Sunday, December 29, 2013

Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans and other Fun Stuff!

Hi everyone! Long time no post! I am writing this post from the luxury of my new MacBook Air! I love it! I had a dell so this will be taking a lot of getting used too! :)

Jingle our elf on the shelf from the North Pole came to visit! Oh..boy he got into a lot of shenanigans!!!! The kids loved him!




We made out annual gingerbreads for the exchange too! Here is how they turned out! :)




We also made these cute ornaments for the parents! :)



And......we ate these reindeer cupcakes (thanks pinterest!)



And finally, I got this awesome gift from a parent! 


I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year! I can see great new things in 2014 for me! :)








Sunday, November 24, 2013

Apple Pie, Blueberry Pie, or Pumpkin Pie?

Finally! I have found some time in my hectic (new house buyer) life to make a product and create a blog post. We are still going through the house buying process and hope to be ready for settlement soon! Meanwhile I have been very emotional and tired at work and in a horrible mood! So, I had my kiddies complete this fact and opinion activity on Owls! And y'all should know that I absolutely LOVE owls! :)


 I had them listen to the video on National Geographic about Owls and record facts. Then they added their opinions. They turned out great!

I have decided that instead of doing a feast in school for Thanksgiving, I am going to do a pie tasting! I am going to pick up 7 different kinds of pies from the grocery store and use my new product 


Head over to my store to grab it! 


What are you doing to celebrate Thanksgiving with your students? I would love to hear new ideas!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

We bought a house! and NEW!!!***Gingerbread K-3 Fun Pack!

 So my fiance and I decided to start looking for a house a few weeks ago! We looked at many houses starting at a low price range and then started raising the amount because the house were much nicer. I now believe everyone that says that house hunting is exhausting! But...the good news is we found one!
We bid on it three times and they finally approved! So now we are going through all of the inspections and paperwork! I am so excited.....more to come on the house including pictures! :)

Despite my crazy busy life....I had time to make a quick new product!!!!

           
 What an easy mini unit to use when the crazy holiday time comes! (Ugh.....its coming so fast!)
Click on the picture to get it in my store!

Enjoy! :) 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Literacy Night, Halloween and Love Letters

Last night my school held their second annual "Literacy Night." Our theme was "Around the World." The students that bought the tickets got a passport and had to make their way to as many countries as they could in an hour. I made the passport and each continent to hang by the doors and they turned out fabulous! My country was Europe.....so I decided to do some Medieval Times activities. I had tables set up with decorations and medieval music playing and a bin of "Medieval Times" related books. The students could choose to make a king or queen's crown or a knights shield. They loved it! I think the night was a success....here are some pictures! :)





Here is a lovely love letter I received yesterday......Makes you feel great! :)

And here are out Halloween costumes this year...Sorry for the delay.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Starting Book Clubs!!!!!

Have you ever had the feeling that something is going so well it is hard to believe? 

I started Reading Books Clubs with my Advanced Second Grade Readers and can I tell you I am LOVING IT! :)

How did I come up with the idea?

Reading for Real by Kathy Collins from Columbia University's Reading and Writing Project


I am in love with the resources and information that her book has to offer. After skimming the first few chapters (last minute...eeek!) and adding my own spice I started Reading Book Clubs on Monday.

Here is a sneak peek of my week, what I did so far and some pictures!

Monday: I introduced Reading Book Clubs to my advanced readers. We talked about What is a Book Club? and Why do people join book clubs? Then we brainstormed some of our favorite authors, genres, and books. I gave the students paper and they wrote a few sentences and drew a picture to convince me what book club they wanted to be in and why. 

Tuesday: I had the students sit in a circle while I sorted their papers into groups that were alike. 
Here are the Reading Book Clubs we formed:
1.) The Roald Daul Book Club (2 of them)
2.) The Scary Book Club
3.) The Funny Book Club
4.) The Junie B. Jones Book Club
5.) The Stories about School Book Club
6.) The Magic Tree House Book Club 

After we formed our clubs, I gave each club a piece of paper and had them set goals for their club. I wanted them to tell me what they wanted to do in their club with their books. 

Today: I read each groups goals to the class. As I was reading their goals, they sparked a lot of ideas in my creative mind! After reading their goals, I gave each group two pieces of long construction paper, a picture of a book in their category, and a partnership contract. I wanted them to create a folder for their book club that they would use to put projects in that they create. I also wanted them to fill out a partnership contract. This contract was included in the back of Reading for Real and allowed the students to remind themselves of our rules for group work.

The rest of the week: Tomorrow we will finish up our folders and get some books ready to get our book clubs under way! Friday, we may take a break and have a Reader's Theater Day! This will give me time to request some more books for their clubs! :)

Below are some pictures of what my class has done so far! 

Check back next week for more great Book Club Stuff! :)







 What are some things that you do with your advanced readers?


















 



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Beginning of the school year = success! :)

My 5th year of teaching is here! Wow, time flies. This year I have found myself coming out of my shell and trying new things! :)
   Some of my goals for this year include.... 

1.)  Continuing to use Teaching Blog Traffic School with Charity Preston to promote my blog and gain more followers

2.) Make one product a week to post to My Store

3.) Successfully implement Whole Brain Teaching in my classroom

4.) Finish my Master's in December and hopefully move onto obtaining my National Boards Certification

5.) Keep playing staff basketball to exercise and hopefully score more hoops!

I know, I know, I know I have A LOT of goals. But you gotta live your life! :)

Meanwhile, whats new in my classroom??? Take a look below!







First and Second Week Activities! :)












 I love my class!! Enjoy! :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Free Free Free!

I received a request for a 2nd and 3rd grade word wall book combined!  

So here it is!


Also....I love my new job chart! I just need to add clothes pins! :) Click on the picture to go to my store to grab it!


Stay tuned for some pics of my classroom in progress! :) 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Teacher Week '13-Let's Talk About Me!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin
for.........


Here is the schedule for the week!




 1.) I have a HUGE owl obsession. Everywhere I go I see tons of OWL things I want! My friends and family are buying OWL things for me too! 
 
2.) I am engaged to the love of my life...but the crazy thing is we share the same birthday!!!


3.) I love being crafty and making things for my classroom. No need to go to Beckers! :)


4.) I have been working on using the Couch to 5K app! I am currently on Week 4! Halfway there! :)

 

5.) I have taught 1st grade for the last four years and will be teaching 2nd grade this year! So exciting!!!

6.) Big Brother is my latest OBSESSION!!!!



7.) I did my first run this year with my best friend Gwen and loved it!


8.) I am one of the most organized people you will ever meet! It may drive you crazy!

9.) My future goal is to travel across the world with the love of my life.

10.) Peanut Butter M&M's is my new favorite candy!


I hope you enjoyed the top ten things about me! Don't forget to link up! :)




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