Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Paddington the Movie

This Christmas one of my favorite bears is coming to the movies. I just watched the trailer for the movie Paddington and it looks like it is going to be super funny and a movie that all my students will love.

I was thinking the movie would make a good segue into comparing fictional characters to real animals (for example: comparing real bears to Paddington) or fiction vs. nonfiction. It could also serve as a springboard for writing about being lost or losing something important, for learning about families and how not all families are the same, or for comparing the geography for where you live to that of where Paddington is.

You could also work on letter writing skills, how-to writing for how to take care of Paddington, and creative story writing for other places Paddington could visit.



Check out the super funny trailer for Paddington. 

Check out more information about the movie on Facebook, Twitter, and from the official Paddington Movie website

Monday, July 7, 2014

July Sale at the Teacher's Vault

A friend of mine has started a website called the Teacher's Vault. It's another way for teachers to connect, learn, and earn together. One of my favorite features about the teacher's vault is how everything sold on it is standards aligned (TEKS and common core). The site even allows you to search for lessons and units by standard. The site's interface is user friendly and posting the standards to your units is super quick and easy. You can do it with just a couple of clicks. I also like how you can easily share your products via email, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, and Pinterest with the "share it" icons displayed on your storefront page. 

In order to spread the word about the site, I am offering a sale on all of the items I have posted in my Teacher's Vault store. During the week of July 7-13, everything in my Teacher's Vault store will be half off. I am in the process of uploading all of my units. If there is a unit you are looking for that has not been posted yet, you can email me the name of it at 

While you are checking out the Teacher's Vault, register to win a Nook HD just by liking their Facebook page and joining their mailing list. You can learn more about the Nook HD giveaway here

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

D is for Duck Calls

I know it has been forever since I posted anything. After wrapping up the school year, I have spent most of my time with my girls, reading books for FUN, running, and looking for a new job. It feels so good to be finished!!!

a long weekend in Austin with both of my girls :)

I love alphabet books, but I am kind of picky about what makes a good one. I came across this alphabet book this week and I really liked it so I wanted to share. This alphabet book features everyone's favorite Duck Dynasty characters, sayings, and more! I am not a big Duck Dynasty fan, but I still found this alphabet book to be lots of fun. Your little ones who are Duck Dynasty fans will love it for sure! 
I had a few ideas for how I might use the book in my classroom:
1) Make a classroom alphabet book with classmates names, class rules and sayings, and other features unique to your classroom
2) Use with a study on the farm or animals - specifically with a study on ducks 
3) Use with a unit on families- compare the Duck Dynasty family to your classroom family or to the kids' families
4) When teaching little ones to research a topic, make an alphabet book on ducks. Students can even research ducks at home and be assigned a specific letter of the alphabet to connect their research to 
5) Make an alphabet book about families - students can complete a page or two at home by writing and illustrating something their family does related to their assigned letter

Theses are just a few ideas. I am sure you can come up with tons more!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Little Debbie Coral Reef Snacks

This post is a bit random, but I was in the grocery store this morning and saw these Little Debbie snacks. We just wrapped up a unit on ocean research and these snacks would have been perfect for an end of unit wrap up activity. Just thought I would share the idea for any of you who are still studying the ocean, ocean animals, or the beach.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Digital Media Literacy

This week we learned about media literacy. We focused on digital media. We made an anchor chart to show some of the most common types of digital media. 
We created a graph to show our favorite reasons for using digital media.
This recording sheet came from a unit my teammate created. We used the computer and the website to research animals. This unit also contains activities about cyber safety. You can check out my teammate's unit here

We wrote about how we use digital media and how it helps us. 
I like computers. I like computers because I can play Starfall. 
I like to play on my iPad. I like to play Subway Surfers. 
It helps us learn to read. 
I like to hear (here) music on my phone. 
I like to watch Netflix. 

You can get the pieces for the anchor, digital media research writing, and graph here

Monday, May 12, 2014

Grumpy Bunny's Hat and a Hat Glyph

A teammate just shared the book Grumpy Bunny's Hat with me. Its a super cute book about a little bunny who doesn't want to give up her winter hat. It's a great spring board for talking about spring, seasons, and growing things. We used the book to create a circle map about spring and a hat glyph. The original idea for this hat glyph came from Shari Sloane. My teammate purchased the book through a Scholastic book order.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Keep Calm and Get a Doctorate

On Friday, I defended my dissertation "Uncovering Gendered Teaching Practices in the Early Childhood Classroom" and passed!! I am now Dr. Larremore. Woohoo!!

Celebrating my doctorate with Pat Green and my good friend Amanda! Yah!!