Friday, November 29, 2013

Turkey Fun & A Sale

I saw these adorable turkeys on First Grade Parade on Tuesday morning, and just had to do them with my class before Thanksgiving break! I quickly made up a template in the morning and ran off copies, and the kids were set to go Tuesday morning. These turned out so cute, they will be a yearly must!






Also, don't forget to stock up on goodies on Teachers Pay Teachers on Monday! Everything in my store is on sale, click below. :)
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Leanne-Cooper-15


Sunday, November 3, 2013

5 Little Pumpkins

This is one of my favorite crafts we do during the year. 5 Little Pumpkins! We practice fine motor skills, listening skills, sequencing, and ordinal numbers to make an adorable Halloween scene.






Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Another 5 Senses Funny & a Freebie

I'm really racking them up with this 5 senses unit! Unfortunately, I didn't hear this gem firsthand as I was teaching, but my classroom aide heard it, and I about died when she told me!
Today we read a nonfiction book about the sense of taste, so we discussed sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and umami. At the end of the book the kids helped create a list of things they learned about the sense of taste, and we listed the 5 flavors we can taste. When a student said umami, another student asked quietly, "What about Daddy?" ...same little guy as the wings. He's gonna keep us on our feet this year for sure! :)

We also started our data booklets today to keep track of our progress with capital letter ID, lowercase letter ID, letter sounds sight word ID, and counting to 100 throughout the year. The kids were so excited! I think this will be a great motivator for them...they want to see their graph go up each time...I couldn't believe their excitement over simply graphing their September data. Kindergartners are so cool like that! :)

Click the image below to check out this freebie in my TpT store!
(the ice cream themes have to do with the way I display that they've learned different sections on their letter grid and different units of their sight words...not bribery! :) )
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

5 Senses Funny

We have been learning about our 5 senses this week and read the book The 5 Senses, among others. While we were reading the book, we stopped on the page that talks about being ticklish, and I asked the kids to share where they are ticklish. All was going well as students replied with their ribs, bellies, armpits, necks, and knees...until one little boy raised his hand and said, "My wings!" I thought maybe I hadn't heard him right (you know how speech can be in kindergarten!), so I asked him to repeat his answer a few times and all of the responses were the same. Finally, I said, "Show me what you mean." He pointed to his armpit and exclaimed, "My wings!" Made my day...hope it gave you a little smile too!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Classroom Tour



It's the second day with the kiddos, and I'm finally getting around to posting photos. I took them yesterday before the kids showed up, so please disregard the supplies all over with the label tents. I had almost half my class not bring in their supplies at orientation, so the mess was still everywhere waiting for the rest to arrive!
 
My tiny classroom from a few different angles.

The cute O'fish'ally in Kindergarten frame I used for my kiddos' 1st day pics...never mind that I still have to print them and send them home. The parents will love them when they get them!


I'm trying out the Daily 5 this year. This is what I have for my writing station so far.





And, of course, it wouldn't be right to start out a new school year without a cute new teacher bag! I am absolutely loving this bag from Thirty-One; it's the casual cargo purse...I need one to use as a diaper bag!! It's not too big, but it holds a TON :) I also have a matching zipper pouch to hold my colorful pens, highlighters, sticky notes, etc!




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

1st Day with Kiddos

Well, the first day has finally arrived, and there's nothing more appropriate I can post than this:


 
EVER!!

Or the first week even.

Here goes nothin'!

I hope all you other teachers who start with your new class today have as easy a first day as possible. (Never mind the STRESS of dismissal. Is that an issue for you too??)

I'm sure I'll be inhaling a *few* of my MilkyWay Midnight Minis just to get me through :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seuss Bulletin SmorgasBoard

See what I did there?! :) SmorgasBoard? Huh, huh? It's a Seuss smorgasbord bulletin board! :)

Anywaaay...

Ok, so the ONLY thing that is completely finished in this rush to get ready for Kindergarten orientation next Thursday is this super cute bulletin board ifIdosaysomyself. 

I got the idea from this adorable pin (which unfortunately goes to the pinterest black hole...if it's yours, let me know!). I ran with the idea adding more 3-D effects...truffula tree tops, Horton's clover, balloon & string, and the Lorax's mustache (marabou feathers!). 

I love how it turned out, except for the balloon. It's not quite sticking the way I had hoped. I may need to rethink that part. Any ideas? The Seuss quotes can be found here--a freebie from Fun for First.




Friday, August 16, 2013

Back to School TpT Sale!

Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing a huge sale for back to school--10% off all purchases. In addition, all products in my store will be on sale! The sale runs Sunday, August 18th-Monday, August 19th. Check it out! Make sure you use promo code BTS13 before you checkout to get the maximum discount! 

Click image to go to my store!

What are you waiting for?! Get those wishlist items into your cart now, and don't forget to cash out in a few days!
Happy shopping!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

O-fish-ally in Kindergarten

from Simply Sprout
I've seen these fishy treat bags all over Pinterest and just had to make some for my Seuss theme! Grab them from my TpT store; they are in powerpoint and editable, but you will need to download the font Doctor Soos Bold.

My kiddos will be getting these little goodie bags at the end of the first day to take home with them...filled with colored goldfish, of course!


I also hope to make one of those adorable frames to take their first day photos with the same theme. I love this one from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten! She even has a tutorial for how to make it using your digital cutter if you're so lucky to have one. I may have to borrow my Momma's :) Click the photo to head over to DeeDee's blog!



 I plan on making mine with Seuss fish, of course! However, that depends on if I get around to this particular project in time! So much to do!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Stop & Smell the Sight Words

I needed to come up with some additional activities for my word work center this year and saw a similar idea for spelling. Since we don't do spelling, I thought it would work nicely for sight words if modified a bit. So, here's what I came up with...a wonderful way to use those awesome Scentos and Mr. Sketch markers I (and the kiddos) love!
Click image to go to my TpT store :)

Students will first read the sight word out loud, trace the sight word, then write it independently. Simple and easy word work center! All sight words for kindergarten Open Court units 1-5 are included plus color words.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Truffula Trees!

Ok, when I saw these absolutely adorable Truffula Trees on Pinterest, and I just had to make some for my classroom! Unfortunately stores think it's no longer summer, and the pool noodles were hard to find--thanks to my sister for finding the LAST 2 Target had! Life-saver :)

I was inspired by this blog post at I'm Feelin' Crafty where I found the wonderful tutorial. I did, however, make some changes. 

So, here is my modified tutorial.

You will need:
  • pool noodles
  • feather boas
  • duck tape
  • 8" styrofoam balls
  • hot glue gun

I got the pool noodles from Target, duck tape from Walmart, and boas & styrofoam balls from Michaels. (note: this is not the cheapest craft, ahem.) This is an extremely easy craft and only took me probably 30 minutes or less to complete both!



  • First thing's first...the trunk! This is the easiest part, although none of it is difficult at all! All you do is wrap sections of duck tape wherever you want it on your trunk. I didn't measure where I put them, just eye-balled it. I did, however, make sure the seams lined up fairly well, so I will have a "back" of my tree when I attach it to my classroom wall or smartboard.
 
  • Now for the treetop! I used the seam of the styrofoam ball to guide me. I started at the top with a huge dollop of hot glue then wrapped the boas around the ball. It took me 3 six-foot boas per tree.
 
  • Finally, it's starting to come together! Find a spot on your treetop that isn't too dense with feathers, so you can get down to the styrofoam again. Add glue--lots--and hold one end of you pool noodle on it tightly. You have to wait until it is completely cooled or else it will fall apart. Mine were just the right size to put the ball on the counter, and the ceiling held the other end of the noodle in place, so I wasn't stuck holding it together forever. The hot glue melts the pool noodle (you can hear it!), so don't put the hot glue directly on the noodle...it doesn't stick!

