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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cyber sale

Hi there folks....sigh.  Sleep is so wonderful, isn't it?!?  I actually had a great night of sleep due to being on BBBBBRRRRRREEEEAAAKKKK!  Wahoo!

Well, I am going to join in with many other TpT folks and hold a Cyber Sale on my entire store.

Monday and Tuesday I had conferences.  After my conferences were finished on Tuesday I had about 3 hours to work on my room before I had to leave.  I spent almost all of it on my closet!  I had said I would post before and after pictures....but I forgot to do the before picture!  Ugh.  I remembered when I had 90% of the closet emptied.  So, there are during and after pics below.  
 Ooops, I just remembered to take a picture.

 All my closet stuff on the floor being sorted into groups.

I finished sorting and put all items back in spaces that made sense for me.  I have 2 grades this year, so I have a 1st grade and 2nd grade side to keep my materials straight.  I also sorted based on curriculum/subject.  Later, when I have more time I will label it all.  For now, it is good enough and much more accessible/findable.

I am going to fill up my online cart now.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Conferences and 5 for Sunday

Well, this is a first, I am doing 5 for Friday on a Sunday.  Ha!

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Well, conferences are upon us at my school.  I have had 1 and most are tomorrow for me.  I have a half day of conferences on Tuesday, so the rest of my Tues I will be completely emptying my room's closet and organizing.  I LITERALLY can not go 2 steps into it and it's a big closet!  I know there are lots of great things hiding in there that I'd love to use.  When I started the year, I only had 3 days before school started to switch gears from thinking I was a 2nd grade teacher to a 1-2 combo.  All of a sudden, I had to get 2 sets of curriculum for everything....where does all that go....closet!!!!  So, I did the old shove into a closet trick.  I haven't had any time since then to get it organized.  So here is my opportunity.

I will take before and after pictures so you can see the mess go to marvelous.  Ha!  :)

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This past week my 1st graders used a packet I created a while ago.  It can be found below and is free.  I know you don't need it now, but next year!!!
Thanksgiving Pilgrim Book
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My second graders worked on the first Thanksgiving as well but in a more complex manner.  They learned about the Mayflower and what made it a difficult adventure as well as learned about the Wampanoag people.  
Both grades got to see a fun video about Thanksgiving on BrainPopJr.  If you don't already use should!  This is my 1st year using it and the kids and I love it!  We think Moby is hilarious.  
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We also like to use Discovery Ed and I found a fun video about Thanksgiving, a food drive, and the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people.  
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I may not have 9 days off like most folks, but I have 3 and that is better than nothin'!  I am so excited about Wednesday.  I get to hang with just my 2 daughters.  We can have some much needed girl time.
I will also use that time off to plan for December.  I will be using my Unit 4 Math Menu packet to practice thermometer reading and measurement skills with my 1st graders.  
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Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hey you turkey!

Well, I am in the midst of report cards....and it's time to get a little distracted with anything but report cards...ha!

We are all talking turkey in our rooms these days.  My class is discussing a variety of info about Thanksgiving.  I made a book for 1st grade a year or so ago that I am using again this year with my 1st grade.  If you click the picture below it will take you to the packet- it is a free product.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is just next week.  I usually do a cute dog tag craft and complete some information about the day and the people we honor.  To see it all from last year, go to this post.
I was at my other school at that time.  This year I have off for the day!  I am excited and a little sad at the same time.  I love the idea of celebrating our armed forces with my students, but I am glad to have some time to work on report cards!!!!!

This was the Veterans Day pamphlet my dear friend had for the day's events.  She was the organizer of the event and actually got the serving Governor to come.  I know she will do an amazing job again this year.  She finds very interesting guests to speak each year.

I have a freebie packet available.  If you wish to download it, click the picture below.
Thank you to all our armed forces for your service!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Currently

Happy November everyone!  Below is the next installment of Farley's Currently.  Join in!