Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bulletin Board 101

Hi Everyone!
For those of you who enjoy using clipart images in decorative ways,
I have a project just for you!

Outside of my classroom door, I have
a somewhat large bulletin board
for which I'm responsible.

My first thought 
was to leave it blank 
but... 
I quickly determined 
that was probably not 
in my best interest.  
Whatever.

Later, while I was 
scrolling through Pinterest, 
I found this lovely idea.
imagine that!

(myclassroomideas.com)

It inspired me 
to create something similar.

So, I purchased 
this clipart collection
from TPT,
like... where else?

(available HERE)

and I chose several images 
to send to my local
 copy store
to have them enlarged.


Days later... 
my new students 
were reviewing
the combinations of 8.

Using this
adorable cow pattern 


I purchased HERE,
my kids were able 
to review a math concept
and create this friendly display 
at the same time.


Here's a close up...

You'll need to remind yourself that 
this cow was formed with scissors held in
the hand of a six year old.

Enjoy your week!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Five for Friday and Open House Stuff

Happy Friday!
I've just completed a week of 
inservice days with a tiny bit
of time allocated to my classroom.

Even though my kiddos 
will arrive Monday morning, 
bright and early,
 I have just enough time to
participate in Doodle Bug's
Five for Friday.


After that,
I'll be operating in
crazy mode
until the final details are complete.

Here we go...


Outside of Red Ribbon Week 
 or a Dr. Seuss decorating contest, 
I seldom decorate 
my classroom door.

However, I transferred to a new school this year and I'm making every attempt to try new things.




To correlate with the chip theme,
I prepared these prizes for my kiddos.
If you like the chip bag toppers,
you can get a copy HERE.


This week, I also created 
a photo booth
for Open House.
Here are a few props I prepared on my kitchen island while I waited on the noodles to boil.
I'm such a beast 
when it comes to multi-tasking...



Here's another bulletin board 
in which I used a clip art image 
as the focal point. 
It makes me deliriously happy to get extra mileage from my stash.
  The scissors were a 
free download from 
Dots of Fun.
It's available HERE.

and finally...




This cartoon is a perfect fit for me.
My picture hangs proudly in the 
Natural Museum of Laminators.  

In addition, 
I am the only card-carrying, 
completely certified
 laminator for the entire southeast region. 

When your librarian has a problem, she calls the laminator people.  
When the laminator people 
need additional support... 
they call me.  
I'm just that good.

Enjoy your weekend, folks!  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's Tuesday - Time for a Book Linky

It's Tuesday, folks
and my school year
is officially in full swing.

With the kiddos arriving 
in less than a week, 
Deanna's book linky 
is the perfect time to
take a break.

I have worked incredibly hard today, 
so you'll not have to convince me 
to relax just a moment.


Here we go...

The book that I selected for this week is a favorite of mine to read during the first 
week of school.
It's just too sweet to make the children wait.


Amazon's review reads:

When Amos goes fishing he is caught by an amazing fish that takes him home 


and puts him in a bowl of air for a pet.


The illustrations are simply inviting and the story line is easy to follow.
After sharing, 
I generally follow up the story 
with a conversation 
about fact/fiction 
and the kids can always provide 
a number of examples 
for each category.
Even on the first day.

Plus,
it has a variety of tier II vocabulary words
on which you could focus.
ordinary.  extraordinary.  trophy.  tattered.

If you're interested in a copy for your own classroom, you can find used copies HERE.

Now what book will YOU share?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!
Another week is coming to a close 
and I'm 3 days closer to the start of school.
Yikes!
Before I return to my 
regular schedule, though... 
it's the perfect time to link up with 
Doodle Bugs Teaching
for


Let's get started!


I luv getting extra mileage out of clip art!
So... using THIS set from 
Graphics From the Pond 
I gave my spelling word display an overhaul.
Each week, I'll write the spelling words on the mice so they will be on display.




Another facelift project ...
This is the anchor chart I use the first week of school to teach one of the many procedures I want my kiddos to learn.
Be sure to wear your shades so the shocking yellow doesn't damage your retinas!



For Open House, my teacher friends and I 
are planning a photo booth.  
I've been busy creating speech bubbles to use as props...


