A little of this, and a little of that :)

It is more than nasty outside in the Dallas area right now!  It went from in the 70s this morning to being 47 degrees.  And that my friends, is not okay with me!  With that being said, we did somehow manage to get a little learning done today, regardless of the weather!

We finished reading "The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo," and made this little writing craftivity.  My students wrote a summary of the book after they made their kangaroos.

We wrote sentences about the main character, Freddy Dissel, and added them to this chart.  I'm totally not in love with how I drew his face, but my sweet babies still think I'm an artist, so I'll just have to live with it, ha!

Yesterday, after reading Chapter 3, we made "Freddy's Filmstrip" to sequence the events from the chapter.

You can find all of my Green Kangaroo ideas on TPT {HERE}!

In Computer Lab, we did a little integration of technology and a math lesson.
Since we have been studying shapes, we used Power Point to sort Polygons/Not Polygons.  First, we typed the definition of polygons, then we learned how to draw shapes, fill them up with color, and change out our backgrounds!

Then, for a little afternoon fun, we wrote a silly story together.  We used story starters from this:
Here's what we chose:  Setting- in an airport, Character- caterpillar, Plot- gets a medal

So, as a class, we wrote a story about a caterpillar named Weirdo who lives in an airport, got sucked up into a vacuum, thrown into a trashcan, had to eat his way through french fries to get to a shiny medal, made a cocoon while holding the medal, and came out a golden butterfly.

I mean, if that isn't an award-winning story, I just don't know what is!  After we wrote the story as a class, I had the kids make illustrations for it in their journals.

I rewrote the story and added some illustrations after school so that it can be on display tomorrow!  I am just sure that the kids will be in LOVE with seeing their story hanging up in the room!

Only 1 more day before Spring Break for me!  When is your Spring Break?  I'm anxiously awaiting ours, but know that I'll be super jealous when my other bloggy friends are on their break in a few weeks!  Hope you have a fast Friday and a wonderful weekend!


Courtney Bartlett said...

We have one more week before Spring break and it can't get here soon enough! Enjoy your last day before the break. I love your green kangaroos. Too cute!

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FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Super cute! Yay Spring Break!

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Buggy In Kindergarten said...

What a cute story! Love it!

diditeach said...

I love your charts, you are an artiste !! Our break starts tomorrow ,yes !, and we are hopping in our car right after school to head to sunny Florida for a week(we always drive, hubby won't fly). Hope it warms up in Texas :)Enjoy your break !

Lori said...

Those green kangaroos are too cute! Love the activities that went with that story!
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A MilShelb Mom said...

Very cute ideas!
Our Spring Break isn't until April 9th. Yuck!

Ms. Rachel said...

Its in the 30's in MI, I'd take 47 :)

My spring break is not until the 23rd! I'll be super jealous of you all next week!

I dont know if you saw my most recent chart, but your drawings ROCK compared to mine! My kiddos were giggling the whole time I was trying to draw!


Sandy said...

Love everything you do! :-) Happy Spring Break!!! Mine is not until the first week of April!!! Enjoy!

Amy said...

I think you are a beautiful artist too! I absolutely love the story "Weirdo, the Caterpillar".

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Doodle Bugs Paper said...

Our spring break starts tomorrow at 10:00.. I am SO SO SO ready! I am not too excited to have to go for 2 hours in the morning but its better than all day :o)

The one in the middle is the green kangaroo is one of my fav books. I love the kangaroos y'all made!

And the caterpillar story is precious!!

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Mrs. S. said...

Our Spring Break is April 2. Boo! I just hope it's warm and I can sit and doze in the sun. ;) I like your Weirdo, the Caterpillar story. :) I think I'll challenge my students to write a story together...


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Hadar said...

Mine starts April 9th!! Please pray for me...lol

Tania Knapp said...

Two more weeks for my break. Three weeks off!!!!

Heather Perkins said...

Love your blog! Check out my new 2nd grade blog if you get a chance!

Chrissy/Adventures in Second Grade said...

Thanks for sharing! Too cute with the green kangaroo! Do you read this together as a class or in individual reading groups?

Our Spring Break starts April 9, but we scheduled our field trip for the 6th, so it'll be nice to have the kids "active" that last day! :)

Lory said...

I love you green kangaroos ;) We are grateful for 60 degrees here is Utah... come on spring!!!
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Run Teacher, Run! said...

Love your story! So fun! We had a tornado warning last Friday and then snow on Tuesday, so it's crazy here in Indiana too! Spring Break isn't for 3 weeks for us! JEALOUS of you!

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Susie Q said...

You have The Best ideas. You inspire me continually. Our Spring Break isn't until April 9th -- Ugh!! Thanks for all you do. How's the adoption stuff coming along. Congrats on that!!

Mrs. Cupcake said...

Enjoy your Spring Break!! Mine is the week after Easter :)
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Laura said...

Beautiful writing and creativity.. I love artistic things :)


luckeyfrog said...

It's our Spring Break now too! I'm actually headed down to Dallas for Monday and Tuesday to hang out while my husband has an interview. Enjoy your break!

Courtney said...

Hi Amy!

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and resources!! You inspire me every day to be a better teacher and I thank you so much for that! I know how much you're loved by so many bloggers out there but I nominated you for one of my top 10 bloggers that I love to follow. If you have the chance please stop by to check it out!

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Courtney Long said...

I have given you an award. Come by my blog and check it out! :)


Run Teacher, Run! said...

I love your new blog design! It is SOOOOO cute!!

Mary Beth
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Hadar said...

Your new blog design is adorable!!

Deana said...

Love the new layout and LOVE Project 3 designs! McKenna also did my blog too, she's great! Also, congratulations on the baby on the way! So exciting for you and the Mr.!

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Anonymous said...

I really like the new blog design. I wanted to say thank you so much for all of the wonderful ideas that you share. As a first year teacher, it is wonderful to have such great resources from such an inspirational teacher.