Be Free Mr Worm! { Freebie Update}

Hiya there Peeps
Shuna here
If you have been reading you know that we had tons of wormy fun last week but we never did get around to freeing the worms…until today!
We are already deep into our plant unit so we figured it was time to say goodbye to our slimy friends!
The worms didn’t want to be set free
It took us a while to find them

Bye little worm
It has been fun!
Anyhoo
Today I had a light bulb moment
You know when you see an idea and it is so simple that you think, “Hey why didn’t I think of that!”
Well I had one of those moments today. I have somewhat of a small room with limited space so I am always on a mission to fight the clutter
Especially during center time
With all of the center material, anchor charts I can statements and teacher models 
the paper can take over quick! So here is a simple idea to reduce all the paper and it involves a 3 ring binder.
I use tubs and bins for my math and literacy stations but when I do science stations I am really struggling with where to put the materials for science centers. So the idea that my teaching partner had was to use binders with the clear covering. 
Viola! 
Inside the front cover are the teacher models so the students know what to do in each station
BTW 
She did the whole sheet as a model
I won’t do that 
I would do a few so that the kiddos get the gist and actually work by themselves instead of just copying
Inside the binders I would put the recording sheets and a pencil pouch that could hold the scissors, glue sticks, pencils and markers that they would need.
The seed planting station

Isn’t that a cool idea?
Well at least I thought so!
So much easier for me to get my science stations going
and this could translate to other centers as well
The sky is the limit
–Chirp–
Remember my book order post from here 
I have a ton of book order forms left over each month and the teacher in me knew that it was such a waste just to throw all those books in the trash
So I came up with an idea that would put those book order forms to use
It was a genius idea if I do say so myself
and this little diddy was birthed!
At the time I thought this was the cutest thing ever
Seriously 
Now that I look at it I cringe 
Every freaking time
It was driving me nuts
Nuts I tell ya
So today someone downloaded it and left some positive feedback and that was the last straw!
The ugliness has got to go
So long story short
I updated the file
Much better
Click below to pick it up
Okay that is all for now
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Worms Have Invaded Our Room

Hiya there peeps
Shuna here
We just finished up our study of worms and boy was it fun!
I did this theme last year for the first time and the kiddos went nuts 
so I knew I had to do it again this year! Click here to check out my kiddos last year
I started the day by showing the kiddos a box and they had to predict what we were going to study this week
Since we just finished our oviparous unit I got things like ladybugs, eggs, and caterpillars!
We talked about some things that can’t be in the box and some things that could
The kiddos then went back to their seat and filled in their prediction sheet

My plan was  that after I showed them what was in the box we were going to have a little snack

I know everyone has seen the jello worms and I thought they were a super cool idea

So I went out and bought all the stuff I needed to make the worms/dirt pudding

For some reason I was under the impression that when making jello worms it would be just like making jello!

I didn’t read the directions

well because

I don’t need know stinkin’ directions to make jello

So what happen was an

Turns out I did need to actually read them because obviously I had no clue what I was doing!

This turned into a big watery mess!

Do not add cold water

I repeat do not all cold water

Read the directions

Moving on

I let the kiddos explore the worms for a minute then we did some animal experiments

We wanted to see if worms liked damp areas or dry areas so we did a little experiment and recorded our results!

The worms were a big hit with all but one little sweetie

She was not having the worms at all!

So I really wanted to try those darn worms again

I made sure to read the directions this time!

Who would have thunk it

Reading solved the problem that was the watery, disastrous worms!

I’d say they were a big hit!

 Click here to see the directions I used

We then build our very own worm hotel!

When we came back the next day

One of my partner teachers sent me this

After I stopped laughing I went to check on mine

They were still kicking

So we figured out the massive deaths were contributed to the sand being too dry!

If you create a hotel for worms use the sand sparsely and make sure to spritz each layer

Some of the worms were resuscitated and made it to the end of the week

No need to send P.E.T.A. looking for us

Here are a few extra pics from our week

The kiddos observed what happened in the worm hotel over the course of the week

On Friday we wrapped up our week

With some dirt pudding

Whew that was such a fun week

If you would like to study worms with your class

You can check out my Wormy Worms pack

Click below

We also watched two vids on worms
This Dragonfly TV Video
and this one from youtube

Peace Out Peeps
Have a blessed week

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What’s Sprouting?

Hiya there peeps
Shuna here
I am just stopping by to post about my newest pack
I love teaching science
I mean it is the best thig ever
I love seeing the kiddos explore and discover new things
I was a talker in school
and science was the only subject I would shut my trap in
because I didn’t want to miss anything
We don’t have a lot of time to teach science so I wanted something that just focused on the skill 
Check it out below

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Oviparous Week!

