Get Ready...It's Time To Empty Your Wishlists

If you haven't heard yet, the giant TpT cyber sale is coming up! That means it is time to  load up those shopping carts and check off the items on your wishlist. We all deserve a great deal and now is the time to take advantage of it.

I want to share a few new products I have been working on, as well as, some of my best selling products that are on sale too!

This language arts bundle is hot off the press and jam packed with activities for some winter classroom fun! It includes word work, non-ficiton information about polar bears and penguins, literature and grammar activities. To top it all off, it also has 3 adorable crafts (snowman, polar bear and penguin) to use to review main idea and details or create festive bulletin boards in your room. It is on sale through tomorrow and then again during the TpT sale.

If you are looking to engage your students in the writing process, this is the packet for you. It includes checklists, rubrics, writing prompts and a hot cocoa craftivity. It covers all forms of writing including opinion, informative and narrative to meet all the common core standards

Ring in the New Year with this craftivity! This is a great lesson to use after returning from winter break. It helps students reflect and write their new year resolutions. It makes a great bulletin board too.

For those of you who use interactive notebooks or want to start using them in your classroom, my math interactive notebooks for first, second and third grade are on sale with an additional 10% off during the TpT sale.



I hope you find several new products and amazing ideas during the sale! Happy shopping!

So Much To Be Thankful For...

I am thrilled to be off this week to spend time with family, relax, and appreciate all that I have. That is why I am linking up with Molly from Lucky to Be in First to share all the things I am thankful for.






To show my thanks to all my TpT followers I am going to have a special surprise coming your way. Make sure to check your TpT inbox soon. If you are not a TpT follower make sure you head on over to my store and become one, so you don't miss out!

I hope each one of you enjoys your Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family! Happy Thanksgiving!

Dream Vacation-My Truth Monday

It is funny how everyone has a different idea of what a dream vacation is. My husband is a hustle bustle kind of guy- never sits still and always has to be doing something. I am much more content just sitting by the pool, reading a book and soaking up the sun rays. So when it comes to planning a vacation, we always have to have a little hustle and little chill time planned. 

I am linking up with Sunny Days in Second Grade to share my dream vaction with all of you.

This is what I get to wake up to every morning! 

Take my breath away!

Mother nature at its finest!

Join in the fun and link up your dream vacation ideas too!

Glorious Five for Friday!!!

Oh, this is one of the most glorious Fridays in the whole month of November! I love Fridays. But this one is extra special because my alarm is turned off for the whole week! Yes, my friends, I have all next week off to be crazy busy with my two boys, but I don't have to wake up to an alarm-AND that makes me super excited, right now. It is however, time to share my week in pics with you.

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1. This past weekend, my boys had a fundraiser at their school called Hotcakes and Handball! It was a blast! The dads flipped hotcakes and the kids had a handball tournament. Here is my oldest winning the title of best handball player for his grade level! Oh, yes, I am a proud mama.

2. We review abbreviations this week. We played a game and made these flip books.

3. We worked on getting our turkey groove on this week. My kiddos make these turkey glyphs about what they liked most about Thanksgiving. Then, we graphed the data and displayed them on our math board. You can grab your copy {HERE}

4. Look what arrived on my doorstep today! Yes, that is correct. You see two boxes in that picture. One boy and one girl. I couldn't decide which to get, so I am going to give one to my team partner, so we can be mischievious together. Partners in crime should stick together, right? I created a Pinterest board all about Elf of the Shelf ideas. Head on over and check it out. I also put together some activities I am going to do with my students called Elf"ish" Activities in the Classroom. I hope you all join me on this little adventure and find tons of joy with this little guy.

5. I feel really silly, but I was terrible at taking pictures this week. We got a package in the mail from our pen pals. They wrote us the cutest turkey letters and sent us a fabulous Thanksgiving book. However, I forgot to take a picture of their adorable letters. But this is the book we got. It was a great story right before our school feast.

