Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reindeer Art and Santa Letters

Reindeer Art 

We wrote Letters to Santa before we left for Christmas Break.....

They were really cute how they asked lots of questions about the reindeer, what kind of cookies Santa likes you to leave, and stuff about Mrs. Claus. 
These 3D reindeer had the cutest little, red noses and long, black eyelashes!

They also thanked Santa for things he brought them last SWEET! 

I remember wanting an EASY BAKE OVEN for Christmas! Some things never change do they? lol

 Here's 3 of my cute little Grandkids visiting Santa on his lap at the Lindon Polar Express one night last week. It was so cold, but a lot of fun too. Check out my blogpost HERE from last year.

Here I am waiting to board the Polar Express.....I think it was 18 degrees outside. Jeez it was COLD! 
Here we are all watching the movie Polar Express before riding the train. It's a fun thing to do in the Lindon community. My brother-in-law is one of the train conductors and gets us an appointment to ride. He's a lot of fun too. 
My hubs is in the back and my daughter is in the front of the train with her 3 kiddos. I'm snapping the picture. It was fun going to see Santa on the Polar Express! 
And here is a cute little letter my first grade granddaughter wrote to Santa and left under the tree. It was cute how she had a red and green pattern going....notice the corrections she made and let Santa know what color those pattern letters really should be....
Rudolf and all the writing made a cute bulletin board for December in the hallways!
I hope everybody got what they really wanted this Christmas.....I know I did..... I had company, a few parties to go to, lots of chocolate for me to eat, and watched Christmas Vacation and It's a Wonderful Life. I still have to watch ELF!! 
 And I ALWAYS take a picture of all of my shopping, wrapping and finished work right before everybody rips into it and all that effort is but a memory. lol.  I should have taken the "after" picture, which isn't quite as pretty. haha...
I love this time of year. I think this was my favorite moment of it all. Grandkiddos are the bomb! So are grandkids in tutus. mmmhmmm.... Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly....Food Pyramid and Nutrition Activities

 This past week we've been learning about the 5 food groups, the food pyramid, healthy choices for exercise, food, and washing our hands so we don't get germs or sicknesses spreading around the classroom. Here are a few fun activities we did! 
First we read the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly....after which we made our own!
I put the story at the listening post this week with the felt lady and animals activity and it has been super popular! Go figure. I used this store purchased felt lady to design our paper reproductions.
I drew this Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly freehand! Woot! The animals are below along with the rhyming text.

The kids had fun reading the story text along with dropping the corresponding animal down the lady's mouth.

I had a parent helper cut out the "tummy" and put a piece of  old overhead projector acetate behind it and tape it up. Then the kids colored them and we backed them with colored paper, leaving a little place from her hand down to her hemline open to retrieve the "animals". They colored animals that went along with the story. 
I also typed up the words to go along with all the animals in The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly....

These have been very engaging for the students. They really loved doing this activity to go along with our Healthy Lifestyles unit. 
 I am going to have the kids write their own "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a ______" innovations. I have typed up a story frame. We will work on it for a few days and I can't wait to see what creative things the kids come up with!
Everybody's Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly looked a little different. 

 Then we did a fun activity putting different foods in the "Old Lady Who Swallowed Stuff's" belly. I had each table of kids discuss what should go in the trash and what she should eat to make her healthier. We talked about things that we should eat sparingly like cookies, french fries and candy. 
We have read all of these innovations on the original "There Was an Old Lady" books. Some of them were really funny. iThere was an old lady who swallowed a fly

This Activity was really cute for a CENTER GAME. Use a MRS. BUTTERWORTH'S empty syrup bottle to "feed" the old lady words using beads and pipe cleaners.  I saw a cute picture of it on Pinterest. It's from
Some of my collection of "There Was an _______ Lady who Swallowed _______" books. 
Check out another book title THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED SOME CLOVER and activities to go with it HERE. She makes the old lady to "feed" by placing this picture in front of an empty tissue box.
 We could have been saving tissue boxes all year. This would be cute to do in March to go along with St. Patrick's Day! Another one I found is HERE at kidzclub. It is free and printable. Click here then go to black and white. Don't click on the picture. Another activity I had for a fast finisher is this wordsearch HERE from Buildingstrongchildren. The book text you can use to sing along is HERE at Just click on the old lady page links. Cute pictures too! A MATH roll and cover "Old Lady" is HERE at TPT.

