Saturday, April 5, 2014

Five for Friday {Saturday Edition}

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!! I sure am happy it's Saturday..this was an exhausting, yet busy week! 
Today I'm linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching for her Five for Friday!

We've been hard at work researching and taking notes for our big Endangered Species Research Project. The kids are SO Excited and get so upset as they are learning more about why these animals are critically endangered. 

If you're interested, you can find these note taking pages along with the booklet we plan to use to present our final project with in my TpT Store. 

We've also been working on linear measurements this week. Third graders are required to be able to measure object to the nearest one-fourth inch. 
We've been practicing a lot with worksheets and measuring things in the classroom….

BUT what better way to practice measurements than getting outside and having some fun?! 

I invited some 6th graders to come in and teach my class how to make paper airplanes. The kids were so excited and it was also a great way for them to practice their listening skills! 

We then headed out to fly our planes and measure the distance that it traveled! 

You will soon be able to find all of these worksheets in my 3.MD.4 Measurement packet this is ALMOST ready. 
Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook for an update when it's posted ;)
Also got to take some time out for some fun this week! We got to meet up with some friends from Washington. They're visiting Hawaii so we met them for some Happy Hour :)  She is a second grade teacher…our classes were pen pals last year!

We're also continuing to work on poetry and figurative language. This is always a tough one but fun at the same time. So far, we've covered simile and metaphors, alliteration, idioms, and onomatopoeias.

I'm kicking myself right now because as I'm scrolling through my photos I realized I only took pictures of our alliteration pages!

Landan the Lizard lights a leaf
Marry the monkey makes a monster with a magical science kit

Emmeline the elephant loves to eat eggplants everyday.
Ayven the alligator loves to eat apples any day he sees one.
Jayde the jaguar got a job at the jungle's Jamba Juice.
Pretty Pam made chicken pot pie with pickles and peas. 

We're also did a science experiment today. The kids were so excited learning about the scientific method.

Thats my week in a nutshell! Hope you enjoy your weekend :) I'm off to finish some work I had started throughout the week…and hopefully get a new Facebook Fan Freebie posted for you all sometime this weekend ;) 

Monday, March 31, 2014

April Currently!

Seriously- I swear this year is just flying by! It's already April!!! 
I'm linking up with Farley for her monthly Currently :)

Listening: The Voice. I haven't been keeping up much. It pretty much serves as background noise :P 

Loving: That I get to head into town for a happy hour. Well..first I have a dentist appointment (which I'm not loving) but after I'm meeting a fellow teacher friend from Washington. Her class and I were pen pals last year!! :)

Thinking: I need to be lesson planning for tomorrow instead of doing this (and eating a slice of strawberry shortcake!) 

Wanting: To hit up the beach! I don't even remember the last time I've been in the ocean…which is really sad since I live on an island :/ lol I am so white it's kinda scary!

Needing: To get some rest!! I've been having a difficult sleeping at night bc I have so many things running through my mind. 

Yep-that's me! 
I wake up at 4am every day since I head to work early. I have to leave my house BY 5:05 or else I will be caught in some traffic. I'd rather avoid all the traffic and go early because while sitting in traffic I just think of all the time I'm wasting :/ I haven't been getting much rest and have been getting really bad headaches lately! I hope to be in bed by 9PM tonight! 

Hours: ohhh yeah. You read that right. I actually arrive to work anywhere between 5:15-5:45. I like going in early because I am much more productive. For me, at the ending of the day I'm so exhausted that I don't get anything done. Plus I feel like there are a ton of distractions and I always get caught talking to people :P I usually leave work anywhere from 2:15-2:30. 
Students finish school on May 29 but for the first time in a few years…teachers actually have an extra day to get their rooms packed up and cleaned :) Can't wait till May 30!!! 

Head on over to Farley's blog and link up!! 
Have a great week! :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Break Recap!

Today is officially the very last day of Spring Break for us here in Hawaii. I am pretty sad about heading back to work..It sure was nice having time to relax and take care of wedding stuff!

Over the break, my mom came to visit and stayed for about a week. It was so awesome to have her around. She took care of my dog, cooked and cleaned for us AND helped me bang out all of my wedding invites! 

I was feeling pretty stressed about wedding stuff but got a lot done and am feeling WAY better right about now. 

