Sunday, May 6, 2018

TPT's Teacher Appreciate Week Sale! And... Check Out Our Plants!

If you didn't know already, TPT is having it's annual Teacher Appreciation Week Sale! Whoo Hoo! This is a time to celebrate being the awesome teacher that you are by stocking up on some essential TPT resources. Perhaps you need some end of the year resources, or maybe you are already thinking about next school year? This is the perfect time to stock up with a 25% off discount! This year's sale dates are May 8-9th, 2018. 

Asides from the sale I also wanted to give an update on some of the things that have been happening in my classroom! It feels like Spring now, and we have been learning about plants. We planted seeds in both ziplock baggies so that we can see how a seed sprouts and we planted snap peas in little
cups which the students have now taken home. We kept track of our plant's measurements and practiced our measuring ruler skills for approximately three weeks before the plants were too big and needed to be replanted. 

Besides planting and monitoring our seeds we also learned about the life cycle of a plant with the awesome craft in the picture below. 

To do this craft you need: 
-construction paper (blue and green) 
-kidney beans
-cupcake holders
-string or yarn
-green felt for the leaves

This craft was easy enough, the first thing you need to do is get some green construction paper and cut out some green grass and glue the grass on the horizon line of your landscape on your blue paper. Next, glue your straw down for your flower stem (you may need to cut the straw). The straw makes an excellent stem because it clearly illustrates how the stem of the flower sucks up water from its roots to the flower. Next, glue on a cupcake holder as the flower. Below the grass line now glue on your string or yarn to act as roots. Cut out some leafs from green felt, and lastly add your seed (a kidney bean) to the root and to the flower of your plant. Students can then jazz up their science/art project with some clouds and other details if they would like. 

As part of our plants unit we also did an in class 
plants scavenger hunt, which was a huge success! The students searched for facts about plants around the classroom and shared their findings with the class afterwards. The plants scavenger hunt can be found in my Plants Unit

You can find more creative and fun plant activities in my Plants Unit. Also check out my Worms and Composting Unit! 

The Perfect Craft for Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is May 13th this year, and many of you will be looking for craft ideas for students to give to Mum this week. We did our craft a little
early this year, so that I can share, and they turned out terrific! First we painted little terracotta pots (I found these at the dollar store.  They came in packages of three). Next we stuck a little stylophone ball inside each of the pots, so that
the pens will have something to stick into to remain upright. (I also found these balls at our local dollar store, and they came in packages of 10). We then let our little pots dry. 

Now onto the flower pens. I purchased a variety of cloth (fake) flowers also from the dollar store. I highly recommend using wire cutters ahead of time and cutting the flowers.
The flowers are very difficult to cut with regular scissors! You will want to cut the flowers so that it only has 3-4 inches of stem. Then placed the stems of the flowers against the length of the pen and attached the flower stem and pen together with the floral tape. Make sure the floral tape reaches the bottom of the pen to make  it look like the pen is the stem of the flower. 

After the flower pen is created, place the pen in the little flower pot, and now you have the perfect Mother's Day gift!