Thursday, April 21, 2011

Been a long time...

It has been a ridiculously long time since I have had the chance to post  some "good" stuff!
My camera was stolen by one of my firsties the week prior to our spring break (which was the week of March 21...yeah, long time) and was returned to me last week, however life set it (I just finished my MASTER'S!!)

Here is what we've been up to the past month! :)

 We began at the end of March learning about plants.  {I love doing this unit with the kiddos}
 After learning all about sunflowers...and Van Gogh... we made these gorgeous paintings!
 I created this four week plant growth project that was set up much like Cara's Groudhog project.  
 We conducted several experiements with seeds and flowers prior to beginning this project and made predictions before we "planted" our seeds.  I just used a lima bean seed, cleaned them, and then wrapped them with a damp paper towel and placed them inside plastic ziploc "greenhouses."
 We observed and measured our seed daily and at the end of each week wrote about our observations.
 These are our cute little greenhouse where we grew our seeds!

On another note.... I usually give my kids morning work with they first come in (stuff to do while we wait for the tardy bell to ring, me to take attendence, and for our school news to be done).  I have used squiggle writing ever since I interned and LOVE the kids creativity.  I saw a freebie on someone's blog {sorry... I have forgotten who} that had a download of a TON of squiggle writing papers.  I, surprisingly, already had the same ones in my filling cabinet that were there when I took over the classroom three years ago!  I L-O-V-E these and so do my first graders.  Here are two samples of what two of my creative girls came up with when given a "squiggle" of a less than symbol!!!

Sorry for being MIA!!  Loving all of the creative ideas out there these past couple weeks.  This really is a network of AMAZING men and women!!!  Maybe we should show our blogs to some of those 'important' people who are lowering the bar for educators :(


  1. Your plant project looks like so much fun! We just planted our seeds! I'd love to see your whole packet!!


  2. We are going to be doing our plant unit shortly. Where did you get the Greenhouse sheet to grow the seed in?
    I would love to have a copy if possible.

    Thanks so much & congratulations! I did it last year and it felt so good to be done! :)

  3. I enjoy your blog! I am now a follower!

  4. I am starting plants next week and I would also love a copy of your plant papers. That greenhouse is SUPER cute,and much more fun then the ziplock bag with a name on it I was going to use for my kids!

  5. Could I get a copy of the greenhouse and accompanying pages?

    I love your ideas!

    Cathy I.

  6. Hello ladies,

    Unfortunately the greenhouse paper was copied out of an AIMS science packet book. I can not get you a copy of that. :(

    As soon as I get my papers to convert to PDF I will make a copy of the Tracking Seed papers available!

    Thanks for being interested!!


  7. We are working on plants now and made our own little greenhouses. I have done it for years with the ziplock baggies and the kids love it. We just put our up yesterday!

    I have never before seen squiggle writing and now have seen it many times! I think I am going to have to start having my kids do it - it looks too cute and will be something new and fun! Now, to find the website I saw it on!

    Thanks for your ideas!

  8. I would love a copy as well of the tracking seed papers
    thanks you so much


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