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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

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We have finally made it to May! You deserve to have a great Teacher Appreciation Week. I am doing a Teacher Appreciation giveaway. I am giving away two $10 gift cards to TPT!

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week,  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale. These gift cards will be great to use during the sale on May 3rd and 4th.  My store will be 20% off and you can use the promo code “celebrate” for an additional 10% off.

Let me tell you what to do to win these $10 gift cards. Just sign up below on Rafflecopter and I will pick two winners tomorrow evening. The winners will receive the gift cards by email on Wednesday morning.
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Currently May 2016

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I am linking up with Farley for the final Currently. I have really enjoyed this fun linky and I have met some great bloggers. Thanks Farley for all the fun over the years!

 

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Listening:  I love the Walking Dead and now I have gotten sucked into Fear of the Walking Dead.  I love one of the main characters, Nick!

Loving:  We went camping over the weekend. I was very relaxing and exactly what was needed. Just wished it was a little cooler.

Thinking: I really need to do some laundry. I have last weeks clothes and the camping clothes to wash.

Wanting: I am so ready for the STAAR tests to be over. My 4th graders are so ready for the test  to be over and I know they are going to do great.

Needing: I have been absent from the blogging world for a while. Life has been busy but I know I’m going to get back on track.

Truth: We just moved into a new house in a brand new neighborhood 6 months ago (hence the reason for the absence from blogging). Our neighbors on both sides of our house just can’t seem to cut their grass. I don’t understand, you have a brand new expensive house and you don’t want to keep the yard mowed. Ugh! So frustrating. It’s such a new neighborhood that we don’t have a civic association yet. Hopefully they will find someone to cut their grass soon!

Have a great Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Teaching Place Value

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Teaching place value is one of the hardest concepts to teach in elementary school. I have found that you need to teach this difficult standard as many ways as possible.

The first thing I do is use place value manipulatives with the kids so they can see how 10 ones equals 1 ten and how 10 tens equals 1 hundred. Using the manipulatives makes it so much easier for the students to understand how numbers work.

Our state standards expect the students to know how to write the number in standard form, expanded form, word form, expanded notation, and pictorial models.  I make an anchor chart that explains the different ways to write numbers.

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I then have the students make a chart in their interactive notebook to help them remember all the ways to write numbers.  I have them write in on the right side of the notebook, I do it together with the students on my interactive whiteboard while they write it in their notebooks. We talk about each section as we write it down.

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After the students have practiced with place value in work stations for a while I then check for understanding. I have them come up with a number and on the left side of the notebook I have them write down the ways they can write the numbers. I let them choose which way they would like to write it.

place value notebookThis is an easy way to see who is still struggling with the basics of place value. If students are still having difficulties then I can work with them in small group with the concepts they are still struggling with.

I hope I have given you some new ideas on how to teach place value. What do you do that works for your students? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Gingerbread Man Activities

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I love teaching using the Gingerbread Man! My kids in 2nd and 3rd have loved doing all these fun activities.

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One of the activities that I have done with my students is a Gingerbread Ornament made with cinnamon. This is so easy and make the whole room smell like cinnamon. The ingredients are cinnamon, applesauce, and glue. That’s it!

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These are not mine but click on the picture to take you to the link on how to make them.

Another fun activity that I did with my 2nd graders several years ago involved water, milk, and a gingerbread man cookie. This easy science experiment has kids really thinking why the Gingerbread Man can’t cross the river himself. We came up with reasons why he can’t get wet before doing the experiment. Then I stuck a gingerbread cookie in a glass of water and a glass of milk to see what would happen. Of course the cookies dissolved. This lead to a great discussion of why the cookie dissolves.

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Click on the picture to see what a kindergarten class did with this Gingerbread Man.

I also love to have the students write their own version of the Gingerbread Man. I have them do a rough draft and then when they are ready the students write the final copy on Gingerbread Man  lined paper. They loved making these little books of their original stories.  You can download this free activity by clicking on the picture.

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I hope you enjoy these activities!

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December Pick 3 Pinterest Party

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Pick 3 Pinterest Party

I am linking up with some great bloggers to share 3 Pinterest ideas I am planning on doing this month in my classroom. There are so many activities that can be done in the classroom in December. It was hard to pick only 3. I teach 4th grade this year so I wanted to do something for older kids.

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I love this idea of reindeer portraits! I enjoy going to those painting parties and seeing how different all of our paintings are. I think the kids will enjoy following the easy directions and seeing how different each of their reindeer will be.