Then we watched this Youtube on Healthy foods and we listened to a 5 a Day song tape from DOLE while we worked on coloring and cutting out our Little Old Ladies. HERE  are a bunch of printables for kids on Healthy Eating topics.
We read this reader's theater on Mr. Energy and how he keeps his body in good shape by eating right. We didn't have time to do the puppets. 
Here is a list of book to read kids to help them understand the good things we can eat to make us healthy and fit. Check them out HERE at
 We read this scholastic news, watched the Magic School Bus video to go along with it. Then we used my two classroom stethoscopes and listened to our own hearts beating after we came back from P.E. on Thursday. Some of the kids listened to their neighbor's hearts. They were amazed!
Stethoscopes for listening to our healthy hearts and pedometers to count our steps at recess. We talked about how important exercise is and how eating lots of fatty, fried foods can line your arteries with yucky goop called cholesterol that can block your blood's flow from your heart and cause heart attacks.  Everybody had a relative who had heart issues.  They were very interested in heart health! Amazing! 
Well our Government is going from the food pyramid to the "food plate" thinking it will be easier for kids to understand. Maybe it is. Check it out above. A fun online interactive game we will play in computer lab is HERE.
We colored this "food Groups" worksheet and stapled it and the foolish old lady on the back of their Little Old Lady health projects so they could read them to brothers and sisters at home and replay and act out the story. 
This was a very funny poem about a lady who overeats on junk food that the kids LOVED! And we also read the riddles and they figured out what food groups were the answers. 
A fun center that the kids loved was my felt food pyramid with felt pieces to place in the right places. Then they each made their own pyramid for their desk as a fast finisher this week.
The Food Pyramid Flannel Board activity center......
Good nutrition Worksheet we did this week. 
We also used the vocabulary words Nutrition and Healthy this week as part of our 10 vocabulary words. Everybody got 100% on the test too! Woo Hoo!
These were really cute made up on the kids' desks....I think I got this from 5 a Day at Dole. Check out Dole's Website HERE. I've gotten lots of free activities from them because I asked. 
We will keep writing our innovations on the book The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and post them next week when we are all done! I can't wait to see the finished stories!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Indians

This week we read a few reader's theaters on the Pilgrims and Squanto and the Indians. Here are a few puppets HERE I found to make to go along with the readings. We also usually do a few Scholastic News' on the subject of the Pilgrims and Mayflower too.
These Social Studies books will show kids of today how much more we should appreciate what we have in our lives and how much easier they have it than the Sarah Morton's of the time of the Pilgrims.

Great Social Studies BOOKS on Pilgrims
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
Samuel Eaton's Day:  A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
Story of the First Thanksgiving, The by Elaine Raphael
Story of Thanksgiving, The by Nancy Skarmeas
First Thanksgiving, The by Linda Hayward
Thanksgiving Is… by Louise Borden (This is a good one for a writing project)
First Thanksgiving, The by Garnet Jackson
If You Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern
Story of the Pilgrims, The
 by Katharine Ross
Thanksgiving Day by  Gail Gibbons

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Make up these finger puppets (BELOW) for the kids to color, cut out, and then sing this tune while they move them around and dance to the music. 

By the way, LOOK what I found at the Dollar Store!  Dancing SOLAR Pilgrims and a Turkey! Super Cute! They are solar powered so they dance to the light of a lamp. The kids loved them. 
Solar Turkeys I found at Dollar Tree....SO I put them on my kiddie table. 
The nearby lamp had them dancing the whole dinner through. We laughed and laughed at them! 
My grandkids loved them too. I'll have to show them to my 2nd graders too! 

