Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weeks 37-38--SOO close! :)

It's crunch time people! We are officially on baby watch. :) I am 10 days away from our due date (October 24th) and ready for this little one to make his/her appearance!

Here's a little update on the last two weeks of pregnancy!

How far along: 38 weeks 4 days
Maternity clothes: 37 week picture I am wearing an "Extra Long Layering Cami from Jane.com (they have them on there all of the time.. perfect for pregnancy but also non pregnancy with leggings!), striped sweater also from Jane.com (not maternity) and Gap SuperSoft Maternity Leggings with scarf from Jane.com. 38 week picture I am wearing a tshirt dress from Motherhood Maternity, with a scarf from Jane.com (can you tell I love that site?!)
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: Well, I woke up 6 times last night to pee… ugh! Back pain and abdominal cramping keep me up a lot of the night, too. I think this is baby's way of transitioning me into those sleepless nights. :)
Best Moment This week: Enjoying a costume party with Mr. Wild Things to celebrate our good friends' little boy! We had so much fun coming up with our costumes (LeBron James and his basketball) and loved every moment of celebrating.
Worst Moment this Week: ^^See sleep section :)
Miss anything? Being able to wear shoes. :( My hands and feet swell so bad that it's oversized flip-flops and moccasins every day for me!
Movement: Baby is moving a ton, still! My stomach usually has quite a bit of "points" sticking out with baby constantly moving arms, legs, elbows, etc.
Food Cravings: Hubs just went out to get a little ice-cream :) That, and pineapple!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Swollen ankles, feet, and hands, back pain, cramping… just plain uncomforted! Trying not to complain too much, but these last few weeks of pregnancy are TOUGH!

Looking forward to: A nice, long, relaxing weekend with the hubs! We have Friday off of school and I plan to do nothing more than relax, have a Harry Potter marathon, and stay OFF my feet :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throw Back Thursday- Our Bat Unit!

We have started our bat unit again this week and are having a blast! Here's a little post from last year so you can see what we are up to:


It has been a batty week in room 219! Not just crazy, but we have been learning all about bats!

So far this year I have noticed that many of my fourthies are reluctant to read nonfiction texts. In order to encourage this, I wanted to start with a less intimidating research project, that I could throw a little fun in, too! This was week 1 of 2 on bats.. Here's a sneak peek at our week:

Our objectives this week were:
-Understanding Nonfiction Text Structure: Focusing on Description, Cause and Effect, and Compare and Contrast
-Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details
-Summarizing Nonfiction Text
-Writing a descriptive research paper on a topic

Here's how we worked it all in!

We started off with a little Writer's Workshop! Students wrote everything they already knew about bats on a graphic organizer I made. We used Writer's Workshop throughout the week to work on our writing! My kiddos LOVE it because I play music as they work. They literally groan when the timer goes off!

Next, I read Stellaluna to the kiddos. It was our Mentor Text this week from the amazing Jivey's Mentor Sentences .

We took notes on descriptive texts, and I used a blank template from Erin Cobb's Reading Informational Text Interactive Notebook! I added a descriptive passage on bats and we took notes of 5 important details.

Each day, we would spend time working on our graphic organizer pre-writing for our descriptive projects. I got this organizer from this freebie on TPT!

During Buddy Reading, I sat with groups and we did this awesome Close Reading Pack from 24/7 Teacher. It is wonderful and really helped my kiddos! I love all of her stuff!

We also did a fun Webquest at Listen to Reading using this website: http://mrsgebauer.com/bats/worksheet.html

I made a worksheet to use for students to record their answers! You can get this and the graphic organizer for bats by clicking here or the picture below!

Throughout the week I also read these awesome books on Bats and students took notes on graphic organizers. We did a Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, and Facts organizer all from Nicole Shelby's Reading Response Sheets for Common Core Standards (LOVE this pack and use it ALL the time!)

My favorite fact...
(Haha! Love the things my kiddos write!)

I was SO proud of how hard my kiddos worked all week to find details and facts. Their rough drafts are already AWESOME! I can't wait to see the final products with their craftivity!

Next week to finish up we will:
-Watch Magic School Bus on bats and record facts
-Eat "bat poop" (cocoa puffs) with a cute little poem during the movie!
-Peer Edit and Revise our Rough Drafts
-Write our Final Copies
-Compare and Contrast different kinds of bats
-Write about problems and how bats solve them
-Make a timeline of a year of a bat's life

I can't wait to continue this fun topic, and I know my students feel the same way!!

Thanks for popping in and listening (reading) :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

36 week bump!

How far along: 36 weeks 5 days
Maternity clothes: Purebody black tee from Gap, maroon maternity skinny pants from Gap
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: Not enough and a little sporadic! Waking up too much because I'm uncomfortable or have to pee… yuck!
Best Moment This week: Knowing that it's baby's birthday month! Can't wait for this little bambino to get here :)
Worst Moment this Week: Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back sleep.. makes for very tired mornings!
Miss anything? My feet not KILLING at the end of every day.
Movement: All of the time! Baby is getting big so this can be a tad uncomfy at times :)
Food Cravings: See the picture for all of my favorites :)
Pregnancy Symptoms: Same as last week---EXTREMELY swollen ankles and feet.. yikes!
Looking forward to: Appointment tomorrow! I love hearing baby's heart beating :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Week 35 Bump Update-1 MONTH away!!

How far along: 35 weeks 6 days
Maternity clothes: The dress I'm wearing in the chalkboard picture is not maternity, just a maxi from Target that I love! Still loving all of the Purebody tees (especially the long sleeve ones) from Gap as this fall weather comes along!
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: Well, today's not a good day to answer this question! I was up from about 3-5am last night due to cramping and just being uncomfortable. I hope it doesn't become a regular thing!
Best Moment This week: Seeing that beautiful carseat in my backseat! Mr. Wild Things has been SO on top of things and helping us be prepared, and he installed the carseat this weak. I love driving around and seeing it in my mirror :)
Worst Moment this Week: The fact that it's a 5 day week-not a specific moment, but I am just exhausted!
Miss anything? Wearing cute shoes :/ I am pretty bound to flip flops, but I'm hoping as it gets colder I'll be able to wear my favorite fall boots!
Movement: All of the time! Baby is getting big so this can be a tad uncomfy at times :)
Food Cravings: Dunkin Donuts decaf Caramel Iced Coffee... my new favorite!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Same as last week---EXTREMELY swollen ankles and feet.. yikes!
Looking forward to: Just like the chalkboard says--fall weather and cuddles when baby comes! I get teary eyed just thinking about the amazing months ahead. :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Story Elements with Pixar Shorts!

Teaching story elements can get old after a while, and can be hard to find creative ways to do it. I shared a little video on my Instagram yesterday of one of my favorite ways to do this--through Disney Pixar Shorts! :) 

We have been talking about story elements for the first few weeks of school, and I wanted to give my students a summative assessment on this. Before doing this, I wanted a quick and fun review.

I showed my students this Pixar short!
The first time through I pause the video every so often and we discuss the elements of a story we are seeing. The second time through we just watch it. After watching it a second time, the students complete the graphic organizer. I have students pair-share their answers or share out to the class.

They absolutely loved it and have literally begged me to do it again all day today! I will be throwing another one in for quick review in a few weeks and throughout the year. :)

I made this into a quick freebie you can pick up in my TPT store by clicking here or on the picture below. Let me know how it works for you! :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weeks 31-34 Pregnancy Updates!

Hi everyone! I am so sorry I have neglected all of you lately. Being 8 months pregnant, teaching 4th grade full time, taking a grad school class, and coaching varsity volleyball has made me one exhausted woman! I am finally getting into a routine for this school year, the nursery is ALMOST done, and I am packed and ready for the hospital! (Insert HUGE sigh of relief here.)

I know I can never be fully prepared for the life of parenthood and what's to come in the next month, but I love being organized and as ready as I can be! Mr. Wild Things has been amazing with all of my crazy requests for preparation.. Love him to pieces!

