Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Superhero Product Linky

I'm excited to be linking up today with some great bloggers and TPT sellers for a Superhero Products Linky!  With the upcoming TPT sale, we want to help you find "heroic" products that have done wonders to help others in their classrooms.



Recently I combined my resource sets for all of the 5th grade Social Studies units into one giant bundle that will last you for the entire year!  These bundles contain vocabulary flashcards, vocabulary quizzes, games, worksheets, and much more!  Right away I got some great feedback from Julie.  

Here are a few sneak peeks at what is included in this 283 page bundle.




If you would like to check out my 5th Grade Social Studies Teacher Resources Bundle for yourself click here or on any of the pictures above.


Also, if you would like information on how to receive free lesson plans and student packets that will last you for the entire year for 5th grade Social Studies, you can read about it here!

Be sure to check out all the other products at the Superhero Products Linky!






Friday, February 20, 2015

A Freezing Cold Five for Friday!

It's my second cold day in a row, so I'm taking advantage of this time and linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!



I finished a great book this week, One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes.  I have to say it is the best book I have read in a really long time! 





Fletch and Emmitt have really been snuggling in this cold weather!  I'm surprised Fletch lets Emmitt near the pillow...it's only because he doesn't have a sock.  When Fletch has a sock, Emmitt knows to steer clear!




I'm so excited that the last couple areas in the house are getting finished up!  Last weekend our front hall closet got done!




Our entertainment center will hopefully be done in the next week or so, and then we just have to wait til spring to get started on the yard!


For Valentine's Day, we made bubble art which I remember doing when I was a kid.  I was reminded when I saw this pin which explains exactly what to do. 

Soap bubble art paintings

Click on the picture to be taken to the original pin.  We had a lot of fun with this project!


They all turned out really well, too!



The kids have been getting a little antsy lately, so I had to come up with a new behavior management idea.  I decided to put a little twist on the good old Mystery Motivator.  This is how it works...I bought some red and green beads, four small glass bowls, and found some clear and white beads left over from a Christmas ornament project.  



When individual students or groups are being good, following directions, are on task, etc., I put green beads in the class bowl.  If the entire class is doing what they are supposed to be doing, I put in several green ones and throw in a white or clear one.  If students are not doing what they are supposed to be doing, I put in a red bead.  At the end of the day, I draw out one bead.  If I draw a green, then the class gets to reveal one space of their mystery motivator.  If a white or clear bead is drawn, they get to reveal two spaces of the sentence.  If a red bead is drawn, no spaces will be revealed that day.  :(



I used a pocket chart to spell out our mystery motivator sentence.  I printed and cut out the letters and then glued scrapbook paper on the back so they couldn't see through.  It's fun to listen to the kids try to figure out what the words must be as they reveal a letter at a time.  Once all the spaces are revealed, the class earns whatever the sentence says.  So far it's working like a charm!

Make sure you keep warm this weekend and check out the Five for Friday fun at Doodle Bugs Teaching!






Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Made It - Reading with Zoobooks!

It's that time again, Monday Made It with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!




My first Made It I started working on about a year ago.  I actually thought I had finished it over the summer until I went to pull it out a couple weeks ago, and realized it never got done.  Those two snow days last week were just what I needed to put the finishing touches on my Nonfiction Reading Unit using Zoobooks.  

When I started the nonfiction reading unit last year, I soon saw that my students needed more common experiences with the strategies before I would be able to let them loose to explore all different types of nonfiction.  The problem was I don't have a whole set of any nonfiction books for us to use, but what I did have was tons of Zoobooks.  And the library had even more!  I found that I could introduce and model strategies and teaching points using the Zoobooks and even made a couple class sets of copies (shhh!) so we could all truly be on the same page.  Then the students were able to practice with a partner and on their own using the same Zoobook and then different ones of their choosing.  

Two weeks ago, I asked the librarian to round up as many Zoobooks as she could and put them on shelves in the classroom but told the students they couldn't check them out yet. Hardly a day would go by without a student asking, "Can we check those out yet?".  Last week when I finally told the class we were ready to begin our nonfiction unit and they would be able to start reading them, the response was, "Yes!".  


Here the students were practicing the first steps of reading nonfiction with a partner...preview, predict, and accessing prior knowledge.


Once we were to the reading workshop portion of the lesson, the students no longer had to record their thinking in the packet, but I told them I wanted to be able to tell they were stopping and thinking.  I wanted to see them referring to the Reading Workshop Mini Poster, which I displayed using PowerPoint on my projector.  



