Friday, July 8, 2016

Five for Friday! {July 8, 2016}

I can't believe that it's already July. I just knew I was going to blog more this summer and sadly I have failed at that. So, I'm popping in today to get caught up and share some things that I have been doing school wise lately. I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday! 

I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm changing my theme for the upcoming school year to a woodland friends/camping theme. One thing I've done for the past several years that has worked very well for me is having a student of the week... This sweetie is featured in the hallway with the an all about me poster and they are my line leader and special helper for the entire week. My first two years of teaching I had a classroom job chart and my helpers and leader changed daily. I wasn't the best at changing the chart out because let's face it teacher's have 1 zillion things to do each morning. So the summer after my 2nd year I brainstormed some ideas that would help me with that and I decided to do a student of the week and let that student be the helper and leader for the entire week. And if more than one helper is needed for a job, I let my student of the week pick friends to help. It has been a game changer!!! That year I did a rock star theme and called my student of the week a "rock star of the week." I did that theme for a few years and then changed to a jungle theme. When I changed my theme to jungle I called my student of the week a "top banana." So here I am this summer with a new theme and I thought what can I call my student of the week?? I decided to go with "camper of the week." And that's when this little baby was born in the hallway! Isn't she cute!!??? I plan to hang the all about me poster on the camper door. I've still got to add a hitch to it. Gosh... I love how cute it turned out!!!

On one of my visits to Target this summer I found the best bins in the dollar spot. They are colorful and sturdy. And that first day I just bought a few because at that time I thought I would use them in my groups. After I got home I was kicking myself because I really wanted to use them for a classroom library makeover. My bins I had were not holding up well and were mismatched. So after going to and calling several targets trying to track these bins down I finally got enough for my classroom library! 
Houston we have a Target Dollar Spot bin problem!! haha
Then I thought... But I really need enough for my manipulatives and supplies so all of my bins match in my classroom. So the hunt was on again. This time I got some help from Eric's brother who was tracking to Louisville for a work trip. He stopped in E-Town and picked me up a case and finally I think I have enough. #teacherproblemsolved  

Speaking of Target... Have you seen these awesome little felt games?? I picked these up for inside recess days! I thought they would be perfect. I also picked one up for me and Eric because I thought they would be perfect for lake days! :) 

A new theme also means I need to redo my student take home binders! And when you don't know who is in your class just yet, well you use your fur baby's name instead! ;)

It's stormed on and off all week, so I have been busy printing and laminating centers. Today the electric was out for awhile so I got busy cutting my back to school centers out. One less thing to do in August! :)

Well friends that's my Five for Friday! I hope everyone is having a restful and fabulous summer! Enjoy every second because if yours is anything like mine, it's going by WAY TOO FAST! Don't forget to link up with Kacey with your Five for Friday!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Write the Room:Math Style! {With a Freebie!}

Happy summer blog friends! I hope you are enjoying summer as much as I am! I was prepping some center stuff today, and realized I never blogged about something I started working on this past winter during all the snow days. I needed some more activities for math and after brainstorming, I decided to make some write the room math activities because my kids love to write the room! So on one snowy day I began making some write the room math activities and now I'm up to 11. {and may make more}
 I bundled them together today....You can save  $7 by purchasing the bundle! That's getting 3 1/2 write the room activities for free! :) 

Here are some pics of  some of the write the room math activities in action in my classroom. I just tape them up in different spots around the room and put the recording sheets in a center tub. Students who are at that center get a recording sheet, pencil, and grab a clip board... Then they begin searching the room for the write the room cards and complete the activity accordingly. 
Here they are solving addition problems... They write the problem down in the correct box and solve.

Here they are telling time...They write the time shown on the clock in the correct box on the recording sheet.

I have write the room math activities for telling time, addition, subtraction, shapes, base ten, number comparisons, true/false, and much more!! You can grab them individually or save $7 by purchasing the bundle!

And I just added a brand new one today for you as a freebie! I hope you love it!

