Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sharing Sunday November 15

There is a decided chill in the air. Even down here in the south. Winter is coming. What better time to snuggle up in your jammies with a hot chocolate and a good book. NO need to worry about those pesky lesson plans to take you away from your happy place.

The folks over at the Primary Peach are putting your plans together for you!


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 I know the typical spooky time of October is almost over, but I love this time of year. I try to extend as long as I can so I use this Monster Pack to enhance conversations and deep discussions with my students. Our school is big on text dependent questions and this pack takes five great spooky tales and helps students dig deeper and respond to each other.

Hope you enjoy!


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

I Need My Monster!

The time is almost nigh upon the witching hour. The fogbank prowls closer to the front door. No need to worry about that whispering; it's just an old friend. Come to sit beside you and tell you a story.

Do I have you in a frightful mood? Well, I have a creepy little packet to share with you.

I put this together last year to get my students to have more in depth discussions about books and to put all their talking skills to GOOD use!

There are five spooky tales to with your class, or to break them into five small groups to discuss one at a time.


We practice a lot of conversational skills such as eyes on the speaker, sitting still, and responding to what is said. I have an anchor chart about Conversational Starters. It helps students form their responses and pay closer attention to what the other children are saying. Something I find they don't often do.
The poster includes things such as:
I like what you said about ______________
I think your idea is interesting, but ______________
I agree with _____________
That's a good point. Have you thought ______________
It also helps set a spooky mood when you turn off the lights and tell the stories by flashlight!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fall Freebies over at the Primary Peach

Double Double, toil and trouble.
Fire burn, and Cauldron bubble!

Tons of fun (and freebies!) happening over at the Primary Peach.

Check out my Pumpkin Day post for some fun freebies.

Oh, and you won't believe the giveaway happening! Three different chances to win some swag!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sharing Sunday

Do you realize that I've been in school a total of 8 weeks already? EIGHT! That's two whole months of back to school. This also means there's only one more before the end of the first marking period. Whoa! So fast. It often feels like time is slogging through the quicksand as you go day to day. Before you know it though, you look up and the first marking period is over.

Life is definitely in fast forward and it's hard to find time to just breathe. The fine folks over at Primary Peach have come up with a solution to the Merry-Go-Round this month. I am linking up with their Sharing Sunday to help you plan out the month ahead. Give you a little time to do those things you love - eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, read a book.

I've got some fun ideas for your ELA and Math blocks below.


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 One of my favorite books to read to the class in Frindle from Andrew Clements. It shows them that there are possibilities to change the world if they have a little ingenuity. I am so sad that third grade taught it last year and I can't use it with my students this year since they know all the answers. Gah! Maybe you can squeeze some fun out of this one!


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We are currently knee-deep in our intro to multiplication. But we aren't to teach the basic algorithm. School rules. Instead, we look at the relationship between addition and look at strategies to solve these problems. Area model, commutative properties, and arrays are just some of the methods we use. Good thing I've got my Factors, Multiples, Arrays Oh MY! packet ready to go in my TpT store.

Hope these help you out this month as the holidays start approaching. Maybe  you'll have time to carve a pumpkin, or start that early Christmas shopping. Who knows!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sneak a Peek With a Peach: September Version

Is September stretching out in front of you with no end in sight? Want to make it a little lighter and FUN? Then I've got just the right thing to keep you busy this month.
Definitely check out the Primary Peach blog all month long!

Check out my Favorite Classroom Spot on September 10th!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Shark Week as a class theme

Color me crazy, but I love Shark Week.

They are such amazing creatures who have weathered the passage of time. Yes, they can be scary, but they really don't like the taste of humans. So I'm good with that. I just won't be going surfing off the coast of North Carolina any time soon.

It was during this shock filled week that some blogging friends got together and created a super fun Blog Hop. As I was carefully going through the Hop so as not to miss any of the goodies to be had, that it hit me.

Why not have Shark Week as a class theme this year? What a great way to extend the summer fun.

Love it!

I started the wheels turning and did some research into ideas that I had. There was a perfect book to read during the first week

Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark's teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down.
Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm—and knowing when it's time for indoor voices!

I immediately ordered it from Amazon and when it came I left it in the wrapper so I can truly share a moment with my new group of students.

I tracked down some plastic sharks to give to each of my kiddos as they arrived on the first day. They were not cheap, let me tell ya. But they are fun. I also looked into shark teeth necklaces, but my wallet was already groaning. Maybe for Christmas?

On a trip through Jo-Anns I bumped into a fun little 50 piece puzzle for Shark Week. It fit perfectly into my evil master plan to conquer the world build some teamwork into my class.

Tomorrow is the first day of a new year. I think I am ready. As they come in I have a large shark tooth out on their desk with their names on it. I'm going to have them color and decorate them with things they like to do or are good at. Then I'll string them along the back of the room to create a class banner.

I'll let you know how it goes! Wish me luck in a comment below and let me know what your class theme is going to be.

Congrats are in order

Congratulations go out to Anna Y! She won the Back to School Rafflecopter.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Back to School 2015 Giveaway

Yep, it's that time again. Teachers go back tomorrow morning!! I can't believe how easy this summer slipped from my fingers. Even after 24 years in the teaching business I still get this anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach when the Great School Machinery begins to turn.

Not sure if you know yet, but Back To School means a huge sale at TeachersPayTeachers. They do this every year to help you get ready for your new kiddos. If you use the code (BTS2015) you will be able to score a whopping 28% off.

I did manage to find time to work on three new TpT products that I am really excited about. The first thing I completed was a total Brain Gem. You know how something just comes to you out of the blue? I love those ideas.

I was thinking of how to get my students more interested in one of our last Social Studies units of the year. We look at Westward Expansion, which I think is pretty cool. The kids are usually in their summer mind mode by now and aren't soaking up any new information. I was tossing around some ideas and suddenly it hit me, "Why not write a Choose Your Own Adventure story?" Do you remember those? I loved them as a kid and could sit for hours flipping back and forth trying new adventures. That's how the Westward Ho! Packet came to be. It has some fun stuff in the full packet. There's a couple of task card sets on Main Idea and Cause and Effect. There's also a ppt presentation to use as a daily writing activity as you study the Oregon Trail.

My next project was something I've been meaning to put together but never had the time. A Grammar Interactive Notebook would be a perfect addition to my class.  I sat down one day and started on it. As I kept working on it, I kept finding more information that was needed in this packet. I had the Common Core standards handy and kept finding new pages that were needed to cover a 3-5 Grammar unit. By the time I got done with this I couldn't believe how many pages were in it. Coming in at Ninety-Two, it is by far my largest single project to date. Check out Interactive Grammar Notebook 3-5

Last, but not least I managed to complete a full year of Mentor Sentence lessons. That's a total of 40 Grammar lessons. If you aren't familiar with Mentor Sentences, check out my post from earlier. A customer had contacted me and asked when I'd be done with a full year of lessons. Since I only had two of the 10 week lessons up, I had no answer for her. So I got to work and found some great Mentor Texts to use for the second half of the year.  Full Year of Mentor Sentences

If you've managed to get this far into my blog post, you are in for a treat.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the annual TpT sale that lasts for only two days. What are you to do after that if you've missed some of your favorite products? Well, I've put together a little Rafflecopter Giveaway to help you out with that. It ends Saturday night (Aug. 8) at 11:59 P.M.
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Hope it helps make your week just a little easier.

Leave me a blog post below and let me know what you were able to work on this summer.