Saturday, December 31, 2011

Why Twilight Stinks

I know this post will have consequences.

I have already been informed that I may lose followers.

Sometimes it's important to take a stand.

The other day, my friend texted me and asked, "Wanna go watch Twilight ironically?"

If he had asked me to watch it sincerely, I would have said no. Oh, save it. I gave it a chance.

I gave it four chances, by which I mean I read all four books. Why did I read all four when I didn't enjoy the first one?

I was waiting for something to happen.

Something like Bella developing a personality.

It didn't.

So, although it only took me a few days over the summer, I feel like that time was pretty much poorly spent.

I hadn't seen any of the movies. I figured they were cheesy.

Until this one.

I know I didn't exactly approach it with a good attitude. Instead of thinking, "Now's my chance to see what this is all about," I was thinking, "Now's my chance to see that I'm right and this is ridiculous."

Yes, that could have colored my thinking, but I think I still would have identified these reasons why Twilight stinks.


1. You could see the makeup on Edward's face. Nuff said.

2. During the werewolf summit, I felt like I was watching a Disney movie. They were snarling and snapping and growling and speaking telepathically and it was still so cute.

3. Bella still doesn't have a personality aside from self-loathing. Edward's only character trait is old. That's it. He's old. He's like two hundred years old and he still enjoys spending his time with sixteen-year-olds? I don't even like spending time with sixteen-year-olds and it hasn't been that long since I've been one.

4. When Edward dramatically declares to everyone that the other wolves can't hurt someone who's been imprinted on, and he says, "It's their most important law," I heard "It's their mostest importantest law."

5. Can you say green screen? In some scenes, it looked like they were standing in front of a movie about a beach. Didn't they have budget?

6. Aren't the vampires supposed to be gorgeous? Isn't that the point of the whole series? Rule number one of vampire movies - vampires are hot. Ummm...I didn't see too much to look at. Alice was the only one who didn't look like she was wearing a wig. Carlyle looked like he should have been part of a Swedish Eurokid band, and Esme had a fivehead. Seriously, like she ran into a wall or something.

What bothers me about all this is that everyone acts like there was so much hotness to drool over. I don't know. Jacob and Edward look like little boys.

When Jacob is strategizing with the Cullens, my friend turned to me and loudly said, "For military strategists, they sure are gossipy."

So I'm sorry if this means you hate me. I had to speak the truth.

To further illustrate my point so eloquently, visit The Oatmeal and find out How Twilight Works.

To make it better, I have a freebie for you! Yay!


Two posters: synonyms and antonyms! The rhyme can be sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell".
Grab it here at my TPT store for free!

Also, new at my TPT store is this LoveBug Plurals Activity. Kids sort the nouns into two groups: adding s or es to make it plural. Then kids record the singular and plural forms of the nouns.

Don't forget to participate in my 50 Follower giveaway to win my Love Bug Synonyms and Antonyms Pack! Do that here.

Happy New Years!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Fifty Follower Giveaway!

Cue the trumpets.

It's a bloggy miracle.

I have fifty followers.

And I love each and every one of you.

This comes with a little bit of stress.

I feel the pressure.

The pressure to produce something clever.

This is way harder than you think.

I'm sure it looks very natural. (haha)

It is actually a source of great worry.

If my friends had to choose three pairs of words to describe me, consistently clever would probably not be one of the pairs.

They may include
ridiculously goofy
absurdly tearful
obsessively obsessive


Not consistently clever.

So it has been a little surprising that people have commented on some of the posts being funny.

I'm not the most secure person in the world.

So when I say I love you, special followers,

I mean it.

To demonstrate my amazed appreciate for each special follower, I am hosting a giveaway!

I am giving away this synonyms and antonyms activity pack! It is 14 pages of synonyms and antonyms in a Valentine's Lovebug Theme! The synonym pack includes a matching game which is suitable for a center or file folder game, a recording game, a recording sheet, and a synonym matching game. The same components are included for antonyms! This is on sale at my TPT store as well.





