Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad, Challenge!

Friends~We totally took The Three Little Pigs and the Big, Bad, CHALLENGE today and it was AWESOME!

Testing is done finally and my kiddos were super awesome all the way through!  Real troopers!  To reward them, I decided that I wanted to break away from what I normally do during our Fairy Tale unit and boy did I.  

One of my favorite fairy tales is The Three Little Pigs so I wanted to find something great to go along with that theme. 
Here is my favorite version of the story! 
Click the image to grab a copy!
 I checked Pinterest to find a little inspiration and look what I found!  
The Big Bad Blow Dryer!

I totally took this idea and made it my own in class!
Check out my kiddos taking on
 The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Challenge!
We started by reading the book The Three Little Pigs and discussing why the wolf was able to blow down the straw and stick houses and not the brick.  
I asked them if they thought that they could build a stronger house. 
The Challenge was born! 

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Pig, The Schroeder Page
Grab a FREE copy to go along with this fun Challenge below!  Just click the image to download.
Now I threw this together quick but man was it some learning fun.  
Here are the basics:
I took index cards and drew either some straw, some sticks, or some bricks on each card.  I partnered my students up and one student choose a card from the bag.  
The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Pig, The Schroeder Page
The students then began to plan out their houses.
They had to create a diagram of their house and write a short paragraph about why their house would with stand a powerful blow from the Big Bad Hair Dryer!
The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Pig, The Schroeder Page

I gathered some unifix cubes, popsicle sticks, and I cut up yellow and brown paper into thin strips for straw.  

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Pig, The Schroeder Page

They built their houses!

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Pig, The Schroeder Page

Then tested their construction!

Yes, I added hair and wiggly eyes to the hair dryer!
The kiddos loved it and I loved it!  They were focused.  The teamwork and cooperation was absolutely outstanding!
They even took the challenge to lunch and when we walked back to the room they were bubbling with ideas on how to better their constructions. 
I saw students who struggle to participate in daily paper and pencil activities shine like never before.  
If you have time!  Be sure to take the CHALLENGE!

Here is a complete file for The Three Little Pigs that also includes all you need to make this challenge happen in your classroom! 
Click the image below to check it out!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Bright Idea: End of the Year GIFT Ideas

Friends~Welcome to another Bright Ideas Blog HOP! This month,  I am sharing one of my very favorite end of the year gift for my students.  
I love sending my kiddos off in June with a sweet keepsake that won't break the bank!  
This is such a super simple way to make a memorable keepsake that students will enjoy all summer long!
I send out a simple request for clean white pillowcases. They come in sets of 2 so my families often split a pack.  (Old white pillowcases work too!)  
Grab some Sharpies or Crayola Fabric markers and letter the pillowcases up.  Be sure to place a large piece of construction paper in the pillowcases so the markers don't bleed through.  
(I also autograph each pillowcase so that I can monitor during the signing later.)  
I add the following to each pillowcase:
1. The student's name
2. The year
3. Grade Level
4. My name
I also add this fun poem to the corner with a safety pin and ribbon.  
Be sure to invite some STARS to the autographing such as:
School Nurse
Cafeteria Staff
Classroom Volunteers
Past Student Teachers
The kiddos LOVE this!  
We even invite neighboring classes to join in on the fun!
I have had so many parents contact me after the school year telling me that their kiddo is sleeping with the pillowcase or are still sleeping with it after the new school year starts!

Another BRIGHT IDEA is to do this on the last day and you can fill it up with anything extra that needs to go home! 
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Autism and Ellis Jewelers

Friends~My friends at Ellis Jewelers are supporting Autism through Generation Rescue
Generation Rescue is a non profit organization that helps to provide treatment assistance, information and hope to families affected by Autism.  Below is a story about a family that has had the Generation Rescue experience.  

I am so excited that Dan Levinson owner of Ellis Jewelers introduced me to this organization through the Angelica Collection in his store.  I went in looking for a gift for my son's teacher and left with insight on how my simple purchase supported families effected by Autism.  
Each bangle is made from recycled metals!
They are designed and manufactured in the USA!
The best part is $0.25 from every purchase goes to Generation Rescue!
There are over 500 different bracelets in gold, silver and rose.  I love the look of them stacked!  
I just ordered the peace sign one for me!
Each one comes with it's own romance card that explains the charm. 
They are a perfect end of the school year gift or anytime you want to make someone feel special. GRADUATION TOO! 
You can order online from Ellis Jewelers or stop into the store to see his collection!
29 Union Street 
Concord, NC 28025
Tell him Monica sent you:)


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mother's Day Craft

Friends~I am so excited to share our Mother's Day Craft for 2014.  My teammate fell in love with all the "You are my Sunshine" crafts that are floating around and decided to turn the quote into a super sweet Mother's Day craft.  
ALERT!!!! If your kiddo is in my classroom this year please STOP reading NOW!  
You will ruin the surprise!
We first headed to Lowe's and bought their cheapest bathroom tiles.  They were $0.88 a piece.  You can click the link above to see the ones I bought.  

You will also need the following:
Mother's Day Craft, The Schroeder Page

I got the Rust-Oleum at Lowes and the paint at Hobby Lobby!  The paint colors are 11312 Orange
11353 Buttercup and 11301 White. 

We first painted the tiles white and let them dry over night.  After that we mixed the orange and yellow and the students painted a circle for the sun using their index fingers.  I checked the size of their circles first to make sure they were large enough.  They then used their fingers to make prints for the sun's beams. 
Mother's Day Craft, The Schroeder Page

We let them dry and then I lettered them with a Sharpie marker.  The last step was to spray the clear coat to protect their work. 
Mother's Day Craft, The Schroeder Page
We also made our own wrapping paper and sang the song You Are My Sunshine into Vocaroo. We generated a QR for a Mother's Day card!  

Click the sun below to hear my kiddos singing this song for their moms!
Mother's Day Craft,The Schroeder Page

Hope you all find this helpful!  Happy Mother's Day