look around and identify as many three-dimensional shapes as possible in our classroom.  And boy can they identify them!  





For a little bit of extra practice (and for the sake of variety...they are bound to find interesting shapes at home!), I sent home this little page for homework tonight.  I can't wait to find out what shapes they were able to identify at home.    If you're interested, grab this page for free below!  Happy teaching!







Click here for this freebie!

3D Shapes and a Freebie!


We are winding down the school year and I can hardly believe it!  In some ways it feels like I was meeting my littles just yesterday.....but then again in other ways it feels like we've known one another FOR. EVER.  

I'm trying to squeeze everything that I can into this last week and half!  Academic stuff and a little bit of fun fluff stuff, too!  What is first grade without  just a touch of fluff here and there? :)  We've been working on identifying three-dimensional geometric shapes and discussing their attributes in relationship to their flat friends, the 2D shapes.  I asked the littles to look around and identify as many three-dimensional shapes as possible in our classroom.  And boy can they identify them!  

For a little bit of extra practice (and for the sake of variety...they are bound to find interesting shapes at home!), I sent home this little page for homework tonight.  I can't wait to find out what shapes they were able to identify at home.    If you're interested, grab this page for free below!  Happy teaching!

Click here for this freebie!

Plants!





We have had such fun this past week learning all about plants!  My kids were FASCINATED by the functions of different plant parts.  And they were totally ecstatic when they were informed they would be soon planting their own sunflower.  I will never get over the excitement and enthusiasm of a first grader.  So sweet!  Here are some pics. from our week!























8 more days!  But who's counting?

Plants!


We have had such fun this past week learning all about plants!  My kids were FASCINATED by the functions of different plant parts.  And they were totally ecstatic when they were informed they would be soon planting their own sunflower.  I will never get over the excitement and enthusiasm of a first grader.  So sweet!  Here are some pics. from our week!





8 more days!  But who's counting?

Cataloging


So I've been thinking a lot about changes I want to put in place before next year.  I'm trying to tell my mind to give it a rest and just think about summer and freedom instead!  Some days that totally works and others I succumb and start making project lists and pinning zillions of back-to-school ideas.  Anyone else do this?

I've been snapping pictures around my classroom in an attempt to catalog what things were like this year so that I can look back at it in years to come.  Yesterday I snapped most of my bulletin boards.  I love bulletin boards!  Like....a lot!  I hope I'm not alone in this.  I do want to improve mine though and make them more beneficial and useful to my sweet little darlings next year.





My math word wall served us well, but I'm excited to change it up next year!  My district is adopting the common core math curriculum and I found these beautifully perfect common core math vocabulary cards from First Grade Fanatics!







Calendar needs a little help.  I want to be change a few things to make our calendar time more meaningful. 
 Any good ideas out there?







You can't see it very well, but I used blue and white striped wrapping paper for the backdrop of my word wall.  I'm sure others have thought of this, but the idea of using wrapping paper struck me like a bolt of lightning one night when I was going to bed.  Suddenly the possibilities were endless!  
Sometimes I feel like a total dork...like right now after writing that sentence :).







These are a few of our Strong Reader goals.  They all come from Growing Readers by Kathy Collins.  LOVE this book!  







This board housed our weekly writing goals, vocabulary, 
and word families.





Okay, enough bulletin boards.  On to summer, eh? 

Cataloging

So I've been thinking a lot about changes I want to put in place before next year.  I'm trying to tell my mind to give it a rest and just think about summer and freedom instead!  Some days that totally works and others I succumb and start making project lists and pinning zillions of back-to-school ideas.  Anyone else do this?

I've been snapping pictures around my classroom in an attempt to catalog what things were like this year so that I can look back at it in years to come.  Yesterday I snapped most of my bulletin boards.  I love bulletin boards!  Like....a lot!  I hope I'm not alone in this.  I do want to improve mine though and make them more beneficial and useful to my sweet little darlings next year.