Be sure to share your week in pictures too and link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Elf Preparation and a Giveaway

I have caved... I have taken the plunge.... I have made the commitment... to open my classroom to a TON of mischief. This little guy is on his way....
I have wanted to invite this little guy into my classroom for awhile, but never followed through. Well, this year I am following through in a BIG way! His plane ticket has been purchased and we are just waiting for him to land. While I have been waiting for his arrival, I decided I better have a lot of things for him to do while he is in town. This weekend, I created this little packet:

There is a calendar of events of suggested elf placement ideas for several weeks. I copied and began prepping our Where is Our Elf? journal booklets. The kids are going to write and illustrate where they find our elf each day and what he is doing. We are going to make elf hats and the kids are going to wear them while they are journal writing each day. We are going to choose a name for our new classmate too. Then, we are going to graph the top choices. 

Each student is going to fill out a job application to be one of Santa's helpers. Our classroom elf is going to "grade" each application and approve or not approve each one!  Don't worry, Santa needs lots of helpers. You can never have enough elves at the North Pole.

We are also going to make an elf craftivity and write about why we should be Santa's helper. Writing pages are also included for students to write a letter to Santa or make an acrostic poem about elves.

I can't wait for all the fun to begin!If you want to bring a bit of mystery and fun to your classroom too, you can grab your copy of my packet by clicking HERE or on the pictures above. It will be on sale until tomorrow night.

I also want to share an AMAZING giveaway opportunity with all of you. My sweet friend, Tania, at My Second Sense is having a week's worth of giveaways. Day 1 and Day 2 are already up and ready for the grabbing. There are different prize packages everyday. Each one is only up for 3 days! SO HURRY on over to enter!!!




Gobbling Up Main Idea and Details & a Giveaway

Last night I wrote a quick post about a FREEBIE festive main idea and detail craft I had posted and today I am back to share the lesson details with you. Without further adieu...Gobbling Up Main Idea and Details.

We have been working on main idea and details all throughout the school year. It seems my kiddos can never get enough practice with this skill. Today, however, I think I had a breakthrough with my entire class. 

I paired my little gems into groups of two. I gave each group a non-ficition fluency card. They read the card to one another. Then, on their whiteboards, they needed to write the main idea of the passage, along with four details. I walked around and monitored the groups to make sure they were on the right track.

Next, we cut out and glued our turkeys together. I did this first because I wanted the kids to be able to have a concrete space to write their details. I didn't want the kids to write the details on their feathers and then glue the feathers on and have the words covered up.

This was my sample that I made the day before. I decided to use some of the orange scrap paper to make a beak on each turkey. I just had the kids cut a square from their orange paper that was left over and fold it, to make the beak. I think they turned out pretty cute and my kids are much more confident picking out the main idea from a story now!

I posted them with the common core "I can" statements here. 

Click on the picture or the link above to download your copy! 

Now for the giveaway!!! My sweet friend, Heather, over at Second Grade Perks is having a great giveaway "write" now. You could win this amazing pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. Head on over and enter so you can have one in your classroom too! You will love it!
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Helpful Hints and a FREEBIE

  I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to share some helpful teaching tips with each of you. 


The one thing I find the most helpful with the transition to Common Core is a checklist of my grade level standards. I keep them in a three-ring binder with my daily plans. I check them off as I plan to teach them and when I assess each standard. Having it right at my fingertips makes it easy to use. It also creates a living history of documentation for conferences, evaluations, report cards etc.


2. Organize Monthly Projects and Ideas in Binders.

When I first started teaching, I put each of my projects in a file folder and labeled it with the activity name. Then, the files went into my file cabinet, never to be found again. Either, I couldn't remember the name I filed it under or it would get smashed with all the other files in the drawer. 
A few years ago, I started to file everything in binders. I have labled the binders into Monthy Projects, ELA Centers, Math Centers, Writing Ideas and Grammar. Next, I tabbed them by months or subject area. I am personally keeping Avery in business with all the plastic sleeves I have purchased. However, nothing gets lost and I can grab what I need at a moments notice and copy it.


