Monday, January 19, 2015

The One with the Snowball Fight

I have been ready for a snow day for quite a while now.   You know... a day of sleeping in and staying in PJs all day.  Plus snow is beautiful.

But it just doesn't seem to be happening around here.  It has definitely been cold enough for a snow day, but no snow.

Friday when my students walked in I shared this desire for a snow day with them.  They were quick to agree with me.  I let them know that while I couldn't make it snow outside, I could certainly make it snow in my classroom.

Their eyes lit up with excitement.

They began wondering what I was thinking.

You see I had found this fun review activity by Brooke Eagerton.

What could be better than an indoor order of operations snowball fight?

64 problems - 1 problem per page.

The problems varied in difficulty which I appreciated.

Simply print the problems, wad them up into snowballs, and let the fun begin.

I divided my students into two teams.  We pushed our six tables to the center of the room to serve as a divider.  The students were not allowed to cross the tables.

They had 60 seconds to throw snowballs.  The rules state that students cannot run and cannot aim at someone's face.

Needless to say my students LOVED this.

At the end of 60 seconds they picked up three snowballs, retreated to their corner and worked the three problems.  They had to get with a partner and check each other's work.

Then we started over with another 60 second fight.  After each round they had to work more problems.  They worked four problems after round two, five problems after round three, and so on.

I wish I had pictures for you, but I deleted them.


You'll just have to trust me when I say this review activity was a hit.

My 6th graders have been challenging this year and I debated letting them "play" this game.  I had to make a believer out of a few in the first round.  As soon as they realized I was serious and they wouldn't get to participate in the "fighting" they followed the rules.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The One with Bottle Caps

I have been saving the bottle caps off my water for awhile now. 

 Last week I finally sat down and created a game with them.

Thank you Pinterest!

I used these bright colored labels that I had on hand.  They fit perfectly onto the bottle caps.

I put multiplication facts on the outside.

And products on the inside.

I still need to create a cute container to put them all in.

The idea for this game is that students can practice their multiplication facts whenever they finish an assignment early or as a center. 

I'm going to put a timer in the container with the bottle caps.  The challenge will be to correctly answer as many as you can in one minute.

I also plan to make a set of addition and subtraction for a few of my lower level students.

I've seen lots of ideas on Pinterest for ways to use bottle caps for both literacy and math.  I will probably be making more games as I collect more bottle caps.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The One with the SlantBox

P.S.  I totally tore into those chocolates as soon as I finished filming.  

Sooo good!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

The One Where They Return

I survived my first day back in the classroom after a glorious two week Christmas break.

I'm not going to lie.  It was HARD to hear that alarm this morning and get out of bed.  And I mean HARD!

Once I was dressed and ready to walk out the door, I felt good to go.

Can I just say how impressed I am with all of you that posted pictures on instagram of your fabulous lesson plans and creations?

I did none of that!

I finally sat down yesterday afternoon to start thinking about today's plans only to realize I brought absolutely nothing home to plan.  


I knew I wanted to ease my students back into our routine.  I wanted something hands-on that wouldn't require too much thinking, but that would get those brain waves flowing again.

I remembered something I pinned a few weeks ago that was perfect.

I sat the different activities up as stations and added a review with the teacher station.  The activities were simple enough that my students didn't struggle.  They brought back some ideas that we talked about before Christmas break.

It was seriously the best way to ease back into things.

Thank you so much for creating this packet, Miss Giraffe.  

Tomorrow we dive head first into Order of Operations.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Friday, December 19, 2014

The One With the Christmas Gifts

I found these glitter ornaments on Pinterest.  I thought they would make the perfect gifts for my students this year so I decided to give them a try.

They were so easy to make.

I started with clear ornaments that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

I also purchased some Glitter It glue.  This worked perfectly and a little bit goes a long ways.  I have seen several tutorials that say you can use floor wax instead of this glue.

I bought three different colors of extra fine glitter.  I wanted to do more colors, but glitter isn't exactly cheap. 

My other supplies were 4 plastic cups and two funnels.  I used the funnel to pour the glue into an ornaments.  Swish the glue around so that the entire inside is covered and then pour the excess into one of your plastic cups.

I then used another funnel to pour in the glitter.  Swish it around until the entire inside is covered.  Pour the excess into another plastic cup.  I had a plastic cup for each color of glitter so that I could reuse that glitter.

They dried quickly, as in almost instantly.  You can't let the glue sit around very long before adding the glitter.  You can't pour glue in all of them and then go back and add glitter.  It dries too quick.

I then cut out my students' names in vinyl with my inspiration, which is like a cricut.

I have to say I absolutely LOVE how these turned out.  I thought it was a sweet and personal gift for my students.  And it didn't cost me a lot of money.

They all seemed to really like them.

Who doesn't love something with their name on it?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The One in December

I'm linking up with Farley for this month's Currently.  I hope you won't mind that I'm a day late.  I was violently ill last night and it just didn't happen.  I'm taking advantage of being home sick to get it posted today. Being sick just isn't any fun.

Listening...I'm watching last night's episode of The Voice.  I love this show and I'm not ashamed to admit that Adam Levine has a lot to do that.  :)  I'm not sure who I want to win this season.  I really like several of the artist.  Do you have a favorite?

Loving...My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby.  I could not be more excited about being an aunt again.  I'm going to love on and spoil that baby so much!  June cannot get here fast enough.

Thinking...My husband is so hard to buy for.  This year I have the perfect gift in mind  I cannot wait to give it to him.  I just need to get it ordered so it will arrive in time.

Wanting...The husband and I are in the very early stages of adopting from foster care.  I'm praying this journey will go quickly and smoothly.  I'm ready to meet our children.

Needing...Christmas cards are so stinkin' expensive.  Can I get an amen?  That's why I design our every year and just print them at Wal-Mart.  I'm really struggling with a design this year.  I have no idea what I want but I need to get on top of it and get them done.

Giving...Project Zero is a non-profit organization that helps connect waiting families with waiting children.  I'm donating money and gifts to them this year for Christmas.  I feel like it is a small thing I can do for my children.