Sunday, August 31, 2014

Peek at My Week: Week 3

WHOA?!?! WHAT'S THIS 'ON TIME' BUSINESS ALL ABOUT?!?!?!

:)

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{!!!!!!}

TODAY THAT CHANGES AND WE'LL HAVE CABINETS! AND CUBBIES! AND SHELVES!! AND DRAWERS!!!

And everything that makes my teacher heart {sigh}

<3

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, ed.ted.com (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!

*Whew*

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 :)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet Steph!

I'm linking up with Falling Into First for her Meet the Teacher Linky. It's been so fun getting to read about all of you! So I thought I'd tell you a little bit about myself.


My name is Stephanie Rudakas. I'm a 25 year old teacher who LOVES her job. I teach in a fabulous district in Northwest Indiana. I taught 2nd grade for 3 years and this year I'm moving to 4th grade. I can't wait to see where this change takes me :)


I am engaged to ^this guy^ and we'll be getting married in a little over a year. So, in a nutshell, I decided to change grades and plan a wedding all in one year....a little crazy? Possibly ;)


This is my favorite (...and only) little furbaby. His name is Rory :) He's a two year old goldendoodle and a total cutiepants. I love him to pieces. My favorite thing about him is that he's an adorable little blanket-dragger! Seriously--just drags his blanket around the house. Like a furry Linus. 

This past summer has been a summer of wedding planning, classroom planning, reading, and hanging out with my family. Total perfection :) 



THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

Shopping. Photography. Flair pens. Sharpies. Running. Yoga. Any show by Shonda Rhimes ever. Netflix. Blogging. Photoshop. Coffee. Tea. Mugs. Purses. 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
Photographer :) Hands down. I love everything about it. It makes me feel giggly and happy. 

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Passionate. Quirky. Loving.
 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

 "I just LOVE planning for a sub and being away from my classroom!" Said no teacher ever.

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

My family and friends. They are my favorites and I don't feel weird and awkward around them. But also I would want to invite...
Audrey Hepburn (she is just so classy and cool).
The queen (it would give me an excuse to use the good china)
Steve Martin (WHAT a riot.)

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

It would be a series under the title of Spazzypants. Examples include:
Meet Spazzypants
Spazzypants Teaches
Spazzypants Gets a Dog
Spazzypants Plans a Wedding
Spazzypants Hosts Thanksgiving
Spazzypants Attempts to Organize Her Pantry

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

Invisibility. Hands down. Next question. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Not every day is perfect. In fact, most of them aren't. That being said, I'm a firm believer in the fact that your days are what you make them. You have to choose happiness.

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

Jolene by Dolly Parton. I just LOVE that song--plus, I feel like if I were on American Idol, there would be a certain amount of respect that came with singing Classic Dolly.
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

I wish with my whole heartbox that I was a morning person but, alas and alack, I am for SURE a night owl. I always have such big plans to wake up early and get things done...that happens never. I'm a snooze-button enthusiast. 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?


I really love the editing checklists for primary and intermediate grades I have in my store. It's a great little product that will take your writers through the school year. There's a primary version and an intermediate version :) Click on the picture for the link!

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 

I did professional theatre in Chicago when I was a kid! I even got my minor in theatre. Still love it :)

There you have it! Head on over to Falling into First to join the fun.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Peek at my Week...

All of you fabulous teachers out there have inspired me to make the jump and start posting my lesson plans on my blog. So, I'm linking up with Mrs.Wills' Kindergarten and shall begin to visually share my weekly lesson plans....YIKES!



Intimidating? Yes. 

Makin' me nervous??? Also yes. 

But you never know until you just try it and see how it goes--so! I'm making the jump.

I haven't started school yet, but I was inspired by Mrs. Wills who posted a quick snapshot of what a typical day in her classroom looks like!

Now, just to be clear and honest, I haven't actually taught 4th grade yet haha. I have taught 3 years of 2nd grade, but zero days of 4th grade (unless you count student teaching, in which case I've taught three-ish months of 4th grade)....so I guess this is really just an "I hope and plan for my day to look like this" snapshot. As of right now, it's a combination of my second grade schedule, the schedule of my new 4th grade team members, and what I would like to accomplish within a day. I'll keep you all updated on how well my potential plans go ;)


Now HERE are a few of the resources I've found helpful in years past and hope to use this year as well.


I really love using the Daily Practice series by Evan-Moore in the mornings while the kidlets are getting settled. I feel like it's a quick and fairly easy way for them to get their little brainboxes moving and shaking as soon as they get to school. 

ANYTHING BY HOPE KING IS GOLD. I stand by this statement. I really and truly LOVE her monthly math centers. They have been life savers in my classroom and the kids love 'em.

Finally (of course...) the Daily 5. If you haven't found your way to this book yet, please please please go and read it now :) It's turned my students (even the littles) into independent workers. The ideas within this book are fabulous and have done so much for how smoothly my classroom runs during the 90 min. reading block. 

Here are the links to my resources!




Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Currently

It's that magical time of year again..... :)

Well, for teachers anyway. The fresh supplies...the twelve thousand trips to target...jimmy john's on speed dial so you can keep working while you eat dinner....

I love this time of year. It's so full of anticipation--things you want to do differently, things you want to keep exactly the same (and pray that you'll get the same successful results...)

This has been a really busy summer! It has definitely gone faster than any other in my lifetime. I got engaged to the love of my life on the last day of school and since then time has been an absolute whirlwind of wedding planning.

One of my favorites from our Engagement Sesh. Photos by the magnificently
talented Jessica DeKock of Forever October Photography.

I also decided that this would be a great year to switch grade levels! I can't wait to make the move from 2nd grade to 4th grade. I get bubbly in my heartbox just thinking about it!! The CHAPTER BOOKS!!! The DEPTH!!! I. Can. Not. Wait. Keep an eye out for those classroom reveal pics because they are a'commin'.

Anywho. Where was I? YES! August Currently :) Thanks Farley!


Listening: The quiet...lordie I've learned to love the quiet. It's just something that can make you feel as though you're part of the WORLD and not just stuck in your phone with spotify...though that can be fun too :)

Loving: My family and fiance. God I just love them. They make my heart feel like it's going to burst out of my chest. They've been so incredibly helpful while I've been working at the school. I honestly don't know what I would do without them.

Thinking: I am of two minds lately. Wedding planning and 4th grade planning. If I'm not thinking about dresses and cake testing, I'm thinking about curriculum and long range planning. My brain feels like it might 'splode.

Wanting: I really want for the transition from 2nd to 4th to go well...I student taught 4th grade so it shouldn't be too much of a culture shock...but still. Change makes me nervous...

Needing: I NEED to keep working in my classroom. NEED. I have DREAMS about it...kids walk in...nothing there....ok, so it's more like nightmares...haha

1st Day You and the Kids: I want to create a classroom timeline this year--photo style. I want to take pictures each month and then post them in our classroom so the kiddos can remember how much they've done. I plan to establish this on our first day :)