Saturday, January 21, 2012

The days before blogging...

You might feel like those days were YEARS ago, but for me they weren't. I jumped on the blogging train in April 2011 & the digital activity/unit train over the summer.

But what on earth did I do prior to TpT and TN & the bloggy world?!? Well, I spent A LOT of time coloring, cutting, laminating, and cutting again. I still cut & laminate until I get a blister on my thumb. (Yes, that's true. I actually did that last weekend- cutting cardstock will get ya!)

I still use these activities that I've made in the past, but it's been a while since I've had to pull out my markers, crayons, and construction paper to create lesson materials. (Aside from an art project of course!) This week I did. This is the first time I've done a penguin unit & while I did have some printable TpT and TN activities, I supplemented with some classic cut & color activities!

I wanted to share this activity with you, but you'd have to make it yourself if you want it! :) I used patterns from this pattern kit I purchased from Staples last year with a gift card. It's awesome if you don't have it. Not only does it have tons of patterns that can be used for just about anything, but they also have activity suggestions listed on the back- standards included! :)

We had color matching penguins! We had talked about what penguins eat & they had to match the fish to the scarf color on the penguin. I have still kiddos working on color identification & matching on their IEPs so this is great practice. I told them if they feed the penguin the wrong color fish, he was going to get a belly ache and be really sick. If they matched the wrong color I'd totally exaggerate it & they loved it!

What were you doing before the days of TpT & TN?! And, like I mentioned, there will be more  on the way about my celebrating of reaching over 400 followers...then over 450! But first, I've teamed up with some other wonderful bloggers to bring you a unit giveaway next week! Stay tuned! 


Tara said...

I just started blogging and stalking over the summer and can't imagine life without it!!! Love!!!!

4th Grade Frolics

Stellaluna said...

I was cleaning my class last night and looking at editions of teacher resource books and thinking the same thing. It is funny how much I relied on Mailbox before I discovered blogging.

Unknown said...

I started blogging over the summer. It's amazing how much my teaching has changed with this blogging world. There are so many great ideas out there and I have been inspired to create some wonderful things of my own!

Grow Up Learning

Jess said...

I just started blogging last spring and I was still doing the cut and laminate thing until then. I can't believe how much has changed in my teaching/centers since blogging! I wish I had it my first year of teaching. It would have been the BEST resource! Thank you for sharing!
Rambling About Reading

Mrs. Russell's Class said...

Before blogging (and still), I LOVE Mailbox Magazine's Teacher Helper! But, I am so thankful to have stumbled across teacher blogs, because I have been able to add such wonderful ideas to my files!!!

Kristin said...

I read a lot more. Books, that is. Now I read blogs and the occasional book.
OH! And my classroom was just not as cute. :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Elizabeth said...

I couldn't agree with you more. My teaching has completely changed since I got involved in blogging in October. I feel like I'm a better teacher.

Fun in Room 4B

Unknown said...

Such a cute idea! =)
First Grade Blue SKies

Cupcake said...

Before blogging, I spent a year and a half stalking wedding planning sites and planning for my wedding!
Then once I got married, I needed another way to spend my days... in walked teacher blogs!! :)

A Cupcake for the Teacher

Mrs. M said...

I have this set of patterns and I love it! I love the ideas on the back too :)

Color Me Kinder

Miss Amanda said...

I've had this pattern set for 6 years. I LOVE it! Don't use it as much as I used to, mostly because of all of the stuff I can access on my Mailbox account, however, it's a great resource for quick & easy color pages for my preschoolers!

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