Saturday, January 24, 2015

All about Blubber

It is one of my FAVORITE weeks in Kindergarten. All about Polar Animals!! I have been sick this week, was told I have strep for the FOURTH time since August on Sunday. Anywho I was only in my classroom 3 days this week. I missed getting pictures of my kiddos doing fun Arctic Animals, but I did snag a could from Friday!

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This is an activity that I remember doing back when I was in kindergarten!! When I got to school I realized I had forgotten the Crisco. So I called Officer Hofficer during my planning to bring some to me. This is the text I got. How little he thinks of my teaching abilities!

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Once I got the Crisco in the bag and it all duck taped up, I sat it in the bag of water, then we had to wait for the kids to come back from Specials. When they came in, my teaching partner and I started to have the students tell us what we were doing. I got a good chuckle out of some of their answers! We asked “What is Blubber”

One of my kids said “A whale’s buggers” Um not quite. Then once we learned that blubber is the fat in Polar Animals I asked why they needed the fat. “So Vampires can’t suck their blood” was my favorite answer!

Needless to say, we got them straightened out! Then they got to feel the difference between blubber vs non-blubber.

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When they all got to feel the blubber, I looked over at the blubber/Crisco and it was hard as a rock! I thought that was interesting. So note to self, don’t let it chill in the ice before you do the experiment.

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Well I am off to finish my February One Stop Centers!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Update on my Word Wall

At the beginning of the year, I shared with you guys how I was using my word wall at the beginning of the year.

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This was a picture at the beginning of the year. I didn’t want such a big area of my classroom to stay blank, so I came up with the idea of having beginning sounds on there til we started adding sight words.

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Here is what it looked like in the beginning, I would put the words up there as we reviewed each letter.

 

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And here we are my friends. The word wall in all its glory! I love it, my kids love it!!

 

Now the hard decision, do I take it down, or just add words to it? I think I am going to talk about half of the pictures off so there are still some examples of beginning sounds.

 

Have a great weekend!!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

One Stop Centers: Jan Edition

Hi, I swear every time I write a blog post, it starts out the same. I am sorry I have not been around because …. Well I say the same thing again!! It has been TWO MONTHS. Wow. I will graduate in May, so YAY for that, I.Can.Not.Wait. I miss blogging, I miss my friends and I miss creating.

So over Christmas break (when I wasn’t worried about lesson plans, or my classes) I made a set of centers. perfect for the month of January.
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It has 8 centers. I have 4 up and running into my classroom. So I have pictures for those!!

“Want to Build a Snowman” is a big hit with my Kinderroos! They draw a card, and count the ten rods, write on the response sheet.
“Want to Build a Snowman” is a big hit with my Kinderroos! They draw a card, and count the ten rods, write on the response sheet.


“Snowy CVC Words” My kids are really beginning to click with understanding CVC words. They are loving this center!
“Snowy CVC Words” My kids are really beginning to click with understanding CVC words. They are loving this center!


Getting ready to do penguins next week and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out for my kiddos. We introduced r blends last week, so we are practicing them during center time.
Getting ready to do penguins next week and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out for my kiddos. We introduced r blends last week, so we are practicing them during center time.


Polar Bear centers are ready too! Addition is what we have been focusing on for the last few weeks. So this is perfect for review!
Polar Bear centers are ready too! Addition is what we have been focusing on for the last few weeks. So this is perfect for review!



There is also two more snow centers, a MLK center, The Mitten center and a New Years center!
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I also have a great freebie for ya! My kids are rocking this game!
his is a splash game! The kids draw a card, read or identify the number. If they identify right, they get to keep it. If it is wrong, they have to put it back in the pile. If they draw a splash card, they have to turn all their cards back in!
This is a splash game! The kids draw a card, read or identify the number. If they identify right, they get to keep it. If it is wrong, they have to put it back in the pile. If they draw a splash card, they have to turn all their cards back in!


Alright friends! I am off to play BINGO! So I will see ya in a month or two Winking smile

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick and Treat!!