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This is a fun way to study adjectives during Christmas. Everyone loves the Grinch. After they are done they write a story about their day with the Grinch. Can’t wait to try this!

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Brain breaks are a necessity this time of the year. Rachel from Minds in Bloom has some great ideas for helping with getting through Christmas. I really love the Reindeer Game brain break. I will definitely have to try these ideas out the next couple of weeks.

I hope you found some great ideas. Make sure to check out all the other great blogs.

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Thanksgiving Read Alouds

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Thanksgiving is the holiday that seems to get overlooked a lot. We just finished all the fun Halloween books and we are getting all our winter and Christmas books ready. Don’t forget that there are some great Thanksgiving books that your students will love!

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One of my favorite read alouds is  Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by  Eileen Spinelli.

This is a story about all the trouble that come along with fixing Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey goes sliding out the door and the other holiday foods get ruined in humorous ways. So what do the Tappletons do? They eat a nontraditional meal for dinner.

I really like the older version of the story with people instead of wolves. After reading the book we would make No Bake Pumpkin Pies. I would put the recipe on the overhead and the students would copy it for their recipe book. Click on the title for the recipe.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting  is a fun story about having a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

Mr. Moose goes out looking for a turkey to have for Thanksgiving dinner. The rest of Mr. Moose’s friends come along for the journey. Mr. Moose finds Turkey and brings him home for dinner. After getting to the Moose’s home, Turkey realizes he is a guest and not the dinner.

If you are looking for nonfiction books there are some great ones to share with your students.

Thanksgiving by Gail Gibbons is a nonfiction book that gives facts about Thanksgiving. There are facts about the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Gibbons also describes traditions we have with Thanksgiving.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Anderson is about Sarah Hale and her persistent pursuit in making Thanksgiving a national holiday. It took her 38 years of letter writing to get Thanksgiving recognized as a national holiday. This is an easy book to read for young students.

I have created a turkey story map that you can use with the fiction stories. Click on the image below to get a copy of the story map. If you like this activity, I also have a Thanksgiving Turkey Unit that includes this story map and other turkey activities.

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Laborless Linky and Giveaway

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Hello everyone!

ARE YOU REAAADDDY!!!

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It is Finally here!

Today I am linking with Laura from Where the Magic Happens, Krista from Teaching Momster, and Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching! I have joined forces once again with my bloggy friends to bring you the best, most amazing giveaway on this Labor Day weekend!

All of us have been thinking about  good ways in which to treat our readers and followers.   We thought hard, and I mean it! Really, really hard… and decided that  we can treat you to our best ideas to work smarter rather than harder… at school and home!

I know what it takes to be a great teacher, the stress, the time, the energy… I could go on and on! I also know that we crave time to ourselves and our families.

So here I go!

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I think one of the best ideas I have ever implemented is giving each student a job. I have the students do everything in the classroom. I have a messenger to go on errands, a computer technician to turn the computers on and off, chair stackers, a pencil sharpener student, classroom library helper, and anything else that is needed. It serves double duty because everything that is needed to be done that I don’t have time to do gets done and the students feel like they have any important role in the classroom. I rotate the jobs every week so every kids gets to do every job. Here is a picture of my job board.

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So after a long and exhausting day at school with 4th graders,  I come home to my 4-year-old daughter. I love it! She helps me remember what is most important in life. I love snuggling with her on the couch watching a tv show or reading a book. That’s what I like to do to unwind at home!

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So at the beginning of the school year everything is very hectic. There is so much extra stuff to do besides teach your class. Make sure to make your life a little easier with a sub tub. Many schools make them mandatory to have at the beginning of the year for emergencies. I have several in my TPT store but my most popular sub tub is Click Clack Moo Cows That Type Sub Plans.

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Top all these great tips and ideas  with these top-notch prizes!
A $100 gift card to Amazon

A $50 gift card to TpT
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2 $25 gift cards to TpT

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1 $10 gift card to TpT
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Thank you for reading! And now don’t be silly and get your hands all over this awesome giveaway!!

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September Currently

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I am linking up with Farley from Oh’ Boy 4th Grade to share my September Currently. We are in our 2nd week of school and it has not slowed down yet! Some days I feel like I am swimming upstream.

I do love my kids though so that makes the day a little easier. I was lucky enough to loop with  my kids from 3rd grade to 4th grade, and it was the smoothest start I have ever had.