These are your giveaway opportunities!
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment that you follow.
2. Follow my TPT store and leave a comment that you follow. 
I will send this file to three random winners, so make sure to include your email address in your comment!
This giveaway will close on January 1st at 3:00pm, so get your submissions in soon! :)

Also, stay tuned for my "Why Twilight Stinks" post. It's coming, you Twilight fans. Oh, it's coming.

Be ready.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Snow Day Linky Party!

Ahhhh

a day to do nothing in.

My hunnybun is driving to San Antonio today
to help his friend move some furniture.

He won't be back until January 1st.

(Yes, this means he will not be here for New Year's.
Boo)

So today, I have done lots of things, all from the comfort of my couch!

I watched Season One of Louie.
Now I'm watching Black Adder.
I made a neat Valentine's Day themed Synonyms and Antonyms pack,
and I'm working on some Spring Flower themed math stations.
These will be up on my TPT Store soon, hopefully!

I heart clipart.

I'm kind of wondering what I used to do with my time before I started blogging.

Anyway, the main purpose of my post is to encourage you
to link up with Mrs. Pitner!

She's got a great blog where she posts lots and lots of freebies
super-cute stuff
and now she's having a Snow Day Linky Party!

Just link up to share your favorite snow related activity, idea, or pinterest pin!
(I'm sure you have eight million snow related pinterest pins to share!)

Check it out here:


and check out my post where I linked up here to get your snow freebie!

Happy linking!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Snow Day Linky Party! *Freebie!

My eyes feel like someone took them out of my head,
wrapped them in tissue paper,
and popped them back in again.

I am so sleepy.

I didn't want to wake up at 9:30, but the dogs were starting to make little "let us go potty" noises.

My hunnybun called and asked if I wanted to go to lunch at noon.

I said, "So early?"

I feel bleh.

Why am I so tired?

Blogging! Blogging is the devil.

To further explain, let me give you some backstory.

I hate calling anyone I don't know. This includes, but is not limited to

credit cards
the bank
phone service
customer service
hotels
newspaper
airlines
insurance companies
the vet
doctor's office
post office or other delivery mediums
cold calling for sales (a job I had in college)
parents of students in my class

Because of this, I delayed calling my internet service provider for several months.

It was kind of a big deal.

You see, I didn't have service.

This was because my brother and his new wife lived at my house for about a year.
Fun times.

Anyway, during this time, they asked me to cancel my service
"your crummy service," said John,

and they set up their own service
"our awesome service," said John.

When they moved out in August, I should have called immediately to have my crummy service installed again.

Guess what?

I didn't. Two reasons: 1. I'm super super cheap. 2. As I mentioned before, I hate calling these places.

So I didn't call until about a week ago, when my hunnybuns finally had it and said, "You are going to call. You are off from work. You are home all day. There is no reason for you NOT to call. You are going to call."

Boo. I had been hoping he would do it.

So I did.
After a week of "technical issues," "you'll have to call back during business hours," "that's not this department, that's another department you never heard of," and "oh, we didn't connect your service yet,"(see why I hate calling these places) I finally was able to use my own laptop, in my own house, on my own crummy service.

On the same magical, blasting me into 2011 in the nick of time day, my hunybun
-who can be wonderful at times-
set up my new TV (see yesterday's post)
my TV stand (I won't tell you how many tries it took. Whole other post)
my Apple TV (a gift from him)
and Netflix.

This meant I had two seasons of the League to rewatch.
I also had a nearly endless number of blogs to stalk
and a really really long post to write.

So needless to say, when my hunny finished setting everything up at about 9:00,
I sat,
on my couch,
shoving my face full of Lindor truffles that I had previously declared I wouldn't eat
listening to The League (haha so funny)
stalking blogs
and making some cute stuff. (see below)

Until 3:30 in the morning.
Hence, the tissue paper eyeballs.

Anyway, I am linking up with Pitner's Potpourri, one of my all-time favorites, because of all the cute (and free) stuff she posts so very frequently!

She is hosting A Snow Day Linky Party! Snow days are awesome. They make me want to drink hot chocolate and eat. And read a book on the couch, positioned in front of a window so I can watch the snow inbetween bites.

