Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stop, Swap, and Roll!

swapping products, product review, class writing journals

Hurrah!  I love trying out new things in my classroom and this was no exception!  
My swap partner was Planet Happy Smiles!  

Planet Happy Smiles

They sent me their Class Writing Journal Covers to try out!

Class Writing Journals, writing, journals

I have been wanting to try this forever and this was the perfect chance!  I chose a few I thought would spark my students imagination, printed them, and used packaging tape to affix them to the composition notebooks!  Aren't they pretty?

Writing journals, class writing journals

Also included was this label to put on the container you plan to store your journals in!  Here is mine:

It fit perfectly on my basket!  I was pretty excited.

I put them out the morning I planned to introduce them and of course, with anything new, they caused quite a stir!  The kiddos were very excited to see what this new thing was in the classroom!
I started by modeling my own journal entry.  I wrote about my favorite movie: The Goonies!  Of course then we had to stop to have a discussion about our favorite movies!  When it was time to go write, of course there was a mad rush to the basket!

class writing journal in action class writing journals in action

They did a pretty nice job don't you think?

My class LOVES these!  They are very popular.  In my room the favorite is the movie journal.  I had to go excavate it from a desk the other day because a kiddo didn't get to finish his entry and he didn't want anyone else reading it until it was done!
Thank you Planet Happy Smiles!  These are great!

Would you like to try them?  You can enter here for a chance to win your own set of Class Journal Covers!  Hurrah!

If you would like to check out my swap partner, you can find their post HERE!

You can find the other great Stop, Swap and Roll participants by visiting Melissa's blog : Jungle Learners here:

Jungle Learners

Thanks so much Melissa!  This has been a lot of fun!


Thursday, April 23, 2015


Keri from Enchanted Kinder Garden is celebrating her 3rd Blogiversary! We're having a scavenger hunt on our blogs in celebration.

Ready to play? Here's how this works:
All you have to do is be a super detective, find the letters, and unscramble the words. Enter the words in the rafflecopter below to enter for extra entries. You may also enter by following our pages. There will be THREE winners. Up for grabs is a $50 TPT gift certificate, a $25 TPT gift certificate, and a $10 TPT gift certificate. We've all got hidden clues (letters) hiding on our blogs. You can find the clues over at Enchanted Kinder Garden.  After you've found the first set of clues, unscramble them and enter it into the rafflecopter below. Then, start on the next set of clues for your next chance to win! There are three hunts that you can find. The scavenger hunt gives you MORE entries for more chances to win! HAPPY HUNTING!

You're looking for letters like this:



Get started at Enchanted Kinder Garden 






Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Real Teachers of Blog County: School Stories!


It's that time of the month again!  The Real Teachers of Blog County Linky!  Hurrah!
This month I would like to share a few stories with you.
You know you have them...
Tons of them....
Kids say (and do) the darndest things!

My first share was one that happened this year!
We were studying the life cycle of frogs and had live tadpoles in our classroom.  We we learning that they start as eggs, then turn into tadpoles, get their back legs, then their front legs, then they are metamorphs, then adult frogs. 
We were all taking this very seriously and doing lots of great observations.
One morning one of my darling cherubs runs up and yells "Mrs. G, Mrs. G, the tadpoles have turned to Methodists!"  He was pretty darned excited about it too!

One year I had a little Cherub who was a hypochondriac.  Something was always wrong with this poor darling.  One morning she walked up to me and licked my arm from elbow to wrist.  Of course I was appalled! Here is how that conversation went:
Me: "Cherub!  Why did you just lick my arm?"
Cherub: "Oh no Mrs. G.  That was my nose!"
It ended with me running to the bathroom to wash and sanitize!  Ugh...

My favorite excuse (so far) for why a student didn't have their homework:
"uh...I'm allergic to paper?"

What are some of your favorite School Stories?
Would you like to join us and link up?  Here are the "rules": 
1. Use the graphic above at the top of your blog post.
2.Once you link up please visit 2 other blogs and leave meaningful comments!  We all love comments!
3. Please link up your "The Real Teachers of "Blog County" post directly.  Please don't link to products or your store!  
Thank you Real Teacher Bloggers!  

