26 February 2014

Safety Town - Field Trip Fun

Today we finally took our field trip to Safety Town.  I mentioned earlier in a blog post that it was approaching very soon.  Well today was the day and the kids were so excited!   Leading up to the field trip I taught several lessons to my class that showed them how to use safety precautions in their community.  I then gave them a required test over the skills taught and the scores are turned into the facility.   

On the day of the field trip the kids then put the skills that they have learn to actual use.  Safety Town is the neatest place.  It set up like a small little town.  It has pretend buildings, electrical lines, mock lakes/ponds, light signals, & etc…  You name it they have it set up for the kids to experience.  There are police officers and firemen who rotate through to teach the kids the safety lessons.

We start of the day by rotating through cars{drivers}, bikers, and pedestrians.   They get to experience walking, driving, and riding a bike through crosswalks, light signals, railroad tracks, and stop signs.  They have to use all the correct safety steps or precautions or the officers will correct them and make them go back and do it again.  




{Excuse the hair nets - it is a requirement in order to ride the bikes!}

Then second half of our day consisted of stranger danger, gun safety, fire safety {with pretend smoke}, tornado safety{with pretend thunder and a tornado}, and water safety.  The other thing the kids loved doing was the seat belt simulator.  They were put in a simulator and it tilts them forward.  The police officer showed them that if they did not wear their seat belt correctly then how easily they can be lunged forward.  They also learned that most of them should actually still be sitting in a booster seat.  The kids were so surprised by this because they thought boosters were for babies.  But when the officer told/showed them that it is based on size not on age and how it helps keep the shoulder strap in place they couldn't believe it.  It was like he had showed them a magic trick.  It is funny how something so simple seemed so amazing when a police officer was explaining it.



This is always one of my favorite field trips that we take every year.  All of second grade in the parish is required to take this field trip.  Even though it is a required field trip and not one that the teachers hand picked it is still so much fun. The kids love it too, especially driving the go-carts.  The go-carts win every year hands down.

Well that about wraps it up for me!!!  I just wanted to share our fun adventure we had today with all my blog buddies.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!!!!


          





19 February 2014

A Little Presidents' Day Fun

Did you know that James Garfield was the first left handed president??  It is true!  I know because we have been learning about different presidents these past few days.  This is just going to be a quick little post to share with you a few of the things we did for Presidents' Day.  I know it is a little late, but better late than never.



Up first we completed a George Washington and Abe Lincoln craft/writing.  I had the class to write a short paragraph about each president listing facts they have learned.


Next we practiced putting dates in order and in the process learned some really weird but true facts about different presidents.



Last we made silhouettes of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  On one side we glued facts and on the other we glued symbols that represent that president.  We then discussed what each symbol represented.


My class also was assigned a president report.   They each had to research a president and they will present their reports on Friday.  I can't wait to see and hear what all they have learned.   

Until next time, that about wraps it up for me.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  I {heart} comments and followers!!!


            






14 February 2014

Five for Friday



It is that time again, FRIDAY!!!  One of my favorite days of the week and what a great way to end the week on Valentine's Day.   




Up first I want to share with you my newest digital paper pack that I recently added to my TpT shop.  I added it just in time for Read Across America.   I can't wait to use it on some of my Dr. Seuss activities that I will do with my kiddos.  I think this may be my favorite pack yet.! The solid colors are distressed and textured, which I love when digital paper has that look to it.   Be sure to snag it up for all your Dr. Seuss activities coming up.  How do you celebrate Read Across America?  Leading up to the big day we have a "Wacky" dress day for each day of the week and then on that Friday we rotate through stations/teachers with different activities and books.  It is such a fun day for the teachers and kids.



I stuffed Valentine's treats for the girls' and my class.   My students are getting treat cups with candy, lip whistles, and pencils.  The girls are giving whoopee cushions with their cards.  Their Valentine's cards were a freebie from Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants.   


 

Some of you may have already seen these on my Instagram page, but I am posting again.  This past weekend my girls had their Daddy Daughter Dance at school.   It was a really big deal to them.  They were so excited to get all fancied up!!!  They have another Daddy Daughter Dance this weekend this time for our church.  My youngest informed me she may need another dress since this is another special occasion, I told her my wallet disagrees with her.  She will be wearing her same dress again!!!!






A dozen of roses from the hubs for Valentine's Day - melt my heart!!!  They were so pretty!!





My friend posted this on Facebook and I just had to share.  With all this cold weather I am definitely missing the sun and my annual beach vacation!!!!   I am ready to book my beach front home for the week and bring on the warmer temps.  Hurry up summer!!!!



That about wraps it up for me!!!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  Happy Valentine's Day!!!


         





13 February 2014

A Week of Valentine's Fun


This week we have been busy making several Valentine's Day crafts.  My class has had so much fun making some of these cute crafts.  It has worked out well this week for us since it is a benchmark week.   Since extra time is very hard to come by we are taking advantage of this time to squeeze in some fun activities.   I thought I would share with you some of the fun Valentine's themed activities we completed so far this week.

Up first we made the adorable "Lovebot" from Teaching in the Tongass.  The activity actually called for grey paper, but I was completely out so we made pink and red Lovebots or you had the option to color yours grey.  

       



Then we made our Valentine's Day treat bags.  I bought this product from The Teacher Wife a few years ago and have used it since then.  I purchased the "All You Need is Love" set that includes other writing and math activities, but she now has it available to purchase just the craftivity.  I always love to see how the bags turn out.  We also did the "Yummy Math" activity.  

      





We did not just make crafts all week.  We also reviewed over cause and effect, but of course we did it with a little Valentine's Day activity.


We also practice counting to 100 with even and odd numbers but we used hearts.  And to finish the day out we played a game of I Have Who Has Valentine's Day style.  Tomorrow is our class party and I can't wait to see all the cute little Valentine's they pass out to one another.   

Well that about wraps it up for me.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.   I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!


                   












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