It is my kiddos FAVORITE holiday! And what is a good Halloween with out a little bit of Trick or Treating!?!

I am teaming up with my girls from Freebielicious and we are sharing some of our best Tricks for the classroom and a little treat too!


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My Trick for you is a very simple one! I was sitting at my desk the other day assessing a student. I could feel 5 little hands on me, all sayings “Mrs. Hoffer, Mrs. Hoffer”.  I thought I was going to loose my mind!  So I implemented a little tool in my room. This is call the “red line”… Ingenious name I know. But it does its job.


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Then I had a couple extra “SitSpots” left over from Apple week, and I plopped those down as well. Only one person is allowed behind the red line, and the next three people have to stand on an apple. It truly has made my life easier! And it is so cute to hear someone say “You can’t go behind the red line, that is Mrs. Hoffer’s space!”


And a little Treat for you as well! I am going to mark my Pumpkin Life Cycle pack free until Saturday morning!
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Now head on over to Sharing Kindergarten to find out what her Trick and Treat is!
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Custom T-Shirt Mega GIVEAWAY from Freebielicious

Every once in a while,  the girls at Freebielicious discover a really awesome product for classroom teachers that is so amazing, we just have to share it with you! Today is one of those days! Get ready because we are hosting a super cute giveaway for custom classroom t-shirts from ClassroomFaces.com. We will be giving away a class set* of custom t-shirts to THREE lucky Freebielicious fans! Isn't that amazing?
 
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These are NOT your average t-shirt designs. The people at ClassroomFaces are so creative, they found a way to print a collection of drawings from every child in the class on the set of t-shirts, to create a truly custom design! Nobody else in the world will ever have a t-shirt exactly like the one your class designs. The website may be called "Classroom Faces" but there are SO many more options for children to draw than just their face. Sample designs on the website show creative ideas using student handprints or drawings of the school mascot.
 
 
Since the Freebielicious girls are such good friends, we designed our very own set of Classroom Faces t-shirts. We enlisted the help of our talented friend (and fellow Freebie gal) Nikki from Melonheadz to create custom drawings of each of our faces. The finished t-shirts were absolutely ADORABLE! I absolutely love my new custom Freebielicious t-shirt from Classroom Faces.com.
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About Classroom Faces

Creating a class set of t-shirts featuring your students drawings is easy. Each child just needs to create a simple drawing. To create t-shirts with one-color ink on a solid colored t-shirt (like ours) each child needs to draw their picture using a fine point black marker. The ClassroomFaces website has downloadable templates that you can use to guide your students. Full-color illustrations on a plain white t-shirt are also possible. Look how cute these t-shirts are!

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Extra Savings for Freebielicious Fans

Freebielicious fans that order a class set of tshirts can save $1 on each tshirt and receive 1 free teacher tshirt with their order using promo code FREEBIE14. Orders must include 15 or more paid shirts to qualify and must be postmarked by December 31, 2014
 

Enter to WIN a Class Set of Custom Classroom Faces T-Shirts

Now that you have seen how ADORABLE these t-shirts are, it's your chance to try and win a set for your classroom. The wonderful people at ClassroomFaces are graciously giving away a class set* of custom t-shirts to 3 lucky Freebielicious fans! Each set is valued at over $250. Stop by the Freebielicious blog for your chance to WIN!
 

*Up to 24 tshirts will be included in each prize pack. Winner can choose to order a class set of traditional single-color tshirts or tshirts will full-color illustrations. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $11 or $13 (depending on t-shirt size and style). Shipping is free for winners that live in the US. If a winner requires shipping outside of the US, the winner is responsible for shipping costs. (Shipping to Canada costs between $5-$20 depending on weight and location).

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fire Safety Week (Shh don't tell!)

