January 24, 2014

Five for Friday {Snow Week Edition}

I really don't have much school-related to blog about today.  We have been out of school for six days now.  I haven't taught a full week in 2014.  This winter has been tough!  I guess I am enjoying summer break a little bit early. :)  On a positive note, I am getting lots of extra snuggle time in with my own babies.  They are pretty great.

Since we have been off school for a really long time, we are making the most of this time off by POTTY TRAINING!  Oh. My. Goodness.  I have forgotten how hard it is.  We've done pretty well, but geeze... I'm exhausted going back and forth to the bathroom with my little diva. 

When we finally go back to school, we will be learning all about polar animals.  This has been on my plans for three weeks now, no joke.  We will be using this unit to focus our thinking and guide instruction throughout the unit:

We are right in the middle of learning addition, so I found this sweet idea on The First Grade Parade:

Here's my version:

Of course, it may be May before I get to use it, but who's counting? :)

As part of my literacy stations, I have a research station.  Whatever theme we are studying that week, I create a bundle of videos and websites using My Big Campus, create a QR code for the kiddos to scan, and let them find information on what we are learning.  Since this QR code has not been touched yet, I will give it to you for free!

My school district is involved in a grant from the state of Indiana to create curriculum.  I have had the opportunity to write two units so far, and I'm starting on the third.  This one will be a unit on Famous Americans.  Here is a sneak peek of what I have so far:

I have a whole bunch still to do, but this is a start.  I have twelve Americans in my pack, and I can't wait to start this with my kiddos next month!

Thanks for reading!  Please pray for NO MORE SNOW!!! :)

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