Monday, April 30, 2012

How Many Days Of School Are Left?

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of another year of school. We have 28 days of school left. It is always bitter sweet for me this time of year. Yes, I am ready for summer break but I will miss my students dearly. When the school year begins, it is so exciting. I love meeting my students for the first time. getting to build a relationship with them over the school year. My students are so special to me. They make such a difference in my job. I love being a teacher and I look forward to these last few days left with them. We have lots of work to complete before the school bell rings on that last day. Share with me your number of days left and how it makes you feel.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

End of the Year

What are things that you do to end the school year with your students? Do you have a year scrapbook, games, crafts, fun days? Let me hear about your events and activities so we all can share and learn from one another. I wish you all the best during the closing of  another school year. It is always bitter sweet for me. What are your feelings as this school year ends? Are you glad it is over or totally gonna miss your students during the summer? Thanks for sharing and cant wait to see your comments. Happy End of the Year!!!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Teachers Blog Hop Giveaway!

It's Giveaway time and you are not going to believe this!  Over 20 items up for grabs from AMAZING bloggers all over the USA!  It's Top Teacher's Giveaway Galore!

The WINNER is Christina  Aronen # 7 I will be sending your prize to your email!!!!

  Scooping Up Story Elements by Tonya of Super Second Graders"This is a fun way for students to pick story elements to plan out a story. Students will pick a card from characters, setting, and plot and record then on the recording sheet. Students will use the chosen element to create a story. Students will have a blast getting to create fun and whimsical stories. " (1-4)

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Sight Word Snap Cubes by Jennifer of Empowering Little Learners"Looking for a fun new center for your kids? How about having them make the sight words with Snap Cubes! Use these cards to have your students count out blocks to create the letters and form the pre-primer sight words! Then they count how many cubes it took to make the words! Two recording sheets are included (one where students just count the snap cubes, and another where students count and write the word.)" (K-3)

Making Words with Blends by DeAnne of First Grade and Fabulous: "Making Words is a great activity to work on phoneme isolation, segmenting sounds, and blending sounds to make words. This packet includes Blends (with both short vowels and long vowels with silent e. You will find ten different making word directions which include their own recording sheets." (k-2)

Dolch Sight Words for Kindergarten by Lidia Barbosa of Kid’s Reading Activities: "Sight word cards in a fun theme. Use them in a center, small group or on your word wall. A word sorting activity is included." (K)

  Center Signs in Spanish by Lidia Barbosa of Kinder Latino: "These are 24 colorful center signs in Spanish. It includes two sizes. One full page size plus small cards for your Centers pocket chart." (K)

  Adding 3 Numbers Pack by Melissa of Dilly Dabbles: "Pack full of activities to support instruction on adding three numbers with sums within 20." (K-2)

 Baseball Antonyms by Sally DeCost of Elementary Matters: "This is a game to practice antonyms. It has a baseball theme, and can be played like "Old Maid" or like "Concentration". It can be played with a pair of children, or a whole reading group.." (1 - 3)

 Compound Word Magic Square for Grades 3, 4, & 5 by Heather of HoJo's Teaching Adventures: "This is a great fun puzzle where students need to match 24 compound words together. You will get three different puzzles with this item."(3-5)

  Interactive Student Notebook by A Teacher's Treasure: "The ultimate alternative assessment & differentiating tool. Students will become creative, independent, reflective, thinkers, readers and writers. Students will be able to express their own ideas, process, and or apply the information and skills learned in this class. This notebook serves as a live journal, personalized textbook, and working portfolio. Engages learners of all learning modalities & multiple intelligences." (4-12)

  Alphabet Writing: Quick Prompts From A to Z by Erin of Small Types: "Get students' pencils moving and their creativity flowing with these short alphabet-themed writing prompts. Students can write notes to friends, make lists, turn alphabet letters into main characters and describe the details in fictional adventures--All corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. (Includes five prompts for each letter to suit different levels and interests.)"

Fun on the Farm by Brian of Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings: "Here is a fun Farm Packet for primary grades. It includes Farm Rhyming Words - The words used are actually from the book Country Morning by Christine Lynn. Read more about it on my blog.
It also includes I Have Who Has Dolch Words, Addition and Subtraction Center. You can use them as concentration matching, go fish, etc. All, but the I Have Who Has, has a work sheet and an answer key to go with it! I hope you enjoy!" (K-2)

Geometry Fun: A Supplemental Unit by Mandy of Mandy's Tips for Teachers: "This 77 page packet includes vocabulary cards, a student dictionary, three games, two sorting activities, two creative art projects and a short assessment." (2-4)

 Busy Teacher Forms by Michelle of Teach123 : "Fourteen forms to help busy teachers." (K-3)

Farm Math Work Station Activities numbers 11-20 by Mandy of A Special Kind of Class: "Seven math work station activities including, subtracting, counting, number recognition, number matching, measuring and 2 adding activities. Includes response sheets and answer keys." (K-1)

  The Three Frogs by Arlene of LMN Tree: "This is an ELA Guided Reading and Writing Unit for Grades 1-2. It includes a complete lesson plan, Word Study, Make and Take Book, Graphic Organizers, Story Sequence Writing Activity, Phonics Worksheet, Writing, Chant and Activities.

