Friday, January 23, 2015

Five For Friday 1-23-15

Aloha Friday!! This week was fast and furious and we ended the week with a fun field trip.  Where did we go?  We walked across the street.

Our school is right across the street from the beach, and I thought it would be fun to go across and have a picnic.


Well it is winter here and that means BIG waves.  The waves this week have been huge and it draws crowds of people who want to see the surfers who ride them.


Today was absolutely gorgeous and the waves were about 10-12 feet!


My class was oohing and ahhing at the waves.  My pictures don't do it justice!


After about a minute of watching waves they started collecting shells and coconuts.


I asked a tourist (he was from Australia and the kids loved his accent) to take our picture.
The sun was in our eyes and it's not the best, but I think it's a pretty cool class pic.

How was your week?





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Which Do You Like Best?

Aloha my long lost friends!  I feel like my blog posts are much fewer and far between.  I honestly miss sitting down and sharing the fun and sometimes not so fun things that happen in class.

This week we began working on Opinion Writing.  We did an  introductory activity to decide which was our favorite candy.

Before we started we discussed how we make opinions about things.  Sometimes we see something and think it looks nice.  Other times things taste, or smell good and we make opinions based on those senses.  We made a list of all our senses.


We talked about how our opinions belong to us.  No one can tell us what we should think or feel.  We get to decide.

I then told the students they were going to do a little activity to help them decide which they liked best.

Before the activity I had placed 5 Skittles and 5 M&M's in a little snack bag.  I passed them out and told them I wanted to use their senses to make a choice about which one they liked best.



They weren't allowed to use their sense of taste until I gave the signal.  Then I told them they could taste 2 of each to get a good idea about each one. (They had to save the rest until they finished writing)


Then I asked them to fill out this sheet.
(Click on picture to download from Google Docs)


I had a to help a few with the reasons, but most of them were able to use their senses to write their ideas.



I have to admit that M&M's make me happy too!



I also love the fruitiness and chewiness of Skittles!

They really enjoyed the activity and it was a great way to get them writing! I plan to also use their opinions to make a graph during math time comparing the two.

If you need a few more ideas and activities check out my Opinion Writing pack.  I plan to use many of them over the next few weeks.

What types of activities do you like to use for writing opinions? What are some of your favorite topics to use?  I'm always looking for fun ideas, especially in writing!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Positive Behavior In The New Year

Aloha and Happy New Year friends!!! This week I headed back to work after a very nice 3 week break!  I was rested and rejuvenated and ready to go back!

I brought a few gifts for my students from Arizona.



They were a little hesitant about trying Prickly Pear cactus licorice, but they all loved it.  I brought the scorpion lollipop just for fun.  They were a bit disappointed they didn't each get one!

I spent the first few days slowly getting back into our routine and we reviewed our rules and procedures for the classroom.


Over the break I had been thinking about a few things I wanted to focus on more in my classroom and for me it was working on KINDNESS and being more POSITIVE in the classroom.  I had noticed a few rude remarks from students and some not so nice behavior.  I plan to really focus more on those students that are showing kind behavior and reward them positively using my clip chart.

I know some teachers have done away with their Behavior Clip Charts and I have read a few blog posts from others who don't feel it is a good tool to use in the classroom.

For myself and my style of teaching it is one of the best tools I have ever used.  The one I created for my class is fun and the kids absolutely love "Surfing Up".



I don't use my chart to focus on the negative behaviors, I use it to focus on the positive.  When I am teaching a lesson and I notice some students are not focused, I zero in on someone near them and mention how wonderful their behavior is and ask them to "Surf Up".  Immediately the whole class is on track and focusing on what we are doing.

When a student helps me if I drop something or shows kindness to another student I thank them for their help and ask them to "Surf Up".  

Don't get me wrong, I use it if someone just cannot stop talking or get back on track and ask them to "Surf Down".  But for the most part it is for rewarding that good behavior. The student who surfed down to yellow surfed right back up for finishing his work and then helping another student.

