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!


  1. Wow - your first linky and you link up with three at once! I love how you had your daughter make the craftivity - my daughter Emma : ) often gets called on to help out too!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

    1. Thank old is your Emma? My Emma is full of spice but has a really great personality. Have a good night...

      Stephanie Ann
      Sparkling in Third Grade

  2. Hi Stephanie Ann,

    I know what you mean about spending the day blog stalking - it's so nice to have a bit of time during the break to do that. Your craftivity looks great!

    Happy New Year!
    Learning in the Little Apple

  3. Hi Stephanie!
    I'm so excited that you linked up with your resolutions! I love, love, love the bubbles with all your goals! I'm going to see Michelle so I can make one! I think it's awesome that you jumped in with both feet with the Linky Parties! The best part it that I've become your newest follower!

    Wishing you all the best in 2013!

    Teaching With Moxie

    1. I'm so glad that you are following too. I really look forward to getting to know you all. Have a great night!

      Stephanie Ann
      Sparkling in Third Grade

  4. I also like your bubbles! Lots of resolutions. Good luck with your new job search. I moved a few years ago, and job searching is not fun. I am a new follower!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  5. Good luck with your move! And I loved the Hunger Games! Couldn't put them down...

    Craft of Teaching

  6. Hasn't it been wonderful to have time to blog hop again!? I really haven't had time since this summer! I would also love to form tighter bloggy relationships and attend meet-ups and trips! Outer Banks sounds like a perfect one! haha I've also ALWAYS wanted to do a mud run or one of those ever-cool "color runs" - maybe this will be the year!

    Thanks for linking up!! You are now officially addicted to linkies (in case you didn't know already). :)

    Happy New Year's Eve!
    Teaching Maddeness

    1. Too funny Amanda...I know...I'm working on another linky post right now. Can you say obsessive??? Let me know if you do a mud run...we can keep track of each other's training. I need someone to "keep me on track". Thanks for stopping by!

      Stephanie Ann
      Sparkling in Third Grade

  7. Hi, I found you from the 2013 Linky Party. I read the Hunger Games series and couldn't put it down.

    Happy New Year,

    1. So glad you stopped by! I'm working on another linky post right now...I think I'm addicted :)

      Stephanie Ann
      Sparkling in Third Grade

  8. Thanks so much for linking up and joining in the fun!

    The Hunger Games was an awesome series! Best of luck with your goals!

    Making It As A Middle School Teacher

  9. I found your blog through the giveaway at The Polished Teacher. Glad to be your newest follower. I laughed when I read your "Classroom Must Go." I want to get rid of my desk too. I hadn't thought of getting rid of a student! That's funny!
    First Grade Found Me


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