Thursday, April 16, 2015

Five for Friday

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my 2nd Five for Friday!

Earth Day is coming up so I busted out a favorite from last year to prep since I couldn't find my cards from last year.

Let me just tell you, Mr. Giraffe was super excited to help cut them out.
He definitely didn't say things like: "I already did this last year!" and "Did you look everywhere?" and "Seriously, I did these already. They've got to be somewhere."
He just smiled and grabbed my handy dandy rotary cutter and got to work.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

For real though, it only took like 10 minutes for us to cut out several sets. I love easy prep materials. Just cut out the cards, throw them in a bag, done.

So anyway, I LOVE these place value puzzles because they are just so much practice that doesn't look like work. I do them for most holidays... I currently have this Earth Day one, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Spring, Valentine's Day, President's Day for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, 100th Day of School, .....and a totally random cat. Because why wouldn't I have a cat place value puzzle? :)

I also have a Halloween one but it's number sense instead of place value, but I plan on adding place value cards to it! I also have contemplated adding number sense versions to all the place value ones. If only I had 10 more arms!

Anyway, so you give your students a blank 120 chart (included) and a baggie full of the place value cards. They take out each card, figure out what number the place value blocks are representing, and color it in the color that card says on their chart. When they're all done, it'll reveal a fun mystery picture! Easy. Fun. Lots of place value and number sense practice.

So I have a confession.
TpT makes you fat.
It is an amazing community. I get to help and connect with teachers all around the world. It is so gratifying. There are few things cooler than a great idea coming to you (the second you lay down to go to sleep, of course) and creating it excitedly and then sharing it with the world. Seeing pictures of kids using your resources in another state, in another country, is beyond amazing. I am so thankful I found this fantastic, wonderful, beautiful website.
But... it makes you fat. Or at least it makes me fat ;)

I literally TpT every free second of every day which means... working on the computer 24/7.
Another confession... I have gained over FORTY pounds.
Four. Zero.
That is A LOT. I even have a treadmill desk that I walk on while I work and I make sure I hardly ever sit. I eat mostly organic healthy food, although we do eat out a lot, and I don't snack. BUT I'm awful at actually working out, doing cardio and all that fancy wear-yoga-pants-for-actual-exercise stuff.

SO I decided to make myself a sticker chart.. and then I saw this awesome chart by the lovely Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten on Instagram and thought, "PERFECT!"

I'm only going to count miles I do on the elliptical actually working out, not treadmill miles since those don't seem to count anyway.

So tonight I got my first (almost) mile. I typically do a couple of miles on the elliptical but I only got to sneak in 0.85 miles today because I started right before dinner time. So I colored in 3/4 of the box... pretty pitiful lol but hey, it's a start!

So I decided to make myself feel better about my 3/4th of a mile by coloring the top of the chart spending time I could've used jogging on the elliptical and all that it did was show me how I desperately need new crayons. :)

I decided I am going to share my chart every Friday either on this blog or on my Instagram page so that hopefully it motivates me enough to color it in! My goal is to fill a line a week (2 miles a day 5 days a week)... anybody want to be my accountability buddy?!

I've been creating up a storm and actually added 2 more phonics sound packs to my Phonics Bundle!
Be sure to go redownload it to grab these new packs free if you bought it already.

I added the OO sound as in both zoo and as in book & I added the tricky OI/OY sound.

OO Sound No Prep phonics pack for lots of vowel teams practice OI OY Sound No Prep phonics pack for lots of OI and OY practice
                                         OO Pack                                                    OI/OY Pack

Woohoo for getting things done! I'm working on AU/AW now :)
I was computer-less for almost 2 weeks so I was itching to create!

I've been trying to organize my closet better so I finally put all my shoes in our closet 2 weeks ago.
I don't have an updated picture but I organized it some more and sorted my clothes by category (casual, work out, dressier, etc.). At least I stopped myself from ROYGBIV-ing each category... for now. :)

It only took me like 8 months of living here to put my shoes out. All my shoes definitely weren't still in a box up until then. A moving box. An ugly cardboard moving box. ;)

Okay so I just have to share this video of my cat Romeo loving on his stuffed giraffe. Her name is Penelope. Romeo + Penelope = love. He cuddles with her and it is just the cutest thing.

Check out this video I posted on IG of him cuddling with Penelope. It's ridiculous. I may be biased because he's my little furchild but it is so adorable. I don't know why he loves that little giraffe so much but it is just the cutest! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Excited to read all of the other Five for Friday posts!

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  1. Haha, TPT makes you fat! I'm sorry, I really don't mean to laugh, but I've also gained weight this year with NO changes in my eating. It may have something to do with lack of sleep - I love early mornings working on TPT! Just know you're not alone...:) Jen

  2. Love your earth day unit! I also feel the TPT weight struggle. I need to go to the gym, but I rather work on a new unit. I literally walked less than 3000 steps yesterday!
    -Bri @ Knowledge Mobile

  3. THAT CAT! <3
    And regarding the 100 Miles to Vegas: This newly chubby hedgehog is SO IN! I am totally copying that chart!!! XO

  4. I know what you mean about gaining weight! I do not exercise nearly as much as I used to/should since I opened my TPT store last summer! I need to do something like you're doing so I'm ready for Vegas! You're motivating me.

  5. I love your Earth Day place value puzzle!

    I love reading your blog so I have nominated your for the Liebster Award!

    Neat Sweet & Hard to Beat

  6. I need you to come organize my closet!!! Mine could literally be the before for yours; the layout is similar but my things are such a mess! Thanks for the inspiration to get on it! Also, I made the mistake of trying on bathing suits the other day and I FEEL YOU, for real. I made a personal decision to step up my cardio this week, here's to the best of intentions! Love the additions to your phonics bundle. My kiddos love using them!