Friday, November 28, 2014

Woowee! Black Friday! Shop til you drop....and I am still giving away $25 to TpT!

Are you going out to brave the stores today?  I did, Once Upon a Time.  I am more comfortable now shopping from home on my computer!  Keeping that in mind, today is a good day to get some amazing deals at TpT!

These 3 products are on sale for $1 a piece today and tomorrow!
December Pick-A-Prompt! Fun writing prompts!  Word and Number of the Day: December Edition Word and Number of the Day: January Edition!

So are all of these amazing products:

I am also participating in a Bundle Bash!  My two Pick a Prompt Bundles are WAY discounted today!  They are normally $12 a piece today they are only $7.80!  If you bought the products separately they would cost $16 so that is a 55% savings!  Woo-Hoo!
BlackFriday14 Winter Pick a Prompt Bundle BlackFriday14 Fall Pick-a-Prompt Writing Bundle!

Plus!  I still have a giveaway going for a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate!  It's super quick and easy to enter! Phew!  Off to do some shopping!  See you there!  :)
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

$25 Teachers Pay Teachers Giftcard Giveaway! Just in time for Cyber Monday...

Super Cyber Savings
Woo-hoo!  Maybe you have heard by now, but Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale!  Hurrah!  Everything in my store with be 28% off!  

I have several new products that I am very excited about!  Number and Word of the Day Booklets:
Word and Number of the Day: December Edition   Number and Word of the day booklets: November Edition
Word and Number of the Day: January Edition!

Here is a picture of them in use:

All of my Pick a Prompts are on sale as well!  Even the bundles:
Fall Pick-a-Prompt Writing Bundle!Winter Pick a Prompt Bundle

My Fall Pick a Prompt Bundle includes 4 products: My Back to School Pick a Prompt (August and Sept.), Anytime Pick a Prompt, October Pick a Prompt, and November Pick a Prompt.  Separately they would cost $16 as a bundle, only $12!

My Winter Pick a Prompt Bundle Includes: December Pick a Prompt, January Pick a Prompt, February Pick and Prompt and Super Silly Pick a Prompt!

 This little cherub liked her story so much, she went and got more paper!

Also, my best selling and most wishlisted products are on sale:
Commas to the Rescue! Comma usage unit   Nightly Reading Log Homework with Reading Responses

To help you a bit with your shopping, I am giving away a $25 giftcard (if you win you are not obligated to spend it in my store.  You can use it for any purchase on Tpt!)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Roundup!

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link-
 Up! This one is a little different! Over the past 10 months, we 
 have shared thousands of great ideas through our monthly 
Bright Ideas event. This month, we’re re-capping all of those great ideas, just in case you missed any! Below you will find some of my bright ideas from the 
past several months (just click on the pictures and they will take you to the original posts): 

I love to promote positive behavior in my classroom with my "Boasting Box".  I try to recognize students throughout the week in my weekly newsletter!  They love to see their names in print! 

I am always looking for ways to get my kiddos excited about reading!  They love my "New Book Box".

I am also always looking for ways to make my life easier!  This is a website that makes scheduling parent volunteers and/or conferences a breeze!

Volunteer Spot Logo

This post is about making easy tabs for Interactive notebooks or binder dividers:

But my favorite is this one:

You can easily find all of my Bright Ideas by searching them on my blog. 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these bright ideas, and that you have found an idea 
that you can use in your own classroom. Be sure to check out the link up below 
for tons more bright ideas from my friends! 
Have a great day! 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Classroom Snapshots: Reading Workshop organization

Wow!  I have been AFB (away from blog)!  Sorry about that.  We had parent conferences this past week.  I really enjoy meeting with my cherub's parents, but it takes a lot of prep!
Enough about that!  I am writing about Reading Workshop today.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love doing Reading Workshop everyday!
I do a modified version of Daily 5.
I do 2.5 rounds everyday. 
How can I do .5?  I will explain below.

Everyday everyone does Read to Self.  Then, I have a computer rotation.  I only have 3 computers in my classroom, so only 3 cherubs can go on the computers per "round".  So, if you are not on the computer for any given day, then your second round is Read with Someone.  So, maybe it is more like 2 and 1/4 rounds.

