Tag! You're It!

Who doesn't love a good ol' fashion game of Tag?  I was tagged by sweet little Julia over at Loving and Learning in Pre-K aaaaaannnd Leanne Cooper over at Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper.  Ladies, YOU.ROCK.

GAME.ON. Here are the rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

12 Fun Facts About Moi:
1. I was named after a ballroom dancer on the Lawrence Welk show...
2. I ran track and was a gymnast {long, long, loooooong ago}
3. I love to sing & think I can sing - my family on the other hand has a totally different opinion : )
4. I am a napper and can sleep anywhere!
5. I craved pancakes and root beer during my pregnancy-that explains the 72lbs I gained >:l
6. I am a Colorado native, but I don't ski.
7. I love the book Walk Two Moons.
8. I have traced my genealogy back to 1614 - Sir Issac Newton is an ancestor of mine.
9. Growing up my best friend and I wanted move to California.  She was going to be a bartender and help pay my tuition to UCLA...we were also going to marry Matt Dillon, and C. Thomas Howell.  We LOVED the Outsiders!  Memories are awesome!
10. I could eat pizza morning, noon, and night.
11. I had big girl braces on in my mid twenties to help fix my TMJ - wasted money!
12. Daisies are my favorite flower.

Julia's questions for me:
1. What is your favorite subject to teach? Anything literacy based & science {especially in Kinder}
2. Do you have a SmartBoard in your classroom? I've had a board for 3 years now, and LOVE it!!!
3. How often do you use songs in your class? Music is on daily. Dr. Jean, Jack Hartman, and my own playlists including Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, etc.
4. Are you married/single/engaged/etc.? I've been married for 20 years and have a 16 year old son.
5. What type of music do you listen to? My dad's a musician so I've been schooled in all types of music. I love it all!  {except some of the newer country music}
6. How long have you been teaching? I've been teaching for 12 years.  Two in pre-k and 10 in K.
7. What is your New Year's resolution? I don't make resolutions, I find that I'm already too hard on myself.
8. If you weren't teaching, what would you be doing? Being full-time mom and wife.
9. If you create your own materials for TPT or TN, where do you get your inspiration from? Soooooo many great teachers that I get inspiration from.  I just don't have the time to get it all posted to TPT...yet.
10. What is your favorite TV show? Dexter, Californication, Borgias, Desperate Housewives, and my guilty pleasure, Jersey Shore.
11. Do you have any pets? I have a cat.  We had to put our 12 year old lab down last year.  I.MISS.HIM!  Not ready for another pup yet.
12. What is your favorite recipe website? (I am going to need suggestions for when I become a wifey!) Pintrest!  Seriously, I have found about 7 yummy recipes in the last half hour.

Mrs. Cooper's questions for me:
1. What's your favorite candy? On the chocolate side-Snickers & peanut M&Ms - Skittles & Wonka's  chewy Sweet Tarts
2. Do you sell units, etc. on TpT? If so, how do you find the time to work on them?  My point exactly, I'd love to create that extra income, but just don't have the time!  Maybe this summer.
3. Who is your favorite children's author? Ooooh, this is a tough one...I'm gonna have think this one over.
4. What is your favorite subject to teach you kiddos and why? Literacy and Science
5. How long have you been blogging and how did you get started? Not quite a year.  April Larremore over at Chalktalk sparked my interest.  Still so much to learn.
6. What is your favorite dish to cook/bake? Baked Ziti and Chicken Enchiladas
7. What's your favorite way to exercise? Um...exercise is new to my vocabulary.  Kidding, actually I keep active with my soccer playing teenager.  Walking.
8. What is your favorite crafting activity? I like doing a lot of different crafty things...thanks to my momma.
9. How long have you been teaching and what grades have you taught? 2 years in pre-k and 10 in kinder. 
10. What is your middle name? Lynn
11. What is your most effective stress-reducing technique? (eating, exercising, music, sleep, etc) Watching a good ol' fashion romantic comedy, or hanging out with my besties!
12. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? Since kindergarten but in the fourth grade it was a sealed deal - Mrs. Saenz was the best ever!

