Saturday, October 11, 2014

Solar System Research

My science focus in my classroom right now is learning about the solar system.
My class used the picture dictionary tool on Enchanted Learning to practice research skills.

The picture dictionary is set up in alphabetical order and for larger categories of letters , like "S", have subheadings similar to guide words to narrow ones search options.

My students had search questions to research like you see below:

 Here's a sample screen for looking up the answer to Question 1, which is the solar system.
First, students would click on the letter S and then on the subcategory So to search for the answer of solar system.

Each heading is also clickable to read and research further about a topic

This is the expanded information for solar system

This tools hit science, technology, research skills and dictionary practice all in one.

Hope you might find it useful too!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TPT Sale

TPT is throwing a one day Back to School Boost sale on Wednesday.
My store will be 28% off-  Be sure to use the code BOOST at checkout.

This is a great time to stock up on my Bundle packs. These packs are already marked down.
So grabbing them during the sale is even a sweeter deal.  My most recent bundle is my 
MEGA Reading and Language Task card set. You get 40 whole sets at a great discount.

Another popular bundle is my Swat It Games or To the Point Grammar

Have fun shopping!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wedding Fun

My only niece recently got married and will be moving out of state.
She spent the night at my house the night before the ceremony.
Her wedding was wonderful!

Guests enjoyed the Photo Booth fun.
Pick a prop, any prop and do a photo shoot!

My sister, mom and me

My dad and niece

She has her car all loaded up to the max and has it parked in my garage for her cross country trip after her honeymoon.

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Five for Friday

I'm joining Doodle Bugs weekly linky.

On Wednesday I reported back to work for Teacher Prep Days and had to leave Harley at home solo.

He was so happy to see me come home at the end of my first day of work.

As part of my prep work at school I put together and Emergency Sub Tub Cart.
I have it permanently up at my front teacher desk in a rolling cart.
It will make needing to be out unexpectedly less stressful.

I'm still recovering from a recent surgery, so being up and about all day at work has been a bit exhausting this week. I've been using heat packs to curb my pain a bit and then I come home and use the heating pad while sitting in this MOST comfortable chair.

My district has adopted Go Math for our new curriculum so I spent a good chunk of my time today lesson planning and trying to find my way through their technology pieces. It's going to take some time to get the hang of things.

My most recent addition to my TPT store is a MEGA bundle of all my reading and language task card sets. It's a total of 40 different skills at a 20% discount AND if gets even better. TPT's Back to School sale is coming up on Aug. 4th and 5th.  This MEGA bundle will be an additional 28% off (be sure to use the TPT code BTS14 to get that extra 8% off). Task cards are a great resource in any classroom.
If you've never used them, give them a try.

Click picture view this MEGA bundle

Don't miss out on the shopping TPT spree!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five for Friday

My 5 random sharings this Friday are:

  My task today is to assemble this adjustable stool to use in my classroom this year.

It should end up looking like this. Wish me luck.

 This morning my dog got scolded by this squirrel sitting on the telephone wire.
Harley had no clue he was being put into place by a little ol squirrel.

 So, I mixed up a lavendar home spray using essential oils the other day.
I used it a handful of times and now just take a look at the spray bottle on the right hand side of the picture. It is all collapsed in. The bottle cannot even stand upright now like the empty one on the left.
I assume I bought cheapo bottles for this to happen.

 It's been heating up here so the past couple of days I drive myself (with Harley of course)
to Chick Fil  A for a yummy vanilla ice cream cone.  Harley usually gets offered a biscuit treat by the employees if he is spotted sticking his head out the window like a pretty boy. He pouts if he happens to be ignored though.

  I'm trying to put to the back of my mind that I go back to work next Wednesday.  BOO!
I have been window shopping and wishlisting some things I need on TPT, but mainly I'm practicing School AVOIDANCE right now.  If you want to window shop, I did get some of my popular items bundled into sets this summer.  My Swat It Grammar Bundle and my To the Point Grammar Pack may be worth your looking at.

Join the fun in Doodlebug's Linky

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy July

Back in March a bird nested on my patio. Well this summer I've had the daily pleasure of seeing the baby birds grow and leave their nest.

Other summer happenings include helping my nephew host a yard sale at my house to help fundraise for his Eagle Scout project he will be completing later in August. My whole garage was filled to the brim with things to sell. He raised over $800 to support his project.

My summer has been pretty low key. I'm recovering from a recent surgery and just taking it easy.

Be sure to pop on over to An Apple for the Teacher's Blog for her great giveaway.

I've donated a product to the winnings.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 School Year has Ended

Last Thursday was the last day of the school year. This is the first time in my 21 years of teaching that I had to miss the last days of school out of personal necessity. In my absence the end of the year went smoothly and I appreciated the gifts I got even more. 
I find that some of the most meaningful end of year gifts are the simplest.

This was a jar of M & M with an inspirational teacher poem of thanks.
It ended by stating,
"You're a magnificent and marvelous teacher.
Thank you for being my M & M"

Saturday, May 3, 2014

End of Week News

Well, it's been an eventful week in my teaching world. The Etiwanda Fire started near my school.
We are used to high winds, but in this event such strong winds did not help the fire situation. Several schools in my district were evacuated the day the fire started, and the following day schools were closed.
By the end of the week all was back to normal luckily. My classroom smells smoky and we are on indoor recess, but no damages occurred due to the fire.

My school year is winding down. Only about 2 more weeks left, but they are jam packed with our 3rd grade "I Need a Vacation" performance, Open House, and spelling bee.

As your school year nears close, be sure to take advantage of Teacher's Pay Teachers Appreciation Sale May 6th and 7th.  My store will be on sale, so stock up for next year!

This is a fun money saving bundle to use as an end of year review.
Check it out!

Be sure to use code TPTXO at checkout to receive an additional discount!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clothespin Bunny

Popping in to share with you a fun and simple spring craft: The Clothespin Bunny

I was able to find pastel colored clothespins at Dollar stores. Other supplies needed include pom poms, wiggle eyes and pipe cleaner. Simply hot glue items to the clothespins to end up with a cute bunny!

If you are looking to shop this weekend Teacher's Notebook is having and extra 10% off.
The discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Sale runs April 16-18th!

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 state field test. We took the first portion on Friday. One down, 2 more sessions to go! My kiddos did their best!
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