Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Make Your Masterpiece! #tptsellerchallenge

Hey blog friends! I'm joining in on the #tptsellerchallenge for week 3 make your masterpiece! We had a week and half to complete this challenge. And I managed to get TWO masterpieces done! YAY!! 


My new Bubble Gum Words pack was inspired when I was trying to think of ways to get kids reading more fluently by incorporating the fry words into our classroom learning. I can't wait to implement Bubble Gum Words this upcoming year with my firsties. Bubble Gum Words is a Fry Words fluency building pack that is a fun way to get your students excited and motivated to learn the fry words aka "bubble gum words." And what kid doesn't love bubble gum?? Especially when we don't normally get to chew it! It will make learning those "bubble gum words" so much more fun and appealing!! :)  When I get my progress tracking display made in my room for this I will blog all about it and how I plan to use this pack in my classroom! :) So stay tuned for a detailed post!


My new Dinosaur Shenanigans pack was inspired last fall...one of the stories with our reading series is about Dinosaurs. I like for my stations and activities for the week to tie in with the reading story when possible. I started this pack last fall.. however I just didn't even put a good dent in getting it finished and then the story came and gone and I then just put the pack on the back burner. This seller challenge was the push I needed to get this pack finished and posted! Now when we get to that story I will have this ready to go! :)

You can snag Bubble Gum Words and Dinosaur Shenanigans for 50% off for the next several days! Leave me a comment here for a chance to win both packs! :) I will pick some winner{s} next week when I get back from the beach! Head over to my FB page for an extra chance to win! :)


I'm so sad I'm not in Vegas like so many of you are and I definitely have a bad case of FOMO going on!! BUT this girl IS headed to the BEACH tomorrow!! So I think I will feel tons better about all this Vegas business when my toes are in the sand tomorrow!! ;)

Be sure to visit these fabulous ladies to find out more about the challenges and check out all of the other tpt sellers who joined in for the #tptsellerchallenge! 


Sparkling in Second



Happy Wednesday!



Monday, July 6, 2015

Help Us Be Non-Fiction Reading Gurus! {Scholastic News and a DEAL!!}

The past few years I have used Scholastic News in my classroom and love it! It is such a wonderful resource and I am able to cover so many standards by using it weekly.

One time 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 couple of the many ways that I have used Scholastic News in my classroom. 

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 firsties to use for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. I would thrilled to get it funded so we can start using this great resource right away at the beginning of the year.

I have until July 10th to get any donations MATCHED when using the code SPARK 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 SPARK at checkout!! 

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





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wish List Wednesday! {Bushels of Fun with Apples}

Happy first day of July! Whew! It's already July!!!?? When did that happen?? This summer sure is flying by! I can't believe this time next month I will be getting everything ready for a new group of firsties. :)

Ok, so for today's agenda, I'm linking up with Jen from Teacher by the Beach for Wish List Wednesday! My second most wish listed item is my Bushels of fun With Apples pack! Apples and Johnny Appleseed is one of my most favorite themes to teach. There is so much you can do with this theme!






Here was the bulletin board we did last year with the cute Johnny Appleseed crafts. We also added some super cute Color Me Apple Cut-Outs from CTP.





This 108 page pack is full of centers, crafts, writing, and so much more! You can grab this pack on sale for the next few days at 50% off! With September right around this corner this pack would be a great addition to pick up on sale and add to your apple file! :)

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Did you notice anything different around here??? This girl's little blog got a big ole makeover!! I LOVE how it turned out!! A HUGE thank you to Megan at A Bird In Hands Designs for the makeover. She is wonderful to work with and does a fabulous job! If your looking to give your blog a makeover too you should totally check her out!

Have a great Wednesday and first day of July!!