Sunday, January 27, 2013

Another Fundraiser Update

I just wanted to THANK everyone that donated to Katelyn!  We have met our goal of $10,000!  I have officially closed the fundraiser.
If you have made a donation AND filled out the Google Docs form, I HAVE sent your files using You Send It.  If you have not received them, please fill out the Google Docs form again {I placed it below}.  Sometimes, technology does not work as planned, so if you still do not receive them, please send me an email.
Thanks so much again!
 
 


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Our 100th Day

Yesterday was our 100th Day of School.  This is always such a fun day.  It seemed to sneak up so early this year for some reason.
We began our day with some 100th day morning work.
We usually do our Common Core Morning Work packet, so this was a surprising change for them.
We also made these fun hats.

Each student had 10 strips of paper.  I placed white paint in the middle of each table and the students put 10 fingerprints on each strip. 
They loved it and since it was only one finger, it wasn't too messy. The hardest part is going around and stapling it all.  If you can get some help with stapling all the hats together, I highly recommend it.
The rest of the morning consisted of working on our 100 Day packets.
Just click on the picture above to check out the unit.
 
The students loved the variety of activities.
Dice Roll and Tally Game
Exercising for 100 seconds
 
In the afternoon, I gave each student a 1 and two 0's to glue onto their papers and decorate however they wished.

 
Here are some freebies for your 100th day.  Or, use them next year if yours has already passed.  Just click on a picture to download.

 
 
Our 100th day was a lot of fun!  Have you had your 100th day yet?
 
 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Almost February!

I have been completely consumed with the fundraiser for Katelyn and I haven't been on here much and haven't posted anything on TpT forever!  However, I could not be happier with the outcome of the fundraiser.  We are a little over $1,000 away from our goal!!!
This weekend was a 3 day weekend, so I finally sat down and finished my February Common Core Morning Work.
 

 
 Tomorrow is our 100th Day of School!  We will be working on this packet to help us celebrate.
 
Click on the picture above to check it out.
I'll be back soon to post some pictures of our 100th Day!
 
If you are still interested in donating for the Mend a Broken Heart fundraiser, click HERE.
 
Sorry this is so short and sweet.  Have a great week friends!
 
 
 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mending a Broken Heart Fundraiser

**This fundraiser has been closed.  If you are still interested in donating to Katelyn, you can still visit her site at www.COTAforKatelynn.com. {You will not be receiving the files below.}

Dear friends...I would like to introduce you to a 2nd grader from my school.  Her name is Katelyn and she is awaiting a new heart.

She LOVES Justin Beiber, so she has a cardboard cutout in her hospital room
{Picture taken from the Terre Haute Tribune Star}
Still enjoying school while in the hospital {Picture taken from the Tribune Star}
Katelyn was born with Complex Congenital Heart Disease.  She is missing the pulmonary valve in her heart, so her right ventricle never grew.  She was given a pacemaker last April, but as her health continued to worsen, it was decided that she needed a life saving heart transplant.  Unfortunately, her condition continues to deteriorate and she has now been admitted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis until she receives a new heart.
As you can see from the pictures above, she is always smiling! 
Our school has been working hard to raise money for Katelyn's heart transplant through the Children's Organ Transplant Association.  You can find Katelyn's page HERE.  You can also read the latest article from the newspaper HERE.
 {If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may know that organ donation really hits home with me, especially heart transplants.  My brother-in-law received a new heart last January that saved his life!}
Here is where you can help out and get some WONDERFUL products in return!  As you know, the teachers in the blogging world are so generous and absolutely amazing.  They have teamed up with me to donate their teaching products.  For a $25 donation {feel free to donate more if you would like}, you will receive all of the following items.















This is over a $130 value all for a minimum of $25 that will ALL be donated to the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in Katelyn's name.  Click here to download a PDF of the pictures above with links to each product's TpT location.
Graphics by Annie Moffatt & Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!

As much as I didn't want to go back on a Wednesday, it was SO nice having a 3 day week last week.  It allowed us to get back into a routine and then before we knew it, it was the weekend!
It was penguin mania in our classroom last week.  We learned all about real penguins.
We filled out an anchor chart and measured yarn to show the height of different species of penguins.


We have been reading tons of nonfiction books about penguins.  

 I LOVE when I get to tell the students how penguin mothers feed their babies.  Gross!  This is always a fact that they can remember though ;)
We have been doing tons of the activities from my free penguin unit that you can find here.
We have also been using a penguin theme during our reading time by using Tacky the Penguin books.





What's not to love about Tacky!  My firsties were so into these books and couldn't wait to hear the next one.  We completed the activities in my Fun with Fiction {Penguins} unit.


The students had tons of fun snacking on goldfish and discussing the books.

We have carried the penguin theme to other parts of our day as well.  We have been reading this chapter book.
 My students LOVE Ready Freddy books.  We usually rotate between Ready Freddy and Junie B. books.
We have also been using the Penguin themed passages this week from my January Fluency passages.
We also made this bulletin board by writing our New Year's resolutions.


 On another note, one of my friends that teaches 2nd grade just posted this great Super Bowl themed packet on TpT that you may want to check out.

If you are starting back tomorrow, good luck!!  If you've already been back, have a GREAT week!
Did you stick with me for that really lllloooonnnngggg post?  If so, the first 3 people to comment {and leave their email} will get my Fun with Fiction {Penguins} unit for free :)
















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