My focus for the rest of the year is to really catch those kids being good, and to make sure I catch EVERYONE for the littlest things.  I had a student yesterday who was so focused and working so hard (who normally doesn't even get his name on his paper) and I asked him to move up the chart. He ended up on Cowabunga and he was so thrilled!  


Students who end the day on Cowabunga earn a bead for their Award necklace.  Once they earn five beads they can trade them in for a new tag.  I have a few students who are saving their beads.

It's easy to forget about these little things as you trudge through the mounds of curriculum, but just a few minutes here and there can make a huge difference in the self-esteem of your students.

What do you use in your classroom to foster kindness?

Do you have anything that you are focusing on for the remainder of the year?

Always love to hear your thoughts!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Aloha! Today I am linking up with my sweet friend Miss DeCarbo.



I am on break until Friday.  I am relaxing and doing a bit of school work. Did you start back to work this week or are you still on break?


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Resources

Aloha friends!  I am enjoying my vacation here in Phoenix with my family.  I am doing as little work as possible and really enjoying my time off!  I hope you are doing the same, but I do realize many of you are headed back to work next week!

I am joining up with the Primary Chalkboard for an end/beginning of the year sale.


My entire store will be on sale!!












Click on any of these pics to take you to my store.  Don't forget to stop by the Primary Chalkboard and link up with us if you are having a sale or want to see who else is having a sale.





Thursday, December 25, 2014

End Of The Year Plans

Aloha friends!! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and were able enjoy spending time with family and friends.

A new year is upon us and I have been working on getting organized for 2015!  I have created some cute new personal planners for the new year.




I have 4 different covers to choose from.
They each include monthly calendars, a weekly planner page,
a year at a glance and a menu planner.  


You can check them all out in my TpT shop.

I am also running an end of the year special.


If you make a purchase over $5 I will send you your choice of calendars! Just email me after purchase and let me know which planner you would like.

I hope this helps you get organized and ready for a new year!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

So Close!

Aloha everyone!  One. More. Day!  We can do it!!


This doesn't quite fit me.  I need a palm tree on the top, instead of a snowflake.  I made this fun video this week.  It's the Hawaiian version of the 12 days of Christmas.  The original version has 10 cans of beer and 12 televisions.  Don't think that version is appropriate for the classroom.


I will be headed to colder weather soon.  We leave for Arizona on Monday to see my family.  My daughters are so excited and their cousins can't wait either.  The desert is very chilly in the winter, but very pretty.


We had a really busy week and some fun activities along the way.  The beginning of the week we made some cute Pop Art Stockings.



The kids really enjoyed making them and I thought they came out great!  Each year I stuff their stockings with a candy cane, a pencil, some stickers and a little card that I make.  It's an easy and inexpensive gift.

After lots of discussion, the second grade team decided to make puzzle piece ornaments.  They were really simple and the glitter and paint made them really pretty.



I also had my students do a home project created by Nicole Shelby.  They had to create a new suit for Santa since his old suit was ruined in the dryer.

I got some pretty fun suits returned to school.


This Santa has eyes all over to watch all the kids!


Cowboy Santa


Ninja Santa


Surfer Santa



This next one is my favorite.  The student's father is a tattoo artist.  It is just so funny!



Today was our last full day and we had a gift exchange, lots of sugary treats and we watched a Disney Christmas movie.

Tomorrow is our Winter Performance.  My class is singing "Run, Run, Rudolph" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".  We have a new music teacher this year and she put the whole production together!  Amazing!!  The upper grade classes wrote their own versions of popular tunes to fit our Hawaiian lifestyle.  Very cute.

So tomorrow afternoon I am going to kick back and enjoy my break, for 3 weeks!!  I have done most of my shopping online and sent all packages to my mom's house.  Santa even got a little something for me.



Very appropriate since I will be in the desert! 

I plan to also do a bit of after Christmas shopping.  There are so many stores on the Mainland that we just don't have here.  We head back to the islands on January 2nd.

Teacher's report back on the 9th and students return on the 13th!!  I am really looking forward to reenergizing and starting a brand new year!!

How was your last week?  Any exciting plans for the break?  I'd love to hear all about it!!