Thursday, May 14, 2015

Final Countdown!!! Summer Countdown Activities and Display

For so many of us, it's getting close to the final days of the school year. {Hooray!!} I love my kiddos, but I will also be enjoying every SECOND of summer vacation.

To celebrate the last ten days of school, I've created a Countdown To Summer Break Display and Activity set. It includes 15 different (LOW/NO PREP) activities (ya know, so you can have some options) and a display for your classroom. Enjoy the last few weeks, everyone!!

It's over at my TPT Store now :) 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Prefix and Suffix Twiter

Hi Friends! Are you looking for a fun, low prep game for the end of the school year that STILL meets standards?! Look no further! Introducing....

Prefix and Suffix Twister!

It's the classic game of Twister....with a *TWIST* (Get it? See what I did there?) This game helps students review and differentiate between suffixes and prefixes.

Recently posted over at my teachers pay teachers store, this game is a great little game to fill up some time at the end of the year while still getting in some good content! (plus, all you have to do is print and laminate...LOVE the low prep!!)

Go on over and check it out! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Peek at My Week: Week 3



Here's what we're up to this week....

Math: We've offcially started MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION MODELS!! Yikes. I'm on my way to TPT to see if I can find some inspiration :)

Science: It's a test week! We'll be busy reviewing chapter one, which is all about how the Earth moves within our solar system.

Reading: The launch continues with some very "Book Specific" lessons. I especially like the one about abandoning books...something we deal with even as grownups. At least I do....

Writing: We're continuing our Bad Apple project! It's a great way to keep their little brainboxes focused on what is and isn't "ok" at school. Something that, with older kids especially it seems, starts to get pushed to the back burner preeeetty quickly after the school year starts. It's available at my TPT Store :) Here's the link!

Indiana History: We're mostly sticking to the book at this point...any ideas on how I could spice things up?? I'm open to anything!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today! Today!!

I get new storage for my classroom TODAY!!!!! I love my classroom...but it's storage is a little bit....lacking.

As in there isn't any.

Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

So we've been storing everything on the floor............which I hate. A lot.

BUT TODAY{!!!!!!}


And everything that makes my teacher heart {sigh}


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Peek at My Week: Week 2

Arriving late to the party (per usual...) Here is my week two! Thanks to Mrs. Wills for hosting :)

Science: This is my first year that science has been a requirement and I have to say that I {LOVE LOVE LOVE} it. I've been using a lot of great videos from brainpop, (educational TED talks videos), and youtube for inspiration. This week we're studying the earth and it's movement within the solar system.

Math: ALL ABOUT AREA! And shapes. And using shapes to find area. We definitely do a lot of fun group work during this time. Though it's juuuust about time to get those math rotations up and running...

Reading: 30 Day Reading Program Launch (though to be honest, I definitely don't think it's going to take 30 days....) I love the 30 day daily 5 launch in the lower grades. I think it's fabulous! But I also think that you have to look at the class you're working with and this particular class of mine has been doing Daily 5 since Kindergarten. For them it's like riding a bike. So 30 days? It'll probably be more like 15-20.

Writing: We're launching Writer's Workshop and starting our first WRITING PROJECT!!! No Bad Apples Here (available at my TPT store--shameless plug over).

Social Studies: This is another new one for me. 4th grade studies Indiana History and I have to say that I'm getting PRETTY excited :) We start unit one this week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Peek at my Week: The First Week of 4th Grade!

Tomorrow!! Tomorrow!! I get kiddos tomorrow!!!

I'm BEYOND excited for this new group of kidlets :) I can't wait to start our year together. Since it's First Day of School Eve,  I'm posting a Peek At My Week (Thank you for hosting, Mrs. Wills) AND my new TPT product!


That's a big post! Let's get started, shall we?

Since there are only three days, planning this week was a breeze--PLUS the first week of school is always filled with so much FUN...before testing, before new, before thinkyourbrainsout.....I love it.

Some fun stuff we've got going on:
In the morning...We'll be spending a LOT of time on procedures (practicing and practicing) as well as learning the rules of the school. I'm using this cutesie clip from Despicable Me to introduce school rules--you can find it here! With it being the first few days of school, we also have a little bit of benchmarking going on, which is what STAR Math is.

In the afternoon....We begin our 30 day launch of Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop (which of course in my mind means lots of great read alouds). Our first week of school project will be a classroom quilt (which you can find over in my TPT store if you're interested in joining in on the fun!). It's a great little way to get the kiddos working together and to let them find a spot of their own in their new classroom :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

No Bad Apples Here!

Hi Friends!

Being in the midst of prepping for my new grade has really got the creativity flowing!! That being said, I posted a new product to Teachers Pay Teachers. It's a great little beginning of the school year writing project that is ALL about the do's and don't's of school.

I tell the (very quick) story of two rival schools--Golden Apple North Elementary and Bad Seed Central--that were forced to combine into one school! The crazy little apples have picked teams and chosen sides. They call themselves The Good Apples and The Bad Apples....*cue dramatic music*

For the writing prompt, your students must choose a side (are they good apples or bad apples) and come up with 10 rules (and reasons) for their side. I love that this project opens up the discussion of what is and is not "ok" at school. What's a good idea and what's not.

Here it is! If you click on the picture, it'll take you right to my TPT store :)