What I am Teaching..Week of March 30th

Hey there! I know its been awhile since I have blogged. I have been so busy with my son's bar mitzvah and having family in town. Here are just a few pics of the big day:

My son just before we began.

 My dad and all his grandkids :)

Me and my parents

                                            The Ogulnick Clan
My sisters and parents.

It was such a wonderful day filled with so many emotions!

Now back to reality! This week in school is a short one for us. I have been saving my spring activities and plan to start them this week. In reading we will be reading many non fiction books about Spring:

These are from Scholastic and I love the pictures they used. My kids will use the books along with some graphic organizers and writing prompts to show off their best writing skills. This is the time of the year when things begin to click and my students really show all they have gained this year. Make me smile so much!

For literacy centers we will be using these activities:

Since it is a short week we will be using these activities for 2 weeks.

Make sure to stop back here on April 2nd for a BIG announcement!!

Have a great week!

What I Am Teaching- St. Patrick's Day Fun!

Hey everyone! It's Sunday and that mean it's time for planning. I'm sad cause today is the last day of our Spring Break but, that mean we are getting even closer to SUMMER!!

This week is a short and crazy one for me and my students. Teachers have staff development tomorrow, then I am out for a few days near the end of the week for my son's BIG day :)!! So due to all of this I am gonna talk about what I have done in the past for St. Patrick's Day in hopes that most of it will be done again this week!!

I always like to start off the week by having my friend Lenny the Leprechaun coming for a visit!! Thanks to the AMAZING Krista from Creative Clips I have the cutest leprechaun in town!!

SO he will just magically show up on Tuesday and leave notes to my students all week long. He may also be bringing some gifts and treats along the way. In the past I have also made him a little mischievous and turn a few things in the classroom upside down.

For reading this week I am incorporating some holiday themed books and activities

 I always like to start my week with this favorites of mine. There are lots of graphic organizers that go with the story but, my favorite one come from Jen Ross' pack found here 

Right before the story ends I stop reading and have my students come up with alternative endings. This is the time of the year when my students writing starts to shine and I just love seeing what they come up with!

I also like to read this story to my students that gives lots of history and facts about this holiday

Seriously who doesn't love Gail Gibbons books?!? They are always filled with such great details and information.

Here are a few other books that will be read during the week:

This is where the tricky of Lenny comes into play. I am going to have my students write about how they would trap a leprechaun if they found one

That will be used for my higher students and other students will use this one from 
My Fabulous Class

How CUTE are those?!?!

No holiday would be complete with a Lady Who Swallowed A.... story!
These stories are great to work on sequencing events! They are a favorite of my students :)

We will also be working on a few different crafts this week. The first one I found on Pinterest and just loved it!

I have seen them done a few different ways but, this is my favorite! Love the background :)

This week I also like to incorporate some rainbow activities. We are going to be making these with my students using adjectives to describe themselves

Again, I have seen them all over pinterest and can't wait to decorate my wall with them!

Another fun math activity that I used to do with my class with one of the first things I ever created for TPT

Everyone loves a little fun with candy!!

Whew that is so much to do in such a short time.

Hope you all have a great week~

Five For Friday- Spring Break Style

                                    Today I am linking up with


This past week has been our spring break! BOY was it nice to sleep in, hang with my family, eat like crazy and get some things done from my looooong to do list!! Monday is gonna be rough but, that means June is that much closer!!

The weather has been on and off all week so we had to find some inside entertainment. My oldest son and I saw this movie and it was actually not that bad! Of course he loved it ;)

Since we are on vacation that means going out to eat and enjoying family time
                                       yuuummmy milkshakes!
                                       Like Father, like son!
This was actually 6 cookies put together!! OMG was it soo delish!

Spring Break also means time for some Netflix binge watching! I may have watched just a few hours of Friends this week :D
I also had some time to create a few TPT items!! 

This is a new forever freebie in my store! I have been needs some reading logs for my kids :) Click {HERE} if you would like to snag them.
 I also made an author study unit that I am going to use for the last 12 weeks of school. We are going to focus on one author a week and use the fact sheets to gather information. You can check them out {HERE}

Plus I made this a dollar deal for the rest of the weekend! Perfect for morning work, early finishers or even homework!! 

My Spring Break is just about over but, looking forward to warmer days filled with sunshine! Check out the other posts over at Doodle Bugs!

Happy Friday!

What I am Teaching This Week- Spring Break!

Happy March everyone! Here in the great state of Texas we are on Spring Break this week...even though we had snow on the ground last week! Yes I said SNOW!

This is what I awoke to Thursday am. We got 4 inches! For Dallas that was CrAzY!! Luckily it melted just as fast as it fell...whew. I mean who wants snow during Spring Break??  NOT me!

So this week I do not have to plan( HOORAAAYY!!). I am going to just give you a quick recap of what we did this last week and show you a new idea that I tried with my students:

Here are some pics of ALL the Dr Seuss craziness we had this short jam packed week!
                                                         Books we read
                                       LOVE the Target Dollar Spot!

We had about 8 literacy centers that my students rotated through during the week. 

The week would not be complete without an easy craft! We made these and added rhyming words to the hats. 

On top of all the Seuss fun we had to make our St. Patrick's Book that was being sent to another K class!! The kids did such a great job!

I always love a good excuse to color so I joined the fun too

We can't wait to get ours when we are back in school! This book is a freebie on TPT. You can grab it {HERE}. Thanks so much to Teacher Laura for creating this!

A few weeks ago I was thinking about different ways I can help my students understand syllables. We had done the clapping, hand under the chin, watch videos etc..,  still some students were struggling. I came across this idea of using cubes to help and it was a HUGE moment for my kids!

Here is what we did. I gave each kid 5 cubes to start. We would say the word and at first clap the syllables. Then we would go back, say the word again but, instead of clapping we would break off a cube instead. Then they would could how many cubes were taken off and that would show them how many syllables were in that word! Here are some pics

Then after we practiced this a few time I had them show me what they learned using my FAVORITE print and go sheets from Annie Moffatt

While I was doing this activity EVERY child in my room wanted to be at that table trying this out! I was so amazed at how captivated my students became. 

Of course when I got home I had to come up with some task cards that I could use in a center so everyone could practice this skill

These were so popular that I am working on some Spring syllable cards over my break!

Hope you all have a great week!