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Friday, April 4, 2014

i said a hip hop a hippity hop

Can you believe it's finally April?! I'm so excited for this new season and to be done with snow (hopefully...you never know about weather up here in Alaska!). To celebrate, I'm participating in a freebie hop and GIVEAWAY with some wonderful bloggers! Grab my freebie below, and move through the rest of the hop to get MORE freebies! Make sure you don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some amazing prizes from these super sweet bloggers...as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!!
First of all, thank you to the sweet ladies over at  Primary Possibities for sending folks this way! Make sure you follow their blog (I do!) as they always have great ideas and freebies in the mix!

Make sure you sign up at the bottom of this post to win some awesome prizes...including my Writing Workshop Resource Bundle!!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Writing-Workshop-Resource-Bundle-719383
Click below to head to the next stop at First Grade Fairytales for a fantastic freebie!!!
http://thefirstgradefairytales.blogspot.com
Enter below to win the giveaway!!!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

iditarod...part two!

We are on our 3rd full week of Iditarod madness up here in Alaska (you can read all about some of my Iditarod literacy activities that we did here)...and let me tell you, these puppies are having a blast! Here's what we've been up to lately in the land of Iditarod!

The Red Lantern Award is given to the last musher to cross the finish line in Nome, so of course, I had to have one to stress the importance of hard work and determination! I bought this one on eBay a few years ago. I also brought in a pair of fleece dog booties to show the class what the dogs in the Iditarod wear to protect their feet from the ice! They loooved these 2 artifacts!
 We began our week by learning about the mushers that are in this year's race (I printed off biographies from the official Iditarod website). Students were responsible for writing about their musher and personalizing a mini musher to keep track of each day on the checkpoint bulletin board.
 Then, we colored these Musher Trading Cards, added neat facts we found (think Pokemon power info, but mushers!) to the back of each card, and let the exchanges begin!
This is a new page added to the Iditarod Unit, so if you already bought this unit, go download your updated version for free (go to My Purchases in TpT)!!! I stuck mine in a page protector and update it in the morning when we move our mushers.  

Sadly, 2 of the mushers that were assigned scratched (dropped out), so they live in the "Scratched Zone" now!
Money games!
Multiplication and division is much more engaging when puppy food is involved!
 Brushing up on our expanded form skills again:
 Doubles and doubles +1 practice:
 We used these number bonds to practice our splitting of tens and ones:
 Reading Iditarod books and working on Adopt-a-Dog journals (available separate, but also included in my Iditarod Unit):
 Ohhh the importance of 10's Friends!!!! We can't practice this enough!
Solving for an unknown and fractions!
And YOU HAVE GOT TO CHECK THIS OUT! A super sweet volunteer made this whole thing for us to hang up! You can't tell from the photo, but each of those flags are cut out construction paper, not printed from the internet! And the letters are all bordered with black and layered on top of yellow...it looks A-MAZING in real life. Trust me. I was speechless when I opened up the delivery! I promptly cut it out and laminated it so I could hug it all night hang it up in the hallway with our other Iditarod stuff.
 Terrible lighting in the hallway, as you can see from the difference in the photo below.
 We also made our Iditarod Husky Craftivity dogs (available separate, but also included in my Iditarod Unit)! They'll be in the hallway soon with the musher biographies *hopefully* soon!
 I printed my bookmarks, laminated them and used pawprint ribbon from JoAnn's to make them extra special and fun.
Each of these activities comes from my Iditarod: An Integrated Unit. Click below to check it out!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Iditarod-An-Integrated-Unit-1134393

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Iditarod-An-Integrated-Unit-1134393
We still have a couple of weeks of Iditarod fun left...I'm crossing my fingers for Aliy Zirkle to win this year...she has been so close this whole race! Do you have a musher pick? Tell me! Who would you like to see win?!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

swap til you drop...a giveaway!

I was fortunate enough to try out an Arctic Animals Powerpoint presentation and Arctic Animals poems from Jeannine over @ Creative Lesson Cafe. She is just about the sweetest person EVER! We swapped activities (one of the perks of being a blogger/tpter is trying out the coolest products around!) and I LOOOOVED these Arctic animal activities!

 To introduce our Iditarod unit, I showed this Arctic Animals Powerpoint Lesson from Creative Lesson Cafe. Confession: I hate Powerpoint presentations. BUT, I loved this one! The kids were so ENGAGED! The level of information and interesting facts about animals, paired with the high quality photos were just what they needed! Instead of me reading each slide about each animal, I had volunteers come up and read. We just loved this activity so much! There were lots of neat facts I didn't know either...and I won't spoil them for you so you'll have to check it out yourself! The kids were talking about it for the rest of the day...it was so cute!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Arctic-Animals-PowerPoint-Photographs-Facts-and-Adaptations-1043712
Next, I partnered kids up to read these Arctic Animal Poems. Again, a huge hit! They took turns reading sentences and switching off, practicing reading with expression and perfecting their phrasing. After choosing a poem to perfect, they each got to recite to me. CUTEST thing EVER. I had them keep this in their reading folder and we'll be using it throughout our Iditarod unit!

So there you have it! 2 awesome Arctic animal activities that you can incorporate into your literacy or social studies lessons with ease! 
 
Creative Lesson Cafe is just about the cutest blog around, so please make sure you stop by and give Jeannine some love. She tried out my Iditarod Dog Craftivity and Adopt-a-Dog Journal...

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Iditarod-Husky-Dog-Craftivity-632817http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Iditarod-Adopt-a-Dog-Journal-624803
but you can go check out her post about that yourself by clicking here!

Want to win both of these IDITAROD ACTIVITIES and Creative Lesson Cafe Arctic Animals Poems and Powerpoint?! Just enter below!
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Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on one of the two blogs.While you are at each blog, if you are not already a follower, sign on to follow!
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.



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      A Burst of First
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Lucky to Be in First        First Grade Smiles
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Second Grade Perks         
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Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!     

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The Tutu Teacher   Happy Teacher Heaven
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Meet Miss Parker