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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the 12th day of Christmas...

Blogs all over the teacher blog world are giving out so much stuff!  Check it out:
  •   Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade has a HUGE giveaway of over twelve items!  Go check it out here:

  • Then check out Curious Georges Giveaway here.  Ten (10) winners will each receive one (1) copy of the Curious George Storybook Collection, retail value $10.99.
  • Kar - Ben is sending out free bookmarks for the whole class!!  All you have to do is e-mail!  Check it out here on Facebook!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Out in Out!

Out in Out is a fun addition or subtraction game that I changed up a bit from (Adventures of First Grade).  The students in my room have a fast finisher folder (click here to learn more about that), inside I made a sheet that simply says: out, in and out.  then on the other side I put three blank lines.  The students pick up 10 cubes, and drop them down on their sheet.  They could how many landed out, how many landed in, and then add how many there all altogether, writing the addition sentence.  Then they switch to subtraction, pick ten up, and drop them.  How many do you have altogether, minus how many fell out, equals how many are left in.  They love it!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Math Centers

I have been working hard on one of my personal teacher goals for this year, and it's going just great!  I pledged to do more with math centers, and I have succeeded!  I am proud, so I am going to show off a bit, but I hope this gives you some ideas more than anything!  Anywho... my students eat breakfast in the classroom starting at 7:10 (yea, insert loud YAWN here) (*yawn*) and I was toying with many different ideas on how to handle that...well, as soon as students finish breakfast, they head off to their centers! Wahoo!  They love it.  They get their breakfast on and then head to the center chart see below, and then off to math mania land!  I put together a little power point to show the importance of math centers, and how it works in my room...

Math Centers by Kelly

Math centers are a big help in getting my 20 minutes of math pullout time.  I do 45 minutes of math in the afternoon + calendar time, so this works perfectly!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Have you heard of it?  If not you have to go check it out!  It has honestly inspired me to do a lot more little things in my classroom!  Here is my board, go check it out, and have fun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How Did It Get So Late So Soon!?

Ah Blog, happy blog.  I think of you often at home and school, but my fingers, and brain, and whatever is makes us go as teachers, is so exhausted these days!  Wow these kiddos are given me a run!  Anywho, I am going to start off with my pumpkin day!  I got this awesome all day Pumpkin Day idea from Inspired Apple & Fabulous in First, two of my all time favorites blogs!

So we got started out just coloring, and using words to describe the outside of the pumpkin.  Fabulous in First has some great worksheets.
  We then moved on to weighing the pumpkin, which I was surprised to see it was 9.5 pounds!  Wow!  Some of them thought it might weigh more than them.. whoops!

 I then filled a bucket of water up - and the kiddos got to find out that pumpkins float!  Amazing!  Some were cracking up about this!
  We then guessed how many pumpkin seeds were in the pumpkin.  The black butcher paper, and crayons worked really well to put their guesses down.  This was a great estimation lesson!

  On to the carving!  Color and write about on your observation paper what the inside of the pumpkin looks like.

  Count the pumpkin seeds, we are finding out it is easier to count by 10's!  Whew! 

  There were over 600!

  Then we raffled off the pumpkins, and three kiddos got to take them home, they were so excited!
  Time for the Halloween Party!

  The set up.  Napkin, plate, word search, and treat bag!

  I got home, and then cooked the pumpkin seeds, so we could graph whether or not we liked the taste!

And just because I love him, this is our yellow lab Max, loving fall more than we do!  Raking, stinks!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"I'm done Mrs. Schultz!"

Oh no!  Teachers I am sure you cringe like me when a student says "I'm done, now what!?" Oh yeah.  I have been reading up at Teacher Tipsters and he really has some wonderful ideas!  I came across...the fast finisher folder!  Ya gotta love the kids for wanting to keep on going, keep on learning, but man I really dislike having to hear "I'm done!"

  So behold "The Fast Finisher Folder!"  (Teacher Tipster calls them his chart folders... he uses them a bit differently)When the students finish an activity they now know they can take out their Fast Finisher Folder.  They heart it, and so do I!  It's a three ring binder, with teacher chosen sheets put inside of page protectors, and then explained to the students.  They then are given a tissue, and dry erase markers.  Go to Town boys and girls!

  Here is it in action.  I actually added our Envision Math part-part whole work mat to it, so the students can quickly work on addition and subtraction... I caught one of my ELL students using his free 5 minutes of fast finisher folder today doing addition!!

He almost got it!  He was so excited that I took his picture.  Next to his fast finisher folder sheets is what we call our Data part of the folder.  I will get into that later!  More to come on the sheets I included in the folder!  Tata!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


So sorry!  We have been in school for 29 days, and I can offically now say I feel like my students have a schedule down & I have the management down.  WOW.  That took a long time.  I think I need to keep a big poster at the beginning of the year that says "IT GETS BETTER! I PROMISE!"  Lot's of changes have happened:

  • I got my first donors choose project funded!
  • We went on our first field trip
  • I have a whole 25 students! (Whoa!)
  • THE BREWERS ARE in the playoffs!
  • The Packers are 5 and 0!
Okay so the last two are a little off topic, but I have to give a shout out when I can!  If you haven't gotten to donors choose, make sure you check it out.  It is seriously a wonderful site.  Make sure you tell as many people as you can about your page, and let them know it's a donation!

Our first field trip was to the Max & Ruby show, the kids loved it!

We now how a class load up to 28 students here is Wisconsin... yeah.  28.  I am teaching in a first grade inclusion room so we also can have up to 8 students with special needs.  Every day is a totally different day in my classroom!

And I would like to share....  my kiddos!  THANKS to donors choose we got a set of books & all those blue book bins! Wahoo!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Favorites!

Over at Fabulous in First they are having a Linky Party for our favorites!  Check it out here.  See mine below!

Favorite Foods:
 Mmm..  Potstickers

 Jampasta by Rachel Ray, I love to make this, takes time, but soo worth it!

Favorite sign: 

Favorite color:
Favorite animal:
My two year old yellow lab, Maxwell...

Favorite teaching materials:

We are lucky to have Mac computers!  I love my SMARTboard!!

Couldn't do guided reading without it!

Thanks for stopping by!  What are your favorites?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blossoming in Room 3! Day 4

After four long tideous days, I have decided to unveil my work.  Ehh.... So here goes nothing.  I live about 50 minutes away from school, so when I make the drive down there on days off, I want to make it worth it!  I wish so much I could pick up my school and move it, the students, and the staff down my street.  Well, until then, here goes nothing!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Starting fresh

I wanted to start this year off fresh and clean.  I felt like I would just put things everywhere last year so I took everything off the wall, and stored in my back room over summer.  Here is a little before tour of my classroom.  Any suggestions at all, please share!

Here is what you see right when you walk in...
 My amazing smartboard, and 8 mac computers... <3

I have a window that peaks into the hallway....and there is my door

View from my smartboard area, windows into the back room

Here is the back room where I keep my materials not being used and desk.  I am VERY lucky to have this, and I want to reorganize it....looking at it makes me sad :(

Welcome! Oh Blogging...

Welcome to my first attempt at blogging!  I have been teaching for 2 years, I am currently a first grade teacher.  I have taught one year of Kindergarten, and one year of first.  I love my job, and I hope you enjoy all the ideas I have to share!