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listening: I am sitting with daughter while she watches Strawberry Shortcake. I love that they focus on friendship and doing the right thing. Hopefully some of it is soaking into my 4-year-old.

loving: I love snuggling with her at night and wind down after a long day. She tells me, “Momma,  I wanna snuggy with you!” I can never get enough of it!

thinking: I’m thinking of all the great fun we are going to have camping this weekend at Splashway Waterpark. It is our favorite place to go. We go every Labor Day to end the summer.

wanting: I’m so excited that our house is almost done! This has been a year-long ordeal so I am so ready.

needing: I really have to get my lesson plans done tonight for next week. Our copy day is tomorrow so I need to get my copies turned in.

goals: 1. trust: I need to trust that God has a plan in everything and I just need to trust in His timing and be patient.  2. breath: When I get frustrated I need to stop and breath before I react. I do this sometime but I really want to do this all the time!  3. enjoy: I really want to enjoy the everyday moments. I want to enjoy looping with my kids and enjoy teaching them. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful class. I really want to enjoy this year.

I am really excited about this month and all the wonderful surprises and challenges that are headed my way. I hope you have a great September! Make sure to go check out the other bloggers and see what they have going on.

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Classroom DIY- Monday Made It

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I have been busy doing some classroom DIY lately so I decided to link up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.

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I wanted to choose a different classroom theme this year since I was switching classrooms and grade levels. I am looping with  my students from 3rd grade to 4th grade. I really wanted to do a theme that my class would love. After a lot of thought I decided to do a Texans themed classroom. I live in Houston and we are a huge football city. My students are huge football fans. Most of my boys play football and many of my girls are cheerleaders. So I began getting my decor. The problem is I have to make a lot of it myself.

Button 1The first thing I made was a paperclip holder. I was able to buy many of the desk supplies with the Texans logo but not a paperclip holder.

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I bought the supplies and stuck the magnet to the cover of the jar. I then stuck the sticker tattoos on the jar and put the paperclips in the jar.

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Oh so easy and cute! This could be done with any theme.

Button 2So I am not a seamstress by any means. In fact one of my best friends (who is a fashion designer) would cringe if she saw these pictures. I do not sew but I do have an heavy duty glue gun! You would be surprised what you can make with some material and a glue gun. A couple of years ago I made some monster pillows for my classroom with felt and a glue gun. They lasted two years. So I decided to make some Texans pillows for my classroom library.

texans pillowI bought a twin sheet set. The set came with a pillow case so I just put a pillow in the case and glued it shut. That was super easy. Then I took the sheets and cut out some of the material, turned it inside out, and glued two sides together. I then turned it back the right way, put the pillow in, and glued then end shut.

small texans pillowThis is the end product. Not too bad looking.

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Button 3I also made some Mod Podge Items.

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I bought some Texans gift wrap and Mod Podged it to pencil box and a chalkboard frame. I really am pleased with how they turned out.

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So I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can make some items of your favorite theme in your classroom. I will be posting some pictures of my classroom soon.

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Sub Plans

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Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  You have been up all night with your 3-year-old daughter because she has been throwing up all night. You are worn out and your daughter is laying on top of you in your bed because you haven’t changed her sheets yet. You can’t send her to daycare sick so you call in for a sub and go back to sleep. Wait! That’s not what happens. Let’s try the scenario again.

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am. You peel your sick daughter off of you and wake up your husband (who had no idea what was going on). You tell him you have to go to school to get ready for a substitute because you have to stay home today. “Watch our daughter while I’m gone and I’ll be back as soon as I can.” You put the clothes you had on yesterday and head to school. You get into your room and have no idea what you are going to leave for the sub. You stare at the your plans and realize there is nothing you can leave for the substitute to do.

frustrated teacherHave you been in this situation before? I know I have. Well I have a solution for you. Invest in a sub tub. This is a folder or a tub you have ready for emergencies. Inside the tub are activities that can be done with the class in case of an emergency. All you have to do is call a teammate to go in your classroom and put the sub tub on your desk and you are done.

It does take some preplanning on your part but, it is definitely worth it in the long run. I have used these before in my room and my teammates have been using these for the past 8 years in their rooms. It is a huge timesaver. I even have it set up for two days of activities in case I am out more than one day.

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These are examples of what my 2 days of plans look like. I have all the materials needed for the 2 days in a container with the directions and activities attached to that day’s plans. I have my class list, schedule, and any other important notes that I normally leave for a sub.

I have made several sub tubs with my favorite classroom books. My newest sub tub goes along with the book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka.

I just love this story! I have made sub plans for the upper grades that can be used for 2 days with this one book. Here is a preview of what is in the sub plans.

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day 2 of sub plansIf you would like to buy it or read more about it you can check it out at my TPT store by clicking on the picture below.

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