Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday - February

February usually means continued snow and cold here in Michigan, but today it's supposed to reach almost 60 degrees!  Regardless of the weather, it's time for Show & Tell!



Just four more days and we will be bringing home Barnaby, the newest member of the Rye family.  What a sweetheart he was on Valentine's Day to send us these adorable pictures!



And look at this picture of him on his first visit to the beach!





I just recently posted my first project on Donors Choose to ask for two electric pencil sharpeners, since every day my "Pencil Sharpeners" would have to make the trek all the way down to the office to get a small basket of pencils sharpened.  The kids and I were so excited when our project was funded within two days, and our new pencil sharpeners are on their way!  

So, we quickly got our next project ready, and it was posted just a couple days ago.  You can go to our project page by clicking on the picture below.  



My students absolutely love book series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, the Middle School books, and so on, but with a school of 500 students, it can be difficult to find them in the library.  I have a few in my classroom reading area but not complete sets.  We hope to be adding these books to our library soon!


Anyone else required to have student learning targets for every lesson?  I've tried different ways of displaying them for my students, and what I'm doing this year has worked out the best.  Right next to my agenda on the board, I created a space for the learning targets.


Each morning, I just write the learning targets on the board.  



Since they are right next to my schedule and my computer display, they are in a noticeable location.  This is ideal for me and my students.  We are expected to start the lesson telling the student what the target is, have them discuss it with each other in their words, come back to it at least once during the lesson, and then discuss it again when you wrap up the lesson.  If you would like to create your own learning target board, you can grab this freebie in my TPT Store!



Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things We Love Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day friends!  I'm celebrating Valentine's Day by joining up with some of my blogging pals in a giveaway of some of our favorite things!


I absolutely love these markers and use them every week when making my anchor charts!
Colorful pens are a must for grading papers, and these are so much more fun than a boring old red ink pen.
I use the school laminator at least a couple times a month, but how cool would it be to have your own?!
These plastic pockets are perfect for stations and games!  How about for Scoot?
Dry erase markers...no explanation necessary!
Astrobright paper, so much better than the bland pastel colors that you usually find at school!
Anyone else's students go through pencils like chewing gum?  Seriously, what do they do with them?
A $50 spending spree on TPT is every teacher's dream!

Be sure to enter below for a chance to win all of these fabulous prizes!


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What's better than an awesome giveaway?  How about two of them!  I've also joined up with some other blogging buddies for a 1000 Follower Celebration Giveaway!


Imagine how fun it would be to fill your cart with $150 worth of fantastic TPT products!  Make sure you enter below!


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Everyone Loves a Sale and a Giveaway!

It's time to fill your cart with all kinds of products you love at TPT!


It's a sweetheart of a 2-Day Sale!  I always look forward to the sitewide sales to stock up on things I've been adding to my cart.  So, take some time to check out what's been in your cart or on your wish list.  Be sure to stop by my store, where everything is on sale too!  

The only thing better than a sale is a giveaway!  I've been lucky enough once again to win a $10 TPT gift card that I get to pass along to one of you!  Enter below, and I'll send the gift card out Wednesday morning so you can take advantage of the big sale to make your $10 go even further.  


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday 2017!

It's a new year and time for the first 2017 edition of Show & Tell Tuesday!



We will soon be getting a new member of our family!  These adorable little goldendoodles were born on New Year's Day, and Bonny will be deciding which one will be joining our family in about a month.  We can't wait!





About a year ago, I was contacted by a writer from Scholastic's Teacher magazine.  She had read a blog post I wrote where I mentioned an activity I do with the book Rose Blanche.  It's a great historical fiction story that lends itself well to making inferences.  You can find materials I created to go with this book here.  





She said she was writing an article and wanted to know if she could write about my activity in the article.  Of course, I said yes!  I was very excited about the idea but didn't know if the article would ever actually happen or if she would end up using any of our conversation.  The article came out a few weeks ago...


My part was small but fun for me just the same.  You can take a look at the article by clicking here.  


This is the time of year that I always feel the need to do some cleaning and reorganizing in my classroom.  I thought I'd share a tip that you might find useful for your classroom!  Whenever I make copies, I always make about five extra, because inevitably, at least a couple students will end up needing another one.  The problem comes with where to put all these extra copies.  I've tried putting them in a basket but then it takes forever to look through all the papers and find what you need.  So, this year I tried using a pocket chart.  I labeled each pocket with the different subjects plus things like Book Orders, Lunch Menus, and School Notes.  



After I pass out copies to my students, I put the extras into the pocket chart.  Students know if they need another one at some point, they just go and grab one for themselves.  To keep it from getting too full, I just weed it out about once a week.  When the new word work words get passed out, I grab the old ones and recycle them.  You can create your own extra copies organizer with these cute Class Subject Signs or use them for homework trays, centers, or whatever else you can think of.  Why not, they're free in my TPT Store!


Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday - December



I can't believe a year and a half has gone by so fast!  Bonny is done with her masters program at Fairleigh Dickinson, and we are moving her home to Michigan.  We took a couple extra days so we could make a last trip or two into New York City, a place I never imagined I would go!  I wouldn't have been able to do it either without Bonny as our guide.  


For some reason when I travel, my favorite things about my trip usually involve food.  We went to the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, New Jersey, and I had to try the blueberry Belgian waffles, because they were able to make them gluten free!  It literally was like eating an entire blueberry pie by myself!  I guess it's a good thing I can't have this at home.



Of course we had to go see the holiday lights in the city...




and the tree at Rockefeller Center.





It was a chilly night, but the views of the city were spectacular!




Yesterday we took our last trip into the city and had lunch at the Black Tap restaurant.  This was the little peanut butter shake that we shared!  




Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!




Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom - #12

It's my last day of 12 Days of Holiday Ideas for the Classroom, and I'm enjoying it on our first snow day of the season!


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The week before the winter break is a wonderful time to relax a little with your kids and read some holiday stories.  Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors, and her stories are meant to be read aloud and shared.  Two of her books that I enjoy using during the holidays are The Trees of the Dancing Goats and Uncle Vova's Tree.  (Clicking on each image below will take you to Amazon where each book is available.)



This is an inspiring story about true friendship.  As Trisha's family prepares to celebrate Hanukkah, they discover that many of their neighbors are sick with the fever.  They work through the night to prepare food, candles, and decorated trees so their neighbors can have a Christmas celebration. The story is a perfect lead in to important conversations about not only kindness and generosity but tolerance of religions different than your own.  Scholastic has a lesson plan to go along with the book which includes an adorable template that your students can use to create their own dancing goat decoration just like Grandpa's carved animals.  You can find the lesson and template by clicking here



Uncle Vova's Tree is a story about holiday traditions.  I would use this story to get students talking about their own favorite family traditions.  Students could also compare their family traditions to those of Patricia's family.  I put together a couple free worksheets to go along with this book that you can find in my TPT Store.


The story talks about how they decorated their tree with pysanky eggs.  You could have the students make their own egg ornaments by copying these Zendoodle eggs from Today's Mama onto cardstock.  

In the story, they also create paper stars to put on Uncle Vova's tree.  I found a cute star ornament craft from Picklebums!


I made it even easier by using the Ellison die cutter at school.  I didn't have any scrapbook paper to use, but I did have some old Christmas cards.  I love finding different ways to put those to use!



I hope you have found some ideas that you'd like to try in your classroom this holiday season!  To go back and see all of the other posts in this series, click on the button below.