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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hip Hip Hooray! It's the 100th Day!

Hey ya'll!  I'm behind on this post...I meant to post earlier, but with the tornado on Monday, I got off track on what I had planned to write about!  I know my old school celebrated their 100th day of school yesterday, but maybe some of you will be able to still use these ideas!  Of course, these are fantabulous ideas that I have found on Pinterest!  What did I do without it last school year?!

First, you'll need a rockin' 100th Day t-shirt!  Mrs. Gilchrist has a free download for this t-shirt and directions on how to make your own! {You'll need to scroll way down to find this...she also has  a download to make a t-shirt for the grade you teach!} Sweet right?!?

Sarah at Sarah's First Grade Snippets has a science activity and a measurement activity!

How cute are these glasses from Technology Rocks.  Seriously.

I love this idea from Langston's Learners.  The children create a picture from a die cut of number 100.

How adorable would your students look if they dressed up like they were 100 years old?  Mrs. Jump has a parent letter about having the students dress up!

Abby at The Inspired Apple has a cute art activity!  These 100 year olds are super cute!

I love this idea of having the students draw a portrait of themself now and in 100 years form Teach Kids Art. 

Amy at Step Into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons has a cute 100's chart activity!

I love this idea of 100 acts of kindness!  What a great way to build self-esteem and teach good character traits!  This idea is from Mrs. Zimmerman.
100 acts of kindness- 100th Day

I love this poster from First Grade Frenzy!

What are you going to do for the 100th Day of School?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pray for Clay {1-23-12 Tornado}

Hey friends! Yesterday I posted about my community of Clay, Alabama being hit by a F3 tornado. Today I woke up, and I had a bed to make, and dishes to put up from the diswasher. However, so many people that I know and love woke somewhere besides home. Here is a video that I found on You Tube. The pictures are from my community, and I knew where most of these places use to be. I grew up here...and I still live here. It's so sad to see the damage and devastation in my small town of Clay, Alabama. Even through the storm we will still praise God and thank Him!

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Hometown was hit by the Tornado


Hey ya'll!  This post has nothing to do with teaching....but my heart is so heavy.  It may be making news nation wide by now {but I'm still without cable so I don't really know what is going on}.  My hometown of Clay, Alabama was hit by a devasting tornado early this morning.  No one knew a tornado was possible.  We all went to sleep just thinking we may have bad weather....When I woke up and I heard that the neighborhoods by me were demolished and many people had died--including a 16 year old girl.  Thankfully my family and I were okay and so was my neighborhood.  The tornado turned, and if it hadn't we probably would have lost everything.  So many people I know lost everything today, and still there are others that I haven't heard from.  As I type I still hear helicopters and sirens, and I hope and pray that the firefighters are pulling out survivors.  The cable is still out, so I only know what people are telling me. 

On April 27, 2011 another devasting tornado ripped through Alabama and I knew so many people that were affected in the small community of Shoal Creek Valley.  This was the community I taught in and I saw the destruction first hand.  Driving through the Valley I saw people I knew walking like Zombies, I heard the sirens of fire trucks and police, and I heard chainsaws trying to find survivors.  I cannot believe that this is happening again...in MY community....MY town.  Please say a prayer for Clay, Alabama and remember the victims today.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chinese New Year....the Year of the Dragon!

Hey ya'll!  It's almost Friday!  I have had the best week! I went back to sub at my old school that I taught at for two years this week!  It was SO awesome to be back there and to see all of my former students and teacher friends!  So many of my students have just grown up this school year!  I loved getting sweet little hugs from all of the students--even kiddos that I never had! They are so funny, they remembered my pets and listened to me tell stories about my furry babies.  Everywhere I went in the halls I'd hear kiddos say "Look!  There she is, it's Ms. Newberry!"  Some of my former firsties asked me if I had retired!  LOL!  To cute!

Now...let's talk about Chinese New Year!  Chinese New Year falls on January 23, and it's the year of the dragon.  Here are my favorite picks from Pinterest to celebrate with your students!

Creating these hats from Shave Ice and Gelato  are a must!  They are super cute!

I love the idea of measuring "noodles" (different sizes of yarn) from Learning With Mrs. Parker!  What a great way to tie math into a fun celebration!

These thumbprint lanterns from Let's Go Fly a Kite are precious!


I love this art idea from Share and Remember.  There are several ideas here!


These lanterns from Use Your Coloured Pencils would be cute hanging in the hall.

A dragon dance is such a fun and creative idea!  Of course a celebration wouldn't be complete without some yummy recipes!  I also bring fortune cookies! 

Here are some ideas from TPT!

Fortune Cookie Creation Station from KB Konnected.

Learning Chinese numbers 1-10 from Teacher Tam.  She also has a free download for making a paper lantern and math activities for Chinese New Year.  Click {here}.  What are your plans for celebrating Chinese New Year?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Video

Hey ya'll!  Here's another idea to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday!

It's a video from You Tube, so you may need to download before hand if it's blocked at your school.

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And then there is this awesome idea to talk about diversity using a white egg and a brown egg from Cara at The First Grade Parade.

So there ya'll have several awesome ideas for teaching your class about the influence Martin Luther King, Jr. had in our country!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tonight I wanted to share a few activities that I found on Pinterest for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.  What did we do before Pinterest?!?

First is this cute activity from What the Teacher Wants.

Here's a poem from Just 4 Teachers:  Sharing Across Borders.
Next we have some super cute Martin Luther King, Jr. portraits from The Crafty Crow.  This site is a must to check out!


I love this idea of teaching diversity.  The kids drew a picture of their dreams, from Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten.

I love this idea from Mrs. Moore's Busy Bees.
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Then there are several freebies from TPT...they are posting very small so here are the links to the author's stores! :)

Twelve page mini-unit from Erin Eberhart.

A poem called "Freedom, Freedom" from The Book Princess.

My MLK speech writing paper from Lidia Barbosa.

I hope you can use some of these ideas in your classroom.  Now I have to go watch One Tree Hill!  I'm so excited another season is coming on!  And please say a prayer for me tomorrow....I have an interview!  I'm really nervous!

***Hop on Over to Denise Clement's blog Rainbows Within Reach to link up your plans for teaching about MLK or diversity....I just did!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Let It Snow...Man!

Hey ya'll! I know it's been awhile since I've posted!  I'm going to try to and blog more this year! ;)  I spend most of my free time on Pinterest of course!  So I thought I would blog about some awesome and super cute snowman art activities that I have found on Pinterest lately! Don't you just heart Pinterest?!?  I'm obsessed!  Anywho...back to the snowman ideas!

This is my favorite from We Heart Art. Isn't it adorable?!?

The next is from Lil' Country Kindergarten.  You will need to scroll down to find this activity, but it is so cute!  It also has a super cute snowman poem to go with it--perfect for a poetry center!

I adore this snowman handprint from Ten Kids and a Dog.

This snowman mosiac from The Elementary Art Room is totally prec!

And finally, Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies has a super cute  activity for sale in her TPT store called "Let's Make a Snowman"!  For some reason a snowman with a bow is the most adorable and cutest thing in the world to me! 
So there ya have it!   My top snowman picks from Pinterest!  You can find my other pins by clicking the "follow me on Pinterest" button or by clicking here!  Do you have any snowman activities?  I would love to hear ya'lls ideas!