Saturday, February 23, 2013

Let's Go Shopping!

Hi All!

Sorry for the hiatus... I'll get to that later.

But first Shopping! I L.O.V.E. to shop and all my kiddos know it! So, what better way to culminate our double digit addition (without regrouping) unit than with a little shopping!

Over that past few weeks I have been collecting empty food containers and boxes. I wish I had taken a picture of the giant pile of clean, I repeat it was clean, trash sitting in the corner of my room. And about half way through collecting it took everything I had not to cancel the activity because I couldn't take the trash any more!! But I pushed on and it was well worth it!

After three weeks of working on double digit addition (our math program spirals, so each unit takes longer than a normal text book) I set up our classroom store with all of the "goodies" the kids brought in.

All of that was sitting the the corner of my room!! Bananas!! LOL

 After I set up the store I tagged each item with a small round sticker that had the price. Most things needed to be less than 44 cents so the kids wouldn't need to regroup, but I stuck a couple of sevens and fives in anyway!

Each table of items had a generic label so the kids could fill out the receipt. I matched the colored price tag dots to the colors above.

Because I have 21 kids, I had 7 cashiers/check-stands, 7 customers, and 7 courtesy clerks. This way there were 7 groups of three and they could all easily switch jobs when the time came. But you could do what ever works for you. 

 The cashiers' desks were along the front of the room. The clerks stood nearby to return the merchandise and the shoppers made their rounds. They could buy only two things at a time, but it could be any two things they wanted! I had one kiddo who wanted desperately to make a meal out of his goodies (chicken and pasta) and was so upset when someone purchased the chicken before he could! lol

After the kids found their two items they checked out at their cashier. Since the cashiers hold onto the receipt it was important that they went back to the same cashier every time!

 The cashier wrote down the generic label (dairy or snacks...), the price and did the addition. Then to practice counting coins the customer counted out their money and gave it to the cashier.

The cashier double checked the amount and then yelled "CHECK" aloud so I could run by and make the double check on all of the math! Then the clerk return the food to the store.

 Most kids got to shop three or four times before we switched jobs. Each student got to do each job and we were done in a half hour!

It was a ton of fun and a great way to end the unit! My kiddos LOVED it. 

If you are thinking about doing a store in your room HERE is the receipt that we used. Run it back to back and give each kiddo a half-sheet!

And a little non-school fun... I spent my long weekend on a trip to Walt Disney Words Resort...

I had to take a few extra days off, but my husband and I had a blast... and boy was it nice to get away!

I'll be back soon with a new lap book! See you then!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Marshmallows and Valentines! (freebies!!)

So MIA much...

I know, I know... life is BUSY! Plus I have been sick with something for the past week and now my kiddos are passing some other strain of ickyness around class; I've had 6... yes 6! out every day for the last week and a half! Fingers crossed I don't get their bug!

In any case, we have been trying to make it work. And last week we worked on our expository writing by investigating marshmallows. My kiddos LOVE marshmallows. I swear they eat them by the handfuls when no one is looking, lol!

We started with a Marshmallow investigation. I love doing these.. we do them with pumpkins, apples, and soon we will do it with popcorn! Sorry about the phone pics...

The kiddos filled out their own version of the chart...

The whole goal of this week was to work through the stages of writing: pre-write to final draft. We tackled a part each day after our initial investigation. Here are the sheets we used to get us through the week :) Click on any of the images below to get the docs!

It really was a ton of fun.. I wish I had gotten a pic of them savoring every bite of their one marshmallow! It was hilarious!

Okay onto Valentine's Day... My kids have been buzzing about Valentine's Day since February 1st, so I am happy it is finally upon us!

I decided to go with a movie and snack this year and forgo the party... but we still have some fun Valentines activities planned :) Here is a center we plan to do:

A long E word sort-

We will be filling in the rest of the centers with activities from my The Day It Rained Hearts pack on TPT!

Have a great Sunday!