Here are some chalkboard updates from the last few weeks! :)

How far along: 34 weeks 5 days in the most recent picture
Maternity clothes: I am OBSESSED with Gap and Old Navy's maternity clothes! I am wearing a few of my MUST HAVES for pregnancy in these photos. 31 week photo I am wearing a Gap Purebody vneck (I have this in 5 colors, and the long sleeve in 3 colors).. they are SO comfy and soft! I am also wearing these Old Navy workout maternity capris in the 31 week and 33 week photo! I have them in the black and gray and LOVE them. They are only $14 which is a STEAL!
Old Navy's Maxi dresses are also a MUST! I have this one that I am wearing in the 32 week photo in 3 colors, and I love this striped one in the 34 week photo. So comfy, and cute!
Stretch Marks: Not yet (And hopefully not ever!) I am lathering on the Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
Sleep: I am so exhausted by the end of the day I fall asleep very easily. However, I am dying of thirst all night and drink about 5 glasses of water, which means I pee about 5 times!
Best Moment This week: Having a week day date night with the hubs! We had a doctors appointment so we both went and then went to the mall to get a cute hospital bag and cute pjs for me for after baby, and out to dinner together. It was so nice to take some time to enjoy each other during the week with our busy schedules!
Worst Moment this Week: I had a student in my class diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease and it's going through our school so I had to go in for another appointment and have blood tests and things. No fun!
Miss anything? Those "soft" baby kicks and rolls… now baby is a large ninja in there!
Movement: See above comment :)
Food Cravings: ICEES! My classroom does not have AC, and even though we are starting to get somewhat fall weather, with no air circulation my classroom has been around 84 degrees. After a long day in this an freezing blue raspberry icee is just the cure!
Pregnancy Symptoms: EXTREMELY swollen ankles and feet. That 34 week chalkboard ain't lying… this momma has HUGE kankles. It is so incredibly frustrating because there is nothing I can do. I drink a TON of water, eliminate salt, wear comfy shoes, and by the end of the day my feet and ankles are ballooned. I am having a hard time putting tennis shoes on for volleyball… YIKES!
Looking forward to: Sharing pictures with everyone of the beautiful nursery! Every time I walk by it I stop in and just sit and enjoy it for a little bit. I LOVE it :)

I am working on getting better about this whole blogging thing and balancing life, I promise! Enjoy your weekend, everyone! I am under strict instructions from hubs to lie with my feet propped up and relax with a book. I am off to follow orders. :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Checking in on Room 219

Hi everyone! I am enjoying a relaxing Sunday here with the hubs. We are putting some finishing touches on the nursery, putting our feet up, and just enjoying time together! :) Hard to believe that we could have a little one to snuggle with, too, in 8 weeks or less!

I wanted to share with you a little bit about our first full 5 day week of school, and show you what we've been up to! There are lots of pictures coming your way. :)

We finished our "All About Me" flip books and hung them up! They look adorable and I am loving reading them. :)

We got our Reading Interactive Notebooks all set up! I use a combination of activities from this notebook by 24/7 Teacher and Erin Cobb's Literature and Informational Text notebooks! They are both great and help me cover everything! :) My students were so excited to learn about our first skill and glue down our first foldable: theme!

We successfully made it through a full week of grammar using Jivey's Mentor Text Unit 1! My students LOVE doing grammar this way, and they learn SO much from it!

We worked on our "Summer to Tweet About" writing and craftivity. It's a perfect first assessment for me to see where my kiddos are in writing, and they look adorable hanging in the hallway!

I was pretty excited that I survived a 5 day week at 31 weeks pregnant, with 3 volleyball matches, two of which I didn't get home until after 10:30pm! And, to top it all off, our air isn't working in our school! This preggo mama survived in maxi dresses and with Icees!

Have you been back at school for a while? If you're getting ready to head back, make sure you check our my Back to School Essentials Mega Pack! It includes goodies from the things I talked about above, and much more! Here are some happy teachers in action with my pack!

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, friends! :)