  Writing Center by Caitlin of Kindergarten Smiles: "I created these activities for my students writing center. They are all independent and fun! These can be used throughout the year (more than once). Activities range from name writing, to writing the globe, to sight word writing, to much, much, more!" (K-2)

   I Spy With My Frog's Eye-A Differentiated Word Work Activity by Marsha of A Differentiated Kindergarten : " This is a differentiated I-Spy activity which includes 16 pages of CVC, CVCC and CVCe activities that are tiered to help you meet the readiness levels of all your students." (K-2)

  Writing Lists by Nicole of Teaching With Style: "This set of 10 lists is perfect for using during Daily 5. In my classroom, if students choose Work on Writing, they can work on their story from Writer's Workshop, start a new story, write a letter to a friend, or write a list. " (K-3)

  Digital Clock Sorting Game by Jennifer of Best Practices 4 Teaching: "This product allows students to sort digital clocks by 'quarter til', 'quarter of', 'quarter after', etc. Students will quickly see the pattern of the times and commit it to memory! In 2 days, all of my students had learned this concept using this sort whereas the lesson in our math kit totally confused them!"

  Synonym-Antonym Rap Packet by Abby of Third Grade Bookworm: "This packet is full of activities for a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom studying synonyms and antonyms.
Students will enjoy the Synonym-Antonym Rap, partner game, buddy reading activity and other printables included in this set. Wrap it all up with a cute class book template that can be used with other units in the future!" (2-3)

Early Elementary Science - Human Body Unit with Literacy Math by Lisa of The Lesson Guide: "This Early Elementary Science based Anatomy Unit will teach students about the Human Body (inside and out) with colorful graphics and diagrams using a variety of Literacy and Math skills. This unit includes Measurement Skills, an original Poem with a Get Moving Analysis, Information/Facts about each Body Part with Vocabulary, Templates for students to create a nonfiction book about their body, Full color pictures of body parts and locations of body parts, a Classification and Math graphing activity with Critical Thinking Analysis, a Unit Project/Human Diagram, a Word Wall Classification activity with Phrase Cards, Resources and more!" (K-2)

  Building Popcorn Words by Krissy of Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business: "This product includes weekly cut, build, and glue activities that follow along with my Monkey Popcorn Word Fun Unit as well as the Treasures series word list (which includes many Dolch and other HFW as well). It also has center materials that students can build the words in a pocket chart." (K-1)

  The Answer is… What’s the Question? Math Task Cards by Michelle of Making It As A Middle School Teacher: "28 numbered cards that leave the level of difficulty and specific math skill to be assessed up to you!  Some students may only do basic operations, while other students may be required to do more advanced skills and give more details for their answers.  Two student response options are also included!!  Use for early finishers, have the whole class complete in Round Robin style, or use as a center.  Or use all 28 cards." (5-8)

  David Shannon Author Study by Mary of Sharing Kindergarten: "This is an 80 page author study using the books of David Shannon. It features 8 book. Each book title has a reading comprehension game, answer key, and writign prompts with it. " (K-1)

  Candy Land Long Vowel Game by Mel D of Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations: "This unique game is one of over 50 games I have to offer! Over 18 pages of long vowel words are on "look-alike" Candy Land cards. All you need is a game board & game pieces. Print, laminate & cut & use for years to come. These games can be used during Daily 5, tutoring, literacy stations, Daily 5 Math, RTI, ELL, Title 1 groups, homeschooling & more! The possibilities are endless!" (K-3)

A Not So Wimpy Resource: Fractions, Decimals & Percents Using Money by Kathie of The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher : "This resource is great for differentiating instruction. Help struggling students, or those who have a difficult time with math concepts, understand fractions using money. This resource includes an info sheet, practice sheet, flashcards, and a bingo board." (3-5)

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  Sooping Up Story Elements by Tonya of Super Second Graders"This is a fun way for students to pick story elements to plan out a story. Students will pick a card from characters, setting, and plot and record then on the recording sheet. Students will use the chosen element to create a story. Students will have a blast getting to create fun and whimsical stories. " (1-4)

