Something to "Crow" About!

As I sit here thinking about the week ahead, I am so happy that I stayed at school late on Friday to prep all the things I will need to have ready for my kiddos. This coming week I have parent conferences everyday. It just makes for a long week. Knowing that all of my plans are ready, materials are copied and my classroom is in "order" gives me piece of mind. 

I want to share with you, one of the Fall activities we will be doing this coming week. I just put the final touches on it the other day! 
I LOVE Fall and everything about Fall. The cool temperatures, the leaves changing colors, jeans and boots, scarves, pumpkins, lattes and oh so much more!  I wanted to bring Fall into my classroom because it just makes me so happy. I created this sweet, little scarecrow craftivity to help make that happen.
This packet includes all the templates to make this adorable scarecrow.
 It also includes:
-4 different writing prompts/ideas
- story writing paper
-describe a scarecrow bubble map
-classroom survey about Fall
-bulletin board letters: Our Writing is Something to "Crow" About

This is the perfect activity to get your kids inspired to write and to get excited for Fall.  If you want to grab a copy of my scarecrow craftivity, head over to my TpT store. I hope you love it!

Fall Blog Hop, Giveaway, and FREEBIES for You!

I am so excited to be joining up with Heather from Second Grade Perks and several of my dear blogging buds to bring you some fall awesome-ness! Who doesn't love a giveaway and freebies galore??? I know it's an opportunity I wouldn't want to pass up!
Heather is hosting a giveaway from now until September 29th! All the participating bloggers have donated a Fall item or Winner's choice item for one of our amazing followers to win! Make sure to click on the picture to take you to the Rafflecopter where you can enter the giveaway by following our blogs, TpT stores, FB or Instagram pages. 
There are some amazing products being offered. If you win you may even get a copy of my Fall Writing Prompts and Craftivity packet.

I have also just finished my superhero Place Value POWer Activities and Craftivity pack. It is jammed packed with activities/centers and a superhero craftivity! It is on sale through today (9/22), so grab it at a discount while you can!

We want everyone to feel like a winner, so each of us is offering a FREEBIE for you to grab when you visit our blogs! Here is my little freebie for all of you. It goes along with my place value packet. It is an I Spy-style place value activity/center. It is a great way to get your kiddos reviewing place value with standard form, expanded form and number words. Click the picture or HERE to download your copy! I hope your kiddos love it!

The next stop on the Block Party Blog Hop is the amazing Alyssha over at Teaching and Tapas! Head on over and check out what she has to share with you!

Happy Fall Ya'll!

My Week In Pictures & a SURPRISE!

I feel like I have just crawled out of the world's biggest travesty- NO INTERNET all week in my classroom! GASP! Honestly, I never realized how much I depend on the internet until I didn't have it all week. No printer (it's wireless), no online stories (use this twice a week), no ability to record attendance (had to do it by hand). The list goes on and on.... However, I am happy to say 15 minutes before dismissal today, it was back up and I was back in action. I was a printing machine before I left work today! My prayers have been answered!
Now I am at peace and can start to share my week with you....

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share my week in pictures with you.

1. This was the first week of my kiddos taking their math facts timed tests. They started with their 2 addition facts. They have to answer 50 problems in 3 minutes to pass. We have been practicing for weeks. They actually did very well! They were excited to get their slip of paper that told them whether they passed and moved to the next level or needed to keep studying. 

2. We worked with beginning, middle and end with our weekly story. The kids completed this page for their ELA interactive notebook. Thank you Aimee!

3. We did a little creative writing in our ELA centers. The kids made these adorable leaves to get us into the mood for fall. Then, they wrote some super cute and creative stories. Thank you, Amy Lemons.

4. Started my weekend with a little mani/pedi. Just had to share!

5. I just finished my latest unit for math. I am so excited to finally be able to print this out and laminate it. (remember I didn't have a printer to use all week). This packet includes place value anchor charts, center, printables, a flap book and a superhero craftivty that are sure to get your kids SUPER excited about place value. It will be on sale through the weekend. You can grab it HERE or click on one of the pictures above. 

I also have a HUGE surprise to share with you this Sunday! Make sure to stop back by to find out what it is. Trust me, you will not want to miss it!

Five for Friday: My Week In Pictures

I have to be very honest...This was the L-O-N-G-E-S-T week EVER! It was the first 5 day week we have had in the last month and it felt like it in every way! I am welcoming the weekend with wide open arms. Here is a peek inside my week!!!
We worked on our first set of letters to our fabulous pen pals in North Carolina. We used Kelley's Pen Pal packet to get started. The kids had a blast! They can't wait to hear back from their new buddies.

We worked on main idea and details this week. The kids created trees to show their understanding. They wrote the main idea on the trunk and details on the leaves. Thank you Amy Lemons. We love your Main Idea Packet!
We continued main idea with a story about a deaf girl in Meet Rosina. The kids used their "hands" to write the main idea on the palm and details on each of the fingers. The kids really got the connection between the story and the activity, which is always awesome!

