Friday, June 28, 2013

Word of the Day Pack and Five for Friday!

Hello, hello! We are getting a new reading series this upcoming school year. I have been been busy working on a few things to go along with this new series. I just finished up a 200 page High Frequency Word of the Day pack. I introduce a new word of the day first thing each morning and the kids work on a word of the day sheet while I quickly check STAR Books, do attendance and lunch count. If your interested in this pack you can check it out by clicking the pic below. This pack was aligned with the First Grade Scott Foresman Reading Street reading series, however, you could still use these sheets and introduce them in any order to go along with the curriculum that you are teaching.




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Now onto a little Five for Friday fun with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

I'm excited because I've always wanted to join in on the Five for Friday fun... but I usually forget or can't find the time! Here are five random things from my week.


 1. I'm working on a new spot for my word wall. I wanted to use the space where I had my old word wall for a focus wall... so I thought where can I put my word wall? And I decided to put it under the white board at the front of the room. I'm using Cara's word wall header cards from her Chevron Classroom Decor Bundle. I started  using some ribbon that I had left over from last summer's projects and quickly realized I didn't have enough for this job. I will have to make a run to Hobby Lobby before I can finish this little project. 





2. I'm getting to spend lots of time with this sweet little boy and I'm loving it! Dexter makes my heart happy! :)




3. I got my toe nails painted this week... These were inspired by a pin I found on pinterest.


The photo below was the inspiration.



4. Since it's summer I've been trying out all sorts of pinterest recipes.... I fixed these super easy cheeseburger sliders this week and they were delicious!!! You can find the recipe here.



5. I've been in tncore math training learning all about how to make math tasks. fun stuff! 



Well that's my Five for Friday! Be sure to go link up with Kacey.


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And if you made it to the bottom of this post, leave me your email and I will give the fifth person to comment  my new high frequency word of the day pack! :)


Have a great Friday!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Rock Star of the Week

Happy Thursday blog friends! I am linking up with the precious Cara for a little "Throwback Thursday" fun! 




Here is a throwback post from August 24, 2012.

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I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' for the last day of teacher week called "Freebie Friday!" I wanted to share with you what I'm doing this year for my student of the week. To go along with my rock star theme, I'm having a "Rock Star" of the week. I randomly draw out a student to be our "Rock Star" on the Wednesday before their week and I send home a note to the parents explaining about the "Rock Star" of the week and I attach an all about me poster for them to complete at home and return to school. The "Rock Star" gets to be the line leader and the class helper for that entire week. This helps with not having to keep up with all those class jobs daily or weekly...I'm really loving this part of it! On Monday, the Rock Star shares their all about me poster with the class and then I display the poster in the hall for everyone to enjoy and learn about our little star. On Tuesday, they bring in something to share.... this can be a treat or something for show and tell. On Wednesday, they bring in their favorite book... they can read it to the class or they can have me to read it to the class for them. On Thursday, they can share a "star talent" with the class. This can be anything from a trick, cart wheel, singing, dancing, drawing, a trophy, etc. And on Friday, the class makes a special "Fan Mail" book with letters for our little rock star.


This is what I have displayed in the hall so everyone can read all about our "Rock Star" each week. I put up a blank poster so you can see what I send home with the kids to complete at home. My sweet mom ordered these from Really Good Stuff. They also have some cute ones at Oriental Trading.


 The "Rock Star" also gets to keep this on their char all week. I found these this summer at Target in the Dollar Spot. I got pink for the girls and green for the boys. :)



I made some documents using Thistlegirl Designs Kiddie Pop graphics and I wanted to share those documents with you for Freebie Friday! Since I'm not a licensed Thistlegirl re-seller, Ashley at Thistlegirl Designs was so nice and gave me permission to share these documents with you that include her graphics. Thanks Ashley!!!! :)

I got the inspiration for my "Rock Star" of the week from the amazing Cara Carroll and Ms. Winston. They both do a celebrity of the week and I tweaked some of their ideas to meet my classroom needs/theme. Thanks girls for being so inspiring!! :) Be sure to check them out!

I hope you like the documents and can use them!


CLICK HERE for the Rock Star of the Week Parent Letter.