Well friends,,.that's all I've got for now. Have a great night!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Five for Friday! {End of the Year Catch Up Post with a Freebie!}

Why hello summer's so GOOD to see you!! Well friends week one of my summer break is in the books! It flew by, like they always do. My week consisted of baking, running, snuggling with my sweet little Dexter, cleaning, and I took a little impromptu trip to Target and the outlet mall yesterday...just because it was sunny out and it's summer and well I could! :) I didn't need a thing but I did score some deals at Target and Gap.... and the caramel frappacino I had while I was shopping was a nice little bonus! ;)

I'm a little behind on my blogging...The last week and half of school was crazy busy. I moved everything out so my floors could be waxed. But before that I decided I wanted to paint my room.... So I started painting like a mad woman before my floors were cleaned. 
I thought I would do a little catch up post and share a few things with you Five for Friday style! I'm linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday with five random things from the end of the school year.

One of my favorite end of the year traditions is camping out with a good book day. Students bring their favorite books and spend part of the day reading with their sweet buddies. I also invite them to participate in a book swap. They can bring up to five books they would like to trade for up to five new-to-you books. This is a great way for students to get some different books to read over the summer and it doesn't cost them a thing. 
Here is the pile of books that was brought in for the swap this year. I spy some good ones, don't you?
Another tradition for this day is enjoying some yummy s'mores! Because with only 2 s'more days left why not celebrate!?

This year for our last bulletin board craft we made this cutie patootie butterfly.
If your interested in this, this was another thing I did this week... I got it added to my tpt store. This craftivity pack comes with the craft template and lots of writing papers for K-3. It can also be used as a back to school craft. Suggestions for how to use are included in this little pack. 

As an end of the year gift I gave my students these bubble wands. Super simple, but fun, and the kids were so excited and thought I was the best! ha If your still looking for an end of the year gift for your students you can snag the tags as a FREEBIE HERE. :)

So I mentioned I was painting my room earlier in the post. I got a wild hair to paint my room. I painted it gray and I LOVE it. Do you see that terrible board on the far left? It's damaged and yucky looking and won't come clean. I have always covered it every year with bulletin board paper... but since it isn't cork I have to tape things up and then when I change things out the tape rips the paper and I can't stand the messy ripped paper and who wants to change paper every time you take something off the board?? Not this girl. So......I bought a big ole roll of cork and me and a few of my sweet teacher gal pals covered this board and a couple others in my room before we left for summer. And just like that I have a bulletin board friends! One that I can actually staple and push pin things too. Shut the front door I'm excited! It's little things... or well... a big roll of cork things... that make my teacher heart happy. :)

And.... I mentioned awhile back that I am changing my theme for the upcoming school year. I'm doing a camping/woodland friends theme. Before leaving for summer I just had to put up this new burlap fadeless paper with some of my new border! I'm loving it! I can't wait to add more and finish up the rest of the room. Those critters make my heart smile. SO.STINKIN.CUTE!!

Well friends, that's all I've got for now. Have a fabulous Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Non-Fiction Reading Gurus {Donors Choose & a DEAL!}

The past several years I have used Scholastic News in my classroom and love it! It is such a wonderful resource. I am able to cover so many standards by using the common core lesson plans and technology components that are included with the subscription to this awesome classroom newspaper.

We used Scholastic News this year to find the main idea and details.

 While learning about penguins and verbs, we used a Scholastic News to hunt for verbs. Students highlighted all of the verbs as we read through the great article about penguins. 

We then made an anchor chart with some verbs we found from the Scholastic News and added a few extras as well.

Students then used the verbs to help them write all about Penguins!

Another way we used it this past year was finding the main idea and details. We used one about David Shannon to help us do this.

This is just a few examples of the many different ways that I have used Scholastic News in my classroom in the past.

Scholastic News is such a great resource to add more non-fiction reading into your classroom. I am working to add more non-fiction titles to my classroom library, but still don't have no where near would I would like to have. Scholastic News definitely helps us cover tons of standards and be non-fiction reading gurus! :) Plus it's great to use with our thematic units such as penguins, fire safety, plants, Dr. Seuss, etc. just to name a few!

I would love to use Scholastic News again this year with my firsties. I recently posted a new Donors Choose project for a subscription to Scholastic News and Science Spin for my students to use for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. I would be thrilled to get it funded so we can start using this great resource right away at the beginning of the new school year.

