Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What is Nonfiction?

Hi, Friends! We hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! We both worked a double shift at work last night so we didn't get into our classrooms at all. We still have so much work to do. This is how we left our rooms on Monday night... scary!

Did we mention we found A LOT of bugs... ewww! 
We also found time to meet with our "old" first grade team! Love them! We plan on continuing our reunions indefinitely!

We also bought an amazing Informational Text packet from Hello Literacy a few weeks ago. The packet has a wealth of information and was one of our best purchases yet! We started organizing the packet for the upcoming school year and we decided to introduce the unit using the anchor chart below.  

To introduce Nonfiction: Informational Text we are going to first brainstorm all of the things we use to get "information".
We made a quick circle map for our student's to use and record in their reading response journals. 

We hope this is helpful when introducing informational text to your students. 
After this brief "activating strategy" we would like our students to research some websites with quality informational text examples. Here are just a few: 

It's time to head back to the mess we currently call our classrooms. Talk to you all very soon! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

McGraw-Hill WONDERS: Vocabulary Unit 2

Quick post today because we are still hunting for bridemaids dresses! Thank goodness Brittany was able to find her wedding gown because finding dresses for the maids has been pretty difficult. Below you will find the link to FREE vocabulary cards for Unit 2 for the Wonders series... 1st grade, obvi! 

These cover unit 2 L.A/Science/S.S

CLICK HERE to download!

Have a Marvelous Monday Everyone!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Never MOVING again!

Happy Friday Everyone! If you're like us... Friday is just another day when it's summertime! L-O-V-E T-H-A-T! We planned on going thrifting early this morning but after a really rough day of moving into our classrooms yesterday it's been a struggle to get going today. We kept joking that we will retire in our new classrooms because moving has been NO FUN! Yesterday we met at school to get our boxes out of the storage portable and move them across the school into our new classrooms. I have already moved quite a few things but we still had a lot more to move. My sweet fiancé offered to come help but Brittany and I thought we could handle it... bad move.

18 total trips!! 
We were lucky enough to hunt down some carts to help with the move but it still took FOREVER!!! We made a bet about how many trips it would take us to get everything to our new rooms. Brittany bet 8 trips (16 trips between the two of us) and I bet 9 (18 between the two of us). I was correct so the first round is on Brittany next time we meet for happy hour! I honestly was hoping she'd be right because we were both drenched in sweat and dreading each round moving.

Our hallway was looking very crowded!
As we have already said many times our classrooms are SO TINY a little bit smaller so we are going to have to downsize. Brittany and I are both hoarders when it comes to our classrooms. It's so hard to let things go. Tear...

Before we could put everything in our classrooms we had to do some major cleaning. I thought I finished this part last week but I was wrong. It was pretty dirty!
Exhibit B: Old rusty horseshoes 
Strangely enough, there was very little left in our rooms. I kid you not, I did not find a single pencil, piece of paper, paper clip------ NOTHING. However I did manage to find a few strange things.
Exhibit A: A floppy disk converter

Even the hoarder in me was able to throw away the random leftovers. Now it's time to bring all of our boxes into our rooms and start sorting through it. As you can see we have a lot of cabinets. However, we do not have closets or pods so whatever doesn't fit in the cabinets will have to go.

The view from my front door. 
My desk! 
You're probably wondering what the lasso is for... I got it two years ago for teaching "Sammy the Summarizer." He's a cute cowboy that teaches students to "lasso" in all of the important details in the story and let go of the rest.
 Made by A Teeny Tiny Teacher
I promise it's not used for any type of discipline purposes! Can't say it hasn't crossed my mind! I kid.
It's time to redo all of my reading files to fit the new series. 
If we don't make it out to thrift today I plan on finishing up filing for our new reading series, Wonders and doing some planning for Brittany's Bridal Shower in September. Thank goodness for pinterest! I have found a bunch of free printables and DIY ideas! Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

TIme to say "YES" to another dress!

