Merry Christmas!

I know I haven't posted much this month, but I wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope to be back real soon to update you with all the things I did in December and plan to do in January!



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Currently and Giveaway!

I was going to post Monday...but then I just got, busy! Jeeshies! I'm sitting here writing up my kiddos math test for tomorrow and trying to relax at the same time! :)

Currently time! WOO!

































Listening: HALLMARK MOVIE! :) ABC Family and Hallmark are on 24/7 this time of year! :)
Loving: One of the few things I miss about Cedar Falls is Scratch Cupcakery..the best cupcakes I've ever had! Lucky for me they're expanding all over Iowa and one came to a city that is a little over an hour away. My boyfriend's mom went there today and came back with 4 yummies for us! :)

















Thinking: Enough said! I'm beat! I always go to bed earliest on Fridays though! :)
Wanting: I've only ate one of those cupcakes....need dinner...then another cupcake! ;-)
Needing: WHY CAN'T THERE BE 5 OF ME?!
Favorite Tradition: Well as you know, Jason and I bought our first house this summer. So, this year it is all about start our own traditions. We put up our tree together last Saturday night...he even made sure Maxwell was in the room, because "it's our first Christmas, we all need to do this." Precious, right!?

































I also wanted to share a giveaway that's happening over at Crafting Connections! I just love Deb's craftivities and she's a fellow Iowa blogger! :)

Head on over to enter for a chance to win one of 4 awesome holiday ELA craftivities! :)

I'll be back tomorrow with 5 for Friday!

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Deck the Halls with TpT!

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm busy planning for the week ahead! I really wish I had one more day of break! Only 3 weeks to go before Christmas break!

I'm linking up with Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge for Deck the Halls with TpT!
I have my store set for 20% off and I'm loading up my cart as we speak! :)

I'm bringing you 4 songs! Just click each picture to take a closer look at it!

It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Reading! I give you 6 Reading Graphic Organizers! I use these every week in my class to review the basal strategy (yep, basal). Depending on the strategy, we will either do it together, with partners, or independently! Strategies include story elements, character traits, setting, sequence of events, cause and effect, and problem and solution.
Walking in a Math Wonderland...Number Line Scoot! This is by far my best selling product. It is great for assessing students' knowledge of patterns, skip counting, and foundations for multiplication!
I'm Dreaming of a Holiday Product...12 days of Christmas Book! I created this over the break, and I'm super anxious to use it with my kiddos! I have lots of creative writers in my room, and know that they will just love this! This pack has a few options so that each student is able to be successful! Students can completely rewrite the classic carol independently, use my model to help finish the story, or simply illustrate my premade book!
Oh Management, Oh Management! Reward Coupons! My kiddos love these! We do a classroom drawing each week to along with our school wide PBiS. The class favorite is to each lunch with me! :) Who would've guessed I was so cool?!
I'll be back tomorrow for Farley's December Currently! I have the night off from cheer :) YAY!
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Five for Friday- November 22nd

Wowzers! This week was fast! Two more days, then Thanksgiving break! Man, once Halloween comes around, everything else just flies!

Time for another round of...
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2013/11/five-for-friday-november-22.html
On Monday was our sweet baby's Adoption Day! He has been in his forever home for a full year! When we got him, the vet thought he was about 7 months... so he will be 2 in April sometime. I couldn't imagine our life without this sweet puppy.
Last night I found out I was drawn for my wish to be granted from the Right Road Kids! YAHHOO!
Thursday's hairstyle inspired by a student. On Wednesday, we were sharing about things that have happened this week that hurt our feelings. One student informed me that someone told her hair was too poofy (she has an afro pony right on top of her head everyday). I told her that I thought her hair was beautiful and I was going to wear my hear like her. So here it is!
Tonight I'm on the hunt for an ugly Christmas sweater. I'm hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party for all of my cheerleaders! I'm so excited! :)
I posted this on Monday, but no one took me up on my offer! I will try this again.... I made this activity placemat for my school's Thanksgiving Hall Feast on Tuesday! The first 3 people to comment with their email address will have it sent to them!
Also available in my TpT store!
Have a great weekend!


