Monday, October 27, 2014

Only One Week Left... :(

I only have one week of maternity leave left.  I can't believe these past 8 weeks have flown by this quickly.  I will definitely miss the snuggles, naps, snuggles, quietness, and did I mention the snuggles??  I know my first day back will definitely be hard, but I'm hoping 26 other smiling faces happy to see me back will help.  So I'm spending my last week preparing as much as possible for my first week back.  Lots of planning, creating, and organizing.  (Did I mention I got a brand new office for my birthday!?  It's not completely put together yet but when it is I'll definitely share pictures!)  To top off my last week I thought I'd also throw together a week of some amazing savings deals. Spooky Savings!  I'm not gonna lie - Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I'm super sad to be missing this week with my classroom...  :(  But I hope you all have a great week and do many fun and spooky activities to enjoy it!  Check out all of this week's spooky savings!!

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Click on the picture to take you to the paid product

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I hope you'll find a deal that you'd like to take advantage of!  Make sure you don't purchase the 'free' item.  You will e-mail me at with your TPT username and I'll e-mail you the free item!  

Tuesday's deal you may not recognize the paid product.  It's my newest - Color Me Crazy (November Edition).  It's full of no prep printables that all involve coloring in some way shape or form.  My kids LOVE to color so if I involve crayons somehow - they are ecstatic!  

Oh ya - and I have a giveaway winner to announce!  Congrats to...

Heather - You should be getting an e-mail from me very soon!  Thanks to everyone who made my birthday blowout giveaway a huge success!  I hope you all found some new blogs and stores to follow!  :)  

Well, I'm off to begin planning for the week.  Any advice on how to make this a smooth and tear free transition?  I'd love to hear!!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Birthday Blowout Giveaway!!

Soooo... I'm another year older : /  Don't know how I feel about it.  I didn't hit a milestone so that's something to smile about right!?  The big 29.  I feel so old but yet so young.  I never in my life would have thought I would have 3 kids by the time I was 29 - but yet I do!  I'm so happy about where I am in my life and can't wait to find out where else my (our) life takes us.  So my birthday was actually Tuesday.  I woke up to balloons hanging off of the couch and a big banner hanging from the ceiling.  Too fun!  My husband wouldn't tell me what we were having for dinner that night.  He invited over his family and my parents.  We ended up having Pizza King pizza, which is my FAVORITE!!!  My mom even ordered a birthday cake - candles and all.  I can't remember the last time someone actually sang "Happy Birthday" to me - but yet it happened.  I felt like a kid again!  :)  On top of all this, my husband got me a new office for my gift!  A brand new desk and his mother got me a new bookshelf.  I can't WAIT to put it all together - don't worry, I'll post pics when I do!

So now that I've celebrated with my family I'd love to celebrate with all of YOU!  Myself and a few blogger friends of mine have come together to put on this amazing Birthday Blowout Giveaway.  Let me tell you... it's packed FULL of amazingness!  $25 TPT gift card, $30 shopping spree in my store, over 20 sellers have donated products - including the amazing Melonheadz Illustrating!!!  I LOVE her clip art!!

The giveaway ends next week Tuesday - October 21st so make sure to enter soon!  One winner will be picked to win it all!!  Check out what's included below.  Happy Birthday to ME!!

I hope you enter!  Make sure to share it with your friends! :)  I can't wait to see who wins!!!  Good Luck!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Savings Circular!! Halloween Special

Good Morning!!  (or afternoon, evenings, depends on when you're reading!) ;)  I'm having such a fun, fall filled weekend.  Yesterday I did my first 5k with my family.  We walked it, because non of us are runners... yet.  But it was still a lot of fun. I'm sore today - but oh well!  It was a Halloween themed walk so we all got dressed up!

Today we're heading off to our state's "Zoo Boo".  The zoo is all decorated for Halloween and the kids and trick or treat as they walk around and see the animals.  I've never been so I'm super excited!

I'm linking up today with  Nicole from All Things Apple in 2nd.  She started a new Sunday Linky Party called Sunday Savings Circular.  It's only in its second week, but oh so much fun! Today I'm having a Halloween themed sale.  If you buy either my brand new Talk Like a Monster - A Context Clue Activity OR Candy Corn Noun Craze packet - then you can get my Halloween Multiple Meaning Words activity for FREE (Regular $1.50).  So spend $2.50 and get TWO products!  Definitely a good deal with Halloween right around the corner!   Just click on the links above to check out the products.  If you decide to get the deal make sure to NOT buy the free items - instead, just e-mail me at with your TPT username and I'll e-mail you back your free product!  This is for today only, so don't miss out!

