Thursday, December 20, 2012

SNOW Close and a Frosty Giveaway!

We are SNOW close to Winter Break! Tomorrow, our winter wishes will come true!! Two whole weeks of sleeping in holiday bliss! Squeal!

This week, we've really spent time just enjoying our time together. The events of last week have reminded us to really take every moment, beyond standards and test scores, to enjoy them...Our heart still aches, and we know it will for a very long time to come, but as teachers we feel we owe it to our own students and those precious angels who lost their lives to keep going. To do what we know to do. To teach. To inspire. To move forward. For the kids. For the teachers. Kids have an incredible way of making the world feel right again, even when it is not. They keep us smiling. Keep us laughing. Keep us moving forward. They help our hearts, and we needed that more than ever from them this week.

So, while savoring every moment, we've been like a regular 'ol Santa's Workshop cranking out the Winter Wares! 

We put the finishing touches on our family gifts...Shhh...Don't tell them...
Here's How We Did It...
They designed their own wrapping paper on an 11x17 piece of white copy paper. We discussed options for small repeated pictures on the paper, but really it's their wrapping paper, so have at it! Some drew candy canes, hearts, snowflakes, swirls, dots, dashes...you get the picture. Sooo wish we had pics, but our camera decided it was on Winter Break a day early... 

Tomorrow, they will walk in to find a gift of their own from their teachers. 
Yes, it's B.Y.O.B in our class...
Build Your Own Bag!
Check out the modest snowman on the right. :) 
The same day we painted our finger, we whipped out our own gift bags too!

We fill them with a bunch of goodies like little books, new crayons, pencils, erasers, 
and our personal favorite Snowman Playing Cards!
These make us SNOW happy!!!
We got them {HERE}
We print out game cards for their gift bags with directions to play "Snowman Top-It" (basically "War", but you know, we can't use the "W" word at school), then we make them all pinkie promise they will love these at least half as much as their Christmas presents. Some agree...One says one quarter as much! This one keeps us on our toes.
We do enjoy them...

Now that we've shared our class Winter Wares, we wanted to share something frosty with you too!
It's time for a GIVEAWAY!! Squeal!!

Enter for a chance to win our "Frosty in First Grade: Common Core Math and Literacy Activities for the Season" Unit and kick up your feet all Winter Break long!! 

This Megapack includes centers for the entire winter season and will keep your class busy well past the New Year!  We'll be using them during our Workshop (centers) time when we return.
We'll be giving this unit away to 5 Frosty Friends, so head down to the Rafflecopter below and enter now! 

Giveaway ends Sunday at midnight, Pacific time...unless there's a polar shift tomorrow as the Mayans have predicted...in that case, please check back after the end of the World...


Winners will be announced here on the blog and on Facebook this coming Monday
**We'll also have a surprise for you, so be sure to check back!** 
Good luck!


  

38 comments:

  1. Hoping to win! Your packet will great when we return from the break!

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  2. Looks SNOW much fun! I hope to win!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  3. I love your snow family picture! I also love the idea of winning that great unit!

    Valerie
    zputty@gmail.com

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  4. I hope I win your cute packet! Your snowmen families are really cute!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  5. My students would love, love, love the activities in your packet. I love your snow family pictures ~ storing that idea away for next year. Maria
    firstgradecarousel@gmail.com

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  6. Hoping to win. Love the family gifts!So cute!

    Marybeth
    http://cialinichat-mbcialini.blogspot.com/

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  7. Forgot my emsil in case I win. gcialni@comcast.net

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  8. I really like the snowman art project

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  9. Love it! I think I have found my new parent gift for next year! Thanks so much!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  10. I LOVE the picture frame idea! We do the ornaments but it's getting hard to find "plain" ornaments! Your Frosty in First Grade looks like snow much fun!!! I wanna win!! :o) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  11. Those gifts are sooo cute!!

    Lori

    littlelori0411@yahoo.com

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  12. Those are the most adorable parent gifts! Love them!
    gobstoppersrock@gmail.com
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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  13. So excited for this packet! :) I LOVE your "Snow Family" idea! Next year... :)
    ps.. I started "Cool Blue" Capitals and they were a HIT! :)

    Maria
    http://curiousfirsties.blogspot.com

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  14. The snow families are adorable!

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  15. I so want this for Christmas!!! Great way to start the new year!

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  16. Hi! Hope to win! THANKS!!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  17. Awesome Giveaway! I would LOVE to win! Thanks for the opportunity.
    http://adventureswithfirsties.blogspot.com
    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

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  18. Hi! Great giveaway!
    deb1mom@bbtel.com

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  19. I love the snowman family! I am so glad that we can do snowmen all winter long!
    Jenny

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  20. I love your snowmen picture frames! I'm very partial to cute snowmen! I'm going to pin your picture so I can remember it for next year. I would love to have your packet too!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  21. Hi! Great post and Merry Christmas!
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  22. Your packet is AWESOME..i would love to win it and use it after break!

    Katie
    kryan428@gmail.com

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  23. Awesome giveaway...

    Katie
    kryan428@gmail.com

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  24. Your unit looks amazing! Enjoy your blog.

    Liz
    Lamoya41@gmail.com

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  25. Hi! Your unit looks great!
    Debbie
    luv2teach77@yahoo.com

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Michelle
    Mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  27. I love your framed Christmas gifts. They are adorable.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  28. "Snow" cool. Would love to win this for the new year. Thanks
    beth.shavelson@browardschools.com

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  29. I love following your blog! I am a kindergarten teacher but love hearing about what my kiddos will be learning when they get to 1st grade.

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  30. Your gifts are way cute! And who doesn't love a giveaway!?

    'm hosting my first linky party called "What a Gift!" It's a RACK {Random Acts of Christmas Kindness} linky where you love on and give to other bloggers! I'd love for you to come over and link up! "What a Gift" RACK Linky

    Merry Christmas!
    Becca
    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

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  31. What a great looking Frosty unit!

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  32. This pack looks AMAZING! Such a fun unit to have the kids jump into right after break.

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  33. I can't just say "hi" on my comment because I LOVE you fabulous ladies!!! My kids have been using your Sharing Pages and they love sharing their work. Thanks for your great ideas!
    Corinna
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties

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  34. Hi- thanks for the giveaway.
    yvonnee

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  35. Your snowmen crafts are ADORABLE!! I love the idea of the snow family! I am pinning that. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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