Shave Ice Is Da Best

Aloha friends! Today I wanted to share a favorite treat of most people in Hawaii.

All kids in Hawaii love Shave Ice.  If you have ever traveled here you know that this is a must have!

This is our favorite place for Shave Ice.

On a warm day it is always crowded!!

There are tons of flavors to choose from and the price is right for what you get.

My daughter's is the  purple cup.  She chose the Sour Pucker.  Mine is the blue, which is the tropical mix.  Kids LOVE Shave Ice, so I created a little activity to add to my Aloha Unit.

I know my class will love making this and writing about Shave Ice.  I have included several writing templates to include kids who may have never tried it, or kids who live in Hawaii who love it!

If you are crafty you can whip up your own version of this, but if you want to grab this along with lots of other fun Hawaiian activities stop by my TpT store.  If you have already purchased this unit, then please stop by and download again.

I am linking up with Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade too!
Stop by and check out all the great posts!

I really want to do this activity with my kiddos and am hoping I have time in the next few weeks.  If not I will have to save it for the beginning of the year.

Have you ever had Hawaiian Shave Ice?  I would love to hear when, where and what flavors you chose!


May Word Problem Winners

Thank you to everyone who left me a nice comment....and the winners are:

Check your emails ladies!


Instagram Fun

I know I have posted today, but I know I won't get a chance tomorrow.  I just wanted to link up to all the Instagram fun.  What The Teacher Wants and Apples and ABC's are hosting a great linky.

I have a personal Instagram, but now I have one for my blog!  You can follow me at

How fun to see what everyone posts on Tuesday!


May Day Is Lei Day in Hawaii

Aloha everyone!  The month of May is almost upon us and I have so much to do.  Many of you may be getting ready for a little Cinco de Mayo festival, but in Hawaii May 1st is Lei Day.

Each year on May 1st Lei Day is celebrated throughout the islands.  Leis are made from so many of the gorgeous flowers on the island and there are dozens of lei making competitions.  

Leis are given for all occasions,  May Day, birthdays, Mother's Day, graduation, new jobs and of course as a welcome to the island.

Our own Hawaiian studies teacher has asked that students bring in a lei to wear on May 1st.

Well I know that there will be some that bring them in, but also quite a few who will not have anything to wear.  So I thought I would make some leis with my students this week to celebrate.


To make leis you will need 16 paper flowers per student.
(I used the die cut machine at my school)

Beads with a larger opening like the blue and purple.

Don't forget to hole punch the flowers. 
( I folded them in half and punched half a hole)

Straws cut into 1 inch pieces

 Yarn (40 inch pieces) Prep-Tie a bead to one end and dip the other end
in glue to keep it from unravelling. Using tape works, but it makes it harder
to fit through the beads.

I told the students that there is a pattern to make the lei:

bead, straw, bead, flower, bead, straw, bead, flower

I had them sit on the floor in groups of five around the room.  It was a perfect way to have them work together and share materials without spilling all over the desks.

They wanted to take them home so badly, but we are keeping them at school until Wednesday.

If you have older students there is another lei that you can make that is a bit harder.

You will just need pipe cleaners

You will need around 16-20 depending on how long you would like your lei.

Each flower begins with a loop.

You will make four equal loops and twist to keep them in place.

I use one pipe cleaner for the final connection and only loop the ends.
It is much more comfortable to wear.  

This is a fun way to celebrate May Day.  I plan to have my students make another one for Mother's Day.  They are also great for Luau's and if you just purchased my Aloha Unit, then this is a great craft
to add to it.  

I filmed my students singing May Day Is Lei Day, but I left my iPad at school!  Bummer :(  But I did a google search and I found this video, which is great until the same guy gets up and walks across the video several times.  It reminds me of Mystery Science Theatre, lol!  Enjoy!


May Word Problems

Just a quick post this morning to let you know that my May Word Problems pack is finished.  Thank you for all of the kind feedback on my April pack.  

I have been doing one everyday with my class and they are getting it!  They are finally starting to see what the questions is really asking them!

I cut my copies in half and put on a construction paper cover.  I have my helper pass them out and they do it as a math warm up.  I had an observation recently and my administrator really liked the format.  She was happy to see me progressing into the Common Core shift.

Here's a blank template if you would like to try out the format.
Just click on it to take you to Google Docs.

She also commented on my I Can Solve Word problem posters, and how they were a great reference for my kids. 

I am linking up with Mrs. Wheeler's class for more great resources!!

I hope if you purchased these  they have been as helpful to you.  If you would like to try my May pack leave me a comment below with your email and I will pick three people to send them to.  I will pick Sunday night.

Enjoy your Saturday and stop back tomorrow for some crafty fun!


Aloha Friday

Aloha Friday!  Just a quick post with some pics from my week.

Earth Day creations from  our trash we brought in.

Cute magnets from our Pen pals in Canada.  We also got some
yummy cookies and a Scentos marker:) Thank you Diane;)

This was from one of my little friend's homework.  It made me laugh.

I finished my May Word Problems pack.

And here's wishing you a fabulous weekend!!

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