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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Back to School Ready!

This summer flew by! I think most summers do :)
Earlier this month, I came to my classroom and found this:
 Then the race began!
So much to do, but this year I had some help. I get to work with a student teacher, and I'm so excited! Between the 2 of us (and meetings, training on a new reading program, Leader in Me training, and more meetings, multiple changes to our class list, and did I mention the meetings?), we have put together the perfect country classroom, inspired by small-town Nevada, for our 5th-graders. Enjoy!
a few paper lanterns for the computer center
the 10 most popular books checked out of my library last school year
job chart

adorable map sticky wall art I found
small group table
class pet at our writing table
view from my desk
view from the front corner
view from the back corner
Open house was a success, and we're all set for school to start on Monday. Have a wonderful year!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday

Welcome back to school! I am so excited to get this year started, and happy to be participating in Show and Tell Tuesday for August.
To start with, I want to share one of our school's end of the year traditions. On the last day of school, once we've seen all the kiddos onto the buses, we all run to the back of the schoolyard and wave goodbye as they leave.
This summer my 3 sisters came to visit with all their children. Together we had 12 kids running around! When they got tired of my yard, we took them up to the mountains to wade in the stream at our favorite park. This picture is my son, Jaden making a face behind my nieces, Kaitlyn and Fae.
Number 3 is another summer picture. After my wonderful family left, we visited more family in Montana. You can't go to Montana without visiting the beautiful Glacier National favorite place in the world!

And finally, a preview of posts to come. Once again the time has come to set up my classroom. I'm going for a shabby country theme this year. More pictures will follow in the next 2 weeks as I get ready for Back-to-School Night on August 24. But for now...

Welcome back to school with this fun activity pack!
Back to School Packet

Friday, July 28, 2017

Back to School Nightmares

I don't know about you, but I always begin having first-day-of-school nightmares around the end of July. I had my first last night! They're always pretty much the same...I have no lesson plans, my students aren't listening, my classroom isn't prepared. My coworkers and I like to share our nightmare stories. Each is more ridiculous than the last! Share your first-day-of-school dreams in the comments below.

I'm always a little nervous about the first day of school. But the more predominant emotion is excitement! I can't wait to get back and meet my new kiddos, catch up with my colleagues, and get the ball rolling again. It's not that I don't love my summer off (who wouldn't?), but just that I really love my job!

We really have the best job in the world! We get to play with and inspire children. Of course, there are challenges...that child you just can't get through to, the uncooperative parents, the constantly changing regulations...but the benefits far outweigh the hardships.

Stores are already starting their back-to-school sales, and I thought I'd offer a treat of my own: my back-to-school mini-packet is marked down right now.
Back to School Packet

It offers these fun activities:

  • Guess Who?
  • Beginning of year and end of year letters to self
  • goal bunting
  • top-10 lists
  • flexible partner lists
  • Technology lists
I can't wait to try this one out on my own students! Enjoy the rest of your quickly passing summer vacation!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Show and Tell

I'm joining Forever in 5th Grade once again for her monthly show-and-tell post. I missed September, so I'm catching up for 2 months.
To start off, we spent the end of summer, and the first part of fall remodeling both our bathrooms. This was a bigger project than we anticipated! But, after 3 months, we are all but finished. We just have a bit of trim-work to do. Below is a picture of the master vanity.
Halloween is my favorite holiday! I think it's because Halloween is the start of the holiday season. I start decorating for fall on September 1, and continue to the end of December. Yesterday, I attended a craft class and made a few new goodies to add to my collection. Now where, oh where, to store it all?
Hard to tell from this pic, but my boo sign is about 18 inches tall.

I did the spider wall just to terrify my mom :)

Made the wreath at a craft fair last year.

This little guy is is a snowman on the other side.

My daughter's blingy pumpkin

Right now, this is my favorite spot in the house!

Now, on to my classroom. Our district is focusing on science right now to familiarize everyone with the Next Generation Science Standards. I get to be our school's facilitator, though I'm not exactly sure yet what that means. I love teaching science, so here are a few of our latest projects:

 In September we made mold terrariums to study the effects of decomposers on dead tissue.
This week we built a working model circulatory system. The bottles have pipes connected to the hoses with one-way valves. By squeezing the bottles, "blood" flows from the ventricles to the lungs and body and back in a constant circle. Students worked in groups to figure out how to build their model based on what we learned about the circulatory system before I showed them this working model. Great STEM activity!

