Happy New Year and back to the grind!

by becky on January 3, 2012

Happy 2012! When I was little and I thought about the year 2012, I truly thought life would be more like Marty’s in Back to the Future II. You know, flying cars, coats that dry themselves, everyone having a hover-board, hydroculated (sp?) pizzas… But, no. Same ‘ol, same ‘ol. Anyway, while we wait for more exciting things to happen in technology, I better get ready for work–tomorrow. Wednesday? Really? Can you say weird? Oh well, I’ll deal.

So, since the two days before break were totally kinda nuts, I wasn’t able to hit my reading/writing plans as hard as I wanted to. My team and I are on Snowflake Bentley in our basal. Honestly, it is perfect timing because when I started the story, IL had just had their first flurries. **Side-note** the word “snow” in my classroom is considered a “bad” word. If anyone is caught saying, “Look, it’s *snow*ing outside!”, they get my best teacher look. Ever since I moved out on my own and don’t live 3 turns away from work, I seriously dislike the snow. As I tell my class, if I’m at home and I don’t have to go anywhere, then I love snow. But, if I have to drive anywhere, I curse the white precipitation falling from the sky. Okay, snow rant over. 🙂

Back to Snowflake Bentley. This week we are going to finish the Winter Haiku’s they started. The poor kids have been looking at this anchor chart for what feels like forever.


 I also have this poster up on my Focus Wall.

Before break, my class had written and edited their Haiku poems. So, this week they will type their final copies on our school’s laptops, and attach a self-created snowflake. For the snowflakes, I’m going to give each student an 8×8 sheet of white computer paper (the thinner the paper the better), they will use their crayons/colored pencils/markers to make a design on their snowflake, and then they will follow along with me and fold their paper into the correct shape before they cut out their design. I have found directions online and although I have some anxiety about them actually following directions, I figure if Kristy can have her 3rd graders follow the directions for these snowflakes, my 4th graders can handle about 5 folds. We shall see. 🙂 After they finish their snowflakes, I’m going to have them glue their poems and snowflakes to construction paper and hang them in the hallway for some winter decor.

If you would like a copy of my Focus Wall poster, a picture of my anchor chart, or just the directions (found online) for the snowflakes, click here and visit my TpT store for your free copy. 🙂

Now that I have my hallway decoration idea down, I have been thinking about what my hallway bulletin board is going to look like. Last year after we got back from break, I read the class:

And then they wrote their own resolutions and I hung them up in my hallway: (P.S. I LOVE this board! It might be one of my all time fave’s. Not sure if it’s because of they way it turned out, or if it’s because I LOVED my kids from last year. We had such a family. Even today when I was blurring their eyes, they just made me smile. You just never know what will remind you of why you became a teacher–this picture is just what the doctor ordered.)

Have you noticed I LOVE using their pictures.  Anyway, I am still planning on reading Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution, but the class’s actual resolution board will look a little different. I have a vision in my head, we’ll see if the vision is realistic and  I’ll post some pics next week. Here’s hoping!

Finally, I’d like to THANK a couple sweet bloggers who recently awarded me the Liebster Award for up and coming bloggers:

THANK YOU, Miss Dennis

And, THANK YOU, Sheri

You both made my day and I appreciate you visiting and posting about my blog. You rock! 🙂

 For those of you heading back to work this week, GOOD LUCK! And those of you who have the rest of the week off… enjoy it! You deserve it! I’ll be back this week to show you my New Year’s Board idea, and to share a Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt my class did. Til then!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer January 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I love using pics in my bulletin boards, too! Yours looks adorable!
First Grade Blue SKies


laura January 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

So glad I found your blog! So stinking cute and helpful.


Jennifer KC2STL January 4, 2012 at 2:22 am

Squirrel’s book is everywhere except my local bookstore! I’ve put it on my running list of things to by for next year. 🙂


Heather January 4, 2012 at 2:38 am

I LOVE your idea about snowflake haikus! Thanks for inspiring me!


Loose Shoelaces January 6, 2012 at 12:04 am

I just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Pop on over so that you can pick it up! 🙂 Thanks for all that you blog.


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