Hey there, peeps!  

I'm tired.

For no good reason.  Other than the fact that I had some very strange dreams last night.  One was about going on a field trip with an upper grade teacher at my school.  Who happens to be male.  And loud.  And tall.  While we were on this field trip, the kids kept jumping into the pool and we kept trying to stop them.  But it wasn't working.  I was also mixing up all of my medication and the kids kept interfering with me trying to figure it all out.  

Anyone out there interpret dreams?  I don't get the pool.  I don't actually have your typical variety of what you call a pool.  Mine is generally filled with bubbles and I read whilst in it.   No rafts allowed.  And I'm really the only one allowed in it.  Seeing as how there is no lifeguard on duty.  It's a safety issue.  

I don't get the pool in my dream.  Obviously.

When I am not teaching Language Arts or tying shoes or running in the opposite direction of a snotty nose, I teach Math.  I bet you didn't know that.  I think I've talked about it . . . once or so.

We are currently learning how to tell time.  Our standards state that first graders need to be able to tell time by the hour and the half hour.  That's all.  I wonder what the Common Core standards state . . . did you know the Common Core standards have not even been mentioned at my school?  Nope.  

So our enVision math curriculum goes into a lot of depth about telling time.  It's FIVE WHOLE LESSONS.  Two of them are about telling time to the hour.  One is about telling time to the half hour.  Pretty sure that's overkill, but whatever.  I did it.  (The other two cover how long things take -- minute, hour, day, AND reading a schedule)  My kids were getting really tired of ALL THE LESSONS in this topic, but I gave them more.  Call me an overachiever.  I know.

We played a matching game a few times today for review.  I passed out the cards and the kids had to find their partners.  Can you believe that someone tried to switch cards so that they could be with their BFF?  The nerve.

Telling Time Matching Game - Color

I lied.  We only played the game twice.  My kids got a little out of control.  I had to be a DREAM SQUASHER.

I squashed their dreams of playing for the third time and made them do a worksheet.  I told you, I'm tired.

Topic 10 Clock Review

If you want to save your color ink,  you can get black and white matching cards {HERE}.

That's all.  I had a meeting with the principal and the Leadership team during PTT today.  Today was supposed to be PTT with my team, but we had a big brouhaha  brewhaha  discussion regarding things AT SCHOOL that I shouldn't talk about on here.  Gosh darn it.  I really want to.  Bad.  Really bad.  But I won't.  Waaa.  (I didn't get in trouble and it has nothing to do with my blog.  It's just stupid school stuff.  Ooops.  I did not have that worded very well.  Sorry for any confusion.  My blog is still a secret.  So everybody --- mums the word!!!!  And shhhhhh!!!  :))

Basketball Wives has been on in the background while I've been typing this.  YIKES!!!!!  My ears hurt.

Leave me some bloggy love if you grab these! :)


  1. My kids love matching and buddying up like this - thanks for the freebie.

    Your dream? No idea...I'll go check with Reality Steve and I'll get back with you.

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. My kids will love this!! It is perfect.....we are working on time to the hour and half-hour!! Thanks for sharing!

    The First Grade Dream

  3. My kids are into telling time and it really isn't in my standards. I can't believe your district doesn't mention them...that is all we talk about!

  4. ugh...I hate enVision...again, I just use it as a guide..lol. and I teach from what all y'all wonderful people share :) lol
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  5. I love these and will grab them for my guys--thanks Kristin!! I haven't seen Basketball Wives yet...have you decided to add Dance Moms to your lineup yet? I'm joking, I know you have a full TV schedule already! :)

  6. The DREAM SQUASHER comment made me giggle - I have my days where I'm more of a squasher than a builder - you have to keep the kids on their toes! Anyways, I've recently just discovered your blog and it's great! I would be honored if you got a chance to take a look at my blog - I've just started, so we'll see how it goes.
    Mrs. Castro’s Class…Second Grade Spanglish Style

  7. We have Envisions too! L.A.M.E. I agree with the whole 5 lessons thing-really? Only one lesson on time to the half hour. But then a whole bunch of other lessons in the book are RIDICULOUSLY over my kiddos heads. Makes no sense! Thanks for the freebie! It looks PERFECT!
    Kerri B

  8. Great cards! What are you talking about not allowed to talk about on here?! How awful. Terrible. Do they know we don't actually KNOW you. You never say the school you work at or name anyone by name. What the heck?! PS: Common Core Standards not ever mentioned in Texas. Really ridiculous people make sure Texas thinks they are special. They all like to reinvent the wheel! Love ya!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  9. I like that your post title can be interpreted two ways.
    1. Killing time, such as, "I have nothing to do so I'm just killing time."
    2. Killing Time, such as, "I brought my axe cause it's Killing Time!"

