what i'm thankful for.

I'm joining in this linky party because
I've LOVED reading everyone else's responses.
It's so fun to get to know other bloggers
on more of a personal level.

Sooo....a little about what I'm thankful for
this year:

1.  What are you thankful for in your classroom?
I'm so thankful for ALL of the wonderful teachers I've had the 
privilege of working with during my first 6 years of teaching. 
I mean, I'm definitely thankful for my
students, but I don't think I'd be able to do what I do and get
through those seriously LONG Friday no-plan days without
my teaching partners. 
So, I'm most thankful for Kristen, Barb,
Julie, Karen, Jane, Meredith, Cory, Teresa, Angel, Andrea, & Brandi. :)

2. What person are you most thankful for?
My family:)

3. What 3 blogs are you most thankful for?
I'm trying to remember the first teaching blog I
stumbled onto this summer! 
The blogs that have
given me the most inspiration so far have been The First Grade Parade,
Thank you ladies!!!

4. What guilty pleasure are you most thankful for?
Pinterest! Because I seriously use that more than google:)

5. What are you most thankful for?
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11



butterfly life cycle

You might have seen this great idea
from Somewhat Simple floating around Pinterest...

We read, Butterfly House, as part of our
reading series and it's a great story
to introduce students to the life cycle
of butterflies!

It's such a cute story that fits very well into
the unit theme of kindness.

Anyway, my coworkers and I wanted to 
do this activity, but here in Kansas,
all the leaves are crunchy and brown
and we'd make a crusty mess trying
to glue them down.

So, I decided to make a template to glue
on the paper plate that the kids could color.
Then we glued the pasta on top of each picture. 
You can click on the picture to download the template:)

I still like Somewhat Simple's best with the real
leaves and twig, but since we are forced expected to
read this story in the fall,
ours will have to do!


I think they turned out cute!



Number Forms


Sorry to be a blog slacker.

You can thank grade card season and conferences.

Anyhoo, glad to be back, and I have a few things to
share in the next few weeks so I'll try and stay consistent.

I LOVE candy corn.
A lot.

When I saw this idea on pinterest, from Katie over and Katie Lately,
I knew I wanted to do it with my 2nd graders.

I made a template and wanted to share
it with you all. Click the button below the pic
to download a free copy!
Here's a lousy pic I took with my phone of our candy corn numbers
hanging in our room.

Don't think you can't do candy corn activities
in November,
because it's the candy that keeps on giving {in pounds}
all Fall long!

I've also been reading aloud, The Candy Corn Contest,
by Patricia Reilly Giff,
and we are loving it!
I just assumed it had a Halloween theme but the
story actually takes place in the weeks leading
up to Thanksgiving.

I can't get over all the fabulous ideas floating all
over the teaching blogisphere for Thanksgiving!
I'm overwhelmed and need to pick a few ideas
I think I can do instead of dreaming of doing everything:)

Have a fabulous weekend!