Click here to check it out and link up! Also, I am super sorry I forgot to do this before!!





This is my contribution to A Snow Day Linky Party. It's a freebie that I used it in my class to work with possessives

Grab it for free at my TPT store and follow me to find out about more freebies and products for sale.
Also, I added a few very very low-priced items to my TPT store! Snowman Addition, Snowman Subtraction, and Snowman Compound Words. Grab them here!

Happy Snow Day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Eleven in Eleven Linky Party

This has been a pretty great day!

My wonderful boyfriend

-who says I have frequently portrayed him here,

on my blog,

as unsupportive-

and is probably right about this

because it's funnier to talk about it when he's unsupportive

than when he's not -

has spent all day doing stuff for me!

Yes, he really has! And I didn't even have to ask.


He's setting up a new TV that was a gift from my family

the TV I've had for the last eight years - the only TV in my house - was made in 1984, so I was due


and he took me to three stores to find the right TV stand to go under it!

Then he's going to set up the Apple TV with Netflicks that he got me for Christmas.

All of this is happening becuase of two reasons:

1. He's pretty nice, actually, and very helpful, despite the statements I post here which have been taken out of context.

2. He feels guilty that he's going to be out of town for New Year's and I'll be here

all alone


by myself


single.


That's because he's helping his friend move and he won't be back until the 1st.

Either way, I got some pretty good stuff out of it.

So, on to the news of the day:

Miss Kindergarten and A Teeny Tiny Teacher are having a Linky Party!






This was hard for me. I have a good memory, but it's super hard for me to sift through experiences and catalog them. Also, my concept of time is much like a child's. By this, I mean, "a while back" could mean anywhere from six months ago to eight years ago. So for every question I approached, I asked Fernie, "What was my favorite    fill in blank    . Because I personally have no clue.

11. Favorite movie you watched

If favorite means most anticipated and pleased to finally see, it would be Harry Potter.

If favorite means rewatchable, which it makes sense to me that it would, it would be Bridesmaids. Brimming over with class, ladies. Makes me laugh every time. My favorite part is where Maya Rudolph is wearing the super expensive wedding dress and running across the street. "It's happening! It's happening!"






10 Favorite TV Series

Fringe is very entertaining. I hate it. I hate it because it is making me wait to find out what's going to happen to Peter!! Oh, I have a theory, but I'm sure it's wrong, because my Fringe theories are always wrong. If you like to watch shows where you're always wrong, you should watch Fringe.

Also, Peter Bishop, as my mother would say, is a cutie pie.






9 Favorite restaurant

Can it be your favorite restaurant if you never get to go there? Then mine is BJ's. I never get to go because it's too expensive and because my boyfriend doesn't like it that much. But the menu goes on for ninety some pages practically, and they have the tastiest avocado egg rolls! num nums.






8 Favorite new thing you tried

Why do I always think of food? When I asked my boyfriend this question, he said, "That coffee I bought you." Sheesh. 

iPhone? That's a good one, I guess. I do really love it. Fernie bought it for my for my birthday (along with supercute pink and white case) and I have very quickly fallen in love. With the phone. I loved Fernie already.





7 Favorite gift you received

Did I mention the giant TV from my dad?!

This is my old TV, minus the rabbit ears and converter box necessary to receive basic television channels (the majority of which are in Spanish).






This is my new TV.





so there you go.

6 Favorite thing you pinned

This wedding dress.





I love it. I don't know if it would look the same on me (by which I mean it would not look that same on me) but I think it's so charming and cute. I don't even need a wedding dress yet, but just in case.
I'm a planner.

5 Favorite Blog Post

This would probably be my What? An Award? And book club shenanigans post.

There are two reasons. The first is obvious. I won an award!!

The second is that I love writing about my naughty book club (that sounds like we read naughty books; not what I intended).

Plus I got two comments. Wooooooo.

4 Favorite Accomplishment

Probably setting up my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I know it's not like I won anything or anything like that, but it was a step toward doing something I've wanted to do for a while. 






