Thursday, July 5, 2012

Holy Cow!

That "holy cow" could mean just about anything right now.  Holy cow, it's hot out there.  Holy cow, it stormed a good one this morning...thought the roof of my house was going to blow right off!  Holy cow, I found some REALLY great deals at The Dollar Tree!  See...



Get two teachers together on a 40th birthday scavenger hunt and they wind up with some extra time on their hands {What can I say?  We're efficient}.  What would two teachers do with that extra time?  Stop at The Dollar Tree of course!

First off, any husbands out there - there's some stiff competition in Michigan!  My best friend's hubby {Mine claims he had input} sent us on a 40th birthday scavenger hunt.  Some of the hot spots were WMU where we went to college, the movies {You've got to see People Like Us!}, a hotel stay for the night, a massage and then hair and pedi's!!!  At each place we were met with clues and money to pay for whatever we were doing there.  It was the best time ever! 

We didn't leave any place empty handed and that included The Dollar Tree!  They had the cutest banner that says "Great Work Grows Here".  It has flowers and ladybugs on it.  I'm going to put it on the bulletin board where I display their writing.  The star border is the cutest - hard to see in the picture, but it has a black background and super colorful design-filled stars.  I'm going to use that one for my Star of the Week board.  Did you see the mustaches, Farley? Those are for me! When I start to feel like the Charlie Brown Teacher, I'll stick one of those on - that should perk things up in the classroom!  They've got some great stationery right now. I'm going to use the one with stars for their Star of the Week certificates and the one with the birthday candle border for their birthday certificates. 

The word wall spinner is the coolest!  I can't wait to use that for word wall practice.  The options are:

Choose any word:

*That is a noun
* With a short vowel sound
*And define it
*And use it in a sentence
*With a long vowel sound
*That is a verb

I'm seeing a freebie to go along with this spinner in our future...keep an eye out for that {So you might want to secure a spinner right now...quick!}.

Your eyes aren't deceiving you, that is a HUGE fly swatter.  Couldn't pass that up.  I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to use it...any ideas?  I thought we could swat words around the room or something like that.  The picture doesn't do it justice though...it's MASSIVE!  I found some cute first day of school pencils and some Star Student stickers.  I'd say I hit the jackpot!

My little guy wants to have a lemonade stand something awful.  We made a trip to Target to get some of the essentials when I happened upon these...


They weren't in the dollar spot {drat} but they were only $3.50.  I'm going to hang one above each table and adhere their table numbers to them. 

I'm trying so hard to take a hiatus from all things school, but I just can't do it!!  Oh well...just embrace it, right?  So let's go with that - I created a great repeated task packet.  It has 7 repeated tasks ready to copy and get started on right when school starts. 

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Okay, I am going to go out and wog.  That's the compromise I have going on right now.  I've told myself that I need to pick up the pace and run.  Myself isn't ready for that but did agree to wogging {walk slash jog}. 

Toodles!

16 comments:

  1. I like the repeated tasks idea. It's really nice to see the development and be able to show that with parents. Especially when you teach a two year loop. If you made one with slightly more advanced tasks, say for 2nd and 3rd graders I would totally buy that!


    Adventures in Room 5

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  2. I also shopped at Dollar Tree...and really found some neat teaching material....I also saw the Fly Swatter....I passed on it because I have a smaller one that I use for lessons...but I may just go back and get the big one....I play "Swat It" with the kids.....I have them come up to the smartboard and Swat the answer.....the kids love it!
    Debbie

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  3. My husband and I saw that same fly swatter. I didn't get it but I kept thinking about it after we left. I might have to sneak back and get one;)

    Heather
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  4. How amazing is that "scavenger hunt" idea. Love it!
    Fabulous word wall spinner idea!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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  5. I want that word wall spinner!! I heard about it last year but could never find one. I must go searching again.

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  6. You are a riot!! I think I wog too, honestly. I loved seeing your stash from the Dollar Tree. I'm headed out there tomorrow and I am looking forward to it! I think that scavenger hunt sounds like the nicest present...what a lovely gift (or gifts!)

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  7. Those are great finds at the Dollar Tree! I always find the neatest things there! :)

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  8. That scavenger hunt sounds so fun! That was a great idea!I love the mustaches by the way! Too funny!
    Erin
    Sample’s Superstars

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  9. Love all your great finds! We don't really have a nice dollar tree. They aren't in good parts of town. Have fun wogging!

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  10. I nominated you for an award. Come on over to my blog and get it!!!
    http://ateacherandablog.blogspot.com/2012/07/blog-award.html
    Markeeta

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  11. Those are some great finds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!
    And I love the term "wog". I am working my way up there. ;)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  12. I've gotta hit up the Dollar Tree soon!!!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your great finds...I need to go shopping! =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  14. The scavenger hunt sounds like fun....I need a husband like that,Oh, wait a minute....I do, I'm married to that creative man!!! I enjoyed every minute of our best friend 40th birthday scavenger hunt celebration. I'm heading to Big Lots too sometime this week....another place to get great classroom "stuff". Thanks for always sharing!!!!

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