Sunday, November 30, 2014


Tis the Season to spend lots of money! My wish list has been growing and I cannot wait to get my hands on those goodies!

The adorable Ideas By Jivey is hosting a fun link party where you can showcase a few of your TPT items along with things on your own list.  So here it goes:

My most wish listed item is my Reading Strategy and Skill Poster Set.  I adore Little Red's clip art and the bright colors.  In my classroom I use these on my classroom focus board.  You could also shrink them into a mini booklet for students or glue them into interactive reading notebooks.  

My second most wish listed item is nothing fancy to look at, but the idea is there.   In fact, I believe it was one of my first products for TPT.  My students love a great scavenger hunt around the room.  It's always an engaging 20-30 minute lesson we use to review or introduce new information.  This set on the Seven Continents is a crowd pleaser.  

I adore everything created by LittleRed. I also love any interactive activities I can incorporate into my  Science and Social Studies curriculum.  This pack on Habitats throughout the world and animal adaptations looks like a great addition for my classroom! 

This informational text pack by Jen Jones looks amazing and I've only heard great things about it.  While it is a bigger TPT purchase, I know it'll be worth it! 

While I should be running over my lesson plans for tomorrow, I think combing through my TPT Wish List sounds like a much better idea.  Don't you agree???

Don't forget to leave comments on all of your previous purchases to earn free points and use the TPTCYBER code December 1-2. 

Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

5 for Friday

Well, hello there!  Since this happened to be the longest week EVERRR, I figured I ought to document some of the happenings on this ole' blog.  I'm not sure if I was in a funk because of Day Light Savings Time, the Chicagoland cool temperatures, or the fact that I was battling an awful cold.

Either way, here is my belated 5 for Friday! 

First up I actually finished my next set of literacy centers. Although they're a tad late, I figured my kiddies will welcome the change! I love how easy and low maintenance these center games are.  This set does not have a holiday theme to it, so I'll be able to pull these games out anytime of the year.  You can check them out HERE.  

On Wednesday I had the great privilege of visiting Kristin from iTeach1:1 and her adorable classroom!  Kristin is SUCH a doll and her students absolutely adore her.  A co-worker and myself headed over to her classroom to observe how she incorporates her iPad technology into their school day.  It was really interesting and I can't say enough about how impressed I was with the independence level of her little second graders! 

We've just wrapped up our Weather Unit in Science and my kiddies were SO excited to make their Weather Forecasting Presentations.  Who new forecasting weather could be so exciting?? It's the little things I tell ya'. 

Hey! Guess what!? Not only did I finish a pack of centers, but I also made two multiplication math game FREEBIES.  My kids always love a math game that includes dice and I hope your kids will feel the same way.  You can check these out HERE and HERE

I was so excited to make it though the long week and even had enough energy to dress up for the 50th Day of School.  I was in love with how my faux saddle shoes came out! The idea of course came from Pinterest.  I bought a $4 pair of tennis shoes and grabbed a Sharpie marker and went to town.
Just make sure you crack a window to help avoid those permanent marker fumes.  WHEW! 


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Currently it's Novemberrrrrrrrrr!

Hello All! I'm taking a break from the madness of completing Quarter 1 report cards and lesson planning to link up with the adorable Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade.  

October was a hard month on some of my friends, so I'm happy to move onto a new month where hopefully we will see some positive and uplifting changes! 

Listening: The silence is beautiful and quite necessary at this point.  It's been hard to stay focused and on task with these report cards this week.  Good thing I'm not distracted by Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Etsy....whoopsies ;) 

Loving: I absolutely love the chilly fall weather in Chicagoland area.  There is so much fun to be had outside and I love snuggling in my big comfy scarves.  What I don't love..wet, gray fall days. 

Thinking: That brings me right into October 31st where I thought the snow flurries were a very unnecessary preview of winter.   I don't know if it had something to do with all of the Elsa and Oleg costumes, either way, I was NOT a fan.

Wanting: These dang report cards done.  This is my second year using a Standards Based Report Card, and it is difficult! I see the benefits as well as some issues using one.  I just am taking my time as I carefully evaluate each piece and each child. *Insert exasperated sigh here*

Needing: Speaking of those precious children, we are in need of some more consistency in our daily schedule.  I'm not sure about them, but there poor teacher just might lose her marbles by Winter Break if something doesn't get figured out.  I'm feeling like my classroom is a revolving door of aides and specialists.  While I know all of these people are absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciate everything they are doing to help my students...sometimes I would just like to shut the door and for everyone else to pretend that we weren't there.  I hope you don't think I'm too awful of a person for admitting that...

Reading: I've been reading all sorts of fun things is what's currently on my bedside table

Children's Lit: 

Map Trap by Andrew Clements 
I LOVE and can't wait to use this for a map skills unit.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt 
ADORABLE, I just presented this book at school to 100 students who were rolling on the floor! It's quite cute and great for a lesson on point of view or voice.


Proving to be a great resource as I plan for my upcoming writing unit. 


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

SPOOKY and perfect for this season. 

Don't forget to check out all of the awesome teachers linking up with Farley this month! 
Happy Fall Y'all!