3 Favorite Picture
I don't know if I have a favorite. Fernie is a photographer, so I actually have a lot to choose from, which is nice. But the one I ended up choosing isn't the best photo ever or even taken by Fernie,  it just makes me laugh when I look at it. We had spent the day at the Drum Corps International Competition in San Antonio, watching awesome marching bands like the Cavaliers.

Then Fernie's friend and his girlfriend took us to LuLu's in San Antonio, a place previously visited by the adorable Adam Richman of Man V. Food. We went ahead and ordered the giant cinnamon roll (which we could hardly dent) due to prompting from Fernie's friend. 

"No, let's just get normal sized ones," I said. "I'm not gonna be able to eat a lot of the giant one."

"Get the big one!" said Michael. "Let's do it!"

"But it's probably not even as tasty as the small ones! Bigger doesn't mean tastier! It usually means less tasty!" I said.

"No, just do it, man. Get the big one."

So Fernie ordered the big one. 







When it finally came, we waited politely for Fernie's friend to take a chunk. He carefully carved out a doll-sized sliver. 

Then he looked at his stick insect. I mean girlfriend.

"I'll just nibble off yours."

Of course. Fernie and I looked at each other and shared a telepathic conversation which I will not record here. This was the gist: 

Seriously?

I know this is cheating, but this picture is also my favorite. It was taken at my brother John's wedding by Fernie, our photographer :). John rarely allows himself to be photographed: we call him the Yeti. 






It was completely impromptu, and I can't remember (neither can my mom on the left) what we had just been talking or laughing about, but I absolutely love this picture. Our Big John, smiling in the middle, while the two ladies who loved him (before he met Stephanie; now there's three) most watch him walk down the hall to get married. Handsome John.
 
Can't help myself: one more. Me and my family at John and Stephanie's wedding. 


Dad, Mom, John, Stephanie, me, Ben & Matt



2 Favorite Memory

I asked Fernie, "What's my favorite memory this year?" 

He said, "When the monkeys were going at it in Albuquerque?"

No.

"In Vegas?"

We went to Vegas this year?

"Yes!"

When?

"Over the summer!"

"Oh! Right! Before my birthday...What did we do there?"

I eventually remembered, and I think it might be one of my favorite memories for this year, once I remembered I remembered it.

We were hanging out at Fremont Street in Las Vegas and I had just had a GIANT margarita. Seriously, it was a yard long.

There was this awesome cover band playing 80s songs and I was dancing the Safety Dance. Fernie just laughed; he's not much of a dancer. (Neither am I, actually, but did I mention the giant margarita?)

We had the best time :)

1 Goal for 2012

To get better at blogging, I think, and add more stuff to my TPT store. It's an exciting ride!

Also, to nag Fernie into marrying me. Think it'll work?

Kidding!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Freebie Countdown!

Ok, lovely readers! The countdown has started for the New Year!

This means the clock is ticking on free stuff! By this I mean that my Christmas items that have been posted for free - such as...

Long Vowels/Short Vowels Sorting Game
Addition/Subtraction Fact Families
Multiplication/Division Fact Families
Number Line Skip Counting

will be for sale for 1.00! This will start on January 1, so anything you want from my TPT store - grab it now for free!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Questions!


I found this survey at Let's Teach Something and I thought, questions! Sounds awesome! Once I started answering the questions, I realized...this is a very long survey. My hunny bun said, "Sheesh, what are you working on over there? Sounds like you're typing up the Declaration of Independence!" haha. Not near as important or widely read.

Anyway,  everything you wanted to know about my Christmas celebrations:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I prefer to wrap, because it’s prettier. If it’s a really oddly shaped present and I don’t have a box to fit it into, I begrudgingly shove it into a bag.



2. Real tree or artificial?
I think I’m not responsible enough for a real tree. I think we had a real tree once when I was growing up, so it’s not like I have lots of memories attached to it. So I heart artificial trees.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually either a couple days before or after Thanksgiving. If it doesn’t happen that week, it doesn’t happen. But I have a very very sneaky way of making my tree-decorating life easier.

I am not fancy –a.k.a. $$$$- enough to have a pre-lit tree.

