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Gingerbread Man Activities

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

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

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

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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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

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

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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Currently July

I am linking up with Farley from Oh’ Boy  4th Grade to share July’s Currently. I can’t believe it’s already July! June just flew by. I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have had a great summer so far.july currentlyListening: I am watching the Today Show. I never get to watch morning television because of being at school or my daughter watching her cartoons. So it’s nice to watch some adult tv in the morning.

Loving: I love to see my daughter playing with her Barbies. She was so excited to get a new one last night and she couldn’t wait to play with it this morning. I always loved playing with my Barbies when I was young. Now I get to relive my childhood through her. So much fun!

Thinking: I have started thinking of everything I need to do to get ready for Vegas. I went last year with a friend and it was great. This year I am going with my husband so, I will be going to all the TPT conference sessions by myself. I am very nervous because I am a shy person and it frightens me to be there by myself. I know that it will force me to get out there and meet new people. I am excited to meet some of my blogging buddies.

Wanting: I really want to start buying some furniture for our new house! The problem is I don’t know when we will be moving in. It is still being built and won’t be ready until August or September. We already have everything else in storage and have no more room so, I guess I will just have to wait a little longer.

Needing: I really need to get motivated to exercise! This is so hard for me. I seem to come up with excuse after excuse. I’m either too busy, too tired, it’s too hot, or it’s too late. I’m really good at making excuses. I need to just do it and stop making excuses!

All-star: I am definitely good at being organized. I can’t stand clutter everywhere. Everything has it’s place and that’s they way I like it. My coworkers would definitely tell you I’m a little OCD about my desk. I just can’t function when there’s stuff everywhere. It drives me crazy! It’s ok if it’s someone else’s room. I don’t feel the compulsion to organize their stuff. I just need to have my room organized.

I hope you have a great and relaxing summer!

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TPT Seller Challenge Week 2: Dare to Dream

I am linking up with some great bloggers, Third in HollywoodPeppy Zesty Teacherista, Teach Create Motivate, and Sparkling in Second, for week two of the TPT Seller Challenge. This week the challenge was to reflect on our goals and dreams for our TpT business.

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New Home: We are in the process of building a new house. It has been a long road but, it is finally getting started. There is no way we would be able to get everything we wanted if it had not been for the extra income from TPT. There is a lot of new things I want for the new house that I will be able to get because of the extra income. I have been working on TPT for 2 and 1/2 years and the extra income has helped to make this dream begin to come true.

Disney World:  My daughter is 4 years old and I would really like to take her to Disney World when she is 5. My niece will be 13 years old at the end of this year and she has not been to Disney World yet either. My parents have been telling me for years that they want to go with us to Disney World so they can experience seeing their granddaughters enjoyment. It would be a huge dream of mine to take my whole family to Disney World in March for Spring Break. Paying for eight people’s flight, hotel, and tickets to Disney will be very expensive. It definitely is a great dream to have!

Be a Better Teacher: I think the most important dream I have is to become a better teacher. I definitely believe the TPT community of teachers is amazing community to be a part of. I have made new friends and learned so much from teachers that I admire. My teaching has definitely improved from being part of the TPT community. My dream is that I become an even better teacher for my future students.

Teachers Pay Teachers has definitely changed my life in ways that I didn’t even know was possible. I’m very excited to see what the future holds!

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Summer Saleabration

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Time to celebrate summer with a fun saleabration! I am teaming up with Melissa at Teacher Treasure Hunter and some other great teachers for a awesome summer sale.

We are going to offer you savings all summer long. Each week we will put a different item on sale. The item will only be on sale for a week. The next week each of us will choose a different resource from our store to offer at a discount. You can search TPT for saleabration to find all of the items that are on sale for the week.

This week I am putting my Superhero Book Bin Labels on sale for 50% off. Make sure to go by my store and the other teacher’s stores and see all the great deals you can get this week.

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Make sure to check back each week for a new sale item. Go by the Teacher Treasure Hunter to see what other great deals you can get or search saleabration on TPT.

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Pool Party Blog Hop

I am joining up with Celeste at Education Highway to celebrate her birthday with this fun Pool Party Blog Hop.

Bday Party Blog HopSo the first thing I want to share with you is a summer craft idea that I plan on doing with my daughter.

Ideas for KidsI found this great summer craft on Pinterest. It is a Suncatcher made with melted pony beads. I have so many of these beads I just brought home from school because I wasn’t using them anymore in my classroom. I was looking for something to do with the beads and  found this great idea!

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Blog Hop FreebieI have also attached a fun freebie that I always loved doing with my students. This activity goes along with the book Chicks and Salsa. This is a fun book about farm animals that are having a fiesta at the barn. This would be a fun book to read in the summer. The activity that I have attached is a sequencing activity that can be done after reading the story. I hope you enjoy it! Just click on the picture below to download it.

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Meet the SponsorsCeleste has made this great ebook of all the sponsors from her birthday giveaway. Click on the image below to download it.
Now make sure to sign up for all of these great giveaways below!

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Don’t forget to go by and visit Celeste at the Education Highway  and wish her a Happy Birthday! Make sure to visit the other blogs below. 

I hope you find some great ideas! 

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