Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Happenings

Hope spring is treating everyone well.  I recently returned from an 8 day vacation in Mexico for my spring break. This is the 3rd time I've gone to the Tulum, Mexico Riviera Maya area with my family to have some much needed rest and relaxation.  As I walked the beaches each day I found heart stones to add to my growing collection.


There are signs of spring in my own backyard too. A bird has set up her nest on my patio.
It right in front of the sliding door so I'm not sure if mama bird will be happy with Harley's "protect the yard morning barking" every morning.



And I get to see this mule pulling his owner in a rickshaw on the walking path near my home.




Happenings in my classroom include administering the SBAC field test. We took the first portion on Friday. One down, 2 more sessions to go! My kiddos did their best...a few really struggled to navigate through the test and did not complete it.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pupster in the family

Meet Bodie, my dog nephew!
He's my brother's new pup and just meant to be with him.
My brother's elderly dog died about a month ago and I just knew my brother would have to get another companion soon.
One night, mid February he called me and was so excited to have found a beautiful female lab running loose. He couldn't find the owner right away, and was willing and ready to be her new owner, but she was a mom and was obviously still nursing pups. So he posted signs and called local vets to try and find where she belonged.  The next evening, he called again and was happy to have found the owner along with her 9 pups.  The puppies are part lab and bull mastiff so Bodie is going to be a bruiser!



On another note, have you heard about TPT's 3 Million Teachers Strong sale coming up this Thursday and Friday?  You can shop away with BIG savings at this site wide sale! Use the special TPT3 code at checkout for an additional 10% off.


You might look to pick up some staples for the classroom like my many task card sets. Some of my best selling task card sets are



Or you might want to pick up my NEWEST money saving bundle of Swat It Grammar Games
Get 7 games for $5.00 off buying them individually!


Don't forget about stocking up on Spring lesson ideas like Earth Day!

My best seller is my Litter Bugs Project




On your mark, get ready, set, GO fill up your carts!







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Fun!

Valentine's celebrations are over in my class.
We have a 4 day weekend for Presidents Day so my students got their sugar fixes today.

I'm sharing some snapshots of our fun filled day.


We started off with a team building activity. Each team got mixed up heart puzzle pieces and the goal of each 4 member team was to make a heart with four different colors. When all the hearts were mended and each team member had 4 colors, then each student glued their puzzle down.



My treat for my students was giving them a box of candy hearts, but before they could eat them we did all kinds of math. This included probability, fractional parts, bar graphing and pictographs of the heart colors and determining the area and perimeter of the box.

It was a day of sweet success!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Big Weekend Sale

Shop Teacher's Notebook this weekend to stock up on great deals!


Shop in between football and the commercial entertainment.
Here's a sneak peek....passing on the "Puppy Love"

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Teaching the Dream of MLK

I posted about the resources I've used to teach about Martin Luther King on the ATUE blog the other day.  See it HERE



And today I just found this tribute song to add to my lessons.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Morning Sunrise

Seeing this wonderful sunrise this morning made it easier to get back into my regular work routine!
It's my 2nd day after winter break and my class is getting back into the swing of things...including a much needed major seating switch I put into place this morning. What a difference it has made and I hope it lasts for awhile. Or it could be that my kiddos are just as tired as I am still and this will be a short lived improvement.



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Scenic Snow Globe Scenes

I just love snow globes and ran across this animated one that shows city scene snapshots of Los Angeles.



I plan to do my annual snow globe scene project with my third graders when I return after break.
It's a great winter project. A character is put into the globe and a creative storyline is written.
They always turn out so adorable.


You can grab this project in my TPT store.

Happy 2014!




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Snow Beautiful

Well, it's a sunny 75% in California and I just got back from walking Harley.
He's decked out in bells and jingled all the way on our walk.




Since snow is a rare occurrence here I wanted some holiday inspiration.
"Snow" Beautiful

Falling Snow from Matt S on Vimeo.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Basketry Art

As a culmination to learning about California Indians and their customs my students loved creating these colorful baskets.



This online resource is great for researching about the various basketry designs and uses.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Are You Checking Your List?




I'm triple checking my shopping wish list for TPT's Cyber Sale December 2nd and 3rd.
My store products will be 20% off. User CYBER at checkout for a full 28% off too!

Take a peek at some of my store followers TOP Wishlisted items you just might want to grab too!

Click each cover to see product descriptions.












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