CLICK HERE for the Rock Star of the Week Poster (11x17). In case you don't want to buy the all about me posters here is one to print for free! :)

CLICK HERE for the Rock Star of the Week fan mail book cover and letter page.

CLICK HERE for the reminder note.

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Here is a little update to the post that I never got around to posting about...

Since I had a small group last year of 15 sweet kiddos we were able to go through the group twice. So the second go around I used sweet Amy's Star Student Writing Craftivity instead of the all about me poster from Really Good Stuff. I figured since they had already done a poster it would be fun to mix it up and do something different. These are a great little keepsake too!

Here is what it looked like the second go around...



Each week's activities remained the same as the first go around.... but instead they did one of these star student craftivities rather than the poster. At the end of the week I would attach all the round pieces to the microphone and send it home in their STAR Books.  This was the first year that I did a student of the week and had that person be the helper for the whole week. It worked out really well and was super easy to keep up with. I liked not having to change a job helper chart or think hmm.. who is the helper today? This was much easier!! And if I had a two or three man job then I would let the helper pick a friend or two to help. :)

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Have a great Thursday rock stars! :) 



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A little rewind post..

Hello, hello! I'm a little late..well maybe a lot late with this post. But I wanted to do a little rewind post and share a few things we did this spring and before school let out for summer. Better late than never, right? 


We had some fun learning about plants. 



 Cara inspired chart. She is the best! :)


We used several activities from The Teacher Wife's plant activity pack. This labeling the parts of a flower is one of the many things in her great pack.


We made a yummy snack inspired by our learning about plants. This tasty treat is chocolate pudding, crushed oreo cookies, and a gummy worm! The kids got kick out of it and said are we really eating dirt?? haha :)



We used Cara's precious flower craftivity pack to make these little cuties. I LOVE how they turned out! They did so great on making their own hair. I was impressed!







We also had a ton of fun learning about Cinco De Mayo and the Mexican culture. We used several actives from my Let's Have a Fiesta pack and A Cupcake for the Teacher's Cinco De Mayo craftivity/printable pack.


We did a little taste test... salsa or cheese dip? Salsa got the most votes.

A local Mexican restaurant that one of my students frequents was so nice to donate chips, salsa, and cheese dip to our class for our fiesta day! The kids were so excited! I couldn't believe how much they sent!!



 We had a fitness/healthy themed door contest as part of our spring Hawk Walk activities. This was what me and my little sweeties came up with. They each wrote/drew ways to be fit on the bee hive. Some examples of what they wrote: I will pump iron, I will work out, I will play golf, I will dance, I will play basketball, I will do karate kicks, and I will walk real fast. :)


I got the chance to chaperon the end of year Beta Club trip to the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum. This is me and my friend Valerie's little boy. He is precious! :) We had a blast!



So that was a little rewind of a few little things from the end of the school year. 

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And now it seems that fast forward is in full force and summer is flying by!! 

Me and Eric went with some good friends island hopping through the Bahamas a few weeks ago. We had an incredible time! I'm already ready to go back! Here are a few pics from our trip. 














This was our home for the week while we island hopped... Island Girl. :)


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Did you notice anything new about my little ole blog?? It got a makeover! Do you love it as much as I do?? A big thank you to Megan at A Bird in Hand. I love it Megan! :)

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Well that's all I got for this little catch up post. Hopefully your computer didn't overheat from all the photos! ha   Have a great Tuesday!


Monday, June 24, 2013

MPM SchoolSupplies Winner, Discount Code, and Wish List

Congrats to Karyn Wilbur for winning the $50 gift card to MPM SchoolSupplies!!! I have passed your name and email along to Kayla and she should be contacting you soon!!


Didn't win but want to get your shop on?? Here is a discount code for 10% off for the first 10 readers who go shopping at MPM SchoolSupplies!



And here are a just few things that I've got my eye on at MPM SchoolSupplies and currently wishing for! :) 


magnetic ten frame boards

Dice Within Dice
dice within dice

Poppy Red Chevron Bulletin Board Border
cute chevron borders

Turquoise Chevron Bulletin Board Border

Addition And Subtraction Mini Bulletin Board Set Gr K-2

math bulletin board sets for a math focus wall

Comparing And Ordering Whole Numbers Mini Bulletin Board Set Gr K-2


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