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Plan a Christmas Vacation- Math Project


It’s Christmas time and you still need to teach the math standards but your students aren’t focused on learning. All they can think about are the presents they want for the holidays.  What can you do to keep your students engaged with math? Let them plan their Christmas Vacation! This is a fun math activity to do with a group of students. I had groups of 3 to 4 kids work together to plan a Christmas vacation for a friend…

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5 Creative Ways to Use Task Cards in the Classroom

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Task Cards are a great way to review concepts in your classroom. There are so many ways you can use task cards other than putting them in a work stations.  I want to share with you 5 creative ways you can use task cards in your room that your students are going to love. #1. Use them as a scavenger hunt This is one of my favorite way to use task cards. You can put them up in the halls or in…

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Back to School Tips

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It’s back to school time! There’s  so much going on that sometimes I don’t even know where to start. It feels like I’m being pulled in all directions. Well I need to remind myself that I’m not Superwoman and I need to stop and take a deep breath. I will do what I can and let the rest go. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that some things can be let go. So here are some back to school tips…

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Sub Plans- Ready for an emergency

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Sub Plans for when there is an emergency and you don't have time to go to school to get them ready. You need a sub tub for your elementary classroom that will keep your students busy all day. Attached is a free template and activity to get you started making your own.

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  You’ve 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. She can’t go 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…

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Classroom Cleaning Hacks

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I really like my classroom to look nice and clean. We all know that after about 2 weeks into the school year, things start to look dingy. The white boards are no longer white, they are kind of grayish, yellowish color. I’m really not sure what color that is. They definitely don’t have that color in a box of crayons. I’m always looking for better ways to clean my classroom and help it stay looking new throughout the year. Here…

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Five Things to do in the summer before school starts

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It's summer time and you are on vacation. There are some things that you can do to get prepared for the beginning of the school year.

It’s summertime! We made it through another school year. So now what should we do? Do you picture yourself sitting on the beach sipping a yummy drink? Let’s be honest, most of us don’t really do that. The beach is fun but, you usually leave burnt and sand in places you really don’t want to talk about. So let’s be realistic, what are you really going to do? I’m going to tell you five things you should do this summer before school…

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Guided Reading- What do I do with fluent readers?


Guided reading has been around for over 15 years. One of my graduate classes was on Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading. It worked great in the younger grades for teaching small group. I used it with my 1st graders for a couple of years and started using it in 2nd grade.  It was great for my struggling readers but my higher readers didn’t really need phonics anymore. I did some book studies with them but I didn’t really know what else I could…

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Organization Hacks for Classroom Clutter

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Clutter can definitely take over the classroom quickly. As teachers we have every color pen, pencils, folders, and paper for organization. We color code and label everything. Before long all these awesome tools start getting disorganized. Here are some great ideas from Quill for you to get control of the classroom. Brought to you by Quill Which of these ideas do you think you can do? Let me know. Thanks,…

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Pool Party Blog Hop & Giveaway

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Download a fun "Plan a Vacation" math freebie and register to win some great prize packs.

I am joining up with Celeste at Education Highway to celebrate her birthday with this fun Pool Party Blog Hop. I would like to share a fun summer idea I found on Pinterest.       Pinterest has so many great ideas for the summer. My daughter loves painting. I found this great idea on Pinterest. Now let’s see if my daughter’s will turn out like this one. picture from Pinterest       Hopefully you are enjoying your summer.…

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week


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! 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…

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