Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday Sale-Out!!!


So normally, this is going to be something JUST for my Facebook followers - but I wanted to let everyone know who reads my blog that this was going on to allow you the opportunity to like my Facebook page if you haven't already :)  Every Saturday I'll be hosting a Saturday Sale-Out where I'll pick one of my TPT items to be marked down to only $1.00!  But it's only for the first 10 buyers...  :)  So what does that mean for you? Hurry Hurry Hurry and hit that 'Purchase' button to make sure you're one of the lucky 10!  Just click on the picture above to take you directly to the product.  

Today I chose my Author's Purpose PowerPoint and Coloring Activity.  My kids LOVE this activity!!  It's great for 2nd-4th grades.  Again, make sure you like my Facebook page so you have access to every Saturday's Sale-Out product.  :)  

AND - if you haven't already, make sure you follow me on BlogLovin'!!  I'm still having my giveaway so make sure, If you haven't entered you can do so NOW!  Just see this blog post for more information.

Have a fantastic Saturday!  

Friday, June 28, 2013

BlogLovin' Blowout Giveaway!!

Okay - so I'm joining the ranks and have switched everything over to Bloglovin'.  :)  However, I'm super sad that I only have about 1/4 of the followers on BL than I had on GFC.  So I've decided to join Collaboration Cuties in their amazing Bloglovin' Giveaway Linky.  

It's super simple!!  All you have to do is follow my blog via BlogLovin' and enter and you're in!!  My Bloglovin' button is at the top of my blog on the right..... >  Yep - > over there!  Just click it and ta-da!! Or you can click this link to head over to my profile.  LINK  I really hope you decide to follow me :)  I'm super excited about this school year and have lots of wonderful things to share!!  

Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win $25 of FREE PRODUCTS from my TPT store :)  Don't miss out!!!  The contest ends July 1st and the winner will be announced shortly after!  Good luck and happy BlogLovin'!!

(IF the Rafflecopter doesn't work, please just let me know!)



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday!!

This is such a fun idea I couldn't WAIT to join in!!  The First Grade Parade is hosting a Throwback Thursday linky party every Thursday for the summer.  Basically all you do is go back through your 'old' blog posts and repost one of your favorites!!


So here's mine!  I chose this one because when I read the title, I went "What in the WORLD did I write about "Baggage" for!?  Then when I reread the post it all made sense :)  Too funny!  I hope you like it. Make sure to link up after reading!!  
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Originally Posted on:  April 23rd, 2011

"Let Me Tell You About my Baggage"


Let me tell you my baggage!  And by baggage I mean the multiple ways we've used paper bags in the last week!  We don't have a lot of time to celebrate Earth Day in our school :(, but instead we do a very simple but yet very FUN Earth Day community project.  I started this for my school three years ago.  We contact a local grocery store and go and get paper bags from them.  We have the students decorate them, reminding the members of our community to reduce, reuse, and recycle!  Then we take them back the day before Earth Day along with a poster saying, "Central wants YOU to Recycle!".  They lay them out on ED and let the customers use them.  Parents actually will go to the store to try and find their child's bag!  Its so great.  Here are a few good ones I picked out to show you.  




Here are the students who were selected to make the banner to take to the grocery store with the bags!  I forgot to take a picture of the finished product :(  It was sooo cute!

But wait!  There's more!  We have been doing our very last nonfiction study for the year the past few weeks.  So I decided to assign an at home nonfiction project!  I just love doing the paper bag/chip bag book projects for nonfiction.  Its so easy and the kids love them.  Here are a few examples.  







The bag is supposed to represent a bag of chips and then inside are chips with facts on them from the book they chose.  I have added this project to my TPT store here if you want to check it out! 

(The 3rd person to comment gets this product for free!)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Teacher Toolbox Trio

I <3 finding new blogs!!  ...especially when they have really cute ideas that I can join in on!  Eberopolis is having a Teacher Toolbox Trio Linky Party and I want to join!  


Here are the rules of the trio:
1. Share a product that you've made that you couldn't live without.
2. Share a product that you've purchased that you love.
3. Share something from your wish list that you're hoping to get for next year.

