Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to School Sale!

It's that time again!  TPT is throwing another site-wide sale!  Everything in my store is 20% off and TPT will throw in an extra 10% discount if you use the code BTS14 at checkout.  Check out some of my products that are perfect for the beginning of the year.  Click on any of the images to view the item in my store!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sweet Summertime!

Well summer has finally arrived!  Sort of anyway.  I will be in lots of trainings this summer as I prepare to leave the classroom and take on the role of Instructional Coach for K-5 math and science on my campus.  I am so excited to start this new chapter of my career and look forward to all the rewards and challenges that this new job will bring!  I am leaving my blog name in tact for now...but you may be seeing a change in the future.  I am still deciding if and what to change it to should I decide to do so.  I will say though that I am looking to expand my products beyond the primary classroom!  Between a new baby, a new job and starting grad school...there hasn't been much creating going on in this household lately.  Well I take that back...there has been lots of starting, just not a lot of finishing!  But I did manage to knock out this mega unit I've been working on for what feels like forever!  Check out this ultimate packet for CVC practice by clicking the image below!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

TPT is throwing another site wide sale in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week!  Today and tomorrow my store will be discounted 20% and if you use the code TPTXO at checkout you can save up to 28%!

Click the image above to check out my store!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Sweet Princess

You'll have to excuse my absence from blogging the last month or so but I think I have a pretty good reason!

Our pretty little princess decided to make her entrance into this world a week earlier than expected.  Kinley Elizabeth Dawson was born at 12:18 p.m. on Friday, April 11th.  I can even begin to express how grateful I am for this little blessing God has given us.  I am so thankful that He chose us to be her parents.  Our family is complete and our hearts are full.

I do plan to return to the blogging and TPT world soon! Just not too soon!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Howdy Partner!!

We are coming up on our Texas Independence Day celebration this week.  The holiday falls on Sunday this year but we will be spending this entire week learning and celebrating Texas history.  If you're from the great state of Texas and looking for some activities then check out my Texas Our Texas packet in my TPT store!  Here is a look back at some of the activities we did last year.

We learned about Stephen F. Austin and his contributions to our state.  The kids then completed this writing activity where they wrote about important facts.

We learned about many of the state symbols of Texas.  The students then completed their own state symbols book.

We did lots of writing activities throughout the week.  Here we read Armadillo Rodeo and they wrote about what they would do if they were in a rodeo.

We read the Armadillo from Amarillo.  The kids made their own Armadillos and wrote about places in Texas they would like to visit.

We read The Legend of the Bluebonnet.  The kids then got to make their own bluebonnets using finger paint.  They used their pointer finger to create the stem. They then used thumbprints to make the petals of the bluebonnet.

We studied the Texas Flag and discussed the colors and their meaning.  We even compared the Texas Flag to the United States Flag. The kids then got to make their own torn paper flag.

After reading The Jalapeno Man, the kids made a list of their favorite spicy/hot foods. 

Our littles have their Texas program on Tuesday and then we are having our annual Kindergarten Rodeo on Friday!  Hopefully this year I'll make it out there with my camera to snap some pictures!  If you're interested in any of the activities you see here then click on the image below to check out the unit in my store!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TPT Sale!!

TPT is throwing a 3 Million Teachers Strong Sale today and tomorrow!  Load up your cart and save 20% off every item in my store!  Don't forget to use the promo code TPT3 for extra savings!!  Click on the image below to head straight to my shop!

Happy Shopping!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha!

We just wrapped up our dental health unit this week and boy did we have fun!  We talked a lot about the importance of brushing and taking care of our teeth and even had a visit from a dental hygienist!

The first day we read several books about brushing our teeth and the importance of going to the dentist.  The kids then got to practice "brushing their teeth" with a toothbrush and white paint.


At the end of first day we prepped our experiment for Day 2.  I showed the kids a set of hard-boiled eggs and told them to pretend that the eggs were their teeth.  We placed them in a couple jars and filled the jars with soda.  I asked to the kids to predict what they thought would happen to their "teeth" if we let them sit in the soda all night.  

The next day we took out the eggs to see that the soda had stained them brown.  We discussed the importance of limiting the amount of soda, tea, coffee we drink so this doesn't happen to our actual teeth!  I then gave each table an egg and a set of of toothbrushes.  

They got a chance to brush their egg with toothpaste to remove the stains.

At the end they were able to see that brushing their "teeth" removed the stains caused by the soda.

Our Day 3 experiment was called "Plaque Attack."  The purpose was for the students to understand what could happen to their teeth if they did not brush them regularly and allowed plaque to build up.  We placed two raw eggs in a jar of vinegar and let it sit overnight.

The kids made a prediction about what they thought would happen to the "teeth" and recorded it on their recording sheet.  The next day we took out the eggs and observed the changes.

The students were able to see that the outer shell of the egg had been "eaten" away by the vinegar.  We talked about how brushing our teeth regularly keeps the plaque from eating away at the layers of their teeth.  We them completed their recording sheet by drawing a picture of their conclusion and writing a sentence to summarize the experiment.

The following day we talked about how healthy eating and drinking habits helps take care of our teeth.  The students then got to sort healthy vs. non-healthy foods and sort them onto either the healthy tooth or the cavity tooth.

If you are interested in any of these experiments or activities, they are available in my Keep On Brushin' packet.  Click on the image below to see the unit in my TPT store!

Happy Sunday!