Word Wall Linky

April at Wolfelicious and Jen at The Teacher's Cauldron
 are having Word Wall linky parties!
 I love my Word Wall and I love a good linky party!

I have always used the magnetic board for my Word Wall. That is until last year. That's when my Smartboard was put on top of one of my magnetic boards. Hmmm...that leaves a girl with a problem.
I need a board, so...Where do you put the Word Wall??

Here's what I did-
I made use of the door to my closet/cubby room.
It's not nearly as big as my board, but it works for now.
This is terrible picture cropping, but it's the best one I could find.
I'll take one Monday and post an update.
Next year, I really want to update my Word Wall. I love my words.
 They're bordered with the shape configuration.
My letter headings are another story. So...

just finished making new Letters and Pics for the Word Wall. 
They were just uploaded to TpT.

I'm finally happy with the pictures!Who knew how long it would take to find the right pics, either...Whew!
Click on the top pic to see them on TpT!

Happy Weekend!


Today, I'm sharing a few things that work to keep our classroom organized.

1) Pointer Storage
First graders love big books and pointers! 
Sometimes it's not easy to keep those pointers contained, though. 
I found this outdoor vase in the Dollar Spot at, you guessed it, Target.
It was one of the $2.50 items, but one of my best purchases! Love this color, too! I really want to redo my room in cool colors for next year.

Now, if only I could find better big book storage. Any suggestions??

2)Work on Writing 
Finding the right organization for my Writing Table has been an ongoing struggle for me, but I think I've finally found something I like.

Here it is...I use two sets of plastic drawers and put two types of writing in each drawer. Drawers are labeled with paper types and contain folders for different paper, as well.

Getting my students to keep it organized has been another issue.
Here's what I did.
I placed two folders in each drawer. For example, this particular drawer contains Top Ten lists and Vocabulary Cards. There is a labeled folder for Top Ten lists and another labeled folder for vocabulary Cards.

This drawer has Blank Paper and Labeling Mats.

Students are responsible for placing the folders back in the drawers once they have gotten the paper they need. So far, it's working!

This pic shows the top of the drawers. The pails include: spacers, colored pencils, crayons, and two pails for markers-one for warm colors and one for cool colors. We still have a few kiddos who don't pay attention to warm/cool idea, but most keep this area organized.

The Great Escape

Like many of you, we are observing the life cycle of a butterfly right now.
One of our Kindergarten teachers (who just happens to have a child in my class) goes out each year and collects Monarch eggs. YES,  she really does!
Well, we are the proud parents of 12 of those sweet babies. 
Here they are as caterpillars.

Ten in Chrysalis stage-
A little hard to see, but they are there.

And the one that got away...

We came in Monday and found this one hanging from the ceiling.  The little rebel!!
He is now our official classroom pet. We named him Bob!!

I'll have to keep you updated on Bob!

Hope your week is super!


Plants and Seaside
This week, we start our plant unit! The kiddos always love this unit! 
There are so many great resources on TpT for plants! I truly can't decide which items to purchase! Lots of free stuff, too!

If you have ever visited Seaside, FL, you know there's the cutest school right in the middle of town. Last year, I took these pics of the school's garden. 

Love it! Inspiration!!

Weather, The Wizard, and Currently!!

This is what the sky looked like the day we went out to cloud watch!!! Amazing! 
I just pointed my camera up, and 
OH, MY, GOODNESS!! It took my breath away! Beautiful!
 The rest of this post pales in comparison...

Weather Week #1
Our Weather Words chart

The kiddos journaling outside

Working in groups to create Water Cycles

The Wizard of Oz
We are reading The Wizard of Oz during our Weather unit!
 I found these 3 copies of this classic. 
1) The top left one is my personal childhood book and the one I'm 
    using as a read aloud. It has been well loved. 
2) The top right is a picture book and great for all first graders. 
3) The bottom book is a Stepping Stones chapter book. I like it for
    those independent readers, but the language is not as descriptive
   as our read aloud.

 Since the kids are SO into The Wizard of Oz, I created a little Number Game they could play independently. It's played like UNO, but with characters instead of colors. They are LOVING it!! I will definitely make more of these!
I took this pic before all the cards were cut out.
It will be on TpT and TN this week-a little behind...
More Weather later this week, too!

April Currently

Go link up with Farley!!

Kimberley at First in Maine is having a 100 follower giveaway!

Kelly at Kindergarten Kel is also having a 100 follower giveaway!

Jenn at Finally in First is having a 5 Day giveaway!

Amy at The Resourceful Room is having a huge giveaway!

Go check them out!!

For I lift my eyes unto the Lord...Psalm 123

Have an incredible week!