TAG!  YOU'RE IT!!!  

My Questions to Those I'm Tagging:
1. Hands down, the best song ever is....?
2. When is your birthday?
3. What's the biggest need you have in your classroom?
4. Do you have a night out each week, or month?
5. What do you do on your night out?
6. The perfect vacation would be...?
7. Your favorite cartoon growing up was....?
8. Single? Married?  Kids?
9. If you could have any super human power, what would it be?  And, why?
10. Your favorite recipe?  {please share}
11. Do you have restrooms and a sink in your classroom?
12. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Have fun fellow bloggers!

PS-remember to check back tomorrow for the BIG, HUGE giveaway.

Dinosaur ROAR! {week one}

This giant egg was left in our classroom. 
What on earth could be inside???

 With this great little activity from Deanna Jump's Dinosaur Unit, the students and I had so much fun trying to figure it out.  Look at how adorable  these turned out.

Then.....BAM!  Man, it was mayhem when we walked back into the classroom from technology to find this ROARING dino!  They were so excited!

 We made our Paleontologist Journal to keep all of our work in over the next 10 days.  I love the detail my Littles put into their cover.

This poem, from Deanna Jump's Dinosaur Unit was glued inside the cover of the journal.  I had them go on a search for uppercase letters, HFW, and rhyming words while learning the poem to share with mom and dad when the journal goes home.

I found dinosaur stamps at U.S. Constructive Playthings for $2 a bag.  In addition to planning math activities using them, I had the kids illustrate a setting for their dino stamps.

I NEVER thought of discussing Pangaea with kindergarteners.  But what a fantastic discussion we had about plate tectonics.  They AMAZE me!!!

 The first dinosaur we talked about was the Brachiosaurus.  I read several books and then we filled in this bubble map as a whole group.  Then we made a super cute paper plate brachiosaurus to hang in the hall.

 Oh, and I forgot about making our paleontologist badge from here:
 Holy cow, they loved wearing these and showing everyone!

Next week...more exciting dinosaur writing, art, math, and science!  Have a great week friends!

*******Stay tuned for a BIG announcement regarding a HUGE giveaway********

Nearing the End of ANOTHER Month

I woke up this morning and shouted "Holy scmoly, what happened to January"? 

Like most of you, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Erin Eberhart, from Eberhart's Explorers offered this great freebie from her TPT store {get it here}  
I was in a goal planning meeting that morning.  So, I didn't get pictures of the other activities she offers in her packet...they are fun and the kids learn so much!  Thanks Erin for sharing!!!

We spent the rest of the week learning about Penguins.  We made this fun little book from Kim Jordano's {aka KinderByKim} SightWord Books {love, lOvE, LOVE, her books}

We spent Friday morning with our 4th Grade Reading Buddies working on Non-fiction books.  Each Kinder and Buddy had a non-fiction {arctic or antarctic book, a clip board, and pencil}.  They read elbow to elbow and knee to knee.  Then they had to go through and pick out and write four facts that were learned.  The Buddies are only reading and assisting the Kinders as they complete the writing. You can find the form and a WHOLE LOT more in Deanna Jump's Penguins Math and Literacy Unit on TPT.

We discussed what penguins CAN do.  They completed this writing page and cut the corresponding picture to glue next to the sentence.  I have had these pictures for years and am not sure where I found them.  If you know, please let me know so I can give credit to the rightful owner.

Get your copy {HERE}
Penguins Can
Ice Cubes and Penguins class book
They painted their penguins one day, then cut and measured with "ice cubes" we also refer to these as unifix cubes.

Fantastic Kindergarten Art Work
Mrs. Bright is an incredible art teacher!  She pulls the artist out of all the kids in our school.  I tried to create a page specifically for her on my blog {with out luck....obviously}.  But I will continue to work on this.  If you know how to add a page, please, please, please do share.

Kinder Kandinsky

Vincent Van Gogh 
{rough draft}
The final product is hanging in the main hall - that's how good they turned out!

Well, friends.  This post was long, so thank you for reading all the way to the end.  I hope you have enjoyed the little bit of January that we have had.

Sneak Peak into Next Week