Hiya there peepers
Shuna here
This week has been awesome
We watched the Reading Rainbow Videos
It was really cool because the kiddos got to see a real chick and turtle hatch.
Last year we hatched eggs and they stunk 
to high heaven
so I knew that I didn’t want to got that route again
Here is the vid that we watched
Here is a quick peep at our week
First we started off talking about what oviparous animals are and how to say the word
The kiddos were a mess the first day trying to figure out that word
After I told the kiddos what oviparous means I asked them to think of some other animals that lay eggs
I got everything for Zebras to dragons!
Oy
For Pete’s sake 
Boy did we have a ways to go
Anyhoo after I showed them some pictures they did a bit better
The kiddos then went and drew a picture of their favorite oviparous animals
How cute is this
The little ostrich is my favorite!
The kiddos then got to practice how how it is and how long it takes for an animal mom to build a nest
After the kiddos built their nest they put their baby egg in the nest
The kiddos had to take care of their egg for a whole week
Check out some of their cute journal writings

Presh
We talked about how snails eat their eggs once they hatch
This little baby is “hatching” a snail and she said hers was special because it didn’t eat its egg!

We also sorted oviparous animals
You can find the above printables and more here 
We also watched some cool videos on BBC
Be careful though and make sure you preview first
The fish one was a little much!
Whew

that was such a fun week

and this isn’t even half of what we did! I left my camera at school so I will post out other adventures sometime next week

Next week we will be doing Worms!

Anyhoo 


I have a little freebie for you that you may want to check out

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Best Websites for the Littles

Hiya there Peeps
Shuna here
Are you always on the lookout for fun and cool websites for the littles
Check out some of my favorite websites for little peeps
First up is Gus and Inky
Have you heard about them
It is a cool interactive movie that is educational
There are 3 or 4 videos
I can’t remember
anyhoo
The videos go from easy to harder and they focus on beginning sounds all the way to working with compound words
Moving on
Professor Garfield is another one of my all time favorite websites for the kiddos to use during computer station
I love Orson’s Farm and Fishing for Phonics
Sheppard Software is a great site for beginning phonics skills 
and GREAT for math skills such as place value and addition and subtraction
While we are on the topic of math
Fun4theBrain has some cool addition and subtraction games also
Abcya! is always a great fall back plan
Cookie is another site that I use frequently
It is very beginning level 
so it is perfect for my littles that are not where they should be
My last favorite is BBC
The kiddos always get laugh out of these because of the British accent!

When you go to the site click on the two fields to find the games
Links to Other Websites
The last site is a collection of  websites that are organized by grade and skill
Internet4Classrooms is a great site to find games and activities for a plethora of skills
I am linking up with Tessa from Tales for Outside the Classroom
Hop on over to find more fab websites
That is all for now
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Pencil Sharpener and Fan-ta-bu-lous Freebies

Hiya there peeps
Shuna here
Let’s get right down to business
I have a lot to share
I recently came across this video on FB
Oh my word
This is so true
Its sad to say but true nevertheless
Watch and you will see
Is Education really Educating our students?
The sad answer is no
We are teaching them how to take a test but not much else after that
Where is the creativity, the enthusiam, the love of school
It kills me to hear 2nd grade students say how much they hate school
They are just starting out and they have a long way to go
Okay stepping down off that soapbox
In 5..4..3..!
—Chirp—
I received one of those lovely little pencil sharpeners
I received the pencil sharpener in December I believe and I wanted to test it out a few months in my class before I posted my review!
I will say all the hype you have heard about is 
is well…
worth it!
This thing is stinking amazing
Ah-freakin’-mazing!
I have been teaching 4 years and I have had to replaced pencil sharpeners Every.Single.YEAR.!
Last year I had to buy 3 new ones before the year was over
I think it is safe to say that I detest pencil sharpeners!
So when this thingy arrived in the mail I had my reservations
You know when someone has hyped up something so much
it rarely lives up to the hype
That is how I felt about the pencil sharpener 
that is until I used it!
Take a look at my pencil sharpener journey
Oh, yes peeps there is a journey

So the real question is does it work

It worked wonders
The Blue Grace
That is what I named her
Sharpened that pencil like a pro
In 2 point 5 seconds that thing was done
Now for the other nameless sharpener
It worked
But 
it kept eating the darn pencils!
In the words of Sweet Brown

I couldn’t resist!
Anyhoo here are some more close up shots of 
Blue Grace
in all her glory

Perfection

I will be hosting a giveaway  soon 
So you can have your very own chance to win one of these beauties but if you can’t wait you can scoop up your own here
—Chirp—
Are you still with me?
It is time for 
Make sure to show a little love if you scoop up the freebies
This super cute math freebie book is from Latoya
One of my blogger friends just started drawing clipart!
Yall know I have a serious addiction to pretty clipart
Aren’t these presh?!
Hop on over and show her to love
The next freebie is from Lisa
She makes the cutest things
She has some seriously cute graphic organizers 
Check them out below
Faith makes some of the cutest stuff ever
E.V.E.R
Rebecca and Mel D have some awesome place value centers
Mary has some freebie compound word task cards
Lisa has a fabulous pack as well
Check it out
Caitlin has added April Words to have fabulous word work/writing cards
Tamara has a cute Toucan freebie waiting for you

Whew, this was seriously a long post
Thanks for sticking it out with me
Okay that is all for now
Peace Out Peeps