Off to get ready for the zoo!  Have a great Sunday!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bye, Bye Summer... (Lots of Freebies!)

It is with a bittersweet voice that I say goodbye to summer.  Don't get me wrong, I've been in school now for over a month.  But with Labor Day is here which means real summer is leaving us as well..  :(  But with fall around the corner, there is SO much to look forward to.  Bonfires, Smores, Halloween, Fall decorations, pumpkin carvings.  I could keep going!  I LOVE Fall!!  

So the past four weeks have made me extremely busy and tired.  I'm officially 9 months pregnant (due in 3 weeks!!).  They say there's no tired like back to school teacher tired - I say there's no pregnant like back to school PREGNANT teacher tired!!  Whew!  

So I've been taking lots of pics and wanting to tell you all about the fun things we've been doing!  I hope you'll read along with me and maybe snag a few freebies as you read?  Here we go!

A look back on August 2014:

So like most of you, I start in reading with teaching story elements.  Getting to know the characters, setting, etc.  Before really diving into traits, change, etc - I wanted my students to understand all of the aspects of a character and what 'good readers' look for when reading.  So I created this fun character wheel!  

The students used the wheel to analyze the characters in the story and to dabble in each important part of what good readers look for when thinking about their characters.  

They used bullet points for each section to take notes on the important parts they remember from the story.

This wheel will work for ANY book!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  Click the photo to download it for FREE!  Make sure to let me know how you like it :)  

So continuing our work with Characters, we got to use my Characters with Character activity packet.  The students got to practice reading stories and choosing character traits for the character in the story.  They even find evidence to justify their choices.  So fun!!  

Click on the photos to check it out!  

 So fluency is important at the beginning of the year too.  I always do a lesson on 'What is fluency'.  This year I was able to use our new technology (iPADS!)  I recorded myself reading a passage 3 different ways and we analyzed what did well and not to well each time we listened to it.  I LOVE this anchor chart from Teaching with a Mountain View:

So I used it and created a recording sheet to help us analyze my fluency.  After the lesson, the kids really understood what fluency really meant!  


Click on the photo below to download the recording sheet for FREE!

Ok - so here's one of my FAVORITES!!  I've done this activity now for a few years, but always forget to take pictures and post about it.  Do you know what SHOES and PUNCTUATION have in common!?  Punct - SHOE - ation... Get it!?!?  My kids die laughing when I show them this.  Check out this fun, easy activity.  I find cheap flip flops at a nearby dollar store and draw on them large punctuation marks.  On sentence strips, I write out sentences without the ending punctuation marks.  Give each group 3 flip flops (. ? !) and a few strips and ta-da!  Instant motivation!  

I even made a recording sheet where the students had to write out their sentences, add the punctuation mark and check which type of sentence they read.  (YES - I realize the 'n' is missing from the word punctuation.... but I've lost the original ppt document and only have it in pdf format :(  I apologize - but it's free so you're happy right!?)

Click on the photos to download the recording sheet for FREE!

Ok - last one, I promise!  We all do fun matching games yes? I did one with sentences and their types.  Each student had a card - it either had 1 of the 4 types of sentences or it had a sentence with missing punctuation.  They had to find a partner that matched their sentence.  But what was fun, I had them do "Punctuation Poses" when they found their partner.  They rolled up in a ball for a period...

Made themselves straight and tall for exclamation points....

(sorry for the unrotated pic) and made themselves into ?? for questions!  

Can you tell they are having a blast!? 

I hope you've enjoyed hearing about what we've been up to in room 129 (126 really!!)  Please let me know what you think about the freebies you've downloaded.  (Please let me know if any of the links don't work!)

To help celebrate the 'end of summer' - I, along with some other fantastic bloggers, are doing a Dog Days of Summer DOLLAR SALE!

All FOUR of these items have been put on sale for just $1.00 until Sunday night at midnight!  I hope you find something you like :)  Links are below!

(students practice analyzing characters and choosing character traits to match them)

(students practice inferring the setting of a story by going through the character's TRASH!)

(Students practice answer questions from table of contents, index, and glossary)

(Students practice analyzing paragraphs and deciding which is or is not a paragraph)

Check out the other great sales going on!!

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