Monday, March 17, 2014

Playing catch up! Lot's to talk about!

Spring break is over already?! How did it go by so fast.... I really did nothing- which was so refreshing.  Waking up when I want to, grabbing lunch in the cafeteria at an actual restaurant.  I had so much time to work on some new TPT products and do lots of things that I haven't been able to finish in awhile.  The not so fun part was that our break was SO early this year.... Is it too early to start counting the days left of school? Nah.... It's 58!!


I sent my students home with green bean seeds over spring break in these really cute greenhouse pockets that are from Lakeshore. (I had them donated to me through Donors Choose earlier this year!) I thought it would be so much fun to compare the heights of the sprouts when they got back to school... I should have known...





I had about 5-6 students completely squish the seed...

Four of them didn't return with it...  Although I did take a big risk sending them home for a WEEK.  God only knows where some of them ended up.. I'll be making some phone calls soon.

But, I also had a handful of kiddos come back with healthy little sprouts.  They were so proud. 





Before break started, I had a really cool opportunity to try out a bilingual book called Bosley Sees the World.  The book comes in so many languages- Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Hindi!  I tried out the French version and I thought it was really great.  The illustrations were adorable and the length of each page made it easy to decode the translated version.  



The book is set up like a normal book, with the English text near the top of the page and the translated version towards the bottom.  What I really thought was creative is that the important vocabulary words are color coded in each paragraph, both English and French.  It was really easy to see what the vocabulary words translated into English/French were.  The other really cool feature of the book is that it comes with a teacher/parent guide with tons of activities, lessons, and songs in it.  The guide really ties into the story and gives children a deeper understanding of what they are reading and saying.   I definitely recommend this book to any parents or teachers who have a child who is bilingual and also to anyone interested in their child learning other languages.  These books seem like an excellent way to expose children to other languages and cultures.  You can find the book on Amazon or check out the author's website at www.thelanguagebear.com.      


I've recently added two new units to my TPT.



Each unit has common core worksheets that can be used for homework or classwork!  
Click the pictures to check them out! 


Check back soon for a new math interactive journal that I will be adding to TPT.  I'm finishing up testing it out on my kiddos and will post it as soon as I can!  It will be similar to my Interactive Reading Journal, but all math based.  My students LOVE them!  They are also coming in great use while we are reviewing for the very stressful Stanford Achievement Test.. womp womp... Here's a link to the reading journal if you haven't tried it out yet! 



I hope every has/had a great spring break! Thanks for stopping by my little ol' blog.

2 comments:

  1. I love your green houses! And I am your 60th follower on TpT! : ) I think your blog is so cute! Not to mention you're drop dead gorgeous!!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much! Love your blog by the way! :)

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