Sunday, December 30, 2012

Linkin' Up & Giveaways

I have spent the day doing one of my favorite stalking hopping.  I hardly ever have the time to really go and look through blogs and I'm so happy I did.  I have found the neatest people today.  You are all just so kind and welcoming.  Sometimes I feel silly leaving a blog comment when I don't know the person, but I'm glad I put myself out there today.  Thank you all for being so kind!
This is the first time doing this but I'm linkin' up (let me know if I'm doing it wrong)!!!
I have actually found three people to link up with today that are discussing the same thing.....New Year's Resolutions. So....first I'm linking with  Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness.  She has such a cute blog with great ideas.

I'm also linking up with Diane at Teaching with Moxie.  She reminds me of myself...she says she "gets so focused that she loses track of time".  That is so really!  You should see my kitchen sink right now and you'd believe me wholeheartedly.

The last linky I'm linkin' to today is Michelle at Making it as a Middle School Teacher.  How much do I admire middle school teachers.....ALOT.  Having a 13 year old daughter has made me respect you all the more.  I love that little girl but WOW!  That's all I can say right now and stay positive about my darling little :)

To link up with all three of these at the same time, I'm going to use this cute little template made by Michelle (Making it as a Middle School Teacher).  It will hit all three birds with one stone.'s my New Year's Resolutions...

Thank you to all of you today for making my first official linky...a great one!

One more thing before I go do my pile of dishes...ugh!  I just finished with great little New Year's writing project, "New Year's Resolution Friendly Letter Writing Craftivity."

 Students will be writing a letter to a family member (or whoever they would like) explaining what they are learning about resolutions as well as three resolutions they have made for themselves this year. After writing...there is an adorable craftivity to accompany their letter. There are even three different hairstyles for the girls to choose from as well as three for the boys (they love 10 year old daughter did as she did some new examples for me).

This unit includes:

What is a Resolution Poster
Planning Template (with temporal words)
Color & B/W Friendly Letter Writing Paper
Samples of Student Work for Modeling
Photos of Sample Craftivities and Letters
Craftivity Templates

This unit is great friendly letter practice, use of temporal words, and setting goals. I did include a What is a Resolution Poster, but I also like to use the book Squirrel's New Year's Resolution. It really helps kids grasp the concept of what a resolution is and how to set one. more thing!  Remember my ends Tuesday.  Who wants to go Nordies shopping???
and there is a HUGE and I mean HUGE giveaway at Second Grade Nest!  Check it out.

Night All!

Friday, December 28, 2012

New Valentine's Math Games plus TWO FREEBIES

I just finished with my new unit for Valentine's Day "Valentine's Math Games."  I included one of the games as a FREEBIE for you HERE.

And remember to take a look at these at my TpT store....they are flying off the shelf right now!  I'm so excited to implement them.  They are reading records for homework but include a comprehension component for students to complete each night after their reading.

 There are five different reading records included in this unit.  So...after one month of different reading repeat the cycle.  Click the pictures to view it in my TpT store and just because I love here for a FREEBIE of one of the reading records to have right now!

Don't forget my 100 Follower Giveaway...which includes 5 products from my TpT store as well as a $25 Nordstroms gift card!  Click the picture below for the link.

Have a good one!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quick Freebie...

Here's a quick freebie for you before heading to bed.  I know...sad...right?  It's Christmas vacation and it's not even 10:00 and I'm heading to bed.  The sadder thing is....I never got out of my jammies all day long!  That's my idea of a perfect Christmas vacation!

Graphhic by Teacher's ClipArt

Graphic by The 3am personal fave!

And....Remember my 100 Follower Giveaway!!!

Have a good night all!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012


One quick post to say....

Friday Freebie...Finally!

As I'm finally feeling better, I've had a chance to finish a couple of my products that have been in the works.  One is a Snowman Glyph Craftivity with Compare and Contrast Writing Activity.  I love doing glyphs but I always want to tie in some academic component.  Basically...I like to get a lot of bang for my buck or kill two birds with one stone!  Comparing and Contrasting is always a difficult concept for my students.  In my district, the language of how it needs to be written is very specific.  If the student uses pronouns instead of the actual nouns, we have to count it wrong.  For example... If the students read and article about whales and fish and wrote..."They are the same because...." we would have to  mark it wrong because they didn't specify what "they" is.  Contrasting is also a bugger because they have to contrast two things with the words "whereas" of "but" as the connector.  They may not put "and" or it is marked wrong.  For needs to be written. " Whales and fish are different because whales.......WHEREAS fish......". 
In this unit, it is up to you as to the language you accept or don't accept but I wrote the examples with that specific language just in case you have the same expectations in your district.  It's good to teach with high expectations anyway and is always exciting to me when they reach that expectation.
My students used to DREAD comparing and contrasting as well as summarizing until I started using glyph craftivities to accompany them.  Now they beg to compare and contrast :)  Here is a preview that you can check out at my TpT store by clicking the picture.


Pieces for snowman Craftivitiy

Venn Diagram for Comparing and Contrasting

Along with this unit, I finished some Weekly Reading Records (5 different ones) with Comprehension Activities to accompany each night's reading.  I made a preview FREEBIE for you to check out HERE.  If you're interested in more of them you can check them out by clicking the pictures below.

Weekly Reading Record


Have a fantastic weekend!  Especially for those of you that are just getting off for Christmas Vacation.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tired of Being Sick and Tired...and Santa???

I'm so.....

sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Of course...last Friday I start my Christmas Vacation....with the WORST cold I've had in a long, long time.  I've literally been in bed for the last 5 or so days.  The worst thing is that I felt so terrible that I couldn't even work on things.  If I even picked up my computer...I would fall asleep.  I finally got put on some antibiotics because I don't have a spleen and getting this sick can sometimes be dangerous.  I'm finally feeling a little like a human again.  Even went to see Santa with the girls and their cousins.

The Cousins and Santa

My Girls and Santa

My daughter Emma showing off her crafting skills

So tomorrow...I promise a freebie!  I have so much "in the works" right now but I'll give something away to celebrate finally feeling better!  Goodnight all...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day of Silence...

In honor of those who lost their lives during the recent Sandy Hook shootings, I am taking a day off from blogging.  Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Procrastination Freebie's 7:00 a.m and I still haven't started getting I need to be there by 7:45!  Can you say procrastination???  Anyway, I found this cute penguin craftivity by Erica Bohrer this morning here but we are learning division so I just made up problems to go with this but division instead of addition.  Click on the picture to grab it if you would like.  Two More Days!!!

Download Erica's lesson for free here on TpT and then use this activity for the writing part.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Attention Grabbers Freebie

Here's a quick little freebie before I head off to bed.  I was just on Pinterest and saw these cute Attention Grabber sayings.  So....I made some posters of the sayings I liked.  Grab them here if you would like them.  Have a great Thursday!  It's almost Christmas Break for me...two days and counting!

Here's a Preview of 2 out of 5 Total Posters

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Elf Mania

In my classroom it's been elves, gingerbread, and more elves.  Today we finished our elf glyphs that I found on MathWire.  I decided to take a picture of them and put their faces instead of the face provided in the glyph...they are so cute!

You can grab the elf glyph and patterns HERE & HERE.

We are almost done with my Don't Eat the Gingerbread! Persuasive/Opinion Writing Craftivity.
Don't Eat the GingerbreadPersuasive-Opinion WritingCraftivity
I don't have any pictures of the finished product yet, but I will post some tomorrow.  Below is a picture of one darling sharing her story and someone's starting of their plan.

Tomorrow's the observation...wish me luck!

Teaching Units Including Many Free Items