    And yes, number two is the one I heard in my head first! What's that about?!

    PS I'm in Texas, too, and we don't talk about Common Core either. It's all about the TEKS, baby. (And now, the STAAR boooohoooo)
    Buzzing with Ms. B

  10. Hey Kristen! I get your tiredness. . . except that mine is due to going to bed at midnight and getting up at 6:00. . . I think I need to stop that!
    I have a tip for your students that might help them understand the hands of the clock better.
    Tell them that the word HOUR is a short word with 4 letters, so that's the short hand.
    The word MINUTE is a longer word with 6 letters, so it's the longer hand.
    Short word/short hand
    longer word/longer hand
    See if that helps your class.

    Second In Line

  11. Dying to know what y'all talked about now! Thanks! ;P

    Thank you for posting the time stuff... we'll be doing that in a couple of weeks.

    Were the kids drowning in that pool, or just having fun? I know absolutely NOTHING about dreams, but I'm gonna add my opinion anyway... cuz you know that's how I roll.
    My interpretation:
    Drowning kids = kids splashing around in the mess curriculum police and 30:1 has created...so tough to reach/help/teach/be effective with...
    Kids just splashin' around not following rules = kids just not listening, cuz there are 30 of em and that is just too dang many and they are too busy chatting and the pool of 30 kids is obviously far enough out of your reach to rein them back in, therefore creating an overall air of ... OMGness!

    Either way.... sounds like a lot of chaos and stress to me. I don't think you should have those dreams anymore. :D {haha}
    Dragonflies in First

  12. Love the match game! SO doing that with my kiddos! And text me, I need to know!! lol

  13. We are working on time too...well at least Audrey is:) Thanks so much for this printable...I am totally using it tomorrow! By the way, I think I will mention this every time I read one of your great posts...write a book! I will be the first in line to buy it! You really are a great writer...you totally have me hooked.

  14. I don't use enVision, but Everyday Math and I feel the same way, one of the lessons I was supposed to teach this week was skip counting by 5's (seriously, we've been practicing this since the beginning of the year!) We don't do Common Core up here, but our new standards seem pretty close to the CC (although our kinder standards don't change much).

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

  15. Shouldn't this post be all about me? I am confused. Seriously, thanks for the birthday wishes and just think... you can bring me to work in a few years as your 100 year old friend!

  16. Thanks for this. I use everything I can find as review.

    First in Maine

  17. At least you have interesting dreams - when I dream about school, it's usually about taking roll or naughty children. I spend 10 days in the ICU in the hospital once - and my husband would try to comfort me when I would get upset. He'd ask, "What are you doing right now?" And I'd answer something like, "Taking roll but Johnny is being BAD! I have to change his color card!" :) Thanks for the time cards: Looking forward to playing it! Lisa

  18. You're an even bigger sweetie than I thought if you tie shoes! I'm a jerk!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  19. Yesterday, I said to my "I couldn't control myself if I was duct taped down" child "you may go outside for this recess if you make good decisions". Oh those famous last words, I come out at the end of recess and everyone is shouting to tell me what he has done now and he is yelling "shut up". Well, hello little guy, you and I are about to see each other everyday during recess for the rest of your life. Thus with this exciting stuff, I went to bed at 6:00 p.m. "oh blessed oblivion". I love your blogs, keep up the good work. I need a laugh everyday.
    Jill bubbalulu.blogspot.com Tales from Second Grade

  20. I just joined your blog! I couldn't stop reading! You are too funny! I look forward to checking back often!



  21. Okay, if you're texting Hadar about your woes you'll need to text me...wait, you don't have my number. Email me instead. :)

    I don't tie shoes either...Christina and I confided in one another this weekend and both of us were glad to hear we're not the only "jerk" not to do it. :) You're just sweet as peaches now, aren't you!?!?!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  22. Time is the bain (sp?) of my existence...probably because our curriculum decided that first graders need to know the language "quarter to" and "quarter after." Oh, and be able to tell time to the quarter hour...even though our standards only say to the hour and half hour. Ugh.

