Saturday, April 12, 2014

Giving Students Personal Space- A BRIGHT Idea!


I'm so excited to be part of the Bloggy Bright Ideas Link Up again this month!

I am sharing a cheap and easy way to give your students personal space... mine LOVE this and use it all the time, especially during Read to Self during Daily Five time.

I headed to the Dollar Tree, spent a total of $5 and bought some...

HULA HOOPS!

When a student wants their own space, they plop down in a hula hoop and are instantly inside their own little bubble.  They love it!

Check out the other blogs in the linky for more great Bright Ideas and, if you liked this BRIGHT Idea, consider clicking the links at the top of my page to follow me on FB, Pinterest, and Instagram!




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Tomorrow is the last day to snag savings at lots of great TpT shops (including mine!)  My shop is 20% off!

I cleaned out my wishlist yesterday and got lots of graphics and language arts resources from some of my favorites!

Check out this pic with all the sales!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning {TpT Sale}!

It's that time... I've been cleaning and organizing my hidden spots in my classroom, thanks to my student teacher doing her solo weeks right now... (she's awesome, BTW!)...

So, spring cleaning is underway in my classroom... when I'm on spring break, it will begin in my house... and this weekend you can do a little spring cleaning of your wishlist on TpT!

My shop will be 20% off from the 29th-31st, along with lots of your other favorite sellers!

Click the button below to head over and check out my shop... and thanks to Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah Designs for the cute button!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stop Those Chapped Little Lips! {Quick Tip!}

If you are like me, you are slathering chapstick on your lips all day long.

It makes my lips hurt to look at my poor little kiddies with chapped, cracked lips.  So, I bought some cheap lip balm and busted out my popsicle sticks.  I store the tube and the sticks in my desk drawer and, when a kiddo has chapped lips, I use a popsicle stick to scrape the top off the chapstick, give them the stick, and then they can put it on!

Cheap.  Quick.  Sanitary!

They loved the flavored stuff, so we're using Dr. Pepper flavored chapstick now!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blog Post Rewind: April Fool's!

Now that St. Patty's Day is over and you're done cleaning up the mess the leprechaun left in your classroom, it's time to think about the next holiday and I'm thrilled that we'll be in school for it this year... click the tape to REWIND to one of my favorite April Fool's Day pranks to play on my kiddos...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Student Teacher Freebie and Sale!

I have a student teacher right now (who is amazing!) and I have asked her to fill out this form weekly to help us talk about things, keep organized, and give her a collection of her thoughts afterwards.  Click the pic to download for FREE!

Also... it's the BIG TpT sale!  Use the code TPT3 to get an EXTRA 10% off... my shop is already 20% off so don't forget the code for more savings!

I'm on a snow day today (our 9th one!) and, after working out and cleaning house all day, I'm ready to SHOP!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Monday! {Sale, Freebie Rewind!, And Other Stuff}

Yay!  Happy Monday, teacher friends!  My week has had a great start and I hope yours has too!

I have a student teacher who just started last week and, I've got to tell ya, I hit the jackpot!  She taught her first lesson today and it was so good... I don't know what more she can learn from me during her time in my room... she's already pretty darn great!

I also loved the sunshine today... it was still ridiculously cold here in Michigan, but I did managed a walk outside after I did my elliptical and it was so nice to get out in the sun!!!!!!!  I wasn't even that bundled up!  Yay!

Have you heard that TpT is having a big SALE on Thursday and Friday?  Check out this banner made by Beth at Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs...

My store will be 20% off and you can get an EXTRA 8% off if you use the code TPT3 when you check out.  I know my wishlist is long, so I can't wait to shop!

Be sure to check out my "Snapshots" for quick assessments, homework, morning work, etc... they'll be on sale!

FREEBIE REWIND!  Just click the pic and be sure to leave some love!

And other stuff...

I don't have much.  Just so happy to see some sun, get outside, and start off the last week of February (can you believe that?!) on such a happy note!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What's Going On in Room 108

It's been a while, bloggy friends!  I promise I'm trying hard to get back into things... but I have all my "life stuff" going on and they haven't settled down.  BUT I did manage to snag a few quick pics last week so I can show you what we've been doing...

We have an intervention time called "Success Time".  This past week, the groups were composed of kids who missed certain things on a math assessment.  Anyone who needed that specific intervention went to another classroom and I kept my kiddos who didn't need to be re-taught.  We worked on telling time and multiplication, which are things all of our 3rd graders need.

I started with a quick assessment from my 3rd grade "Math Snapshots" pack to see where everyone was at on their telling time to the minute.  We didn't do so hot, so I backed up to time to the 5-minute mark.  We did this classroom hunt, which the kiddos loved!  After we did the hunt, I gave a 2nd grade "Math Snapshot" for telling time to the 5 minute mark.  With the extra practice from the hunt, I only had three who I'll still be working with on their time!


We also played this multiplication game called "Catch 'Em".  The kiddos roll two dice, multiply the numbers and then "catch" the bug on their mat by crossing off that number.  I just printed the pages and put them in a sheet protector.  Then the kiddos use a dry erase marker.  You can get it for FREE by clicking the picture!

We have Monday off and Tuesday we report but not kids.  I have a student teacher starting on Tuesday and I'm so excited!

I hope you all have a great week... I'll try to get back soon!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day is Coming! {Blog Post & Freebie Rewind!}

Valentine's Day has snuck up on me... I have to get busy making these little babies...

Hershey Bars with personalized wrappers!

You can learn all about them and other Valentine's Day ideas (and freebies too!) by clicking the tape below to do a Valentine's Day blog post REWIND!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Come Find Me at Minds in Bloom!

Yoooo hoooo!

I'm over here... at Minds in Bloom today talking about departmentalizing in elementary school!

Minds in Bloom

Please pop over and check the post out... and thanks, Rachel, for having me!  The post should be live in T-minus 3 minutes!
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