I have until June 2nd to get any donations MATCHED when using the code EMPOWER at checkout! Will you please help me?? For donating $10 to my Donors Choose project I will in turn GIVE you $25 worth of products{of your choice} from my tpt store. All you have to do is donate $10 and email me with your Donors Choose name that you donated under and include the names of the items from my tpt store that you would like! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!?? If you would like to donate more I will honor that deal for every $10 you donate.... so if you donated $20 then you would get $50 worth of products from my tpt store and so on! :) Check out my project HERE if you would like to help us. Don't forget to use the code EMPOWER at checkout!

Do you use Scholastic News in your classroom?? I would love to know how you use it! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Psst...SNEAK PEEK at CTP's NEW Product Line!!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our CTP Exclusive Blogger product giveaway blog hop. Congratulations to Emily Levine for winning the Woodland Friends prize pack #1 from Creative Teaching Press that I was giving away on my blog! Emily I hope you love this super cute line of products as much as I do! :)

I've got a little secret to share with you...I have access to a secret landing page with all of the new Creative Teaching Press products that will be coming out in late May! Exciting right!!?? Click the image below to get a sneak peek of the newest items coming soon! AND while your there enter for a chance to win $50 worth of Creative Teaching Press products!

I'm loving all of the new items... but I'm super excited about the new magnetic decor strips!! What a great idea!! Magnetic strips can be used on any magnetic surface including magnetic whiteboards, magnetic bulletin boards, file cabinets, lockers, and steel doors. Magnetic border strips are reusable and can be easily cut with scissors to customize the length. These durable magnetic strips are sturdy and will last for years to come. I plan to put these around my door and can't wait!! This is such a great idea and will make snazzing up areas much easier and quicker!

Another item I'm excited about is the Woodland Friends Peek-Overs. I'm changing my theme this year to Woodland Friends collection and I can't wait to use these super cute peek overs to make a cute work display. I can't wait to share my room makeover with you! :)

Well what are you waiting for?? Head over to get an exclusive sneak peek of the newest items coming soon! AND while you're there don't forget to enter for a chance to win $50 worth of CTP products!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We Love Our Moms! {Mother's Day Freebie!}

Hi blog friends! We have been busy this week working on special gifts for Mother's Day! I wanted to share with you a couple of our gifts just in case you are needing something last minute that's pretty quick and simple...But moms are sure to LOVE! 

The first one I want to share about is one that I have been doing this one since I started teaching and it's my favorite! It's a hand print flower that doubles as a work/picture holder for the refrigerator. I found the idea sometime ago online and I can't remember where. :(

Sorry for the poor lighting!

I got my supplies at Wal-Mart... magnetic strips, jumbo craft sticks and clothespins. Simply get your students to make a hand print. (I let them pick which color) I free handed the stem and copied it onto green paper and laminated it and the hand print. Then I hot glued the craft stick to the stem then added the hand print. I hot glued the clothespin to the bottom of the the craft stick and then hot glued a magnetic strip. I add a label and students will sign their name. These turn out super cute and are a great keepsake!

CLICK HERE for the label I added to the back. :) Avery size 2" x 4" labels.

Here is another project that we have worked on this week that I shared about last year. To show our moms just how special they are and how much we love them, students worked on a simile mother's day poem and drew a pretty picture to go along with it. I attached the poem to one side of a piece of construction paper, attached the drawing to the other side, and then laminated for durability. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! :) It's simple, but oh so cute and their responses are so sweet. I hope that these will be a hit with the moms of my firsties. The kids sure were proud of them.
 I loved reading the things they came up with to complete the poem. Some examples that they used... you are as funny as a clown, pretty as a rose, special as my teacher {melt my heart}, helpful as a nurse, smart as a mad scientist, cute as a monkey, and as special as a rhino. Apparently rhinos are pretty special! Who knew?? :)

If you are looking for a quick, simple, last minute project for your sweeties to work on for Mother's Day I just uploaded this as a freebie in my tpt shop. :)

What do your students make for their moms for mother's day??

I'm joining in on the huge teacher appreciation sale that's happening right now through May 4th! Everything in my little tpt store is 20% off! Plus you can use the code CELEBRATE to snag additional savings!! Happy Teacher Appreciation week!! 
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Have a great rest of the week! :)