Next month's topic will be: Favorite Books: Children's Book, Teacher Resource book and/or personal favorite to read.  Real Teachers read too right? Stop by, link up and get some great ideas for summer reading material!
 I will be post on second Wednesday of each month. Next month will be May 13!  
Thanks for stopping by and linking up!
Do you have an idea for a topic that you would like to read about?
Leave a comment with a Real Teachers of Blog County topic idea.  If I use your suggestion, I will send you an item (not bundle) of your choice from my TpT store!  Thanks so much for stopping by!



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Real Teachers of Blog County: School Stories!


It's that time of the month again!  The Real Teachers of Blog County Linky!  Hurrah!
This month I would like to share a few stories with you.
You know you have them...
Tons of them....
Kids say (and do) the darndest things!

My first share was one that happened this year!
We were studying the life cycle of frogs and had live tadpoles in our classroom.  We we learning that they start as eggs, then turn into tadpoles, get their back legs, then their front legs, then they are metamorphs, then adult frogs. 
We were all taking this very seriously and doing lots of great observations.
One morning one of my darling cherubs runs up and yells "Mrs. G, Mrs. G, the tadpoles have turned to Methodists!"  He was pretty darned excited about it too!

One year I had a little Cherub who was a hypochondriac.  Something was always wrong with this poor darling.  One morning she walked up to me and licked my arm from elbow to wrist.  Of course I was appalled! Here is how that conversation went:
Me: "Cherub!  Why did you just lick my arm?"
Cherub: "Oh no Mrs. G.  That was my nose!"
It ended with me running to the bathroom to wash and sanitize!  Ugh...

My favorite excuse (so far) for why a student didn't have their homework:
"uh...I'm allergic to paper?"

What are some of your favorite School Stories?

Would you like to join us and link up?  Here are the "rules": 
1. Use the graphic above at the top of your blog post.
2.Once you link up please visit 2 other blogs and leave meaningful comments!  We all love comments!
3. Please link up your "The Real Teachers of "Blog County" post directly.  Please don't link to products or your store!  
Thank you Real Teacher Bloggers!  

Next month's topic will be: Favorite Books: Children's Book, Teacher Resource book and/or personal favorite to read.  Real Teachers read too right? Stop by, link up and get some great ideas for summer reading material!
 I will be post on second Wednesday of each month. Next month will be May 13!  
Thanks for stopping by and linking up!
Do you have an idea for a topic that you would like to read about?
Leave a comment with a Real Teachers of Blog County topic idea.  If I use your suggestion, I will send you an item (not bundle) of your choice from my TpT store!  Thanks so much for stopping by!



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lesson planning and a freebie...

I am blogging today at a new collaborative blog called: Classroom Tested Resources!  It is all about my one page lesson plan!  Hop on over there to check it out (and get your freebie of course)!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Do you "Daily"?

Hello all!  Today I want to talk about something new that I have been doing in my classroom this year and I LOVE!  I call it our "Dailies".  I have mine on the whiteboard in front of the room.  This makes it easy to change what we are doing daily.  
I will be the first to confess that I dislike calendar time (that is being polite), so I wanted to do something daily that included the date, but was not quite calendar.  

This is what the Dailies Board looks like in my classroom.

This is an example page that the kiddos fill out with the number and word of the day!

In order to make my board, I printed the pages onto cardstock, trimmed them into strips, laminated them and put magnets on the back.  These could also be used in pocket charts (although I have not tried that).



 The bottom "Daily" changes.  As of right now we are doing those "dailies" orally, but I am working on making pages that will fit with all of the dailies.
I love using my students names in my daily problems!  They love seeing their names on the board.
My students all have a number as well, so sometimes I use their classroom numbers in the "Number of the Day" equations!

Recently we have been doing some revising and editing of the sentences that I do for the word of the day!  This is a lot of fun.  It is amazing the number of things that the kiddos have Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber doing!  Here is an example of before and after.  This is not necessarily one of our better ones, it is the one that I thought to take a picture of!



If you are interested in trying my "Dailies" board, it is now for sale in my TpT store.  You can click on the picture or HERE to get yours!



Monday, March 30, 2015

What are those crazy Indiana teachers up to with the Ninja Bunnies?...A $1 sale!


Hurrah!  A bunch of us Indiana Teachers are doing another $1 sale!  The products that I have on sale are:


                              

Check out the link up below for other wonderful $1 products!  Thanks for stopping by!





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