    Teachery Tidbits

  23. I know why you dreamed about pools, you felt bad for me because I had a stupid swim day and you felt bad for me!


    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  24. Don't ya love Envisions? I think it's a little out of whack with some of their units---and our district is a by the book district. *Eye roll*

    Hope your day gets a little calmer :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  25. You are so fabulous! Don't let school stuff get you down :) I met up with Holly and Christina this weekend and none of us tie shoes, so you are wonderful just for that! Thanks for the great game, can't wait to use it next week! Have a FAB rest of your evening :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  26. I am totally keeping your blog a secret. It's way too entertaining a read to be compromised by the Curriculum Cops finding out. YIKES! Okay, so even though California hasn't officially adopted Common Core, my district is like one of those students sitting in the front row with their hand in the air gasping oo, oo, oo, pick me, pick me! As far as telling time, Common Core for first grade is "Tell and write time in hours and half-hours, using analog and digital clocks." California added (did you know that states can add their own in ADDITION to the Common Core?!!) "Relate time to events (e.g. before/after, shorter/longer). If I had a blog, I'd start whining about the standards for money though (as a Second Grade teacher). Kindergarten and First Grade don't have any. Yes, you read that right - they don't have ANY MONEY STANDARDS IN KINDERGARTEN OR FIRST GRADE! Then Second Grade is "Solve word problems involving COMBINATIONS of dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and cents symbol appropriately." Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!!!!!! Even though there have been no grades yet responsible for coin identification and value? Oh my Word! THAT will be exciting!

  27. I can't believe you haven't discussed the common core standards. We are being made to use them k-6 next year as well as our current state standards. Not sure how we will fit it all in!

  28. I have really weird dreams too!

    My school hasn't really said too much about the common core standards either. My principal said it's because our standards won't be changing much and that we don't have money to buy new adoptions anyways......I have compared the two to check...who has the time?

    Thanks for the freebie too! Saving that for later! :)

    ~Heidi V.

  29. Hi BloggyPal:

    Last night I dreamt (or has "dreamed" become the correct alternative?) that I went to Magic Mountain and the little car on the roller coaster just kept going and going out farther and farther into the desert.

    If I had been more conscious, I would have looked for a pool. You KNOW I would have waved to you.

    Maybe I feel adrift and alone, trying to make progress with kids who are more interested in... ummm... anything other than learning.

    Maybe YOU feel like the kids are drowning in curriculum restrictions. Or assessments. Or maybe they were trying to have fun and you were trying to stop them. Because the CC said no to art. AND fun.

    Or, maybe you secretly wish that your kids had access to a swimming program. (I'm fairly certain that you are NOT secretly wishing to teach swimming.)

    Or... Maybe there was water running somewhere while you were asleep and you just dreamed/dreamt it into the story line.

    Or maybe you were just thirsty.

    OR! Maybe you were thinking of when the Ben jumped out of the airplane with Lindzi and you thought (while sleeping) there has to be more fun than this... or than this guy... or....

    : )
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  30. Totally off topic, but I just saw a commercial for the Bachelor! Kacie B. comes back! Say WHAT?

  31. Common Core Standard 1.MD - First graders should be able to tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks. Can you tell what the focus is on in grad school?

    I love the game and will be printing it out soon. Teacher Tipster has a great "I spy" game that he uses with his first graders for time. =)

    Sorry you had a rough day. I so wish you could tell the story... sigh... such a tease! Leave us hanging especially after the dream.

    Misty @
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  32. I tie shoes, blow noses, and button pants....aren't we supposed to do that??!!!????

    Ha! Only joking...I don't tie shoes and won't let them stop in line to tie their shoes....I don't hand out many band-aids either! =)

    You are blessed that your blog is a secret...oh, how I wish mine was too!

    I hope you get to come to Texas this summer! =)

    Heather's Heart

  33. You are a riot!! You are always so entertaining! I love your blog!!!

    In our district we keep hearing about the Common Core Standards. Lucky me, I'm on a committee that gets to "analyze" some of these crazy standards. There will be no money until second grade, seriously???? I feel bad for these little ones that already struggle trying to meet the California Standards. It's coming to my district next year. K and 1 are giving it a go. Yikes!!!!! My poor little firsties.

    Have a wonderful weekend! It was such a balmy week here in the OC.

  34. I was thinking you are SWEETEST TEACHER, letting them play the game TWICE! My class this year gets riled easily so I would probably squash them {their dreams I mean of course) after one round. ;-) I wish my blog was still a secret. I got outed so now I feel like I have to be a little careful.
    Finally in First

  35. I gave a shout out to you and your Teddy Bear activities on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

  36. Hey! I have a question about your enVision math...my state has adpoted the CC and my district is adopting a new math series this year too. EnVision is one of our top picks...what are your thoughts on it? please email me @ jmcdaniel@dalecountyboe.org


    Crazy, I tell you, just plain crazy!


  38. I am right there with you...no tying shoes! Aren't we just the meanest teachers?! Lol

    And my school {and district} are all over the new common core standards! We have analyzed them up one side and down the other so I would be more than happy to help you when you all get started!

    I love your blog and would love for you to stop by mine!