My break consisted of mass producing our wedding invites. 

Cutting, gluing, edging, glittering, labeling, checking off names……

Here are the little corners that I individually glued on each invitation..

Our RSVP cards.

My biggest tip for you when doing RSVP cards are to number each card (just in case they don't write their name on the line when they return it) and to write in the number of seats you are reserving. You'd think that people would get it by how the outter envelope is addressed..but you'd be surprised!

I also did a ton of ordering from Amazon. I really wanted to find my vases locally but I felt like I was beginning to run out of time. I actually ended up finding a great deal online so ordered these vases. 

Even with the cost of shipping, they come out to about $6.25/vase. Way cheaper than I would've been able to find here.

I also ordered these waterproof LED lights. I plan to put them down at the bottom of the vase, and then fill them with water beads. It will be filled with an orchid plant and curly willow. 

My dad also came in for the weekend to hang out. We headed to Disney's Aulani Resort for Happy Hour!

The ambiance at this place was so beautiful and relaxing! Not to mention the soothing Hawaiian Music! 

I also got to spend a lot of time with my fur baby! It was so nice to be home with her all day :) Here she is watching TV. Yup- my dog likes to watch Animal Planet. Her favorite show is Too Cute. She will literally sit in front of the TV like that, wag her tail, whine, and be totally engaged from start to ending!  

Last but not least, I had to squeeze in some work time. I whipped out the last of my Morning Math Packs….You can pick May up here

I've also bundled all of my morning math packs into 2 separate bundles to save you some money!
Bundle 1 contains all of the morning math you'll need for the first half of your school year. 

Bundle 2 are all to be used during the second half of the year.

Both of these bundles are valued at $15.00 but will be on sale in my TpT store for only $10.00 for the rest of today.

If you have already purchased my morning math packs from Aug-April Email me with your TpT info. and I will send you May for free :)

We got new computers at school right before the break so I also spent some time going through my work computer. I have a TON of files that I need to redo, so you can be expecting a ton of new products from me in the near future.

Yesterday I had time time to work on these:

You can also pick that up in my TpT shop

Now I'm off to finish planning for the day, finish stuffing envelopes then head out to do some grocery shopping! 
Have a great week!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Aloha Friday Friends!
I must say that it is a very happy Friday for me because I can officially say that I am on SPRING BREAK!! I thought this time would never come but I am definitely looking forward to some relaxation time, sleeping in, and of course- wedding planning! Time is ticking and I am officially at my 3 month mark. Yikes!
Today I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for:

Let's get to it!
We have been busy prepping for state testing but the kids still need to have fun!! Here are 2 of their favorite 'hands on' assignments they were working on this week… 

I purchase Easter Eggs after they go on sale. I then go and write fractions on them and the kids need to find it's matching pair. They do the math on their white boards to check to see if they truly are equivalent! 
This is another class favorite: Multiplication Snow Ball War! It's a quick paced game where students can practice their fact fluency. 
This week we just finished up reading Third Grade Angels

My kids absolutely LOVED this book and would beg me every day to read it aloud to them. This will definitely become our new class read aloud every year!! 
We also started Fourth Grade Rats today…I was begged to read this book to them.

Here are both books on Amazon if you're interested. In all honesty, I have never been BEGGED so much to read to my kids. I absolutely love it- what teacher wouldn't, right?! 

Today we had our School Talent Show! It amazes me at all the Talent that is packed in these tiny little bodies. It's kind of sad that some of these talents go unnoticed in the classroom…I'm just glad they had the chance to shine today!

My students have been working hard to collect and bring in plastic bottle caps. They filled this container once and are working on filling it a second time. 
Our school is taking part in the Kokua Hawaii Foundation Bottle Cap Challenge. We are currently competing against 50+ schools to see who can raise the most plastic caps to be recycled. The winning school will get a FREE concert by JACK JOHNSON! I think teachers are a little  more excited about this than the students :P lol. He is the co founder of this company!! 
You can check them out here..

The kids have been busy designing educational games they would like me to create for them over the break. They are required to write out the skill, number of players, directions, and rough sketches of what they envision their games to look like. They are so excited..but I think I'm even more excited to see what they come up with!!

Have a great weekend!!