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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 Park...my 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. 

CONTENTS
Directions
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.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Classroom Reveal Part 1

I've decided to do something a little different in my room this year. I put up the necessities and my students will do the rest over the next couple of weeks. So, this is where I started...

And this is where I am now...
View from the front door

View from the hallway door

View from the front corner

I used my school colors this year...teal and black with lime green because I love green! I have 25 students (so far), so I put the desks into groups of 8 in order to have more carpet space. I have 3 gathering areas on the floor for mini-lessons. I'm still trying to find a black and lime green rug for the other 2 spaces, but this will be used mainly for reading and writing workshop; the easel is the perfect size for anchor charts.
Carpet area #1
I don't have a table for small groups, so I improvised with my 3 extra desks...
I'll have to get a new president picture for my social studies wall this year! Below, I have my Eureka math board, which won't stay empty for long, and my goal board. We will start on goals a few weeks into the year, so for open house this was my "Meet the Teacher" board.
We are on the second year of being a Leader in Me school, working towards being a Lighthouse School. This is another wall that will evolve as the year moves along. The tree branch is for our Leadership Roles (jobs) which my kiddos will choose during the first week.
I ran out of wall space, so my word wall is a word door with a magnetic dry-erase board. Again, this will fill up throughout the year with student-picked vocabulary words.
I'm trying a new behavior chart this year. Instead of keeping it on the wall (which I have very limited space), each student is in charge of monitoring their own behavior...with my help, of course! Thank goodness for tiny clothespins :)

Finally, a little motivation for my windowsill...hoping to get curtains up soon!

More pics to come as my students finish making this classroom their own...have a wonderful school year!