Monday, December 31, 2012

Supporting Sandy Hook

Peace, Love and Learning has organized an amazing support system for Sandy Hook teachers.
If you'd like to participate in this effort click the picture.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Snowglobe Snowglobe

Snowglobes are MAGICAL! I love this video of a snowglobe tree through the seasons.
So peaceful.

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And if you've not seen my Snowglobe Pack, it's my top seller!

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Happy happy winter to YOU!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Drawing Christmas

We drew holiday scenes today. The basic designs were from a directed step by step drawing book called Drawing Christmas, but I was surprised about the unique details students added on their own.

The tree in this picture was the only item that was copied from the book. The rest of the details was talent a la my student. I love her staircase and lamp.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Operation Snowman

Here's a fun "Build a Snowman" computer game called Operation Snowman.
A word problem is displayed on the screen and students need to determine
the correct operation: addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
If correct a part of the snowman is displayed on the screen.
Happy Snowman building!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Take a Peek ....Holiday Tile Gifts

My students make these decorated tiles for their family holiday gift.
I bought the tiles at Home Depot for 16 cents each.  In all, it cost me less than $5.00 for a class set.
Then I cut squares of scrapbook paper.

Students picked the design they liked and modge podged it to the tile.
I chose more generic designed paper that could be displayed all year, but you can also use seasonal designs.

Then I sprayed them with a sealant.

This is one of the easiest gifts I've made over the years for both the students and ME!
The finished tile can be put on display or used as a coaster.

Don't forget that I'm having a TPT sale

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Gift Writing

My students completed our Gifts of Giving Writing this week.
Their ideas were cute and thoughtful.

"First of all, without moms in my life it would be an awful time because they make your day bright."

This student thought that, "... fire is a good thing because we need it to light up a candle
so we can celebrate birthdays."

I'm having a sale in my TPT store to kick start the Merry Everything to my blog followers!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Read Aloud

Holiday Freebie alert!
Go grab my Rudolph Writing freebie
I always read the story Rudolph's Second Christmas to my students and have them then write their own version afterwards.  The sequel to the original Rudolph has an endearing set of "misfit" characters who, like Rudolph, seem a little different. Santa and Rudolph come to the rescue to bring back Christmas spirit to two children who were "forgotten" the previous holiday season.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snapshots from the Past

I'm joining a fun When I Was In... Linky 

Oh the fun memories of school pictures!

Me at age 3, 5, and 7

And now a more recent teacher photo

How about them apples...go dig out your photos and do some sharing of your own.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Recap a la Harley

Even dogs celebrate Thanksgiving. My parents call Harley their granddog and they do spoil him like crazy. They even dogsit him most days at their house when I am at work and he has a habit of ALWAYS hitting his dog dish first thing when entering their house to look for treats. Well, fast forward to Thanksgiving Day. My dad played a trick on him, knowing he would hightail it to his dish.
See that wooden pig in the background by the dog dish? That's my dad's recent buy at an antique store.
The pig has a name...Oscar. Oscar happened to be guarding Harley's bowl upon our arrival on Turkey Day. Harley's reaction was classic. He came to a screeching halt, and growled, sniffed and skirted around his bowl trying to figure out the nerve of something else by his bowl. Luckily, he did warm up to Oscar by the end of the day and got some turkey and gravy of his own.

Oh, on a sidenote, I got relieved of jury duty yesterday. I had to call in midday for a possible appearance. But Yay for me, when I called my group did not need to report! So I went to Olive Garden with the whole family instead.

Don't forget about all the good sales over the next few days. Both my TN and TPT stores will be on sale.

My TPT store sale will begin on Saturday for 20% for any early bird shoppers (the Promo Code is for use starting on Monday though)

Also, there's still a bit of time to enter to win

Enter {HERE}

My Teacher's Notebook store sale runs Saturday thru Monday.

You can also check out this Cyber Linky hosted by Hilary for more stores that will be having sales!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sight Word Swat It Games

I'm joining a fun linky by Teacher to the Core.

A great way I've practiced sight words is with my team Swat It games.

Split your class into teams. Display one of my Swat It Sets word cards on your board or under your document camera and let the swatting begin. Call off a sight word and the first student to hit the right word gets a point for their team. What a great way to reinforce mastery of sight words and get some energy out to boot!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Swap the Squiggle Writing

My class had the greatest time doing Swap the Squiggle writing.
I posted about this WAY back when I was a newbie blogger and it's now lost in my post archives.
Plus I've revised and added to it.  The idea is to take a random squiggle and create a picture to write a story about. But my twist on this popular idea is to "Swap the Squiggle" which involves a group/team effort in creating the final picture. What fun! 15 squiggle prompts are yours FREE for the taking!

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Here's one of the cutest prompts generated today. 5 students worked on this picture.

A story was written about a girl stepping in gum.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Conference Time!

I'm heading into conference week come Monday.
Here's what I did Friday evening.
I collated and organized work samples, benchmark test results and report card data for each student.
I've found that it helps to organize the work by the way it is categorized on the report card. This makes presenting information to the parents easy.  I also have a Trimester Note with important  data to share with parents. It looks like this:

I also plan to share this Apple for the Teacher Poem with parents which is an important reminder of the home school connection to their child's learning.

Click picture to get your own copy:

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Teacher for President

I learned a lot about myself today through the opinions of my students.
They shared why I would be a good president.

Love #1
She knows when to tell us to stop talking

Other words of wisdom for my qualifications to be president via my 3rd graders.

*My teacher makes good disigions (decisions).
*My teacher makes good speeches.
*She knows what she's doing.
*She likes the color burgundy.
*She would be a great president because she is very smart and reasonable.
*She would look cute.
*She would be calm.
*She has a great sense of humor.
*She handles things well.
*She is very confident.
*She would still teach while being president. (I think NOT)
*She likes to do fun PE.
*She loves children.
*She helps make students smart.
*Lastly, she can outsmart anyone!

I'm having a Trick or Treat Sale.

All items in my store will be 20% off this weekend.
You can grab my election packs, Halloween goodies, or my new Veterans Day pack.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

V is for Veterans Day

It's time to honor our veterans.  Here's my Veterans Day unit that includes letter writing, a poster, acrostic poem, a holiday overview, and ABC order dog tag badges.

You can get it in my store

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A song of honor: Before You Go

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Countdown to the Election

I just made an I Have Who Has Election theme set.

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And if you missed my last post there's this:

 Aso, here's a 5 page election writing prompt pack!


Cute kid quote:

One of my students wrote in response to character traits of a president:

"Well I think the president would need a squeaky clean record."

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Election Ads

Election time fun is here!
 My students created TV ads for a candidate of their choice and then wrote a persuasive speech to go with it. We talked about catchy slogan writing and selling your candidate. This was one project every student wanted to get right to work on. Some picked to write about an animal or cartoon character and others chose to write about themselves or a classmate as a candidate. So fun!

You can get this unit {HERE}

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The lead in to this lesson was the wonderful book Vote by Eileen Christelow.
Her website has lots of election links too!

I've linked this up with Erin's Linky party

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Bingo

Want some Bingo fun for Halloween?
Check out these cuties I found from Artsy Fartsy Mama!
At school we don't dress up in costumes, but I still plan to add some festive fun for the day.
These will be perfect.

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