If you're not a seller on TpT, no worries -- just share two products you've purchased that you love!

So here goes nothing!

1.     Something I've Made

My Farm Frenzy Perimeter Project was probably one of my FAVORITE activities my students did this year.  They LOVED the fact that Farmer Frank was 'Real' ;) and that he needed their help with building his farm.  They loved that they could apply their knowledge of perimeter to a real world situation and they LOVED the clipart and activity as well.  Seriously - I would HIGHLY recommend this one!  :)  

2.     Something I've Purchased

I truly love this Text Structure Posters and Lesson Packet.  This is a concept that rarely I can find resources for.  This packet has it all!  Posters, Example Paragraphs, A Fun Sorting Game, and Fun Mini Booklets.  Tons of creative resources to teach a highly important concept.  :)  

3.     Something on my Wish List  


I believe this was just posted recently.  This concept/activity looks fantastic.  Now, I haven't purchased it yet - hints the 'wish list' but I can't imagine something by The Teacher's Cauldron being unsatisfactory!  Colorful Read Alouds using Bloom's Taxonomy.  Here's what the description says:  

I have been doing this activity for over TEN years in my classroom! It is amazing what a Skittle will do to motivate students during Read Alouds! Using this pack and a couple of bags of Skittles, your kids will use higher-order thinking to respond to read alouds, whether they are picture books, or chapter books! I have done this activity in my 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes!Included is color AND black and white posters, written response sheets for EACH level with handwriting lines and regular lines, 4-5 prompts for the students for each level, and Teacher Tips to explain how organize, implement, and what materials are needed.

Yeah - that's right - go put it on YOUR wish list too!!

Don't forget to link up too!  Click on the first image to head over to Eberopolis now!  If you link up, you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to TPT too!  Happy Sunday!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Last Few Weeks in Photos

     Only 1 week left, only 1 week left, only 1 week left....  Oh - sorry - I'm just chanting this to myself to help me get through.  Didn't realize I was typing it as well ;)  Haha!  So I've come to the conclusion that I have the upmost respect (more than before) for working mothers, and even more so - teachers.  These last few months with trying to juggle the twins, blogging, TPT, Facebook, oh - and SCHOOL have been crazy!!  I don't know how some of you do it!  I'm looking forward to the summer to get caught up on some TPT items and my mile long to do list to get ready for the next year.  Oh my...

I just wanted to share some of the activities we've done in the last few weeks that I graciously managed to get pictures taken of.  I HATE forgetting my camera or forgetting to USE my camera.  We do so many fun things that I want to share - but its more interesting with photos to go with them!  So here's a little of what we've been up to!

I was in need of a simple Cause/Effect self check center, so I wrote out matching causes and their effects on sentence strips.  I made the top of an anchor chart and laid it on the ground.  On the back was written the answers.  The students loved it and it was a good quick review. :)



Ok - Very excited about this one!  I purchased a chip and dip tray from the dollar tree and turned it into a vocabulary center.  In each section of the chip section is an activity.  Each of them are numbered.  The students rolls a dice in the middle and complete the activity that matches what they rolled.  They then write their answer on the recording sheet.  You can grab a free copy of the recording sheet HERE.  They LOVE this center :)




We finished our How To Make Lemonade Writing unit last week.  They turned out adorable!  The students loved making their own homemade lemonade - such a motivator.  Then they wanted the recipe SO much that they did such a great job on their writing!!  Here's how the final product turned out :)   You can grab a copy from TPT for only $2.00 HERE!


And finally, this week was a short week.  No school last Monday and field day was Friday.  I hate those random 3 day weeks because they're harder to plan than the normal weeks.  So to help I decided to dig out my old Chocolate Unit!  It's based around the trade book of Chocolatina.  You can check out the book HERE.    The pictures are of the chocolate sink and float activity that's included in the unit.  They very much enjoyed it :)  The chocolate unit can also be found on TPT HERE!




That's all for now!!  I hope you have a great end of the year.  I can't wait to get started planning the next one. Tis the life of a teacher :)
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