Oh Dear Pilgrims (Oh Susannah Tune)
Oh they left their homes in England and prepared to take a trip.
And they climbed aboard the Mayflower and sailed upon that ship.
The year was 1620 on a cold November Day
By the shores of Massachusetts they arrived in Plymouth Bay.

Oh Dear Pilgrims
Did seek to worship free
So you came here to America for Opportunity!

The first year was the hardest, but your neighbors all helped out
They met Native Americans with Squanto as their scout.
They helped the Pilgrims plant their crops, of pumpkins beans and corn.

They all shared in a harvest feast and Thanksgiving Day was born. 

You could also do the Turkey Trot. (Hokey Pokey with different words) 

Turkey Trot(Tune:  Hokey Pokey)
You put your right wing in.
You put your right wing out.
You put your right wing in,
and you shake it all about.
You do the turkey trot
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Additional verses:
Left wing,
Stuffing (Stomach)
Wattle (Head)
Tail Feathers (Bottom)
Turkey Body

A fun choral reading about what kinds of foods they ate on Thanksgiving is HERE at Scripts for Schools. Another activity I did last year was making Indian girls and boys and writing about what their day was like. Check them out. Another puppet idea I found with BOTH pilgrims AND Indian boys and girls was Here at Making Learning Fun. 
Native American children and how they worked and played....we did these last year. This year we ran out of time since we only have a day and a half this week before our Thanksgiving 3 day break. Woo Hoo! 
We decorated them with fringe on the paper and symbols and chevrons and lots of dots and triangles to make them look like Indian pictograms. 

Scholastic has a few good lesson plans for K-2 and a printable compare and contrast HERE. Just scroll down to the bottom for Thanksgiving Then and Thanksgiving Now sheet. We did this just as a whole class brainstorm. Another one to use for individual students is this flip book HERE from Lakeshore Learning. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Activities and Multiplication Turkey Feather Arrays

Well this week is Thanksgiving. I like to have the kids do a cute turkey art project and write about what they are thankful for....usually.

Multiplication Array activities using art turkeys. 

 So as we are just learning the beginnings of multiplication, I decided to use the rainbow turkey feathers (rectangles of colored butcher paper off the rolls) to do multiplication "ARRAYS".
Artistic turkeys and ways to use the feathers for more than just some colorful art! 
Stuffed Turkeys with multiplication "array" feathers.
So I cut out 16 inch strips of 6 colors of the rainbow in butcher paper. We had red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple, pink.  The kids had to draw columns and rows and make a rectangle, like I did on the doc camera. Then they had to count the resulting squares and come up with the 2 factors for their arrays.
The Thanksgiving Cupcakes for a party we hosted at school. I made Scarecrow Cupcakes and Turkey Cupcakes and topped them with some candies and paper toothpick toppers. They were so cute! 
 Turkey and Scarecrow Cupcakes. More TURKEYS! Yay!
These turkey cupcakes were easy to make. They were pretty tasty too for our Teacher Holiday party last Friday. If you want to see more check out my cooking blog called Weekday Chef.

Here were some more turkeys another 2nd grade teacher made for our party. These are cute too with white chocolate chip eyes.
Here are some of my class Making their Multiplication arrays on our turkey's rainbow colored feathers! 
We started with pretty easy arrays, 3 x 3 and 4 x 1.

Then the kids just did their own multiplication arrays  after we did 3 together......some they did were simple, some were more advanced. (Differentiation at work!)
The kiddos got pretty good about coming up with the factors and products on their arrays using our turkey feathers.
 Then after we were done making 6 arrays on rainbow colors, we rolled them into a raindrop shapes with the arrays inside, then glued them to the back of our brown stuffedturkeys and added the things we were thankful for on the top of the feathers.
 Cute Thanksgiving turkeys with "reasons why we are thankful" written on tops and multiplication arrays inside the colorful loops!

Then we glued the feathers onto a stuffed (with newspaper strips)8 inch brown circle of butcher paper which was the turkey body.Then we colored turkeys and glued them onto the brown bodies. They turned out darling! They made such a colorful bulletin board too. And the kids had an easy time gluing on the feathers.
You can barely see the arrays on the insides of the colorful feather "loops". Then on the outside we wrote 1 thing we were thankful for on each feather. 

