Sunday, March 6, 2016

Open House Ideas

I kept some of the stuff my kids' Open House's last year to share this year.  Their teachers had done a few cool things that I thought y'all would be interested in.

I apologize now for the photo quality.  I was being quick and the lighting wasn't great.

The first grader had this check off sheet.  All 3 of my kids are in Dual Immersion Spanish so the front was English and the back was in Spanish.  (notice my native-English kid did the Spanish side).

I like that there were clear instructions on this to not take stuff home!

The classroom itself was great too.  I should have taken more pictures of that to share.



My 4th grader had three teachers-each covered different subjects.  The students had a page like the one above, but with columns that each belonged to one teacher.  Once they showed the parents the items in all three classes, they turned it in to their main teacher and got an Easter egg with a treat inside.  While it was really hard to get it all done because we have a 1 hour open house and 3 children, I must say that the 4th grade classes had VERY high attendance because those kids wanted the Easter eggs!

In their main class they had a folder on their desk that was student decorated:




So my oldest is not the most creative of my bunch...

Inside was this ME activity - only it's in Spanish so it's MI: (I just realized my white kid colored himself brown, he he he)


It has a lot of things like favorites, etc... I think I've seen these in other shops on TPT or Pinterest or something.  There was some work inside, like the equivalent fractions thing they made, and their current AR reading report.

I loved these first grade "Where in the World is ___________" of each kid.  It was a writing activity with the kid's pictures of themselves on the world.  It even started with a picture of our school.  It was one of those things that went further out each page - city, state, country, planet...you know what I'm talking about.



Here is my kindergartner reading the room with the pointer:




And my 4th grader showing us how to syllabicate certain words:




They're all a year older now, sigh, but I thought the ideas were great for any year.  In less than a month I'll be taking pictures of Open House again, for a whole other year.  Where does the time go?

Do you have a great Open House idea?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.  If you blogged it, leave a link!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The March Pinterest Pick Three Linky Party!

I'm linking up this month with The Inspired Owl for the March Pinterest Pick 3 Linky!






We have to fit in both St. Patrick's Day and Easter because they're both in March!


Let's start out with some art for upper graders for St. Patrick's Day.  How about this Celtic knot paper piecing by Art With Jenny K?  You can work in a little bit of culture here instead of just the normal cute  symbols.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/524739794063735685/


Here's a great way to keep the algebra thinking going while celebrating the Irish, a puzzle freebie!


Captain's puzzles use algebraic and critical thinking.



https://www.pinterest.com/pin/524739794063735504/

 And finally, some Easter math for upper graders!


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/227009637443555599/

Coordinate grids with jelly beans, what could be sweeter?!

Head on over to the Inspired Owl to see what other people are pinning for this month's classroom, and feel free to link up your own pins!





Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Currently - March 2016

March is here!  I don't know why I'm so excited about that.  It's usually the month things start to get crazy.  Does that happen for anyone else?  It's like the spring version of the holiday season.  March through mid-June just feels nuts.  There's baseball, open house, and a bunch of random things creep up because spring is in the air and people feel like doing stuff.  The end of the school year is just around the corner and you start to feel the press of testing season.  But still, for some reason, I'm excited that March is here, even though I'm already exhausted just writing about it.

So I'm linking up again this month with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade with this month's Currently.