Also, I hate putting the lights on the tree.

AND I hate putting the tree together.

So, to address this lack of prelit treeness and my laziness as well, every year, after I take off garland and decorations from the tree, I cover it with a tree bag (remember the tree is still put together and covered in lights).

Then, I walk the tree out of the house, into the garage. Yay! Now my tree is ready to hang out in the garage until next Thanksgiving, when I will walk it back into the house and cover it with pretty stuff!



4. When do you take the tree down?
I usually do it right after New Year’s. I used to wait until January 7th, but I gave up because we’re already back in school b then.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
One year my dad made me a little dollhouse and, standing in the doorway was a tiny Lady Lovelilocks. If you know who Lady Lovelilocks is, then you probably spent a lot of time wearing oddly colored animal-clip curls in your hair as well.

 7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, I do. I would like a slightly larger one, I think, but I love mine because it reminds me of being little and playing with the little animals, putting them up in the stable on the little loft, and then bringing them down. Placing them near the shepherd, rearranging all the wise men.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My brother John. He’s super picky. He loves electronics but he knows SO MUCH MORE about them than I do, so I have to be told, “Buy me this,” if I get him something like that. Also, he always wears the same clothes – Dickies shirt and pants, converse shoes, white undershirt, boxers. I have bought him all of these items at one point or another, at a loss for what else to get him!

9. Easiest person to buy for?
My mom. She likes everything. And if worst comes to worst, she’ll just tell us, “Get me this,” as she is placing it in the cart.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Yeesh, you gotta mail em! Although, I did flake out this year. Boo.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Probably clothes that didn’t fit. I used to get those frequently as a child from extended family members.

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Christmas Vacation!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually October! I like to buy in advance. Actually, some things I get right after Christmas for next year – I save them up in my gift closet!  

14. Ever recycled a present?
Frequently. Very very frequently.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Anything with sugar. I love love love cookies.

16. Clear lights or colored lights on a tree?
I have clear lights on my tree because my color scheme is blue and silver. It looks old fashioned.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Charlie Brown Christmas, I think

18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home?
I love to stay home, but I’m lucky to have my family here!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Yes, I can! It’s part of a song- sheesh! Of course I can!

20. Angel or star on top of the tree?
I had a star, but the light inside burned out and I can’t fix it. I think I’m going to keep using it. I like stars. They remind me of the fifties.

21. Open the presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Family presents Christmas Eve. Santa presents Christmas morning!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
$$$$ I guess. Also, people who aren’t very nice even though they should be very very nice.

23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color?
My tree is blue and silver, and I love bird ornaments! I only have four or five, though. Hard to find!
























24. What do you want for Christmas?
I wanted some picture frames for my wall – the big ones with spaces for bunches of pictures, but even though this is the only thing I asked for, I am pretty sure I’m not getting it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What?! An award?! For me?! And book club shenanigans.

Wow.

This has been a big week.

First, I had great time and got a fancy new scarf from my "book club" gift exchange. (Yes, those quotation marks are intentional. More on that later.)



Then, I had time to rewatch all three seasons (all three) of Arrested Development. Illusions, Michael.


Oh, did I mention we've been off since Friday?!

So obviously, it's been a pretty great week. And then this?! An award!! I am so excited. I feel so fancy.



This is what I am supposed to do.

The goal of the award is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are:
  1. copy and paste the award on your blog
  2. thank the giver and link back to them
  3. reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
  4. hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers

Super-duper big thank you to Miss Squirrells at Going Nutty for giving me my very first award.
Please, lovely readers, check out these blogs! If I like them, they're pretty nifty!





In other news...

I mentioned my "book club" before. I put this in quotation marks, because, although we started with very very good intentions -

-we read Memoirs of a Geisha and met and discussed - yay for us -

we haven't read a book in four years.

It's not my fault.

People kept suggesting books, and I kept reading them.

Then, I would get to the 'meeting' -

Applebee's-

and find that no one else had read the book.

No one!

Not even the person who requested it in the first place!

So we gave up.

We still pass books around, but there is no attempt to orchestrate a mass reading of one book.

