Saturday, May 24, 2014

Economics: Team Stores

We finished up our Money and Economics study a couple of weeks ago.  We began with studying money. The different types and amounts.  Then we learned all about producers, sellers, buyers, goods, services, and opportunity costs.  We used several online learning games, texts, and songs to study these topics.  The students were able to earn money throughout the day for acts of kindness, following directions, staying on task, and just being present. Each team decided on a good that they would like to sell.  They each built their products, made commercials and advertisements for them, then set up shop and played store.  The kiddos LOVED this and the creativity was flowing.  Here are some of the pics of our classroom explorations…..

This team built cute little summer journals.


This team built beautiful bracelets and necklaces.

This team built lovely magnetic picture frames for kiddos to hang on their fridges at home.

 This team decided to build puppets: sock puppets, bag puppets, etc.

This team made gorgeous rings.

Then the kiddos came up with stores names, created commercials using iPads, posters for advertisements, and set up shop.

 Good Will Book Store                               Pick A Puppet Store

               Rings and Things                                            Fun Bracelets

Dollar Store

After setting up shop the kiddos took turns playing the part of "buyers" and "sellers".

After purchase their goodies, the kiddos got together with their teams and counted their money made vs. the money they began with. I may have created little monsters!!

Overall this unit was very successful.  They learned so much about purchasing, selling, creating, and money.  How do you teach economics in your classroom? Have you had any success with your littles and this topic?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Playground Selfies / Where Is Mrs. G??

We had fun on the playground taking selfies with buddies.  THey loved passing my phone around to take pics of each other! Here is a whole group one just for fun:

On Friday I had to attend a meeting for about half an hour during the day.  While I was gone I gave the kiddos this writing prompt: "Where is Mrs. Gingras?". (Saw it on Pinterest and just had to give it a try.) Of course I staged the whole thing and the person covering my class did an EXCELLENT job of acting like she had NO IDEA where I was or what I was doing.  Their responses are sooooooo funny that I just had to share:

"She is in the closet because the light is on and the door is open. And she is in the closet a lot and she is putting a trick on us." ------ Okay, so NO I am not always in the closet but I DO always have to go in there for something I forgot to set up before a lesson…. BUSTED!!!!

"She went in the office and got kidnapped by a boy and she got knocked out by a frying pan. And she was running to the shoe store to be safe. And she lost her head and bought new shoes instead of getting safe. and she just fainted like the classroom falling off a cliff and everyone was screaming."-----  You know that every girls "safe" place is a shoe store!! Hee! Hee!!

"I think Mrs. Gingras is gone to a conference so we can eat ice-cream, and a very, very, very, very, long one." ----- They did earn an ice cream party that day it must have been all he could think about! :0)

"I think Mrs. Gingras is at a meeting. She has stuff for the meeting. And she went to the mall to buy new shoes" ----- He was very observant…...Obviously by now you know that I have an obsession about shoes! 

" I think she is hiding outside leaving notes for us wherever we go and the teacher that she knows and we don't.  And she is in the bushes at the playground." ----- Yep that's what I like to do, hide in the bushes leaving notes for everyone!!!

This was so fun to do.  I suggest you try it and see where your kiddos think you are. I hope you enjoyed a laugh. I know I did (out loud several times).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all you Moms out there had a FABULOUS Mother's Day!!!  Just a quick post to share what we did for our mother's this year.  First we made these adorable "E-SPA-cially for Mom" Coupon books. (If your like it, I got this product from Christy and Tammy over at Fluttering Through First Grade.)

Then I bought fast drying clay from Michael's. Then I formed each into a coin shape, used there thumbs to create a heart shape indention, added their picture, and tied on a ribbon.  They turned out super CUTE!!

How did your kiddos show their gradtitude towards their moms this year??

Monday, May 5, 2014

You're Simply The Best!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!  I am so excited to have this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all teachers because YOU are Simply the BEST! I have been able to get with over 100 teachers and bloggers to bring you The Best Of The Best Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!! We have each donated one best selling item from our TPT stores for you.  As you move through this Blog Hop be sure to SNAG YOUR FREEBIES and enter the giveaways.  There are some really FAB-U-LOUS products available for you!  Each blog post that you hop to will be sharing how they use the best selling product that they donated.  SO what are you waiting for?? Sit back, relax, and HOP TO IT!!

The product I have donated for the giveaway is a Force, Motion, and Gravity Science Unit.

My kiddos have so much fun with this unit.  There are over 2 weeks worth of detailed lessons, experiments, links, printables, and more.   I use this unit when we study Force, Motion, and Gravity.   I am a firm believer in learning through play especially at the Primary level.  The lessons in this unit do just that.  Each lesson has some sort of hands on discovery. This type of hands on play really works to reinforce the skills we are learning. Click the above link to view more about my product.

AND……...Just because TEACHERS ARE THE BEST, I have also included this FREEBIE:

Click My Summer Treasures to get your copy!

This is an easy back to school project for your entering kiddos next year!! Enjoy!

Also, I am joining in on all the fun with TPT's Teacher Appreciation Sale! ALL of the items in my store will be on sale from May 6th - May 7th. 
You can save up to 28% just by entering the Promo Code TPTXO at check out!!!!

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.  You can enter the different giveaways (I believe there are 4 different grade level giveaways) on each different blog post as you move through the hop.
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Continue on The Best for the Best Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop by clicking the picture below.

Teaching In Blue Jeans

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!

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