 

I also want to share a little FREEBIE I created to use in my class this week. We are reviewing main idea and details this week, so I thought I would bring a bit of the Thanksgiving spirit into our lesson. My kids are each going to make a turkey. They will write the main idea of our weekly story on the body and 4 details on each of the feathers. You can use this with your reading series story or with one of your favorite Thanksgiving stories. Click on the picture to grab your copy! Enjoy!


My Truth Monday- Teacher Love

This is my first time linking up with Sunny Days in Second Grade. I can't wait to share this week's truth with all of you.


This is my truth:
As a young child, I always wanted to be a teacher. It was part of who I was. It was in my blood, running through my veins on a daily basis. I played school in my bedroom growing up and graded my stuffed animals tests. 
While I was in high school, some of my closest friends told me I was "too smart" to become a teacher and I was selling myself short. Hmmm... never thought of it THAT way. High school is a very impressionable time in a young girl's life, so I decided to wouldn't commit to the education major and I would explore my options. I finally settled on being a pre-law major. I was going to be a child advocate lawyer and save the world! Well, that idea came to a screeching halt when I realized I wouldn't be able to "save" every child I came across. I finally realized I was being silly and should listen to my heart and soul and become a teacher. It was the best decision I have ever made and I have never looked back with regret. Every day that I open my classroom door to my group of kiddos, I know I am doing the best I can to love, educate, and embrace each one of them and make them the best they can be too. 

This is who I am. This is my truth.
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While you are here, I want to remind you of an incredible giveaway I am having right now, with my sweet friend, Aimee from Primarily Speaking. We are giving away a few of our Fall Favorite items to our lucky followers because we are so thankful for each of you. Click on the picture below to take you to the giveaway details! You won't want to miss it!


November Currently & Fall Favorites Giveaway

Oh yeah...It's November baby!!! Can you tell I am a little excited about it??? I love Thanksgiving, Fall and the holiday season. And you know what that means...Yep, it's time for this month's Currently!


1. I love this time of the weekend, when my kids can wake up, snuggle on the couch and veg out. We are so busy during the week and on the weekends, so when they get the opportunity to watch a few TV shows, I am good with it. Plus, I can catch up on my blogging :)

2. I LOVE November because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the warm family gathering, delicious dinner and of course Black Friday shopping!!!!

3. It's time for me to start my report cards and I am dragging my feet. I just can't get motivated. HELP!

4. We are blessed this year to have the whole week of Thanksgiving off, which I am THRILLED about! 

5. A few weeks ago, our microwave died. I was ready to run out to the store to buy a new one, but the hubs wants to help pick it out and we have not selected a new one yet. Ok, no big deal. We don't really use it all the much. HOWEVER, this week our oven malfunctioned and we just found out it can't be fixed for 2 weeks. Seriously???? I guess its a great excuse to not have to cook every night!

I haven't made these yet, but they look like they are filled with ooey gooey yumminess!I think they would be great to take to holiday parties or potlucks. Just click on the picture to take you to the recipe.

If you haven't heard, Aimee from Primarily Speaking and I are hosting a Fall Favorites Giveaway! We have so many incredible prizes to give away, we have created TWO prize packages you can win! Click on the picture above to enter! 
Happy November Everyone!

Fall Favorities Giveaway!

For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. I love just about everything that is fall related. It just simply makes me happy. 
Now it is time to thank all of my followers and share a bit of my gitty happiness with all of YOU!

Aimee from Primarily Speaking and I are throwing a FALL FAVORITES GIVEAWAY to show all of you how much we appreciate you! 

We have asked some of our dear blogging friends to help us celebrate too. I am so thankful for their generosity and support. Be sure to follower their blogs, TpT stores, FB pages etc. You don't want to miss out on all their great ideas.
We have so many wonderful prizes to share with you that we don't only have ONE rafflecopter... but TWO!!! That's right, TWO amazing prize packages that you can win! Make sure to check them both out. There are several ways to enter.

Fall Favorites Package #1






a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fall Favorites Package #2








Told ya the prizes were amazing! You have all week to enter and spread the happiness of Fall. I am thankful for each one of you! Happy Fall Ya'll!!! Good luck!