I loved seeing all my "thinkers" around the room, hands on chins and all!  You can find my Nonfiction Reading Unit using Zoobooks at my TPT Store.  To celebrate finally finishing this huge 86 page bundle, I'm selling it for 50% off in a special Monday Made It Markdown for 48 hours!  



I have also provided a link below if you'd like to see about getting some more Zoobooks for your collection!



My second Made It was inspired by some videos I saw on the Random Acts of Kindness website.  You can visit it by clicking here.  

This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, so I decided to start a random acts of kindness initiative in my classroom.  I showed my students this video from Youtube...


called Kindness Boomerang.  Then we watched one of the videos from the Random Acts of Kindness website.  We talked about doing nice things for other people that you don't normally do and that you weren't asked to do.  Each time they do something for someone, they fill out one of these slips...


which are found here on our marker board...


When they have done three of them, they staple them together, turn them in to me, and then they get to make a heart to hang in our classroom.  Click on the picture below to be taken to the easy directions on making these hearts.

Paper Strip Hearts ~ Sugar Bee Crafts


They have already begun to pop up all over the classroom!



You can find my Valentine Kindness Freebie at my TPT Store!


Make sure you stop by 4th Grade Frolics for all kinds of fabulous Monday Made Its!







Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Pick 3 Linky

I'm linking up today with Pawsitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner for my new favorite linky, Pick 3-This Month's Top Pinterest Picks.




Soap bubble art paintings
Click on image to view original Pinterest link

I love this bubble art project I found at eHow!  I remember making bubble art when I was a kid, and it was so easy and fun!  I've got a couple of ideas that I want to try out with it too.  I'll add some pics when we get them done...


Paper Strip Hearts ~ Sugar Bee Crafts
Click on image to view original Pinterest link

I found these paper strip hearts at Sugar Bee Crafts.  I'm going to combine them with a Random Acts of Kindness assignment.  Students will be able to make a heart for every random act of kindness they do for someone else the week of Valentine's Day.  Hopefully our room will be raining hearts!  Pics to be shared later!



The Sneetches and Segregation: Short & Extended Response Activities - A Dr. Seuss inspired lesson for Black History Month
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I found this great freebie at The Teacher Treasury!  Remember the Star-Belly Sneetches who discriminated against the Plain-Belly Sneetches?  I always loved this book and there are free critical thinking questions and response sheets to download to get your students thinking about segregation in America.  This is a great addition to our Black History Month activities!

Be sure to link up and share your best Pinterest finds for this month!





Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday Scoop!

I'm linking up on this Super Bowl Sunday with Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop!





...grade a huge pile of reading and writing pretests!  Ugh!  I just finished up all the grading of tests for the end of the marking period and WHAM! another enormous pile of papers lands on my counter.  I didn't even have it in me to bring them home this weekend.

...get all my receipts and "stuff" ready for my tax return.  Enough said.

...plan the Valentine's party which is sneaking up on me.  I do enjoy this party the most out of all three as the kids aren't nearly as hyped up as they are for Halloween and it's the last party of the year!  Yah!



...sleep in on Monday!  We have not had a single snow or wind chill day yet this year, and I am more than ready.  As of right now we are under a Winter Weather Advisory and slated to get up to 7 inches of snow which would certainly do it.  Is there any grumpier person than the teacher who thought she was getting a snow day and had to go to school?!

...get my nonfiction Zoobook unit finished in the near future.  Last year I started working on a nonfiction reading unit using Zoobooks.  I thought it was a great way to have common experiences with text since I already have a ton of Zoobooks, the library has a bunch, and they are easy to xerox and get the same text in all the students' hands.  (Don't tell on me!)  When it was almost time to begin nonfiction this year I realized I had never finished the unit, even though it was on my to-do list last summer!  So, I am bound and determined to get it finished in the next few weeks...we shall see.


...put my TPT Store on sale for Super Bowl Sunday!  I got all my errands and grocery shopping done on Saturday so I am going to sit back and watch the snow fall (Come on snow!) and watch the Super Bowl and do some shopping on TPT!  Lots of fabulous sellers are throwing a sale, and I am in need of some new clip art!  My entire store is 20% for today, so stop by and check it out!  


Enjoy your Sunday and check out the Sunday Scoop at Teaching Trio!