Saturday, December 27, 2014


We've got metacognition running through our brain!

Morning Meeting

Opening Song: Zippity- Do- Dah! 
Let’s do our day of the week poem. First… Now let’s do our month poem. Alright, I need my star of the week.
-       What pattern do we need today?
-       Let’s find out!
-       Which number is it today?
(Pointer) Today is Monday, December 8, 2014.
-       Everybody
-       What day is it today?
-       If today is Monday what was it yesterday?
-       If today is Monday what will it be tomorrow?
-       Let’s do our even and odd poem
-       Is today’s number even or odd?
-       How do you know?
Thank you, Charlie!
(Chalkboard) Who can tell me what the next even number would be?
What would the next odd number be?
Who can spell the number 8 for me? EIGHT.
Let’s do tallies. Ready?
Show me with your fingers what is one more? One less?
Who can tell me what 10 more is?
What is 10 less?
What’s 100 more? How do I write 108?
What is the double of 8? Take 8 and add 8.
How many tens in the number 8?
How many ones?
How do we make 8 cents?
Who can tell me how to write 8 cents?
What’s another way?

Needs and Wants


Today we’re starting social studies. This unit is called, “World of Work.” Throughout the course of the week, you’ll learn about needs and wants, goods and services, and buying, trading, and saving money.

Look closely at the photograph. What are the children holding? Where are they standing? Outside of a toy store. What do you think the children will do with the money? What kinds of things could they buy in the toy store? The children don’t have enough money to buy everything they want and they will have to decide what they want the most. What would you buy at a toy store? How would you use the items?

“Everything costs money, nothing is free today; so save your dimes and pennies- You always have to pay. This poem tells about a girl who wants to buy something with the money she saved. Do you think she made good choices? What do you think she bought? I’m going to read the poem again and this time I want you to join in and read the words with me. Imagine you have $5. What are some choices you have for what to do with your money? What will you decide to do with your money? Why?

We’re going to read from our big book about needs and wants. READ Let’s do some quick review. What are two needs that families have? Why do families have to make choices about ways to spend money?

How many of you have read the “Pigeon” books by Mo Williems. Today we are going to read, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” As I read be thinking about the pigeons want. READ. What does the want? He wants to drive a bus. Right, he wants to drive a bus but he doesn’t need to. I have a 3 other Pigeon books. What does the Pigeon want? Right, the pigeon wants a puppy but he doesn’t need one. Hotdogs, staying up late, a puppy, and driving a bus are the Pigeon’s wants. Let’s talk about the Pigeon’s needs. What does he need to live? The Pigeon actually needs the same things we do to live: Shelter, water, air, and food.

Repeat after me, “I can identify needs and wants.” Let’s take 5 minutes to brainstorm a list of our wants and needs. Wants are things we would like to have. Turn and talk with your partner, what are your wants? Needs are things we must have to live. Turn and talk with your partner, what are our needs?

I have a sorting activity for us. There are pictures and your job is to tell me if it’s a need or a want. Nice job! Repeat after me, “I can identify needs and wants.” Please turn towards the SmartBoard for a video on needs and wants. 


Yesterday, we learned about needs and wants. What is a need? Something you have to have to survive- food, shelter, and clothing. What is a want? Something you would like to have- TV, toys, and candy. Today, I was going to read, “The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies” but instead, we are going to watch a video and listen to the story on Youtube. As we watch the video I have a job for you. I want you to create a list in your head of Brother and Sister Bear’s wants.

In the story, “The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies” you learned that people often want much more than they need. As a result, people must make choices about what they truly need and what they can afford. For example, should someone buy pet food and groceries or buy a new video game? Why? Over the next week, you’ll learn to buy what you need before what you want just like the Berenstain Bears. They bought the grocery items on their list instead of candy, junk food, and toys. 


We have been learning about wants and needs. What is a need? Something you have to have to survive- food, shelter, and clothing. What is a want? Something you would like to have- TV, toys, and candy. I have a song about needs and wants that I would like to teach you.

Today, we are going to create a class book about needs and tomorrow, we will create a class book on wants.

Goods and Services

Goodies from Fernbrook- 1st grade

Christmas at Fernbrook

I enjoyed a terrific 5 weeks at Fernbrook Elementary School. I was so sad to leave and I was incredibly surprised that I had 1st graders crying over me.

Kids gift to their parents.

Mr. Sketch markers for my mentor teacher!

Gift to my students.

Tour of Lights

Christmas Eve 2014

A mother's treasure is her daughter.

The love between a mother and daughter is forever.

A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to offer.

All you need is love and a dog.

Whoever said that diamonds are a girls best friend never owned a dog.

Dogs are not our whole life but they make our lives whole.

God couldn't be physically with us so he gave us dogs and notice Dog spelt backwards is God and they both show unconditional love!

Cousins are awesome. Well, mine are. I can't speak for yours.

Childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends. #cousins

Showing my cousin some love.

I have the best cousins! #bejealous

Friends are forever... Cousins are for life!

It's sort of crazy how much you, just one person, can make me smile.

Crazy cousins.

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you as you are to them.

No family is perfect. We argue. We fight. We even stop talking to each other at times, but in the end, family is family... The love will always be there.

I love my sister. She is simply amazing and I can't imagine my life without her.

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.

Sisters are probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.

Because I have a sister I always have a friend.

I smile because you're my sister. I laugh because you can't do anything about it.

You and I are sisters always remember that if you fall I will pick you up... As soon as I finish laughing!

Sometimes being a sister is even better than being a superhero.

Because I have a brother, I'll always have a friend.

Happy girls are the prettiest.

If you are confident, you are beautiful.

Don't let anyone EVER dull your sparkle.

Family is what happens when two people fall in love.

The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.

The best times are always found when friends and family gather 'round.

CRAZY is a relative term in my family!

Best gift ever!

I'm still hot it just comes in flashes now!

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

I wasn't sleepin'. I was meditating.

Dogs never bite me. Just humans.

I'm just a crazy kind of girl, I'll tell it to the world. I've just begun having my fun.