First of all – notice anything different?!?! Gabby Barba from Gabby’s Classrooms redesigned my blog and I am in l-o-v-e! I asked for bright and colorful with a pop of purple…and that’s just what I got! If you’re searching for a blog designer I would definitely recommend her. She was very patient with me. 😉 Thanks Gabby!!!
Second of all – please know that the concept of “Penguin Day” or “Black and White Day” was not my idea. Sometime between the time I attended first grade and the time I returned to the school to teach first grade, Penguin Day was implemented as a first grade tradition. I added some little twists here and there, but I can’t take credit for the idea. My teaching friend shared all the details with me and helped me implement it in my classroom. Thanks, Tina!
We’ve been studying penguins and everything ccean for the last four weeks. My students “earned” Penguin Day just like they earned the Hot Chocolate Party. Once “they spelled it out” I assigned homework.
Why? We need supplies to make an ICE CASTLE of course!! Students were asked to freeze ice in fun shapes using jello molds, cupcake trays, etc. They put their ice shapes in plastic bags and labeled them with their names on it. I had the ice chest outside my door this morning when they arrived. They brought in some FUN molds! We had bundt cake molds, rectangular pieces of ice, long poles/columns, flowers, bunnies (yes!), hearts, butterflies, moons, stars cylinders… You name it, we had it!
I wish I could show you our class photo because it is soooooo stinkin’ adorable. They all wore black and white and we all waddled in line and it was so cute I almost couldn’t stand it.
We finally finished our castle and we “ooohed” and “awwed” and then went to recess. When we returned, we noticed all the colors running together at the base of the castle. As it was melting and all the colors were running together, the base was turning black!