My daughter and I made a dri-erase calendar 
for her dorm room.  
She moves in about 3 weeks.
*sniff*  *sniff*


And finally...




Like many others, 
I'm having a sale this weekend.  
Be sure to check out all the
Reading Street 
units I have available.
You're sure to find something!

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deanna's Book Linky and a Give-Away

This week I'm linkin' once again 
with Deanna Jump's 
book linky.
This has been great fun, yet I have to be honest here... it has not been kind to my
Amazon account!
Geez!

This week I have an old favorite.
It's called...

Have you read it?

Amazon's description reads...

Natasha isn't really a bad girl. 
It's just that she wants 
to play on the swing now, 
not after the wash has been hung up to dry. 

And she wants her soup now, 
not after the goats have been fed. 

Looking after Natasha keeps Babushka, Natasha's grandmother, very busy. 


Then, after lunch, 
Natasha notices a doll 
sitting on Babushka's shelf...
a doll Babushka tells Natasha she played with just once when she was a little girl.


When Natasha plays with the doll while Babushka goes to the store for groceries, 


she discovers why once is enough with Babushka's doll.


She also discovers just how tiring it can be to take care of a child who wants everything now.


When her grandmother returns, 
Natasha tearfully explains how she was so mistreated by the spoiled doll.
She vows that she does not have any desire to play with it again.
Once was certainly enough.

If you're interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, you can get it HERE.

 Before I close for the evening
I have a freebie or two I'd like to share.

First,


This is ONE component I'm adding to my calendar routine this year.
It reinforces counting by 1's, 5's, and 10's.
Here's a quick picture for you...


I'll give away 3 copies.
Leave a comment with your email and I'll send it along to you shortly.

And if that's not enough...
this is a new product, too.


It's an author study based on the 
following 3 books:
Curious George
Curious George Rides a Bike
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
and I'd love to share it with 3 people.

Simply leave a comment about your favorite author study and my dear hubby will select 3 winners in a few days.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two for Tuesday and a Freebie!

It's week 5, friends
and I'm linkin' up with
summer linky party and 
you're invited to play along, too!
Simply offer two products 
at 50% for today only.  
It's just that easy!

This week, I'm featuring one of my favorites.
It's called Watch Your Speed
and it's a behavioral management system 
with which most littles can identify.
Sadly, I know I can!

This product is kinda-sorta
 like the clip charts 
you've seen on Pinterest...
with one difference.

Instead of each kiddo moving a clip
 from one color card to the next,
the kiddo manipulates a colored car in response to his/her choices.

You'll need a sheet of poster board and a library pocket for each student.
Assembly is required - but not much!
You can find this product HERE.
It's 50% off today only!

Secondly...
my district adopted 
the Reading Street series(2008) 
a few years ago.

The following product was developed over the course of the first year out of a need to practice the high-frequency words introduced
with each story.

It features a card game to reinforce the high frequency words 
for every story 
for the ENTIRE year.

Honestly, my own kiddos play it daily 
(year after year) 
and they never seem to tire of it.  

This product also includes a vocabulary card for every high frequency word. 
Here you'll see the high frequency words for
Sam, Come Back
and 
Pig in a Wig.
The clipart images also help you remember to which story it belongs!
You can get this product HERE.
It's 50% off today only!

Finally,
if you've stayed with me this long...
I have a freebie for you.

My original grading scale
(something my district requires)
was old... and tired.
It got a much needed make-over this week.

If you would like a copy, 
you can check it out HERE.

If you would consider it,
please give me a 

right HERE! 
I'd love to hear from you!

Enjoy your Tuesday!









Friday, June 27, 2014

Freebie Friday

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Once again, I'm linkin' up with
TBA's

Freebie Fridays

Can you believe 
this is the last Friday 
in the month of June?  
Even more surprising, 
I'll be in full "school" mode in 4 weeks.
Yikes!

Anyway...
you came for a freebie 
and I have a lovely one for you
this week.

It addresses the 
common core standard
1.OA.D.8
which reads
Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. 

This is it...

and you can find it HERE.

Now if you could please pardon me,
I really need 
to get back to
this mess
my classroom.


Enjoy your weekend, friends!


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