Friday, December 4, 2015

Five for Friday December 4th

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Thank you for hosting, Kacey! 

This week we started noticing that Bossy R in many of the words we're reading!  These are the anchor charts I leave up to help remind the children about words with r controlled vowels.  The kids use these all the time!

These are some of our favorite videos to help remind us of  Bossy R!





I added all of these videos to my Letters and Sounds Prezi!

I found some fun counters and playing cards at the Dollar Tree. I got the little tin to store the counters in.  We use playing cards a lot for Hi/Low games to compare numbers on the cards.  I also got some to use as gifts, because we play Bingo for our Holiday Party, and each child can choose a million dollar dollar store gift as a prize.  (They just SEEM like a million dollars.  That's another reason I love this age!)

I posted LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of reindeer ideas at my blog this week.  Then some more! It's fun to fit in some reindeer activities throughout December. Have fun looking!

I just love the book Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 
It is a wonderful Character Education book, because it explains different character traits with very kid-friendly vocabulary.  Here are some examples:

"Cooperate means, 'How about you add the chips while I stir?'
 "Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie."
"Fair means, you get a bite, I get a bite."
"Regret means, I really wish I didn't eat so many cookies."
"Content means sitting on the steps just you, me, and a couple of cookies."

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and sweet. 

And of course cookies always brings this favorite to mind...

Each year, my sister's family makes these GORGEOUS decorated cookies- 

  They also make these little marzipan treasures!

I am neither patient nor clever with baking.  In my head, I have good ideas, but they come out as perfect Pinterest fails.  But here are two of my favorite recipes, that are never fail!

Melting Moments

This is my aunt's recipe. I love to make them a Christmas, but they are also so sweet for Valentine's Day, Easter- let's face it- any time.  They are a bit time consuming because you have to roll all the little balls, then put them together. BUT they are worth every minute. They make great gifts, too, because they look so pretty in a jar or holiday container. 

350 Degrees- 12 minutes
1 C Butter
2 C Flour
1/3 C 10X sugar

Cream butter with 10X sugar until fluffy. 
Blend in flour gradually. 
Beat at medium speed for 5 minutes or knead. 
Chill several hours or overnight. 
Roll rounded 1/2 tsp. size balls like marbles. 
Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. (I use parchment paper.)  
Cool on wire rack.

Almond Butter Cream Filling
1 1/2 C 10X sugar
3 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. cream
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Beat until smooth.
Tint any color you would like with food coloring.
Put frosting between two flat sides of cookies.

Easy Cranberry Pecan Cookies

My daughter tried this recipe last year and we loved it. It is sort of a Sandra Lee Semi Homemade idea- and I sort of love that. You know how sometimes you need a quick but really good cookie that doesn't seem quick?  Here you go!

1 tube (16 1/2 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
1 C chopped pecans
2/3 C white chocolate chips
2/3 C dried cranberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine the cookie dough, pecans, chips, cranberries, and vanilla. 
Drop by tablespoon 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans. 
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

Finally, I finished my Winter Fun Prezi and want to share it with you!

I put together my favorite videos and links to activities that I like to use during the winter months. The sections I have included on the Prezi are: videos for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa; 

snowmen videos, a wonderful unit on Snowflakes with activities and videos,

 and four different fireplaces that you can project in your classroom, on the Smartboard or big TV.

I found "burning fireplaces" on Youtube and inserted the video into a cozy fireplace, so it looks like you have a cozy fire in your classroom as the students work! Two of the fireplaces are crackling fires and the other two have Christmas carols playing as the fire burns.

As I find more videos and activities that I use in winter, I will continue to add to this Prezi- for example Groundhog Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I hope you enjoy this Prezi! I'd love your happy feedback at TPT if you enjoy it. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!


  1. Wow! What a gift you are to the teaching community. Thank you for you generosity. My students will love these activities!

    1. I can't tell you how much this comment made my day! Thank you so much. I'm so glad you can use these ideas!

  2. Carolyn, I'm not joking when I tell you that I use your blog post EVERY week when I lesson plan. Thank you for all the energy you put into finding wonderful ideas and then sharing them with all of us. You have saved me HOURS. Hugs to you, sweet Carolyn!

  3. Thanks for sharing all those great videos! Those cranberry cookies look delicious!

  4. You are so welcome! And those cookies are really delicious- and easy! And... no fail! Win-win-win!

  5. Love the songs! Your cookie recipes look delicious! The fireplace pictures look so lovely and cosy - perfect for this time of year!

    The run sounds like it was so much fun! Your outfit is fab! I also LOVE your sock collection and how you wear a different one every day LOL! The choir concert looks like it was lovely!

    Teaching Autism

  6. Hi ya Carolyn! I love the fireplace videos, too. They just make the mood great in the room, don't they? And you point out a new one I'll be checking out. I also pinned the R sound videos. And thanks for reminding me to get to the dollar store- ugh, where do my days go?? Your recipes look delish! See ya next time! Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom


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