Friday, January 27, 2012

Drip. Drip. Drip. {Some Pictures, a Freebie and a Giveaway!}

...Nope, that's not a faucet dripping...that would be my nose. Okay, I'll admit it - at more than one point today I stuffed a tissue up my nose to prevent drippage.  No worries, my kiddos weren't in the room, but I HAD to prepare my cute little craftivity for today and the bending/cutting combo with my nose left me no other choice. 

I'm not quite sure what's going on in Good 'ol Room 8 but my kiddos have been a wee bit off the wall.  Yeah, probably a little bit more than a little bit...they were off in a big way.  I'm guessing it might be because we haven't gotten any snow. Seriously, that's my theory.  The kids are used to exerting their extra energy on the sled hills and there's no sledding to be had.  Next week will be better, right?!?

Since most of my kiddos brought their silly with 'em we went with that and read some Tacky the Penguin.  Love that penguin!  Didn't our "Tacky's" turn out cute?

We've also been working on solving number stories in math.  I'm still wrapping my brain around our new math series {Bridges}. This is my second year with it and I'm just starting to find the holes.  The kids do a lot of creating and solving number stories but it doesn't seem like the program does enough explicit instruction.  So, I've tweaked...the kids are getting good at recognizing the "Magic Math Words" and what they tell us to do.  I pulled out an oldie but a goodie...ADD Math.  Are you familiar with it?  I used to do it daily {Arithmetic Developed Daily} but have since exchanged it for Number Corner. One of my favorite pieces of ADD math is how it breaks down solving a number story...the acronym is TIPS which stands for Think, Information, Plan, Solution.  Each half piece of paper looks like this:

You can click on the picture and it will take you to their website if you are interested.  I know, I know...some might think it came from the time of dinosaurs...but I'm telling you some things stand the test of time and this is one of them!  Sometimes you just need direct, explicit instruction.  Really, you do!

I created this poster {Click HERE}  if you're interested in creating your own:

Clipart: Scrappin' Doodles

Our math program uses the spiral approach {Which is something else I'm trying to wrap my brain around} so in addition to number stories we worked on fact families. We did a fun activity that I found over at Kelley's blog. To grab it click ---------> Buggy for Second Grade!  They loved it and it was a little challenging for them.  A perfect combo!

I have got to give a shout out to Sheree over at Peterson's Pad!

First Grade Fun

She finally has reached 100 followers, but I'm telling you, she should be WAY past that.  Her blog is awesome. I can't tell you how many activities I've downloaded and used in my classroom.  She's so sweet and so creative and is having a giveaway!!!!! {Please take a minute and head over and be sure to follow...I'd love to see her reach 200 before she can even annouce her giveaway winner!!!!}.  She's giving away a $10 Amazon gift card or any one of her awesome TpT packets. 

And last but not least...I won this super cute shirt over at Heather's giveaway.  Luckily, I wore it today because I got so many stinkin' compliments on that thing, nobody noticed the tissues hanging out of my nose at our staff inservice in the afternoon... {It's a bit blurry which is a good'd call me Rudolph otherwise}.

Note the tissue in my least it's not shoved up my old am I?
If you want to purchase your own...I advise wearing it on a bad hair day, a day when you've got a pimple the size of Gibraltar...nobody will notice because all they'll see is your cute lil' shirt.  You can purchase one at Sewing Sassy {HERE}.

Happy Weekend!!!!!!



  1. that shirt and those penguins are stinkin' cute!!! and thanks for not giving me your cold :)
    no seriously...lovin' the shirt, except I'm not first grade - ha!

    and thanks for the math poster...neat idea!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

    1. Jen,
      You can get 2nd Grade Rocks too!

  2. Haha... I do that sometimes too to prevent drippage! LOL
    I love the shirt. It is so cute!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  3. Love your Tacky the Penguins! They are super cute!! I love the shirt, too! Hope your cold goes away soon.

    The First Grade Dream

  4. First of all, get better soon! Sending you a bunch of hugs and smiles :) Second, I swear there is a full moon here in MI, my kiddos have been CRAZY all week too. Finally, that is the cutest shirt EVER...mine will have to say 2nd grade though :) Have a FAB rest of your evening!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  5. you are too too cute! I adore you and your drippy nose!

  6. Oh shoot...Reagan totally took my line...I was half way done writing "You are too cute" and I look up and BAM there it is!...anyways, ya ARE! Feel better!
    Headed over to the new blog now!
    2nd Grade Paradise

  7. That shirt is too cute!!! Love your penguins!!! feel better!

  8. Love the TIPS poster and your shirt! Hoping that you feel better soon! :)
    Stories From Second

  9. Your shirt is adorable... as are your Tacky's.
    I WISH our math program would spiral. It claims, too...but it really doesn't. We work on one concept a week and the core material doesn't really touch on it again. But it does a TON of implicit instruction. I guess you can't have it all. :D
    Dragonflies in First

  10. I love your penguins! I tagged you in a post so come on over and take a look!


  11. Your shirt and penguins are too cute!

    I like your theory on your kiddos' behavior. I have been thinking the same thing!

    Our math program is new this year and I detest it. The way some sections are written, it leaves no room for teaching alternative methods. Thank you for the math suggestions and freebies!

    Feel better soon!

    First Grade Magic

  12. Love your shirt! Love your penguins! I am going to pin your penguins! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  13. Love this post! Your penguins are adorable, and I LOVE a good word problem strategy! This one looks great! Such great ideas here! I'm new to blogging and really enjoying your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

  14. Thanks for the shout out. You are too sweet Holly! Love the penguins and the shirt!

  15. Love your Tacky's...too cute. I really like your math poster and magic words. Hope you are getting better!


    Apples and Papers

  16. I love your post. The penguins are very cute and so is the t-shirt!! Thanks also for sharing your math ideas. Get better soon!

    Grade ONEderful

  17. Hope you're feeling better!
    Your Tacky's are way too cute!!!
    I'm still wrapping my head around our enVision curriculum and I think we're in our fifth year with it. :(
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  18. ahhhh!!! we just started with enVision last year...ummm....yeah...I basically just use my district's pacing guide and my own (or y'alls) resources. I'm not diggin' too much of the textbook...
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  19. Oh fun! I miss Bridges. We adopted Investigations a few years ago. It is on the other end of the math spectrum. Now that we have found the curriculum gaps, we have added back quite a bit of Bridges pieces.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  20. Hey Holly! I have a little award for you over on my blog!
    Teaching First

  21. I would LOVE to know what all you think of Bridges. We are in our 9th year of it and we are supplementing with Envisions.

    I hope your nose stops dripping...mine has been like a faucet the past 2 days! =(

    And, of course I love your shirt! Sewing Sassy is about to help with another giveaway very, very soon! =)

    Heather's Heart

  22. Hi there...I just tagged you but you don;t have to be "it" again!

    First Grade Fanatic!


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