20 April 2014

EveryBUNNY saves

I'm so happy!
Here's why:

1.  I'm having a sale! Everything is 20% off. It's a fantastic Easter sale…and EveryBUNNY saves. Click on the picture to head over to my store.

And guess what… I am not the only one having a sale. Some others are:

Aris at Sailing into Second

Molly at Lucky to be in First

Jaime at Bright Ideas for Teachers

Deirdre at A Burst of First

Angela at Hippo Hooray for Second Grade

Christy at Crayons and Whimsy

Sarah at A Sunny Day in First Grade

2.  I'm on Spring Break! I'm so excited. We don't have any travel plans…and I am NOT making a To Do list.  I am going to sit…and watch movies..and eat snacks and ice cream and sit outside.
I'm going to do "me".


12 April 2014

What's your weight issue?

Don't worry I'm not trying to find out what you weigh…
Just how you teach weight in your classroom.

I do a lot more weight and measurement in the beginning of school with apples and pumpkins…
Then I measure the kids height three different times in the school year…
But I realize that I neglected to have a consistent weight activity at my math centers.

I know Measurement and Data is a skill throughout most grade levels using the Common Core.  I wanted something that the kids could do without my help…but still gather a strong concept of weight mostly the idea of lighter or heavier.  I also wanted my kids to start making educated guesses about weight.  
SO…last weekend I created these Weight Task Cards to use at my Measurement and Data center.  

The kiddos and I had a conversation about the balance.  Many kiddos mentioned that they have seen a balance in the grocery store…but never had used one themselves.  They were so excited to get a chance to weigh things on their own.  

Here are few pics of my kids in action.

The kids had so much fun. 

I'm so happy with these task cards.  I can't wait to create more.  


06 April 2014

Sunday Funday and NSTA conference

Hi Y'all!

I finally have my stuff together and can link up with the awesome Deirdre and Molly for their Sunday Funday link.

This has been a very busy week for me.  I was so lucky to be able to attend the National Science Teacher Conference in Boston this week. I had so much fun.  I sat in on some awesome sessions about STEM and the new NGSS.  I was overwhelmed by all the new fun science initiatives taking place all over the country.  Here are a few pics from the conference.

This is a shot of the Expo floor the first morning of the conference.  
There were tons of vendors there and the had tons of goodies to share.

At my first session. We worked through the engineer design process.  After learning about weather, we had to construct a hat to help protect us from some kind of weather.  
Can you guess what type of weather my hat was protecting me from?

Another session engineering design creation. I  worked with a team to build a car.  This is our first draft.  We then had to make our car do a trick with magnets.  This was so much fun! I also sat my some lovely ladies from the great state of Texas!

This is a water gel crystal.  It soaks up water and appears invisible in water.  They tied a string around the crystal and dropped it in the cup.  When you first look at it, it appears to be a string magically floating in water.  Very cool.

This was a showcase at an ETA vendor's booth.  It's an armadillo on a skateboard.  The kids build different ramps and test to see how far the armadillo can go.

A tobacco hornworm.

I met a sloth.  It was adorable. I almost teared up she was so cute.  She kept staring straight up into the sky. I wanted to hold her so badly…

See how adorable she is?  Look at that little tongue.  Oh I just love her!

Oh yea, that's a bald eagle.  She was huge.  And very intimidating and beautiful.

I also met two magellanic penguins. I LOVE PENGUINS.  These two were adorable. They live in South America and their handler showed me their two featherless spots where they "sweat".  So adorable.

Kinda gross right?  I was so excited to dissect this squid.  I've always had a small obsession with the giant squid…I know an absurd amount of information about squids.  They walked us through the dissection process.  I found the beak and examined the suckers, ink sac, and siphon. It was so cool!!

The NSTA people were so awesome they held a large session just for elementary educators.  It was a ballroom full of different tables of teachers/presenters.  We learned new ideas and walked away with some cool lesson plans.  I even got a cricket lollipop!

The conference was from Thursday until Sunday. I went all day Thursday and Friday.  I had every intention of attending Saturday…but woke up to a large swollen (and painful) ankle.  It was ridiculously difficult walking down the stairs.  My fitbit clocked over 15 miles! 

In other news…

I've updated  my Count the Room products.  Every single one has new clip art and a new cleaned up look.  Here are a few cover photos:

I'm working on bundling all of these together soon.  

Lastly, I am one (read 1, uno, un, ONE) follower away from 500 followers on my Facebook page.
I have a wonderful giveaway all planned out…so if you don't already follow me…would you mind heading over and clicking that little "like" button.  Please?
Just one.

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