Now we're more of a wine and complaining club instead of a book club.

I guess that could be wine and whine!

Wine squared?

Anyway, we're a great club, but not the book kind. So every year, we do a fun gift exchange. We secretly draw names and have to follow a theme (kind of). One year we did underwear, another pajamas, another wine glasses, and another slippers. This year was scarves! I got a supercute beige-tan-brownish scarf with little flowers on it that are all fluttery! So 2011 gift exchange: a success!

Happy Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Currently...December Linky Party!

Last night, my sister-in-law Stephanie and I found out how bad we are at Mario 3.

It's not that we have always been bad at Mario. I think I'd actually be all right at the first one. I used to be, anyway.

But it's been a loooooooooong time since we played, and the time has taken its toll.

My little guy kept sliding all over the place - I felt like I didn't have any control!

At one point, Stephanie shouted, "I just feel so slippery!"

Which was very much misinterpreted by my brother.

So anyway, that was my Saturday off...when I wasn't worried about all the stuff I had to get done by Monday! Shouting about being slippery in my brother's house. It's probably a good thing I have a full-time job, or I'd be slipping everywhere all the time.

Well, Farley at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade is having a linky party about WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

Actually it's called Currently December and it's cause everybody is SUPER nosy and wants to know what everybody else does when they have time to be a real person, and not just a teacher person.

So here's mine.

(I just noticed I put an exclamation mark at the end of pretty much every statement. Bad writing, overzealousness. Sorry.)

Farley has a new tricky rule about the who you're stalking. 
So you've gotta be vewy vewy caweful about who you choose. 
I chose Pitner's!
Pitner's has lots of great ideas and super duper freebies! So check her out.


Also check out Oh' Boy Fourth Grade!


Happy Holidays! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Whew! What a week. Plus a freebie!

This week, was hectic, to say the least. What with working with our little buddies, wrapping up instructional units, the faculty luncheon, the reindeer revue (a holiday concert in which the superintendent sings Christmas songs with professional musicians and encourages the kids to form conga lines. Seriously; I'm not making that part up.), the class holiday party, book exchanges, and all the other hullaballoo and hoohah that goes along with the last days of school in December, I was more than a little nutty.

In order to maintain a reasonable amount of nervous excitement in my classroom and keep the minions under wraps, I devised a sneaky system of keeping track of class-wide behavior and making them 'earn' their holiday party. For whole-class good behavior, they earned an "Oh Yeah!" which is a smiley face on a chart. For poor behavior, they earned an "Oh, No!" or a smiley face on a chart.

They had to earn ten more smileys than frowns, (reinforce math skills - oh, yeah!) in order to earn their holiday party. It just so happened to work out at the last minute (almost like someone planned it that way! hmmm.....) that they earned one final smiley to complete their 10 smiley difference. We had earned our holiday party, minutes before it was scheduled to begin. Whew!

In other news, we wrapped up 2011 with a few fun activities. The first one was our digraph trees:

I made each kid four little trees and wrote our spelling words (words with different digraphs in them). The kids colored, cut them out, and sorted them. It was a fun idea.

Eventually, though, the incessant cutting got a little old for one of the kids. "This started out fun. But now...it's kind of horrible." Haha! Oh well, kid, that's what Christmas is all about!

This is the front. Notice the adorable angry birds ornaments!

This is the inside: this is the sh tree. There were sh, th, and ch trees.

With our little buddy class, the kids made these cute snowmen (a pinterest find). Some of them were absolutely adorable! 


 Some of them were more like The Nightmare Before Christmas.


Then the kids wrote acrostic poems: "Snowman".
Grab it here!

I posted a while ago about using In November by Cynthia Rylant to model student writing after. Check it out (freebies included) here. My students wrote poems titled "In December". They came out pretty great! This was my favorite - this little guy struggles to express himself but he really produced something great! Look closely at the words - they're illustrated to match their meaning! His idea.



And last but not least, I got some adorable Christmas gifts this year from the kids. This was one of my favorite things (probably ever) and I'm sure you know why!

I can't wait to get my coffee BUZZ on in the New Year!

