HOORAY HOORAY it's spring break!! I cannot believe that I made it :) This week was soooooo long. I'm not sure if it was because everyone knew the break was almost here, but my kids were literally bananas. I have such a rowdy crew this year. Love them dearly, but holy crow. I'm totally ready for a little me time!
I'm going to start this off by linking up with the amazing Brigid from Brigid's Daily Lesson Log for her Spring Break Bucket List Linky!
Who doesn't love a good list?! I make a new list for just about everything every ten minutes. No joke. I have a "Today" list, a "This Week" list, a "School" list, a "TPT" list, a "Blog" list, etc. Am I really making a list of my lists right now? This could go on and on and on. I love that this list is all about the fun things that I want to do!
1. Sleep - literally as much as humanly possible.
2. Read - for fun, not for school! I have so many books on my kindle that I want to read
3. Create - things for TPT, things for my classroom, things for the end of the year, etc.
4. Nails - toes and hands! Mani pedi anyone?!
5. Watch - I have got to catch up on my DVR list, I'm at like 20% free!
6. Clean - my house, my car, my life! It's time to get organized my friends
7. Relax - I'm thinking 2 things: sun and margaritas! The one good think about Florida :)
Here are 2 random funnies from this week. On Tuesday one of my sweeties came waltzing in with a shoebox lid in his hands. He places it on my desk and heads off to his seat. I called him over a minute later and said, "Honey, why did you leave this on my desk?" to which he responds, "It's for the school, to get 25 cents!" I was still totally drawing a blank. If you have caught on already, I'm impressed by your sleuthing skills. So finally, I told him I didn't understand and he said, "You know Ms. Bosland, it's a box top!" HA! What a little cutie pie! I didn't have the heart to tell him that it wasn't the right kind of box top so I just said thank you and took it. Sigh. I hope I don't have the troops bringing in tons of actual box tops now.
In other ridiculous news, I was reading with my kids and one of them read this amazing piece of literature to me:
I'm not going to make any comments about this book. I'm just not. Because there's not really anything I can say that is appropriate. Good grief.
Because it is spring break this week and we will miss celebrating Easter closer to the actual holiday, we decided to do our activities this week! We focused on Oviparous Animals (animals that hatch from eggs) all week long.
To introduce our topic earlier this week, I printed pictures of animals that are and are not oviparous. I folded them up and put them inside little easter eggs! I had the kids come up one at a time to open the eggs and identify the animal. Then the kids had to sort that animal on the chart under either "oviparous" or "not oviparous". They had such a blast with this!
All of the pieces for the chart can be found for FREE in my TPT store! Click HERE to check it out!
The littles had a student version of the sort to work on as we did the whole group sort together!
We also read one of my favorites, "An Extraordinary Egg" by Leo Lionni! It is about 3 little frogs who find an egg hidden amongst some rocks. They think it will hatch a chicken, but it turns out to be an alligator, that they still call a chicken. Hehehe. SO cute. The kids think it is just hilarious.
The next day we started by reading "What's Hatchin Chick?" by Christie Beriener from First Grade Fever!. I found this adorable story in Christie's Chicken Unit. It can be found HERE. This is always a winner with the littles. They love guessing which animal is hiding in each egg.
After reading the story, we created a class book of our own called "Little Egg, Little Egg, What Do You See?" I got this totally awesome freebie from the always wonderful Deedee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten. Click HERE to grab a copy of this class book for yourself! My kids had so much fun with this and did really well! I was super impressed with my little artists.
The next day we completed an oviparous animal prediction chart! I found this terrific activity in Katie Mense's "Are these animals oviparous?" center pack. I mixed it up a little bit though and modified it for the smartboard! I created a document that had a picture of each animal on a smartboard slide with the next slide telling whether it is oviparous or not. The kids took out both a green and a red crayon.
I started by showing the first slide, which was a frog (that corresponded to Katie's prediction sheet). Under the prediction column, the littles colored either a green dot for YES, a frog is oviparous or a red dot for NO, a frog is not oviparous. Then we would go to the next slide. That slide told us whether the frog was oviparous. The kids then colored in the correct color under the results column. They totally loved this one! They were cheering and screaming each time they got one right. HA!
I have more fun to share with you tomorrow, but I will try to keep this post less than 400 pages long ha! I have a tendency to cram way too much into my posts.
Don't forget to join the fun and hop along in the Hippity Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Mrs. Leeby! I am loving being a part of it, sooo many goodies and what an amazing giveaway!!