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.

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.
Before I return to my 
regular schedule, though... 
it's the perfect time to link up with 
Doodle Bugs Teaching

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!

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.


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!

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
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!

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

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.

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

It addresses the 
common core standard
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!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two for Tuesday - Week 4

Happy Tuesday!
Once again,I'm linking up with 

Two for Tuesday
summer bloggin' fun!

To participate,
I've been asked to discount
two products 
in my store for today only,

The two that I've selected are products
that I use with
Accelerated Reader.

First up...

This product was adapted 
from a display I had 
in my classroom for years.  

  One day though,
I needed the wall space for other things, 
so I took it down and converted it
into a personal log book that tracks the students' reading progress. 

In a nutshell, here's how it works...

Each level features an animal 
with 10 circles on it. 

Kiddos read a book, 
then take and pass an AR quiz.  
They're then given one of these 
handy-dandy stickers for their chart.
10 stickers = 10 quizzes

Each page also features 
a fun fact about the animal, 
a graph for recording the types of books they're reading and 
most importantly...
a badge for having completed that level!
It kinda makes me think 
of the 
 badges that 
Boy / Girl Scouts receive, 
except... well, it's not. 

The second product I've discounted is
another favorite in my own classroom.

This is a display for tracking AR points
in your classroom. 

Here's a peek at the product 
on the wall 
in my own classroom.

(You'll have to provide your own READ letters.
Hobby Lobby, craft stores, and Walmart all sell something comparable 
to the letters in the pic.)

Each kiddo is given
 a cave"boy" or cave"girl"
image with his/her name on it.  
The clipart is moved from poster to poster as he/she accumulates points.
My own students love it!

These two are on sale today!
Grab your copies HERE and HERE.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Meet Up

Hi Friends!

Today I'm linkin' up with
summer linky.

It's week 4 and bloggers have been asked to post 3 random facts about ourselves.

Here goes...

I actually overheard my future hubby 
accept an invitation to attend 
a Sunday School chili supper.  
I made it a point to attend as well.
How else was I going to meet him?

When the meal was ready to be served, 
I got to ring the dinner bell, and to me...
that was absolutely the BEST part!

A family friend was assigned to Johnny's entourage and he arranged for me to meet him.
Do any of you remember him?

That's enough random"ness" for one night...
Now it's your turn to share!
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