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Sunday, April 22, 2012


As I promised here is the GIVEAWAY for 100 Followers!!!! To thank you for helping me get this goal on my blog, please come and enter this giveaway. You will have the choice of 1 FREE product from the great blogs below. Be sure to click on Read More>> to enter on the contest board.
First from my blog I have my newest centerScooping Up Story Elements

Third from Arlene Sandberg at LMN Tree

Fourth from Michelle Divkey at Teach 123
Fifth from Heather Whetham at HoJos Teaching Adventures
Sixth from Jana Wilson at Thinking Out Loud

Enter below by clicking on Read More tab

Story Elements Center

I love teaching STORY ELEMENTS to my students. This is a fun way to have students to work with story elements. Students will pick a card from each story element area and use that in creating a story. This creates so great and funny stories. My students have a blast getting to pick the cards and making a story that connects all three parts (character, setting and plot). Use this in your class and see if your students become excited about story elements and writing.
Hope that you have as much fun as I have with my students with this center. I would love to hear about your experiences with it and how it helped out your students with story elements and writing. Have students to also add drawings. This could be a great class activity to make class books.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Yay!!!! 100 follower is so amazing to me. I started this blog in February. Starting this blog was a decision that I am glad that I did. I have been inspired by all of the blogs from educators that I have enjoyed. Being in education is a job that I truely love. Not many people can say that they love their job. This is my 9th year in education and each year is filled with excitement as I get my class ready for my students. So on my last post I promised a giveaway when I reached 100 followers. So now I have to get to work on that Promise. I am planning on having the giveaway up this weekend. So keep checking to see all that it offers. I am so excited to have reached this goal in a short time. Thank you all for following my blog.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So Close to 100 Followers and a Giveaway!!!

Fellow educators, bloggers and friends, I am so excited about getting close to having 100 followers on my blog. This blog was started in February and I can not believe how many of you have started following. I am loving this opportunity to share and communicate with you. This has given me so much insight to the world of blogging. I had no clue to how many blogs for education are out there and all of the valuable resources you are giving. So, I am planning a Great Big Giveaway for when I reach 100 followers. So stay tuned for all the details about the giveaway. I have fellow bloggers and myself that are working together to give an awesome packet. If you are not a follower, please do to find out and help make this giveaway come true. To all that are already following, thank you from one educator to another. I am deeply touched by your response. Please continue to view my posts and you will love the giveaway!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Terrific Tuesday

Today was a Terrific Tuesday for me. My class was just so good for a Tuesday. I felt like I could have accomplished anything! Those days are few and far between a lot of times. I do have a great bunch of 2nd graders this year but we know kids will be kids. Really the past two days have been great. I love it when you have those days when everything goes right, students are engaged and learning. So now I would love to hear about your Terrific Tuesday.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Then End Of The Year

The end of the school year is coming quick. What are activities that you love to do with your students? Share your great ideas for any grade level. You can link your comment or example to your post or activity that you have. Look forward to seeing all of the great ideas you have.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Come and get items at a great price for you. Lots of great activities for students to love learning. Sale is now until Tuesday, April 17th. Get items for less than a DOLLAR!! Dont forget to follow my store and get freebies. Love to have you follow my blog if you aren't to recieve updates about posts and great resources. I also have a Facebook page

Friday, April 13, 2012

Grab my cute FREE poster!

Display this cute poster in your classroom to encourage students to read!!! Click on the word POSTER and get your free copy! Hope your students will love reading as much as I do.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cooking Up Some Fun!!!

This is a cute, fun and whimsical way for students to practice making words with word families. I hope you will check it out and get one for yourself. Student will enjoy getting to play with this great center that have fun pictures that we all know and love when grilling out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Common Core

For those of you that are already working with Common Core, give me any tips, suggestions, or any information that was the most helpful to you. My school will be implementing Common Core in 2012 - 2013 school year.  So this is our training year. I am interested in getting information straight from you pros, who are already teaching with Commn Core. love to get any info. you would share.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tweet Number Patterns

Students will love picking a card and finding the next two numbers that will complete the pattern. These are cute and whimsical cards that are great for student to work with numbers. Great reinforcement activity for students. Come take a peek and get one for your students to have now. Just print and laminate, ready to go!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Break!!!

Hello and welcome SPRING BREAK!!! It will begin on Friday, April 6th. Tennessee bound I will be. Time to get away for some R&R!!! I will be back in a few days. Until then, please share what your spring break events are. Hope all get the relaxation for completing the rest of the school year.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sweet Treat Facts

Get this SWEET way to practice addition facts for your students. This activity will have kids loving to practice their addtion facts.

Fun Math Center

A fun math center for the kiddos. Grab this for your classroom and begin using it today! Just print and laminate and youre ready to go. While getting this great center, check out products that are free and on SALE until Tuesday. Happy April to all!!!!