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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

So, I received this email yesterday...


Woop, woop! I only had until December 24th to get my project funded and I was starting to lose hope! I'm overjoyed and overwhelmed! The best part is, most of the donors are complete strangers! It is so uplifting to know that so many people care about education. I cannot wait to redo my classroom library, so my students have easier access to books! :)

Let's see what's happening in my room...
 

We are finishing up our social studies projects this week! Oh my gosh, I am SO proud of my students! I didn't know how this whole thing was going to work out, but it has really worked well!

In case you didn't see my post about S.S...let me update you. I have 1 student textbook. Yep, 1. The teacher who taught in the room previously had the same dilemma. After a long time, I finally figured out how I could have S.S. be engaging, cooperative, and have them actually LEARN! I decided to put those leveled readers to good use! I borrowed a set from another teacher, so I could have plenty of books. I then split up my kiddos into 4 groups, only 1 topic being repeated. The students started out by filling out the K and W of their KWL.

Click to get this FREEBIE!
It took them awhile to understand this, but they caught on!

Next, they had to read their readers in their groups. The students got really creative in figuring out who would read. One group strictly did a round robin, another did rock paper scissors every time! After the read the readers and filled out their L columns, they started to plan their posters.
I had them assign jobs such as organizers, artists, writers, and researchers. I showed the researchers how to find images on Google and paste them into a word document to print; they loved it!

The students really worked together these last couple of weeks. Tomorrow, we will finish our posters. Thursday, we are going to talk about how to present our information to the class. Next Tuesday (day before break), we are going to present to the class and hopefully my principal can come in and see the kids' hard work!

I LOVE how this worked out and can't wait to see how the students' projects evolve! For this round, I grouped the kids strictly based on reading abilities, but next round I will be mixing them up quite a bit. I want to make sure each topic (advanced, on level, and below) all get presented on for each unit. It was so cool to hear one of my advanced students ask a below level student what a rural community was when they noticed it on their poster. Can you say win, win for everyone?! AWESOMEEEE! :)

Here are a couple pictures of my kiddos working with place value blocks to understand regrouping, little cuties! 
 

Lastly, I wanted to share my latest product with you!
The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade team is going to have a Thanksgiving Hall Feast next Tuesday. It was a tradition started a few years ago, and from what I hear it is a pretty awesome thing! Imagine 200+ people in a hallway sitting on the floor, using newsprint as their table, eating a Thanksgiving meal! 
While the teachers and volunteers serve the plates, the kids sit waiting (so patiently). They've done some word searches in the past, but I thought I'd spruce things up a bit and create an activity placemat! :) It has a little bit of everything to suit everyone! 
The first 3 people to leave me their email will get it sent to them for free! :)

Click to check it out in my store!
Happy Monday!





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Monday Made It- November

I feel like a sub par blogger! My sickness got worse over last week and I finally went to the doctor on Thursday and got an antibiotic and nasal spray for my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad sinus infection. I'm just starting to feel better today. Ugh, I hate being sick! Of course it happened at the worst possible time...conferences, cheerleading, anddddd every day teaching. PHEW!

But I wanted to link up for MMI!

Anyways... I've been up to my elbows in ribbon and hot glue! Check out the 40 bows I made over the past 2 weekends for my cheerleaders!


Can you guess our colors? :)

And, I know I already posted this once, but I just love my door! Although apparently I need to change it out for winter, because it SNOWED today. Yes, snowed. Not just a little, it stuck to the grass and had accumulation! UGH! Anyways...my door with students reading on each leaf!


And if you're looking for some new graphic organizers...


I wish I had more to share, but I've just been too busy! I hope to have some winter/Christmas products in my store soon! :)

Have a wonderful week,




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November Currently

I apologize for my absence. Last weekend, I got out of bed maybe twice. Awful, awful yuckiness. I even got a sub for Monday, because it was awful. I had no voice for 3 days, and ate my weight in soup. Luckily my boyfriend took great care of me. Unfortunately, it has not gone away completely...ugh!