My math word wall served us well, but I'm excited to change it up next year!  My district is adopting the common core math curriculum and I found these beautifully perfect common core math vocabulary cards from First Grade Fanatics!

Calendar needs a little help.  I want to be change a few things to make our calendar time more meaningful. 
 Any good ideas out there?

You can't see it very well, but I used blue and white striped wrapping paper for the backdrop of my word wall.  I'm sure others have thought of this, but the idea of using wrapping paper struck me like a bolt of lightning one night when I was going to bed.  Suddenly the possibilities were endless!  
Sometimes I feel like a total dork...like right now after writing that sentence :).

These are a few of our Strong Reader goals.  They all come from Growing Readers by Kathy Collins.  LOVE this book!  

This board housed our weekly writing goals, vocabulary, 
and word families.

Okay, enough bulletin boards.  On to summer, eh? 

Memory Book





Whew!  Our school had the annual Walk-a-thon today and my little ones had such a great time.  They averaged about 17 laps around our field and I was so proud of them.  By the time we were done they were so totally exhausted that we turned out the lights in our classroom and just lay down on the floor for a little while :).  Nothing like a little rest!





The year is beginning to wind down and I find myself with mixed emotions.  Part of me is so relieved to have a break and some freedom coming up, but part of me knows I am going to miss my little ones a whole bunch.  My goal is to savor and enjoy these last 2 weeks and make the most of every moment with my sweet kids.  I've been working on this memory book to help us remember the great times we've had together this year.  Check it out here.














Memory Book


Whew!  Our school had the annual Walk-a-thon today and my little ones had such a great time.  They averaged about 17 laps around our field and I was so proud of them.  By the time we were done they were so totally exhausted that we turned out the lights in our classroom and just lay down on the floor for a little while :).  Nothing like a little rest!

The year is beginning to wind down and I find myself with mixed emotions.  Part of me is so relieved to have a break and some freedom coming up, but part of me knows I am going to miss my little ones a whole bunch.  My goal is to savor and enjoy these last 2 weeks and make the most of every moment with my sweet kids.  I've been working on this memory book to help us remember the great times we've had together this year.  Check it out here.




Stir Crazy and a Freebie



It is such a gorgeous day outside!  My little ones have been kind of stir crazy and I can't say that I blame them!  Ha, I just looked up the origin of "stir crazy" for kicks and apparently it refers to prisoners becoming mentally imbalanced after prolonged incarceration?  First grade, much?  





Anywho....since it is such a gorgeous day enjoy a little freebie!







...and I cannot figure out how to create a link to the pdf from a picture of the document 
(INEXPERIENCED BLOGGER ALERT!)
....so go grab it in my TPT store right here while I look up a tutorial or something :).








Stir Crazy and a Freebie


It is such a gorgeous day outside!  My little ones have been kind of stir crazy and I can't say that I blame them!  Ha, I just looked up the origin of "stir crazy" for kicks and apparently it refers to prisoners becoming mentally imbalanced after prolonged incarceration?  First grade, much?  

Anywho....since it is such a gorgeous day enjoy a little freebie!



...and I cannot figure out how to create a link to the pdf from a picture of the document 
(INEXPERIENCED BLOGGER ALERT!)
....so go grab it in my TPT store right here while I look up a tutorial or something :).






I only discovered TPT recently (Where have you been all my life!?!?), but it has opened up a world of amazing teaching ideas for me!  I have a hard time getting away from it because I love it so much!





 I snagged a couple of really awesome things from some really awesome teachers
during the big Teacher Appreciation Sale:






Deanna Jump's Guided Reading Resources  So awesome!








These incredible Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards from First Grade Fanatics.  I can't wait to use these!!








and these great word family posters by Leanne Prince.





Yep, pretty much super excited about next year!  Thank you, TPT!

I only discovered TPT recently (Where have you been all my life!?!?), but it has opened up a world of amazing teaching ideas for me!  I have a hard time getting away from it because I love it so much!

