More Mo Willems, Oceans, and Thanksgiving!

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I didn't get a chance to share some of my Mo Willems activities and here they are:

We spend a month reading Mo Willems books in November.   I try to read 1-2 of his books per day as time allows. The most beloved character is Pigeon of course, so I spread those out throughout the entire month.  We read Pigeon Finds a Hotdog and I gave the kids tiny hotdogs!  Last year I bought some hotdogs that were a bit expensive, so I was thrilled when I found this package for only $6 and there were enough for everyone in class.

I found them at Wal-mart. 

We then did this craftivity by Linda Kamp that my kids adore! 
You can get a copy here.  The kids had to write reasons why people should eat hotdogs instead of turkey on Thanksgiving.  Really cute stuff!

We ended the month by reading Don't Let Pigeon Stay Up Late! I invited them with these little invites: We then read We are Invited to a Party!

On Friday, we had our Pigeon party!  The kids got to wear their Pigeon hats and I made them some Pigeon cake pops.
They also got to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal.   This Pigeon party and PJ idea is from First Grader At Last.

Pigeon also joined us on Pigeon day!
I found him at Barnes and Noble.

Onto oceans:  After reading Jellies from our Journey's program, the kids got very interested in ocean exploration.  We somehow began talking about subs so we did this little sub unit:

You can find it here.

We also made these cute scuba divers! 
You can find it here.

These went on our outside windows and some went on our bathroom door.

We wrapped up the last day before Thanksgiving by having some pumpkin pie!  Turns out most of my class had never tried pumpkin pie before so I had to bring some in.  If only I had remembered to bring in the plates and forks!  

At home: Thanksgiving
My husband made his famous pumpkin pie cheesecake and a banana cream pie!  I love both, but the banana cream pie was amazing!  I made the whip cream from scratch :)

I also made my first chalkboard art for Thanksgiving day and I loved it!  I even used real calk!  It took a long time and it's still sloppy but I'm very happy with it.  I found the design here.

So that's it for me, now link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up for Five for Friday!


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All About Subs {Informational Text, Craft, and Writing}

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We are currently reading the story Jellies in our Journeys series.  Well, my kids are loving the under the water thing.  They got very curious about sea exploration and that brought me to talk about subs.  There isn't much out there about subs, so I got to it and created this:

You not only get this CUTE craft with writing forms:

You also get this little informational reader!  

Here is a little peek inside:


If you are interested, please head over to my TpT store and pick up a copy :)


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Last Day of School, Mo Willems and Turkeys!

Time for Five for Friday!

Last night was my last official day of school.  I made this awesome frame for us to take pictures with.  It was a great hit :) The frame is from Hobby Lobby and I cut the letters and apple with my Cricut.

We had serious fun with this frame!  I was the photographer and the only thing that stinks about being the photographer is that you rarely end up in the pictures :)

We are having tons of fun with Mo Willems and they really enjoyed a book I've never read before…Amanda and her Aligator.  They loved it so much that they wanted to make a something for them, so we made some thinking caps.  Wish I had taken pictures!  I completely forgot!  I tried to find some Amanda and Aligator clip art and couldn't find any so I made some to create a picture prompt.  I loved how they turned out!!
I love how pigeon showed up in this one and how alligator is dreaming of the thinking cap!

I love this face!

These stories made me laugh!  This picture prompt will soon be added to my How Random file on TPT!

We also made these Knuffle Bunny writings from First Grader at Last and Second Grade Shenanigans

We also made these cute turkeys from Apples and ABC's!
They turned out so cute!  I used my Scholastic Weekly Readers to write facts about Turkeys.

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Five + Some for Friday!

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I was looking through my pictures and realized I hadn't shared a bunch of stuff here in a long while.  So here are some pictures of what we have done.  I didn't take pictures of some of our activities and I'm so sad about that!!
First up: I have commitment issues, so carving a pumpkin isn't for me.  So instead I chalkboard painted a pumpkin and then changed his face each day.  The kids loved him. They named him Frank and we called him Frankie. 
Speaking of Frankie, we made these adorable Frankenstein's from Mrs. Cupcake!  Love them!
Miss Kindergarten shared these ghosts on Insta so I had to make them too :)  So cute!

I asked my kids to bring in some pumpkins so three kids brought some in.  We explored pumpkins and counted the seeds on Halloween.

After counting the seeds, they each got some seeds from each pumpkin to plant at home.  They decorated their little bags with some Jack-o-Lanterns.
My class went nuts for pumpkins.  This boy even wrote about living in one during writer's workshop!
That reminded me of this craftivity I saw last year.  Link to my freebie for this pumpkin HERE.
On the first of November I put this little turkey on our door.  The idea for it was found HERE

Our Donors Choose grants came through.  One of the grants was for paper.  We were starting to run low!
We have now started our Mo Willems study and the kids are all about Pigeon right now.  Pigeon is great for teaching quotation marks!  These little pigeons were created completely by the kids. I just gave them some construction paper and let them at it!  I have the only windows that are visible by the entire school, so my kids love having their work displayed there where everyone can see it.
On the personal side, I graduated from grad school and I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest and most satisfying days of my life!  Much more fun and exciting than when I graduated from college. Go Lopes!!! (Grand Canyon University)
My mother-in-law knew that I wanted a Yonanas machine and she gave me one as my graduation present.  Ummm...best gift ever!  I made this Yonanas that day.  Delicious!!  Incase you don't' know what a Yonanas is, it's a machine that makes soft serve from bananas and fruit.  Totally healthy! 
Also, I found these pillows at Hobby Lobby and I'm in love with them!  I had been searching for some pillows for our bed and these were absolutely perfect, especially with the Disney font :)

Long post, but I had to share!  

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Pumpkin Kids

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I'm dropping by real quick to bring you a fun freebie.  So a year ago I pinned some pumpkins that I fell in love with.  I didn't have time for them last year, so I went looking for the materials for it this year.  Well, turns out a copy of the pumpkins isn't provided in the link, but they include a link to some coloring pages that can be used in place of the original pumpkins.  Well, when I see something I like to do the real thing.  So I searched and searched for a pumpkin that would work for this activity and no luck!  So I ended up making a pumpkin for this activity and I'm offering it up right here :)  Just download below and it's all yours to use.


They turned out so cute!  I hung them up on my line and they look absolutely adorable!

To make the pumpkins:
1. Print on white construction paper.
2. Have the kids color the pumpkins with crayons.
3. Have the kids cover the pumpkin with torn construction paper. 
4. Take pictures of the kids measuring 4X6.
5. Have the students cut out their pictures and glue them inside the pumpkins.

This idea was found on: http://gardenofpraise.com/bul89.htm
P.S. this website is full of free and cute ideas!
Enjoy!

To download, click on the picture below and it will take you to a google doc.
Just a note:  The original got a tiny bit smudged when some students touched it, but it still copies fine :)



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