Cloudy With a Chance of Learning

About ten minutes before the end of school bell tolled today, they starting buzzing...

Our first graders have BIG plans this weekend, and too bad for us hopeful teachers they have nothing to do with school or learning.

Apparently anybody who's anybody knows the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 comes out today, right?

Well apparently, that is BIG plans in a first grader's world. 

"I'm seeing Meatballs today!"
"Oh! Me too! I loved the first one and cannot wait for number two!"
"I LOVE raining food. I wish it could rain salami right now." 

Really?!? We would've wished for chocolate, or wine rain, but that's what makes us special...We're all different. :) 

They have no idea...

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" has been one of our all time favorite read aloud books since 
Teaching Day 1. 
It lends itself to so many fun activities and discussions.
It's a great story and the kids find it absolutely mesmerizing.
It's a really good thing their teachers are one step ahead of them...

Sometimes the motto, "If you can't beat them, join them" works incredibly well in the younger grades.

So on Monday, we'll play a little game called,
There's a BOOK to go with that movie!
We think they'll play along...
 We usually save this story to go along with our Wonderful Weather unit, but sometimes timing is everything. We have also come to learn in this tech saturated world we real life teachers won't hold a candle to the BIG screen, so why not just give them what they want?

We'll do a lot of these activities whole group in our Pocket Chart next week, then move them into our Workshop {aka Centers, Daily 5, whatever you call it}and add the recording pages.
Meatball Mash Up might be our favorite. 
We have BIG plans to get them reading.
Click {here} to take a closer look at our 
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Booktivities for the Common Core Classroom. Download our free preview and 
enjoy a helping of our Meatballs Build a Word FREE!

So, do you have BIG plans this weekend?
We may eat spaghetti and meatballs, but we teacher moms know better than to tackle the movies on opening day.  The only way we do that is when we purchase tickets in the 21 and over balcony seats...Where it actually does rain wine. Well, they deliver it to your seats. If it rains, it's just because the person behind us had a few too many wine deliveries...but that's what makes us special...We're all different. :) 

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BIG weekend plans.
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Have a fabulous weekend!
Fluttering Through First Grade


  1. My big plans for this weekend are: color, print & laminate some centers, read, grade papers, practice my clarinet, catch up on a mountain of laundry waiting to be folded and maybe...just maybe.... I might find time to squeeze in a few hours with my family. :-)

  2. My big plans are to grade a HUGE stack of papers, watch the GA vs LSU game, and write some lesson plans. Exciting stuff going on over here! :) This unit looks awesome and we actually are learning about weather right now!

    Teachery Tidbits

  3. Yep that is all my kiddos talked about today too! But it does look really cute, I loved the first one. No big plans really just grading all the papers I have managed to slack off of this week and clean :)!!
    The Blessed OCDiva

  4. I'm spending Saturday at school TRYING to catch up.It will be quiet so I can be creative. Then on Sunday my son will bring his new girlfriend over for us to meet...she is from Denmark. I can't wait!

  5. My big plans are to work on lesson plans and finish up curriculum writing for our district. And snuggle with my foster baby!

  6. Relaxing! There's always laundry, cleaning, lesson plans, grading... I do get to take a break to watch my kids play soccer and volleyball this afternoon :0)

  7. I follow your blog through bloglovin! I plan to relax as much as possible. I do have to do my progress reports though- so there will be working involved a bit! Yesterday was my son's birthday so later today we're taking him out to eat to celebrate (he's grown & has a job). I love weekends as much as I love working with my first graders! Carol

  8. Always a follower! :) First day of FALL vacation! YIPPEE!! Getting ready to have the 3 granddaughters ( ages 8 months, 18 months, & 4years ) for the 2 weeks! Can't wait! Going to the pumpkin patch, taking LOTS of pictures! Playing dress up, the 4 yr. old wants to give me a "Pedi"...where did she learn that? Oh well...girls don't know when Halloween we are "Trick or treating" at friends & family while they are here! CAN"T WAIT! So excited! wendy 1stgradefireworks

  9. Long time follower.. My big plans include working on lesson plans, printing/laminating/cutting out centers for next week, helping my 11 year old with his school project, watching my son play baseball and hopefully squeezing in time to watch a few college football games -- Go Noles!


  10. My big weekend plans are to sleep late and finish the book I started reading over the summer! This unit looks like it will be a hit with the kids. Thanks for the chance to win.


  11. I LOVE this! I was just thinking I needed something to do with my kids next week that was a little different and fun and I think I'm going to whip this out! My "BIG" plans are relaxing after a long SEP conference week and tackling the pile of grading that has resulted from not taking things home for the last 3 days!

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  12. This looks like so much fun! My weekend plans are to go to The Two Sisters conference and learn all about Daily Five and CAFE! So excited to learn how to do this in the classroom!

  13. My weekend has consisted of a modge-podge and glitter infested balcony to get letters ready for my apartment and watching college football all day long! Tomorrow is NASCAR day and getting prepared for the week ahead!

  14. I hope to enjoy being outdoors as much as possible this weekend. Our temps have JUST NOW fallen below 100 degrees here in Tucson, AZ. That means we all head to the bike trails, swimming pools, and hiking paths.

    Granny Goes to School

  15. My big weekend plans included going into school and sorting through my bookcase and filing cabinet to discard "junk." I feel really good to have accomplished that. I will be watching the Ohio State football game tonight and doing school things tomorrow. What a gorgeous weekend!

  16. My "big" plans is enjoying time at home with my family! We finally just finished up months of home improvement projects and have a clean house! Time to enjoy the family with chili and movies! :)
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

  17. So far... My oldest had a softball game and didn't play in the dirt, can I get a whoop, whoop! and let's see...... for the rest of this weekend.... well it's half over and it's 7:00 pm on Saturday and I hate to say it, but I'm already in my jammies, getting read to enjoy some pizza and maybe Doc McStuffins (don't hate me, it's a glamorous life). I am SO.MUCH.FUN! :) Tomorrow, don't be jealous, I get to work on my pre-conference plan for my meeting with my principal on Monday and my observation on Wednesday (jealous? I know.. it's hard not to be. hehehe)!!

    Enjoy your weekend ladies!!!

  18. My big weekend plans included going to a baseball game, attending a huge apple festival, watching football and going to church. A great- fun filled fall weekend!

  19. Love your blog! My weekend plans include fall clothes shopping with my daughter:) and working on lesson plans:(

  20. Our big weekend plans is to attend a big local fall festival!


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