Finally, our school put on a Parent Pep Rally as part of our Leader in Me process. 5th grade's display showcased the 5th Habit: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood. So we made big-ear boxes and wrote poems to show how being a good listener helps us avoid conflicts.
Link back to the original post by clicking on the Show and Tell button at the top of the page. See you all next month!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October Product Spotlight

Fall has totally gotten away from me! I meant to post this on the first, but life happened :) So here are my products for October...

These first 2 products come from Tied 2 Teaching. Just in time for the election!
Presidential Election 2016 - An Elections and Voting Resource
Presidential Election 2016 AND Branches of Government Bundle

This next 2 products are from The Teacher Down the Hall. These look like a lot of fun.
Multiple Meaning Words Task Cards w/ QR Codes (3rd-5th)

Halloween Language Arts - Multiple Meaning Words - Card Ma

And the last 2 products are mine...Natalie at It's Elementary

Dem Bones Graphing Activity

October Daily Language Practice and Assessment for 1st Grade

Thanks for checking out our October products. If you would like a product promoted, please leave a comment below!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Product Spotlight

I have some wonderful products to promote for September!

#1 from Natalie at It's Elementary
Back to School Survival Kit
These back to school survival kits are a terrific way to ease first-day jitters! Just put together in a baggy or paper cup with all the items listed in the poem. There is a copy for kindergarten through 3rd grade in this kit.

#2 from Learning Lane
Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 Poster Set and Timer *BUNDLE*
This is for Math Daily 3 and the Daily 5. There are posters for each station and a rotation timer with a spot for you to write your student names in each section. 

In this packet are...

Math Daily 3 Rotation Timer and Grouping Display (Part of a Bundle)
Daily 5 Rotation Timer and Grouping Display (Part of a Bundle)
Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 Poster Set (Part of Bundle)

#3 from Sarah Griffin
CVC Middle Sounds Task Cards SCOOT
CVC Middle Sounds Task Cards, or SCOOT, builds fluency, segmenting, letter-sound correspondence, and writing letters. 24 Task Cards, a recording sheet, and answer key included. 

Students say and write the middle sound of the picture shown on the task card. 

Great for PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade back to school review. Use in centers, guided reading groups, as morning work, an activity for early finishers, in a home-school activity bags, for tutor activities, and/or assessments. 

24 CVC Middle Sounds Task Cards. (Full color) 4 on a page. 
1 Title Card for labeling when storing
1 Student Recording Sheet - numbered to correspond with the numbers on the task cards. 
1 Teacher Answer Sheet 

# 4 from Teaching 24-7

Standards for Mathematical Practice for Interactive Notebooks

Standards for Mathematical Practice flaps for interactive notebooks.

Compatible with enVisionmath2.0 (follows their videos) but can be used with ANY math program/series.

2 versions allow for versatility and differentiation.

#5 from Theresa's Teaching Tidbits
A Kind and Caring Classroom: Poems of the Week That Promot
Poems of the week can be a powerful shared reading tool to teach a variety of concepts. These original poems focus on building classroom community, demonstrating good character, and solving common behavior problems. The poems invite discussion and promote a positive classroom environment. As part of a Poem of the Week program, the poems can also be used as the basis for lessons in comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary. 

The following poems and resources are included (topics are noted in parentheses).
Suggestions for implementing a Poem of the Week in your classroom.
A Kind and Caring Classroom (building community; suggestions for use included)
General Directions for Using the Poems
Friends (friendship)
How Would You Feel (teasing/bullying)
I Can Use My Words (using words to solve problems)
Tattle or Tell? (tattling)
Courage Is... (showing courage)
Sticks and Stones (name-calling)
The Garden of Trust (honesty)
Respect (ways to show respect)
What Really Counts (respecting differences)
A Good Citizen (citizenship; includes suggestions for use and WOW! Thanks for being a good citizen! cards)
Oh, No! (responsibility)
My Friend is Doing Wrong (peer pressure)
The New Kid (welcoming a new classmate, empathy)

Thank you for checking out these great products! If you would like to enter a product spotlight for October or November, please comment below with a link to your store.