Then we glued the "stuffed" brown butcher paper circle bodies to these colorful turkeys we did for art and saved them. Here is a particularly artistic one. I loved it! 
Then we wrote some Turkey Acrostic Poems to go with our artistic multiplication turkeys.....
 Then we did an acrostic poem with the topic of Turkey. They had to come up with anything that reminded them of Thanksgiving Day. We had a big brainstorm on the board of all of the ideas the kids had for first words to make up T-U-R-K-E-Y poems.
After we brainstormed beginning words for our Thanksgiving Time Poems....
I was pretty impressed with words like TRADITION, RELATIVES AND EXTENDED FAMILY. Yup! These kiddos are very creative writers!

Turkey Day Acrostic Poems......
Kids are all doing multiplication arrays on the "turkey feather" papers for our Art Turkeys. 
I think they love this little Thanksgiving Turkey Art project. What do you think? 

We turned the arrays to the inside of the loops  and on the outside wrote one thing we were thankful for on each feather. (so original...I know!)

We made little pinecone turkey placecards last year when I had a small class. If you want the tutorial it is HERE. They sure are a cute craft too! This year I didn't get very many pinecones dropping off my tree. Maybe I'll just have to make them with the 3 granddaughters age 3 to 7.

  This is a fun song to sing on TURKEY MAKING DAY!  

Albuquerque, He's My Turkey!    
(Sung to the tune of 'Clementine')

Albuquerque he's my turkey
Oh he's feathered and he's fine
He wobbles and he gobbles
And I'm awfully glad he's mine.

He's the best pet You could ever get.
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque he's my turkey
And I'm awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque he's my turkey
He's so cozy in his bed
Because for Thanksgiving dinner
We had scrambled eggs instead.

I thought later how fun it would have been to "become" the turkey and write a persuasive essay on why you should NOT be eaten for Thanksgiving.  For Read Alouds We read funny books like
And....A Turkey for Thanksgiving. Then we will do the Hokey Pokey (Turkey Pokey) for P.E. How do you think they will like THAT? hehe....

TURKEY TROT (Tune:  Hokey Pokey) Great for P.E. Thanksgiving Week! 
You put your right wing in.
You put your right wing out.
You put your right wing in,
and you shake it all about.
You do the turkey trot
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Additional verses:
Left wing,
Stuffing (Stomach)
Waddle (Head)
Tail Feathers (Bottom)
Turkey Body

MATH.....HERE is a Turkey Roll and Cover Multiplication Game from Fourth and Ten at TPT that's a freebie. Another one that was addition using 2 or 3 dice was Gobble Bump HERE at TPT.   We also played a Turkey Trivia SCOOT game which was HERE. I learned a lot and so did the kiddos! 

Another funny Turkey book that all the kids kind of sing along to is 10 FAT TURKEYS by Tony Johnston. 

"Ten Fat Turkeys are we....we spent all night in a tree....when cook came along, we couldn't be found, and that's all there is you see! I love that silly song.

At PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES 2 weeks ago I had the parents write up a little letter on a turkey feather saying why they are THANKFUL for their little 2nd graders. The kids LOVED reading them and I found them in the hallways looking at them on the way to recess and lunch every day.  Everybody loves a love letter! 

I found some cute Stationery HERE we might use for an activity if we don't run out of time! 
Finished Thanksgiving Bulletin Board....Turkey Acrostic Poems and Thanksgiving Turkey Art.  

MATH A Great game I put out for math stations was this one. It's a Roll and Cover with turkeys and it goes up to 18 so my kids can use 3 dice. You have to Like Faith Wheeler's FB page to get it but she has so many cute things it's a great place HERE. 
We chose our favorite Turkey Day food for our Weekly Graph today. What is YOUR favorite Thanksgiving Food?
The top winner in our class was.....Pumpkin Pie! I bet you are just floored by that!  Well....My favorites on Turkey Day are....wait for it.....


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