Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Link Ups and Giveaways!

Happiest of Friday's friends! Once again I find myself coming off of a super short week... 2 days this week instead of the 4 we were scheduled for... And that makes snow day number way we won't have to make this mess up.  Today and Monday are scheduled days off, so we for sure won't even have the hint of a full week until the last week of this month. Crazy!

I am linking up again with DOODLE BUGS TEACHING and TEACHING MADDENESS to share about my week.

So! Here is what went down in our room the past 2 days....

We have been working on 2 digit addition. We've made it to adding 3 two digit numbers with a sum greater than 100. That's a mouth full! To practice, each table got a recording sheet and some 2 digit numbers that I wrote down on scrap paper. They had two minutes to write down and solve the problem on their own. Then they had 1 minute to talk about how they solved it and what answer they got with their table. After that one person would write their problem and solution on our white board. Any amounts that they got correct they added up at the bottom of their sheet and the group with the largest number at the end won. ( But because I am big on teaching them to work together as well, I also chose a winning group that worked together the best.)

With yesterday being Valentine's Day and a make up pajama out of uniform day I incorporated as much Valentines-y stuff as I could into our day.

After our morning work, they were able to decorate their bags that would hold all of their loot. One of these years Valentine's won't sneak up on me and I will get cereal or shoe boxes and then we can create some REAL masterpieces. Instead, every year I get lunch bags and foam stickers from the Dollar Store and I let the kids go to town. Every year they have a great time decorating maybe I should just stick with what works? :)

After lunch we did a SNOWFLAKE MEASURING ACTIVITY by THE TEACHER WIFE that I got at the super sale on Super Bowl Sunday. ( Along with about a bajillion other things...and a bajillion more I left behind.)  Its a nonstandard unit of measure activity. They have a snowflake ruler that they use to measure some winter pictures and then graph. I paired them up around the room and let them work together. Then they were able to go around and measure other things in our room with their " rulers". A couple of them measured how tall I was. In case you were wondering, that's 71 snowflakes tall.

The last hour of our day was devoted to our party. We did a candy heart probability experiment first. I let them snack on some Chex mix and apple juice while we did that. After that we played Roll a Love Bug and then we made ice cream sundaes. ( Both items I got off Pinterest and can't find my pins. If this is from you PLEASE let me know so I can give credit!!)  It was a good time. In fact I think it was one of the better parties we have had in our room....And I was a meany. I only gave them about 5 minutes to look at their loot and I wouldn't let them eat any of it. :)

 I made these valentines for them. I think they turned out really cute...especially for one of my first forays into using borders and fonts to create something. They need just a little something more to "juj" them up and then they will be perfect for next year, but for this year they worked great. :)

I used a cute free font from Graphics by the Pond. You can find it HERE. The border came from SLP Gone Wild. You can get it HERE.

Anybody have a real romantic Valentine's Day? I thought so...but then again, my love language is acts of service. My husband made chicken alfredo for dinner and then put Fin to bed so I could hang out with one of my girlfriends. Today he actually had the day off too....almost never happens, he usually puts in 50- 60 hour weeks... So we went out to lunch and saw the movie Beautiful Creatures. ( Side note: One of the weirder book to movie adaptations I have seen. I won't say anything to spoil it but there were definitely some changes to the plot. I'm still not sure how I feel about it.)

Looking forward to getting all of the Christmas decorations taken down this weekend...or at least stacked on my dining room table until Easter ( long story- suffice it to say I have A LOT of decorations and I sometimes get overwhelmed with putting them all away.)

 Don't be scared but those boxes are only for 3 rooms in my house...All together I have about 25-30 boxes for my house....AND GROWING! :)

NOW! Before I go! I have two giveaways to share with you. One is actually happening right now...One will be happening in the very near future. :) My bloggy friend Angela Nerby over at HIPPO HOORAY FOR 2ND GRADE is having a flash much as I would like to keep the competition low so I can get another sweet item from her TPT store, I also want to share her amazing-ness. So go over and check out her giveaway. It ends TONIGHT!

ALSO! I am only 3 followers away from 100!!!! SOOOOO excited. I have had a couple of people offer to help out with a giveaway when I hit 100 and if you would like to as well that would be the only things I have in my TPT store are freebies! :) So, if you are not a follower, join up so I can give some cool stuff away. :)

Have a super 3 day weekend friends....and pray for no more snow days for me! :)


  1. Your blog is too cute!! I love it! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I can't even imagine that many snow days! It looks like you had a great short week!

    I'm already a follower, but good luck!

    Have a great weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  3. I gave you a shout out on my blog! Let's get you those last two followers!!!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  4. Yea!!! I just followed you and you are at 100!!! Congrats:)

  5. oops forgot to put in there - I would LOVE to help you with your giveaway:)!!

  6. Looks like you made it to 100 - yeah! We're going to be starting 2 digit subtraction. That always seems to be a tough one for my kids. Sara

    1. Oh, and I'm following - number 102 I think!

    2. Sara, Thanks for following! If it weren't for all of our snow days and scheduled days off we would usually be starting that soon. My kiddo's tend to struggle with that more addition too.

  7. Congratulations on your big milestone! Looks like your kiddos had a great time measuring with snowflakes! :)

    Second Grade Sparkle

  8. Enjoying your blog! Hope that you will check mine out as well, I'm currently having a giveaway... you should enter!

    Martha :)


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