Up until this year, when my mini-lesson were finished, I would go through the routine of asking each kiddo what they were going to do for that round.  Did it take up a whole lot of time?  No, but it did take time.
Here is what I came up with this year:

As part of our "Morning Business" the kiddos choose their partners for the day.  Every kiddo has a "chip" with his her # on it.  They pick their partner by asking a friend, then they put their chips together.  You aren't allowed to move anyone's chip but your own, so you have to go and ask your friend and you move your chip and they move theirs.   
The list that you see below the 4 arrow has everyone's name and number, but the kiddos learn each other's numbers pretty quick.

1. This is my computer rotation.  All of my kiddos numbers are listed and I move the clothespins to choose who is on the computers for the day. I do 2 rounds, so 6 kiddos total will be on the computers during Reading Workshop.

2. These are my guided reading groups.  They change often, so I write them on sticky notes.

3.  These are the "round" numbers.  We do 2 everyday.

4.  These are the kiddos who are on the computer.  I choose these partners to make sure that the kiddos who are on the computers are partners with other kiddos on the computer.  

5.  These are the kiddos who will be reading with a partner during each round (the kiddos know that no more than 4 sets of partners can read together during each round).

6.  This is where the chips go at the end of the day.  A kiddo moves them everyday during our cleanup time!

Clear as mud right!  
So, during round 1 on this day:
#'s 3,6,7 are on the computers.
#'s 20 and 18, 9 and 19, 16 and 17 are reading with their partners
and everyone else is reading to themselves.
I will meet with group 2 then do individual conferences.

During round 2:
#'s 5,2,4 are on the computers.
#'s 1 and 11, 14, 21, and 19, 13 and 10, 8 and 12  are reading with their partners
and everyone else is reading to themselves.
I will meet with group 3 then do individual conferences.

So after my mini-lesson is over, all I have to do is say "Happy Reading!" and everyone knows where to go.

If you are in my reading group, then you go and do your choice round when we are finished.  I try to encourage the kiddos not to chose to read with a partner when they know that they are in my group, but it doesn't always work out that way, so their partner just reads to themselves until they are done with Reading Group.  This is working beautifully in my room!  If I want to meet with more than one group during a round, I just put up the sticky notes of the groups that I want to meet with and call the groups one at a time.

Do you give your kiddos the choice during Reading Workshop?  How do you organize your time?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Over the Moon!

Oh my goodness!  
Do you follow the TpT blog? 
 I am over the moon excited! 
Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom (the task card queen!) 
just hit her Million Dollar Milestone!  
Congrats Rachel!  Woo-hoo!
So, as part of her milestone she did a post on the TpT blog: 

Rachel Lynette’s 12 New Teacher-Authors to Watch

I am over the moon to say that I am #9!
I am so excited in fact, I am putting my whole store on sale for 20% off!

Thank you to Teachng in the Tongass, KPM Doodles, Scrappin Doodles and
The Library Fox for my button elements.

Thank you so much Rachel!  I am just Over the Moon!  Stop on by for some great deals! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

tsu blog hop and giveaway!

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Have you heard of tsu yet?  It is a new form of social media that pays you for socializing!  I'm not kidding!  It looks and feels a lot like Facebook, but at tus you are considered the author of your content and are paid for it!  What a novel idea!
I am linking up with some other amazing teacher bloggers who are already on tsu sharing away!  Come and join us!  Not to mention that you could win some fabulous prizes!

Check out these bloggers who have already joined tsu:

Then, enter to win some wonderful prizes and expand your tsu network!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Monster Menu! Halloween writing project with a freebie!

Things didn't quite work out the way I planned on Friday, so we decided to make Monster Menus!
Each year about this time we read a poem called If a Giant Monster.  I am not sure who wrote the poem, but it is about inviting monsters in to have something to eat.  Of course, this lead to a discussion about what Monsters eat.  It got a little grisly, but we had some good giggles.

We also talked about what monsters might pay with if they had "monster money".  Here is a picture of our brainstorming session:

I was love doing this activity because the kiddos get a big kick out of it!  I even had a few of my boys ask if they could stay in from recess to finish theirs!

They loved sharing and trying to outdo each other!

The girls enjoyed this activity as well:

So, are you looking for a fun writing activity to do right before Halloween?  Get your poem and Monster Menu here for free (just click on the picture below):

Halloween Poem/Writing Activity/Monster Menu

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