Tuesday, April 30, 2013

First Instagram Experience

Well, I finally figured out how to take a screenshot on my new phone!

Here are a few of my instagrams today! I love it!!!!

What if you had animal teeth?

We began our activity for opinion writing today. We had to choose what animal teeth we would want to have. The choices were based on the book, What if you had Animal Teeth? They kids then made themselves with their teeth choice and wrote why it would be great to have those teeth. Tomorrow we will read the book! They were very excited and can not wait to read it!

I found this activity while blog hopping so thank you to the creator!!!

You can see more pictures on instagram.

Here are some pictures:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Instagram Experience, hopefully a successful one!!

I am going to attempt to link other teacher blogs and do instagram Tuesday!! This is a new experience for me so hopefully it works out well and I am successful!!!

Click below to see other teachers who are instagramming!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bugs, Bugs and More Bugs

We have live ladybugs and a praying mantis egg ready to hatch in our classroom. The kids are so excited!

Just a little side note,  if you do get live lady bugs make sure they are dormant before attempting to put them in their dome.  I followed the instructions and placed them in the fridge for 30 minutes.  But when I went to put them in the dome,  they began to fly all over the classroom.  We had 30 ladybugs flying everywhere and who comes in as my kids and I are trying to catch the ladybugs?  My administrator to do a walk through.  That was an experience for her!

The praying mantis egg is amazing.  We are anxiously watching it.  There are 75 to 200 in that egg! !! That will be an awesome sight.  I will keep you posted! !!

Here are some pictures of the egg and the ladybugs:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Statue of Liberty

Here are a few of my kids with the crown and torch. I found these on Amazon.com. Amazon is a teachers best friend.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Storybook Ball!!

On a personal note, My daughter and I attended the Storybook Ball with a friend and their son on Saturday Night at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. This was amazing! Adults and kids were to dress up as their favorite characters. I went as Snow White and my daughter went as Brave!

Here is a picture of us:

While there, the kids got to explore the museum, eat lots of great food, ride the carousel, take horse and carriage rides, dance to a band called The Plants (They were awesome!) and grab a gift bag.

There were characters everywhere! Curious George, Peter Rabbit and of course, Princesses!

Here is a picture of my daughter with a couple of princesses:

Finally, they had a Statue of Liberty section! I could not leave without getting pictures for my kids!!! Here are pictures of Emmy as the Statue of Liberty and a picture of the torch made out of a modge podge of items!! It was breath taking!!!

Statue of Liberty

Oh my!! Did we enjoy learning about this magnificent statue!!!! We just kept on researching and finding the most amazing information about the Statue of Liberty. We also watched a great video from Amazon (Thank goodness I am a Prime member!!!)

I used several resources and adapted them to my teaching style. We used the Statue of Liberty craftivity from Deanna Jump. I adapted it by making it into a follow me activity. I love these!!! They all had the same amount of paper yet they all look different!

Here are a few of our creations:

We also wore a crown and had a torch and took our pictures! We also made a crown and torch to bring home!!! This was from the unit by Kim Adsit!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Praying Mantis Frenzy

We have begun our insect unit with a what I think I know, what we learned and our misconceptions chart. We read two books, a nonfiction book on Praying Mantis and a fiction book called Manuela a Playing Mantis by Don Freeman. We compared the fiction and nonfiction books. The kids did a great job with this. They were truly amazed at the facts about a praying mantis.

Here is our chart:

Then we made and wrote about Praying Mantis. I took the Praying mantis I saw in Deanna Jump's Blog and made it into a follow me activity. I love these activities because all of their projects look different. They all start with the same size paper, scissors and glue. They follow me as I cut and glue. I love the end results!

Here are some of their Praying Mantis':

I have an empty Praying Mantis egg and we passed it around for them to look at it.  They loved this and thought it was the coolest thing. So I ordered an egg from  Insect Lore and hopefully we will be able to see a live egg hatch before the school year ends!!!