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ten Follower Freebie! :) So exciting.


Psst!

Guess what!

No, I didn’t buy you a present.

It’s even better (this may be up for discussion).

I'm super excited because...Buzzing with Ms. B has

T
E
N!

TEN followers!

Count them! And...you're done counting!

Ten! Yes!

As many fingers as you have!

As many toes as you have!

If you bought a carton of eggs and broke two –

you would have the same number of eggs as Buzzing has followers! (anticlimactic, I know)

Well, I’m a little psyched about it.

You don’t think it’s premature to celebrate, do you? I mean, ten people – that’s nine more people than I expected to care about what I have to say! I mean, regularly anyway, to where they want to notice when I said something new so they can read it and maybe think about it.

So maybe it’s a little of an overreaction, but I don’t care. You gotta savor the small things (such as getting an onion ring mixed in with your fries when you really ordered fries with no bonus onion rings, or when you actually remember to mail someone’s Christmas present early enough so it gets there in time for Christmas, or when you start a blog to see what happens and then you have ten followers!). So in honor of every single one of these lovely followers (who may or may not actually be reading this post) I’m gonna give something away for today only!

This is a Christmas-themed prefix game that I am currently selling on Teachers Pay Teachers. For today, and today only, (or until this time tomorrow, I guess) because you are all such lovely followers of my blog (or are surely about to be! LOL) you can get it at my TPT store for free! Download away! Just let me know by leaving me a comment!
Grab it here and follow my TPT store!


Yay for ten followers!

Hey - maybe I'll get another follower and then I'll have eleven! I don't know WHAT I would give away then!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yes, snowmen do wear red underwear

So, as I may have mentioned, I love Christmas. I have to walk a fine line between content instruction, being respectful of various belief systems, and letting kids have a little fun, which is difficult. This year, though, I've been able to integrate a couple more things than usual, because my kids are littler than usual! This week, we made snowman ornaments to complement our December poems (pinterest find)


Some of my students have seen snowmen...


 And it appears that some of them have not.


  I questioned the makers of these snowmen. The one on the left is wrapped up in a scar (all around his body), the one in the middle is Super Snowman (check out the red superhero type underwear) and the one on the right is wearing little red boots. He very nearly was wearing little pants, but, as I explained, <i>snowmen do not wear pants</i>.


Then, in my guided reading group, we read a nonfiction book about penguins, so I was able to have them make these little penguins from Step into Second Grade! Yay penguins!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Buzzing about Biography & Winter Word Work Freebie!

Oh, biography, why are we studying you right before Christmas when I what I really want to do is spend all day reading Christmas and holiday poems and stories? But alas, we live in the land of NCLB, and if children don't understand biography the difference in point of view compared to an autobiography, we'll all end up dead from zombie attacks, killer robots, or thinking we can control dinosaurs by making them lysine dependent. I'll do what I can, future, to make sure you don't happen like I think you might probably happen anyway.

Anyway, I am SO EXCITED to be teaching biography! I know Snowflake Bentley would have been an awesome awesome choice, but I needed something where everyone had a copy for shared reading. This being said, I also wanted to kill a few birds by reading about someone who had been a "good citizen" and address some of our social studies standards. This is how we ended up learning about Helen Keller (always a shocking read for little people, and for myself, actually. It blows my mind a little) and Harriet Tubman. We practiced reading for information and gathered facts on our graphic organizers.

First, as a class, we read about and recorded facts about Helen Keller:


 Then, we read about Harriet Tubman, recorded facts, and made the graphic organizer into a little foldable.
I don't know why Harriet looks so terrified
yet otherwise emotionless in these pictures. 

Inside of foldable


This week, we'll be reading an autobiography and comparing the points of view between the two.


Also, sometimes this week (probably Friday) we'll be doing this word work! After perusing my free printable from Teachers Pay Teachers and reading about building words from the letters in "Winter Wonderland," I decided that is exactly what we need to do in order to keep children from overdosing on candy in my classroom. So here's what it looks like (the letters can be cut out to manipulate) and you can grab it here.
Happy Teaching! (And Happy Christmas)