 I snagged a couple of really awesome things from some really awesome teachers
during the big Teacher Appreciation Sale:


Deanna Jump's Guided Reading Resources  So awesome!


These incredible Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards from First Grade Fanatics.  I can't wait to use these!!


and these great word family posters by Leanne Prince.

Yep, pretty much super excited about next year!  Thank you, TPT!

Pasta Sorting!


Here's a quickie snapshot of today:










We did a quick (but fun!) science activity that involved sorting, classifying, and observing and recording a variety of attributes for different noodles.   My kids loved it and did a great job.  I was really impressed with some of the attributes they were noticing and some of their methods for sorting.  And, I have been craving pasta ever since! (cooked, please!)





Feel free to download my little Pasta Observations recording sheet for free right here.  And have a great night!









Pasta Sorting!

Here's a quickie snapshot of today:


We did a quick (but fun!) science activity that involved sorting, classifying, and observing and recording a variety of attributes for different noodles.   My kids loved it and did a great job.  I was really impressed with some of the attributes they were noticing and some of their methods for sorting.  And, I have been craving pasta ever since! (cooked, please!)

Feel free to download my little Pasta Observations recording sheet for free right here.  And have a great night!



Sink or Float


We had such a fun time today with our sink/float science lesson.  My kids were very excited to become real scientists and they took their jobs of predicting, testing, and concluding very seriously!  We started out with a little vocab and a KWL chart to get our schema going.  I was very impressed with what they knew already and with the questions that they wanted answered.





...excuse that typo in the Learned section...we'll fix that :)

After some VERY CLEAR instructions about not chucking objects into water tubs or starting a water war with your neighbor...we set to work making predictions and testing out our hypotheses.  So great!













They did so well!  I expected and prepared for some mighty soaked desks, but my kids were so responsible with their materials.





They really loved that do-or-die, sink-or-float moment when they discovered whether or not their prediction was correct.  They also loved being surprised by a few objects like the sponge or the pumice.  I loved being able to watch their predictions unfold and change as they tested more and more objects.  










Now, I am new to this whole thing and I don't profess to have a single soul reading this....BUT, just in case someone is and just in case that someone is interested in this lesson, you can grab the materials I made for this lesson right here.





 In my itty bitty TPT store.   Thanks!!




















Sink or Float

We had such a fun time today with our sink/float science lesson.  My kids were very excited to become real scientists and they took their jobs of predicting, testing, and concluding very seriously!  We started out with a little vocab and a KWL chart to get our schema going.  I was very impressed with what they knew already and with the questions that they wanted answered.



...excuse that typo in the Learned section...we'll fix that :)

After some VERY CLEAR instructions about not chucking objects into water tubs or starting a water war with your neighbor...we set to work making predictions and testing out our hypotheses.  So great!



They did so well!  I expected and prepared for some mighty soaked desks, but my kids were so responsible with their materials.

They really loved that do-or-die, sink-or-float moment when they discovered whether or not their prediction was correct.  They also loved being surprised by a few objects like the sponge or the pumice.  I loved being able to watch their predictions unfold and change as they tested more and more objects.  


Now, I am new to this whole thing and I don't profess to have a single soul reading this....BUT, just in case someone is and just in case that someone is interested in this lesson, you can grab the materials I made for this lesson right here.

 In my itty bitty TPT store.   Thanks!!






Hi there!

My name is Bethany and I'm a first grade teacher in the lovely Utah!  Here at the tail end of my second year of teaching I have decided to create a blog to share my ideas, mistakes, and whatever experiences come my way.  I hope to document my reflections on teaching, family, and life in general and have a little place to look back upon so that I might learn something and become an ever better lover of all things.  Happy teaching!




Hi there!

My name is Bethany and I'm a first grade teacher in the lovely Utah!  Here at the tail end of my second year of teaching I have decided to create a blog to share my ideas, mistakes, and whatever experiences come my way.  I hope to document my reflections on teaching, family, and life in general and have a little place to look back upon so that I might learn something and become an ever better lover of all things.  Happy teaching!