Sunday, October 19, 2014

BAM! It's Freebie Time at Primary Powers!

Have you heard the news? I've joined forces with some PRIMARY POWERS at a brand new blog! Each day this month you can grab a super freebie for your class! 

Today, I have two fun math activities to share with you!

Fly on over to Primary Powers for your copy!

Have a SUPER start to your week!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sweet and Simple Science! Gummy Bears Experiment

Happy Sweetest Day friends! Since I am thinking about sweets... I thought I'd share a sweet little lesson from last week. What better time to do activities having to do with candy than in the month of October? We decided to do some simple science with gummy bears!
The question was asked..
 What will happen when we place a gummy bear in a cup of water overnight?

All you need for this experiment is a package of Haribo brand Gummy Bears, some water and small cups. How easy is that? 

These containers from Target were the perfect size. 

So before we plopped the gummy bears in our cups of water, the students made all kinds of great predictions (they are learning the word hypothesis... but haven't been able to say it without a lisp yet)!

Many thought it would melt, so we clarified the difference between melting and dissolving. Others thought it would get slimy. A few predicted it would change color. One student had done this before and she was sworn to secrecy

But no one predicted what would actually happen!

Our bear turned into a mini Jello mold!

As we conducted the experiment, the students recorded the steps of the scientific method. They drew pictures of their observations and listed the steps to the experiment. 

You can grab a copy of this lab sheet here if you think you may want to try this with your class. 

My blossoming scientists were so excited to see their gummy bears and make more observations the next day.

A great variation on this experiment would be to try out different liquids to see what the results would be. You might also repeat it with a different brand of gummy bears to see if all gummies are created equally!

I hope you got some sweet inspiration here today. 
This was a fun and easy way to practice the scientific method.
Maybe give it a try some time!

 I will be back here again tomorrow morning.
Please join me!
 I've got a few SURPRISES in the works for you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Primary Powers! An exciting NEW Adventure and INCREDIBLE Giveaway!

SUPER TEACHERS UNITE! I am so excited to share with you a brand new action-packed adventure I am joining in with some of the most INCREDIBLE teacher bloggers I know! 

Together we are... The PRIMARY POWERS!

How did you guess it was a superhero theme? :) 

So my fellow Super Teacher friends, you must head over faster than a speeding bullet to check out the SUPER giveaway we are having to POWER UP our new blog! 

Wait until you see what you can win! 
Who likes to shop?


Can you believe it?
Click on any of the images above to ZOOM on over to enter!

But that's not all...

The news gets even better because we are celebrating the launch of Primary Powers with an exclusive deal with Educents!

This is an enormous bundle at a huge discount friends!
 It will be in my cart for sure!

This looks familiar, huh?
My Comprehension Companion is included too!
 You can use it all year round!

 You can see more of the awesome POWER of the SUPER bundle at Educents here!

Remember to ZOOM on over to check out the cute new blog, the giveaway and to meet the rest of the Primary Powers gals! 
Be sure to tell all of your friends! 
Pin it, post it, Like know what to do!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AHHHH! Ha Ha! Halloween party treats!

Oh my goodness! These are hilarious and SO cute! Have you seen them? I just had to post this picture here to show you! I've been searching Pinterest for new ideas for party treats and gifts for coworkers and the kiddos. If you are planning a party or looking for some yummies for your own child to pass out to classmates, you might like these too! They are good for a laugh either way!

We usually serve up cider and donuts at our classroom party, so this will definitely work!
I spotted bags full of fangs at Target the other day for three dollars and I'm going back for them. 
I'm pretty sure you can pick up the candy eyes at Michael's or Target in the aisle with the baking stuff.

By the way, congratulations go out to Sarah, the winner of the Starbucks and winner's choice giveaway! 
Thanks everyone for playing along.
 I loved reading all of your delicious comments. It was lots of fun!
 Thanks to you, I tried the Salted Caramel Mocha which is divine. 
Next on my list to sample is the Chai Tea Latte.

Hey friends, you HAVE to come back and see me tomorrow for a really EXCITING announcement!
No, it's probably not what you think! 
So, stop by to find out the latest!
Have a great night!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Savings and a Giveaway Reminder

Today I'm linking up with All Things Apple in 2nd for some Sunday Savings on some of my kiddo's favorite reading and writing activities for the month of October!

These two items are on sale for one day only!
 You can grab them together for just 4 dollars! :)

In case you missed it, remember to hurry on over to enter the Cafe giveaway for the Starbucks gift card and winner's choice items from my Kidsrcute store! 

Try to head on over to All Things Apple and see who else is having a sale today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice! A Cafe Giveaway!

Yippee! It's back! Teacher friends, it's time to celebrate the return of my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks treat (YUM!) with a little gift card giveaway so you can treat yourself too! Starbucks giveaways have gotten to be a tradition around here so let's just keep it going! 

What better way to say hello to fall than with some Starbucks deliciousness to warm you up! My warm weather friends, something refreshing and cold is waiting for you too!

You can also enter to win 3 items of your choice from my Kidsrcute store. There may be things you would like for your classroom for the fall season too.

Just use the rafflecopter below for your chance at winning. 
Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Writing Center with a Little Bling!

Halloween is a BIG DEAL for little ones, so I totally take advantage of their excitement! Our October plan includes a week of spiders, a week of bats, a week of pumpkins and a week of all other fun holiday things with good old Christopher Columbus in the mix as well. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the photo of this SPOOK-TACULAR writing center I have ready for my kiddos to begin next week. 

To make this lots of fun for our very first writing center, the table is covered with some cute glittery fabric I picked up at Joanne's.
 I also plugged in some orange and purple holiday lights and wove them around items on the table.

Target carries these cauldrons and black pumpkins I have on display.
 I used a rhinestone kit to decorate them.
They are so me!:)

Inside the cauldron are a variety of prompts I think my class is going to LOVE! They include different types of writing tasks. Even though the kiddos have not had formal instruction on all of the genre included, like persuasive writing, I wanted to have them try their hand at it. They always surprise me with what they can do! 

Before we start, I will read each of the cards to them, so they can begin working more independently. I'm pretty sure they are going to be SUPER excited once they hear the tasks! 

You can find the prompt cards in this new set by clicking on the picture below!

There are enough cards here to have each child choose a different task each day throughout the month but it's not necessary to do them all since we are starting a week into October.

I also made a few different writing papers for the students to use to mix it up a bit. Some require writing a list, so there is list paper. One task is to write a letter to a friend, so that stationery is included too. Other papers have cute bats and pumpkins on them that they can color if they finish early. 

Some things they will just write in a spiral notebook, like the acrostic poems, because I want them to set up the letters and I will have plenty of other writing samples to look at.

It's not too late to begin if you want to set up a center of your own or have something like this for Halloween week only. The center is easy to prep which is nice during this busy time of year! You can just do the prompts as a whole-class journal topic too if centers are not your thing.

So my classroom is mostly decorated, but I need to get moving on my house. I can't believe how October just snuck up on me. I live in the neighborhood where I teach, so tons of kiddos will be coming to trick-or-treat and see me! Today is a great day to start pulling out my outdoor bling! 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you got some fun ideas here to welcome October into your classroom!

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