As all teachers know, the key to classroom success is fostering relationships with both parents and kiddos. With this said, one of the best ways to do this is via special events. Well, my biggest pleaser all year is the Columbus Day Boat-Building Extravaganza. The Friday before our Fall Break, I invite the parents in to help us transform appliance boxes into the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. It is truly the most magical day and I would urge you to try it out.
All you have to do is send out a letter asking for material donations (fabric, tape, TP rolls, string, tin foil, etc.), beg your local appliance dealer to save you some big boxes, and make some serious space in your classroom . . . then you are ready to roll. I have attached my letter below as well as a few pictures of past classes in action.
|CLICK HERE to take a closer look at my letter from this year.|
|Look at that little cutie looking through the porthole . . . snicker . . . snicker!|
Yes, your room will get trashed. Yes, it gets super loud. Yes, the kids kinda make it more pirate than Columbus. But, who cares??!! They LOVE every single minute of it and so do the parents. Case-n-point . . . I had a dad already ask me when we were doing it this year (he is so excited that he has another one of his kiddos in my class).
If you have any specific questions about the Columbus Boat-Building Extravaganza, do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, on to my pride and joy at the moment. For some reason this little packet took me nearly two weeks to complete. I guess I was just overly picky about the concepts that I hit up this round. So without further ado . . .
My kids have been doing so well with the GMW Reading/Language review that I have been dishin' their way that I decided I wanted to hit 'em with some math too. On that note, I compiled a collection of morning worksheets that target all sorts of beginning of the year common core standards in the mathematics department. I plan on providing my crew with both the reading and the math sheets come Monday. I believe that my sweeties will definitely rise to the occasion and complete both before we begin groups each morning!
Here is a little peek at what these sheets are all about. I have placed three up for FREE download today. This way you can try 'em out before you click on over to snag the complete set.
CLICK HERE to snag these "tester" pages!
This baby reviews all of those essential beginning of the year math concepts. We're talking number words, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, days of the week, patterning, addition, ten frames, subtraction, story problems, graphing, and more. It's 25 jam-packed pages that really could prove to be just what the "teacher" ordered . . . bwahahahahahaha!!
For more info on my Good Morning Work (October) Math Pack, click here. Oh, and don't forget that my Good Morning Work - Reading/Language Skills sets are also up for grabby-grabs store too.
Thanks oh-so much for taking the time to visit me today. I will see you soon with more Columbus fun and and deets on my 1K Follower Giveaway! Oh and one seriously awesome parting thought for you . . . move over NFL night game and bring on the DEXTER!