Freebie Frenzy Blog Hop!

I'm linking up today with my blogging pals from Fifth Grade Freebies for a Back to School Freebie Frenzy Blog Hop!  Hop along to grab some great freebies and enter to win a $50 TPT gift card!

I'm sharing something I just created for my classroom library this summer!  Since I've started doing the 40 Book Challenge, my students have been more conscientious about trying the different genres, and I realized I needed to label my books accordingly.  I already have my library labeled and organized according to DRA level, and it really didn't take me that long to label my books that way. So, I found some brightly colored labels and assigned (for the most part) two genres per color.  Then I created color coded genre posters and hung them in our library.

Realistic fiction and mystery are orange.  Historical fiction and science fiction are yellow.

Nonfiction and Biography/Autobiography are green.  Fantasy is red, Poetry is pink, and Traditional Literature (not pictured) is blue.  

I did manage to get some of my books labeled before school started.  I'm just putting the genre label directly above the DRA color coded label.  My plan is for my kids (and my mom!) to help me finish this project this year!

You can grab my Genre Posters (Color Coded) at my TPT Store for free but hurry!  They are only free during this blog hop!  If you download them, I'd really appreciate your feedback!

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Laborless Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

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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 how to thank our readers and followers.   We thought hard and decided that we can treat you to our best ideas to work smarter rather than harder… at school and home!


One thing I have done that saves me tons of time is to create bulletin boards that can last the entire school year.  When I was first starting out I would spend hours changing my bulletin boards from month to month.  Even though it was something I enjoyed, I just don't have the time to invest in that now.  All of my bulletin boards are in it for the long haul!

This is my bulletin board for our 40 Book Challenge.  The kids get a stamp on their chart each time they finish a book.

All I will have to do for my Social Studies Word Wall bulletin board is put up the new vocabulary at the beginning of each unit.  


I have to be honest, I'm not very good about the relaxing part, but there are a few things I will stop working to do...

I have an inherited sweet tooth, and I love to bake!  Thank goodness for all the gluten free products available now.  I don't know what I would do without them!  This is one of my favorites from the Cake Mix Doctor Gluten Free cookbook...the yummy HoneyBun Cake.  

It's not exactly a way to unwind, but I am planted in front of the television for every Michigan football game.  Yelling at the tv might actually be a way to relieve some other stress, don't you think?

Even though we didn't win the other night, it does my heart good to see Jim Harbaugh back on the Michigan sidelines.  My hopes are high!


I have two products that will definitely make your life easier if you teach 4th or 5th grade social studies.  My Social Studies Resource Bundles contain materials that will last you for an entire year!

What will really make your life easier though is the FREE lesson plans and student packets that I will send you that will also last for the entire year!  If you would like more information on how to receive the free plans and packets for 4th grade, click HERE. For information on the 5th grade materials, click HERE.   

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September Pick 3 Linky

It's time to link up again with Pawsitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner for Pick 3:  This Month's Top Pinterest Picks!

My first pin is from Life in First Grade.  It's amazing to me that first graders are working on showing evidence in their response to reading, because that is something we work on in fifth grade all year!  

Showing Evidence Freebies: Showing Evidence Freebies
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I love this bulletin board as it's a great resource for students to use all year long.  I'm working on my own version of it right now and will share pictures soon!

I love this next pin for back to school time!

iTeach Third: Back To School Friend Wanted Ads: iTeach Third: Back To School Friend Wanted Ads
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Jillian from the Starr Spangled Planner explains how to do this great back to school activity where students write advertisements to describe what they are looking for in a new friend and what kind of friend they will be to others.  This could easily be adapted at various grade levels.  Such a wonderful idea!

My third pin is from We are Teachers.  

50 tips, tricks, and ideas for 5th grade: 50 tips, tricks, and ideas for 5th grade
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This has some great tips for beginning teachers, teachers new to fifth grade, and even for veteran fifth grade teachers who just need to jump start their teaching brain after the summer slide!  There are general tips like, "Be consistent".  That is huge in a fifth grade classroom when it comes to discipline! There are also specific ideas for activities to do at back to school time, ways to motivate your students to behave, and so much more!  

As you can see, I'm all about back to school right now with only four days to go until the big day!  Be sure to check out all the other great Pinterest picks for September below!