Forty IS Fantastic!

I walked into my classroom this morning to a full on "Over the Hill" party {pics to follow}. My AMAZING co-workers, current students & ex-students made this birthday absolutely unforgettable!  I am incredibly blessed!

Now to the meat and potatoes of this post
.....drum roll please.....d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d

The first lucky winner of a $50 Erin Condren gift certificate goes to:


The second lucky winner of a $50 Erin Condren gift certificate goes to:
Kim at Growing Up Teaching

I'll be sending an e-mail to each of you later with all of the details.  
Heres to a great year at 40!

Now, I'm off to a birthday dinner, then on to Phoenix for a great weekend of soccer!

Fabulous at Forty Giveaway Update

Hello bloggy friends!  So, in a few short hours I will be turning the big 
4 to the OHHHH 
{I'm really not that worried about it. You're only as old as you feel, right?}

I mentioned in my giveaway post that I would pick and announce two winners at 11:59 PM, on Friday 2/17.  That was before I knew I would be on a plane to Phoenix to watch my son play in a Western Collegiate Soccer Tournament.  
My plane leaves at 9:10 mst, I don't arrive in PHX until about 11:15....leaving me to pick up the rental car right about the time I was birthed {is that even a word?} forty years ago.  

Sooooooo, I plan on having my kinders help me pick the two lucky winners tomorrow when we have some "down time" {that's just oxy-moranical}.  I'll announce and contact the two lucky winners by 5:00 PM.

Heres the BEST part!  This weekend, Erin Condren is having a great sale!!! 

This is your last chance to spread the word & get your name in the virtual hat!  
Good Luck!!!

Love is In the Air

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you all have a day filled with love.  Thank you for the wonderful ideas, the laughs, and sharing your classrooms and lives.  You all truly are a blessing to me!

An Award, Dinosaur Finale, and the 100th Day!

Sweet Leanne from Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper AND Love Luck & Laughter presented me with the 

Thank you fellow teachers {bloggers}.  I am amazed at the amount of LOVE out there!
Here are the rules:
***Thank the award presenter and link back to their blog.
***Post the award on your blog.
***Pick 5 blogs with less than 200 followers
***Share with them and encourage them to pass it on!

I am passing this award on to these wonderful blogs that are full of great ideas:

On to Classroom Business

This is how we ended our dinosaur unit....
I put out two boxes of scrap paper and had them create a setting for the dinosaurs.  They worked so hard and created some great pieces of work.

HAPPY 100th DAY!!!
Counting by 10s. 
These some of the bags of "things" that were brought in.

Amazing creations out of the number 100.

I am the captain of this space ship!
A perfect beach cruiser!
Shoot for the stars!
This is just down right cute!
VROOM VROOM! The leader of the pack!
This is an "old school" camera...see the flash???
"Cabs are here"
We all live in a purple submarine.
Dun-Dun.......Dun-Dun........DunDunDunDunDun - Don't go in the water!

How many times can YOU write your name in 100 squares?

Daba-Daba-100 Dots {gumballs}

 I found this idea and {free} printable from The Littlest Scholars

 Wow!  That was a long post.  It is a goal of mine to post more than once a week so the posts don't take a week to read.  Thanks for hangin' in there friends!

Dinosaurs Week 2 & A Snow Day

We have had a BLAST learning about dinosaurs!
Here are just a few things we completed this week.

Dinosaur Lifecycle

Dinosaur Fossils Cut and Glue.
They have theme books for all seasons.

We searched for "fossils" in chocolate chip cookies. 

Paleontologists ALWAYS record their findings...

I'm Paleontologist .  

These triceratops pictures came out so cute!

Cut Apart Sentences

Tybw copy Triceratopsbw Copy I Am a Eating Dinosaur

More comparing ~ this particular Venn Diagram came from Deanna Jump's Dinosaur Unit

Herbivore vs. Carnivore
Printable {This one is an updated version I created}
Herbivore vs Carnivore

Don't ya just love their drawings.  So cute!

Bigger Than, Smaller Than

Bigger than flowers, smaller than mountains

Bigger than a mouse, smaller than a building

Bigger than an octopus, smaller than a rocket ship

Bigger than and bike, smaller than our school
Bigger Than, Smaller Than.

Dinosaur ROAR!

Dinosaur dancing!
Top: Dinosaur slimy!
Bottom: Dinosaur bumpy!
Top: Dinosaur sweet!
Bottom: Dinosaur cute!

We water color painted Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Shadows - Sponge painting is always fun!

Coffee Filter Dinosaurs

We ended our week with a SNOW DAY!!!

Needless to say, we will be ending our Dinosaur Unit {hopefully on Tuesday}.  Then we can celebrate the 100th Day of School!!!