January 16, 2013


My poor walls have been SO bare since Christmas and the kids have been working like crazy to help get 'em packed with quality work.  It's finally startin' to look like were in business again . . . and I couldn't be more proud of their work :)  Yup.  It's one of "those" years!  

Parts of speech snowmen have taken over the our biggest bulletin board.  They did such a good job on these and I wanted to showcase their creativity for sure! The best part is that this winter-flavored art ditty has a standard attached . . . it's a win-win!

To learn more about Parts of Speech Snowmen, click here!

My good buddy Susan Moran over at Thank God It's First Grade (TGIF) has kept our writing rolling with her Writing Through The Seasons (Winter) Packet.  This ditty about building a snowman makes me smile and it looks great up on the wall.  Thanks for making me look good again, Suz!

We completed a little Cause and Effect creative ditty to help us take the concept a step further.  The kids definitely giggled their way through this one and I loved the stuff that they came up with . . . so cute!  

To learn more about this cause and effect lesson, click here!

My teaching bestie came across this amazing Snowmen @ Night Idea over at First Grade Parade last year, and I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to run with it again.  Our big 7th Grade Buddies came up the hill last Friday and they helped us make these.  The kiddies were more than happy to complete a follow up write later that afternoon!  Thank you Ms. Carroll :)

During that final day before Christmas Break I had the kiddlets make these sweet antonym mittens so that they would have something new to greet them as they walked up to class that very first day back!  I always delight in watching my babes' eyes light up as they point out their "masterpieces!"

To learn more about this Antonym Mitten project, click here.

If you have made it this far through my silly little post, you probably can tell I am ALL about spotlighting student work.  Our classroom Super Star Board is already packed with papers this week that are extra special (and I am a day behind in getting another pile of these layered on here).  Interested in how this board works in our room??  A child who "go the extra mile" on a paper (i.e. colors, uses their best handwriting, does more than is asked, or meets/rises above their "personal best") gets three or more stars on their paper.  These papers are then hung on the Super Star Board for the remainder of the week.  The kids get a kick out of watching it get thicker and thicker as the days go by.  

This board in an out of the way corner in our room as it gets a little messy.
However, this board is a GEM and I wouldn't ever start a year without one!

Okay, SO I am really slacking in the math craftivity department!  This poor little yellow board looks so lonely compared to the others.  If you have any brilliant ideas, please let me know.  I have a winter subtraction story problem write in the works, but it keeps getting bumped.  

Alright I am off to try and get the creative juices flowing.  I have a bunch of ideas runnin' though my head, but I can't seem to get them out!  I'll see you soon . . . here's to a great rest of your week!


  1. I have a great idea for your math wall! Have you seen Reagan's math quilts? Those things are adorable and packed with tons of math concepts! I love your Super Star board, too. My maternity leave sub a couple of years ago did one, and I loved it, but when that year was over, I never did one again. I need I need to get on it!
    Teaching With Style

    1. Oooooooohhhhh . . . great call!!! Thanks Nicole!

  2. Your room looks great! My walls are still rockin' our Santa's Stuck craftivity...ha!

    Teachery Tidbits

    1. Thanks Natalie!!! Santa's Stuck is always a kid favorite . . . I'm sure they don't mind a bit :)

  3. LOVE it all! Hey! I just posted a math craftivity on my blog that we did last week with penguins and fact families! Not sure if they'd fit in that space, but they turned out mighty cute in my room! http://rulintheroost.blogspot.com/2013/01/penguin-fact-families.html

    Rulin' The Roost

    1. We are rollin' into penguins next week . . . great timing! I am going to pop on over and check it out!! Thanks Angie :)

  4. These are not only adorable, but filled with QUALITY work! Lookin' good, Dolling!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

    1. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO . . . thanks Miss Organized :) We're trying to get 'em ready to be über-awesome second graders!!!

  5. Your room looks DARLING!! I love all of it. Those snowmen at night are the cutest. I also love the antonym mittens.
    The Hive

    1. Thanks Rikki! They had a ball with Cara's activity . . . all smiles the WHOLE time :)

  6. Wow! Some of your kids are pretty stellar little artists!

    1. I knew they were pretty good at drawing and such, but after reading this I went back and looked at all the photos You are right . . . I do have some killer artists. Thanks for helping me take a moment to notice the "little things."

  7. Your kids' writing is AMAZING! They must have one fantastic teacher ;) Thanks for the shout-out love!


    1. Uh . . . **blush** . . . well, I think it comes from having the right tools!!!! Thanks for the great packet. My kids have loved all of them so far (and so have I).

  8. You've been a busy girl. Looks fabulous! Love the hair on the snowmen and the wire is my fav! Such a great twist on the standard bulletin board.
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  9. You have been SO busy and my-oh-my how many bulletin boards you have, Kelley! Love it :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  10. Your room looks great! My walls are still rockin' our Santa's Stuck craftivity...ha!
    Web Design Portland

  11. I really like your writing wall the monsters are so cool! I also like the idea of the 'sky wire' I think they make your classroom look really creative. As a trainee teacher you have inspired me with some ideas to take into my first classroom.

    I hope you can hop along to my blog,
    all the best.

    Ben :)



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