Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Bunch of Randomness! And two wee, baby FREEBIES!

Happy Wednesday, Friends! Kerri here...
This post is going to be all kinds of randomness, but I just gotta get it all out there before I start dinner (veggie burgers, tater tots for my Katie Bug, and salad!)
I just finished my Earth Day writing center and it is SUPER pretty!!  Take a looksie...


Aren't the colors delicious?? I am a SUCKER for teal (is that teal??) and pink! I'll be back this weekend with my Earth Day Math and Literacy Centers, which I am super excited about! Stay tuned...


I downloaded a Jelly Bean Math Packet last year at around this time, but I thought I would include it again for those of you who were not following us last year at this time-Don't worry, I forgive you! :)
 My kids go cuckoo for cocoa puffs every time we do math with candy!! Click on the basket below to download...
I also FINALLY took picture of our art projects for the past couple of weeks. Here are our rainbows and kites...



The kites are from Cara Carroll's March Mega Pack, which I LOVE!!


A couple of fun things happened today in my classroom! First of all, my grant for Cuisenaire Reading Rods came yesterday and I couldn't wait to bust them out in reading groups today! My kidlets LOVED it! If you don't have these, you should BEG, PLEASE, STEAL, WRITE A GRANT, something Peeps! They are the BOMB DIGGIDY!



Obviously we are still working on connecting the reading rods so that capitals are in the right place, but you catch my drift, right??
I also got this fun little package in the mail today...


So...Learning Resources contacted me and asked me if I would review their Hear All Assessment Recorder and their Luna Interactive Projection Camera, and OF COURSE I said yes! How exciting!!
They also told me I could do a giveaway for our followers for each of these products! (Insert giddy squeal!!) Stay tuned in the next 2 weeks for 2 more GINORMOUS giveaways for these fabulous Learning Resources projects! Which reminds me...did you all sign up for our TIMREE giveaway? It ends tomorrow, so DON"T DELAY! Hurry up and click on the TIMREE link, so you can win her ADORABLE school set!


Finally, here is the other neato thing we did today. We had a mini inservice about Power Writing a few weeks back, and my first thought was "Too hard for my firsties-NEXT!", but today I had them try it and I was TOTALLY BAMBOOZLED! They LOVED it!!


Here's how it works...You give your students one or more words to choose from on the board and they pick one to write about. I only gave my kidlets one word, because I couldn't deal with the choice thing. Next, they write whatever they want (I told them to write whatever came into their heads) about that word for 3 minutes (in upper grades they do one minute, but obviously 3 minutes is better for Firsties). Our word was rainbow, and here's what they came up with...




Not too shabby for their first try! I had them count up their words and write the number on the top of the paper, but the number of words really doesn't matter. What matters is that they write! Sometimes my kids get so caught up in remembering their grammar and conventions, that they lose their creative spark. This will (hopefully) help them get it back!
After we wrote for 3 minutes, I had them share with their table partner and then I chose 5 to sit in the author's chair and read what they wrote to the class-FABULOUS! They ALL wanted to share, so of course, I had to disappoint 19 of them! So sad. But we will power write again tomorrow and I'll choose 5 more, so YAY!


I had them write in little composition books, but you can use ANYTHING. I also made a little cover for the books. If you are interested in having Power Writers in your class too, click the picture below...
Whew!! That was a long one! Don't forget to get your Rainforest Art and Writing Pack, which is on sale through Saturday. :)


I'll be back on Friday with our TIMREE winner. Remember, the winner also gets one item from both of our stores! YIPPEE!!
Have a great Thursday, my friends! Have I told you lately that I love you? Well, I do!!
XOXO Kerri B

15 comments:

Kristin said...

Those kites are AMAZING!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I have to try this power writing thing - so cool!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Love the kites and rainbows!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Elisabeth said...

There's so much I love about this! We're working on colors as adjectives next week and your rainbows are so cute! I also love the power writing idea...(I'm using your space writing center for the first time and it's a big hit, by the way) I never feel like I have enough time for writing so this would be a great solution! Trying it tomorrow! :)

Tales of An Elementary Teacher

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

your rainbows are really precious!

Kacey
Doodle Bugs Teaching
Doodle Bugs Paper

Reagan Tunstall said...

I love this post. I may have read it three times. Were you storing up for spring? :) The rainbows are a must do!

markriser1 said...

Can't wait to try the rainbows next week!

Miss J said...

I love the rainbows and kite!! so cute and perfect for spring!!

Miss J
Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

Mrs.LaSota's Blog said...

Kerri-

OH MY! I just found your blog and LOVE all of its "bits." :) I am your newest follower and can't wait to go stalk around all of the bits on your blog. :)

Lita Lita said...

I just discovered you blog through pinterest and I love it! You ideas are great!

theresah said...

I just found you through Pinterest. Would you be willing to share your writing page for your darling rainbows? It's perfect for my kiddos. Thanks!

Arica said...
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ElementaryTeach27 said...

Can I please have a copy of your rainbow writing template?

DeeDee Chavez said...

Hi! Is your Rainbow writing page available to purchase? Thanks!

Kesarin Sripinyo said...

Hi is your rainbow writing template available for purchase?

Kesarin Sripinyo said...

Hi is your rainbow writing template available for purchase?

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