Sunday, October 23, 2016

FALL into some great finds this season with Oriental Trading!

Happy Fall Ya'll!
This time of year is so much fun, especially if you teach first grade.  A teacher like me is in THEME-heaven with weekly topics of Bats, Owls, Pumpkins, and Fall facts galore!
My special friends over at #OrientalTrading sent us a special care package to help us celebrate this fall season in style!
Check out our Fall Mystery Box Reveal video!
We absolutely LOVE our new Spooky Treasure Chest!
It is stocked full of fun goodies that I plan on using as prizes for our Halloween extravaganza!
We are also studying bats next week and these scratch bats look so much fun!
The kids are super-excited about these!
Getting ready for November, 
we have these awesome standing Turkey place setters that I thought we could make the day before Thanksgiving break so the kids can take them home and decorate the holiday table!
Another great find are these fall-themed stampers that I added to our Work on Writing station!
Finally, we have a really cool pumpkin weaving craft that will also be fun to work on in the next few weeks!
Now don't forget, you can still get these fabulous fall finds over at #orientaltrading!
Looking for a deal at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.
#oriental trading is my go-to shopping place for all things crafty in the classroom!
Happy Shopping!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Hello Yellow!!! A new edition to Room 102!

Friends, it was certainly a fabulous day when the secretary brought down a very special package!
Our Celebrity of the Week had the honor of opening it!
A HUGE grin must mean its something awesome!
Holding it up to the class~ I think they like it!
Inspection time!
The kids couldn't believe how NEW and CLEAN our pencil sharpener looked!

How gorgeous is this new color?!?!
Room 102 would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Classroom Friendly Supplies for providing us with this brand new pencil sharpener!
To hear that we had WON a contest was the best news all week!
Over the past few years, we have had a tremendous amount of great sharpening from using these sharpeners from Classroom Friendly Supplies!  The kids do all their own sharpening and these sharpeners save my sanity because they are SO QUIET!!!
Add a new HELLO YELLOW sharpener to your classroom by clicking on the image below!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Oriental Trading: Have you built your Teacher Wish List Yet?

The hustle and bustle of Back to School is always an exciting time for me.  Summer reflections always lead to new tweaks and changes in my classroom...  Always thinking HOW I can  make things better for a new class of fabulous firsties!
The credit card always gets a workout in August.
And my husband has gotten to know the UPS and FED EX guys really well!
One special delivery arrived and I told myself I wasn't going to open it just yet...
The next day, I took the large box to school and gave the kids a chance to make some thoughtful predictions about WHAT our special delivery could be???
I wrote their predictions down on the box-
and then we opened it!
The kids went nuts over these new dice for our Math Stations!
No more making paper dice that fall apart.
These are going to last forever!
And that's not all friends.....
Check out our new Cool Colors Reading Canopy!
Please envision my smile from ear to ear at this moment!
Talk about a magical place to do Read to Self time every day for those kids demonstrating really awesome Stamina!!!!
I think in a classroom of 25 first graders, 
we will need another one of this precious tents very soon!
My kids are in love with our new Reading Tent and with  heartfelt gratitude, we thank Oriental Trading for making some of our Wish Lists items COME TRUE in Room 102!

Teachers!  Have you checkout out Oriental Trading's TEACHER WISH LIST?
It took ten minutes for me to find some really special items, add to my wish list page, and post for my parents!  When they see our classroom doing something great, we ask that they consider picking any item off our wish list and sending it to our classroom!  
Check out my Wish List here by clicking on the image below-
Happy Wish Listing!!!

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Better yet, check out some great deals at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School TPT Sale! Don't Miss This!

I know many of us have just a short time left before we head back to our classrooms.
I am super-excited about the TPT site-wide Sale celebrating all of us teachers!
In honor of the special occasion, 
my entire TPT store will be on SALE!
Get your shopping cart ready and............GO!


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Room 102's First Annual 100th Day STEM Celebration!

One of my most treasured days of teaching in first grade is the 100th Day of School! 
 This is my 14th year of 100th Day madness and I absolutely LOVE IT!

There is definitely some prep work that goes into running a smooth day.
Two weeks before the big day, I send home reminders like this one-
So that on the BIG day, we can have some excited first graders ready to celebrate!
Take a look at this year's amazing 100th day t-shirt designs!
This sweetie glued on a 100 piece puzzle to her shirt!
This guy was totally stoked and dressed in style!
Some kiddos were so excited, they designed the front AND back of their shirts!

The class voted, and this sweetie pie WON for best 100th Day gumball machine!
My 100th Day schedule looked something like this:
This year, we have an added 4th first grade teacher, so that got me thinking of trying a STEM project for the first time!  Now if your wondering what STEM is...
It  stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  
I got to work on creating a schedule that all four teachers could really enjoy and implement....
Here is what we decided on:
I was the lucky duck in charge of the ENGINEERING piece.
Here's a look at my building materials/tubs-
There were four 25 minute rotations and let me tell you that it was so awesome to see new kids from the other classrooms!  Here's a sneak peek at our Engineers busy at work!!!

The Smart Art table was a HUGE hit!!!

A little rule of thumb:
Students were given easy directions when entering the room.
No more than 2 friends at every tub/station.  
If you finished one station early, you could move on to another as long as it was "open"
The boys called this "The 100-floor Skyscraper!"
Their rationale: Each cube counted as ten and their goal was to get 10 cubes to the top!

This pair was adorable!  Creating a fairytale castle out of 100 shapes blocks.

I think the most favored station was POWER TOWER!
Who knew Solo Cups could be this fun!!!

Our STEM rounds were incredibly fun and successful!  The other teachers had a blast too!
It was the perfect way to get ALL of our favorite 100th day activities done in ONE DAY!
After lunch and recess, we came back to more celebrating with one of  my all-time favorite 100th Day read-alouds!    

After reading all about the 100 scrumptious things the Wolf made, we decided to make our own stew to celebrate our 100th day of learning in Room 102!
Our ingredients:
Mix well and PRESTO!
Our 100th Day Stew is ready to eat!

Can you tell it was good!!!

After our yummy snack,  we couldn't wait to begin our inferring lesson using our 100th Day Mystery Bags!
Each student gave 3 clues like this one-

What a perfect lesson to practice inferring!
Finally, we brainstormed what it would be like at 100 years old....
The kids had a blast writing about their 100th Birthday and getting 100 presents!!!
I found a fun app called AGING BOOTH in the app store!
Click here to check it out!

It was such a fabulously fun day!
Especially when this cutie delivers this note to me right before going home....
How awesome is that!!!  PUFFY HEART 100th Day!!

I FINALLY complied one file of my 100th Day forms and schedule.  I am happy to share that with you!  Click here or on the image below to view the forms in google docs! :)

I also have these two fabulous 100th Day freebies in my TPT store!
Click on the images to grab each one!
100 Chews Experiment

100 Licks Experiment

I hope this post is helpful and will make your 100th Day Celebration as exciting as mine!
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