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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Happy Saturday!!!  If you're reading this... you have survived the week... and that's exciting!  Yesterday we had a Wizard of Oz celebration at school with our firsties... all 6 classes... and it was a-mah-zing!  I can't wait to share our day with you (mostly in pictures), offer you a freebie, and a chance to win 4 units and some Starbucks money {be sure to read all the way to the bottom!!!}
Since the first full week of school we have been reading The Wizard of Oz aloud to our students... and doing lots of character analysis, writing, graphing, etc.  I used my Melonheadz Wizard of Oz pack and blew them up poster sized to use in the classroom and finally out in the hallway with our student work!
I used the same Melonheadz graphics to create tshirts for the first grade teachers using Avery transfer sheets.  Here we are (minus 1) out at recess duty!  Wait,  where are all the kids? :)  I also bought some sparkly red Toms this spring and have been saving them especially for this unit!  I printed invitations to send home to the parents asking them to come join us and we had 49 first grade parents come yesterday and that was really cool to see!  One parent even showed up with Oz goodies to share.  How cute is that poem that she stapled to fun size bags of Skittles!?!
For snacks: bugles (cyclones), animal crackers (lions, tigers, & bears... oh my), & rice krispy treats (w/ yellow sugar).  Drink choices: blue Hawaiian Punch (munchkin punch) or green Hawaiian Punch (Wicked Witch's Brew). Shout out to my friend Tara for helping with some last minute creative name generating!
Even our librarian wanted in on the action.  She dressed up and visited each classroom after the movie for pictures.  When she left my room... she stole my stuffed Toto and I had to go retrieve him at the end of the day!  The kids and the parents really loved our day...and I have to say... I had the best time putting it together in my room.  Our next unit read aloud is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!  Guess who is already scheming planning!?!?!
You guys already know that I have a few Wizard of Oz packs in my TpT store and obviously we just used those in my room the last few weeks.  If you keep scrolling to the end of this post... you will have the chance to win both of them... and MORE!  Want the party printables for FREE?  Thought you might say yes.  You can find them by clicking on the picture below!


I am joining forces today with one of my blogging besties {yes, it's a thing!} Katie from Teacher to the Core and we are posting together over at Primary Chalkboard.  We decided to do something fun(ny) and fabulous to introduce ourselves.  I have loved Katie for a long time... y'all wouldn't believe how sweet and diligently she prayed for me when I lost my sweet Frances.  We're talking page long prayers, y'all!!!  She is the real deal and I am lucky to call her my friend!  So...  check out our post and be sure to leave us some love!  We decided it would be really fun to do a giveaway to celebrate!  Check out the rafflecopter to win 4 FREE packs from us... plus a $10 Starbucks gift card.  She is doing the same giveaway on her blog so you have double the chances to win.  Here is what she is giving the winner!!!
 {click the pictures to view descriptions on TpT}
The rafflecopter will end on Monday at 6pm (Eastern time) so enter NOW for your chance to win.  I hope that y'all are having an amazing weekend so far and that it will go by SUPER slooooooooow!  Remember to check out our Primary Chalkboard post {there are freebies on our post there, too!} and good luck on the giveaway!  Talk to y'all soon!  
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23 comments:

  1. I loved reading all about you and Katie. I am also a Christian and love teaching math! I like upper grade social studies, but really love upper grade science. :)

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  2. I wish I was a kiddo in your class!! Looks like you had a great start to the year!! Your kids are very lucky. . . I love coffee too!! and am a Christian, teach First Grade! :o)

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  3. I love your Wizard of Oz theme. One of my favorite movies!

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  4. I am a Christian and I also love reading!!!!

    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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  5. I am a Christian as well. It's always encouraging to read others say that!! This was a great post. Thanks for sharing. It looks like you guys had fun!

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  6. I see the kinders as my family. I call them my kids and tell them each year my family gets bigger!

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  7. OH Stacy, you are just the sweetest. I adore you!!!!
    Love,
    Katie

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  8. Mom, wife, first grade teacher, love napping and wandering through Target, clip art fanatic. :)

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  9. I just love your creativity! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  10. Napping and Target, but not at the same time!

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  11. I am from Kansas so WIzard of Oz is NEAR and DEAR to my heart!

    :) Carmen

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  12. First I wanted to say I love the Wizard of Oz! So awesome that you were showing this classic to your students. When I read your Primary Chalk post I noticed that you had a blonde son and LOVE Iced Mocha at Starbucks!

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  13. I noticed that we both like to give children lots of manipulatives to use in math.

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  14. We teach first, love coffee, and have fur babies!

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  15. I have factor V lutein just like you do! Crazy!

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  16. I am getting inspired! I love making stories come alive!! Thanks for sharing--I just discovered you so I'll be following you!

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  17. Well, let's see-first grade teacher, 2 boys, Starbucks, brunette.

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  18. OHMYHECK!!!!!! I wanna come to your parties! You are fabulous! Thank you so much for including me. I love you to bits:)
    xox
    Nikki

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  19. We could order for each other at starbucks. :)

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  20. We both have fur babies and are Christians :)
    donna
    donna@vccubed.com

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  21. You did a fantastic job! What fun for the kiddos. I'm so totally impressed.
    Susan Morrow
    Keep 'em Thinking!

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