Now you have some super de duper cool Truffula Trees! I can't get into my classroom yet, and didn't want to tape them to the walls in my house, so here are some photos of them on my dining room floor :) You get the idea though!




Now get out to search for those pool noodles before they're all GONE! :) Word on the street is Dollar General has quite a few (Thanks, Kellie!).

In other news, that awesome sister of mine I mentioned above also found some of those Dr. Seuss clocks for me! Now I can do THIS in my classroom like I mentioned in my previous post! Yippee!!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Seusstastic $1 Spot!

Over the weekend, I found a TON of fun Seuss goodies! I just love how Target supports my Seuss needs for my classroom and orientation goody bags :)

cups, bowls, plates, hats, cut-outs, erasers, crayons, bookmarks, stickers, borders
I'm missing one of the cups; they were out of the Cat in the Hat cups, so I'll be on the lookout for those. The other characters/books featured on the dishes are Horton, Yertle the Turtle, and One Fish Two Fish. I also got some Seuss socks and eyed up some foam Seuss clocks. I might have to go back for a few clocks, so I can set up something like this:
 
From: Peace, Love, & Learning...click to follow link


I think I would add in a clock for specials too since I have a daily specials block...it would just leave out the 2 specials that aren't in that block on double special days. Hmm...

If you have a Seuss-themed classroom like me, you better hustle on over to Target and grab yourself some goodies before they're all gone!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Updated Smartboard Calendar

My updated smartboard calendar is now available in my TpT store for $5! I have added some activities to correlate with Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Math Expression daily routines as well as updating the monthly pages and adding song links for weather, days of the week, and counting to 100. If you need an easy calendar to use on your smartboard, check it out!



Monday, July 1, 2013

Long Time, No Post...

WOW! The end of the year was a busy one! I am surely going to miss this class...13 sweeties! This is my first full week of summer vacation (since I had ELA curriculum writing training 3 days last week), and I'm already looking towards next school year. Among my to do's for school this summer is to reread The Daily 5...might I actually try it this year?!...and read and follow the book study for The Next Step in Guided Reading that Freebielicious is hosting. See the theme? I'm going to focus on perfecting (or getting as good as I can get) my guided reading and center/workshop/daily 5 (whatever I end up doing & calling it!) block. I will also be piloting Lucy Calkins' writing program which I am very excited about since that's the subject where I feel I am the weakest. AND, I want to try out math and ELA journals with my kinders...which leads me to my freebie! Math and ELA journal covers for composition notebooks, visit my TpT store if you're interested. Click the image below. If you download, please leave me some love!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Missing

Well, I went and did it yet again. Seems with a little one keeping me so busy, the blog is one of the things that ends up going by the wayside (and I'm just fine with that!). I disappeared for almost a month! 

Here are some photos of some of the fun learning that has taken place since then...

Parts of a Flower (jazzed up a bit from previous versions :o))






Earth Day (writing paper from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations)






We're currently working on some precious goodies to give our momma's for Mother's Day. Then, the next few weeks is all about testing, so I will probably be MIA for yet another month. Sigh.

May Currently

Hop on over to Farley's to link up!

Summer, so close yet soooo far away!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Writer's Checklist

I've decided I need to try a writing checklist with my kinders. This year they're so haphazard about their writing and don't really take their time todo their best work. So, the following checklist was born! I plan on printing them two per page and attaching it to their writing pieces and some journal entries and holding quick conferences to go over them. Here's hoping I'm successful and this improves the kinders' attention to their writing and illustrations!



Monday, April 1, 2013

April Currently

Oh, it's been awhile since I've had time to link up with Farley to do one of these!



And...here are the super sweet boo-boo bunnies we made before break!

They always turn out so adorable! This is one of my favorite activities to do with the kids.