Friday, February 28, 2014

Five for Friday!

We made it friends.
It's finally Friday and I am joining Doodle Bugs Teaching for a Five for Friday Celebration!
In Social Studies this week, we wrapped up our unit on Famous American Leaders in our country.
I made this little teaching powerpoint on President Obama and the kids found it fascinating!  They really enjoyed the family photo!
I added this unit as a freebie in my TPT store.  
If you missed it, click here

I also incorporated an amazing lesson on "Balancing the Budget" which I found in Sarah Paul's President's Day unit.
Presidential Packet
This was a totally amazing lesson!
The kids were completely engaged.
We did the first budget together on the Elmo-

If I only have two dollars, what organizations get the most?  and WHY?

Students could choose to give up to 50 cents per organization.
Choice #1- Recess Equipment
Choice #2- Books
Choice #3 Specials
Choice #4- Materials
Choice #5 Technology
I was SO EXCITED to see so many students giving a full 50 cents to BOOKS in the classroom! 

Then we explained our WHY with this writing extension activity.
The kids then got into small groups and shared their feelings and opinions about balancing the budget.
The conversations happening were truly phenomenal! 

 Another famous American Leader in our Country was a surprise to many of my students.  
We celebrated the life of Ruby Bridges this week and again, had some amazingly touching conversations about friendship and equality.

As you can see by our class totals, Ruby was the favorite!
Last month, the floods came to Room 102 and saturated a ton of my books.  After a gloomy few weeks of clean up, a very special package arrived and brought a HUGE ray of sunshine to my day!

My incredibly sweet friend Kelly, from First Grade Fairytales,
sent me this letter-

brand-new picture books for my library!
Kelly, you are my sunshine!
Thank you so much!
The 3 Million Teachers Strong Big Sale is happening now!
My entire store is 20% off until midnight tonight!
Happy Shopping!


  1. Stopping by from Doodle Bugs Five for Friday Linky :) I LOVE your budget activity! Good for the kiddos for budgeting money towards books! Success! Thanks for sharing about the package you received full of a sweet letter and picture books...this blogging world is such a wonderful place full of wonderful people!

    :) Ash
    The Rolly Chair

  2. I found you on Doodle Bugs linky party. I love your blog! It is so cute =)

  3. You are too sweet! I'm so glad the kids (and you!) liked the books :)
    And, I'm absolutely in love with your budget activity - what an awesome way to provide that real world connection to a skill first graders have such a hard time understanding. Putting that in my plans ASAP!
    Love ya girlie :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  4. What a great friend! Books in the mail, there is nothing better! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

  5. Don't you just love Scholastic News? I am so impressed this year with the content and ccss correlation. My students love it, too and are so engaged!

  6. Oh my gosh my kids LOVE the Interrupting Chicken! I read it once to them and it has made its way around my room that for sure!!


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