Hi Friends! It has been almost a month. #dontjudge I have been busy working with these ladies!! We were twinning on Friday so we took an #usie lol Aren’t we cute Smile
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I posted an update on Insta of how my word wall is looking. I just love watching my kiddos utilize this!
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Anywho I thought I would hop in the week and show you what we are doing next week. Our Fire Department does this whole big Fire Prevention that the entire district goes too. They dress up as clowns and are crazy hooligans. The kids LOVE it! (We won't tell Officer Hofficer that they love this so! It might just break his heart) So I have been meaning to make a fire prevention pack. I have had it on my desk, and my kids are anxious to get their little grubs on it! 


In this unit, I added different response sheet options. Colored boxes for the dry erase pockets and b/w for the kiddos to color in. Along with the usual two color options for the centers.
In this unit, I added different response sheet options. Colored boxes for the dry erase pockets and b/w for the kiddos to color in. Along with the usual two color options for the centers.

K, On to the centers and activities!
In this center, the kiddos draw a card and add one more to the number.
In this center, the kiddos draw a card and add one more to the number.

Finding the missing number. We actually used this whole group this week, and my kids loved it!
Finding the missing number. We actually used this whole group this week, and my kids loved it!

Ten frames. We are a couple weeks in on these, and some of my kiddos still aren't quite getting this. The kids draw a card and fill in the ten frame.
Ten frames. We are a couple weeks in on these, and some of my kiddos still aren't quite getting this. The kids draw a card and fill in the ten frame.
We are starting sight word centers this week. Draw a card and have to write the sight word.
We are starting sight word centers this week. Draw a card and have to write the sight word.
Identifying how many syllables are in these words.
Identifying how many syllables are in these words.
And we are still working on beginning sounds. This is actually a center I will be using in small group
And we are still working on beginning sounds. This is actually a center I will be using in small group.

I am in love with these centers. But one of my units wouldn’t be complete without some games and activities thrown in there.
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I have ABC, Sight Word and Numbers games thrown in there also.

We all know I couldn’t leave the police out! So I made a little pocket chart sort for what Police/Fire need to do their jobs.
Then we are going to talk about how to Stop Drop and Roll. I made pieces for a pocket chart and a cut and paste.
I am going to call our Fire Chief on Monday and see if someone can come see us in their bunker gear and help us fill out a Can/Have/Are chart!

All this is in my Fire Safety Unit on TpT!
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Well I have  a couple of cups to make tonight and some homework to do! So I will see ya’ll later!!!!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Let’s Go Shopping

Hi Friends! I am back to weekend blogging! (And by back to, I mean I am actually blogging again) Today I just have to tell you about a great opportunity! Just stick with me for a few minutes and all the deets will be at the end of the post!
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I am just going to say it, much to the chagrin of Officer Hofficer, I love to shop!! And if you follow my facebook, I have said a couple of times, when I like something, I buy it in all colors!!
Case in point, Old Navy Tees!
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Here are two pictures of me sporting Old Navy Tees. They are super cheap and super comfy!! (Yes my Mom and I were Twinkies at church, and Yes that is THE Paul, founder of TPT!)
I went to Old Navy the other day, and told Officer Hofficer I would be in and out. and $35 later I was!
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They had their khaki pants on sale for $15!! That is a CrAzY good deal!! And that pink shirt, was marked $10 and when I checked out, it was only $5!
It is such a cute shirt, once again, I liked it so much I bought it in another color!
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This is the shirt on, just look past the cuteness of Hubs and I and the shirt! It is fitted through the chest, and looser on the bottom. And those sleeves! Ugh! So cute!

Then I bought the TShirts, they were only $7.50 a piece! What a DEAL!

If I had a gift card to Old Navy I know what I would buy, some more tshirts!
Soo.. What do you think I have for you!?
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I LOVE me some Gap/Old Navy/ Banana Republic, so all you gotta do it enter the rafflecopter below Like My FB and My TpT store for your chance to win!!


THEN head on over to Freebielicious and we are giving away a…
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and we are giving away all sorts of Gift Cards on our blogs!

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Happy Shopping Smile



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