Monday, February 10, 2014

What's New?

Before the Super Bowl we used a great activity called 'Football Buddy' from A Cupcake For A Teacher. This was a great activity to do because it linked together math and writing. We made predictions as to who we thought would win and we wrote them down. After each student had written down their prediction we graphed the results so that we could better organize the data. The kids got very excited to see the graph growing. Looking over the results we realized that overall the class thought the Seattle Seahawks would win the Super Bowl. This was such a great activity and the kids seemed to really enjoy doing it. 

Since groundhogs day was on a weekend students made predictions on whether or not they thought the groundhog would see his shadow on Groundhogs day before the month of February began. For morning work students made a groundhog and then they put the groundhog on a side of the chart. I got the graphs for this activity free from A Cupcake For The Teacher. I created the templates for the groundhogs and I got the chart idea from Pinterest! 

After we graphed the results we discovered that most people in the class thought the the groundhog would not see his shadow.

To start the month of February off I spent sometime after school one day and decorated the classroom door to surprise the kids! I made each kid into a sweethearts candy box! I got the idea from Pinterest but then changed it a bit and made it my own. I cannot wait to see the kids reactions!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

All About December

December was such a crazy month! So much went on that it was near impossible for me to remember to blog! We had Gingerbread Night, an elf on the shelf came to visit, we sing in a winter concert, we were turned into elves,we had some snow days, Santa came to school, and we celebrated Polar Express day.

Winter Hits Hard

December was the beginning of winter and the start of some fun days in the snow. On December 8-10th we had our first 'real' snow fall and a snow day. Kids were very excited to be able to play at home in the snow. The snow also caused our Gingerbread Night to be postponed until the 12th. 


We began the month with a visitor from the North Pole..... We received a freezing cold delivery an Elf on the Shelf!!! Together we named her Frozen and throughout the month Frozen got up to all sorts of mischief.

Gingerbread Night

When we finally had Gingerbread Night on the 12th students enjoyed decorating a gingerbread man with icing, making houses with milk cartons, making chef hats, hanging out with their friends, and drinking hot chocolate. We also listened to the story of the Gingerbread Man, and Skippy Jon Jones made an appearance!

Santa and Polar Express Day

We ended the year with Polar Express Day. In the morning before the day started we received a visit in the halls from a singing Santa! Some kids were scared while other were sooooo excited. 

Once Polar Express day began we did some holiday themed activities, watched the movie Polar Express, and drank hot chocolate. Frozen left us some cupcakes so that we could have a treat.

December was a great month full of fun for all the kids. I am glad that it is over though! Make sure you check back soon of an upcoming post about February! Since we had so many snow days in January I am just going to jump straight into February happenings!