I hit the jackpot yesterday when one of my parents donated a TON of glue sticks and notebooks to my classroom for our interactive notebooks! It's the little things that warm my heart and make me smile.
AND...last but not least.... I am almost done with this bad boy! I have been working feverishly on it every day. I had several requests for a 1st grade Math Interactive Notebook. I am happy to say I hope to have it complete by the end of the weekend. Stay tuned...
Happy Weekend!

My New Best Friend: Math Interactive Notebooks

For awhile now, I have seen and heard many people talking about interactive notebooks. I wasn't really sure what they were or even how to use them. I started doing some research- chatted with a few blogging buddies and my team partner about it and decided I wanted to jump in and give it a try this school year. I went out and bought spiral notebooks for A PENNY at Staples during their Back To School sale and got started.

I have to admit this was a HUGE decision for me. I was mainly worried about the time commitment it would take to properly implement the notebooks in my classroom. I thought I would definitely start with math first because our math series needed some serious overhauling to meet the common core standards. Then, when I started "shopping around" for second grade math interactive notebooks, there was one that jumped out at me from a very well known blogger and TpT seller. The item had tons of positive feedback, which further helped me to jump in and make the commitment to use the notebooks in my classroom. Once I purchased the product, I was so disappointed! There were so many spelling errors, unclear directions, lack of explanation of how to use the pages and many of the pages were not challenging enough to meet the CCSS for second grade. In other words.......It was a HOT MESS! That was the moment that I decided to make my own Math Interactive Notebook for my students. And I am happy to say, it is hot off the presses and ready to share with all of you!

We have been using some of the pages for a couple of weeks now and I am THRILLED with what my students are producing! We have been reviewing addition and subtraction strategies. Here are a few samples of what they have been working on:

Each page has a student friendly "I can" statement and a definition of the term they are working on. This page was used to review subtraction strategies. They wrote their own subtraction sentences on each wing. Under each wing, they drew a picture of one way to solve the problem. Some students drew pictures, some used a part-part-whole mat etc. 

We have also been working on problem solving skills. Each problem solving page asks the students to identify what is being asked in the word problem, draw a picture to show their thinking, write a number sentence and the answer. However, what is MOST important about the word problem pages, is an explanation of HOW they solved the problem. I love this part because it makes my students think and explain. When they can do that, they are more likely to understand and retain the concept being taught!

This teaching tool has it all! It comes with a student notebook cover, divider pages for each strand, notebook tabs and an example picture for EVERY page that is included. There are suggested usages and directions for assembling each student notebook too. Every Common Core Math Standard is covered. My students will use these notebooks to review for tests and during math centers. By the end of the year, they will have a comprehensive resource they can refer to for years to come. I hope you find this to be a valuable teaching tool for you and your students!

**I now have MATH Interactive notebooks available for grades K-5, as well as, reading and language notebooks for grades 1-3. You can take a closer look at each of them HERE!**

September Currently

It is hard to imagine that it is already September! You wouldn't know it from the temperatures around here, BUT Fall is just around the corner! I may be a couple days late to the party, but I am still linking up with Farley to share what is going on in my little world.

1. I LOVE BB and I missed the last two episodes this past week because we were out of town. Now I am catching up on my blogging and watching one of my favorite reality shows. Ahhh... my universe is now back into alignment!

2. I had the BEST long weekend. We went to Las Vegas for my son's baseball tournament with 50 of our closest friends. Seriously, between all the players and their families, there were 50 of us. Some of us flew, some of us drove together but we all stuck together once we got to our hotel. The boys bonded and played incredible baseball! And we all got to be a part of it. However, the highlight of my weekend was finally getting to meet my blogging bestie in person-Aimee from Primarily Speaking!
Aimee and I were paired up for a Product Swap almost a year ago and have become friends ever since. We have so much in common (we went to the same college, at the same time) and think so much alike it is scary at times!!! It was so much fun to just hang out together and embrace our friendship! 

3. The laundry piles from our weekend away are OUT. OF. CONTROL. I am not sure the washing machine and dryer have stopped at all today! I don't mind the washing. It's the putting the clothes away that I just despise! 

4. I have been working on my latest TpT product and want to finish it soon! I was on a roll and then got side tracked. I didn't accomplish much while I was away. I want to get back into the groove and get my creative juices flowing so I can finish it up and share it with all of you! 

5.We are having all of the hub's side of the family over for dinner tomorrow night. So while I have been putting all the laundry away, I have also been trying to clean the house and get ready for all our company. Thank goodness everyone is bringing/contributing something for the meal. Otherwise I would not be writing this blog post because I would be panicking right now!

6. I would love more "me" time to do whatever I want without feeling guilty. It is my own hang up! I always find other things that "have" to get down before "me" time. I need to cut that out! I need a mani/pedi badly! I love our family dinners. I love the warm weather and eating outside with my family and our friends. I want to have a few more of those moments before the cooler weather arrives. I think it is safe to say that won't be happening for awhile in our neck of the woods!

Make sure to link up and share what you are CURRENTLY up to!