Good evening friends! We have been far from frugal the last few days and it's not by choice! We've been doing some BIG things for Brittany's wedding and there is NOTHING frugal about a wedding! We have had a lot of fun spending though!

Bridesmaid dress shopping for Brittany's wedding in Orlando! 
We've been working a lot at the restaurant this summer to help fund our upcoming nuptials. We were so bored at work on Sunday that we actually started playing MASH in Brittany's "Wedding Notes" book. Do you remember that game?? Ha! We made into an "adult version" which included your fortune along with an entire bio to go with it. Can you say, BORED! In Brittany's MASH future she is divorced with seven kids living in a purple shack... she was making $100,000 a year though. It's safe to say she was not a teacher! Oh goodness! Good thing it's just a game! MASH made work way more fun and we had a lot of laughs!
     M- Mansion
        A- Apartment
S- Shack
 H- House 
On Tuesday Morning we met up early and headed to Orlando. We spent the day eating shopping for bridesmaids dresses for Brittany's wedding. We started in Winter Park at The Collection and they quickly let us know that we should have started this process months ago! Who knew that bridesmaids dresses took so long? We thought three months was plenty of time. WRONG! We found some expensive, beautiful dresses and realized that all of these deadlines were making us hungry. It was already time for lunch! We stopped at one of my favorite restaurants Dexters for lunch! We enjoyed a glass of wine and some appetizers!

After lunch we went to Bella Bridesmaids. We had a great time their and the owner was so sweet and helpful! Brittany sat back on the couch and watched Kelly (another bridesmaid) and I try on a bunch of dresses! We didn't find a winner but we were off to a great start! 
Kelly and I (Melissa) trying on some bridesmaid dresses!
After Bella's we stopped at David's Bridal but they didn't have what we were looking for. After leaving David's a little discouraged we decided to throw in the towel and just go grab dinner. While heading across the street to the Millenia Mall we stumbled upon Solutions Bridal

*Fun Fact- Jessica, my friend and sorority sister got her dress at Solutions Bridal! She is also the author of one of our favorite blogs Rambling About Reading! 

We found a beautiful Dessy dress, but unfortunately it could not be ordered in time. We were not having very good luck! When we got to the mall we stopped in the department stores and found a ton of beautiful bridesmaids dresses in all the wrong colors and sizes. FAIL! 

We ended our day on a much brighter note at The Cheesecake Factory! I guess you could say we were "eating our feelings" because even though we were pretty bummed that we weren't going home with dresses it didn't stop us from eating way too many apps and leaving dinner as if the day was a total success!! 

The Cheesecake Factory Happy Hour is AMAZING!! So many apps for only $5!
Have you had their avocado egg rolls.... to die for! 

We eventually decided to just go home and search the web for the perfect dress! We found a bunch of beautiful, affordable dresses online at Hopefully we will be ordering our dresses tonight! *Fingers Crossed*

I can't wait for Brittany and Matt's Wedding. It's only 93 days away and will be here before we know it! They are such a wonderful couple and two of my favorite people in the world!

We are heading into school today to work in our NEW classrooms and unpack all of our boxes! We have tons of work to do and it involves a lot of downsizing because our rooms are much smaller. Thank goodness for Pandora and Sour Patch Kids! It's time to get to school! Strolling in after 11:00 is way better than 6:30!

See ya later!

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Reading Series= New EQ and Vocab!

Happy Friday, Friends!!! This is going to be a super short post because technically I'm already late for work so I should really be going. I just wanted to quickly post the vocabulary words and EQ cards that go with our new series WONDERS McGraw-Hill.. If you are using the same series and happen to teach 1st grade please feel free to download! :)

Unit 1 

 Unit 2

 Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5

Unit 6

I used our county curriculum maps to create vocabulary words for each unit! Below you will find unit 1 vocabulary for Language Arts, Science and Social Studies! Enjoy!

Off to work... have a fabulously frugal day! 

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