Friday, November 21, 2014

Thankful for Donor's Choose!!

Aloha Friday friends. I bet some of you are hootin' and hollerin' because you are officially on Thanksgiving break.  I am officially jealous!  I have never had off the whole week for Thanksgiving, but I can't really complain.  This was the first week in a LONG time that I have taught 5 full days!

This post finds me happy and excited about having another Donor's Choose project funded!!

My latest project was funded a few weeks ago and I just received all of my items.  I was very fortunate to have it funded by Chevron Fuel Your School.  They funded all projects in Hawaii for the month of October.  You can check them out on Facebook if you want to learn more.

So here is what I asked for - 4 new iPads and the cases to go along with them.

Isn't that the most beautiful sight!  I now have 8 iPads and they were all funded by Donor's Choose except one, which was given to us from Admin.

The kids literally flipped when they saw them all!  Of course the bright colored cases make them even more alluring for my 2nd graders.

The cases are from and they are really cool.  They are made of a thick foam like substance. Perfect for my tropical colored classroom! 

Now my only problem is organization.  How to store and charge all of these and keep it looking decent.  (If you didn't already notice the horrible wires everywhere, check the picture)

So I headed back over the Amazon and found this storage unit.

It has 8 slots for each iPad.  It seems like it will be sturdy enough, especially with the thickness of the new cases.

Now I just need this little gadget to get them all charging without a huge powerstrip!

Ahhh, I could go on and on, but for now I am excited with what I have!

With 8 iPads I can use 4 for our listening center and 4 for word work during Daily 5.  During math rotations I have 6 students in each group, so they can use these to access our Reflex Math program.

I can also use them for small groups to do research, and during my intervention block my higher kids can read KidBiz articles and play enrichment games.

I am really excited to plan a lesson using QR codes.  Once I get it all going I will share what we do.

I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday and I had a few requests for apps to use in the class.  I am working on a new post and will get it up soon.

I would love to hear how you use iPads in your classroom and feel free to share any apps that you love!! I am always on the hunt for great apps!

I am also linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five For Friday post.  Go check out some other fun blogs!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Educents Deals

Aloha friends! Just a quick post today to tell you about a deal going on over at Educents.  Educents is a daily deal site for educators.  Whether you are in the classroom or homeschooling, they have some amazing deals on educational resources.

If you aren't a member you can sign up to receive updates on all of their latest deals.  Right now if you sign up you can receive a $10 credit to use within the next 6 months!  Just click on the picture below to find out more.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Making Pumpkin Pie In Your Classroom

Aloha friends!  Just a quick post today to help you get planning for that fun 3 days before Thanksgiving!

Every year my class makes this yummy No Bake Pumpkin Pie!! That's right NO Baking.

Kids mix ingredients together, smash up their own graham crackers for the crust and add some whipped cream to top it off!

I have parents/families donate all the ingredients.  I usually bring in the Pumpkin Pie spice and have some parent volunteers who help with all the fun.

For a class of 20 students you need a few cans of pumpkin, 1 box of graham crackers, 4 boxes of pudding, 2-3 tubs of whipped cream, and one can of milk.  (I dilute the milk in water since it is so rich, plus you don't have to worry about keeping it cold.)

Just click on the pictures below to download them in Google Docs.

I have a full post that I did last year over at the Primary Chalkboard.  
Click on the button below to head over and check it out.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Morning Work

Aloha friends and happy Sunday!  I have been working like a mad woman trying to get so many projects finished.

As many of you know Hawaii adopted the Reading Wonders curriculum this year and it has kept us all pretty busy.  On top of that I enrolled in an online Wonders class.  We were required to go through the online course along with implementing and recording 5 different lessons.

I thought the due date was December, but when I checked last week is was November 3rd!! Gulp!  I called everyone I knew that was taking the course and they all thought the same thing!

We all contacted the instructor and luckily she extended the date to November 12th. Phew!!
So I spent all day yesterday putting together my portfolio for the class.

I am so glad to be finished!! It actually was  a really good way to familiarize myself with all of the components of the series. My focus was on written response and finding text evidence.  I plan to share more in my next post.

Another project that I have been working on, is creating a morning work pack with all of the skills that we have been learning with the Wonders program.  I actually have adapted my teams morning works since the beginning of the year.

I included the morning language and grammar work along with one of my daily word problems.  It has been a great way to cover all of these skills.   My kids are able to complete these in 15 minutes or less each morning.  I usually sit with my lower group and help them as needed.

I thought other teachers might be wanting a morning work pack aligned to the Wonders series, so I created this.

It covers the grammar and language skills for each week.  You can check it out in my TpT shop and download the preview for the first week free.

I plan to make them for each unit, but I'm a little behind!  Now that my course is over I should be able to get Unit 2 and 3 completed in the next few weeks.

I am off to do my regular chores now!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2014

November Freebie

Just a quick post to let you know I have a new Facebook Fan freebie for this month.  This is a paid item in my TpT store.  A fun matching activity that would be great for your November centers.

Head over to my Facebook page and click on the Freebie tab on the left hand side of my page.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do What You Can Do

Aloha everyone.  It seems like forever and a day since I have written about my classroom happenings.  I just finished up with conferences last week and they went really well.

All of my parents showed up except one. I had a feeling he wouldn't.  You know that feeling.  The one that really needs some extra help at home, but is just not going to get it.  I think it's a struggle just to get food on the table.

This little guy is a real sweetheart, but is low.  He has not done one homework assignment and I don't want to make him stay in at recess to do it.  He often comes in with no backpack, no shoes and the same clothes on that he wore the day before.

Students like this can really touch your heart.  It reminds me of why I started teaching.

I have been teaching a long time. In order to last in this profession you have to let go of what happens outside the classroom.  I can't control his home life, but I can do everything in my power from 8-2.

I remember my sister telling me once that I was very "cold hearted".  How could I not get involved in their home lives?  She said she couldn't ever be a teacher because she would be too sad about not being able to take care of them.

I know for a fact I am not cold hearted.  Teachers are a rare breed.  Not everyone is cut out to do it. You have to separate what you do or you will burn yourself out.  You can't solve the world's problems, but you can create a safe little world of your own.  That's the beauty of teaching.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Resources

Aloha everyone!  I am stuck inside today due to Hurricane Ana.  It is south of Oahu today so we are getting tons of rain, but luckily that's it!  Very thankful for not having to evacuate!!

On this rainy day I have an excuse to play on the computer all day, right?

This week I will be busy with Parent Teacher conferences.  I only have 21 students over the course of 6 days, so it shouldn't be too stressful.  I have such a great class I am looking forward to meeting with parents and telling them how great their kids are!

As I was perusing through all of my social media sites I realized that I have almost 10,000 fans on my Facebook page!!! That is absolutely amazing to me!!  So I have decided to have a giveaway.

If you are a Facebook Fan you can win all of these resources!!  Just head over to my Facebook Fan page and enter.

If you are not a Facebook Fan simply "like" my page and you will also be able to access my monthly fan freebies.

This month my Batty Contractions is free.  

Click {Here} to grab this freebie.

It's also planning Sunday and I am on Unit 2 Week 3 of Wonders.  I love how the Essential Question fits right into our Science theme of Animal Habitats.  We started our Nocturnal Animal Unit and the kids are loving it!  This week we are learning about Desert Habitats and all of the nocturnal creatures you would find there. I will post pictures soon!

If you are in need of resources for this month, I will have all of my October items 15% off for the rest of the month in my TpT store. ----------->October Items 

Happy Sunday and let's hope this rainy day is a productive one!!