Friday, January 6, 2012

Penguin on a Shelf...A South Pole visitor =)

On Monday, we are receiving a "chilly" letter from the South Pole. This letter is from Santa's brother, Jack Frost. Jack knows we are learning about penguins and wants to send a "helper" who will report back to Jack and his uncle, Santa, how each kiddo is doing. Our penguin friend also knows the elves and has talked to different elves about the visits to the classrooms they made before Christmas. Much like an Elf on the Shelf, Mr. Penguin (name not yet determined) will move around, cause mischief, and sometimes leave if he gets scared by what he sees and hears! =)

Here is Mr. Penguin.


Here is a copy of the note we will receive (It will be placed in the freezer before arrival for a chilly effect).


graphics by DJ Inkers

On to some *freebies*!

Some of my kiddos are still needing help with digraphs, especially my ESL kiddos. Here is a penguin digraph sort. I *love* the penguin font! =)

graphics by DJ Inkers

The next *freebie* is Chilly Cover-Up. This is a digraph game where children spin and cover one of the snowflakes with a picture having that digraph. He or she must say the name of the picture and the sound that digraph makes. The first player to cover all of his or her snowflakes win


 
graphics by DJ Inkers

I hope you enjoy all of the *freebies*!

I want to give everyone who left me a heart note after my last post a HUGE heart hug. The person making the hurtful comment did not leave it on my blog...infer what you may....and infer again about why I asked the question about the bucket dipper. I try and not take things to heart but I am a worrier. I have faith that God brought each of you to my blog for a reason and for that I am forever blessed.  Each of you make my heart smile daily and your sweet heart notes encourage me and inspire me to be a better teacher. Thank you!


61 heart notes:

mcd said...

OH MY!!! This might be the sweetest and the cutest idea ever! THANK YOU for sharing! This just made my day!

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Thanks for the freebies! And I am glad you are feeling better...no more worrying!! ok?? =)
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Jess said...

Thanks for the freebies! I really like the idea of Mr. Penguin. Unfortunately I have already put out my penguin and he isn't magically. I do however say that the table that is working the nicest can have the penguin sit at their table. They love this! It's a huge treat to have a stuffed animal at your table even if only for 20 minutes. Glad to hear your feeling better! We can't let mean people get the best of us!

Rambling About Reading

Elisabeth said...

Heather, thanks for the freebies! We are studying digraphs next week and I am using these for sure!!!!

Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

Delaney White said...

I am so using the pengiun visitor! I love all the freebies...thanks so much!

Kristin said...

Love the freebies! And I think you're onto something with the penguin visitor . . . :)
Don't let Negative Nancy's get you down. Cuz you're a Happy Heather.
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright said...

I love your blog and your ideas :) You are a wonderful teacher and all of your followers {heart} you :) Hope this fills your bucket and thanks for the freebies :)

Lisa :)
http://madeintheshadeinsecondgrade.blogspot.com/

Deb said...

LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

I have given you an award. Head on over to my blog and check it out!

Deb
Simply the Classroom

martha said...

My kids loved Elf so I know they will love this one. Thanks for the freebie

Donna said...

Thanks for sharing, wonderful ideas and the penguins are so cute!!

meadowt said...

Thanks for sharing your creations. I have a group that is struggling with consonant digraphs, this will be perfect!
Barbara
meadowt@msn.com

Mrs. Nunley said...

You have such great ideas! Thank you for the freebies!!
-Megan

http://firstgrademagic.blogspot.com

Kelley Cirrito said...

Very cute Heather!!! I bet your kids are just eating it up!! I know mine would be! :)

Susan said...

Heather- Thanks so much for the freebies. Love the letter from Jack Frost and can't wait for Monday to have our "penguin" arrive! Love you ideas.

Susan

Meredith Gilbert said...

I LOVE the penguin idea! I was planning on finding some way to have a different "elf on the shelf" idea until June, but never got around to it. Thanks!!!

Sunshine, Sand and Scissors

Anita said...

What a great idea for 'penguin on the shelf'! Cute! I love your freebies too! Thanks for sharing!
Anita
Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten

Mrs. Wheeler said...

Hi, Heather! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I love these little penguin activities! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Wheeler
www.mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com

❋Karen❋ said...

I am in LOVE with your blog! I especially LOVE all the freebies you share! You are truly a teacher with a kind heart and it bothers me that people have to be hurtful to kind people.
The penguin ideas are SWEET! I am starting a penguin unit next week and I WILL be using your ideas! Thanks so much!

❋Karen❋ said...

I am in LOVE with your blog! I especially LOVE all the freebies you share! You are truly a teacher with a kind heart and it bothers me that people have to be hurtful to kind people.
The penguin ideas are SWEET! I am starting a penguin unit next week and I WILL be using your ideas! Thanks so much!

~DeAnne~ said...

I am SOOO glad I found your blog (or that you posted on mine so I could find it!) I LOVE THIS. How about this? If you've received this before---it's because you're extra special :) You can go here to see what it's about. http://firstgradeandfabulous.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger.html

DeAnne
First Grade and Fabulous

Amanda at Learn, Laugh, Grow said...

