Monday, January 7, 2013

Pet WHAT?!?!


Check out this yearly favorite!
I have students tell me, years later, 
they STILL have their pet rock!

(We do this activity during our study of nature's resources and rocks!)

Her pet rock's name is 
Cotton Candy!
How sweet is that!!

This is by far one of their favorites!  They ALL
want to tell me right away what their pet's name
is and show me the house they designed
 and blanket they chose!
I know this is the
my classroom is every year!

Well...maybe not! :)

We will have a show and tell tomorrow!

Ran out of time........

Story of my life!!!


I love to pair up fiction and nonfiction books during a unit! 
I also try to have a story souvenir to match the theme! 
I give these on Mondays after reading the first fiction
and nonfiction story to introduce the unit.

Favorite Fiction and Nonfiction Pair:

Story Souvenir: 

small decorator stone from craft store

Let me back the truck up!
We began our morning with Babbling Abby's

Mystery Box Activity

Click the picture to check it out!

I just saw a post on this!  The teacher has the clues
hidden around the room and the kids go on a hunt!
I can't remember who or I would give credit!!



So doing that for our next mystery!!

We also began Babbling Abby's
Let's Get Pop-Rockin'

Pop Rockin' Descriptive Writing Activities

Click the picture to check it out!

Just goes so perfect with our science unit
and adjectives study!

(Please forgive my chart! I never seem to get them made ahead of time!)

They are all kinds of excited about this project!

They can not WAIT to come back tomorrow
to find out what is in the bag!

I have put the pet rock 
items I use in a packet
for sale on TpT!

Click on the picture to 
check it out if interested!!

Rocks: My Pet Rock

I am looking forward to tomorrow!
We will be continuing all the fun!

Making rock candy and digging for rocks!
(chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks!)

Random Photo

50th Day of School!
(pre-blogging so I don't have a post to show pics and activities!)


  1. I love your pet rock shop! It's absolutely precious! I've had students create pet rocks before, but your rock shop is so much cuter. I have the unit on my wish list. I'm certain I will be purchasing it when we get to our rock unit. Thanks for posting about it.

  2. This is adorable! What an awesome, easy way for the kiddos to practice counting money and making change! (I'm assuming they pay for their blankets and rocks!) This would be perfect for those kiddos that don't have as much pocket change since they don't have to bring in anything they can't find outside!

    So cute!
    I'm your newest follower. Stop by my blog if you have a chance :)
    The Fabulous First Grade

  3. You are just too cute!

    I love your pet rock shop! I remember waaaay long ago I had my own pet rock from elementary school. Great memories :)

    I see the fabulous Miss Tessa did your blog too. She just redid mine. Isn't she so fab?

    I'm your newest follower!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  4. Your picture is just TOO cute! I am loving the pet rocks!!! :) I bet the kiddos have a blast! I am your newest follower!
    Sweet Times in First

  5. Pet rocks in the classroom seems like a great idea! And they're a lot easier to keep alive than hamsters or goldfish. Looks like you and your students are having a ton of fun in the classroom!

  6. What a great idea! Just pinned this. :) Love your blog.

  7. I have to tell you, the fact that the pet rocks are in a cage CRACKS ME UP!!! I love it! Fantastic idea:)

    I'm your newest follower!

    Going Nutty!

  8. I am loving this Pet Rock idea. ADORABLE!
    Running out of time is the story of my life, too! :)

  9. Precious! I love it. Your blog is adorable! Thanks for sharing this cute idea.


  10. So cute! I love the pet rock idea! You are so creative!


  11. What an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Teaching With Style

  12. Love the pet rock idea! Very creative! :)

  13. What an awesome post! The pet rock is so cute and I love the book pairings. :)

    Sugar and Spice

  14. Just look at how happy those kids are! You are certainly creating lifelong memories in your room. What more can you ask for, right? Love it!
    Might have to steal this one too ;)
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  15. I had a pet rock when I was cage though, I feel jilted!!!! ;)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  16. Pet rocks! How cute! What a fun time for the those kiddos! The cage is so funny! Love it a lot!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  17. The way you do pet rocks is very cool!
    I've pinned it. Thanks!
    Grade ONEderful

  18. Pet rocks in a cage and the blanket boutique -- SO CUTE!! I would have loved this as a kid. I had more pet rocks than my parents knew what to do with growing up! My best friend is teaching a rock unit right now with her 2nd graders and I can't wait to share this post with her!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  19. I have got to do this! What a great idea! Who doesn't love a pet rock? I love your new blog look, too!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter