Today started off on a positive note for me, though. We had a staff meeting and the superintendent came to pass out the monthly "You Rock" awards. One of my teammies nominated me for the award! It was a little embarrassing because I don't like everyone staring at me, but it still made me feel all warm and fuzzy :) Then the TAG (Talented and Gifted) teacher gave me a hippo cookie cutter!!! I think everyone will be getting hippo cookies next week!
1. It Weighs a Ton!
To wrap up our Measurement unit, we have been learning about weight. I have a hard time teaching this skill in the past because it's difficult to help kids to realize how much is an ounce, pound, gram, kilogram... And then it dawned on me:
DUHHH!!! I had this HUGE bag of rice in my closet (because doesn't everyone have rice in their closets at school?), so I weighed out an ounce, pound, and kilogram, put them into Ziplock bags and passed them around the circle. Last year I ordered a set of gram weights with my budget money, so I passed those around as well.
I love this food scale I ordered. Sorry I don't know where it's from, but it works like a dream! Much better than that stupid spring scale!! And yes, we're weighing one of my hippo figurines as well as a Brewers Racing Sausage Bobble Head... among other things not seen in this pic :)
2. Marvelous Magnets!
We are learning about Electricity and Magnets in science. I just love this hands-on unit, and so do the bunnies! Here we are learning about opposite poles attracting and same poles repelling. I gave each bunny two ring magnets and I told them to use one magnet to move the other one around their desks.
3. Poetry! Fun for You and Fun for Me!
Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks (or years...), you know that April is the primo month for poetry. We've spent this week learning what all poems have and what some poems have. I seriously LOVE my anchor chart!
It only took him an hour to whip up 6 of these little guys. I cute-ed them up with some pattered duct tape :)4. Progress Reports? CHECK!
While it is extra work, I do like that every six weeks parents get a report about how their children are doing. I think it keeps the lines of communication open between families and me, and there are very few surprises as to how their kids are doing in school. Progress reports went out yesterday, and I was able to crank them out in one night :)
5. Adventure to Fitness!
My BBB Jean at Diving into 2nd Grade has been whispering in my ear for months about this. After almost 2 straight weeks of indoor recess due to massive amounts of rain, I finally signed up for a FREE account for Adventure to Fitness. WHAT WAS I WAITING FOR??? Seriously, they LOVE it!!!
|LOL she was cracking me up!!!|
My kids' daycare/school had their annual fundraiser dinner and raffle on Thursday. I always try to win the $50 gift certificate for their Scholastic Book Fair, but I've never won. The problem is that for that prize in particular, you have to be present to win. So this year I tried again to win. The hubs took the kids home while I stood there and waited. And waited. And waited. I waited for 30 minutes. They said they were going to do the drawing at 6:30, but they were still selling tickets at 6:40. Meh. Finally they did the drawing. Guess who won???? ME!!!!! Shut. The. Front. Door!!!!!
I've wanted to join this party all week, but I didn't want to write a post about it with nothing educational in the post, so I'm just going to tack it on the end here!
Red: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: I can only pick one?! I'm going to go with Cookie Dough, although I could eat any kind of ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Orange: Favorite Memory from College: So many memories! One of my roommates had a karaoke machine, and we would sit (sometimes even lay) on the couches drinking wine and sing karaoke for hours. We'd even dedicate songs to our not-so-nice neighbors. Into the microphone. Yeahhh...
Yellow: Favorite Sports Team: Again, only one? I'm going to go with the Milwaukee Brewers since it's baseball season. They need to get their you-know-whats together though...
Green: Favorite Fast Food Place: No question. Culvers! It's like classy fast food LOL! :)
Purple: Random Fact: I detest most varieties of Chinese food and Italian food.