Tuesday was our 2nd and final night of conferences. I'm currently in the process of rescheduling 8 conferences because of no shows. Awesome.

Then of course Thursday was a crazy day due to Halloween, but my costume was AWESOME!


I made little mummy goodie bags for my kiddos!

I know most of you had to teach yesterday, and I hope you didn't lose your mind. I had a PD day. So much better than trying to teach sugar coma kiddos!

This weekend I hope to get lots done for cheerleading {practice starts Monday}, get some new TpT items up, and reorganize the disaster that is my classroom right now.

Now, time for Currently with Farley!
Listening: My boyfriend has me addicted! He's been trying for awhile to get me started on it...and it finally happened. I'm in the 2nd season.
Loving: Halloween is over and Thanksgiving will be here soon, then Christmas! I'm excited to decorate my house! :)
Thinking: Ugh, being sick makes it very difficult to find motivation!
Wanting: I don't need a break, I just need a lot of time to get things done. 
Needing: But I do need a break, too! Ha!
A Yummy Pin: I'm thinking about making this for our family Thanksgiving!
Cheesy Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole


Happy November!

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My Truth Monday

So I know it is Tuesday, but I did my own linky yesterday! I saw a lot of these poppin up on my Blog Lovin' feed so I decided to check it out!



Denise at Sunny Days in 2nd Grade is having a 12 part series linky party!

Today's topic...fitness!

















Swing on over to Denise's blog to link up!


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Manic Monday!

It's Monday... and it's time for:
I had 2 people link up last week! Thanks Brittany and Laura! I hope to have some new people this week! If you feel your Monday just wasn't manic enough, feel free to link up later in the week! :)

I've been telling you that my parent meeting for winter cheerleading is today. Only an hour and a half til it starts! I'm crossing my fingers and toes that everyone shows! (see that rhyme there?) It REALLY helps answer questions and concerns...it is also a requirement! I've noticed I'm a little early to the game on my meeting compared to other coaches, but we always hold our tryouts in the spring, whereas other sports have theirs right before the season...so I'm fine with being on top of things! ;)

I had to make tons of copies for it! Calendars, contact info, sign in sheets, blah blah! TOO MUCH PAPER!

I hope the schedule doesn't change...it is always a pain to make changes to calendars when we create them in March. I only had 2 changes to make for the updated one I'm passing out, which was pretttttty good considering school contracts seem to change all the time.

The kiddos were pretty good today. Mondays are always off because of our change in special time. They're hard at work on their pen pal letters! We're sending them off to Kansas City where a friend of mine teaches 3rd grade, too! They will get them just in time for our Red Ribbon Week Celebration! Is your school doing anything fun for the week? My building has asked several high school clubs and teams to get some high school students to volunteer each day sporting the attire for the day. I'll have 15 cheerleaders next Wednesday helping kiddos get out of their cars, with breakfast, and in classrooms until 9 AM! I know my girl students are gonna LOOOOVE it! The cheerleaders are AWESOME with kids, so it will be fun for all!

We usually have Library Skills on Monday afternoon, but the librarian was gone...so PERFECT time for us to finish our cursive skeletons! Check out this cute things! It was a lot harder to explain to 3rd graders than I thought, but some of them turned out WONDERFUL! Most of them you can't make out their name, but that's okay! They still practiced their cursive skills, had fun, and have awesome pictures to be displayed for conferences and Halloween! :) Check out some examples... (I'll rotate them later) Can you see any names?



Today wasn't too manic...but this week is! Red Ribbon Week starts Wednesday, tomorrow we have bus evacuations, conferences start Thursday, and Friday we have an assembly! Talk about a lot of interruptions! Whew...good thing I have my grades done and I don't have to grade anything RIGHT away! :) 

I hope you'll link up below!








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