Hey Heather!! I'm so glad you found my blog; I absolutely love yours! I am very excited to read your posts and fantastic ideas!

Amanda
Learn, Laugh, Grow

Amy said...

cute blog!!! I gave you an award over at my blog :)

http://thelandof2ndgrade.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

What a great idea with Mr. Penguin!! So creative! Thank you for the freebies- awesome as always. :)

Apples and Papers

Kinder Kiddo said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I will definitely be using this in my classroom, as my kiddos have been quite rowdy since the shelf elf has gone back to the North Pole! Thank you!!!

Kristy Cozart said...

Too cute...thanks for sharing! BTW, I left a little award for you on my blog! Hope you haven't gotten one yet, but if you have, you deserve it twice!
Kristy
www.cozartsclass.blogspot.com

Miss DeCarbo said...

This is TOO adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this! :) Happy to be a new follower, and thanks so much for visiting and following my blog!

Second Grade Sugar and Spice

Angie said...

I just love the penguin on a shelf, that is an excellent idea. I just found your blog and am loving it. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas and awesome freebies.

Pam said...

Such a cute idea... penguin on the shelf! Love.... Thank you for the freebies!

TangaLibrarian said...

Heather
I just started following your outstanding blog. I am a elementary school librarian and I plan to use the penguin note idea (modified somewhat for the library). I usually read Emperor's Penguin to the first graders and this is such a cute idea. Thank you so much for sharing and keeping our focus on the children!

Angela said...

I just found your blog. Lucky me! Thanks for the freebies!

luyoung said...

Thank you so much for the darling freebies! The Penguin on the shelf is an awesome idea. I can't wait to use it in my class.

Anonymous said...

OH My Word!! I just discovered your blog tonight from a comment on Mrs. Jump's blog (yes, I read comments as they contain lots of information like your link)! Anyhoo, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! I would even LOVE to use it at my house with my two little ones...super cute!! Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to following your blog!

Lisa said...

I've never heard of the Penguin on the Shelf before, but I love the idea, especially putting the letter in the freezer! Hope Mr. Penguin does the trick and keeps your Smarties acting kindly!

Lisa
http://stories114.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! I had to come check yours out now! :) I love the Mr. Penguin idea. The kids had a blast with the Elf on the Shelf... I'm sure Mr. Penguin would be just as fun! Have a great weekend!

Amanda
First Grade Garden

Mrs. Reynolds said...

Oh Heather, these are SO PRECIOUS!! I am a faithful blog follower and am inspired by your creativity! Thank you so much for sharing all your work! I have been creating things, too, but am afraid to take the step into "blogosphere"! You are a blessing!

Tarra Mackelson said...

Hi Heather! I am your newest follower! I can't wait to check out your blog!

Tarra
www.chalkboardchitchat.blogspot.com

Tarra Mackelson said...

Hi Heather (again!),
I just browsed through your blog and Oh My Word! You are such an inspiration! All your *freebies* are so adorable! And I love the pictures of your cat!

I have added you to the list of blogs that I follow on my website! I am so sorry I missed your t-shirt giveaway! The shirts were so cute!

Nice work friend!
Tarra
www.chalkboardchitchat.blogspot.com

meadowt said...

Hi Heather, I love your freebies . I thought I was already following your blog, but I am now!!! I check it often.
Thanks for the sweet note,
Barbara
happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

cewaye said...

I posted a link to this page on Pinterest so my other teacher friends could see your cute games. Hope it brings you more followers; thanks for sharing such wonderful resources ;).

Lory Robinson said...

Great Freebies, Thanks! Also love your "blog helper" :)
Lory
Funforfirst.blogspot.com

Kinder Fun said...

HI Heather! It is great to meet you and find your blog! How excited to find out that you from TX.
Your blog is so cute and you have awesome ideas on here!

Ms.Trinh said...

Great blog! I love your ideas! Thanks fr leaving me a comment, it always puts a smile on my face. Im a new follower!

Alex said...

Hi Heather! I chose your blog for the Versatile Blogger award. Check it out here: www.aintheclassroom.blogspot.com Thanks for the awesome inspiration! :)

Primary Junction said...

This is a really cute idea! I especially love that it is coming from Jack Frost - so creative! Your kiddos will have such a great time learning about Penguins!

I somehow missed your previous post, but as everyone said, just keep your head held up high. I know it's not easy as I am a huge worrier and so tender-hearted. I worked with a not-so-great staff before (not everyone was but there were several), and I honestly don't understand why some people have to be so rude. Every time I just wanted to leave. It just brings you down. Thankfully, I am no longer working with those folks! I can tell by your post you are a sweet person! Just keep doing what you're doing, and don't worry about anyone that brings you down.

Kayla
Primary Junction

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing the penguin digraph activities with my students!

Anonymous said...

Stumbled across your blog and LOVE the penguin freebies! Can't wait to use them with my kiddos next week!

shelly said...

Ok, so I stumbled upon your site via pinterest and now I cannot stop looking! You have absolutely amazing ideas. Your creativity is awesome and inspring. Thank you for sharing this with other educators. You are simply amazing and inpiring. Please know you have a true gift and talent. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us.