Thursday, February 17, 2011

Removal of Items

Sorry about all the “weird” posts on my blog and the recent shutdown of it.  We got a notice from administration that we can’t have ANY pictures (including artwork or any of their work) on our blog.  So, I have had to remove all samples, pictures, artwork, etc.

I will continue to post teaching ideas!!!  So, stay tuned for more goodies!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Scrappindoodle Giveaway winners!

I am excited to be announcing the Scrappindoodles clipart giveaway winners.Drumroll random generator, the winners are:

Ladybug Teacher ($5 choice from ME)


StephFerrell (Graphic Collection only set from Scrappindoodle)

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes and for being such fun “friends” of my blog.  I will be relaxing after a long week of conferences with my high school friends (Can you believe we are still such great friends after being out of school for almost 20 years-they are AMAZING) in VEGAS (first time going!!!)  Enjoy your weekend.

P.s.  Ladybug Teacher and StephFerrellget in touch with me to let me know which sets you are choosing!  If I don’t get back to you right away, it is because I have left for my trip and I will return on Sunday!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Birthday Giveaway!!!

In spirit of having over 100 followers on my blog and my birthday coming up soon, I have teamed up with Scrappindoodles for a fun GIVEAWAY!!!  I use her clipart almost 100% of the time.  

 She was even nice enough to take me up on a suggestion of creating a couple sets with reading kids and writing kids!  

I am in no way gaining anything from this promotion.  I just LOVE her stuff and want to pass it along.  She has top-notch customer service!!!

 Here is what you have to do:
  1. Go to and check out some of her sets 
  2. Become my follower (if you already aren’t.) 
  3. Comment below what your favorite set was and how you will use it!
I will let you know by random generator on Wednesday, February 9, who will win a set valued at $5 or less (courtesy of my pocketbook!)  My birthday gift to YOU!  

Scrappindoodles has graciously offered to donate a SECOND set for the giveaway!!!  If you are the winner of the second set, you can select a  set from her "Graphics Collection" category and she can send it to you!  SWEET!!!  See, I told you she ROCKS!!!

 I can’t wait to hear what you would do with her fun sets!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blogger Friends...HELP

HELPI was just telling my teaching partners about a GREAT idea I found on one of the blogs that I follow (or maybe it was proteacher or 2nd Grade Teacher’s Club) with a book students make out of the Valentine’s they get from classmates. 

For the life of me, I can’t find it.  I am hoping it was one of you that made it and can link to my blog through the comments???  Thanks so much!  I can’t wait to use your idea!

EDITED TO ADD:  Here is the link to the book I was looking for over at What the Teacher Wants.  Check it out!  What a fun scrapbook idea for the kids!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Art

Hello bloggy friends!
Please head over to my NEW blog and follow me over there.  This blog will no longer be updated or checked for comments!

With all of the snow, wind, and COOOOLLLLDDDD weather we have had lately, we decided to put our student’s background knowledge and experience to good use (of course, we tied it into curriculum ;o)

We did a little shaving cream/glue snowman coupled with a SNOW acrostic poem that taught the students how to use small words, such as onomatopoeia along with longer phrases-in an essence, we were practicing our sentence fluency!  They were sooooo cute.  We have gotten a lot of compliments (and fingers touching our art-grrrr!)

Mangament:  We used simple Dixie cups and popsicle sticks for our materials.  Each student opened up the lid of their elmers glue and poured a small amount into the bottom of their Dixie cup (probably about 2 Tblspgive or take some.)  Then, I came around with one can of shaving cream and squirted enough in the cup to fill it up.  They then used their popsicle stick to stir it up.  Of course, I had already laid the ground work BEFORE the activity and warned them about how the shaving cream didn’t come out of their cup or they were DONE with art! 

Students painted their snowmen with their popsicle sticks.  The THICKER the shaving cream on the paper, the fluffier the snowman will be when it dries!

We had students put their buttons in the FLUFFY, wet shaving cream-this serves as the glue!  They also cut out their “goodies” for the snowmen out of construction paper and put it on the wet shaving cream.  There was NO GLUING needed!

After they were done with their art, they worked on their SNOW acrostic poem!  This was their first acrostic poem of the year, so they were a little “rough,” but they did another one the next day for another subject and they were soooooo much better!  Here is our publishing paper!

A couple on the bulletin board: