Thursday, February 16, 2012

Math Tubs, Sweetheart Snatchin’ & Graphing!



…we’ve been *obsessing* over our centers time because my kids are crazy-in-love with all the place value activities we’ve been working on from Cara’s Place Value Packet of Fun.  Seriously, a SUPER investment. 


…we began reading The Borrowers after one of my pumpkins was thrilled to share that she’d seen the trailer to The Secret World of Arrietty


…I’m still living a snowday-less school year, and subsequently enjoying every bit of crossing off each day that passes on my calendar.  And really looking forward to April!


…we’ve been stalking that Sweetheart Snatcher!  As soon as the first clue surfaced, they were all Not agaaaain!!!!  It had to be the Candycorn Bandit!  I might need to make the clues poster-sized next year because now that they’re getting to be more proficient readers, they ALL wanted to read the clues!



I love that pic!  I sent three boys into the gym to locate the sweethearts, while the rest of the class peered in the gym doors.  So cute!

…we’ve been organizing, recording, and interpreting data!


Us teachers were pulling hard for a snow day on Tuesday, and I’m blaming my students for the reason we didn’t get one.  See graph above.

What we did with our snatched sweethearts…




…we learned about captions in Treasures this week while reading the story Cats in Art.  Afterwards, I had the students “sculpt” cats from playdoh and then make a caption to accompany it.  They turned out soooooo cute!  Tell me that orange cat doesn’t look eerily realistic!



…using Kathleen’s Fun with Numbers Part 2 to supplement instruction on tally marks since my kiddos haven’t mastered it quite yet.  Another GREAT, highly recommended resource!


I think that catches me up!  I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming three-day weekend and PTL that tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!  I had my last formal evaluation of the year today (woo hoo!), so I’m absolutely deserving of an entire pint of Raspberry Chip from Graeter’s and a little GTL tonight. 

In the meantime, it’s me, Katniss, and Peeta!!!!  They’ve just headed to the Quarter Quell and I’m DYING to know what’s going to happen!!!!!



Sarah Paul said...

I just finished the Hunger Games series! LOVED every moment of it!! I lost a lot of sleep staying up trying to finish those books.
I did your Sweetheart Snatcher activity and my kids loved it. You have such creative ideas!
Enjoy Katniss and Peeta!! :)
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Elisabeth said...

I just positively love you and your stinkin' good ideas! I would have loved to be in your class when I was in first grade! :) Everyday looks like so much fun!!


Bailey said...

We have had a snow day less year as well. I thought that with student teaching I would at least get one, but no such luck!

Mrs. Thompson said...

Oh my goodness, Abby... there is such a void in my life now that I've finshed The Hunger Games... It is amazing! :)

That pic of your kiddos looking through the door is precious!

Mrs. Thompson

Adventures in Teaching

Katie King said...

I am getting ready to switch Cara's place values centers in my rotation....we just finished up your Valentine ones which I LOVED! Thank you!!!

Erica said...

We also did your wonderful sweetheart snatcher and my kiddos are still concerned that every time we leave the room he will return and take other things from the room. So cute! Thanks again!


Fitbecky said...

Wow! We must be on the same chapter! I could'nt believe it when you mentioned Katniss and Peeta! That is the exact same place I am in this series! I am so loving the Hunger Games!

2nd Grade Rocks!

Traci said...

I just LOVE peeking into your room. It always looks like so much fun.

I love your caption idea. So smart.
Dragonflies in First

The Fantastic Frogs said...

I love the Hunger Games! I couldn't get through them fast enough but I was sad when it was all over because there isn't a fourth one :(. Now we [all the ladies at work and a few friends] are eagerly awaiting the movie!!!

Have a great night!! May the odds be ever in your favor...


Amanda said...

LOVE the Hunger Games trilogy, and I cannot wait for the movie! Ahhh! Anyway, I also wanted to add that I feel your snow day pain, friend. I live in the snow belt, and we STILL haven't had a single snowday!!!

Natalie said...

We've been snowday-less this year, too. One of my littles told me today that she never wants to leave school! Oh man...guess I must be doing something right!

I love the hunger games! Can't wait until March 23rd!!!

BTW I used your sweet number stories this week, and my littles LOVED them!!! Thanks!

Teachery Tidbits

Miss Kristan King said...

