Monday, February 4, 2013

A Wacky Tacky Week, 100 Follower Giveaway and a Whole Lot of Freebies!

Jessica at Ideas by Jivey
has a great name for
when students have REALLY 
messy desks!
The Desk Dumper comes
and dumps the desk contents
for the student to clean!
CRACKED me up!

Ideas By Jivey

With Jessica's permission I created a freebie using
the Desk Dumper name!
There are several versions to choose from
and a fun idea for using them!
Click here to get it for free!

Next, click here
if you want to enter my giveaway
for reaching 100 followers!
I made it simple!
Just one question to answer!!

I'm linking up with Amanda 
to share a little of our week
Charity to share my fun freebies!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

A Wacky Tacky Week
Tacky the Penguin!

We begin our study of penguins with a fiction
and nonfiction book about penguins.

NOTE: See end of post!

THEN we.......

Meet Penguin Pete!

The students take turns bringing
Penguin Pete home! They read the books
and journal about their night at home with him.

Pete MUST sleep in cooler!

Click here if you would 
like my freebie
 Penguin Pete's journal!
(The fiction book, at the insistence of my students,
has been changed to Tacky the Penguin!)

Click here to be taken to
a post with Valentine's Day freebies!

I read ALL of the Tacky books so I created this product
to go along with the stories!

Tacky the Penguin and a Wacky Tacky Week!

Click the picture if you are interested 
in checking out this product!

If you haven't seen the My First Research Projects from
The Library Patch you HAVE to check them out! 
I LOVE them!
She even has a download for resources, such as
good websites!

My First Research Project: Penguins

Searching for fish!
Yes...our desks were clean, 
but next year I will use paper plates!

This is our FAVORITE live penguin web cam!
We have seen penguins molt, eat, toboggan
and come up close to the camera to check it out!
They are so fun to watch! We have to check on
them several times a day!

Click here to go visit!

Wacky Tacky Day!

One little word!

They all did an amazing job!
Look at the kiddo to the left!
He used his star of the week sunglasses,
popped a lens out and wore them upside down!
The kiddo right next to him had a tie on his back!
And yes, on down the line...
that's a nail in his head! 
So creative!

Blubber Experiment!

We end the unit by enjoying our penguin cake, watching 
March of the Penguins and playing a penguin game called 

Favorite Fiction and Nonfiction Pair:

I have a lot for this week!
Here are two sets of my favs!

Story Souvenir:
penguin eraser
from Oriental Trading
Look close at the first picture! :)

Funny From A Honey

In reading group I had the students all read the same 
passage about penguins. One of the vocab words was hemisphere.
I showed each group the map, globe, equator and we discussed the
northern and southern hemisphere.

Another cool product, this one by Jodi Southard from Fun in First!
(I am purchasing ALL of these!)

January Fluency

One little girl looks at me with a heartbroken look on her face.
"Mrs. Short", she says. "I feel so sorry for the people that
live in the southern hemisphere."
(As she points to the bottom of the globe)
"Why?" I ask.
Her answer......
"Because they have to walk upside down all the time."


Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Ha ha ha!!! I loved that girl's sad comment! Kids are the best.

    I'm going to have to find an excuse *ahem* I mean a reason to show that penguin webcam. How cool!!!
    I am your newest follower thanks to Amanda's linky!
    ideas by jivey

  2. How fun is this?! I love that Penguin Pete has a cooler to sleep in! I know your kiddos absolutely LOVE this could they not? ;)

    Teaching Maddeness

  3. Penguins are my favorite animal. That being said, I would have LOVED this unit in your class a a kid!!! Pete in his cooler, how much cuter could it get!?

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First