Hunger Games is so great! I just had a final evaluation too.

Have you heard of Ron Brown's CDs? He has a bunch of math songs & one is "Let's Tally Man."

Rachelle said...


Cara and I have full on conversations via Facebook about Hunger Games. :) I sent her a HG shirt to wear to the opening night! :) You're next!!!!!!

Hadar said...

What does WWHBD stand for??

Ms. Shott said...

Your anchor charts and graphs always look so cute! I wish I had your drawing talents!
Thanks for all the great ideas!


Gia said...

Your math centers look so organized, and I need HELP! I haven't found a system I really like for switching centers, rotating kids, etc., and I need a system for both lit and math! Do you have a post where you have already explained the organization piece or what are the chances you might make a post like that sometime? (I don't see any tags with organization...) My lack of a system is driving me nuts!!! Thank you!

Gracie said...

I loved the Hunger Games as much as my kids loved the Sweetheart Snatcher. For our school auction 2 other teachers and I are taking 3 kids to see it opening weekend :-)


The Teaching Reef said...

I love all of you units that have the kids looking for clues! I can't want to see the next sneaky character you will come up with!

Mrs. McHaffie said...

LOVE...all of it! The fabulous calendar of fun you have. The Valentine Snatcher. The sweet little boy reaching as high as he can to get the heart. The graphing extravaganza. and MOST IMPORTANTLY anything and everything to do with HUNGER GAMES!!! I'm going to be that nerd camping out in line to watch it opening night. :)

Happy long weekend for you!

Beg, Borrow, Steal

Stephanie said...

You have such great ideas!! I'm in exactly the same spot in the book!! That is too funny.

Mrs. Tolbert said...

Such cute ideas! I love all the doodles on your calendar!

Miss Squirrels said...

my daughter got Hunger Games series for Christmas- I am going to have to check it out-
Your activities are adorable- they are very lucky to have such artistic inspiration!

Going Nutty!

Melanie Conger said...

We LOVED The Sweetheart Snatcher!!! My favorite activity yet! You are amazing!

First Grade Brain Sprinkles

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Mrs. Halbert said...

You're idea are just the cutest! Your math tubs look so neat and organized. Mine are kind of a mess. :)

Learning with a Happy Heart

Jill said...

Congrats on last observation :)
I lost MUCH sleep with Hunger Games series during the summer. Finished all in a week. But now I want to read them again so I am ready to see the movie! My daughter and I are awaiting our Katniss inspired necklaces. I had to take breaks in the middle of chapters. The end of each chapter makes you have to keep reading! Good stuff (scary, but captivating!)

kjohnson4 said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!! Such as amazing series! My boyfriend and I bought it for his mom for Christmas, and we have bonded over the series:)

We are ALL Special!

Miss Foote said...

Who doesn't love The Hunger Games! When you finish that trilogy, you must read Divergent!

Chickadee Jubilee

hellolacy said...

I follow your blog and LOVE it!


tracie said...

Graeter's, huh? Can't go wrong there!
I follow both your blog and Fun in First and would love to win your giveaway. I added both of you to follow in TPT also.

Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

Hey girl...where are we leavin' the comments on your blog for the giveaway? :)

♥ Jen
The Teachers' Cauldron

Kim said...

I am loving your blog! Such great ideas!

New Follower

Carmen said...

I follow your blog and TpT store. I hope I'm leaving the comment in the right place!! Thanks for the giveaway :)


Kathleen said...

Thanks for the shout-out friend :) No snow day in sight for us here -- it would literally have to be snowing cats and dogs for us to cancel - and then it would probably only be a delayed start. I've driven to school (15 miles on the highway) going 20 miles an hour on glare ice and couldn't even see the hood of my car. It's 'diculous' as my little girl would day :)

Faith said...

Hi Abby! I just found your blog on Pinterest (gotta love it!) & I have been going through it for the past hour and a half. You have such great ideas & I can't wait to use them in my classroom!

I'm also curious--how do you create all the cool center activities/templates? Is it a certain software or program you use?

Katie B said...

Can you add "Update other blog with pictures of cute kid" to your calendar... K, Thanks! Also, glad to see myself in the planner:)

Meghan said...

I was wondering if you could take up close pictures of the anchor charts on the windows- Summarize and Main Idea. I love your charts!!!